Gold Award: Carnival Cruise Lines Silver Award: Royal Caribbean Bronze Award: Azamara Cruises
You read that right: Carnival Cruise Lines beats the competitors in their price point when it comes to their onboard food offerings. We’ll take the complimentary poolside burgers from Guy’s Burger Joint (where the buns are baked in house and the cheese always oozes over the side) and the made-to-order burritos from BlueIguana Cantina over any others at sea. Carnival can also be classy, too: Their onboard steak houses are better than the competition’s, and the Wasabi-infused mashed potatoes are to-die for.
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Royal Caribbean gets credit for substantially upping the game, particularly aboard their newer ships like Allure of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas, where a variety of cuisines are presented in specialty restaurants of all sorts.
Azamara has long offered very fine food on board, and we give it a hat tip for its healthy cuisine, which is not only blessedly low-cal, but also tasty.