The 10 Most Unique Dining Experiences at Sea

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Dining has been and always will be an important element of cruising. Every cruise line and their fleet offer a different dining atmosphere with a trademark spin on several styles of cuisine, but some cruise dining experiences go way above and beyond to provide a completely unique dining event. These are dining experiences you have to see (or taste) to believe; the kind that tempt you to squeeze in an extra meal just so you can go back for more.

The Ten Most Unique Dining Experiences at Sea:

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Cirque Dreams & Dinner

Cirque Dreams Dinner Theater - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line combines the amazing acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil with mouthwatering cuisine for the uniquely entertaining Cirque Dreams & Dinner. Cirque Dreams debuted aboard the Norwegian Epic and was taken to a whole new level with Norwegian Breakaway’s Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy. This jungle-themed dinner show takes guests on an exotic journey from inside the ship’s Spiegel Tent. You’ll dig into outstanding cuisine while marveling at the talented acrobats, aerialists and musicians during this family-friendly dining experience. When Cirque du Soleil’s talented cast of performers blend with Norwegian Cruise Line’s skilled chefs, the result is nothing short of fantastic – and certainly unique. Norwegian’s Cirque Dreams dinners range from $29 to $40 per person.

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August 19, 2014   No Comments

Crystal Cruises Revamps with Food, Beer and Running

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Crystal Cruises is keeping up with the times and hoping to please their customers in three major ways:

  • Updating their menus to offer innovative courses using the latest in culinary technology.
  • Introducing a variety of shore excursions for runners to explore ports as they break a sweat.
  • Offering a cruise focusing on the growing interest in craft brewed beers.

Chocolate Dessert. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises.Menus

Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s Vice President of Hotel Procurement and Food and Beverage Operations, has said that their customers are looking for new dishes to delight in. “In recent years, seasoned diners’ palates have become increasingly more sophisticated, wanting more than grilled porterhouses and butter-drenched lobster tails for gourmet foodie experiences,” she said.

To keep up with the palates of its cruisers, the line has introduced 100 dishes that are sure to astound. These dishes are made with ingenuity, creativity, local ingredients and high-tech tools. Those tools include high emulsion blenders, smoke guns and pacojets. This allows the chefs to change the look and feel of foods, like creating raspberries into noodles, without losing the flavor. [Read more →]

June 6, 2014   No Comments

The Cruise Web Tours the Crystal Symphony

A compilation by The Cruise Web employees.

The Cruise Web team tours the Crystal SymphonyIn October our cruise consultants got to take a tour of the stately Crystal Symphony. The intimate luxury ship was in Baltimore getting ready to embark on an exciting voyage. Overall our consultants were extremely impressed by the décor and styling of the ship, along with the tasty food. Take a look at some of their thoughts, and if you’d like to learn more about Crystal Cruises be sure to call The Cruise Web to speak with an expert cruise consultant.

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The Symphony offers one of the highest space-to-guest ratios in the industry. This means you can get what you want without waiting in line. The size of the ship also allows her to dock in many smaller ports. [Read more →]

November 19, 2013   No Comments

Taste a Country in One Plate with Oceania Cruises

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Asia Taste Plate - Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises. Starting in January 2014, Oceania Cruises will be introducing new lunch menus for the Terrace Cafe and Grand Dining Room. While the full extent of the new menus has not been revealed, this week Oceania unveiled 13 new items, nine of which represent one country’s culinary heritage. The other four represent the foods served in regions Oceania ships travel to.  These 13 items can be shared among your party as an appetizer or eaten as an entrée. Each is made up of  six to seven small dishes.

Discover the 13 countries and regions represented with a sampling of some of the tasty dishes that make up these global plates:

October 17, 2013   No Comments

Princess Cruises’ Linguine Al Pesto Alla Moda Ligure

By Rosalind Smith, Director of Business Development, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Princess' Linguine Al Pesto Alla Moda LigurePrincess Cruises has had great success serving this pesto pasta dish on their Panama Canal cruises. The fancy dinner is served in one of the ship’s main dining rooms. With fresh clean flavors, it’s the perfect complement to a day in the sun spent on an excursion or learning about the intense history of the canal’s construction.

