Gone are the days of buffets or boring food on your ship’s main dining room.
Cruise lines have a plethora of options for passengers to indulge their tastebuds. From different specialty restaurants to more options in the dining rooms, lines have stepped up their culinary game. Many lines have also partnered with celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs to give their guests the best gastronomy experiences.
Jamie Oliver on Royal Caribbean
The fast-talking British chef partnered with Royal Caribbean several years ago and now, some RCCL ships have his land-based chain restaurant Jamie’s Italian.
The menu includes seasonal Italian fare like antipasti plates which has meats like salami, pastrami and beautiful cheeses.
Guests will also find handmade pastas and risottos. And try Jamie’s signature porchetta.
Curtis Stone on Princess Cruises
Curtis Stone, the Australian celebrity chef has created a concept restaurant aboard some of the ships in the Princess Cruises fleet called SHARE.
He debuted his restaurant on 2015 and he has designed the menu so guests share their food. Guests will dine on a number of appetisers, pastas, salads and main courses and sides.
Dishes to try include the butter-poached lobster, a side of mac and cheese as well as the beef.
Guy Fieri on Carnival Cruise Line
Famous in America for his burgers and barbecues, Guy Fieri created Guy’s Burger Joint which are on both the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.
Guests can order up hand-cut fries as well as burgers to their liking. It’s perfect for a poolside meal.
If you’re travelling on the Carnival Magic or the Carnival Vista, you’ll be able to try Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar Bar-B-Que Smokehouse which includes pulled pork butt and smoked Andouille sausage.
Mark Best on Dream Cruises
The former owner of famed restaurant Marque, the hatted chef has now created a beautiful menu combining the best of Western and Asian flavours.
Bistro by Mark Best is onboard the Genting Dream which will be homeported in Singapore from December.
The menu includes Iberico pork, Rangers Valley beef, potatoes cooked with duck fat, fresh oysters and the beautiful ‘Three Rivers’ dish, which is Murray Cod from the Murray River in Australia served with Sichuan potatoes from the Yangtze River in China and a butter sauce from the Loire Valley in France.
Thomas Keller by Seabourn
The godfather of American cuisine, Thomas Keller has restaurants on the Seabourn fleet.
He is famous for his restaurants The French Valley in the Napa Valley as well as Per Se in New York.
Starting out on the Seabourn Encore, The Grill by Thomas Keller features great American steaks as well as Lobster Thermidor. The wine list is also curated by Thomas.
Jacques Pepin on Oceania Cruises.
The French chef who is one of the most famous French chefs in the world, has served as Oceania Cruises’ executive culinary director since the beginning of the cruise line. Oceania often wins awards for its amazing food (including this year’s Cruise Passenger 21st Birthday Awards).
The dining room features some of his creations but on the Sirena, passenger can dine at the Jacques Bistro which transforms the main dining venue into a French-styled lunchtime eatery.
On the Rivera and Marina, the specialty restaurant Jacques has beautiful entrees like duck a l’orange and bouillabaisse. For the diehard fans, the chef also hosts a culinary-themed European cruise every year.
Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa on Crystal Cruises
He’s one of the most famous Japanese chefs in the world and Nobu’s partnership with luxury line Crystal Cruises has been well received by guests.
He has created a menu which melds Japanese flavours with European and even Peruvian flavours.
Some of the standouts include sushi and sashimi plates as well as Wagyu rib-eye with wasabi pepper sauce and miso-glazed cod.
Roy Yamaguchi on MSC Cruises
Another big American-Japanese chef, Roy’s will debut his Pan-Asian eatery, Asian Market Kitchen aboard the MSC Seaside in December.
The menu will include sushi, sashimi as well as teppanyaki grills.