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Culinary changes on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity

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Food is a major part of every cruise, and onboard eating can be an all-day and all-night activity. Cruise lines rightly spend a lot of energy on hiring chefs and planning menus because they know they’re being judged on the quality and appeal of their cuisine.

Two cruise lines recently announced changes to their onboard dining programs. Royal Caribbean will begin to remove trans fats from its menus this March. Celebrity will end its partnership with Master Chef Michel Roux.

By the end of the year, Royal Caribbean intends to have to have its onboard menu completely free of trans fats. The cruise will replace its trans-fatty cooking oil with trans-fat-free oils. The healthier oils were tested last year on the Navigator of the Seas with much success. Meals were declared healthier and tastier.

Celebrity is parting ways with Chef Michel Roux as his current contract comes to an end. Roux will help Celebrity make the transition to a new culinary program. Celebrity employs experienced executive chefs, many of whom trained under Roux, as well as a land-based Food and Beverage Operations team. With so many skilled food-service workers, Celebrity plans to provide future guests with a culinary experience equal to Roux’s menus.

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