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10 Best Cruise Lines for Foodies in 2016

Cruises, generally, are not known for excellent food.

Granted, it’s tough to churn out mass-produced grub for hundreds or thousands of passengers, and even tougher to let that food maintain some semblance of culinary integrity. Somehow, though, a few lines are figuring out how to present passengers—especially passengers who are willing to pay extra—with creative entrees that feature high-quality ingredients and delicate flavors.

And as more travelers get interested in the epicurean arts, cruise companies are rushing to accommodate. The trends are many: We’re seeing chef’s tables on board, pumped-up specialty restaurants, food-themed itineraries and excursions, master-class cooking lessons for passengers, a focus on ingredients that are local to ports of call, even shopping trips to farmers’ markets guided by your ship’s chefs. Also, almost every line now seems to have its own Michelin-starred chef. Here are the 10 cruise lines that really stand out for onboard food above all the rest.

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