Everyone knows that one of the perks of cruising is that the food is exceptional! We’re talking about Michelin-starred culinary treats and home-cooked authentic flavours – you can guarantee your taste buds will experience an adventure, too.
No matter where you’re heading to, you’ll taste cuisine from all over the world onboard – and if you’re lucky enough, you might even be joined by a celebrity chef or two on your sailing. Take a look at our top five foodie cruises – be warned, you might get hungry!
P&O Cruises are experts at creating the finest cuisine – with carefully crafted menus and celebrity chefs onboard, it’s the recipe for the perfect dining experience. P&O Cruises work closely with Marco Pierre White – the godfather of British cooking, Eric Lanlard, who makes dessert dreams come true, Atul Kochhar who blazes the trail in Indian fine dining, best-loved chef James Martin and Olly Smith – a real expert when it comes to food and wine. Together, they’re P&O Cruises’ Food Heroes.
These masters of the culinary world will provide you with cookery masterclasses to brush up on your skills, followed by an opportunity to chat and find out all their top tips and secrets. Working with an intimate class of 24 means you’ll likely get one-on-one time with your chosen chef. And of course, you’ll then enjoy indulging in all your hard work!
Aside from the Food Heroes’ sailings, there’s also The Cookery Club. Say hello to Britain’s first cooking school at sea – so if you consider yourself a dab hand in the kitchen or you want to work on your whisking, then this is just the cruise line for you. Whip up a mean dish in the state-of-the-art workstations, with floor to ceiling windows to give you the perfect ocean views as you create a feast.
When sailing with Celebrity Cruises, it’s nothing short of luxurious – and it’s certainly reflected throughout their cuisine, too. With a wide selection of choice right at your fingertips – with everything from the Tuscan Grille, boasting stunning ocean views and authentic Italian treats, to the AquaClass restaurant Blu, which takes clean-eating to a whole new level. You won’t have to worry about maintaining your diet – Blu specialise in healthy dishes that are still big on flavour!
The French speciality restaurant Murano is perfect for that romantic foodie experience, and it also offers excellent champagne and afternoon tea, complete with a three piece orchestra – now that’s a seriously tempting combination!Or choose to indulge in the Five Senses menu – combining tastes, aromas and wines from across the globe – it’s more than just your typical night in a restaurant. Enjoy six courses perfectly prepared and paired with the perfect tipple – this menu will stimulate all your senses.
Breaking the barrier is Qusine, where you’ll find your menu on iPads and dishes can vary from sushi on lollipops to lava crab and chocolate-covered strawberries served on edible grass. With 500 different wines onboard, you’ll get a real taste of all your favourite world-wide vineyards – there’s even pairing events for all you wine enthusiasts out there!
Working alongside French chef Jacques Pepin just says it all – with Oceania you’ll only experience the finest dishes onboard (and some may say at sea!) Their ingredients are sourced from around the globe, such as lobster from Maine and beef from America’s mid-west. You’ll find the centrepiece of their fine-dining in the glamorous Grand Dining Room, with Christofle silver cutlery, Riedel glass and Versace china that’ll make you feel like royalty. Much like P&O Cruises, Oceania offer a cooking experience where you have the chance to learn from the masters behind the magic at their culinary studio.
On their two newest ships, Marina and Riviera, head over to the wine tasting centre where you can indulge in wine-pairing gourmet menus. There’s also an exclusive private dining room where you can select dishes from the Polo Grill or Toscana in a more intimate setting – how does lamb loin with pistachio stuffing and a cabernet sauvignon sauce sound? If Asian fusion is your thing, they have that covered too! Oceania even won ‘Best Onboard Restaurant’ at the Cruise International Awards in 2013.
One of the many perks of Royal Caribbean is that they cover a broad spectrum of dining experiences to suit all kinds of taste buds. With everything from casual dining to specialty restaurants, the choice is yours. You’ll find Jamie Oliver restaurants and Michael Shwartz cuisine, which combines craft beers with seriously good food – it’s homemade, hearty and wholesome. Sample a taste of Italy, America, Mexico, Asia and good old British culinary treats – with Royal Caribbean, the possibilities are never-ending.
You’ll find hot dog stands, quaint cafes and even Ben & Jerry’s eateries – there’s just so much flexibility onboard. Whether you fancy a quick bite to eat, a family meal or a gastronomic five-course dinner, there’s something to satisfy everyone. With over 25 dining options, these mega-ships have you covered – no day will ever be the same!
Dining onboard Princess Cruises is a joyful celebration – with everything designed fresh for the most desirable tastes. You’ll find hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizzas at Alfredo’s and soft-baked cookies served on deck during their iconic Movies Under the Stars®. You’ll find a tea tower featuring 250 blends onboard Royal Princess, and they’ve even teamed up with Aussie celeb chef Curtis Stone to make your sailing that extra bit special.
Princess Cruises take dessert to a whole new level with their Chocolate Journeys℠ program – you’ll certainly embrace the sweet life with their sinfully delicious treats. Expert chocolatier Norman love is like the Willy Wonka to Princess Cruises, with his exquisite, silky, rich confections that have even been idolised by InStyle Magazine and Martha Stewart Living – proving you’ll be in a chocolate heaven. You can even pair your chocolatey treats with the perfect wine, or indulge in a chocolate massage – talk about unique!
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Dress up, dress down, sit with friends or make new ones, indulge in a four-course feast or grab a burger around the pool – there’s so much diversity onboard, you’ll find something to drive your taste buds crazy no mater which cruise you choose. Start your foodie adventure and check out our latest cruise deals here!
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