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Tasting the various cuisines of each destination you stop in is one of the most exciting things about travelling – and this should be no different when cruising. Although all meals are provided on-board, some passengers choose to dine when in port. Below is a short guide letting you know if and how you can dine on shore when on your cruise.

Royal Caribbean

If your excursion only lasts a few hours, it’s probably worth having a meal on-board instead. This also applies if you’re only in port for a short amount of time. There are a few exceptions to when you will have time to dine on shore and these will be included in a timetable given out before passengers leave the ship.

Celebrity Cruises

It’s recommended you take some cash if you’re planning to dine when visiting a destination because prices cannot be guaranteed.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Shore excursions are not included in the cruise fare, so if you’re planning to make the most of your money and not spend much more, dining on-board would be the best option.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival do offer some excursions where food and drink are provided – make sure you check this when booking excursions so you know if you should take some extra snacks or if you’re getting fed free of charge.

Fred Olsen

Fred Olsen offer on-shore tours which can last up to 8 hours – considering this, snacks or meals are usually provided. If you wanted to go and find your own restaurant to dine in, ensure you manage your time well and make it back onto the ship in time!


Checking the details of excursions is a good idea before you leave the ship as some provide meals and drinks. Time management is also key when leaving to explore the port yourself, however even if you run out of time to dine on shore there will always be food on-board.


Certain excursions are long enough to allow time for a meal on land, however this depends on the trip – make sure you double check what time you have to be back on-board before leaving the ship. Some meals are included in the trip price and on-board staff should inform you if this isn’t the case.

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