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. Sit back, relax and allow us to tempt you with five of the very best cruise line cuisine traditions:
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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. On a Cruise & Maritime Voyages cruise, the waiters and occasionally the chefs, parade around the dining room proudly presenting their flaming Baked Alaska to guests – often with a standing ovation. There is much mystery surrounding the reason this event is so popular, but the ice-cream and meringue duo is enjoyable, nonetheless.
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Regent Seven Seas
14 layer chocolate cake
Sweet tooth rather than savoury? Let us introduce you to the chocolate cake of your dreams, courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Prime 7. With 14 layers towering precariously above your plate, this Valrhona chocolate cake is the ultimate indulgence. The pistachio sauce that comes as an accompaniment is divine. Divided into halves, the bottom of the cake is made of a rich and delicious ganache while the top layers are spread with chocolate mousse, all covered in glistening chocolate icing – there really is little else you’d require from a chocolate cake.
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Time and time again Oceania Cruises have proved themselves as pioneers of culinary experiences – on 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. Alongside, 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.
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What happens when you combine the best technology with the most delicious dishes at sea? The result is an innovative, curious and unexpected speciality restaurant, such as Celebrity Cruises Qsine. From the moment you are handed your menu – an iPad – you know that you’re in for a treat. 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 (see above) will undoubtedly warm the heart as much as they fill the stomach.
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A taste of nature
A foodie appreciates real, genuine and authentic culinary experiences and the dishes served on a Hurtigruten cruise 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 anywhere else. 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.
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