The Best of Luxury Cruise Lines’ Gastronomy


Wherever your first cruise adventure is heading, your taste buds are on a course to experience exotic food, expertly prepared by amazing chefs. If you’ve chosen to go with a luxury line, then you might just find yourself enjoying unique, unparalleled dining experiences.

Whether it’s a light lunch or something special in the evening, luxury lines serve up truly delicious food at all hours of the day. Here, we’ll guide you through the best cuisine from some superb luxury lines.

Azamara Club Cruises

As well as their six main dining options, Azamara also host two specialty dining venues. Aqualina showcases fresh twists on Italy’s most popular dishes as well as contemporary cuisine that wows with every morsel. If you’ve visited a local market through the day, there’s a chance you’ll see something from it on the menu later that day; their chefs love to browse while you’re in port.

Elsewhere, Prime C has fine-tuned food and an expert ambience that beguiles anyone who eats there. A selection of what’s on offer: NY strip, tenderloin and ribeye steaks, all cooked to perfection, Cajun-spiced swordfish and, for dessert, cinnamon-sugar donuts, an indulgent finale which always proves a hit with guests. 

Crystal Cruises

With casual and classic dining venues available, Crystal’s specialty restaurants are real show-stoppers for those looking to push the boat out. Prego offers an intimate Italian dining experience in the evening, with a menu that includes veal scaloppini, lavender-roasted duck and veal rib eye steak among a whole host of other delicious dishes.

At Silk Road, master chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa turns his eclectic eye to a range of Japanese-tinged European dishes including lobster with truffle-yuzu sauce, wagyu beef with wasabi pepper sauce, and a bento box filled with chocolate soufflé cake. Meanwhile, The Sushi Bar puts Nobu in his element, melding classic Japanese fare with Peruvian and European influences. From salmon tartare to yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, get ready for sushi like never before.

Silversea Cruises

Partnered with highly esteemed chefs from Relais and Châteaux, Silversea place focus and pride on their gastronomy that makes it some of the finest on the water. Fresh and diverse, go for La Dame by Relais & Châteaux for French dining par excellence, a gourmet feast delivered to exceptional standards.

For an intimate Asian experience, Seishin fuses regional Japanese cuisine with dishes from China, Thailand, Vietnam and India, prepared exquisitely with the freshest, most exquisite ingredients. Prepare to be wowed by the sushi chefs’ dextrous handiwork, creating superb sculptures before your eyes, with sake pairings to wash it all down.

For something a bit more relaxed that doesn’t spare on sophistication, The Silver Note serves up tapas-style dishes from a range of countries, complemented by the flowing sounds of jazz in the background. A feast for all senses, this is a dining experience pulled off with real panache.

River Cruises

Emerald Waterways

Part of their all-inclusive promise, Emerald Waterways’ gastronomy always proves a highlight with passengers. Diverse and locally sourced, the fare onboard Emerald reflects the rivers you’ll travel, with chefs taking inspiration from local cuisine to create some truly delightful food for you to feast on.

Head over to Reflections Restaurant, Emerald Waterway’ centrepiece dining venue, where you can sample everything from pork schnitzel to rich Hungarian goulash, the choice here is superb, with an ever-changing menu that complements your experience to the fullest.

For some Al Fresco eats, The Terrace allows you to dine in the sun amongst your idyllic surroundings, with a range of light lunch options to sate your appetite. And when the sun is really scorching, the Sun Deck turns into a state-of-the-art barbecue, showcasing delicious grilled food for you to enjoy when the temperature rises.


Scenic’s river cruises spoil their guests with a superb array of fine dining from a range of cuisines. And on certain river cruises through France, their Scenic Culinaire programme gives you the chance to hone your own cooking skills with a series of expert-curated classes.

As well as their spacious main restaurant, Crystal Dining, you’ll also find Portobellos, an intimate dining venue situated at the front of the ship that serves Italian fine dining over the course of five dishes, paired with local wines from the region’s finest wineries.

For true foodies, Table La Rive is a palate-pleasing journey in an intimate 10-guest setting. Paired with wines chosen by an expert sommelier, guests will experience a six-course degustation menu that takes your taste buds to places they’ve quite simply never been before. Sumptuous and indulgent, this exclusive dining venue is all about savouring flavours, refined fare that pushes the limits of essence and aroma in ways you wouldn’t imagine.

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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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