People who love to spend their vacations in cruise have a thing or two to rejoice about. The food scene on the cruise circuits have undergone a facelift over the past few years. Top luxury liners are now luring more customers by concentrating their focus on food details served on the cruise. They are now hiring on board celebrated chefs, superstar cooks, and partner with cooking schools as well as foodie magazine. The floating restaurants aboard the sea liners are now being driven by quality and sophisticated techniques mixed with high quality ingredients for the lip-smacking dishes ready for the sea passengers. If you are a foodie and love traveling by the sea, check the following cruise ships who would not disappoint you at your meal time.
1. Oceania Cruises Marina
This ship was recently launched and is still in its novice stage to be considered as a luxury liner. The 1250 capacity vessel, however, will definitely delight you with the top of the class foodie offerings. The Bon Appetit Culinary center has long counters to let passengers grab their fancy fare in one go; the fare itself cooked on the 24 impressive cooking stations. The dining rooms serve both continental cuisines and dishes from Canyon ranch. Another magazine partnership has opened up La Reserve, which offers seven course wine pairing dinners. Jacques, another favorite of the seafarers plays French chansons and has world class art on display.
The Red Ginger has dazzling decor and is lined with glass Buddha decor and ebony wood finishing. It has a predominantly Asian Menu with vegetable curry and clay pot caramel chicken. The best of the lot however is the $1000 dinner extraordinaire experience at the Privee which has marble table and crocodile skin chairs.
2. Crystal Serenity
This is the first luxury liner which started the trend of promising top of the class dining experience to the patrons. It began partnering with chefs and restauranteurs and invested $25 million dollars in redesigning the ship. The 1070 passenger capacity line has a choice of restaurants which offer a variety of cuisines for the seafarers. The Crystal dining room, which is the main restaurant, aboard the liner, has menu that rarely repeats itself. Silk road and Sushi Bar has nobu-trained chefs which offer top notch tuna tataki. The miso black cod you get here is as good as cod gets. Another restaurant called Prego has a menu that offers the best there is in Italian by Piero Selvaggio. It is known for the best Caesar salad on sea. In 2012, the cruise is going to be decked with fine wines and spirits with the dining complimentary. The Vintage room, the wine makers’s dinner, stocks rare bottle. You will not be surprised to find the 1959 ChÃ¢teau Lafite-Rothschild.
3. Silversea Silver Spirit
Silversea Silver spirit is next in line of the best foodie cruises out there. This luxury liner has a 540 passenger capacity and offers an all inclusive fare and six different restaurants to choose from, the highest on any liner in the industry. The unique feature about this luxury liner is that all its restaurants offer different varieties and do not resemble the same menu. The Stars is a fancy supper place offers delightful platefuls along with rare condiments to play around with. The open air grill, lets seafarers grill their own chops and ribs over red hot rocks. A delightful sanctuary for food lovers is the Seishin retaurant which has polished marble and rich wood finishing and offers exotic Asian dishes. The octagon shaped Le Champagne is a soothing sight for the eyes with Brazilian cherrywood finishing. All said and done, what the passengers on the Silversea truly devour is the high quality room service, the course by course service by butlers in tow with style and finesse!
4. Seabourn Odyssey
The Seabourn Odyssey sports the top restaurants on sea. The main restaurant has a theatrical look to it with a soaring ceiling with “Restaurant 2”. It is a colorful banquet for the eyes sporting black leather, red banquettes, and purple cushions. The colonnade boasts of breathtaking views of the ocean while you enjoy your meals. The 450 passenger capacity Odyssey has top chef Charlie Palmer on board who is the sealiner’s chief culinary consultant. The restaurants on board boast of creativity and lavishness. They use premium ingredients to make their dishes such as American caviar and Valrhona chocolate. If you prefer a cup of cappuccino, then feel free to visit the Coffee bars in the morning. In the afternoon, enjoy the sunny deck with complimentary Champagne, and caviar.
5. Seven Seas Mariner
Boasting of being the first all balcony ship in the world, this liner hires experts for training its culinary team for the 700 passenger ship. The restaurant signature feels posh lined with floral chairs and tapering candles. The celery and walnut quiche are super. And on select sails, the chefs also conduct workshops on board. At Prime 7, prime steaks are the talk of the ship. The room is filled with buttery aromas and juicy steaks. The main dining place, is the Compass Rose where you can dig your teeth into the truffle fries and fulfill your gourmet desires with the Canyon ranch Spa club dishes. If your delight lies in true Italian Marguerite Pizzas, then La Veranda is the place for you. This restaurant will wow you by offering delights from the locale where ship is sailing past at the moment. Finally to top it off you can always relax at the ice-cream and milk shake parlor machines.