Fine Dining at Sea – My Top Picks

Cruise ship fine dining

There can be no greater pleasure in life than enjoying a fine meal in a fabulous restaurant. When you combine this with a fantastic cruise you create a dining experience that is truly unforgettable. In recent years some of the world’s finest chefs have teamed up with some cruise lines to develop exciting menus and dining concepts. Throughout this post I will explore my favorite restaurants at sea.

One of my all-time favorite restaurants on-board a cruise ship is Todd English’s on-board the Queen Mary 2. The restaurant and menu was developed in conjunction with celebrity chef, Todd English, whose distinctive style can be seen throughout the menu. Located on Deck 8 of the Queen Mary 2, the restaurant offers a sophisticated, candle light dining setting. My favorite dish was a venison loin on a bed of barley which was unbelievably tender and succulent.

The Avon restaurant on-board Fred Olsen Cruises Balmoral Ship is also worthy of a mention. The Avon Restaurant is located on deck 10 and is decorated in a sleek and contemporary style. One of my favorite aspects of this restaurant is the amazing floor to ceiling windows that provide fabulous views out to sea while you dine. With regards to the food, there is an amazing range of fish, fowl, red meat, pasta and vegetarian options on the menu which are all cooked in a distinctly British manner. For anyone who is about to depart on a Balmoral Cruise I encourage them to visit the Avon Restaurant and sample the Lamb Loin Provencale.

Celebrity Cruises appointed Chef Jacques Van Staden as their vice president of Food and Beverage Operations. The result of this appointment is a dining experience that is hard to match either on land or at sea. Carrying on Celebrity Cruises theme of playfulness, Qsine doesn’t follow the traditional restaurant concept of courses but instead concentrates on a shared dining experience. Menus and wine lists on iPads and dishes such as Sushi Lollipops create a fun and unique dining experience.

Finally I would like to mention Red Ginger on-board the Oceania Marina ship. The menu was developed by world renowned master chef Jacques Pepin and includes classic Asian dishes with a modern twist. The actual restaurant itself deserves a mention itself. It is fabulously decorated with a distinctly oriental feel and creates an amazing atmosphere to enjoy a fine meal.

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