Fine Cuisine on a luxury yacht

One of the most exciting things about chartering a luxury yacht is that you get to travel with a seasoned chef, who’ll expertly prepare and serve all meals based on your preferences. Whether you like to indulge in casual snacks, are into sundeck barbeques or would want to try some formal dining al fresco, the chef will ensure you enjoy the most exclusive of gastronomic delights. If you are particularly looking for fine cuisine on a luxury yacht, there are many options you can choose from


What Type Of Cuisines to Expect Aboard Your Luxury Yacht?

There is a whole range of gourmets that you can look forward to enjoying on board. But each of the cuisines will be customized to your tastes, every day of your itinerary. Here are some of the best-rated cuisines that you can expect on a typical luxury yacht:

 
French Riviera Inspired Foods

Cuisines from the French Riviera are as hearty as they are delectable. And to get a feel of how amazing such culturally-rich foods are, you might need to request your master chef to prepare some for you. And here are a few foods you can expect from a French Riviera cuisines menu:

  • Appetizers + Dom Perignon Veuve Clicquot, Laurent-Perrier and more
  • Lamb Loin with Fennel Genoise
  • Lobster Thermidor
  • Risotto Lobster with Parmesan Egg Pancake, Confit Tomatoes and Coral Tille
Gourmet on a luxury yacht
Caribbean Gourmets

There are a good number of luxury yachts that are well-known for their exclusive Caribbean and Central American cuisines. Here is a quick sample of the foods you can expect on a crewed yacht or catamaran charter in the charming Caribbean region:

  • Avocado and Pineapple Salad + Patio Daddy-O Planter’s Punch
  • Caribbean-Grilled Garlic butter prawns with spicy prawn heads
  • Jerk Shrimp with Grilled Onion, Avocado, and Mango Salsa
  • Grilled Glazed Pineapple with Coconut Sorbet
Caribbean cuisine on a luxury yacht
Caribbean cuisine on a luxury yacht
Italian Gourmets

The only way to understanding the heart of a place is by trying its food. If you’re taking your cruising vacation to Italy on a crewed charter, then there are lots of toothsome Italian cuisines that your able chef can prepare for you. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or supper/dinner, enjoying a serving of Italian specialties is as tempting as it is heavenly.

Here is what you can expect from a typical Italian gourmets menu:

  • Panzanella salad
  • Roasted tofu with tamari aubergine flower and tomato emulsion
  • Stuffed Paccheri with veloute sauce
  • Buckwheat with milk and cheese
Italin cuisine on a luxury yacht

Kosher Cuisine On Board a Luxury Yacht

Kosher is a type of cuisine that features certain specific foods that strictly conform to traditional Jewish dietary regulations. The foods, in this case, are grouped into 3 main categories namely: meat, dairy and Pareve (any other food other than meat or dairy). As the Kosher tradition dictates, meats should not be served or eaten at the same meal as dairy products. So if you’re a strict adherent to the kosher diet, the professional chef aboard the yacht will ensure he/she prepares your set of meals accordingly.

 

Tips

Choose a Yacht with a Chef That Suits Your Preferences. Each chef is trained or specializes in preparing certain kinds of foods. So you should consider that when booking your yacht charter. Feel free to ask for a sample of the menu from the broker to see whether the foods listed therein match your preferences and/or dietary needs.

 

Complete a Preference Sheet

A preference sheet can make or break your charter experience.
Aside from other aspects of the charter, highlighting your personal preferences on food will allow the chef to stock the right foodstuffs he/she will use in cooking and preparing meals for the better part of the tour itinerary. So don’t ignore it.

 
Let Your Chef Know About Your Preferences

When highlighting your preferred meals on the preference sheet, it is the perfect time to come clean about your food likes and dislikes. Being honest with what you normally eat or would love to try out on the charter will allow the chef to create a menu that will make your gastronomic experience on board fulfilling.

 
Specify Any Food Restrictions

The preference sheet given to you by the chartering company gives you an opportunity to make clear your dietary restrictions, food allergies and highlight any other factors that can affect meal planning. Charter chefs are always very friendly and understanding, so don’t feel shy to talk to them. Whether your diet is strictly vegan or kosher or prefers gluten-free regimens, the chef can take that to account and make the exact meal options you desire.

 
Decide When You Would Like To Enjoy Your Meals

On a typical yacht charter dining timetable, meals would normally be served in the morning, afternoon and in the evening. The meal, in this case, can be single serving or multi-course. However, since being at sea might make you a little hungrier most of the time, you can always request to have casual snacks in between meals just to satisfy your cravings.

 
Be Sure To Specify Your Favorite Alcohol

Delectable cuisines on charter will need a good wine pairing wine to make the dining experience extraordinary. And most charter companies always have a wonderful selection of wines for you to choose from. If you have any specific preferences like Italian red wine, champagne or special selections by label or age, you can let the crew know beforehand and include them in the provisioning.

