In recent years, chefs have taken on new level of celebrity. Gone are the days of just owning and operating restaurants: today, chefs write cookbooks, sell merchandise, star on TV programs, and now take to the sea. Undoubtedly, celebrity chefs have made an indelible mark on modern gastronomy. For foodies who like to travel or travellers who enjoy a great meal, these celebrity-run restaurants make cruises the new food hotspot.
Jamie Oliver, who has made a successful career of making international cuisines more healthful and accessible, designed a delectable Tuscan-inspired menu at Jamie’s Italian, now open at sea. Open for lunch and dinner, this prix fixe restaurant encourages sharing and sampling with family-style servings of grills, planks, small plates, and desserts that highlight seasonal, fresh, homemade and hand-picked ingredients. Your table is waiting on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas.
Australia’s own Curtis Smith has taken to the seas onboard Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess and Sun Princess with SHARE. With the award-winning chef at the helm, SHARE presents a six-course fine-dining experience that rivals any prized restaurant on land. Stone’s vision for SHARE was to build a real connection between diner and fresh ingredient. His personal sommelier seals the deal for a meal to remember with a carefully curated wine menu.
The gastropub has gone through a renaissance in the last decade and Chef Ernesto Uchimura of Umami Burger has been at the forefront. Onboard Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess, Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess, The Salty Dog Gastropub offers a comfortable, casual, pub-style dining experience that delivers high quality with low pressure. Diners can bite into the Cruise Critic’s chosen ‘Best Burger at Sea,’ the Ernesto or elevated classics, such as lobster mac & cheese or emmental & gruyere grilled cheese - a toastie with a sophisticated twist!
Lunch on the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend takes diners straight to Flavortown. Thanks to Guy Fieri, cruisers can enjoy a personalised experience with Guy’s Burger Joint’s choice of off-the-grill burger menu or a DIY approach with toppings bar. Located poolside, lunch has never been more relaxed - on or off a cruise ship!
More of a businessman and visionary than chef, Oscar Farinetti opened the first of 35 international Eataly locations in his home country’s city of Torino. Today, guests onboard the MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa get the authentic Eataly experience with the opportunity to explore, taste, buy, and learn about Italy’s finest, freshest foods. Artisanal producers, local sources, and sustainable traditions that respect the health of diners and the Earth, the very ethos of Eataly, are savoured and respected during lunch and dinner at each outlet: Eataly Restaurant, Eataly Steakhouse, and Ristorante Italia.
Dinner on any Oceania cruise is a memorable meal - this cruise line prides itself on being a leader in cuisine at sea. But Jacques, proudly on the Marina and Riviera, is a standout. Chef Jacques Pepin is absolutely laden with accolades, and his hearty, technical dishes shine bright in this Parisian bistro-style dining room. Guests can expect his star dishes of fish and meat to burst with flavour in each and every bite.
Sailing at sea simply calls for a seafood feast. Luckily for guests onboard the Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream or Genting Dream, Australia’s Michelin-trained chef-restaurateur oversees the expert preparation of lunch and dinner featuring seafood - crab, oyster, prawns, fish, and beyond - in Asian or Western styles. For guests on the Genting Dream who prefer meat over seafood, Prime Steakhouse by Mark Best is a prime choice for steak at sea.
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