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The Dining Experience

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The Dining Experience

Whether you are cruising in the Baltic Sea or the Pacific Ocean it is guaranteed that nothing whets the appetite like sea air. You’ll therefore have even more reason to anticipate the feast of delights freshly prepared by expert chefs and served by attentive restaurant staff. Opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurely lunch and enjoy a sumptuous five-course dinner each and every day of your cruise.

Our carefully constructed menus present a blend of traditional cuisine and international specialities that will make your mouth water. The diet conscious will have difficulty resisting temptation and may well need a few extra turns around deck!  For many of our guests, dining in the ship’s elegant restaurant is the high point of the day. Starters followed by delicious soups and light salads give way to delicious main courses ranging from appetising seafood and Italian pastas to mouth-watering steaks and traditional roasts. Finish with a tempting dessert or cheese plate, coffee or tea. Tasty vegetarian meals and healthy options are featured on every menu.  And, whatever you choose to eat, you can accompany your meal with a selection from the ship’s extensive wine list.

Breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the restaurants on an open seating basis. Check the onboard Daily Programme for timings and then come when you choose. For dinner in the evening, we operate two sittings and your preference should be requested when booking your cruise.  And, if you, or a member of your party, have a particular dietary requirement, then please let us know in advance so that we can meet your requirements.

As a casual alternative to our formal restaurants, enjoy a more relaxed buffet-style meal served up with a complimentary ocean view! Add in the afternoon teas, late night snacks and traditional shipboard occasions such as the Captain’s Gala Dinners, and the pleasures of the table will surely tempt you from the moment you sit down to dinner on your first night aboard until that final breakfast as you prepare to disembark. 

 

Speciality Dining

On board Columbus and Astor, we feature more intimate specialty restaurants offering yet further dining options. Perfect for that special occasion or just to treat yourself; and why not, you’re on holiday! There is a supplementary charge for dining in these speciality venues.

Columbus

  • Fusion – our journey onto Indian gastronomy - £14.90 per person supplement.
  • The Grill – a choice of prime cuts selected by the Well Hung Meat Company - £24.99 per person supplement.

Astor

  • Admiral’s Salon –Asian Fusion Cuisine – AU$ 19.95 per person supplement.
  • Commodore’s Salon –Mediterranean Cuisine– AU$ 19.95 per person supplement.

 

The ultimate dining experience

We are delighted to offer Columbus, Magellan and Marco Polo guests The Chef’s Table, an exclusive VIP multi-course dining experience, specially created and hosted by the Executive Chef.

Enjoy a private sparkling wine cocktail and canapés reception, a tour of the galley in operational mode and a splendid nine course menu accompanied with specially selected wines. The Executive Chef remains with the guests throughout the meal, describing the ingredients and techniques used to produce each of the courses. The Chef's Table experience can be reserved on board at an additional cost of £49.99 per person, subject to availability.