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Cruises for Foodies

12th January 2018

Best Cruise For Foodies

Updated 10th June 2022

Whatever cruise line and ship you sail with and whatever destinations you head to, great food is a constant appeal that makes cruising such a fantastic holiday option. From tucking into authentic pizza in Rome for lunch and then a signature chef’s surf ’n’ turf dinner one day to savouring souvlaki in Greece and a romantic dinner under the stars the next, a cruise is a food lover’s dream!

With so much choice, here’s the highlights to get your mouth watering when it comes to:

  • Best cruise lines for foodies
  • Best cruise ships for foodies
  • Best cruise destinations for foodies

P&O Cruises fleet which sails from Southampton

Best Cruise Lines For Foodies

Virgin Voyages

Speciality dining as standard. With over 20 dining options on their 4 revolutionary cruise ships, you’ll be able to hit a different venue with a totally unique experience every mealtime, and everything in between, from drag queen brunches to vegetarian delicacies and food truck-style food courts.

MSC Cruises

Best for Italian favourites. From pizza and pasta to rustic dishes and homely salads and soups - if you want Italian food done right, go with MSC wherever you are in the world! Even better, MSC Cruises also offer British guests on ex-uk sailings little home comforts such as a kettle and tea options in your room and familiar breakfast options so you’ve got the best of both worlds.

P&O Cruises

Popular for their Food Hero theme cruises, P&O Cruises partner with celebrity chefs and culinary connoisseurs such as original celebrity cook Marco Pierre White and wine expert Ollie Smith, along with their signature dining venues Ocean Grill and The Glass House. The Food Hero line up changes over the years, such as when master patissier Eric Lanlard introduced his famous cake concoctions and the unveiling of Indian fusion restaurant Sindhu, but whenever you sail and with whichever P&O ship, you’re sure of a culinary journey of excellence thanks to the popular Celebration Nights where you can enjoy a 5-course meal as standard, designed and paired by the current Food Heroes, as well as special in-person cookery classes and talks on certain sailings.

Celebrity Cruises

With such unique dining experiences as the Magic Carpet, Blu and Le Petit Chef, Celebrity Cruises are the masters of modern twists on fine dining. The Magic Carpet is the ultimate al fresco dining experience in a cantilevered platform on Edge Class ships that becomes a different bar and restaurant on each level. Blu is a clean eating haven exclusively for aquaclass suites guests with vip spa access - for once you might leave the ship in better shape than you boarded Finally, Le Petit Chef is a unique dining experience where the meal is also a show - watch your dish get whipped up right before your eyes by the diminutive cook right on your table.

Cunard Cruises

Alternatively, if black ties, ball gowns and pomp and ceremony are your cup of tea without the modern twists, tradition and luxury are synonymous with Cunard, from grand banquet dinners in the main hall to the exclusive grills restaurant and high afternoon tea taking in the views, every meal is an event with Cunard Line’s white star service.

P&O Cruises fleet which sails from Southampton

Best Cruise Ships For Foodies

Anthem of the Seas - they may have left the high street but Jamie’s Italian is still on the high seas aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

Arcadia - exclusively on this adult-only cruise ship you’ll find 3-time Michelin Star chef Marco Pierre White’s signature restaurant Ocean Grill. Perfect to book for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, this speciality dining venue serves simple yet refined steak and seafood plates cooked to perfection.

MSC Virtuosa - try Hola! Tacos & Cantina for a tasty twist on Latin America’s most popular dishes.

Celebrity Silhouette - have a picnic on the real lawn grass on the top deck or head to the the Lawn Club Grill where the al fresco surroundings match your options with the ultimate surf n’ turf for lunch and dinner.

Enchanted Princess - Savor casual French bistro-style dining with a modern twist at Bistro Sur La Mer, created with Chef Emmanuel Renaut, who holds the prestigious title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (Best Craftsmen of France) and Chef of the Year by Le Chef, and whose Flocons de Sel restaurant has received three Michelin stars. Chef Renaut has created a tantalising menu, showcasing authentic French dishes crafted with the Chef’s signature flair.

Carnival Pride - perfect for a busy family who just want to fill up and get on to the next activity and enjoy some tasty dishes all the gang will like. From TV cook Guy Ferrari’s Buger Joint to Dr Zeus-themed Green Eggs and Ham breakfasts, as well as more elegant adult-friendly dining, Carnival pride is a playground for the taste buds.

Queen Anne - all the signature Cunard dining experiences on a brand-new ship! Be the first to dine in the Grills and sample afternoon tea. Here tradition and modernity create the perfect dining concoction.

