Royal Caribbean’s travelling corporate chef David Reihana was thoroughly impressed by Harbourside’s head chef Thomas Barta’s Ovation of the Seas inspired seafood platter with its outstanding presentation and ocean of flavours. IT has now been named this season’s must try dish for the international cruise line’s visitors to Auckland. To celebrate the arrival of the largest and most innovative cruise ship to visit New Zealand, cruise line Royal Caribbean International late last year invited Auckland’s waterfront restaurants to create and serve a dish inspired by Ovation of the Seas’ innovative cuisine and international flavours. The megaliner’s 4,900 guests along with local connoisseurs were invited to try a meal at one of the six participating Auckland restaurants and rate it online. The competition was live during the ship’s three visits to Auckland, ending on the ship’s final visit on Waitangi Day. Ovation of the Seas has 18 dining experiences on board including Jamie’s Italian, Wonderland, Michael’s Genuine Pub and Royal Caribbean favourites like Chops Grille Steakhouse and Izumi Japanese.