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Disney tea at a Fantasy price

Afternoon tea is an essential part of the cruise experience for many passengers. Whether it comes with crustless cucumber sandwiches served at the table by white-gloved waiters, or accompanied by jam scones and clotted cream scooped from the buffet, it's an event to set your watch to, dictating the whole pattern of an afternoon and evening's activities. Now it has come to Disney, and how! The Royal Court Royal Tea on Disney Fantasy is an event like no other, elevated to a degree of splendour that would be difficult to match elsewhere. Guests are welcomed to the Royal Court restaurant [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:28+00:00 23 November 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

Happiness on a plate in Sunshine’s steakhouse and Asian kitchen

Regular readers will know that food is one of the highlights of a cruise - for me and for the majority of passengers. Apart from a brief flirtation with the fitness facilities on Celebrity Silhouette last year, my days at sea revolve around mealtimes more than exercise bikes. There is a gym on board Carnival Sunshine, and after the ship's £100 million transformation it now has almost 60 per cent more equipment than before. Sad to report, it remains unsullied by my perspiration or indeed my determination. I have, however, become familiar with two of the ship's finest culinary assets. [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:30+00:00 25 July 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

It’s a piece of cake ! Sampling a taste of life, plus the food and wine, at sea

Afternoon tea is always a popular moment in the daily schedule of a cruise ship, and master patissier Eric Lanlard made it even more special during a recent trip on board P&O's newest ship, Azura. He brought edible perfume and produced smoked salmon macaroons, cheese eclairs and an Eton Mess that could have come straight from Heston Blumenthal's laboratory. Lanlard, star of C4's Baking Mad and Glamour Puds gave a masterclass to passengers and also took part in a Q&A session with cruise director Neil Oliver - whose exotic quiff looks like it may have had some support from a [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:31+00:00 24 June 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

Sample a taste of Celebrity

Celebrity Cruises are determined to gain wider recognition for the food on their ships. To the extent that chief executive Michael Bayley has plans up his sleeve to open a New York restaurant serving dishes from the menus in an attempt to earn Michelin star status. London's own Celebrity pop-up food and drink outlet opens today in Regents Park. The company is operating a stand at the Taste of London festival; visitors will be able to sample popular items from the quirky Qsine restaurant menu and executive chefs will be on hand to showcase skills such as sushi lollipop. Celebrity [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:31+00:00 20 June 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

Victoria gets a new Verandah

Cunard's Queen Victoria has a new Verandah - not a cabin balcony this time but a restaurant to match the one that has proved to be such a success on sister ship Queen Elizabeth. It replaces the Todd English speciality restaurant on Deck 2, just off the Grand Lobby. How long now before Victoria's Chart Room bar is replaced with a Britannia Club restaurant like the one which has been a hit on Elizabeth? Todd English is an American celebrity chef - he opened his first Olives restaurant in Boston in 1989 and it was followed by one in Bellagios, [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:31+00:00 17 June 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

Lobsters force cruise cancellation

There can't be many places on the planet where travel is more strictly regulated than the Galapágos Islands. Even so, it comes as a surprise to discover that a ship has been forced to cancel two cruises as punishment for carrying frozen lobster tails on board. Celebrity Xpedition fell foul of the national park authority's strict rules during a regular inspection. Park wardens who came on board in March found 12 kilograms of lobster tails and some octopus stored on the ship at a time when the fishing season for these species was closed. Celebrity says the lobsters "were purchased [...]

Has a life of fine dining at sea lost its Allure for chef Molly Brandt?

The minute chef Molly Brandt saw me take a knife to an onion, she rolled her eyes in despair. She wanted the vegetable finely diced in preparation for making her smoked sweet potato velouté and realised immediately she was dealing with a rank amateur. I thought I knew what I was doing. I've made soup before - it all goes in the liquidiser in the end anyway, so why the need for precision? Chef Molly soon put me straight. If my take on her signature soup was to make it onto the tables of the $40-a-head 150 Central Park restaurant [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:34+00:00 3 May 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|1 Comment

Cheers! Oz is back on board

Wine expert Oz Clarke had so much fun on his first cruise last year that he's coming back for more. He will be hosting a themed cruise in October which takes in Bordeaux in France, the Rioja region of Spain, and the home of port in Portugal. Once hailed as Britain's youngest-ever Wine Taster of the Year, his enthusiasm, his encyclopaedic knowledge, and his gift for entertainment remain undimmed 40 years later, as he demonstrated with a virtuoso performance in London this week for guests of Celebrity Cruises. Taking us through a collection of wines he had selected from the [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:38+00:00 22 February 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

The recipe for a great cruise

Cruise lines can do what they want to spice up their entertainment or beef up their children's clubs; they can draw up an a la carte list of shore excursions at every port of call, and even introduce pillow menus. But what most passengers expect is to eat well in as wide a variety of restaurants as possible during their chosen holiday at sea. Which is why, no doubt, there has been a clutch of food-related announcements in the past few days. Here's my table d'hôte selection . . . MSC Preziosa, to be launched in Genoa in March, has [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:39+00:00 30 January 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

From Breakaway to Bake-away

What's the must-have addition to the cruise ship experience these days? Broadway musicals, high-speed wi-fi, pillow menus and 3D cinemas have all staked their place alongside towel animals, singing waiters and the Baked Alaska parade. But they come nowhere near matching the desirability of a cake shop. Allure of the Seas has its Cupcake Cupboard - where I was given a lesson in cake decoration (above) - and Royal Princess will have its own Pastry Shop in the Horizon Court buffet. Cake Boy legend Eric Lanlard, who has created confections for David Beckham and Claudia Schiffer, will be travelling on [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:39+00:00 16 January 2013|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments