A floating feast // Radiance of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas

Our little sailors have taken to cruising like seagulls to chips. Speaking of chips, the food on board Radiance of the Seas is fantastic. All 70 tonnes of it. Which incidentally is about what I’ll weigh after our cruise!

There are so many dining options to choose from, it’s easy to find something to float your culinary boat, if you’ll pardon the pun. There’s a la carte dining in the elegant 1000-seat Cascades Dining Room. The extensive menu changes nightly and it is here Raffles is seduced by snails with a plate of garlicky buttery escargot and where, I’m proud to say, wee Sugarpuff too nixes the kids menu for the a la carte options.

Escargot - Radiance of the Seas

There’s also a waistline expanding selection of delectable desserts that I, being a happily undisciplined glutton, am unable to resist.

Dessert on Radiance of the Seas

The buffet in the ship’s timber-lined Windjammer Café offers an enormous variety of cuisines from healthy salads to curry and pizza via noodles, soups and roasts. It is also where we watch on in fascinated horror as Raffles practically dons a feedbag and consumes his own body weight for lunch each day, hence us renaming it “The Trough”.

And of course there’s all that lurking by the ice-cream station… but Radiance offers a whole lot more for serious scoffers at sea. In fact, with 12 restaurants on board, Radiance of the Seas offers the most extensive range of dining options, other than her super-sized big sisters Oasis and Allure of the Seas, in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

And those options are impressive. From gourmet hot dogs at the Boardwalk Doghouse (we dig the Bratwurst and the Sicilian) and Mexican flavours at Rita’s Cantina to Poolside BBQ’s where even the Captain joins in with the tongs!

BBQ on Radiance of the Seas

For those seeking more salubrious surrounds there is great Italian fare at Giovanni’s Table, Churrascaria style deliciousness at Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse and fine dining at Chops Grille steakhouse.

Not to mention our favourite, Izumi, where we devour freshly-prepared sushi, sashimi and sizzling seafood cooked on hot rocks at our table.

Izumi Restaurant on Radiance of the Seas

The giddy euphoria that the four course “Chocolate Breakfast” served in the main dining room unleashes in my small people can’t go without mention.

Choccie for breakfast on Radiance of the Seas

Raffles and I are lucky enough to score a meeting with Executive Chef, Costin Giurouiu, and Izumi head chef, Christopher Aquelo, to chat about what it’s like feeding a ship full of hungry people.

As Executive Chef Costin is responsible for the 70 tonnes of food that is delivered at the start of every cruise as well as the management and ongoing training of a team of 145 who produce a staggering 15,000 meals per day for the 2350 passengers and 850 crew on board. His team includes an Executive Sous Chef, six Sous Chefs, 14 Chef de Parties, four qualified butchers and 11 pastry chefs who, aside from baking all the delicious pastries and sandwich bread on board, produce a staggering 6000 fresh bread rolls every day, not including those for the specialty restaurants.

Remind me not to bitch and moan next time Raffles and Sugarpuff demand two different breakfasts.

Executive Chef and Izumi chef with Raffles on Radiance of the Seas

However when it comes to the in-depth story, the absolutely delightful Costin and Christopher allow me to hand things over to my four-foot food freak and grant junior journo Raffles his first ever interview, which goes something like this…

Raffles: How many meals do you make on each cruise?
Costin: On this ship we prepare 15,000 meals per day.
Raffles: That should be just enough to fill me up, but what will the other people eat!? Raffles: How can you run 12 restaurants at the same time
Costin: I have a lot of help.
Raffles: What is your favourite meal to cook and to eat?
Costin: Oh, I don’t have just one favourite. That is why my belly is so big.
Christopher: I like to make Japanese food of course, but I am from the Philippines so I also enjoy eating and making Filipino dishes.
Raffles: What do you do like to do on your days off?
Costin: The catering crew don’t get days off. All the staff work 10 hours a day every day of the week. But sometimes we can manage a short break in the day to go ashore for a special lunch or to try a local restaurant.
Raffles: (to Christopher) Oh, I was hoping you’d hang out with me.
Raffles: Then can I just have some sashimi and another one of your yummy snow crab rolls?
Christopher: Of course!

Move over Barbara Walters, this little guy is asking the BIG questions.

22 Comments on A floating feast // Radiance of the Seas

    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s exactly what the kids said Shelley 😉

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  1. Have a laugh on me
    January 21, 2014 at 6:41 am (4 years ago)

    So I’m almost there in regards to convincing hubby we are taking kids on a cruise! He’s thinking 2015, I’m good with that! Can’t wait to get some of that food in ma belly! xx

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 21, 2014 at 8:02 am (4 years ago)

      Cool! I shall send you a list of tips on which boats offer what for kids… and dads 🙂

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      • Have a laugh on me
        January 21, 2014 at 9:19 am (4 years ago)

        Yes please do! And which one you recommend xx

      • BOYEATSWORLD
        January 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm (4 years ago)

        I will be thorough Em! 🙂

      • Have a laugh on me
        January 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

        Yay for me, thanks lovely xx

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    January 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Hehe Raffles is adorable! I love this questions 🙂 And chocolate breakfast? Wow! 😮

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm (4 years ago)

      He’s becoming quite the junior journo Lorraine, which I am happy to encourage. 🙂

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  3. Lydia C. Lee
    January 24, 2014 at 7:20 am (4 years ago)

    The food looks great! And how much do kids love buffets? It’s like the magical meal…

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm (4 years ago)

      They do love a buffet! And the one on Radiance was particularly good.

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  4. Bec | Mumma Tells
    January 24, 2014 at 7:32 am (4 years ago)

    Ahhh, the good ol’ eat-til-you-exploded chestnut that is the cruise dining experience. I bet the boys think they are in heaven!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm (4 years ago)

      There was much joyful gluttony 🙂

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  5. bakeplaysmile
    January 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my, oh my!!!! A four course chocolate breakfast! That sounds like absolute heaven. I love your little mans interviewing skills… too cute! Enjoy the cruise! I am super jealous 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 25, 2014 at 9:56 pm (4 years ago)

      That Chocolate breakfast was certainly a hit!

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  6. Mystery Case
    January 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Envious to say the least. I really want to go on a cruise and soon. Hubby goes to sea with work and gets seasick so it hasn’t really been on the agenda. I may need to go without him.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Sounds like a plan 😉

      Reply
  7. Alicia
    January 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Lol, they’d have to roll me off that cruise!! I dare say they have an enormous gym for people to work off all that food. Good on Raffles, asking the tough questions, move over Ray Martin! 😉

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm (4 years ago)

      They do have a huge gym, and outdoor rock climbing, a sports court and Zumba classes to help burn off all hose calories

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  8. coloursofsunset
    January 25, 2014 at 7:00 am (4 years ago)

    “As Executive Chef Costin is responsible for the 70 tonnes of food that is delivered at the start of every cruise as well as the management and ongoing training of a team of 145 who produce a staggering 15,000 meals per day for the 2350 passengers and 850 crew on board. His team includes an Executive Sous Chef, six Sous Chefs, 14 Chef de Parties, four qualified butchers and 11 pastry chefs” HOLY SMOKES! that is incredible! Though I can now see why people I know who have been on cruises come home and say they gained 10kgs!!! 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      January 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm (4 years ago)

      I know no matter how hard I tried to resist I rolled off at the end of the cruise 😉

      Reply
  9. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    March 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

    We enjoyed the food on the Freedom of the Seas in the Caribbean last year. OMG. The food was to die for and they had heaps of options for our dietary needs too (my husband and I are both coeliac). Windjammer Cafe is great at lunch and for those nights you just can’t be bothered going to be main dining room. I wish I was back there now!!!!

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