August 2019 Good Eats: Five Sustainable Dining Programs on the High Seas

Good Eats: Five Sustainable Dining Programs on the High Seas

Uncruise Adventures’ Safari Explorer near Lanai, Hawaii. 
Uncruise Adventures’ Safari Explorer near Lanai, Hawaii. 
Cruises don’t just mean buffet meals anymore. These lines are bringing eco-friendly dining to the water.  

Farm to Ship on UnCruise Adventures

The local food movement’s maxim of “grown here, not flown here” is now echoing across Hawaii, which currently imports nearly 90 percent of its foodstuffs. UnCruise Adventures supports the state’s move toward sustainable self-sufficiency by building relationships with Hawaiian farmers and vendors such as Eti Angst of Kumu Farms, who personally delivers fresh papayas, eggplant, arugula, and other GMO-free produce straight from her Molokai garden to Safari Explorer’s galley.

Plant-Based Cuisine on Oceania Cruises 

Great news for vegans: Oceania Cruises recently introduced extensive plant-based menus at sea, with 200-plus tasty dishes – think truffle mac and cheese, green curry stir-fry, and coco-vanilla cashew crème brûlée. The healthy new offerings are available in the main restaurant and Terrace Café on each of the line’s ships, as well as by request when dining in specialty venues.
UnCruise chef Sam Spiva talks produce with Kumu Farms’ Eti Angst.
UnCruise chef Sam Spiva talks produce with Kumu Farms’ Eti Angst.

Veg Out on Regent Seven Seas Cruises 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ guests can soon opt for imaginative dishes such as spiced potato and green pea samosas with tamarind chutney; falafel fritters with harissa mayo, cucumber, and mint; and summer berry pudding Chantilly. They’re among the 200-plus new plant-based selections that the cruise line will integrate into its daily menus fleetwide beginning in October.

Virgin Voyages’ Smart Lattes

Direct trade may be all the buzz in coffeehouses these days, but Intelligentsia introduced the concept more than two decades ago. That pioneering spirit persuaded Virgin Voyages to team up with the Chicago-based roaster, which will train the Scarlet Lady’s baristas and design creative programming such as latte art classes, coffee-cocktail tastings, and a coffee lab in the ship’s Test Kitchen.
Hurtigruten’s Coastal Kitchen cod.
Hurtigruten’s Coastal Kitchen cod.

5. Smart Food Science with Hurtigruten

EAT, a nonprofit startup based in Oslo, is out to transform the global food system by using sound science and strategic partnerships – like its recent collaboration with Hurtigruten. EAT scientists and experts are helping the expedition line’s culinary team create more plant-rich menu items and further reduce food waste on board.

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