31 March 2019
With the incredible dining options available on many luxury cruise liners, it can be quite easy to forget that you’re on a ship rather than in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Here are our favourite culinary experiences you can enjoy at sea.
Gold-leaf risotto and pancakes on the veranda, steak and seafood cooked on a heated volcanic rock or fine dining at the most exclusive restaurant at sea. With several restaurants to choose from onboard Silversea vessels you really are spoilt for choice. For world-class cuisine that is painstakingly prepared try Le Dame, which offers delicacies including maple-glazed duck salad and the finest quality cuts of beef, all served with a selection of carefully matched beverages, curated by the Sommelier. Waiters can track guests’ preferences when they order so that they can make informed recommendations throughout the cruise, meaning a more tailored and personalised experience. The in-suite dining is a favourite amongst guests too – request your favourite dishes from the chef and they will be served to you by the butler in your room with matching wine suggestions.
“The Restaurant is the main dining room and sparkles with silver, crystal and candlelight, serving contemporary and international cuisine with the sophisticated elegance and impeccable service as part of your prestige travel. Menus feature regional specialities unique to the voyage destination, for example, Roasted Chilean Sea Bass while cruising the Chilean fjords and Indian Chicken Korma en route to Mumbai.”
Daryl, Travel Counsellor
Bone china plates, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silver, and fine cotton linens - the Grand Dining Room onboard Oceania’s fleet is sumptuous in décor and comes complete with formally attired staff who are ready to cater to your every whim. Enjoy a perfectly portioned degustation menu including dishes such as molten cheese souffle and duck a la orange, or opt for healthy living choices such as steamed lobster or a light vegetable broth in this delectable eating establishment. If you’re partial to breakfast in bed, the crew will call beforehand to make sure you are up and ready to receive your in-room meal. For a real luxury experience, Jacques Pepin, Oceania's Executive Culinary Director has created a seven-course dinner experience called La Cuisine Bourgeois. This exclusive menu is available to just 24 guests in the La Reserve dining rooms and features classic French dishes from the 1950s and 60s. Each course is presented to you by silver service is paired with expertly selected beverages.
When it comes to luxury culinary cruising it’s a must to include the world-renowned White Star Service of Cunard. The ultimate luxury offering onboard is the exclusive Queens Grill restaurant which is only available to those staying in Grills suites. Here you’ll be offered the finest ingredients prepared by the very best chefs on a changing menu of Cunard classics and innovative modern dishes, all prepared with fresh ingredients that have a strong provenance. There’s also the Grills Afternoon Tea with hand-made cakes and speciality savouries to delight you each afternoon. As a Grills guest, you will find plenty of luxurious touches in your suite too, from the chilled champagne welcoming you on board to the daily fresh fruit and flowers delivered to you every day.
With nine dining options, you’re spoilt for choice on a Regent Seven Seas cruise. Chefs use the most luxury ingredients and stylish presentation plus the waiters, waitresses and sommeliers know the menu inside out, so they can make knowledgeable recommendations based on your tastes. There’s plenty of little touches too, like chic reading glasses (in case you forgot yours) to help you with the menu. Choices include New York Strip steak, tuna tartare and Chinese BBQ ribs, but anything you wish for can be expertly prepared and served to you. Prefer a romantic meal for two? The full Compass Rose menu can be served, course by course, in your suite with full napery and silverware.
Seabourn is a proud member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic societies devoted to the art of fine dining. The Grill by chef Thomas Keller is so popular that reservations are recommended 15 days in advance of sailing, and guests are treated to favourites including lobster thermidor and Caesar salad served à la carte. Enjoy private dining on your veranda served by a personal chef or in Earth & Ocean where chefs create a sophisticated menu celebrating flavours from around the world served in a relaxed setting under the stars.
Try these delectable dining options at sea and get in touch with you Travel Counsellor to book your cruise today.