Some of the food that you can enjoy on a cruise ship is truly spectacular. From the simplest pizza stations to gourmet restaurants with menus specially tailored by celebrity chefs, the range of options is stunning, and the quality is exceptional. One can often by spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options, and the variety of styles and individual meals means there really is something for everyone, even the fussiest eater.
One of the hardest things about being a writer who works for a cruise agent is spending so much of our day getting to know the ships. I don’t mean that it’s tedious, but instead that we simply see things and become jealous that we aren’t there.
And the main problem with that is the food. I have to write about menus. I need to look through pictures of dishes that people have uploaded. And it all looks so, so good. I know it sounds silly but it’s sometimes incredibly hard surviving until lunchtime if you spend your day laying eyes on the finest foods cruise lines have to offer. Thank god ‘smellovision’ isn’t a thing yet.
So to torture myself even more, I’ve picked out 10 meals that are available on cruise ships that I’m dying to try. Feel free to let me know how good they are if you’ve been lucky enough to sample them, or to add your own suggestions. I’m not writing down every ingredient so they aren’t all as basic as they sound, but I’m focusing on the highlights.
In no particular order:
#1 Piment d’Espelette and Cider Brined Iberico de Bellota Pork Rack Loin at Jacques, Oceania Cruises
The name should sell it. Iberian ham is some of the finest around, and this pork rack loin has a flavour that sounds incredible. Possibly my favourite on this list – once I’ve had a chance to try it anyway.
#2 Colorado Rack of Lamb at Prime C, Azamara Club Cruises
So many different ships offer rack of lamb. I love lamb. I’ve gone for Azamara due to the great reputation of Prime C, and the inclusion of butternut squash puree.
#3 Warm Chocolate Melting Cake in the Main Dining Room, Carnival Cruises
This is famous as being a delicious warm dessert. One I can’t wait to try.
#4 Anything at Qsine, Celebrity Cruises
Renowned as being one of the most innovative speciality restaurants at sea, the various exciting and contemporary creations are assisted by a fun and unique atmosphere.
#5 Everything at Moderno Churascarria, Norwegian Cruise Line
Freshly carved skewers of meat brought to your table, where you can enjoy as much as you please? Sign me up!
#6 Chicken Under a Brick at Le Cirque, Holland America Line
I’d never heard of this meal until recently. It’s genuinely as explained too – chicken split and then cooked under a (wrapped) brick to weigh it down, giving an even heat which helps keep it both tender and tasty.
#7 Beef Wellington at Princess Grill, Cunard Line
A classic dish on-board a truly-classic cruise line. Add in potato dauphinoise for a delicious meal.
#8 Modern Shepherd’s Pie at 150 Central Park, Royal Caribbean
A modern take on this classic, it features Guinness-braised lamb shank, and it stopped with potato espuma, which I had to look up – it’s a form of mash that’s almost a foam.
#9 Lamb Fajitas, part of the Tropical Dinner Menu with P&O Cruises
Why have I never had lamb fajitas before? It just makes sense. Comes with aromatic basmati rice and, of course, sour cream and guacamole.
#10 Margherita Pizza at Prego Pizzeria, Princess Cruises
Call me boring but, when it’s done right, I love a margherita pizza.
Right, that’s the list done. Let me know what you think! Remember these are just my own personal opinions.
By Ian Lewis