Seabourn Spirit Dining
Dinner is an extraordinary experience, featuring cuisine rivaling that of the finest land-based restaurants. The Restaurant is open seating -- you can dine with whomever you choose or ask the maitre d' to choose your companions for the evening. In any event, conversation seems to flow as easily as the excellent complimentary wines.
Okay, The Restaurant is, decor-wise, about as bland as the room's name. But you hardly notice once the food starts arriving. The multi-course menus feature not only old favorites like Beef Wellington and grilled lobster, but new enticements like goat cheese souffle and barbecued quail with chipotle glaze. The onboard chef picks up fresh ingredients at ports of call, and may display the head of a giant swordfish to prove that point. There is always a specially noted chef's selection as well as lighter fare and a vegetarian option. Desserts are sublime, and ours included a trio basil, white chocolate and orange creme brulee, and yummy homemade ice cream and sorbet (some complained about there not being enough chocolate desserts, but my sweet tooth was well satisfied).
For alternative dining, the reservations-required Veranda Cafe has small-plates tasting or themed menus (such as French, Mediterranean, Surf-and-Turf) at night. You can dine under the stars and you don't have to dress up even on formal nights. Reservations often booked up for the Veranda Cafe, but then half the people ended up as no-shows. So if you can't get a reservation, show up anyway and chances are you will be seated. The food in the Cafe is less fussy than in the dining room and is served with less pomp and circumstance, but is very satisfying. And eating outside is so romantic! Passengers also have the option of ordering dinner in their cabin, served course by course. Breakfast and lunch are available from room service, in The Restaurant, and buffet-style at the Veranda Cafe (most passengers choose the buffet option). Both meals are lackluster compared to dinner. Weather permitting, there may be burgers served on the deck at lunch. There is also a nice afternoon tea each day in the Horizon Lounge.