With inviting atmospheres, imaginative décor, and dishes that are a feast for the eyes as much as for the stomach, today’s cruise ship dining options give you an experience you’ll want to record for posterity. No need to wait until you’ve returned home to publicize your culinary adventures far and wide—with these Instagram worthy restaurants, you won’t be able to resist capturing (and sharing) every moment as it happens.
Royal Caribbean’s Wonderland
Royal Caribbean’s Wonderland is the culinary equivalent of Alice’s fantasy world. Here, menus come to you blank, and it’s only with magic “paint” that you brush over the menu that the words and images magically reveal themselves. Choose dishes based on five natural elements — Earth, Sea, Fire, Ice and Sun. For example, spice lovers can opt for Buffalo chicken eggs or the crispy shrimp kataifi with scotch bonnet pepper, both under the Fire menu.
Photo-worthy food is just the start at this cruise ship restaurant—from neon lights to mismatched furnishings, it puts you in a trance-like state of mind. With so much to see and experience, you’ll want your phone handy at all times! Keep in mind that as a specialty restaurant, there’s an extra fee of $45 to dine here.
Celebrity’s Le Petit Chef
You’re likely familiar with the concept of dinner and show, but you’ve never had dinner and a show like this! Available only on Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class Ships, including in a few spots in the Café Promenade, Le Petit Chef is an experience that’s perfect for Instagram. The four-course prix-fixe menu is served while the charming background story of Le Petit Chef is projected onto your plate and table, making for a fascinating 3D cruise ship dining experience. With every phase of this character’s life, you’re presented a new dish, whose ingredients and preparation are woven throughout the story.
As a specialty cruise ship restaurant, Le Petit Chef comes with a $55 cover charge, but it’s well worth it for the imaginative imagery and unique storytelling experience.
Carnival’s Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse
Though mouthwatering barbecue classics and oh-so-satisfying brews take center stage at this red-hot cruise ship restaurant, the atmosphere is one you’ll definitely want to document on your Instagram feed. Live music, convivial vibes, and the allure of celebrity chef Guy Fieri, the restaurant’s namesake, make this one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants on Carnival Horizon and Panorama. Best of all, it’s free to dine here for lunch (an extra fee applies for dinner).
If you’re not sailing on either of those ships, you can still get a taste of Guy’s lip-smacking fare at Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, located on a number of other Carnival ships and included in your cruise fare. And beers are available from the Brewhouse throughout Carnival’s fleet.
Norwegian’s Los Lobos
For food that’s as delicious as it is photogenic, head to Norwegian’s Los Lobos, found on Encore, Bliss, Dawn, Sun, Prima, and Viva. With menu items like carne asada marinated in guajillo chiles and margaritas in a range of flavors—not to mention traditional art arrangements and bright color palettes—this is a top spot for cruise ship dining. Though each ship’s restaurant has a slightly different presentation, the Los Lobos restaurants on Prima and Viva are especially eye-catching. Heads up that it’s a la carte pricing here, and prices range from $3.99 for tortilla soup to $9.99 for fish tacos or enchiladas verdes, up to $19.99 for a carne asada dinner with rice and beans.
Virgin Voyages’ Razzle Dazzle
No matter where you turn in this Instagram-worthy restaurant on board, you’re met with an irresistible photo opportunity. The aptly named Razzle Dazzle features a dining room with striking geometric patterns and bold colors—its adjacent Red Bar is awash in crimson color, giving it a flirty, mysterious feel. You may have heard of Virgin Voyages’ legendary drag brunch—this is where it’s held.
Take as many photos as you want and load up on food—there’s no additional cost to dine here, as all cruise ship dining is included on Virgin Voyages sailings. Choose from a menu of mostly vegan creations, such as the coconut milk fairy toast or the acai bowl or opt for one of the meat-based dishes on the “naughty” menu such as the fried chicken sandwich. Wash it down with a popcorn old fashion and definitely don’t forget dessert—we’re partial to the milk and cookies or the rainbow churros.
Cruise ship dining is one of the biggest highlights of any sailing, and these Instagram-worthy restaurants are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to culinary offerings onboard. Not sure how to navigate the world of cruise ship restaurants? Reach out to the travel experts at Cruises.com, who can be your guide and help you cruise the smart way. Plus, we give you our exclusive bonus offers and all qualifying cruise line offers, plus all of the cruise line loyalty program benefits. Book online at Cruises.com or call 800-288-6006 today.