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World's Best New Cruise Food

World's Best New Cruise Food

These 8 cruise lines are proving that gastronomy exists on the Seven Seas -- we just wish that airlines could do it too.

For years, the customary cruise buffet was on par with the famous Vegas buffet – all-you-can-eat but barely edible. It makes sense when ship kitchens have to stock up for the entire length of the cruise but was it the sea breeze causing the food to be so salty? Now cruise companies seem to be responding to the rising worldwide demand for delicious, and in many cases, sustainably sourced food.

Five-star dining may be expected from five-star cruise lines like Crystal and Seabourn but even they are upping the ante by luring renowned chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa and Charlie Palmer on board. But are those just more examples of celebrity chefs lending their cache via the use of their names and some light consulting on the menu? Not in the case of Europe-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new German culinary star, Dieter Müller, who has promised to be in his whites 70 days out at sea.

Others are adding ships to their fleets that have some exciting new restaurant offerings, like Qsine on the Celebrity Eclipse and The Verandah on Cunard’s new Queen Elizabeth. So the next time you set sail on one of these eight cruise lines, expect more from your meals and, course by course, they will surely rise to the challenge.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.


10 Bahamian Foods & Cuisines to Try

A couple on Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises enjoying local Bahamian cuisine.

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out these 10 traditional Bahamian dishes you won't want to miss when you're on your next Caribbean cruise.

  1. Cracked Conch
    Conch (pronounced "konk") shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it's undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean &mdash but while you're on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.
  2. Conch Salad
    On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don't worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn't raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.
  3. Rock Lobsters
    Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.
  4. Bahamian Stew Fish
    A dark roux is combined with spices, tomato, celery, and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried catch of the day (most commonly grouper or snapper).
  5. Johnnycakes
    Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked concoction, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
  6. Pigeon Peas and Rice
    Served as a side to common Bahamian food, pigeon peas and rice is a classic dish most commonly made from pork, pigeon peas (a staple bean of the Caribbean and Latin America), celery, rice, tomatoes, and thyme.
  7. Baked Crab
    A wildly popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab's original shell.
  8. Souse
    Pronounced "sowse," this famous Bahamian dish is a stew combining onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and meat &mdash which could include anything from chicken or sheep's tongue to pork, oxtail, or pig's feet. Don't let the more unusual choices scare you off! This is a delicious savory dish, and it's beloved for good reason.
  9. Guava Duff
    Take guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and you have guava duff. Often served with a rum custard sauce, this local dessert is otherworldly good.
  10. The Yellow Bird
    Adopted from Jamaica, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favorite, is a concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, and banana liqueur (sometimes excluded).

While you're onshore visiting a port on a Caribbean cruise, take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You'll come back feeling energized and new.