Dish It Up
At onboard tables all over the world, it’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year.
Stroll from deck to deck aboard any cruise ship during the holidays, and the wafting aromas are enough to knock your blinking-lights Santa socks off. Freshbaked Christmas cookies here, latkes there, stuffing everywhere — what’s a foodie to do? Why, indulge, of course. We’ve got the goods (and goodies) you crave during this festive time.
Of any holiday meal savored at sea, Thanksgiving may be the trickiest for passengers and chefs. Expectations are high and most of us favor our family dining traditions: Aunt Emily’s cranberry sauce, perhaps, or mom’s pecan pie. Luckily, cruise ship chefs go overboard (only figuratively) to ensure Thanksgiving dinner ticks all the iconic boxes. Take Disney Cruise Line, out to please multigenerational families. Children feel terribly grown-up sipping Turkey’s Trots and virgin piña coladas, all festive with pumpkin syrup and mango puree. Mom and Dad can toast the season with a real adult cocktail dubbed Pumpkin Spice, merrily splashed with vodka, Kahlua, and Baileys. Disney’s big crowd- pleaser is always the freshly carved roasted turkey, starring trimmings like mashed sweet potatoes with honey and crushed pecans. Just don’t fill up first on the fresh-baked cornbread with chive sour cream dip. Worried about pleasing the vegetarians in your Thanksgiving group? Entrées like pumpkin curry with brown lentils and apple, or pretzel and cashew-crusted tofu with sweet onion chutney, assure veggie devotees that they, too, feel the holiday love.