SEA FOOD SAMPLER
Cruise lines returning from the pandemic-enforced hiatus put their culinary best foot forward this year. We tried some of the food-focused tours, cooking classes, wine pairings and other offerings on their menus.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2021
We don’t usually devote one of our biannual culinary issues to a single sector of travel.
But this year, we felt we had to do just that.
No sector of the travel industry was shut down for as long or in such totality during the pandemic as cruise, which voluntarily paused operations in March 2020 and, with the exception of a handful of sailings in parts of Europe and Asia, did not restart for 16 months.
Some small-ship lines and river ships launched earlier this year, but large cruise ships began pulling up their anchors in June, first in the Caribbean and Europe and, finally, from U.S. ports.
We couldn’t fit a year and half of lost cruise meals into three months, but we did our best, trying out served buffets, multicourse tastings, culinary centers and food-focused shore excursions.
Here’s a sampling of our most memorable meals, on ship and shore, from the summer of the restart.