Chef Jacques Pepin opens a restaurant named – fittingly – Jacques aboard Oceania’s brand new ship, Marina, set to make her maiden voyage in January 2011.
Leading the way for innovative cruise dining experiences, the very upmarket new Eclipse from Celebrity Cruises wows passengers with Qsine, a Jetsons-ish restaurant serving unique global fusion dishes, as well as Murano, Blu and Tuscan Grille.
Three-star Michelin chef, Dieter Müller, isn’t just putting his name on the new MS Europa restaurant, he’s planning to be onboard in the flesh at least 70 days per year. Expect international fare that combines European, Asian and Mediterranean flavors at the Restaurant Dieter Müller.
The legendary restaurant Le Cirque is developing a partnership with Holland America’s upscale Pinnacle Grill on 15 of their ships. On designated nights the grill will reinvent itself as Le Cirque, serving items off the original menu on the iconic orange-rimmed china.
The creations of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, arguably one of the most influential chefs, hit the high seas on Crystal Cruises, arguably at the top of the heap in cruise dining. The Symphony and Serenity ships offer Silk Road and The Sushi Bar from Matsuhisa. The cruise line also makes a commitment to sustainable food while still offering the finest food and wine.
Chef Charlie Palmer designed 115 new menu items including a Japanese-style Wagyu beef crudo and pan-seared diver scallop and foie gras Napoleon. Though the yachts are smaller than the standard cruise ship, passengers have a variety of dining options like al fresco restaurants on deck serving grilled lobster.
Orion is a boutique Australian cruise company that sails to exotic locations like Papua New Guinea and Antartica, and they are just about to launch their second luxury liner. Itineraries focus on adventure and education without sacrificing luxury, like in their degustation menu created by Chef Serge Dansereau, four-time cookbook author and chef of Bather’s Pavilion Café and Restaurant.
A proper five-star cruise liner, Cunard’s new ship, the Queen Elizabeth, debuts with The Verandah, designed by Chef Jean-Marie Zimmerman to recall the dining rooms of the original Cunard ships, Queen Mary and the first Queen Elizabeth.