Norwegian Cruise Line has engaged celebrity chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian to create and oversee a seafood restaurant for the new Norwegian Breakaway. Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian is envisioned as a luxury seafood dining experience with a dining room, a raw bar, and a more casual venue called Ocean Blue on The Waterfront.
Zakarian will oversee every aspect of the dining areas, from the menus to the uniforms and glassware. On select sailings, Zakarian will also host meet-and-greets with guests, along with in-person cooking demonstrations and experiences for smaller groups.
“It is an unbelievably exciting prospect to create a concept for such a groundbreaking ship. I am nostalgic at heart, so the thought of making a modern experience that harkens to the age of steamship travel is just terrific,” Zakarian said. “I am planning, preparing and recruiting for this restaurant the same as if I were opening on land, and truly, I have been humbled and inspired by Norwegian’s vision to elevate hospitality on the seas.”
Zakarian currently has operates three restaurants, The Lambs Club and The National in New York City and The Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City. He wrote “Geoffrey Zakarian’s Town/Country: 150 Recipes for Life Around the Table.” He also recently became an Iron Chef in the Food Network’s competition program and also serves as a judge on the show “Chopped.”
Currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Breakaway will arrive in its year-round homeport of New York City in early May. The ship will begin weekly summer seven-day cruises to Bermuda on May 12. From October 2013 through April 2014, the ship will sail from Manhattan to the Bahamas and Florida and the Southern Caribbean.