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The Best Culinary Cruise Ships To Sail From The UK

Picking a favourite cruise ship can be a very difficult decision, and with so many options on the market, there is no doubt that food plays a large part in which one you choose.

Cruise lines need to keep updating their dining venues, introducing new celebrity chefs and creating all-around delicious food. Guests are also expecting more dining venues too, with some of the larger vessels boasting an astonishing 15+ options from complimentary to speciality.

So, here are a few of the best culinary cruise ships that are sailing out of the UK.  

Oceania Cruises, MS Riviera

MS Riviera is the latest addition to Oceania Cruises' fleet and the second Oceania Class vessel, after the introduction of MS Marina in 2011. Both of these new-style vessels have gained a lot of attention for their luxury, 5-star layout and unmatched taste. In total, there are eight different dining venues, ranging from authentic international cuisine to more unique delicacies. While each is popular for its own reason, Jacques and Red Ginger are the two standout dining rooms.


Immaculately decorated with art from famous chef Jacques Pépin's personal collection, Jacques has been perfectly crafted to look like a Parisian bistro. Taste original French dishes, enjoy spectacular sea views and revel in the luxuries of modern cruising. Whatever you expect from Jacques, you will never be disappointed.

Red Ginger

Taking its influence from the majestic culture of Asia, Red Ginger combines well-known ingredients with new-found flavours to create a new dining experience. Intricately designed to mirror that of a high-end Asian restaurant, beautiful artistry lines the walls, each giving an insight into Far Eastern culture.

Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Cruises has been known for their sensational cuisine for a while now, and the entire fleet could have made this list if every ship sailed out of the UK. Currently, Celebrity Silhouette is the only ship that is based on our shores, until the arrival of Celebrity Apex in spring 2020. Celebrity Silhouette hosts five complimentary and six speciality dining venues, once again covering your international cuisine and catering for even the fussiest of diners too.

Grand Cuvee

Covering a staggering two decks, Grand Cuvee is Celebrity Silhouette's main dining room and is arguably the most beautiful place on board. With the colossal chandelier as the centrepiece and an impressive metal wine tower occupied by 2,500 bottles, both storeys of the dining venue offer breathtaking views of this intimate setting. The dedicated onboard chefs are always coming up with new inventions, working day and night to make sure that cruisers have the best possible experience.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Escape

Currently, Norwegian Escape is the latest cruise vessel sailing out of the UK that Norwegian Cruise Line has to offer - until the arrival of Norwegian Encore on 2nd November. Currently, you have 10 speciality dining venues and five complimentary restaurants to choose from, with guests of the Haven having an extra private dining area.


The sizzling must-visit restaurant, Teppanyaki, has transformed Japanese cuisine for cruisers around the world. Watch as your dish is prepared in front of your eyes or see what Norwegian Cruise Line chefs can do with various requests. The lively atmosphere here really sets the tone for life on board - just make sure you pre-book your seat as it's a fan-favourite.

There are plenty more great dining venues at sea. If you would like to know more about them, call us today on 0808 163 7523 or contact us through our website.