 
Let Your Chef Know About Special Occasions

Are you marking a birthday or anniversary or planning an engagement? Such important milestones definitely call for a celebration. So by letting the chef know what special occasions you would want to celebrate, he/she can help set up a party with the right foods, snacks, and drinks. With the massive experience such chefs have in organizing parties, you can be sure your occasion will be unforgettable.

 

Conclusion

That’s all you can expect on a typical luxury yacht charter in terms of gastronomic experience. Just remember you have the opportunity to make your food and drink preferences known by filling out a preference sheet from the charter company. Aside from that, talking to the chef on a one-on-one basis can help generate a menu that will get you to enjoy all your favorite meals, every single day of your itinerary. The sailing experience just never gets better with delectable dishes and refined wine selections on board.

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How was your cuisine on your luxury yacht? You are welcome to share your experience in the comments below. 

10 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Daniella,

    I love having a dedicated chef onboard with these kinds of yachts. Is it common you have to pay extra fees in order to eat and drink on a luxury yacht? And like when you want some snacks in between the meals as you stated can be done by request, this is not all included with the price you pay for the cruise it self?

    • Hi Bryan,

      Food, snacks, and drinks on a luxury yacht are included in the price!

      Thank you for passing by and for the comment!

      Please, let me know if you need more info, I’ll be more than happy to assist.

      I wish you a lovely day.

  2. I was initially going to ask about whether or not we could request a certain dish but maybe not all the food on the dish, as many of these options looked good, for instance, the jerk shrimp with onions, avocado, and salsa, but I’m picky when it comes to onions. I saw later on that we can list foods that don’t suit our preferences. But, there are also foods on here I like from different ethnicities, so is it possible that the same yacht serves the same ethnic dishes, for instance, French and Caribbean food on the same yacht?

    • Hi Todd,

      You can request any dish you want, but in general, the charterer would prefer to choose to eat local food. It makes you feel like a real Caribbean citizen:)

      I hope it helped!

      Please, don’t hesitate to contact me with any question. I’ll be more than happy to assist!

      Thank you for the comment, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

  3. Oh My God, I fell in love with your post, the pictures of the food and the Yachts. You weren’t just talking about fine cuisine and a yacht, you are talking about a complete lifestyle and you definitely got my attention. Summer is coming and I was thinking of organizing something different for the family, you might have just given me the best idea ever, Thank you

    • Hi Barbara,

      I am glad this post has inspired you:)

      Hope to see you soon on board!

      Don’t hesitate to contact me with any question; I am always happy to help.

      Thank you for the comment, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

  4. Thank you Daniella for this important topic I did not fully understand how it worked. I have always liked sailing on a luxury ship. It started when I was a teenager and my parents would take me with them on cruise ships out of New York City to Bermuda and islands in the Bahamas.

    In my mid 30s I got to experience my first (and only one so far) luxury yacht charter with my cousins who live in the Tuscany area of Italy. It was a family reunion vacation from my mom’s side of the family. We visited many of the coastal ports on the Mediterranean side of Italy and the food was gourmet Italian cuisine.

    I never gave it any thought as to how and why we had that delicious food. But thanks to this post I now know what I will do when I plan my next yacht charter. I am planning to have another family reunion of sorts in a few years from my dad’s side of the family down near Barbados in the Caribbean. I would like the food to be regional.

    However, is it possible that in addition to the cuisine being from a broad area of the Caribbean, that I could request having food that is native to Barbados like Flying Fish & Cou-Cou, Cutters, Fish Cakes, and Pudding & Souse? Oh and one more question. Do luxury yacht charter companies offer to book flight arrangements or do I have to do that?

    • Hi Robert,

      You can request any food you want on board a luxury yacht. The chef will prepare the most exquisite dishes for you and your family:)

      Not all charter companies offer flight arrangements, but Royalty Yachts does. You can take a look at the review so you can have an idea.

      I hope it helped. Please, let me know if you need more info.

      I’ll be more than happy to assist.

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a nice day!

  5. Oh I am a foodie, so chartering a boat with a chef would be wonderful. Only thing I would be worried about is gaining weight LOL. I know, that is something that normally happens when you are on vacation. I want to enjoy myself, have a good time and enjoy the food. Can they prepare more weight conscious meal plans as well? Can you ask for certain types of meals? I want to have a good time, but not have to worry about my waistline! LOL

    • Hi Matt,
      Me too, when I am on vacation, the only thing I think of is food:) I am glad I am not the only one!
      Planning the meals with the chef is a must if you want to have the best experience ever! Don’t be afraid to mention what you want for dinner:)
      Let me know if you more info, I’ll be glad to help!
      Thank you for the comment, and I wish you a great day!

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