What began as the sushi bar with a handful of cooked meals served on Oasis-class ships has now expanded to an entire menu Japanese restaurant on several vessels in the Royal Caribbean fleet with sushi Sashimi, sushi and cooked dishes and hibachi choices on select vessels.
Although every Izumi restaurant has its own distinct style but they all share a modern design. On certain ships Izumi can be a small space, whereas other ships offer plenty of space. The newer ships’ colors are a mix of reds, oranges blacks, grays, and browns employed in a variety geometric patterns. For older vessels, like the Radiance-class vessels, aqua and sky blue blend with brown and orange to create more of a casual look. (Lest that we don’t forget, Navigator of the Sea’s Izumi restaurant is dressed with striking hot orange and pink!)
In every restaurant the artwork on the walls is the best indication about the menu’s Japanese menu. On certain ships, the samurai statue on the outside of the restaurant says everything. The ship you’re aboard, Izumi seating options consist of two and four-tops (sometimes only two two-tops that are pushed together) and bar-style cafeteria tables or counters that have stools that you share with others dining. There’s also a counter for sushi available for those who do not require access to the entire menu.
Menu items in Izumi restaurants on various ships can differ little. On certain ships, Edamame is included, while on other vessels it’s the basic miso soup included. Certain versions of the restaurant provide hot rock-cooked menu items as well as an extensive hibachi menu. Some ships have the lunch menu only includes sushi however on others, the dinner and lunch menus are similar. (How can you tell what menu your ship offers? Check out the Cruise Critic’s Royal Caribbean board).
However, generally the majority of restaurants offer cold and hot appetizers such as shrimp gyoza dumplings or vegetable tempura as well as seaweed salad and tofu sesame and tofu salad as along with a range of soups, such as shrimp wontons, nabeyaki Udon and spicy miso Ramen. Sushi lovers can select among 17 options for sashimi and 13 signature rolls. There are also three chef’s signature sushi rolls and five sushi options. Three desserts are on offer too: sesame crispy balls matcha tea ice cream and mocha ice cream in various varieties.
On cruises with hot rocks (ishiyake) menu options, you can pick from a variety of seafood, chicken breasts chicken and beef skewers and tenderloins of beef. The diners can choose their own selection of meats, with slabs of rock that have been heated to 575°C, on which they cook their meals.
Izumi restaurants that have a hibachi (on Allure, Harmony, Oasis and Symphony of the Seas) are split into two sections with one serving the traditional sushi and Japanese menu, and another room that has three tables with eight seats placed around the kitchen. The menu of hibachi dishes includes lobster, chicken, beef shrimp, and combo selections each of which comes with salad or soup and stir-fried vegetables, as well as cooked rice, as well as lo mein noodles as well as dessert.
Prices per person for dinner and lunch range between $4 and $21. Hibachi costs $30 per person for a option of meat, and $35 for two meat meal.
Editor’s note: The menus listed are sample only and may be subject to change by the ship and the route.
Which ships are equipped with Izumi?
Izumi can be found on the following vessels:
- Adventure of the Seas
- Allure of the Seas
- Anthem of the Seas
- Brilliance of the Seas
- Explorer of the Seas
- Grandeur of the Seas
- Harmony of the Seas
- Legend of the Seas
- Navigator of the Seas
- Oasis of the Seas
- Ovation of the Seas
- Quantum of the Seas
- Radiance of the Seas
- Rhapsody of the Seas
- Serenade of the Seas
- Splendour of the Seas
- Symphony of the Seas
- Vision of the Seas
- Voyager of the Seas