Is Food Included on a Royal Caribbean Cruises (What and Where) 2024

Whether you are new to cruising or just new to Royal Caribbean, you might be wondering if all the food is included in the price.

After all, food and drinks are potentially one of the biggest expenses on vacation and the amount spent can soon add up.

In the case of Royal Caribbean, mealtime food and snacks are available in a range of dining options, all included in the price.

Main Dining buffet meal on Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas Main Dining Buffet Breakfast

However, not every dining option is free.  

Some of the more specialty options you have to pay extra for.

Find out below which foods are free and where you can find them onboard.

Is Food Included in Royal Caribbean Cruises?

Food is included in the price of a Royal Caribbean cruise.

The main free Royal Caribbean restaurants on the majority of ships are:

  • Main Dining Room
  • Windjammer

Many of the other numerous options we cover below aren’t all on every ship.

What Food is Included on a Royal Caribbean Cruise?

All your meals are covered on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Examples for each mealtime include:

Breakfast: From room service continental breakfast to a wider choice from a range of cafes.

Lunch: Wide range of cafes, poolside snacks and fast food options.

Dinner: Main dining room and Windjammer

Free Royal Caribbean Caribbean Dining Options

Below is a table of all the places you can eat for the complimentary free on a Royal Caribbean cruise, although not every option is on every ship in the fleet.

Dining OptionFood TypeIncluded
Cafe @ Two70DeliBreakfast & Lunch
Cafe PromenadeDeliBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Coastal KitchenA La Carte, Med-FusionBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
(Suite & Pinnacle Club members only)
Dog HouseFast FoodSnacks, Lunch & Dinner
El Loco FreshMexican Fast FoodSnacks & Bites, Lunch, Dinner
Main Dining RoomGlobalBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mini BitesFast FoodSnacks & Lunch
Noodle BarChinese Fast FoodBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Park CafeDeli Fast FoodBreakfast & Lunch
Room ServiceContinental breakfastBreakfast
Splashaway CafeFast FoodBreakfast & Lunch
Sorrento’sPizza (Fast Food)Lunch & Dinner
Vitality CafeHealthy Cafe*Breakfast & Lunch
WindjammerGlobal Food OptionsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Complimentary Food Options on Royal Caribbean

Mealtimes Complimentary Options


Royal Caribbean offers a free room service continental breakfast. 

You have the option of different choices, but you will face an extra charge for each one.


Whether you want to sit down for lunch or just grab food on the go, there are plenty of options on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

You can choose to visit a range of cafe options. 


There are a wide range of snack and fast food options to pick up around the ships.

Whether it’s a slice of pizza at Sorrento’s or tasty hot dogs from the Dog House.  

Perhaps if hanging by the pools, you may want to grab a quick snack from Mini Bites.

Cookies are another popular option you can pick up throughout the day at the likes of Cafe @ Two70 and into the evening at Cafe Promenade, which is open 24 hours a day.


There are two main dining options on Royal Caribbean ships which we cover below.

However, there are a number of other options you can choose from as highlighted in the table.

Main Dining Room 

The main dining room is found on all royal Caribbean ships and is open daily for breakfast and dinner and lunch on sea days.

Offering a global cuisine there is something for everyone.   

There are two dining options to choose from:

  • Traditional Dinner
  • My Time Dining

If you opt for Traditional Dinner, you’ll dining time be the same, early or late, and you’ll sit with the same people along with the same waiters.  

My Time Dining is the flexible dining time option.   You can book a table in advance and wait to be seated.   With this option you’ll also sit with different people each meal time, and also have different servers.

Extra Charges: Premium options are available on the menu for extra charges, typically lobster and steak.

You can order as many courses of the complimentary food as you like, but it’s worth bearing in mind what happens to cruise ship food waste if you consistently take more than you can eat. The same goes for Windjammer.


The Windjammer is Royal Caribbean’s main global buffet offering for breakfast, lunch, and usually dinner, but it may be dependent on the sailing.  You simply help yourself to do whatever you want.

All food in Windjammer is complimentary.  Soft drinks and alcohol are extra unless you have a Royal Caribbean drinks package.

Free Food on Royal Caribbean Video

This video covers most of the free dining options giving a quick visual insight on each.

Relevant time stamps:

  • Main dining Room 0.44 secs
  • Windjammer 1.30
  • Park Cafe 2.26
  • Sorrentos 2.57
  • Dog House 3.14
  • Splashaway Cafe 4.12
  • El Loco Fresh 5.08
  • Vitality Cafe 5.31
  • Cafe @ Two70 5.52
  • Mini Bites 6.09
  • Cafe Promenade 6.31
  • Coastal Kitchen 6.58 (Suites and Pinnacle members only)

Food on CocoCay

Food is complimentary on the Royal Caribbean private island CocoCay.    As usual, you will have to pay for soft and alcoholic drinks.  Although if you have a Royal Caribbean drinks package, you can use it on the island.

Chill Grill: Largest restaurant on CocoCay.  Serves classic beachside burgers and sandwiches.

Skipper’s Grill: Offers burgers, salads, and tropical fruits.  Also cookies and cakes.

Snack Shack: 3 on the island, known for the Shack Burger and fries.  It also offers cookies and cakes.

Food on Labadee

Labadee is a Royal Caribbeans private island in Haiti.

There are three cafes on the island:

  • Cafe Labadee
  • Columbus Cove Cafe
  • Dragon’s Cafe

All three serve up a complimentary lunch buffet.

Additional Specialty Option for Extra Charge

In addition to this wide range of all included free food options, there are several specialty dining options. Although what’s available will vary depending on the ship you sail with.

Where Extra Fees Apply

It’s worth highlighting that for a couple of the free dining options, there are some items on the menu you may have to pay an extra fee.

  • Room Service: Cover charge for anything else other than continental breakfast
  • Vitality Cafe: Extra fees apply for smoothies and juices


As well as food, you can get a wide range of free drinks on Royal Caribbean cruises.   

Included in the free beverages are water, teas, and coffee.

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For a first-hand recent review of what some of the above dining areas are like, have a look at Emma cruises Royal Caribbean food review.

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