Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Cruise Bloggers Share Their Must Try Dining Experiences At Sea

Independence of the Seas Main Dining Room Experience

It's no secret one of the best things about cruising is the food, but you may not realise how varied the options are with themed restaurants and vegan-friendly menus. I've asked some top cruise bloggers to share their favourite dining experiences at sea that just may inspire some of you foodies into booking.

Bar Pasticceria Gelateria on MSC Cruises Preziosa
Mussels sea food fish onboard the Viking Sea
Viking Sea cooking class in the Kitchen Table
Viking Sea Main Dining Room Menu including the Lamb Shank
Lamb Shank - Viking Sea, 📷 by Miss Nicklin.

FRESHLY MADE - FINE DINING 
On my recent cruise with Viking, many of my meals were exceptional. A galley tour revealed that everything I ate onboard was made everyday from scratch, even down to the gelato. Carole from Paul And Carole Love To Travel shares;

We had the most spectacular meal on the Marella Dream Cruise Ship in the speciality restaurant Mistrals. The starter of prawns was exceptional, followed by a melt in your mouth steak and the trio of puddings was divine! The service was amazing and it was a night we will never forget. It was on par with an experience we had with dinner at The Ivy in London it really was that good! 

Trio of puddings on Marella Dream
Cured Meats in Manfredi's on Viking Sea
Afternoon Tea on the Viking Sea in the Winter Garden
Afternoon Tea - Viking Sea

AFTERNOON TEA AT SEA
It's true that some of the meals you'll enjoy may be as good as (if not better) than your favourite restaurants on land. Afternoon Tea is something many of us in Britain have become accustom to in a fancy hotel for a birthday or celebration. On a Cunard or Viking cruise you could enjoy this tradition everyday! This is something Emma from Cruising Isn't Just For Old People really enjoyed;

Afternoon Tea onboard Cunard's Queen Victoria was unlike anything I've ever had before or since. Served in the 'Queen's Room', a grand ballroom where a string quartet or classical pianist would be playing. It's white glove service and they come around time and time again offering you sandwiches, cakes and scones - all of which were delicious! 

Afternoon Tea experience on Cunard Queen Elizabeth

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES
On the soon to be launched Celebrity Edge you can have a meal on a 'Magic Carpet' suspended over the open ocean. Cruise lines are becoming incredibly creative with their alternative/speciality dining options in order to tempt passengers from the traditional dining rooms. Often these experiences come at an additional cost, but in many cases prove good value for money. Victoria, blogger of Lost Ashore loved the Norwegian Epic's Spiegel Tent...

The acrobatic show itself is a lot like a scaled down version of Cirque Du Soleil, only you watch it while you eat. It's an experience like nothing on this earth and was definitely worth the cover charge! The atmosphere was positively electric; acrobatics are difficult enough on land, they only become more impressive on a moving ship. 

Spiegel Tent on the Norwegian Epic
Dining Al Fresco in Central Park onboard Harmony of the Seas
Wonderland menu Harmony of the Seas
Wonderland - Harmony of the Seas 

I was also amazed by this Acrobatic show onboard the Epic, your eyes are constantly drawn away from your plate to the spectacular stunts happening right above your head!
One of the most immersive restaurants I've seen onboard a ship was Royal Caribbean's Wonderland, something Marcus from Sparx Adventures was particularly wowed by;

Wonderland is one of the most fun foodie experiences I’ve had at sea. It throws away the rule book for how a restaurant should work and takes you on a journey of culinary discovery. Upon entering the restaurant you find yourself immersed in a surreal and whimsical landscape where the food is categorised by element, rather than course. So for instance, seafood can be found within the sea section. My top tip is to let your velvet-clad waiter take control and curate your culinary journey through the night, don’t be scared! If you are sailing as a group this is definitely somewhere to go and share in the experience.

Wonderland by Royal Caribbean Cruises

VEGAN-FRIENDLY 
With people becoming more conscious about their food and how it's sourced, the demand for meat-free and vegan friendly options on cruise ships is soaring. Vegan Cruiser Sanna has experienced first hand the changes occuring in the industry, including a fleet-wide vegan menu on Oceania Cruises where she enjoyed her best meal at sea onboard MS Nautica;

Our extravagant dining experience started with our eyes, as the tables were beautifully set with gorgeous Versace bone china, gleaming silverware and wonderful Riedel glassware.
My main course was the finest vegan cooking I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. An involtini stuffed with tofu, spinach and capers with pasta and olive tapenade sauce. Delicious, so flavoursome and cooked to perfection.

Oceania Cruises Vegan Menu by Vegan Cruiser

The one area where most cruise ships fail is the provision of dairy-free desserts. Not on Oceania. A vegan ricotta pie with raspberry and vanilla sauce, I was in food heaven at this point, wanting to take the chef home with me!

Silk Restaurant Interior Anthem of the Seas
Curry on the Menu in Silk on Anthem of the Seas
Silk - Anthem of the Seas

COOKING CLASSES
Cooking classes are also becoming more commonplace on cruise ships, when Britannia launched in 2015 'The Cookery Club' began offering passengers the opportunity to experience making dishes under the instruction of 'food heroes' like James Martin and Cake Boy Eric Lanlard. Viking Sea has a similar concept where participants explore local food markets for ingredients to later cook onboard in your own private 'Kitchen Table'. 

Viking Sea Kitchen Table
VIking Cruises Kitchen Table Cooking Class Excursion
Cruise bloggers share their best dining experiences at sea. This photo is the beautiful grand interior dining room onboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Do you feel more tempted to cruise for the dining experiences alone? Let me know what appeals to you most from these experiences. Thanks to all the contributors, go check out their blogs!
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