One of the great pleasures of cruising is the fantastic culinary selections available on board. From sophisticated lobster nights to rich luxurious desserts; we have a look at the ten cruise ship restaurants you simply cannot afford to miss!
Ship: Anthem of the Seas
Jamie Oliver’s incredibly popular chain of authentic Italian restaurants are taking to the seas for the first time aboard Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Quantum class of ships. Drawing from his experiences living in Italy, Oliver has managed to put a unique spin on the culinary favourite. Pizzas, steak, fish and pasta make up the varied menu, offering something for everyone.
Ship: Azamara Quest
The Mediterranean-inspired Aqualina draws inspiration from the coastal towns and cities of Italy, Greece, France, Spain and Northern Africa. The menu is full of local delicacies such as filet mignon, sea bass, osso buco and much more.
Deal: Amalfi Coast Voyage
Ship: Celebrity Eclipse
Qsine from Chef Jacques Van Staden eschews traditional dining fares and course, favouring a sharing experience. Perfect for couples enjoying a romantic cruise, Qsine’s menu is packed full of unique sharing dishes such as sushi lollipops, angus beef sliders and lobster escargot.
Deal: Broadway & Beaches
The White Room
Ship: P&O Ventura
Headed by Marco Pierre White; The White Room is full of the creative cuisine the celebrity chef has become renowned for. Sample some of the delights which earned Pierre White his three Michelin stars. From £20 per person for a meal, The White Room offers excellent value for a culinary sophistication.
Deal: Atlantic Coast
Ship: Silver Spirit
Le Champagne is all about the experience, allowing passengers to enjoy comprehensive tasting menus full of locally-sourced ingredients. Unsurprisingly, incredible care has been taken to shape and develop Le Champagne’s wine menu to ensure the palate is sufficiently and expertly piqued throughout the meal.
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Ocean Blue is a unique mixture of New York and Miami influences creating an incredible array of seafood dishes. Based out of Miami; the restaurant benefits from access to locally-sourced fish such as Florida grouper. The restaurant is headed by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
Deal: Bahamas – New York
Ship: Royal Princess
Whilst many restaurants get pizza horribly wrong, drowning the base in oil and cheese; Alfredo’s revert to simple Neapolitan standards incorporating simple fresh ingredients and thin crusts. Alfredo’s is bound to be a favourite with families travelling on the Royal Princess.
Deal: Western European Passage
Ship: MSC Divina
Italian-owned cruise line MSC certainly know how to reproduce the culinary treats of their home country and the Eataly Steakhouse is no different. Serving classically prepared steak and meat dishes, combined with rich, sumptuous red wines; Eataly Steakhouse is a must-visit for steak lovers.
Deal: France, Spain Italy
Ship: Celebrity Solstice
This serene, peaceful restaurant aboard the Celebrity Solstice offers an incredible, healthy menu which never compromises taste. The Greek-inspired restaurant channels the healthy-eating of the Mediterranean, offering low-calorie delights such as pan-seared filet mignon.
Deal: Alaska Sawyer Glacier
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Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Aboard one of the two largest ships on the seas is another Floridian-flavoured eatery. Offering six-course tasting menus including lobster; many of the ingredients are sourced from small, independent South Florida farms. The responsible restaurant has developed a healthy ‘farm-to-ship’ sustainability process.
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