Valiant Lady - sailing the Mediterranean and with over 20 complimentary dining venues to experience, sample the local delicacies of Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Lisbon and Santorini ashore as well as Asian sushi, Mexican street food, Texan steaks and English brunches aboard!

P&O Cruises fleet which sails from Southampton

Best Cruise Destinations For Foodies

Not only can you make the most of all these fantastic opportunities while on your ship, but you’ll also have the chance to explore the local cuisine at your cruise destinations. While just about every port town will have a certain dish they’re proud of, or cocktail to show off, depending on your own taste you might prefer one to another.

If you’re struggling to decide just where to try next, here are some of our own top foodie spots you can cruise to:

Mediterranean Cruises – From succulent paella and freshly made pizza, to mouth-watering churros and baklava, the countries of the Mediterranean have such a diverse and incredible selection of food that all visitors will struggle not to over-indulge!

Asia Cruises – Fans of Asian rice and noodle-based dishes will find that Japan offers simple yet stunning food that’s undeniably moreish. Beyond sushi and sashimi, be sure to try a local katsu curry, nikuman (steamed buns), and ramen (noodle broth).

North America Cruises – many people are guilty of dismissing American food as simply large and easy. In fact, the USA is home to some amazing dishes such as barbecue, gourmet burgers, pancakes, steaks, deep-dish pizzas, clam chowder, the list goes on and on . . .

Scandinavia Cruises – The cuisine of North Europe is often forgotten, but with such unexpected ingredients and interesting concoctions, it will leave you thinking about what creations you could devise in your own kitchen! The pies and pastries here are especially delicious.

• Northern Europe Cruises – Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium come alive with Christmas cheer during December with their famous Christmas markets. With many sailings departing from Southampton to chocolate-box cities such as Hamburg, Bruges, Rotterdam and even Copenhagen and Le Havre, there’s plenty of Christmas Market cruises to grab all the belly-warming drinks and sweet treats you can, perfect for gift shopping for friends and family.

P&O Cruises fleet which sails from Southampton

These are just some of the food-focussed cruising opportunities out there. Research has shown that more and more cruisers believe food to be of the utmost importance on their holiday, and cruise lines are listening to this and constantly upping their game. Because of this you’re likely to find some fantastic speciality restaurants and buffets onboard the majority of ships, and more attention on the culinary aspects of destinations. Take a look at these amazing worldwide food markets for more inspiration about where to see next.


Singapore: A Foodie's Haven

27th December 2017

 

South East Asia is known for delicious and diverse cuisine that has become popular the world over. For many people, this is reason enough to visit this incredible part of the world, and if this applies to you, it’s likely that you might be struggling to decide just which areas to visit. The answer to this dilemma could well be Singapore. With influences from China, India, Malaysia, and Europe, many argue that food in Singapore offers the best of a number of cultures. Discover incredible places to eat and things to try, on a cruise in Singapore.

Raffles Hotel

Even if you haven't heard of much traditional Singaporean food and drink, we'd be willing to bet that you do know about their signature cocktail: The Singapore Sling. Thought to have been created by a bartender in 1915, in Singapore this drink is synonymous with Raffles Hotel - a stunning colonial hotel which is home to the Long Bar, where said bartender rustled up this delicious concoction. The main ingredients of this refreshing cocktail are gin, pineapple juice, and grenadine.

Laksa

This classic is said to have been brought to Singapore by the Peranakan people – those who immigrated to the Malay region from China, between the 1600s and 1800s. As such it has become well integrated into the cuisine of Singapore, and today remains a firm favourite among both locals and tourists. Essentially laksa is a noodle soup (or broth), made with spices, coconut milk, and usually chicken or fish.

Maxwell Food Centre

Singapore is known among food lovers for its hawker (street food) stalls. These offer affordable and yet delicious meals and great variety. Hawker stalls can be found here, there, and everywhere, but you will also come across centres which are known for this type of cuisine, such as Maxwell Food Centre. Here there are over 100 stalls selling all kinds of Singaporean favourites, and indeed some more modern and even international dishes.

Abacus Seeds

Having originated with the Hakka Han, or Han, people of China, abacus seeds are sometimes referred to as Hakka abacus seeds. They are similar to gnocchi, but instead of potato they are made with yams. They are a tasty and fairly versatile creation that can be found in various dishes with noodles, prawns, chicken, and vegetables. They are said to represent wealth, and so are often found in meals at celebrations such as New Year.

