Dinner options are plentiful on the Celebrity Eclipse, which has four specialty restaurants in addition to the six non-specialty restaurants. Here’s the scoop on the three of them I had the opportunity to dine at (the missing one is Murano, which serves upscale Continental cuisine):
The concept: Italian steakhouse
The décor: dark browns and tans with bright orange accents
What makes it different: Just because this steakhouse is floating doesn’t mean it takes the food any less seriously than its landlubber counterparts. An elegant dining room with a refined presentation make this a great spot for a fancy dinner. For me, the dessert menu was especially tantalizing, and caramel lovers will be in heaven with the toffee panna cotta.
Worth the price?: My meal was tasty, the service friendly, and the setting beautiful, but for a non-red-meat-eater, I’d probably save my $30 and stick with the main dining room. My guest, however, thought it was worth it.
The concept: healthy spa food
The décor: white flowers and crystal chandeliers
What makes it different: This dining room is exclusive to those in the AquaClass suites. Because this is a much smaller number of people than those who go to the main dining room (it seats 130 versus 1,400 in the Moonlight Sonata), the service and attention to the food is even more personalized. Carrots and celery replace the bread bowl on the table, which I thought was a nice touch and a welcome respite from the often-heavy food that comes with cruising.
Worth the price?: There is no surcharge for this dining room if you’re in an AquaClass suite; if you’re not, it’s not available to you.
The concept: regular food with off-the-wall presentation
The décor: black, white, and orange; lamps hang upside-down from the ceiling
What makes it different: What doesn’t make it different? The use of iPads as menus is a good starting point. Scroll through the options and when you find one you like, just add it to your favorites, and it’ll be delivered to your table. A soup soufflé through a straw as an appetizer, sushi lollipops as an entrée, and decorate-your-own-cupcake for dessert are just a few of the somewhat offbeat options for your eating pleasure. Speaking of dessert, it’s ordered on a Rubik’s Cube-like device.
Worth the price?: This is probably the only restaurant I’d shell out the extra bucks for ($30 per person), if only for the experience.