Take your taste buds on a journey of the 8 must-try restaurants on the high seas. Warning: This blog will get your mouth watering!
From haute cuisine and celebrity chefs to gourmet burger joints, cruise ships have ventured beyond the buffet cart to provide passengers with the best cruise ship food you can imagine.
Here, we reveal eight cruise ship restaurants every cruiser must experience at least once. Of course, some of the restaurants come at an additional price – but trust us, they’re worth every penny!
Executive Chef Robert van Rijsbergen is at the helm of Azamara Club Cruises’ signature restaurant. The menu is a mouthwatering fusion of Mediterranean flavours, while the floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning ocean views. For a truly unforgettable experience, start your night with the champagne and caviar bar.
Where: Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey
Cost: $25 surcharge per person, free for suite guests. Reservations recommended but not required.
Don’t leave without tasting the Berrymisù. It’s to die for!
Salt Grill by Luke Mangan
Is Australia’s only celebrity chef restaurant at sea really as good as they say? Definitely. Luke Mangan’s menu showcases the best local Aussie ingredients, from the premium quality fillet state from Goulburn Valley and succulent rib eye from Tasmania’s Cape Grim.
Where: All P&O Cruises’ ships
Cost: Small surcharge. Bookings recommended and can be arranged onboard.
Don’t leave without tasting…the famous Salt Grill crab omelette with Miso mustard broth.
Silk Road and the Sushi Bar
World-renowned chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa has personally trained all the onboard chefs in this at-sea Japanese venue. The proof is in the pudding, as they say! All the traditional delicacies are there – miso, sushi, and sashimi – with lots of delightful twists.
Where: Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity
Cost: First reservation is complimentary and additional reservations at $30 per person.
Don’t leave without tasting… The Nobu Box, a sampler of his famous cod, beef and rock shrimp.
Todd English Restaurant
American celebrity chef Todd English presents food fit for royalty in Cunard’s specialty restaurant. Homely Mediterranean delicacies are given the chef’s exquisite touch. And sommeliers know exactly which wines will be the perfect match.
Where: Queen Mary 2
Cost: $26 per person for a 3 course meal. Reservations recommended but not required.
Don’t leave without tasting…the Butternut Squash Tortelli – it’s the chef’s favourite!
One look at the menu (an iPad!) and you’ll soon realise this is no ordinary dining experience! Sushi lollipops, disco shrimp, and popcorn fish and chips are just the beginning…
Where: Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Reflection
Cost: $45 per person, bookings recommended
Don’t leave without tasting… the Sushi lollipops
Sure, the Japanese food is great, but this restaurant is all about the entertainment. The whole family will love watching as the chef slices, dices and sizzles your meal into life, complete with fun commentary and antics.
Where: 12 Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ships
Cost: $25 surcharge per person
Don’t leave without tasting… anything the chef flips your way!
With Sabatini’s, Princess Cruises proves that premium gourmet experiences don’t have to come at a premium price. Italian and Mediterranean flavours infuse the menu, with a strong emphasis on seafood.
Where: All Princess ships except Sea Princess, Dawn Princess and Sun Princess
Cost: $25 surcharge per adult, $12.50 per child. Kids under 2 eat free. Reservations highly recommended.
Don’t leave without tasting… Spaghetti allo Scoglio langostino, diver scallops, tiger shrimp, vongole and black mussels in cherry tomato sauce
Guy’s Burger Joint
We can’t talk about the best cruise ship food without mentioning these delicious burgers. Thanks to the joint’s poolside location, you can tuck into one of these amazing burgers after a swim.
Where: Carnival Cruise Lines’ Breeze, Conquest, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Sunshine, Triumph, Pride and Vista. Coming soon to Carnival Spirit as well.
Don’t leave without tasting the first on the menu: Plane Jane with or without super melty cheese (SMC). 80/20 chuck on a tasty buttered, grilled roll.
Getting hungry? Book your next cruise and try the best cruise ship food for yourself!