The Best Gelato You Can Find on a Cruise

I scream, you scream — but it's not for American ice cream.


It's for gelato, the rich, silky and slightly decadent Italian variety. (The difference between the two? Gelato contains little to no air.)

What we know as gelato first appeared in Sicily in the 1500s. But, thankfully, the creamy concoction isn't confined to Italy — in fact, more and more cruise lines are getting into the game.

When Norwegian Breakaway was introduced in New York City in May, one of its most popular features was the two gelaterias, aptly named Dulce Gelato. Guests can enjoy a scoop inside the ship or outdoors, along the Waterfront seaside dining area.

Celebrity's newest ship, Reflection, sports a gelateria within Café al Bacio. Served in either a cup or cone, the 10 flavors are made right onboard.

Princess Cruises' newest ship, Royal Princess, recently came on the scene with what they say will be the largest selection of gelato and ice cream options at sea. Responsibility for creating the eight gelato flavors falls on the pastry chef, who is also in charge of accoutrements like fresh-baked waffle cones, dessert crepes and sundae toppings.

Since we're not-so-secretly addicted to gelato, a European cruise vacation is always on our wish list. Our not-to-be-missed gelaterias in Europe include:


Gelateria San Crispino, located along Via Panetteria near Trevi Fountain. What a refreshing treat on a hot, humid day spent trekking from fountain to museum to monument and back again.


Vivoli. You'll find this beloved shop along Via Isola delle Stinche, near the bustling Piazza Santa Croce. Just don't bring your confection into the leather shops or you may be heading home with gelato-stained apparel you weren't planning on buying!


Glacier Fenocchio on Place Rossetti. It's near the Lido Plage (beach).

If Europe isn't in your near future, but a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean is, you might be in luck.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten/St. Martin is home to the famous Carosel Gelataria Bar. Picture it: savoring a dish of creamy gelato while you relax in the shade of swaying palm trees. (You’ll probably bump into us doing likewise.)

Getting to the Carosel is easy — take the water taxi across the harbor to downtown Phillipsburg and grab a taxi over to the gelateria on Welfare Road in Simpson Bay. Or hop a taxi right from the port at the main taxi stand. But don't go too late in the day. Rush-hour traffic could interfere with your timely return to the ship. Even the best gelato in the world isn’t worth the cost of hopping a plane to your next island port.

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