Formica is just a brand name for laminate.
Yep. Formica does seem to be one of the best, if not the
best, brands of laminate. However, as far as I can tell, the difference in quality among the best brands is pretty minimal. Go to you local Home-Depot/Lowes/whatever and take a look. They usually a basic selection in stock, and you can always order whatever color you want. I would stick to a solid color, rather than a pattern, as patterns almost always look tot busy in a small space (like a boat galley).