Cruising is so much more than just sailing the seas and rivers of the world, there are innumerable culinary opportunities and dining experiences available aboard every single ship. The 21st century has seen a rise in gastronomy interest and the world of cruising frequently proves - with innovation and creation - that it will not be left behind where taste buds are concerned. So, sit back, relax and allow us to tempt you with six of the very best cruise line foodie traditions…
Baked Alaska Parade
First created in 1867 to commemorate the USA buying Alaska, the famed Baked Alaska dessert has become something of a staple aboard many cruise ships and you can experience this with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. The waiters, and occasionally the chefs, parade around the dining room proudly presenting their flaming Alaska aloft to the guests - often to a standing ovation. The mystery surrounding the reasons why this event has become so popular are somewhat hazy, but I’m sure that the foodies amongst you would enjoy the ice-cream and meringue duo nonetheless.
Regent Seven Sea’s 14-Layer Chocolate Cake
If your tooth is sweet rather than savoury, then let us introduce you to the chocolate cake of your dreams, courtesy of Regent Seven Seas’ Prime 7 Restaurant. With 14 layers towering precariously above your plate, this Valrhona chocolate cake is the ultimate indulgence and the pistachio sauce that comes as an accompaniment is frankly divine. Divided into halves, the bottom, made of a rich and delicious ganache and the top layers spread with chocolate mousse, all covered in shiny, glistening chocolate icing – there really is little else that you’d require of a chocolate cake.
Oceania Cruises’ Culinary Center
Oceania Cruises have proved themselves time and time again as being pioneers of culinary experiences, and aboard Riviera and Marina you can experience the first custom-designed and truly hands-on cooking school at sea. At the ‘Culinary Center’ you will learn how to prepare and execute several exquisite dishes at your own fully-equipped workstation in a state-of-the-art kitchen. Not only this, but world-renowned Master Chefs will offer their expert knowledge to ensure that your dish is restaurant-worthy. Plus, with Oceania’s exclusive Culinary Discovery Tours™, you can join an instructor and shop ashore at select ports for fresh ingredients at local markets.
Sample Oceania’s menu with a voyage of your own on your next cruise holiday.
Celebrity Cruises® Qsine
What happens when you combine the best technology with the most delicious foods at sea? The result is an innovative, curious and unexpected specialty restaurant such as Celebrity Cruises® Qsine. From the moment that you are handed your menu – an iPad – you know that you’re in for a treat, and what a menu it is. Inspiring twists on classic dishes, unfamiliar flavour combinations and impressive presentation ensure that you are taken on a true culinary journey from the moment you arrive. The quirky names of dishes such as Disco Shrimp and Sushi Lollipops will undoubtedly warm the heart as much as they fill the stomach.
A Taste of Nature with Hurtigruten
A foodie appreciates real, genuine and authentic culinary experiences – and the dishes served on a Hurtigruten voyage deliver exactly that. Taking advantage of their exceptional surroundings, Hurtigruten have access to some of the most fresh and delicious ingredients at sea including fresh fish, beef, dairy products, fruit and – for the more adventurous – reindeer. Not only are Hurtigruten pioneers of utilising their surroundings, but they also create special culinary experiences that cannot be found elsewhere. In Norway, the ‘Autumn Gold’ concept provides handpicked cloudberries out on deck that have been delivered by a local Finnmark resident. Authentic food abounds and you’re sure to find a local delicacy that tantalises your taste buds.
Gold-leaf Risotto Courtesy of Silversea
If you’re a fan of the finer things in life, then this may be the foodie experience for you. Aboard a Silversea vessel, you will have access to Le Champagne – the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea. As if an exceptional menu of the utmost quality wasn’t enough, Silversea have stepped their cuisine up a notch by adorning their risotto dish with glorious gold-leaf. Although delectable, the risotto soon becomes a culinary indulgence and follows a tradition that harks back to the 16th century when Italian dukes and earls decorated their risotto dishes in this manner. This may be an extravagant garnish, but it’s certainly one that never fails to make a statement.
Indulge in the finer things in life on your voyage with Silversea.
Tempt your taste buds and call one of our Cruise Specialists today!
Please note, special dietary requirements are catered for by many cruise lines – please ask for details.