The 8 Best All-You-Can-Eat Cruise Ship Buffets Slideshow

Cruise ship cuisine has seen a major upgrade in recent years – esteemed chefs craft select menus three months in advance, buffets offer options like fresh seafood and homemade ice cream, and there is even waiter service at buffets on some ships. As career foodies and Instagram hashtags become more the norm, cruise ships are revealing fancy dining rooms and more all-you-can-eat options than ever before.

In order to assemble our list, we built a short-list from existing rankings, considering oceanic cruises only, and then judged them according to food selection, décor, and hours of operation. When you're considering your next trip with a seaward view, take these smorgasbords into account.

#8. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

La Veranda is a breakfast and lunch buffet on board select ships, offering global cuisine. Dine indoors or with an ocean view or out on the shaded veranda. The buffet includes a pizzeria. (La Veranda transforms into an upscale Italian restaurant for dinner.)

#7. Seabourn Cruise Line

This luxury cruise line's buffet option for select ships is called the Colonnade, offering ocean views, indoor and outdoor seating, and buffets for breakfast and lunch. For dinner, the restaurant serves regionally-themed table-service dinners with menu options like pan-seared grouper and caramelized guava cheesecake

#6. Carnival Cruise Lines

Sit indoors or outdoors at the Lido Restaurant, a seafaring buffet with options like a salad bar, deli, and Asian food. It's open for lunch and dinner and is included in the ticket price for all Carnival ships. Added plus: the pizza station and soft serve and frozen yogurt stations are available 24/7. 

#5. Royal Caribbean International

The Windjammer Café is an all-day buffet on board select Royal Caribbean ships. The eatery offers options like made-to-order omelettes, pastas, salads, soups, sandwiches, and a carving station. 

#4. Norwegian Cruise Line

The Garden Café is the buffet on board most Norwegian Cruise Line ships, and it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner alongside floor-to-ceiling windows. Popular choices include a pasta station, a carving station, and made-to-order omelettes and waffles.

#3. Oceania Cruises

The Terrace Café serves three meals a day complete with indoor and outdoor dining. Lunch options with international inspiration include bouillabaisse and homemade vegetarian spring rolls. The dinner menu offers choices like fresh hand-cut sushi and made-to-order lobster tails and lamb chops

#2. Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara's answer for snacks and casual cuisine, the Windows Café is part of an all-inclusive dining experience on board select ships. The buffet's choices change daily, but some examples are fresh sushi, fish, pastas, desserts, and a carving station. The Café also offers Indian, Spanish, Italian, Mexican, and other global cuisine.

#1. Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises modeled their Oceanview Café after an international marketplace, complete with a variety of cuisine options inspired by the world's countries. The buffet is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late at night, and options include pizza, sushi, stir-fry, and made-to-order pasta.