Local. Fresh. Inspired. It's a simple motto with delicious results. Our culinary program begins by building relationships with local farmers and vendors—with a focus on what’s fresh and sustainable. Field-to-table produce and ocean-friendly seafood from the waters we cruise in.
The result? Innovative, nutritious, and tasty dishes that highlight the flavors of the region. In Alaska, sample buttery-rich Dungeness crab caught live, in-season, by local fishermen. Or try roasted pineapple with mascarpone ice cream and banana bread crumble in the Hawaiian Islands. It's a true taste of place.
All onboard meals are included in your fare:
- Early-riser breakfasts of fresh fruit and baked-on-board pastries
- Full breakfasts with hot and cold options
- Lunches featuring salads, sandwiches, homemade soups, and regionally influenced dishes
- Varied hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour
- Dinners with a choice of entrées including fresh, local seafood, meats, and vegetarian dishes
- Made-from-scratch desserts like tiramisu and lavender panna cotta
Unless there’s a special barbecue or lunch on shore, most dinners are served over several courses. Attention is always paid to your personal preferences. The atmosphere and dress code in each ship's dining room is casual. And seating is open so you can join new friends and choose a different table at every meal.
Your galley crew pays close attention to how food options meld with the activities and conditions of the day. Belly-warming soups are perfect after a chilly glacier adventure. Cool cevíche makes a refreshing palate-pleaser in tropical climes. At mealtimes, there are vegetarian, meat, and fish options to choose from. And if you can’t decide, try a sampling—just ask for half-and-half!
While we love to impress with field-to-table ingredients, ocean-friendly seafood, and swoon-worthy desserts, we’re just as dedicated to meeting your dietary needs. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions so we can prepare for your arrival. We are happy to accommodate:
- Vegan and vegetarian
- Celiac-friendly and gluten-free
- Dairy- and lactose-free
- Seafood allergies or intolerance
- Nut allergies or intolerance
- Other food allergies, intolerance, and preferences
Wetting Your Whistle
The vibe depends on the vessel. Your setting might be reminiscent of a neighborhood pub, intimate wine bar, or upscale lounge. Specialty coffee and teas are always available. Wines tend to come from Washington and Oregon, but impressive international wines are also available. Most of our boats feature sustainable cask wines on a rotating tap.
Behind the bar, you’ll find premium and small batch, craft spirits. Cocktails are mixed with seasonal, local ingredients, house-made mixers and cordials, even some house-infused spirits (like a cucumber vodka or gin). The UnCruise Bloody Mary mix is popular, too (guests line up for the stuff). Call us cocky, but we’re confident that we can hang our hat on having the best craft bars afloat!
And while the occasional tastings do pop up, most bartenders are tinkerers by nature. Inspiration can come from the unique experiences of the day, the wilderness explored, or stories from hearty explorers—Lewis & Clark, John Muir, and you. With a specialty cocktail of the day, creativity is always shaking—or stirred. So enjoy! Fine wines, spirits, and microbrews served aboard are included in your fare.
Wherever possible, ingredients are sourced locally for freshness and regional authenticity, as well as to support the communities where we travel and to protect and preserve our oceans. Committed to sustainability throughout all aspects of our business, we are proud to be the first cruise partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program®
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program® is committed to helping sustain wild, healthy oceans that will exist long into the future. The program helps seafood buyers like our galley crew, make ocean- and environmentally-friendly seafood choices that minimize damage to ocean and freshwater environments. We proudly follow their guidelines, buying seafood recommended as “Best Choice” and “Good Alternative.”
More Guest Testimonials: Dining & Drinks
“Thank you for taking such good care of my wife's food allergy. You allowed her to relax, not worry about food, and explore many dishes she would never have tried. Results: I got to relax and enjoy as well, and she probably gained a pound of two. For me, I truly appreciated the expertise, the enthusiasm, and the patience of EVERY crew member.” — Steve B., Marlborough, MA (Alaska 2019)
“Did not expect a new creative drink every night! Wonderful usage of local ingredients!” — Jeanine R., Ft. Knox, KY (Alaska 2018)
“This was a spectacular trip…. The food was amazing. As a passenger with celiac disease, I was bowled over by the cake I was given. [Our steward] sought me out at the beginning of every meal and carefully walked me through my options. And unlike other ‘luxury’ small cruises, these were real options — not just telling me what I couldn't eat. Instead they were customized gluten-free substitutes that were gourmet dining. Kudos to the entire kitchen.” — Debbie S., Decatur, GA (Alaska 2019)
"So impressed with the food, and we are foodies! Couldn't have asked for more. Love the wine- and beer- paired meals.” — Hannah H., West Midlands, UK (Mexico 2015)
“Thank you for being so aware of my nut allergy. So nice to be able to enjoy all of the meals and desserts with no concern. … The staff and crew were absolutely amazing and so attentive. They really delivered a different kind of luxury.” — David S., Hickory Creek, TX (Costa Rica & Panama, 2018)
“Outstanding service … Really appreciated the excellent accommodations for me as a vegetarian. It's been a pleasure!” —Michele N., Midlothian, VA (Galapagos 2019)