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Wining & Dining

Humpbacks lunge into a bubble net feeding frenzy the moment plates are served. An otter swims up to the dining room windows with her baby on her belly, getting everyone out of their seats (we’ve all done it). It’s no easy feat to prepare and serve dishes that consistently garner praise. There are special needs to be met, varying availability of ingredients, and there’s always potential for those unexpected dining guests.

Every meal is handcrafted by our executive chefs to ensure innovative, nutritious, and delectable dining experiences that highlight flavors of the region.

What to expect:

  • Early-riser breakfasts of fresh fruit and baked-on-board pastries 

  • Full breakfasts with hot and cold options and specialty items
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Lunches range from salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups to 
regionally-influenced dishes 

  • Dinners offer a choice of entrées including fresh, local seafood and meats 

  • Chef-selected wine pairings that complement your meal 

  • Made-from-scratch desserts like tiramisu and lavender panna cotta 

  • Varied hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour 

  • Vegetarian dishes are available at all meals 

  • Special dietary needs can be met with advance notice

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 dining experience is casual. And seating is open so you can join new friends and choose a different table at every meal. 


Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion? Let us know when you book your cabin. Our expert pastry chef will whip up a surprise treat to make it memorable.

What's on the menu

Early morning sees a passing of the torch. The pastry chef has baked through the wee hours of the morning. And after dawn, head chef and sous chefs prepare the hot-from-the-stove portions of the meal. Masters of improvisation, menus may alter. An expedition guide may discover morel mushrooms on a hike, or talk of local chilies might spark inspiration. Perhaps there’s even a special request to celebrate an occasion.

Your galley crew is attentive to ingredients. They also pay close attention to how food options meld with the activities and conditions of the day. Savory salmon cakes are satisfying starters after an invigorating hike. 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, or fish options to choose from. And if you can’t decide, try a sampling—just ask for half-and-half!

Selections vary by vessel and season.

— Sample Breakfast Menu —

Avocado toast topped with avocado pesto, grilled tomato, poached eggs & red pepper sabayon; Prosciutto, asparagus & goat cheese omelet; Banana pecan pancakes; Sweet potato hash, sausage, bacon, ham; Fresh baked pastries

— Sample Dinner Menu —

Field greens with fresh raspberries, caramelized chevre & champagne roasted shallot vinaigrette

Oven-fresh rosemary focaccia finished with apricot & sweet onion glaze

Baked sustainable Alaskan halibut with lemon-/thyme-infused compound butter
— or —

Tarragon roasted garlic pork medallions with braised Gala apples & cream sherry reduction
— or —
Towering summer squash Napoleon layered with crumbled boursin & pomegranate balsamico

Spiced poached pear with buttery puff pastry & salted caramel

The Galley

Spatulas, knives, and ladles at the ready. Head chefs handcraft every meal. And the result? Innovative, nutritious, and tasty dining experiences that highlight flavors of the region. In coastal Washington, it may be locally-cultivated oysters from a family farm. In Alaska, savor buttery- rich Dungeness crab caught live, in-season, by local fishermen. Or, along the Columbia & Snake Rivers, award-winning Washington and Oregon wines are paired with each meal.

Hundreds of collective hours spent sautéing, chopping, braising, and caramelizing have taught each team how to craft brilliant meals. And that experience—plus bacon in a salad, atop a dessert, or to garnish a cocktail—is likely to increase chances of success. While Mother Nature is assured her place at center stage, the galley’s fine-tuned creations earn deserved time in the spotlight and on your fork. It’s exciting in the galley!

Wetting Your Whistle

The vibe depends on the vessel. Your setting might be reminiscent of a neighborhood pub or a turn-of-the-century saloon. An intimate wine bar or an 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. And there’s a “Captain’s List” if you’re interested in purchasing some exceptional boutique wines on board.

Behind the bar, there are no wells or mass-produced options. What you’ll find are small batch, craft spirits. Along with barrel-aged cocktails (often 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, the nature of most bartenders is that of a tinkerer. Inspiration can come from the unique experiences of the day, the wilderness explored, or stories from hearty explorers—Lewis & Clark, John Muir, and you. So enjoy! Fine wines, spirits, and microbrews served aboard are included in your fare.

Sustainable Dining

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.

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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.”

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Dining Slideshow

Preview a day's menu options with a slideshow of our Dining options. Click the image at left to view.