Luxury cruise lines striving to offer exceptional onboard dining experiences are relying on celebrity chefs and culinary voyages to impress their discerning guests. Specialty restaurants, curated dishes and inventive takes on classic cuisine are now de rigueur, while hands-on gastronomic excursions and cooking classes are taking cruising to a new level for food-lovers. From Michelin-starred American dynamos to French masters, we meet the chefs leading the way for dining at sea.
American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller is the genius behind Michelin starred restaurants The French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon, as well as treating Seabourn passengers to his signature French-American cuisine at sea. Menus feature classic comfort food and dishes that complement the cruise line’s already celebrated cuisine. Keller’s onboard dining venue. The Grill pays homage to the American chophouse.
National Geographic Orion takes passengers on a journey through the cuisine of the region she is exploring through the degustation menus created by Australia’s French-Canadian culinary maestro Serge Dansereau. The onboard meals have their basis in the menus on offer at his Sydney seafront restaurant, The Bathers’ Pavilion, incorporating the influences of Orion’s destination.
A collection of four Culinary Arts & Wine Voyages will launch in October, featuring chefs such as Dominique Bouchet who will treat guests to gala dinners and cooking demonstrations. On select voyages, guests will also benefit from Silversea’s partnership with Relais & Châteaux in the form of cooking classes, market tours and workshops. The line is known for its gastronomic excellence; Spaccanapoli on Silver Muse, for example, features authentic Italian fare and reflects the cruise line’s heritage.
Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa of the Nobu restaurants has a longstanding relationship with Crystal Cruises, blending classically styled Japanese foods with Peruvian and European influences at Silk Road. Nobu’s sushi and sashimi is also a hit at The Sushi Bar. Later this year, a new specialty Asian restaurant will open on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
With legendary French chef Jacques Pépin working alongside a talented team of chefs, Oceania’s dining venues all benefit from his experience. There is the French fare served at Jacques Bistro; steaks, chops and seafood dished up at Polo Grill; Continental cuisine served in the Grand Dining Room; or Marina and Riviera’s La Reserve private wine experience.
Image: Richard Meadows, Adam Tihany and Chef Thomas Keller in The Grill
This article appeared in volume 26 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.