Eat and Sip: Royal Caribbean’s Culinary Delights

Welcome back! In this blog, we’ll look at the dining options and refreshing beverages available aboard the Voyager of the Seas. Prepare to satiate your appetite and quench your thirst with various culinary delights and libations that will leave you satisfied and refreshed. Let’s dive into what awaits you on this remarkable voyage.

For me, a cruise isn’t just a vacation; it’s a gastronomic adventure. The Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas takes dining to the next level with its array of options. The ship boasts four specialty dining restaurants, each offering a unique culinary experience worth the extra splurge. But fear not; the Windjammer buffet and main dining options are included in your cruise package, ensuring a diverse range of delectable choices. Here is the list of specialty dining restaurants:

  Izumi: Embark on a culinary journey through Japan with Izumi, where sushi and hibachi take center stage. The delicate flavors and artistic presentation make this a must-visit for Asian cuisine lovers.

Chops Grille: For those seeking a sophisticated steakhouse experience, Chops Grille is the epitome of culinary indulgence. Picture an eight oz Angus Filet Mignon that’s simply to die for, complemented by an array of tantalizing sides.

Giovanni’s Table: Italy comes to life at Giovanni’s Table, where traditional dishes are served with a modern flair. From hearty pasta dishes to flavorful seafood, it celebrates Italian culinary mastery.

Chef’s Table: Elevate your dining experience with Chef’s Table, a gastronomic journey curated by the ship’s master chef. This intimate setting offers a bespoke menu paired with exquisite wines.

Late-night cravings found their savior in Sorrento’s Pizza on Deck 5, open until 3 am. This spot rescued me from midnight hunger and doubled as the perfect remedy for soaking up late-night drinks. The main dining room offers memorable dining experiences, although the service may be slower on the first night, which is standard on cruises.

Windjammer, the buffet onboard, serves a variety of delicious international dishes. The seasoned food is a pleasant surprise; buffets can be hit or miss. Take advantage of the Caribbean night buffet, featuring perfectly seasoned oxtails with a delightful spice, including scotch bonnet peppers. Shout-out to the talented Caribbean Chef! The food was so good I ate twice. The second meal I had was in the main dining room. The oxtails were so good my brother and I took bowls back to our stateroom and had oxtails for breakfast the following day.

As a special treat for me and my fellow agents on the working cruise, we enjoyed dining at Chops Grille. It was an unforgettable experience. The eight oz Angus Filet Mignon was a highlight—succulent and flavorful, leaving a lasting impression. The opportunity to sample all the sides they had to offer made the afternoon even more special. I don’t eat everybody’s Mac and Cheese ( if you know, you know), but it was really good, and it was baked again if you know you know. And oh, that Red Velvet Cake! Moist cake layers with a creamy swirl of sweet cream cheese frosting was a divine finale to a truly memorable dining experience.

Pro Tip: I highly recommend indulging in the culinary wonders of Chops Grille.

Now, let’s talk about the essential companion to good food—drinks. Opting for the Deluxe Beverage Package offers an extensive range from cocktails to premium coffees. It proved its worth at $95 per person per day, especially with generous pours and the added convenience of unlimited bottled water. If you don’t want to splurge on the Deluxe Beverage Package, you can opt for the other two packages Royal Caribbean offers. Here is a list of all the drink packages they offer and what is included:

  1. Classic Soda Package: Ideal for soda enthusiasts.
  2. The Refreshment Package: A broader selection including sodas, juices, premium coffee, teas, and more.
  3. The Deluxe Beverage Package: The ultimate package covering everything in the previous options, plus wine by the glass.

Royal Caribbean’s lack of a daily drink limit with the deluxe package sets it apart. Unlike other cruise lines, where a cap is set between 12 and 15 drinks a day, the bartenders exercise discretion based on the patron’s state. Witnessing responsible service firsthand at the “R” Bar on Deck 5 reassured me of their commitment to passenger well-being. Brenadeth, my favorite bartender, crafted perfect painkillers, making the experience at the bar unforgettable.

The Pig & Whistle English Pub was always lively for my beer drinkers. They have a wide range of beer selections, from Ales to Lagers, with UK-themed cocktails and an inspired collection of spirits. I don’t know the first thing about beer, but when my favorite bar was packed, I would just go to the Pig and Whistle. Luckily, it was next to my favorite bar. If you’re like me and know nothing about beer, here is another pro tip.

Pro Tip:  If you’re new to the beer world, check the menu. Some include guides to help you navigate all the different beer styles and flavors.

As we wrap up this gastronomic adventure, stay tuned for the final part of our blog series—entertainment and onboard activities. But before we set sail for the next topic, I’d love to hear from you. Any questions or thoughts about the culinary delights on cruise ships? Drop a comment below, and let’s keep the conversation going!

P.S. Stay tuned for the thrilling finale of our blog series—exploring the entertainment and onboard activities that make your cruise unforgettable. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and questions in the comments!


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