Building a Better Biscuit, Steamboat Style

With two new ships dedicated to the Big Muddy launching this year, it’s apparent that Mississippi River cruising is making a comeback. To get the 411 on what type of dining scene to expect aboard Great American Steamboat Company’s upcoming American Queen, kitchen-savvy Cruise Critic staffer Melissa Paloti traveled to Natchez, Mississippi, to get a [...]

Lido Deck Test Kitchen, Coronary Edition: Carnival’s Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese

In August, Carnival Cruise Lines announced new main dining room menus, and while many cruisers were excited about the fresh choices, one particular section of the menus had some boiling. The new “comfort food” offerings, which include dishes such as roast chicken and meatloaf, caused deep disappointment among nostalgic readers longing for the fancy days [...]

Lido Deck Test Kitchen: Cowboy Crepes on the Range

You just couldn’t escape the buzz surrounding the recent launch of Celebrity’s newest ship, the 122,000-ton, 2,850-passenger Celebrity Silhouette. I figured if I couldn’t be there, I could at least pretend — so I decided to whip something up from one of the line’s newest concept restaurants. Bistro on 5 is a casual alternative eatery [...]

Lido Deck Test Kitchen: Cocktail, Anyone?

What do you do when your boss tells you to go home and make a cocktail? You go home and make a cocktail, that’s what you do. After all, the Lido Deck Test Kitchen would be remiss to not feature a tasty libation at least every once in a while. I mean, cruises are just [...]

Lido Deck Test Kitchen: Bring on the Chocolate

I’ll take any excuse to whip up a chocolaty treat. So when I heard about Carnival‘s warm melting chocolate cake, I knew I had to try out a batch. This cake is so popular with fans of the cruise line that there are multiple threads in the Cruise Critic forums dedicated to it. Not only [...]

Lido Deck Test Kitchen: A Tale of Two Breads

I’m going on my first cruise — a weeklong Bermuda sailing aboard Norwegian Dawn — in a few short months and have, like most Cruise Critic members, been searching the boards for relevant information. While perusing the NCL forum, I discovered the existence of a somewhat cultlike favorite — the pretzel roll. Intrigued, I emailed [...]

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