Cooking School: The two newer ships, Riviera and Marina, have cooking schools with 24 individual stations that have their own induction burners, which was a first at sea. You can also sign up for market tours on which you can tag along with a chef and then prepare the local ingredients together when you get back on board.
Red Ginger: These pan-Asian restaurants on Riviera and Marina serve authentic ingredients from Singapore, Japan, China, and Thailand, a rare treat in an industry where many lines “Americanize” their Asian dishes beyond recognition. Here, dishes are powerfully redolent of galangal, lemongrass, and chili. Look for a tasty duck and watermelon salad with mint, and braised beef in a rich Malay curry.
The Artist's Loft: Both Marina and Riviera have a dedicated space for an artist in residence, and not only does this person create art while on board, they also teach classes — in, say, watercolor or photography — on sea days too.
Baristas: The coffee bar on board draws a crowd several times a day, with passengers ordering unlimited, complimentary Illy cappuccino and other espresso drinks along with little treats such as biscotti.
The Owner's Suites: These 2,500-square-foot suites on Marina and Riviera aren't the biggest at sea, but they may just be the most gorgeous. Picture a Hollywood Regency aesthetic that was also influenced by the ocean liners of that period, with mahogany walls and vintage black-and-white photographs of Raquel Welch and Muhammad Ali.