When taking a cruise the unlimited amount of food that is available cause most people to gain between 5 to 10 pounds.
To gain even more weight, more cruise lines are selling specialty dining that offer food at an additional cost. On this trip they offered three restaurants along with the ChefsTable.
On our cruise with Royal Caribbean, we had a wonderful time at the Specialty Dining venue Chefs Table. It fills up fast as it has a limited availability, between 10 – 12 people.
We signed up for the Chefs Table ($85 per person) before our cruise because we wanted a certain day. But after reading the boards on Cruise Critic, I found out they were offering a package on board which would reduce our cost, so I cancelled and waited until we got on the ship to sign back up.
I did call Royal Caribbean directly and asked if they had a package for this cruise and they told me no. I decided that I believed the people from the Cruise Critic board, since they just got off the cruise. They told of a special package that was offered on board. If you bought the three Specialty Dining package at $75 per person, the Chefs Table would be reduced to $51 per person.
For the Specialty Dining, they offer three venues: Giovanni Table, an Italian Restaurant, Chops Grill, a steak house and Izumi an Asian Sushi Bar. We elected to go to Chops Grill twice as we do not like Sushi.
The cost as a bundle is cheaper than if you bought each Specialty Dining restaurants individually. But the big savings was at the Chefs Table, originally it was $85 per person now it was $51 per person a savings of $34. Applying this savings to the $75 charge we really only paid $41 per person for the package, remember I was going to pay full price for the Chefs Table until I learned about this deal. This was an excellent value as you would probably drink that much in wine alone.
We immediately signed up and made our reservations. They were able to get us in at the Chefs Table the night we originally wanted. Once you sign up for this option, an invitation is delivered to your state room on the day of the event.
The invitation instructed us to meet at a bar mid ship. Once we showed up, they checked you off the list and gave us a glass of champagne.
When the rest of the group arrived, we took our champagne and we were lead to a private room off the main dining room that holds about 15 people. This event started at 6:30 and we did not
leave roll out of the dining room until 10:45.
The table was exquisitely set with the menu on the side. Five wines glasses were arranged surrounding the plate that would hold the different wines being paired with each course.
Once the affair begins the Chef comes out and introduced himself and meticulously explains the process of preparing the item which we were about to eat. He did this for each course.
The Sommelier educated us on the wine to be served and why this type of wine enhances the flavor of the food.
This process is repeated for every course that was served right up to the dessert. Now look at the following pictures and drool over our meal and you will understand why we rolled out of the dining room.
After a glass of champagne and five glasses of wine, a Port wine was served with dessert, it was a good thing we only had to walk back to our cabin.
The chef also prepared a special dessert tray, like we needed even more food, but of course we had to try it. I wish I could have had a doggie bag to take the left overs as most of the dessert did not get eaten after all that food. 😆
With the time allotted, we had great conversations with the other people that selected this venue. We all got along which made the time fly and was a very enjoyable evening with some delicious food and wine. Eating at the Chefs Table was the highlight of our trip and I would love to do it again.
Have you tried the Chef Table?