Mr. B smiles broadly as you enter the Olympic restaurant onboard Celebrity Millennium. The charming, Turkish-born maître D’ is proud of his reservations only room where passengers pay a surcharge of $45 each (exclusive of wine, $89 with pairings)) to dine.
Once you sample the perfectly prepared fare, you can understand Mr. B’s enthusiasm. The service is seamless and the courses are pretty outstanding for a ship restaurant. According to Mr. B many guests go back for encores during any given cruise. “Past passengers, “ he says especially return for the Dover sole, chateaubriand, Olympic lobster, soufflés, crepes and French artisan cheeses served at the perfect degree of ripeness and temperature.
Last night, day four of an 11-day cruise to Hawaii, we dined at Olympic at a table for two by the window, hovered over by attentive waiters. We did the whole nine yards from a wild forest mushroom cappuccino and a warm goat cheese soufflé to Dover sole, Loup De Mer, an assortment of mouth-watering cheeses and crepes cooked at our table. There are more options of course but they would have to wait for the next visit. In fact we already know we will order the chateaubriand and the seared milk fed veal tenderloin.
For some reason espresso or cappuccino isn’t included in the fixed price but a plain cup of coffee is. The meal is a leisurely affair with many diners lingering over unfinished bottles of wine or after dinner drinks. It’s definitely a night to remember during a Celebrity cruise.