From TV superstars to culinary icons, celebrity chefs are finding themselves in sea-sailing kitchens with a number of new and exciting cruise partnerships that are making waves. Fine dining, BBQ and cooking classes taught by the best, these dining experiences are not to be missed.
Sure, you can try to recreate her iconic dishes by studying Martha Stewart cookbooks, or you can book a trip on MSC Cruises and experience Stewart’s food for yourself. The partnership between MSC Cruises and Stewart – Celebrate, Discover, Experience – allows travelers to embark on Stewart-approved shore excursions, receive celebration gift packages and indulge in onboard special holiday dinner menus and recipes. Those looking to cruise like Martha can book these packages on the MSC Armonia and the MSC Seaside.
Flavor Town is hitting the seas with the announcement of Guy Fieri’s recent partnership with Carnival Cruise Line. Travelers can sample Fieri’s meaty creations such as the chuck burger, a saucy classic topped with spicy onion rings, extra melty cheese and brown sugar BBQ sauce. Cruisers can expect to find Guy’s Burger Joint aboard most Carnival ships and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse on the Carnival Dream, Horizon, Breeze, Magic and Vista.
Jamie Oliver, aka TV’s Naked Chef, has paired with Royal Caribbean International bringing cruisers a taste of his famous take on Italian cuisine at Jamie’s Italian. The restaurant specializes in rustic family-style dishes such as pastas and risottos, lamb lollipops and the signature Porchetta. Although prices may vary by ship, lunch averages out to about $20 and dinner is around $30.
Learn a skill you can take back to land with Britannia’s pastries and cooking classes taught by TV chefs James Martin and Eric “Cake Boy” Lanlard. Classes are three hours long and take place at the Cookery Club, the ship’s state-of-the-art cooking school, where travelers will learn to prepare restaurant-quality food while enjoying a few glasses of top-notch wine in the process. Each star-studded class costs $112, while classes not taught by Martin and Lanlard are $50.
Hailing from the Land Down Under, Australian chef and TV personality Curtis Stone has joined forces with Princess Cruises to bring travelers Share, a fine-dining experience at sea. Share is only aboard select Princess ships and will feature a six-course dining concept with menu options like lemon-poached prawn, ricotta cavatelli, lobster tail, duck leg confit, and striploin steak. It’s also worth mentioning that Stone’s desserts sound decadent with dishes such as dark chocolate hazelnut custard, toffee cheesecake and citron tarts.
Founder of NYC’s Michelin-starred restaurant DANIEL and partner with popular brands throughout the world, Daniel Boulud is a name every foodie knows. In one of his newest endeavors, Boulud was dubbed Global Culinary Ambassador for Celebrity Cruises where he works in tandem with fellow Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher. Each Celebrity Cruise guest is invited to visit Luminae, the ship’s private dining experience with signature dishes designed exclusively by Boulud. In addition to Luminae, Boulud also crafted dishes for Chef’s Table, an onboard private galley tour featuring a five-course dining experience.