As cruise lines continually compete to appeal to new customers, dining remains forever in the spotlight, and one of the biggest differentiators in play are partnerships with celebrity chefs, from Guy Fieri to Nobu.
This year in 2015, Norwegian Cruise Line’s collaboration with Geoffrey Zakarian ended, but they added Jose Garces on the new Norwegian Escape. Also, Seabourn Cruise Line picked up Thomas Keller, and Princess Cruises signed Curtis Stone.
Walter Christen's insight:
Presented is a pretty good list of what foodie's can expect on 8 of the major cruise lines.
Carnival Cruise Line: Guy Fieri - Guy's Burger Joint is on many of Carnivals Fun ships.
Crystal Cruises: Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa -The Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are where you’ll find the Asian fusion culinary creations of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa,
Holland America Line: Culinary Council - Holland America takes a different approach and has many world renound chefs (Rudi Sodamin, Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques Torres, Elizabeth Falkner and Mark Best) providing signature to the main dining room.
Norwegian Cruise Line: Jose Garces and the Pubbelly Boys - The Norwegian Escape gets both Jose Garces with his Bayamo and Pincho Tapas Bar and Pubbelly Boys at Food Republic with a international flair menu.
Oceania Cruises: Jacques Pepin - One of my favorite chefs Jacques Pepin is the executive culinary director. His signature dishes are recreated onboard Oceania Cruises ships.
Princess Cruises: Curtis Stone - While Curtis Stones dishes will be in the main dining room of all Princess ships, the real attraction is the Share by Curtis Stone and Chef's Table of select ships.
Royal Caribbean International: Jamie Oliver and Michael Schwartz - Jamie Oliver's italian food is the order of the day for Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. Michael Schwartz supplies pub food and also menus for 150 Central Park.
Seabourn Cruise Line: Thomas Keller - Signature dishes are highlighted across all of Seabourn/s ships.
My mouth was watering just reading this. I have had the burgers at Guy's Burger Joint and plan to partake of Michaels Schwartz, menu at 150 Central Park on the Oasis of the Seas on my next cruise. I think I would like to add a Crystal Cruise to the list so I can try the Nobu Asian fusion experience.