Queensland's inviting coastlines, aquamarine waters and stunning landscapes draw beauty-seekers from all over the globe. Now, locals and travellers to the Sunshine State alike have an even easier, and more delicious way to experience Queensland's natural appeal and picture-perfect islands.
Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas now departs from Brisbane. Once aboard, in addition to complimentary dining at the Main Dining Room and Windjammer Café, there's a plethora of exquisite dining options including a celebrity chef menu and an abundance of fresh seafood available on board and at the sparkling seaside locations along the way.
Here are our recommendations of seven must-try dining experiences to enjoy when you set sail on the Quantum of the Seas six-day cruise departing from Brisbane this summer.
Explore the culinary whimsy at Wonderland, the casual dining choice that brings playfulness to the gastronomical experience with a menu inspired by the five elements of nature: earth, sea, fire, ice and sun. As you enter the restaurant, you're invited to brush the menu with a paintbrush dipped in water to uncover the inventive options like the Mad Hatter's Purple Potted Shrimp, or Liquid Truffle Mushroom Risotto.
Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver's famous contemporary cuisine is yours to sample at Jamie's Italian. Try the Tuscan-inspired dishes like the Black Truffle Arancini with crispy black truffle and mozzarella, Calabrian Chicken dish with White Oak Pastures farm free range produce in a tomato, black olive and caper sauce, and homemade pastas like the Penne Pomodoro with a sumptuous tomato and basil sauce.
Satisfy your steak cravings while you sail at the classic American Steak restaurant, Chops Grille. Choose from four different cuts of prime beef: a 255-gram fillet of tender cut of lean midwestern beef; a smaller 170-gram cut, but equally tender and delicious; the prime bone-in 453-gram ribeye, well marbled for peak flavour; and the deliciously juicy prime New York strip. Along with the timeless steak options, you can also enjoy Chops Grille's Maine lobster or organic roasted chicken, with irresistible sides such as mac and cheese, creamed spinach and truffled French fries.
Whitsundays Sailing club at Airlie Beach
When you stop at Airlie Beach, take in the breeze and ocean views while enjoying a chilled glass of wine at the balcony of the Main Bar of the Whitsundays Sailing Club, or try out their 20 Degrees South Bar and Restaurant where you can choose from their signature dishes like Natural Sydney Rock Oysters, Whole Baked Fish accompanied by roast Moroccan potatoes and seasonal greens, or the sweet Kinawooka Mussels cooked in your choice of white wine, spicy Mediterranean or creamy garlic sauce.
The Esplanade at Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach's go-to fish and chips spot, The Esplanade, provides visitors with a variety of seafood-centred fare. As well as their classic fish and chips, you have dining options like fresh wild barramundi with baby potatoes, tempura tiger prawns or tantalising Malaysian-inspired laksa with prawns, squid, and scallops.
Flynn's Italian in Cairns
For palate-pleasing Italian flavours, Flynn's Italian by Crystalbrook in Cairns isn't one to miss. Offering appealing options such as Homemade gnocchi veal ragù, East Queensland prawn linguine and Sicilian pappardelle. Flynn's also boasts an extensive wine list so you can find the perfect pairing.
French cuisine in Cairns? Why not. Indulge in classic French fare while in the tropics with C'est Bon's thoughtfully crafted seasonal lunch and dinner menus. Choose from enticing two- and three-course selections, with a delectable array of dishes such as escargot, oven-baked barramundi, succulent black angus beef eye fillet, and tender confit duck leg.
For a limited time, you can book your Royal Caribbean holiday setting sail from Brisbane for up to 40 per cent off every guest this summer and half price deposits. Visit Royal Caribbean for more information. *