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Savor the Experience of Shipboard Dining

Gracious service, generous choices, and inspired cuisine

Because dining is an integral part of any vacation, we make sure that mealtimes are among the highlights of your Small Ship Cruise Tour or River Cruise. And since authentic cuisine is a reflection of a region’s culture, geography, and people, you’ll enjoy a well-rounded view of your destination through a choice of regionally inspired, freshly prepared meals—balanced by a selection of familiar favorites. Prepared by our professionally trained, international chef and kitchen staff—who bring years of culinary experience, creativity, and even their own family recipes to our ships’ gallies—every meal aboard a Grand Circle Cruise Line vessel is an opportunity to both savor new flavors and meet new friends.

Savor excellent food and enjoy world-class service

When you travel, you want to experience the flavor of each destination—right down to the meal on your plate. And you’ll do just that during daily meals and special events onboard. Want to try Austrian Wiener Schnitzel ... Hungarian chicken paprikash ... or Greek baklava? Depending on your itinerary, you can. Meanwhile, you’ll have a daily selection of familiar American standards, too. Even if your tastes or appetite are a little less adventurous, no need to worry, since we always offer several entree alternatives, a vegetarian option, and even half portions—with either table service or buffet-style dining. With prior notice, our gracious kitchen staff can usually accommodate special dietary needs. And because fresh, regional ingredients are delivered to the ship regularly, you can count on the finest food at every meal.
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Of course, our dining room crew is an invaluable part of the cuisine team onboard, serving each meal with the utmost enthusiasm and efficiency. They’ll keep your cups and glasses full—and will always make sure that meals are served to your satisfaction.

Enjoy scenic views from every table

While you’ll appreciate the friendly smiles and professional service of our dining room crew, our window-lined dining rooms let the outdoors in for the perfect mealtime ambiance. Our dining rooms are always on the top deck, giving you panoramic views of the passing scenery as you dine. Just imagine starting your day with tea amidst the sun-lit, morning mist of the Volga; admiring the castle-lined Rhine as you savor lunch; or viewing stunning seaside communities along the Adriatic Sea during dinner with friends.

In our dining room, you always have a world of choice

When it comes to dining aboard Grand Circle Cruise Line’s privately owned or chartered ships, you always have a choice. Our open seating and generous menu options enable you to dine with whomever—on whatever—you like. Thanks to our ships’ intimate size, there is no need for us to schedule meals in waves, which allows you to sit anywhere in the dining room. And since the atmosphere onboard is always friendly and relaxed, the dress code is “smart casual.” No need to pack dress clothes, unless you want to!

Aboard our vessels, mealtimes provide the perfect opportunity to share time with your favorite crowd, or to meet new friends. Each morning, you can begin your day of discovery with a warm buffet breakfast. If lighter fare is your preference, you’ll find fresh sliced fruits and juices, a variety of breads and cereals, and more to choose from. And if you’re looking for something hearty, the chef can prepare a made-to-order omelet. Based on the day’s schedule, you might enjoy a buffet lunch or a sit-down meal with full table service. Select from seasonal salads and soups, creative sandwiches, or carved-to-order roasts. Sweeten your palate with a delectable dessert. And come evening, settle in for a relaxing, multi-course dinner—which includes your choice of red or white wine (on our European River Cruise vacations). You can also help yourself to tea, coffee, and espresso 24 hours a day in your ship’s lounge.

Try regional tastes throughout your trip

Throughout your trip, you can relish regional flavors with menu selections inspired by the countries you visit. On some itineraries, you’ll enjoy cooking demonstrations—such as Apfelstrudel baking in Austria or a cooking lesson in Greece. We also highlight local specialties during exclusive Discovery Series events both onboard and on shore. Sip local vintages at a German winery. Delight in the breads and savory herbs of Provence. Even attend a vodka-tasting in Russia.

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