Poll Position: The Cost of Celebrity Cuisine

August 13, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

Lately it seems that every time a new ship launches, it includes some sort of fancy celebrity chef-affiliated dining venue. That would be fine and dandy if there weren’t so many extra fees to accompany all of the fuss. So, we wondered whether you think a celebrity name and associated cuisine is worth the cost.
What we asked: Are celebrity chef-inspired restaurants worth the extra cost?
What they said: The majority of voters — about 43 percent — said not at all. Another 40 percent said it depends on the food, while 9 percent said it depends on the chef. Only 7 percent said it’s worth it.
What it all means: Evidently these restaurants cater to a very small percentage of cruisers, including Steve Houtz, who weighed in on Facebook: “The ambiance and service were at a higher level, and the food just spectacular. I couldn’t get a meal at a [Todd English] restaurant at the price we paid on QM2. In fact we did both lunch and dinner on different days we enjoyed it so much.”
Meanwhile, Gary Ferguson feels the opposite is true, stating, “there is genuinely no need for this. It’s a money making scam for these so called top chefs!”
Dawn Asmar sums up both sides: “I like having the dining options and attentive service and extra elective cost wasn’t too bad when it started. But the trend to celebrity chef is not necessary and the surcharges are becoming a bit too steep.”
What do you think? Leave your comments below.
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    One Response to “Poll Position: The Cost of Celebrity Cuisine”

    1. Judy
      August 13th, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

      I enjoy the ambience and menu choices in the Celebrity cruise specialty restaurants. Whether a celebrity chef is associated with the restaurant does not affect my decision to enjoy the dinner. A look at my old receipts from a 2008 Celebrity cruise shows we paid $30 pp then…..I don’t think the surcharge has become “too steep”.

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