Specialty Restaurants On Board- RCI

So for our upcoming cruise in September, the other half and I were discussing possibly getting a small (3 night) package to eat at specialty restaurants. My frugal angel says "But we can eat for free in the MDR" and the explorative devil says "Spend the money and try something new!"


Just curious to those who have been on Royal-- or more specific the oasis class, although the restaurants are pretty consistent on all ships--Do you have a favorite go to specialty restaurant that is worth the cover fee/a la carte and why?


(the talk of sushi and wine got me wondering about Izumi hahaha)

Tags: Royal Caribbean Food Specialty Restaurants Dinner.

3 Answers

I can't speak to the restaurants on RCI. However, I have dined in the specialty restaurants on NCL, Princess and Holland. We have enjoyed the steak houses on every line. The Italian restaurants have been hit and miss. Hope this helps.

We did Giovanni’s Table aboard Allure of the Seas and found the food and service to be very good but I think it was the wine and the group we were with that we enjoyed most. We also dined in the steakhouse aboard a Royal Caribbean ship some years ago; again, very good food and service but not a terribly memorable experience. I feel like the specialty dining is more “special” on other cruise lines.

Maybe look at trying the Chef’s Table experience, we have friends who absolutely rave about it and go on every cruise!

Chefs table I do find good reviews with, but for me the $$$ is a factor as well as dress code (bf is not one for sports jackets). I would love the umteen course meals with wine parings.


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