Following our look at the new ships launching this year we start to cast our eyes enviously at the new features and facilities we can look forward to across all ships in 2018! Today, after being on a diet for a week all we can think about is food, glorious food and if you didn't know already cruise ships are a foodies paradise with world class food, amazing restaurants, incredible dining experiences at sea all day every day! Don't believe us? Well, have a look at these restaurants you can enjoy in 2018!

Rapunzel's Royal Table Dining Experience on Disney Magic

This year will see the first Disney 'Tangled' themed restaurant and it will debut on board Disney Magic. Set inside a regal ballroom decorated with lanterns and paintings in the kingdom of Corona you will experience an evening of singing, dancing, special activities, characters from the movie Tangled including Rapunzel & the 'Snuggly Duckling Thugs' as well as themed menus serving amazing food to enjoy. Finally you will be treated to a live parade to cap the evening off! Not for everyone of course but if you're a Disney fan, young or not so young, then this sounds like a fantastic experience.

Guy Fieri's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse & Brewhouse onboard Carnival Ships

If you're a fan of your BBQ food (which of course many of us are) then you'll be excited at a number of recent BBQ style restaurants popping up on board. But Carnival has teamed up with US TV Chef Guy Fieri in recent years for his burger joints and now go one further by introducing his Bar-B-Que Smokehouse & Brewhouse on Horizon amongst others. So, you can expect your ribs, brisket, salmon and chicken cooked & smoked low and slow, served with freshly made sides with fresh ingredients and accompanied by a selection of craft beers brewed on board the ships own brewery!

Celebrity's Magic Carpet Dining Experience

If you've read our preview of the new ships (check out our last post) then you'll know how excited we are by the arrival of Celebrity Edge in 2018. While we would expect a couple of new dining options on board the one that already has us excited is being able to dine Al Fresco enjoying the finest cuisine with just 90 fellow passengers on the cantilevered floating platform off the side of the ship - the Magic Carpet. Just imagine the twinkling stars or an amazing sunset, the warm breeze, the sound of the ocean and clinking glasses while enjoying beautiful food and fine drinks... it's going to be a unique dining experience and only on a cruise ship!

Royal Caribbeans Going 'Loco' for Food

The launch of the worlds largest ship in 2018, the Symphony of the Seas will see new eateries including 'Hooked Seafood' & 'El Loco Fresh' being launched but not content with focusing on that Royal are also looking at dining experiences on other ships including Independence of the Seas. Independence of the Sea's of course will emerge from a refresh with a host of new features but on the dining front we can expect a sports bar called Playmakers serving all the cold beers and sports you would expect but also dishes like popcorn shrimp, mini burgers and wings should you need a snack! Want something more substantial then try the new 'Fish&Ships' poolside eatery offering...well classic fish and chips! If you need something for dessert then check the new Sugar Beach candy & Ice Cream store! Of course all the dining options we know and love such as Chops Grille signature steakhouse and Giovanni's Table Tuscany style restaurant will be there too!

Michelin Star Fine Dining with Crystal

Crystal Cruises have 2 Ocean Ships with Symphony just emerging from a refresh and Serenity booked in for her makeover in 2018. Amongst other elements they have revamped their already impressive dining options with the launch of a new Brazilian Steakhouse - Churrascaria and a Chinese inspired Al Fresco Dining experience - Silk. Furthermore, Crystal are continuing their partnership with the world famous, Michelin starred and award winning Nobu Matsuhisa or 'Nobu' as you might know him and have renamed their onboard Nobu restaurant as Umi Uma which is Japanese for Seahorse which is of course Crystals iconic logo! We see what they've done there! If you've ever tried to book a Nobu restaurant you'll know that waiting lists are long and difficult to book but onboard Crystal you are guaranteed to enjoy this Nobu restaurant once in your cruise as part of your fare.

Of course these options are just the cherry on the cake. If you've cruised before you'll understand, if you haven't then you're in for an absolute treat. Don't forget that many cruise lines offer restaurants you already know and love, for example you can enjoy Jamie's Italian on board Royal Caribbean or Eataly on board MSC. If you love your celebrity chefs then we've already mentioned Nobu, but for example P&O have partnerships with Marco Pierre White, Eric Lanlard, James Martin and Atul Kochhar. Or perhaps if you love Chocolate then you can explore Chocolate Journey's by Norman Love all over Princess Cruise Ships.

It's cliched we know but there really is something for everyone when it comes to cruise and particularly when it comes to dining. So, reward yourself for reaching the end of week 1 of your diet and book yourself a cruise and discover the joy of food all over again.

IMPORTANT - we must note that although we playfully title this blog as 'Ditch the diet' the food served on board cruise ships is fresh, it's nutritious and it's of very high quality, catering for all dietary requirements so whatever you want to enjoy on board, whatever your relationship with food, you can put your worries aside and be assured that you will be well catered for onboard a cruise.

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