There are plenty of places on King Seaways to find food and drink, with each outlet offering a variety of options.
Restaurants are usually very popular so it is wise to pre-book a table for when it suits you. Better still, reserve online when you book your cruise, and you can save money compared to the onboard price - as much as 25% at the time of writing!
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Blue Riband Restaurant
The Blue Riband restaurant is an à la carte restaurant located on Deck 8. It operates between 6 pm and 10 pm ships time (CET) and serves a range of delicious meals.
I dined here on both nights. There are around four options for starters, main course, and dessert, and you can choose to have one-, two- or three-course meal.
Sample dishes on the menu during my sailings are below.
- Carpaccio of Bresaola
- Rillette of Salmon
- Mushroom Crème Soup
- Baked Breast of Duck
- Pheasant Casserole
- Poached Pork Tenderloin
- Cinnamon Apple Stew
- Chestnut Pie
- Forest Berry Trifle
Meals were presented beautifully on a par with what we would expect from an upmarket restaurant. Dishes were served hot, were tasty, and portioned to represent great value for money.
Table reservations are recommended, particularly on busier sailings, and the dress code is Smart Casual. You can book a table when you book your sailing online.
A children's menu is also available.
While I did not dine in the Explorers Steakhouse, I did witness the dishes served in the Blue Riband restaurant.
A wide selection of steaks is available from small value cuts to generous tender cuts of prime steak. Steaks are served with a side dish and arrive at the table sizzling hot, filling the room with a mouthwatering aroma.
The Explorers Steakhouse also offers other grilled specialities, including chicken and fish.
A children's menu is also available, and the dress code for the Steakhouse is Casual. Reservations are highly recommended.
7 Seas Buffet Restaurant
Passengers who don't pre-book table reservations at the Blue Riband Restaurant or the Explorers Steakhouse tend to gravitate towards the 7 Seas Buffet Restaurant.
A variety of dishes is available at the all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, including salads, soups, seafood and shellfish, meat canapés, cold meats, and pâté. Freshly baked bread from the onboard bakery is also available along with fresh fruit, cheeses and irresistible desserts.
This casual restaurant is often busy, so pre-book a table to dine at the time of your choice. This restaurant is a great place to feed the kids as they can choose what they want to eat and the quantity without you having to worry about the cost.
Latitude Café is an informal café serving light meals such as sandwiches, salads, and burgers, as well as teas, coffees, and cold drinks.
The café has a relaxed atmosphere and is popular with groups of travellers, such as those travelling with friends or family.
The Lighthouse Café is a casual and modern venue. Enjoy a range of coffees, teas and cold drinks, snacks, cookies, cakes, and pastries.
The Lighthouse Café is a self-service café and is an inexpensive place to relax with friends or family.
A buffet breakfast is available to Commodore and Commodore De Luxe passengers in the Blue Riband restaurant as part of the cruise price. Seaways Class passengers can dine at the breakfast buffet for a fee.
Choose from a selection of hot and cold foods, fresh fruit, and pastries. À la carte options are available to Commodore and Commodore De Luxe passengers for an extra fee.
With plenty of venues to choose from, you can find food and drink to suit all tastes and budgets. Prices are very reasonable and the food quality is excellent.
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