What’s so appetizing about today’s cruise ship culinary experience?

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The next few blogs will give you an update of the exciting changes in the culinary experience you will enjoy when you cruise.  We all love food so much so let your senses awaken as you read on………

Part I – So, what is so appetizing about today’s cruise ship culinary experience? What are the trends that have passengers salivating?

What’s new with dining on the cruise ships?

The cruise Lines have Created  Innovative Culinary Experiences with Celebrity Chefs, Exciting Brand Partnerships, Healthy and Sustainable Menus, Gastronomic Enrichment Programs, plus a Greater Choice of Dining Venues   Most of the cruise lines are redefining shipboard dining, shattering myths along the way.

Did you know according to a recent CLIA survey, only 10% of cruisers worry about gaining weight on a cruise?  With all of the activities and walking, you are more than likely to work off most of that fine dining.

So, what is so appetizing about today’s cruise ship culinary experience? What are the trends that have passengers salivating?

More dining options

A major trend in shipboard dining is more choice of restaurants and cuisines, particularly on the new larger cruise ships. Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas each offer 25 dining options, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic offers more than 20. The ship’s popular 24/7 pizza delivery service is being introduced fleet wide and NCL has announced restaurant enhancements on several ships undergoing upgrades.

Carnival Cruise Lines is investing $500 million in the first phase of a “Fun Ship 2.0” program offering new dining and entertainment choices on 14 ships, including several new branded restaurants and Food Network star Guy Fieri’s “Guy’s Burger Joint,” plus the first-ever EA SPORTS Bar at sea. Overall, the program will feature more dining choices, more bars and lounges and an extensive menu of entertainment options. Guests can expect more unique branded spaces such as the RedFrog Rum Bar, the BlueIguana Tequila Bar, more themed lounges, and a new complimentary BlueIguana Cantina casual dining option.

Cunard Line is enhancing its well-established dining traditions with new alternative restaurants and more international menus. On the newest Cunarder, the Queen Elizabeth, guests can opt for the Verandah restaurant under the direction of Chef Patron Jean-Marie Zimmermann, which features regional French culinary traditions. The Lido restaurant has broadened its menu with selections of Asado, the essence of South American cooking, Aztec dishes from Mexico, and Jasmine, or pan-Asian selections. The popular Todd English restaurants on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria have also introduced new menus featuring Mediterranean cuisine.


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