Top 10 Gourmet Cruises For Foodies
Top 10 Gourmet Cruises For Foodies
1. CRYSTAL CRUISES
Celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa delights diners with an intriguing twist on Japanese cuisine aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Redefined by hints of Peruvian and European flavours, Chef Nobu’s eclectic Sushi Bar and Silk Road restaurant offer signature dishes such as lobster with truffle-yuzu sauce and black cod with miso to name just a few. Not to be outdone, the superb Crystal Dining Room is quite possibly the most impressive dining venue at sea. Sip the finest wines recommended by expert sommeliers from the ship’s extensive cellar of over 10 000 bottles. For something a little more casual, try the quaint Italian and Mediterranean restaurant Prego.
2. AMAWATERWAYS RIVER CRUISES
Overseen by award-winning Chef Primus Perchtold, the Chef’s Table Restaurant will wow you with its incredible cuisine. Seating only 28 diners at a time, this intimate restaurant offers a front-row view of your meal being prepared in the demonstration kitchen. Watch as talented chefs cook using fresh local ingredients to bring you a true taste of the region. With its exquisite cuisine and exclusive setting, it’s no surprise that Chef’s Table Restaurant has been included in the prestigious culinary group La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
3. ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES
Royal Caribbean Cruises offers a veritable smorgasbord of dining options sure to tempt every palate. The two largest cruise liners, Harmony of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, each boast an impressive 13 restaurants. Izumi serves superbly fresh sushi and sashimi. While Jamie’s Italian is a firm favourite for the fresh, wholesome dishes he’s so famous for. Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is also renowned for its gastronomic supremacy, featuring 15 restaurants to inspire and delight dedicated foodies. Treat yourself to a private five-course dining experience at the Chef’s Table. Have your favourite drink shaken or stirred by a robot at the Bionic Bar. Or dare yourself to dine at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine serving mind-bending experimental dishes.
Royal Caribbean’s fleet also serves up plenty of family-friendly fare including American-style diner Johnny Rockets, New York-style steakhouse Chops Grille, and Portofino for fresh Italian cuisine.
4. SILVERSEA CRUISES
Silversea celebrates the best of French and Italian fine dining with renowned chefs Rudi Scholdis and David Bisland at the helm. Silversea Muse and Silversea Spirit boast an exclusive partnership with the luxury hotel and restaurant group Relais & Châteaux, along with numerous other fine dining venues. Try The Grill for juicy steaks you can cook to perfection on your very own sizzling hot lava stone. Tuck into delicious Italian fare at La Terrazza. Or enjoy elegant refined French cuisine at La Dame by Relais & Châteaux and Le Champagne by Relais & Châteaux. Those are just a few of the 14 excellent restaurants you can choose from!
5. HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
Holland America Line has no shortage of impressive chefs at its table. Mark Best, Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres oversee nine excellent restaurants serving a range of culinary masterpieces from around the world. What’s more, Holland America offers exciting shipboard cooking shows inspired and produced by the highly popular America’s Test Kitchen TV show. Each recorded 45-minute demo course will feature a mix of video content, live instruction, taste tests and recipe samples. Asian Dumplings, We Love Chocolate, Flavours of the Mediterranean, and New Italian Favourites are just a few of the courses on offer. For those who want to perfect a specific skill, there will be 90-minute workshops to take part in too.
6. PONANT CRUISES
French flair awaits in the elegant dining venues aboard Ponant Cruises. Savour signature dishes such as seafood with poff ertjes or molten Madirofolo chocolate tart with Touron nougat ice cream. All perfected by respected chefs Alain Ducasse and Jean Robert Pitte at The Gastronomic and The Grill restaurants. Sample fine cheeses, sip on vintage wines and exotic cocktails by Veuve Cliquot, and tuck into fresh speciality breads and sweet pastries created by renowned patissiers Maison Lenôtre. Don’t miss afternoon tea at the delectable Ladurée bakery!
7. OCEANIA CRUISES
Acclaimed French chef Jacques Pépin set the superb culinary tone aboard Oceania’s six cruise liners. All ships feature the opulent Grand Dining Room where meals are served with the finest Christofle silver cutlery, Riedel glass and Versace china. Pépin’s signature restaurants include Privée (exclusive private dining room for 10 guests), Tuscan Steak, Toscana, Jacques (French Bistro), Red Ginger (Asian Fusion and Sushi Chef Selection) and Polo Grill. The two newest ships, Marina and Riviera, feature La Reserve, a wine tasting centre where a selection of superb wines are perfectly paired with complimentary dishes.
As winner of the ‘Best For Food’ Award at the Cruise International Awards 2012, it’s no surprise that Cunard is a firm favourite for foodie cruisers. Michelin-starred chef, Jean Marie-Zimmermann, has applied his culinary prowess to creating four main restaurants aboard Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria now boasts the new Verandah – an exquisite French-inspired restaurant famed for its beef and lobster flambé, and Grand Marnier soufflé dessert. Four alternating intimate venues include delicious Asian cuisine in Lotus, authentic Indian dishes at Coriander, hearty Italian fare at La Piazza, and the US-inspired Smokehouse.
9. SEADREAM YACHT CLUB
Seadream aims to please with a taste extravaganza unlike any other at sea. Experience the unique Signature Champagne and Caviar Splash as you swim out into the surf and dine aboard a floating table while sipping the finest champagne. Then head back aboard for a gourmet beach barbeque served on delicate bone china. Healthy eating is easy and delicious with Seadream’s Raw Food Menu, serving “living food” never heated above 48⁰C. A tantalising Degustation Menu offers perfectly portioned delicacies paired with wines over multiple courses. Seadream’s upcoming season in Asia has resulted in a new Asian-inspired menu including Singapore Beef Stir Fry, Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Puff, Nasi Goreng, Aloo Tiki and Malaysian Lobster Ragout to name a few.
10. PRINCESS CRUISES
Voted by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the “best cruises for food lovers”, Princess Cruises never fails to impress foodies of every sort. Whether you have a taste for fine dining or prefer more casual fare, you’ll find the perfect restaurant to suit you. Award-winning chefs, Curtis Stone and Ernesto Uchimura whip up to-die-for burgers and meaty delights. Chocolatier Norman Love dreams up mouth-watering chocolate desserts and drinks, along with wine and chocolate pairings. Book a table at Sabatini’s, the fleet’s signature restaurant serving Tuscan dishes. Head to the Crown Grill & Wheelhouse Bar for succulent steak and seafood. Or feast on the freshest oysters at Ocean Terrace seafood bar.
Now that your appetite for foodie cruising is whet, contact one of our expert cruise specialists to book your gourmet cruise today!