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The Crystal Dining Room

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Experience: Cruise ship dining rooms are ambitious undertakings—serving multiple courses to hundreds of passengers at a time is no easy feat—and some fall short. Not in this venue, which consistently ranks among the best at sea. You’ll realize why the moment you taste such extraordinary offerings as truffled chicken liver parfait with pear confit and roasted wild pheasant breast with pistachio stuffing on champagne sauerkraut—all served on Villeroy & Boch china.

Plan Your Trip: Visit

20 cruise ships with the best food

These days, cruise ships come packed with more restaurants than most

beach resorts—as many as 25 on the newest megaships. And while

dining-room and buffet-style venues are still options on most vessels,

more intimate specialty restaurants (some of which demand a surcharge of

$20—$49 a person) offer both inviting atmospheres and inventive

cuisines. Which floating dining experiences are the ones you shouldn’t

miss? Here are our picks for the 20 most delicious places to eat while

at sea.