Wonderful dining is a part of every cruise: delicious, plentiful food that you neither cook nor clean up. However, some cruise lines elevate the onboard dining experience to five-star levels.
Nobu Matsuhisa is an acclaimed sushi master and the creator of innovative Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine. If you have trouble securing reservations at his restaurants in cities like London, New York and Hong Kong, don’t worry; you can enjoy his Silk Road restaurant and Sushi Bar on Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. As a bonus, you can book your first reservation at Silk Road with no reservation fee.
Fans of Geoffrey Zakarian know him as an Iron Chef, a recurring judge on Food Network’s “Chopped,” and a New York-based restauranteur. He also oversees the elegant, seafood-focused restaurant Ocean Blue on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ships. Guests on the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway can savor Zakarian’s take on scallops, sea bass, Dover sole and more.
Matsuhisa and Zakarian sometimes make appearances on the ships that feature their restaurants, as does French chef Jacques Pepin. Oceania Cruises’ executive culinary director will be on the Oceania Riviera departing July 7 from Lisbon to Rome. He’ll lecture, demonstrate cooking techniques, and design special menus for the ship’s signature restaurants, including Jacques, a French bistro, and Red Ginger, which features Asian cuisine.
If you love the television show “Top Chef,” you’ll be interested in Celebrity Cruises’ Nov. 10 Eastern Caribbean sailing on the Celebrity Reflection, where some of the show’s “cheftestants” will be your companions. You’ll be able to watch duel-style cooking demonstrations, take private cooking classes or have dinner with the chefs, and dine on Top Chef-inspired cuisine.
Some river cruise lines are embracing the current popularity of craft beers; Avalon Waterways has created a collection of Beer River Cruises for 2015 and 2016. You can sail the rivers of Europe to historic breweries and beer halls in Germany and Central Europe, Holland and Belgium. Wine lovers will find some opportunities for tastings on these cruises, too.
AmaWaterways is also ready to please beer enthusiasts with a beer-themed cruise of European Christmas markets. The AmaPrima’s Dec. 14 cruise from Nuremberg will sail through Germany and Austria, featuring beer tastings, brewery tours, lectures on brewing techniques and a special beer pairing dinner.
For more ideas on indulging your interest in food, wine or beer on a cruise, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.