Australian Traveller


A globally inspired menu designed by Michelin-starred chefs is just one of the many surprises in store for guests of The Retreat.


PASSION FOR fine dining is taken to mouthwater­ing new heights at LUMINAE, the elegant private dining experience reserved exclusivel­y for guests of THE RETREAT. Combining the genius of Celebrity Cruises’ Global Culinary Brand Ambassador with Michelin-starred chefs Daniel Boulud and Cornelius Gallagher (Celebrity’s own), Luminae’s menu – unavailabl­e anywhere else on the ship and always revolving so that each dish will only ever be seen once over a two-week period – is as eclectic as it is modern. Dishes such as Maine lobster tagliatell­e, truffle riso o and Alaskan halibut are designed to delight and tantalise, while Chef Boulud, best known for his NYC restaurant Daniel, has designed a range of compliment­ary signature dishes with a focus on creating a heavenly pairing between food and wine. Signature dishes Luminae guests can look forward to include a chilled carrot and ginger veloute with prawns, coriander and lime, and a Moroccan chicken tagine with saffron couscous with preserved lemon and olives. Happily, the signature Luminae burger – a pa y topped with cheddar and bacon-onion jam, served with truffle fries – is a constant in this elegant space otherwise subject to fascinatin­g variables. Perhaps what surprises most guests to the fleet’s highest-rated restaurant, however, isn’t the printed menu but the ability to go rogue and eat as your heart desires. Five-star service, too, is never out of sight and staff are trained to memorise your preference­s so you’ll get a customised (and thus, lobster-heavy) experience every time you dine.

Luminae is open for breakfast lunch and dinner

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