Kueh

Kuehs are traditional, bite-sized snacks that can be sweet or savoury. These too are especially popular among the Peranakan people, and can most commonly be found in supermarkets and coffee shops. They also frequently make an appearance at food festivals. Look out for favourites such as sweet steamed sponge, meat dumplings, and mini crepes made with sugar, coconut, and pandan leaves and juice.

Michelin Star Hawker Stall

Like many of the world’s big cities, Singapore is home to a number of Michelin-star rated restaurants. But what makes this location slightly more unusual, is that it boasts Michelin-star holding street food stalls! Both Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, and Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle have been awarded this prestigious status, making Singapore one of the only places on earth where you can get a Michelin-star meal for about £3.

Pau

Singapore’s pau are known elsewhere in Asia as ‘bau’, ‘baozi’, and ‘mantou’, or to English-speakers, ‘steamed buns’. They are often stuffed with barbecue pork, however in Singapore potato, chicken, or beef curry are also popular fillings. These can be found at stalls or in restaurants, and are a really tasty option for lunch, or a snack to see you through until your evening meal.

Today, food is a highly regarded and significant part of Singaporean culture, and is something that the locals take great pride in – and rightly so. Foodies will not be disappointed with what they find here, and will hugely enjoy the countrywide celebration of cuisine. For an extra-special treat, consider a Singapore cruise in July, and see what’s in store at the annual Singapore Food Festival.

Find out more about things to do in Singapore.


The many wines of the Rhine

6th August 2015

The Rhine river cuts through some of Germany’s finest winemaking regions; ideal for cruisers who love their wine.

Renowned regions the Middle Rhine, the Rhine Valley (Rheingau) and the Rheinhessen, all lie on the banks of this famous waterway, making it easy for you to sample the wine as you go. It would almost be rude not to.

We’ve put together a guide for each of these three magnificent regions, their specialty wines and which ports are in each area.

The Rhine Valley - Rheingau


The picturesque Rheingau is one of the most famous areas in Germany for wine making. The name of the game here is quality, not quantity and each batch of wine being crafted with perfection as the goal. The region’s wine-making exploits date back to the Roman era, making it the oldest wine-growing area of Germany.

Known for its high quality Riesling grapes, the region produces some of the finest white wines in Europe with 80 per cent of the produce coming from the valley being fruity Riesling varieties. However, while it’s certainly a popular stop for those who prefer white, Rhine Valley’s reds are also high in quality. Much lighter than their neighbouring European counterparts in France, German reds are much more delicate and subtle.

Many of our river cruises take dock at Rüdesheim; a wine-making town in the heart of the Rhine Gorge. Here, you’ll be right in the heart of German wine-land, with fine Rieslings and tasty reds easy to come by in almost every bar and restaurant.

The Middle Rhine


The Middle Rhine is another area of Germany where Riesling rules the roost. While not as famous as the wineries of the Rheingau, the quality is still very high.

Dotted with picturesque castles and lines by green rolling hills, the Middle Rhine is one of the most popular sections of any Rhine river cruise with its fine wine only aiding its popularity. Vineyards are aplenty within the region, so you won’t have to travel far to find a good glass of wine when exploring your ports of call.

As well as Riesling, the Middle Rhine is known for its own delicious variety of pinot noir; spätburgunder. This full-bodied wine has a real kick to it and is one of the most celebrated reds on the Rhine.

Besides being one of the most important cities on the Upper Middle Rhine, Koblenz is also a popular stop for wine. Our Jewels of the Rhine from Basel stops at Koblenz, and so it’s the perfect choice if you’re after a few different tipples.

Rheinhessen


For a different kind of white to Riesling, although there’s still plenty around, take a stop in the Rheinhessen and enjoy a glass of Müller-Thurgau; a flowery tipple with a hint of nutmeg.

For reds, try the dry Dornfelder, This common grape is the most popular type or red in the region and can be distinguished by its deep, dark colour. For a more Mediterranean flavor, look out for Regent, one of the newer grapes to be cultivated in the area. Since 1994, this red has been popular with locals and tourists alike, and now takes up 800 hectares of the Rheinhessen’s vineyard area.

The towns of Worms and Bingen are the most important places on the Rhine in terms of wine, but you can pretty much get hold of a bottle of quality Rheinhessen tipple anywhere along the river.

A side (tasting) note


Due to the proximity of these regions, many of the wines crossover and can be found in each. If you are after a bottle to accompany your meals, don’t be afraid to ask the waiting staff for tips; they will be more than happy to help out.

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