Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 8 August 2014 | 0 Comments

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8 August 2014

Delicious food to please every palate has always been a big lure for the cruise industry. Today’s ships offer specialty restaurants that rival their shore counterparts, and put more emphasis on memorable dining experiences, high-quality ingredients and lighter food.

For example, you can enjoy delectable Asian-fusion creations by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (of Nobu fame) and mouth-watering dishes from the imagination of world-renowned chef Jaques Pépin – and these are just two in the sea of upscale dining choices cruise lines now offer. 

Perhaps you prefer something a bit more casual after a long day of water activities? Cruise buffets are the intersection of visual art and culinary paradise. Dramatic, soaring sculptures of food or carved ice are veritable feasts for the eyes, poised above astonishingly vast, lavish spreads of quality dishes to suit every palate. If you like to eat it, odds are very good you will find it. Be sure to save a room for a divine little dessert. Or two. 

While ship smorgasbords are typically open all day and don’t require reservations or very grown-up clothes, the seatings at restaurants can be fixed – early and late – or open, and casual or more formal. 

Specialty restaurants – think steakhouses, sushi bars, pan-Asian, bistros, brasseries and grills - require reservations and, in most cases, a surcharge. But isn’t satisfying one’s appetite for a particular cuisine is worth a bit of planning?

You may need a full game plan on some trips. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas offers 25 dining options, ranging from Mexican-style cruising to fine dining at the New York City-inspired 150 Central Park. 

James Beard Award-winning Florida chef Michael Schwartz is the culinary czar overseeing this temple of gourmet delights, where offerings include a six-course tasting menu, with wine pairings of course. Naturally, the menu is created from seasonal, sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients. It’s enough to make a foodie swoon.

Want to fantasy dine every night? Norwegian Cruise Line has you hard-core foodies  covered. Its Ultimate Dining Package gives guests the opportunity to dine each nightin nearly any specialty restaurant for a flat fee. The cost is determined by the length of the cruise. 

Prefer a quick bite, or just want to kick back in the privacy of your cabin? Pop into a café, or simply order room service.