As touched on in our recent post on Carnival Spirit’s return to Sydney, Australia’s cruise industry is on the up, with latest figures suggesting the market is growing by 20% year on year. In 2014 for instance, over 1 million Australians chose to take their annual holiday out on the high seas, and this self-same figure looks set to rise sharply in 2015 and beyond.
This incredible spike in cruise travel has led to more and more cruise lines deploying ships down under, not to mention increased investment in cruise infrastructure at ports across the country. But enough of the serious facts and figures, because the growing interest in cruise travel has brought about another change to contemporary cruise ships — and that’s their food offering.
If there’s one thing holidaymakers can be sure of when taking a cruise, it’s that they’ll never go hungry. From sprawling all-you-can-eat buffets to small, boutique eateries; today’s cruise ships are chock-a-block with places to have your fill of delicious, freshly prepared fodder.
While it would be impossible to list all of the amazing dishes you can tuck into on a cruise break, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most exciting dishes to be found on the high seas — from juicy beef burgers to tempting Japanese favourites.
Any Burger in Guy’s Burger Joint
The humble burger is fast becoming a staple dish wherever you are in the world — even on the open ocean. Take a trip with Carnival Cruise Line, and you can visit Guy’s Burger Joint, a no-nonsense burger bar offering authentic patties in a cool poolside setting. US restaurateur, Guy Fieri, is the brains behind the restaurant, and had a hand in creating most of the lip-smacking hamburgers on the menu. One of our favourites is the Straight Up, which comes complete with Super Melty Cheese and Guy’s special Donkey Sauce.
Handmade Truffle Tagliatelle, SHARE
Earlier this year, Aussie chef Curtis Stone partnered with Princess Cruises to create SHARE — a new dining experience featured across the Princess fleet. Drawing on his own experiences of eating great food with family and friends; Stone’s SHARE is designed to create a sense of community around the dining table. Of all the great eats served up in SHARE, the Tagliatelle is certainly hard to beat — with delicate ribbons of fresh handmade Italian pasta complemented by the earthiness of truffles.
Tableside Flambéed Lobster, Murano
Celebrity Cruises Murano restaurant is a feast for the senses — a place where exquisite fine dining meets a sophisticated modern French menu. The tableside serving of Cognac flambéed lobster tail with fresh basil, applewood smoked bacon & Dijon cream is truly outstanding. The best thing about Murano is that guests can enjoy its luxurious menu for a small additional fee of $50 per person, a bargain considering the quality and experience is on par with the calibre of hatted restaurants.
Kung Pao Masterstock Slow-cooked Beef Cheeks, Dragon Lady
As recommended by Sydney-based cruise specialist, Cruise1st, Dragon Lady’s Kung Pao Masterstock Slow-cooked Beef Cheeks offer a serious flavour punch, and combines Australian-sourced ingredients with Asian spices. The Dragon Lady restaurant is only available aboard two ships in the P&O Australia fleet, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, and is intended to celebrate Australia’s culinary influences from around the world. Other highlights on the Asian-inspired menu include Tempura-crusted Uramaki Sushi, Gaeng Daeng Creamy Chicken Soup and an indulgent Salted 70 per cent Dark Chocolate Cake.
Any Sushi at Kai Sushi
Another entry from Princess Cruises; in preparation for their second season of Japan cruising, Diamond Princess underwent a $30 million dollar refurbishment and now includes a new sushi restaurant and the largest Japanese bath at sea!
The serenity and relaxation of a classic Japanese hot springs experience paired with spectacular ocean views is pretty sensational but what really tops off this Japanese experience is the menu at Kai Sushi. All the bases are covered from sashimi to matcha ice-cream; sake lovers can even try a variety of regional sakes for a taste of many of the ports featured during the cruise.
This post was made possible thanks to Cruise1st