When you get back from your cruise, this is a meal you’ll want to replicate — and you’re in luck because this recipe is incredibly easy. Using only the freshest ingredients, I made two versions: one with red bliss potatoes as directed and one with sweet potatoes, a personal favorite. Both were simply delicious!

The fresh pesto worked overtime. I decided to serve lightly toasted fresh sliced bread, but didn’t have any butter. Just before reaching for the olive oil, I brushed the slices with pesto, toasted in the oven at 400 and served immediately. It was a huge hit!

This recipe serves six as an entrée. With only four guests, I decided to combine portions for four at the sauté pan stage, and stored the remaining pesto, green beans, potatoes and pesto separately until needed. It worked perfectly for leftovers, as no one had room for second helpings! [Read more →]

September 17, 2013   2 Comments

Review: Teppanyaki Japanese Steakhouse, Norwegian Breakaway

By Austin Gambino, Marketing Assistant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Teppanyaki Dinner Setting

When I was confirmed for the 2-Day Pre-Inaugural cruise onboard the Norwegian Breakaway, I knew that one of the nights (or at least part of the night) would be spent at the Teppanyaki Japanese Steakhouse, which is featured on a number of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships.

If you are unfamiliar with the ‘Teppanyaki’ style of Japanese cuisine, let me verse you in some brief detail. The experience features an iron griddle, or plate, which is used to cook food directly in front of guests, and then serve immediately following the demonstration. The style is meant to be interactive, fun and exciting for guests, as chefs will slice, dice, juggle and create fun shapes on the griddle as well. [Read more →]

May 23, 2013   No Comments

Holland America Line Offers 52 New Vegetarian Meals

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Holland America introduced a new vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu of 22-dishes including appetizers, salads, entrées and soups this month. The cruise line will also offer 30 new vegetarian options on their traditional menu. [Read more →]

May 18, 2012   2 Comments

Crystal Cruises Goes All Inclusive

Courtesy of Crystal Cruises.

Crystal Cruises has now officially begun its transition to including adult beverages into the price of its cruises. The effort launched on the Crystal Symphony’s Miami to Lisbon Trans-Atlantic cruise that embarked March 19. Crystal’s Serenity will follow suit with her spring Trans-Atlantic sailing on May 8.

This means that guests can now enjoy a generous and impressive selection of complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, as well as open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for all housekeeping, butler, bar and dining staff. The complimentary drinks on board now include Grey Goose Vodka, Hennessy Cognac and Jacquart Brut Mosaique Champagne among many more.

Dinner restaurants offer recommended pairings nightly, and sommeliers certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers remain on hand to assist with wine selections. There is no corkage fee on board if one wishes to enjoy wine purchased ashore. [Read more →]

March 20, 2012   No Comments

Award-Winning Actress Blythe Danner Names Seabourn’s Newest Luxury Ship

Courtesy of Seabourn.

Seabourn QuestAs the sun set over the waterfront of this Spanish Mediterranean city, Seabourn introduced the new 450-guest Seabourn Quest to the world on June 20th during a glittering naming ceremony presided over by Blythe Danner. The award-winning actress served as godmother to the new luxury vessel, Seabourn’s third new ship and the sixth to join its fleet, completing a three-year expansion for the line. [Read more →]

July 20, 2011   No Comments

Culinary Council Dishes Debut on Holland America Line Menus This Summer

Courtesy of Holland America Line.

This summer, tantalizing new dishes from Holland America Line’s esteemed Culinary Council will begin to be featured on the main dining room menu of the line’s 15 ships. The six Culinary Council chefs are each providing recipes for signature dishes and desserts that showcase their expertise and specialties.

Culinary Council members include Council Chairman and Holland America Line Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, along with renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques Torres and Charlie Trotter.

Master Chef Rudi Sodamin“Our Culinary Council is a ‘dream team’ of chefs from around the world, and the exceptional dishes they have shared are unique expressions of their cultural backgrounds, skills and passion for the culinary arts,” said Richard Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guests programs. “We continuously strive to provide our guests with exclusive experiences, and offering them the chance to enjoy the delights of these celebrated chefs during their cruise is an incredible opportunity.” [Read more →]

June 23, 2011   No Comments