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Onboard your cruise you may want to indulge in a little bit of extra luxury by dining in a speciality restaurant – and lord knows it’s worth it. You can find the most exquisite cuisine in speciality restaurants cooked by chefs who are professionals in their field. However unfortunately certain cruise lines do have restrictions on whether children are allowed in these restaurants or not. Below we have outlined the restrictions for some of the most popular cruise lines – take a look to find out our answer to “are children welcome in fine dining?”

Royal Caribbean

Children are welcome to fine with their family at Chops Grille and Portofino, however children under the age of 13 must dine before 7pm – children up to age 18 are welcome at any time but must be accompanied by an adult.


Children are welcome to dine in the P&O Select Dining restaurants, however there is no children’s menu.


Unfortunately, Carnival do not allow children to dine in their speciality restaurants. However there are other options for families – Guy’s Burger Joint, Seaday Brunch and Casual Dining.

Celebrity Cruises

Most speciality restaurants onboard a Celebrity cruise have an age restriction – passengers age 12 and below are not allowed to dine in particular restaurants.


Restrictions onboard Cunard depend on which grade of stateroom guests are staying in. Guests of all ages staying in a Queens Grill stateroom are able to dine in the finest restaurant available because those staying in this grade of stateroom are offered the finest dining option.

Holland America 

Children are not allowed to dine in fine dining onboard, however they are able to dine in the Dining Room, the Lido Restaurant and the Terrace Grill.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Children are welcome to dine for free in any of the onboard restaurants. When dining in a speciality restaurant they may choose to order from the free complimentary menu or pay half the adult price of a dish on the speciality menu.

Princess Cruises

All dining options are available to children except  the Ultimate Balcony Dining or at the Chef’s Table.

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