MIAMI, Fla. — You may never have heard of MSC Cruises, but they are the world's largest privately-owned cruise line and are building a North American foothold.
They've started embarking out of Miami to the Caribbean with the luxury liner, Seaside. It has zip lines, glass bridges, a spa, and upgraded restaurants that foodie lovers crave.
LONGEST ZIPLINE AT SEA:
There are elegant spaces on the Seaside, each with a unique flare located on deck 16.
"What can I say, we have the best food, there is no competition around," said Anthony Bandini, Food and Beverage Director of MSC Seaside.
Taste & See South Florida's first stop was Ocean Cay Restaurant, decorated like a seaside town in Massachusetts. It served up a mouthwatering menu of sophisticated fish dishes, including a loup de mer that came out on a trolley. Two servers broke open a fish packed tightly in salt and served it to the table. But it didn't taste salty.
"[The salt] keep[s] all the juice, all the moister [sic] so you will have a nice baked fish, nice and juicy," said Bandini.
FOODIE ADVENTURE AT SEA:
Next was chef Roy Yamaguchi's menu at Asian Market Kitchen, which infuses Japanese cuisine with Hawaiian heritage to make it more palatable to Western cultures. Christopher, our teppanyaki chef, cooked us a delicious wagyu sirloin and misoyaki butterfish.
Last up was Butcher's Cut Steakhouse, famous for its tomahawk steaks.
"Tomahawk is an almost two pounds steak" said Bandini.
We can't forget dessert. For that we headed to Venchi Cioccogelateria & Coffee Bar where we enjoyed Prosecco with chocolate caviar, served in front of a massive chocolate fountain wall.