Celebrity Cruises, Eclipse Michelin Star Dining Experience


The iconic ‘X’ Celebrity Eclipse

Michelin Star Dining Experience On Board the Celebrity Eclipse

The award-winning Celebrity Eclipse offers a taste of first class foodie experience. For those who value world class food and fine dining, this is a luxury cruise you don’t want to miss out on.  The ‘Taste of Modern Luxury’ two-night sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse was a culinary treat in partnership with Great British Chefs, which showcases the very best of British chefs and their stunning recipes.

The two handpicked Michelin-starred chefs Robert Thompson and Adam Simmonds  entertained guests on board to a specially made six course tasting menu in the elegant Murano restaurant on the first night of the sailing, as well as a four course set menu at  Tuscan Grille the next evening. The chefs will be back on board of Celebrity Eclipse end of August 2015. Make your reservations in advance!

We also had the chance to see a culinary demo by Robert Thompson at the Celebrity Eclipse Theatre on the second day of sailing.  At the demo Chef Robert and his Sous Chef Simon demonstrated their skills by making the egg yolk ravioli with spring truffle, seasonal asparagus, peas and broad beans. It was like watching a painter at work the result was three perfect portions a real work of art on plates. The guests were mesmerised.
More info about Great British Chefs : GBChefs


The Chefs

Chef Robert Thompson, Celebrity Eclipse demo

Chef Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson (left) and his sous chef Simon

Robert’s the first chef from the Isle of Wight to bag a Michelin Star. He specialises in complex yet remarkable, classic food.  Since starting his culinary career in 1997,
Thompson has won nearly every accolade you can imagine. He’s a masterchef with a lot of experience on his sleeve. He told us how he acquired a love for cooking at the age of ten thanks to his brother Patrick for the inspiration. Thompson’s dishes are imaginative with a modern twist. He treats his prized ingredients with utmost respect.


Chef Adam Simmonds

Adam Simmonds   pic: GBChefs

Simmond’s one of the most creative chefs currently working in Britain. Adam Simmonds is a holder of One Michelin Star. He won Great British Menu in 2014. His is a journey of ‘cooking his way up to the top’. His success didn’t come easy as he worked firstly as a pot washer on his way to top London hotels like The Lanesborough, The Halkin and The Ritz. He’s an experienced chef that has worked with other notable chefs in the UK. He’s creative, and very skilled as you will see by the dishes we had for dinner later on.

Excellent food and fine dining should engage all your senses he says. He believes to cook great food that people enjoy; you must go beyond what people expect. Great food experiences are made unforgettable when you exceed people’s expectations. When dining out, the service and ambiance teams up with the aroma and flavour of the food to create an outstanding experience that captures and pleasures all your sense.

Celebrity Cruises Eclipse Michelin Star Dining Experience


On the first night of sailing, we had dinner at the specialty dining room, Murano.  The space is very elegant and atmospheric. The service is impeccable and discreet. All dishes were pair with wines.
Murano, Celebrity Eclipse


 The Feast


Langoustine brûlée: A velvety concentrated tomato consomme with a crunchy brûlée topping and olive oil jelly, langoustine brochette topping with Russian caviar and green tomatoes – Amazing flavours and beautifully presented. Wine pairing: Perrier-Jouët champagne Grand, Brut. Dish by Robert Thompson
Confit Fillet of trout: delicious veal tartare, smoked English asparagus and  pretty edible flowers by Chef Adam Simmonds



Poached brill: a very tasty compressed cucumber, hearts of palm, poached and fresh oyster, samphire, delicate and small chanterelle mushroom, Nasturtium – a very pretty and delectable dish by Chef Adam Simmonds
Roasted saddle of Chart Farm Venison: poached Oysters, baked Roscoff Onion, sea herbs, roasted onion jus and samphire by Chef Robert Thompson
Dessert wine: light and fresh on the palette dessert wine is made from 100% Muscat, light lemon and yellow in colour. Lemon and limes scent with a hint of mint and fruit flavours of apricot and peach. It was a lovely dessert wine
Strawberry sorbet, pistachio parfait,  eucalyptus cream and olive – very refreshing like a palette cleanser, the eucalyptus cream was slightly overpowering, but I liked the creativity of Chef Adam Simmonds

