Which cruise line offers the best food? This question is no longer an oxymoron! Not just the Buffet Table now. Since Norwegian Cruise Lines first started providing specialty restaurant choices at sea this concept really has taken off. Many lines now offer this. Perhaps the most well known one is Oceania with their Executive Culinary Director the renown Chef Jacques Pepin orchestrating top French Cuisine on the Marina. There are lots of others to choose from including Silversea (Relais & Chateau Le Champagne), Celebrity on Silhouette and improved Disney. Even Carnival “Fun Ships” & Royal Caribbean are battling it out for the best burger at sea. Smaller ships like Seabourn and Windstar offer outstanding culinary standards with wonderful service.
All this was brought to mind yesterday when I was invited on a Crystal Cruises preview 3 hour cruise in Vancouver with good friend talented Chef Darren Brown www.chefdbrown.com. He has an impressive resume of Executive Chef positions including Fairmont Pacific Rim and was the personal chef for Merv Griffin on a mega-yacht. He is leading a 12 day Mediterranean Tour on the refurbished Crystal Serenity October 25, 2015 roundtrip from Monte Carlo through Italy and Barcelona with daily market shopping and cooking on board. Should be an interesting amazing culinary adventure I highly recommend. Crystal also are proud of their specialty Silk Road “Nobu” Matsuhisa & Prego Piero Selvaggio Valentino restaurants on board.
What has been your most memorable food experience on a ship? Which Cruise Line would you recommend for high culinary standards?
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