Discover Your Inner Nigella On A Foodie Cruise
As food becomes a bigger part of travel inspiration, cruise lines around the world are tempting holidaymakers with culinary programmes and celebrity-chef partnerships. Here's a collection of our seven favourite foodie cruises, which all include unique gastronomic experiences that might leave you salivating uncontrollably.
Alpine Indulgence – Celebrity Cruises
Two Michelin-starred chefs, Adam Simmonds and Robert Thompson, are returning to Celebrity Eclipse this summer as part of a partnership with Great British Chefs. Alternatively, check out the new shore excursion collection, Celebrity Exclusives.
A Taste of Provence includes the chance to take a private helicopter flight over the French Riviera, followed by a bespoke four-course lunch with wine pairing and a galley tour at La Bastide de Moustiers, the hillside inn and restaurant owned by award-winning chef Alain Ducasse in the heart of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Tour the gardens and olive groves before calling in at the medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.
Sushi And Sake – Crystal Cruises
Master chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings his expertise to Crystal Serenity on a cruise to Portugal and France. Nobu, whose signature cuisine is featured in Crystal’s Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, will share insight during cookery demonstrations, book signings and sake tastings, with sake master Hazu.
Experiences will include two omakase (chef’s choice) dinners in Silk Road, where menus feature dishes such as the highly prized toro tuna (the fish's fatty underbelly) paired with Champagne, and an ultra-extravagant Vintage Room dinner with Champagne and wine pairings (12 guests). There's also a shore excursion to Biarritz food market to sample cured hams, traditional brebis cheese and Basque cake.
The Foodies Tour – Oceania Cruises
Sail with Oceania Cruises in the western Mediterranean, where top French chef Jacques Pepin (the line’s executive culinary director), will be on board Riviera to give cookery demonstrations and lectures and oversee specially designed signature menus. Both Riviera and Marina, Oceania’s newest ships, have cookery schools for up to 24 guests, who can take lessons in many styles of cuisine – from Italian and French to Moroccan.
All five ships in the fleet also offer Culinary Discovery Tours on shore, with a chef accompanying participating guests to local markets to seek out seasonal ingredients.
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Not Just For Eating – Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises has partnered with master chocolatier Norman Love to offer on-board 'chocolate experiences', which are being rolled out across the fleet. Among the 15 new chocolate desserts are a chocolate tart with vanilla mousse and a chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine.
The chocolate bacon bourbon bliss cocktail and chocolate chilli margarita sound like winners. Mind you, so does the chocolate Indulgence Body Treatment (about $A285), which combines a chocolate renewal scrub with a whipped chocolate body mask and a chocolate massage oil.
Asian Pairing – Holland America Line
Twins Helen and Lisa Tse, who run Manchester’s Sweet Mandarin restaurant and cooking school, have cooked for British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at 10 Downing Street. The duo, whose range of gluten-free, vegan sauces secured investment offers on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, will host master classes and cookery demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Centre on board Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam during a cruise of the eastern Mediterranean.
Culinary adventures continue on shore with excursions to markets and authentic restaurants in Turkish and Greek ports of call.
Flavours Of Indochina – APT
Highlights of this two-week cruise on the Mekong through Indochina include a Vietnamese dinner on board the ship, AmaLotus, curated by Australian-Vietnamese TV chef Luke Nguyen, and a degustation dinner with matching wines at Ho Chi Minh City's stylish Xu restaurant. The itinerary also includes a visit to a Vietnamese cookery school to learn how to make local dishes such as banh xeo, a crispy crepe, or create exotic banana flower salads.
In Cambodia there's the chance to attend a Khmer cooking class.
Hero Worship – P&O
P&O’s new ship, Britannia, launched in March, showcases the cream of British culinary talent. Many of the ship’s 'food heroes' are represented in restaurants and menus, while Saturday Kitchen presenter James Martin is the face of the Cookery Club, where you can learn how to make dim sum or Spanish tapas (celebrity classes from about $A220 a person; non-celebrity from about $A100 a person).
Chefs including Mary Berry will host lessons in this 24-person cookery school developed and run by Martin in a dedicated sea-view room with 12 cooking stations and a chef’s performance area.
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