What's your favorite line for INCLUDED dining?

I'm curious what everyone's favorite cruise line is for dining - included food only, not taking into consideration ANY specialty restaurants. Say someone asked your opinion about it, but said they wouldn't be spending any money on food while onboard. Which line would you recommend?

Mine are Viking ocean and Carnival. Everything on Viking was included, even the "specialty" Italian restaurant. The only thing that wasn't is the Chef's Table experience but I didn't do that. They make their pasta onboard and I just really loved the food onboard, even in the MDR. Plus, there were always options that I could recognize and knew I would like. Sometimes lines get too fancy for me and nothing sounds appetizing, which is discouraging for my more simple palette. That brings me to my other favorite: Carnival. I love grab and go handhelds, pasta, Asian, etc. and Carnival seems to have an abundance that's included. Guy's BBQ lunch and burgers, BlueIguana, the free lunch at Cucina and Jiji, etc.

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Each ship on Carnival and Princess (only ones we have sailed) seems to excel in different ways. I enjoy the different "restaurants" on Carnival, i.e. Guys, Blue Iguana, Deli, etc. for lunch and the buffet on Princess with different soups each day. I enjoy the Italian dining for lunch on the Carnival ships that have it. I think both lines have good food that is included in the price. We have tried both lines Steak House, and while good I see no reason to pay extra with what is available at no additional cost.

Looking forward to what others say.

Well said

Norwegian has O'Sheehans which is the 24 hr venue with excellent pub food especially the wings. They also have on most ships a Shanghai noodle bar with some very excellent food. Both of these are complimentary.

I absolutely agree with OGW re O'sheehans. The Noodle Bar not so much, especially on BREAKAWAY CLASS ships..it sits next to the casino, tends to be a bit smoky, and sitting at a lunch counter isn't my thing. it never was. Dining in the MDRs is average to above average..totally subjective opinion of course. I think overall the ratings, at least in my mind, have gone down over the years. Newbies might have different opinion. we have a few more booked on NCL, but then 3 in a row on CCL. Been a looong time since we cruised with them, and looking forward to it, even over a year away.

Yes, I love O'Sheehans/The Local! On my first NCL cruise (Star) that was our go-to spot after a long port day. Everyone else seemed to have the same idea but we usually managed to find a table. I also love that it's an all-night alternative to room service or a plain old pizza counter.

I have only sailed Carnival. With that being said, I have never had a bad meal! Our most recent trip we took the kids. They loved to 24hr pizza! I personally always attempt to eat my weight in Blue Iguana burritos! The MDR always has something we like! My uncle ate a steak AND another meal every night. I am having a hard time understanding why Carnival has a negative wrap when talking to some cruisers. I have such a good time with them. The abundance of great free food just adds to it in my opinion.

Our tastes seem to be pretty similar Sarah, but I’d like to break it down by segment a little more. Yummy

Contemporary: Carnival (by far!!!)

Premium: Celebrity (could probably win for their breadsticks alone, but they don’t need to)

Upper Premium: Viking Ocean (amazing variety)

Luxury: Crystal (but we’ve only tried a couple luxury lines so far)

River: AmaWaterways (wonderful food plus perfect wine pairings)

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