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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Culinary Excellence at Sea

If you happen to love both fine food and cruising, you’ll be glad to know that some chefs with Michelin-starred restaurants also oversee culinary programs and specialty restaurants on cruise ships.

The highly coveted stars that the Michelin Guide awards to restaurants indicate where you can find the finest food on land. Restaurants can earn one, two or three stars; the standards are so high that there are currently just 132 restaurants in the world with three Michelin stars. As the guide explains, three stars mean a restaurant serves “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.”

Here are some of the Michelin-starred chefs who influence exceptional cuisine at sea:

Chef Daniel Boulud, the global culinary ambassador for Celebrity Cruises, has restaurants around the world. One of them – New York City’s Daniel – has two Michelin stars. You’ll soon be able to taste Boulud’s global flavors at LeVoyage on the new Celebrity Beyond, scheduled to launch this April. Guests of The Retreat, Celebrity’s ship-within-a-ship concept, can already enjoy Boulud’s dishes at Luminae at The Retreat.

Thomas Keller is the only U.S.-born chef with two different restaurants (The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., and Per Se in New York City) that have three Michelin stars. He partners with Seabourn Cruises on three restaurants, including The Colonnade, which serves great American comfort food – like barbequed ribs and clam bakes – family-style. The Patio features Keller’s Napa Burger and Yountwurst, while The Grill by Thomas Keller serves updated versions of classic steak and lobster dishes.

Chef Arnaud Lallement’s l’Assiette Champenoise is a Michelin three-star restaurant near Reims, France. He also advises on the menu at Remy, an adults-only restaurant aboard Disney Cruises’ Dream and Fantasy. Named for the main character in the film “Ratatouille,” Remy’s special dining experiences include a Champagne brunch, a five-course dessert service and six courses of small plates with wine pairings.

Marco Pierre White, the first British chef to earn three Michelin stars, partners with P&O Cruises. The restaurants he oversees restaurants for the line include the Ocean Grill aboard the Arcadia, which serves steaks and seafood in the tradition of London’s finest grill restaurants. White also creates menus for P&O’s black-tie Gala Evenings. And when he sails on a P&O ship, he presents very popular master classes in cooking, as well as hosted dinners.

To reserve your place on a cruise ship that features dishes from a Michelin-starred chef, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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