Cruise Lines and Celebrity Chefs Unite to Make Dining Even Better
The fine dining options available on cruise ships have always been a major draw for vacationers.
In fact, in their advertisements, many cruise companies highlight their exquisite menus and world-renowned chefs. A trend in the last few years has seen a number of celebrity chefs join several cruise lines, including a number of Royal Holiday affiliates.
The star of several Food Network programs, Geoffrey Zakarian has recently partnered with Norwegian
Cruise Line to open three dining venues on the company’s new ship, Norwegian Breakaway. Two
excellent Ocean Blue restaurants—one upscale, the other a more casual al fresco venue—are the cruise
line’s first specialty seafood restaurants. The Raw Bar features elegant shellfish and wine pairings.
A long-time figure on PBS cooking programs, Jacques Pepin is the creative mind behind Jacques
restaurant on Oceania Cruises. Mr. Pepin is also the cruise line’s executive culinary director, thus
ensuring that the cuisine across all Oceania ships reflects the high-quality, yet simple perfection typical
of his dishes.
One of biggest personalities of the Food Network, Guy Fieri is renowned for his expertise in combining
food and fun. At the casual Guy’s Burger Joint on board several Carnival ships, cruisers can enjoy the
celebrity chef’s take on classic hamburgers and fries in a laid-back, 1950s-style diner.
The culinary legend behind the world-famous Le Cirque restaurant, Craig Hopson has joined Holland
America Line to bring his iconic restaurant’s flavor and ambiance to their ships. At least once every
cruise, the staff transforms each ship’s Pinnacle Grill into a floating reproduction of Le Cirque’s
innovative menu and unconventional decor.
These are just a few of culinary partnerships between high-profile chefs and cruise lines that have
emerged in the last few years. Travelers can look forward to more exciting collaborations in the future.