Where did you taste the best steak of your life? The perfect wine pairing? The most extraordinary meal presentation? The choicest decadent chocolate dessert? You might just find your new favourite culinary experience in the middle of the ocean!
If you’re dreaming of a cruise for your next vacation, treat yourself to nothing short of outstanding dining at sea. These cruise lines are our top picks for foodie travellers. Bon appetit… and bon voyage!
Celebrity Cruises‘ restaurants feature diligently locally sourced ingredients and daily service that couldn’t be any fresher, not to mention the award-winning wine selections.
At the helm of the new Celebrity Edge’s culinary experiences is Michelin starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, whose creative style is all about “a collection of a thousand details”- and it shows. In all 29 of the Edge’s breathtaking food and drink venues.
And as if the onboard dining thrills weren’t enough, Celebrity has also partnered with Fine Cooking to introduce a dedicated culinary cruise adventure featuring the top chefs of Moveable Feast.
Onboard Holland America‘s fleet, you’ll savour the signature culinary style of award-winning Master Chef Rudi Sodamin. He and six other world-class chefs are joined by James Suckling, world-renowned wine critic, and together they’ve dramatically elevated the dining experience at sea.
Guests hoping to bring some of their culinary experiences home will also be treated by America’s Test Kitchen, featuring live cooking shows and workshops designed exclusively for Holland America.
Health-conscious travellers with adventurous tastes should hop on board the Princess Cruise ships, awarded “Healthiest Cruise” by Shape Magazine. You can expect excellence from LA Chef of the Year, Chef Curtis Stone, who heads the line’s culinary experiences.
Of course, there’s plenty on board to indulge in, including Chocolate Journeys by master chocolatier, Norman Love. After all, even the healthiest diets should always leave room for dessert.
Once a year, Hapag Lloyd’s Europa moors in Antwerp for a foodie extravaganza. World-renowned Michelin starred chefs, winemakers, chocolatiers, cheesemakers, and patissiers join forces to create a world of flavours to indulge in.
But set sail on any of the usual cruises, and you can still expect one of the finest dining experiences in the industry.
You don’t have to be a serious foodie to recognize celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver’s golden touch on board the Royal Caribbean, where Tuscan cuisine served up at Jamie’s Italian.
But don’t miss exquisite favourites like Chef’s Table, serving prix fix gourmet dining, 150 Central Park, home to extravagant farm-to-ship creations, and the unforgettable Wonderland, where each fare is so imaginatively presented, you might almost forget to eat it.
The largest privately-owned cruise line in the world, MSC Cruises offers a staggering line-up of distinguished chefs, including Jean-Philippe Maury, one of the most esteemed French pastry chefs, double Michelin starred chef, Carlo Cracco, and celebrity chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Jereme Leung.
What’s more, the MSC Magnifica will soon premiere the MSC World Cruise, where 9 international chefs will feature their signature culinary styles onboard.