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Major cruise lines are finding new ways to tap the expertise of local companies and personalities to enhance their shipboard guest offerings.

Royal Caribbean International, for example, formed a partnership with James Beard Award-winning Miami chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

Since October Schwartz has been creating specialty, multi-course tasting menus, which integrate produce and meat sourced from South Florida farmers for 150 Central Park — Oasis of the Seas’ fine dining restaurant.