Dining On Your River Cruise Holiday

River cruises are one of the most popular types of holiday right now, and for good reason! From the wealth of locations to the all-inclusive nature of the service, there’s so much to experience that it’s hard to know where to begin. Thanks to the expert chefs and vast selection of local cuisine, the culinary experience on board European river cruises is renowned all over the world. Historic wines, traditional delicacies and beautiful locations are only part of a river cruise, so let’s take a look at why dining on the water will make one of the most memorable parts of your vacation.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

When it comes to food, there’s no need to plan ahead on a river cruise. Because all of your meals are included in the price of your ticket, the only thing you’ll have to do at meal times is turn up. Better yet, you can even enjoy your meals in your room, with complementary room service available with most river cruise liners. Furthermore, depending on your itinerary, you might be dining on shore too. This means you could have your evening meal in one city, and your breakfast in another!



So, what is it like to dine on board your river cruise ship? Breakfast is usually served buffet style, and you’ll even be able to order bespoke dishes like omelettes and pancakes. If you get up early and find that the buffet breakfast isn’t ready yet, you’ll be able to enjoy a continental breakfast and a selection of beverages – in your room or even out on the deck. When it comes to beer and wine, alcoholic drinks are typically free-flowing and are served as complimentary as part of your cruise.


Dietary Restrictions and Seating

It is essential that you inform your river cruise operator if you have any dietary restrictions, and follow up with the ship itself as soon as you board. Whether you’re diabetic or have allergies, most dietary restrictions will be accommodated for, and some ships will even have a doctor on board if you fall sick or need treatment.

In terms of seating during your meals, there are usually no table reservations – dinner is open seating. One thing to remember about river cruises is that you won’t be able to get a table for two; unless you order room service, you’ll always be eating on a table with other people. This encourages people to talk and get to know one another, make friends and continue your new relationships for years to come!

This article is written by Kate.

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