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Culinary Cruises

One type of cruise theme that has been becoming increasingly popular over the last few years is the culinary cruise. This gives guests the chance to embark upon a wonderful cruise with a great itinerary and ports of call whilst enjoying an epicurean journey at sea.

Many different cruise lines have created exciting gastronomic adventures at sea and these include sailing with celebrity chefs who will show you the secrets of how they create some of their most popular dishes and how you can use these skills in your own kitchen at home.

Following on from our recent post “Spice up a Cruise Holiday with Holland America” we have outlined below options from 3 other cruise lines.


One cruise line which has invited celebrity chefs on board is luxury line Silversea. They have invited chefs such as Jason Atherton on board, a celebrity chef who has worked with big names such as Pierre Koffman, Nico Ladenis and Marco Pierre White. He will be on board giving lectures, cooking demonstrations and other exciting events which are sure to appeal to guests.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises, another luxury cruise line, have long been world leaders in the culinary world. Two of their ships Marina and Riviera feature the Bon Appetit Culinary Centre which is a hands on culinary school on board which promotes exciting cooking classes and wine tastings throughout the year.

Their new Cuisines of the World programme which is available on all ships in their fleet will see signature dishes from each port of call that the ship visits highlighted in their on board restaurants each night. This is something which is surely set to appeal to guests as it will give them an insight into the gastronomic flavours of the different countries and ports which they are visiting during their cruise holiday.

Oceania Cruises have also launched Culinary Discovery Tours which will be led by highly trained and expert chefs, will visit local food markets, gourmet shops and delis, vineyards and whatever else is available in ports of call and then result in a cooking class on board using the ingredients which have been purchased.

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Culinary experiences at sea are not just available on the more luxury cruise lines, they are also available on some of the more mainstream cruise lines. Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced a new on board gourmet Chef’s Table experience which will involve a nine course culinary adventure. These will be small twelve person dinners which will take place over two and a half hours beginning, of course, with a champagne reception.

So, would you like to enjoy an exciting gastronomic experience on board your next cruise ship? If so why not check out the events listed above, and the many more which are available at sea.

Thanks Emma

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