Gold Award: Crystal Cruises Silver Award: Seabourn Cruises Bronze Award: Oceania Cruises
Crystal Cruises With Silk Road sushi bar created by Iron Chef Nobuyuki Nobu Matsuhisa himself, Crystal has the finest Asian food at sea. But sushi is just one of several onboard culinary offerings, each of which excels. Guests can even elect to dine privately with the ship’s Head Sommelier by booking a private dinner at The Vintage Room How good is it? The first Ultimate Vintage Room Dinner Crystal offered was an eight-course meal paired with a nearly impossible-to-get 1959 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild from Bordeaux and a Screaming Eagle 1996 from Napa Valley, considered to be a pinnacle year for the region.
Sometimes who you know matters when it comes to food, and Seabourn has partnered with Thomas Keller, creator of what many consider to be the finest restaurant on earth, the Napa Valley’s French Laundry. Starting in 2016, Keller rolled out special menus, and in some cases, special restaurants, for ships across the Seabourn fleet. The first reviews have been rapturous.
Aboard Oceania Cruises’ two newest vessels, Marina and Riviera, the culinary options are memorable, especially the French bistro designed by famed chef and restauranteur Jacques Pepin. Even the Asian restaurant, a sore spot on most ships, impresses with authentic Thai and Malaysian dishes.