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Eating on a cruise

Marcy Williams Published: May 27, 2010

Cruises are famous for their unlimited food service.  Being on a diet would be torturous when cruising.

The Azamara Quest is no exception.  There are numerous opportunities for meals and for snacks.

Discoveries offers delicious food and superb service to passengers.
Discoveries offers delicious food and superb service to passengers.

The Discoveries dining room offers a varied menu that includes standard choices that don’t change plus daily new choices.  When at sea, Discoveries offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner but is closed for lunch when the ship is in port.

The Windows Café buffet offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, along with early and late morning continental breakfasts and a time for ‘afternoon delights.’  There is a special offering as part of the buffet each dinner, such as a pasta bar, a stir-fry bar, an Indian bar, etc.

There are two specialty restaurants.  For a small upcharge, passengers can dine at Prime C or at Aqualina.  Aqualina offers “contemporary American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair” and its lobster choices are delicious.  Prime C focuses on meats – beautiful steaks and chops with a few fish choices.

An outdoor grill on the pool deck cooks up great burgers and hot dogs, nachos and a salad bar.  This is a perfect place to enjoy lunch or an afternoon snack.

The Mosaic Café has tasty bites (sweets and pastries) to satisfy your sweet tooth any time during the day, too.

Happy passengers following a wonderful meal in the Prime C specialty restaurant.
Happy passengers following a wonderful meal in the Prime C specialty restaurant.

The amount of food that is prepared and consumed on a daily basis on the cruise is amazing.  From fresh breads and pastries to soups and salads, appetizers to entrees to desserts, there is something for everyone.  There are even sugar-free desserts for those who are on restricted diets.

Oh, and just in case you miss a meal, there is always 24-hour room service!  A hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning is very nice.  It is also possible to miss a meal time if you are on a shore excursion, so having the room service option takes care of this.

With all of this wonderful food comes coffee, teas, soft drinks and wine at no additional charge.  And even more importantly, with all of the time onboard the ship comes superb service.

There are 47 nationalities represented in the crew and staff.  All speak English (did you know that the world’s maritime regulations are in English?!), and service is friendly, efficient, and ever-present.

There is no doubt that taking a cruise is going to appeal to your taste buds!


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