Food is definitely one of the most important part of our vacation and traveling on a cruise ship is no different. We love food and we love good food (and it shows!).
So, when we go on a cruise, like this current cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, we always buy the package for the specialty restaurants even though all meals are already included in the trip.
Breakfast & lunch are included in the ship’s Windjammer buffet and dinner is served at the Sapphire main dining room. And the food is usually pretty good, but (for us) the ambiance is too crowded and noisy and you’re in & out in practically an hour. For us as Danes, we’re definitely missing the element of hygge in those places.
For our last few cruises, we’ve booked a dinner package to eat every night at the specialty restaurants. On this cruise ship, we got a fantastic deal on the Ultimate Dining Package, which included dinner in any of the the specialty restaurants and lunch on sea days, 40% discount on bottles of wine less than US$ 100 or 20% discount on bottles of wine more than US$ 100. And since we drink (a lot of) wine, this particular package made total sense for us. Each meal cost us about US$ 24 per person – for a 3-course dinner in a smaller and less crowded restaurant, with the best waiters on the ship and good food.
Well, it turned out that we had mixed reviews of the food. It was especially the red meat (steaks) that caused a problem due to a general lack of seasoning. Since I don’t eat steaks and always ordered fish, salads, chicken…I must say that I never had a bad meal on the Navigator of the Seas.
The Navigator is a smaller ship, so the number of specialty restaurants is limited. We could choose from:
- Sabor (Mexican)
- Izumi (Japanese)
- Giovanni’s Table (Italian)
- Chops Grille (American Steakhous
Izumi became our favorite restaurant and they served really excellent sushi, wakame salad and udon noodles (so much flavor!).
I liked the Sabor too, which had good guacamole & nachos and also tacos (especially the shrimp tacos).
At Giovanni’s Table, I preferred the mozzarella salad with a side of arugula salad (I mixed the two together) and the ossobuco for main course. My husband also ordered the ossobucco and exchanged the polenta for risotto, which he said was amazing.
At Chops Grille my favorite were the goat cheese salad, salmon with green asparagus and mushrooms…and the cheesecake topped with raspberries and cream.
Our waiters at all the restaurants were (funny enough) all from the Philippines – and all really nice and excellent. We probably had the best waiter at Sabor (Amber), but our waiter at Izumi (Emely) and Chops Grille (Manolo) were also the best.
The only problem that I’m left with (after all this food) is…how to get rid of all the extra calories that I’ve consumed!