Chef Roy Yamaguci takes fusion cuisine to sea

Pan-Asian fusion cuisine will be the focus of a new speciality restaurant on MSC Seaside – the new ship being designed and built for voyages from Miami to the Caribbean. Announced today, America’s forthcoming year-round MSC resident will see famed Japanese-American chef Roy Yamaguci oversee every detail of the venue under a joint partnership.

Chef Yamaguci, former winner of the prestigious James Beard Award for fine cuisine, is a celebrated television personality and author, having published multiple cookbooks and hosted six seasons of Hawaii cooks with Roy Yamaguci. It is the first time his famed Hawaiian cuisine, which intertwines American style dishes with traditional Japanese influence, will be featured aboard a cruise ship.

Through his involvement with MSC Cruises, Chef Yamaguchi will personally conceptualise and innovate every element of his onboard Pan-Asian eatery. This will stretch from designing recipes to selecting the chinaware, music selection all the way through to choosing the paper stock on which the menus will be printed.

MSC Seaside will cater to over 4,000 passengers.
MSC Seaside will be the first of three similar ships coming over the next five years.


MSC Seaside launches in December 2017 and is the first MSC ship to be built solely for the North American market. The 4,140-passenger ship will feature more dining options overseen by a celebrity chef than any other before it, also hosting options from two-star Michelin chef Carlo Cracco and French chocolatier Jean-Phillippe Maury (Read more HERE). Chef Cracco is already hard at work with the line revolutionising its Gala night dining options on its existing fleet of 13 ships.

The European line has recently reaffirmed its commitment to food and dining choices with MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato commenting: “Our heritage lies in the Mediterranean, where a passion for food is a way of life and we seek to bring this to life every day for our guests with fresh, authentic food of the highest quality.”

“The enjoyment of good food plays an integral role in creating unforgettable emotions as well as enabling our guests to discover new cultures and tastes, whilst cruising on our beautiful ships. The four top chefs whom we currently work with were selected as leading global experts in their respective cuisines and each one brings world-class fine dining expertise, elevating the dining experience for our guests to a new level,” Onorato added.

MSC Seaside’s Pan-Asian restaurant will feature as one of four themed eateries onboard alongside teppanyaki, a steakhouse and a seafood restaurant.

MSC Seaside will join the MSC Cruises fleet in December 2017.
A rendering of the open-air area on the top deck of MSC Seaside.