The 9 Best Casual Eateries at Sea

by John Roberts

The 9 Best Casual Eateries at Sea

by John Roberts

Sometimes — whether you’re on land or at sea — you just want to grab a quick lunch in an informal environment. Luckily, many of the newest cruise ships feature cool, casual eateries offering everything from burgers to pizza and wings. Here are our favorites.  

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Michael's Genuine Pub Onion Dip / Royal Caribbean International
Margaritaville
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Margaritaville

The food at this new casual hot spot on the Norwegian Escape is not only complimentary but also good —possibly better than similar spots on land. Whether you come in your wet swimsuit or not, you’ll want a Who’s to Blame Margarita to go with your guacamole or conch fritters.

Our favorite dish: Cheeseburger in Paradise

Pricing: À la carte

The food at this new casual hot spot on the Norwegian Escape is not only complimentary but also good —possibly better than similar spots on land. Whether you come in your wet swimsuit or not, you’ll want a Who’s to Blame Margarita to go with your guacamole or conch fritters.

Our favorite dish: Cheeseburger in Paradise

Pricing: À la carte

Scotch Egg at Michael's Genuine Pub
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Michael’s Genuine Pub

This gastropub on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas offers upscale comfort fare, such as polenta fries, Scotch eggs, and chicken wings. They have great local beers on tap, and the place even looks like a proper pub.

Our favorite dish: The Scotch Egg

Pricing: À la carte

This gastropub on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas offers upscale comfort fare, such as polenta fries, Scotch eggs, and chicken wings. They have great local beers on tap, and the place even looks like a proper pub.

Our favorite dish: The Scotch Egg

Pricing: À la carte

Guy's Burger Joint
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Guy’s Burger Joint

This pool deck burger spot, a collaboration with Food Network star Guy Fieri, serves up juicy hand-ground burgers on freshly baked buns on many Carnival ships.

Our favorite dish: The bacon-topped Pig Patty

Pricing: Complimentary

This pool deck burger spot, a collaboration with Food Network star Guy Fieri, serves up juicy hand-ground burgers on freshly baked buns on many Carnival ships.

Our favorite dish: The bacon-topped Pig Patty

Pricing: Complimentary

BlueIguana Cantina
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BlueIguana Cantina

On those same Carnival ships you have not one but two great options. On days when you don’t want a burger, head across the pool deck for tacos and warm tortillas topped with fresh salsas.

Our favorite dish: Fish tacos

Pricing: Complimentary

On those same Carnival ships you have not one but two great options. On days when you don’t want a burger, head across the pool deck for tacos and warm tortillas topped with fresh salsas.

Our favorite dish: Fish tacos

Pricing: Complimentary

Eataly pasta
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Eataly

This Italian hot spot, based on the food hall of the same name, has its only at-sea outpost on MSC Divina, where they serve gourmet pizza à la carte.

Our favorite dish: La Piccante di Eataly

Pricing: À la carte

This Italian hot spot, based on the food hall of the same name, has its only at-sea outpost on MSC Divina, where they serve gourmet pizza à la carte.

Our favorite dish: La Piccante di Eataly

Pricing: À la carte

The Café @ Two70°
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The Café @ Two70°

This salad and sandwich shop on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s best complimentary casual eatery. Look for made to order Thai chicken salads, and hot pressed panini sandwiches, then take your score into the coolest — and most expensive — lounge at sea. 

Our favorite dish: Kummelweck (roast beef sandwiches on salted buns)

Pricing: Complimentary

 

This salad and sandwich shop on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s best complimentary casual eatery. Look for made to order Thai chicken salads, and hot pressed panini sandwiches, then take your score into the coolest — and most expensive — lounge at sea. 

Our favorite dish: Kummelweck (roast beef sandwiches on salted buns)

Pricing: Complimentary

 

Alfredo's Pizzeria
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Alfredo’s Pizzeria

Settle into a comfy seat or, better yet, perch at the dining bar to watch the pies freshly prepared by chefs on Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess or Royal Princess. Order antipasti or soup followed by a proper Neapolitan pizza. 

Our favorite dish: Pizza Royal Princess with imported Parma ham

Pricing: Complimentary

Settle into a comfy seat or, better yet, perch at the dining bar to watch the pies freshly prepared by chefs on Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess or Royal Princess. Order antipasti or soup followed by a proper Neapolitan pizza. 

Our favorite dish: Pizza Royal Princess with imported Parma ham

Pricing: Complimentary

Dive-In hot dog
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Dive-In

What makes this hot dog and hamburger stand on Holland America ships special is the tasty combination of toppings. We especially love the mix of gouda cheese, caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños, and applewood-smoked bacon.

Our favorite dish: The Cannonball

Pricing: Complimentary

What makes this hot dog and hamburger stand on Holland America ships special is the tasty combination of toppings. We especially love the mix of gouda cheese, caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños, and applewood-smoked bacon.

Our favorite dish: The Cannonball

Pricing: Complimentary

Norwegian Getaway in Miami
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Seafood shack

This New England-style spot, part of the Waterfront complex on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, is the at-sea version of dock-side stand in Maine. Order crab toasts or fried whole belly clams, and eat them on deck with the sound of waves crashing beneath you.

Our favorite dish: Lobster roll

Pricing: À la carte 

This New England-style spot, part of the Waterfront complex on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, is the at-sea version of dock-side stand in Maine. Order crab toasts or fried whole belly clams, and eat them on deck with the sound of waves crashing beneath you.

Our favorite dish: Lobster roll

Pricing: À la carte 

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