Top Cruise Ship Buffets for Fussy Foodies

With most cruise ships boasting several speciality restaurants, some of which are even run by celebrity chefs, dining onboard a cruise ship is a real treat for any foodie. But even if your budget doesn’t stretch to cover the bill at speciality restaurants, cruise ship buffets (which are included within the basic cruise pricing) have come a long way in recent years. Whether you’re a fussy carnivore who will only eat their steak if it’s the perfect shade of pink or a picky vegetarian who wants more dinner choices than the standard salad options, these top cruise ship buffets are sure to delight each and every one of your taste buds come breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Top Cruise Ship Buffets: A selection of desserts from the Horizon Cafe onboard the Coral Princess
Selection of desserts from the Horizon Cafe onboard Coral Princess. Image via Flickr, Jasperdo / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Top Cruise Ship Buffets

Horizon Court

Found on all Princess Cruises’ ships, Horizon Court (sometimes known as the Lido Café or Panorama Buffet on selected liners) is a buffet restaurant located on the top of the ship with tall windows for the best sea views anywhere onboard. Breakfast is pretty standard with some freshly-made options and speedy grab-and-go choices but lunch and dinner is where the restaurant really shines. A build-your-own taco station, dedicated kids buffet area and new options added literally every couple of hours makes Horizon Court one of the most popular places to eat onboard. If you’re sailing on the Royal Princess or Regal Princess, definitely pay a visit to the neighbouring Pastry Shop for fresh pies, cakes, pastries and biscuits served all day long.

A selection of sushi from the Lido Marketplace onboard the Carnival Sunshine. Image via Flickr, Rachelle Lucas CC 2.0
Selection of sushi from the Lido Marketplace onboard Carnival Sunshine: Photo Rachelle Lucas / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Lido Marketplace

Available on some of Carnival Cruises’ newest ships, such as the recently refurbished Carnival Sunshine and the Carnival Breeze, the Lido Marketplace boasts indoor and outdoor seating, making it the ideal dining spot whatever the weather. The highlight of this restaurant is its incredible selection of worldwide fare, with individual food stations offering everything from pizza, grilled meat and burritos to curries, wok dishes and vegetarian specialities. Better still, the pizza and deli stations are open 24-hours-a-day, perfect for foodies whose appetites don’t sleep.

Top Cruise Ship Buffets: The ultra-modern Oceanview Cafe onboard the Celebrity Solstice
The ultra-modern Oceanview Cafe onboard the Celebrity Solstice: Photo Tom Mascardo / CC BY-ND 2.0

Oceanview Café

On Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium-class and Solstice-class ships you’ll find the Oceanview Café, home to some of the finest international cuisine you’ll get at sea. Just like you’d expect from the name, this restaurant is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows for the ultimate sea views and spacious buffet islands where you can serve yourself delicate pieces of sushi, cheesy slices of pizza, generous mounds of pasta or big bowlfuls of stir-fry. There is also an exceptional salad bar with every kind of salad item you can imagine, a meat carving station with loads of mouth-watering cuts and a dessert station you won’t be able to say no to. Whenever there are a lot of Brits onboard, the Oceanview Café is also known to serve British comfort food, like pie and mash, fish and chips, and scones with jam and clotted cream.

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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