What to Expect on an Emirates Cruise: Cruise Ship Food

When it comes to food, there’s a semi-famous quote from preeminent American food writer M.F.K. Fisher that we always like to refer to. It goes something like this: ‘First we eat, then we do everything else’. In just eight words, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher outlines exactly where food ranks in our list of priorities. Without enjoying a good meal, it’s hard to get anything done - and with MSC Cruises, there is so much you can be getting up to - but what kind of cruise ship food can you expect on an Emirates cruise?

Is Food Included On A Cruise?

Perhaps we should start by clarifying if any food is bundled in with the price of your cruise. The quick answer to that is yes; and we won’t stand for any rumbling tummies on board because the cuisine available with MSC Cruises is wide-ranging and plentiful. Everyone who embarks with MSC Cruises has access to the 20-hour buffet, which is guaranteed to serve up something for everyone.

What About The Fancy Restaurants?

Guests can upgrade to include dining in the elegant main restaurants during their Emirates cruise. The restaurants on board vary from ship to ship but regardless of which you end up on, you can count on having a romantic dinner cruise for two and the opportunity to feast on gourmet international favourites and signature dishes from the chef inspired by MSC Cruises’ Mediterranean heritage, capped off with a choice of sumptuous desserts. Diners can choose something from our dedicated gluten-free and vegetarian and vegan menus. Also available are express lunches for active travellers and pre-prepared Kosher and Halal meals.

What Kind Of Food Do MSC Cruises’ Ships Serve In The Emirates?

Some of the food in Dubai and Abu Dhabi might be strange and previously untasted before now, but on MSC Cruises’ ships themselves, you can count on the opportunity to dig into many of your old favourites. In the 20-hour buffet, you’ll be able to watch the chefs cook up freshly-made pasta, pizzas, breads and desserts, before sitting down to the actual meal itself, shaping an authentic Mediterranean dining experience. Away from the freshly-prepared Mediterranean specialities, carnivores will have a cow at our meat carvery, while potentially picky youngsters are well catered for in the dedicated kids corner. Fast-food fans are likely to be drawn to the take-away station, and elsewhere in the buffet, there’s a dessert corner, pasta station, bakery corner, daily specials corner, wellness corner and many others. As if all that choice wasn’t enough, spectacular sea views provide a real feast for the eyes too while you enjoy all this fantastic food.

I’m Feeling Lazy, Can I Get Room Service?


Absolutely! We get it; sometimes, the thought of leaving your bed to get food is exhausting in itself. So that’s why MSC Cruises offers 24/7 room service, bringing everything from full meals to whichever combination of appetisers, soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, fruit, cheese and snacks takes your fancy. Be it a slap-up breakfast in bed, a freshly-baked authentic Italian pizza or even chocolate-dipped strawberries, you can enjoy the lot from the comfort of your own cabin. Drinks are included too, with an extensive selection of beers, wines, soft drinks and hot beverages available.

Send your tastebuds on a round the world trip by booking your holiday with MSC Cruises