By now, I was very full but I rose to the challenge and ate (almost) all the next dessert…

Caramelised Banana served with a magnificent aerated Valrhona chocolate that slowly melted in the mouth and lingered for a while; it was very satisfying!  Dulce the Leche sauce and Crème fraîche sorbet, the sour of the ice cream balanced beautifully with the sweetness of the other elements. It was a big dessert by chef Robert Thompson
That was the end of our feast where we eat heartily and left the restaurant content ready for some after dinner cocktails!

Tuscan Grille

The second night we had dinner at Tuscan Grille, once again the chefs didn’t disappoint.
Tuscan Grille, Celebrity Eclipse

Pan fried breast of quail:  confit leg of quail, boiled eggs, broad beans, asparagus, spring truffle, crispy sourdough – simple and scrumptious dish – probably the best of them all? by chef Robert Thompson


Flame grilled mackerel, a lovely dish, perhaps a little bit too grilled, still good though. English Wasabi, compressed cucumber, salmon, avocado and Ponzu  made a very fresh and pleasing dish by chef Robert Thompson


Roasted loin of lamb, crisp belly, goat’s curd,  Onion ash and purslane – Amazing, in my opinion the best dish of them all! Very juicy, perfectly pink and tenderloin (perhaps sous vide?) lots of flavours and textures in this dish. The onion ash added a bitter and smoky flavour to the plate.
by Chef Adam Simmonds
PS.: I had two portions! Ooops!

Dessert wine:  Fonseca, late-bottled Vintage Port, Porto, Douro,Portugal- Perfect paired with the next course Dark chocolate Délice

Dark chocolate Délice, peppermint granita and gel – a great way to finish another feast!
by Chef Adam Simmonds

Ancient City of Le Havre

Le Havre – Port


Le Havre views from Eclipse

I researched Le Havre our destination port but, unfortunately, we didn’t have time to explore the town due to all the activities happening in the ship. Le Havre is the common port-of-entry for big ships on their way to Paris, and it’s also a place to go through on your way to the City of Lights. This ancient and textured city that is Le Havre lies along the English Channel on France’s western coast. It dates back to the 16th century. Despite losing much of its historical appeal as a result of heavy bombings during World War II, it’s still a city to behold. It’s however been rebuilt and is now added to UNESCOs world heritage sites.

I heard It’s a remarkable city to visit for those with a penchant for cafes and art galleries. Le Havre comes across as a relaxing alternative to the half-a-day commute into Paris – which is a world centre of culture, museums, food and fashion. Hope I come back one day to explore it.

A special thanks to Jeanne at Cooksister Blog for sharing this adventure with me.

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  Disclosure: I was a guest of Celebrity Cruises. All views are my own. I retained, as always, full editorial control over this review. Photos ©Rosana McPhee, unless otherwise stated.





  1. Simones Kitchen
    May 29, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    That looks like a pretty amazing experience. The food looks awesome! I've been in Le Havre ages ago, I must have been in my teens and it was with my parents, so not a lot of cafe-visiting at the time! Lol… Would love to go back though, it's been a while since I've been in that area!

  2. Andrew
    May 31, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Looks just as fabulous as when I went on a couple of the Celebrity ships a few years back… Shame you didn't make it off the ship at Le Havre..

  3. June 1, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Hi Simone I only had a view from the ship, but It looked quite nice and clean. Funny how our priorities change over the years, visiting cafes wasn't on my list in my teens either! LOL R

  4. June 1, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Andrew, what a shame I didn't have time to visit Le Havre, but the ship made out for it. What a beautiful adventure. Rx

  5. July 14, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Aaaah such happy memories! I loved our time on this ship and those meals were so memorable – especially the Tuscan Grille one!

  6. July 15, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Vo copia tudo! Lx