If like me you love food then you are going to love, and even be slightly jealous of, my next article.
I set out on what was quite possibly the greatest mission of all….a mission that tested all of my senses. I sailed the seven seas in order to find out which six-star cruise line had the best restaurant. And this is my top 3!
Seven Seas Mariner and Voyager – Signatures
I never thought I was a fan of French food, until now…
First impressions whilst walking into this restaurant were quite simply: Wow, with a capital “W”. There’s no doubt about it, the style of the restaurant is chicly boutique. The chairs offer a beautiful mix of yellow and blue with elegant flowered prints. The tables are nicely presented, all of which are lit up by candles along with a romantic rose for good measure. Unfortunately I was dining alone, but it was still a nice touch. My waiter George seated me to my table and promptly poured me a glass of the finest white wine. I decided to go for the Scallops Marinates in Herb Oil, Spring Onion and Mash Potatoes for the Entrèes. At first taste I could tell the Scallops were fresh and no doubt locally sourced and the mash potato melted in my mouth. For my main course I chose Magret Duck Breast perfectly complemented by Raspberry Vinegar Sauce, Apple Tart and Vegetables. And I finished with a refreshing taste of Sorbet to complete my meal.
Oceania Marina – Red Ginger
Vibrant Asian Speciality Restaurant…
Roger greeted me at the door, offered me a flute of champagne and ushered me to my seat – great start. The dining room itself was bright and contemporary with red, yellow and brown decorating the room. I was seated next to a Buddha statue which truly set the scene making me feel as if I had been whisked away on an Oriental journey. My culinary adventure began with Imperial Spring Rolls, shrimp and noodles. It was a fine choice to warm up my stomach before I had the Lobster Pad Thai with rice noodles and vegetables. The presentation of the food was equally as impressive as the taste and eating with polished silver chopsticks just made it all the more fun. The desert was a delicious fusion of Chocolate Crème Brulee with Green Mocha Ice Cream. I found Roger to be attentive without being overbearing, and extremely courteous throughout my meal, topping up my glass when necessary.
Azamara Journey and Quest – Prime C
A Sleek, Sophisticated and stylish Steakhouse…
Set within a contemporary wood-panelled room, Prime C offers a warm ambiance with inspiring views out to sea. I was seated by Christina who welcomed me with a warm smile. She offered me the menu and a choice of wines. Red wine with steak is always a must I told her and before I knew it I was reclining in my seat with a large glass of what was quite possibly the best wine I have ever tried. I started light with Chilled Aspartagus Salad as I intended to leave as much room as I could for my main course. The starter was crisp and flavoursome and presentation was something my art teacher would be proud of. For the mains I decided to go the whole hog and order the 16 ounce Rib Eye Steak. Medium to rare is what I told Christina and that is exactly how it came. Perfectly cooked and perfectly presented, this was a steak fit for a king and it was at the moment I knew; I had the best job in the world.
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