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.


Spice Up A Cruise Holiday with Holland America

Cruise line Holland America is well known for their high quality service and interesting ports of call worldwide. As many ships are trying to impress passengers with non-stop activities, one thing is a sure bet, the meals onboard a Holland America ship just keeps getting better.

Caribbean Jerk Chicken

Elizabeth Falkner has taken the helm as the line’s first female associate of the cruise line’s esteemed Culinary Council. She comes with strong credentials as a celebrity chef by jump starting her culinary career with pastries and excelling all the way to gourmet cuisine. Falkner has served as both a contestant and judge on “Next Iron Chef” and has appeared on many other TV ‘foodie’ shows.

Nominated for the highly prestigious James Beard Award as “Pastry Chef of the Year” in 2005, she has penned some her favourite dishes with “Demolition Desserts”. Inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012, she is part of a new restaurant, Corvo Bianco, in New York. Chef Elizabeth Falkner has spiced up Holland America’s menu with passengers giving rave reviews for her touch of Cajun influenced dishes aboard the cruise line’s fleet of fifteen ships.

Elizabeth Falkner

Many of the ships’ exquisite menus are inspired by not only Falkner, but the likes of the “Best Cruise Line Chef” as named by Porthole Cruise Magazine, Master Chef Rudi Sodamin.  Completing the well renowned members of the Culinary Council are Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques Torres and Charlie Trotter, with each supplying their signature dishes to the carte du jour.

But that’s not all when it comes to food aboard a Holland America ship. An enrichment program of the Culinary Arts Centre, presented by Food & Wine magazine is available on all ships.

This exciting event has been specifically designed to resemble a “world class show kitchen at sea” and it is used for many purposes including cooking shows, wine tastings, hands-on cooking classes and wine and beverages presentations. Famous celebrity chefs, wine experts and leading cookbook authors are onboard to teach guests the tools of the trade and also offer private classes.

Culinary Council

All in all, there were over 60 celebrated chefs and wine experts that have sailed since the program began.  These are just some on the ones who made an appearance.

Kaushik Chowdhury: Kaushik certainly knows his way around a baking environment as he was executive pastry chef at the luxurious JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa for many years. His skills have been shown by the numerous awards he has won for his baked goods, such as first place in the Food Network’s Sugar Showdown competition.

Sean Connolly: Hailing from Yorkshire in the UK, Connolly is a celebrity chef that famously earned his chef’s hat after leading his team to glory in Star City’s Astral. He held the position for 5 years, from 2007 to 2011. He successfully transformed the restaurant into one of Sydney’s top fine-dining venues.

Catherine Ann “Cat” Cora: Perhaps best known for her appearance on reality shows such as “Iron Chef” and “Around the World in 80 Plates”, Cora certainly brings top-shelf flair to the program. In the culinary world, Cora is the proud owner/chef of Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, which is located in the S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore.

With the culinary focused agenda being such a success, Holland America has expanded its program for the younger generation.  A Youth Culinary Arts Centre activity program, like its adult equivalent, teaches both children and teenagers how to cook all different varieties of recipes in 45 minute classes.

The Holland America Line’s Culinary Council member’s selections for dining and the Culinary Arts Centre for learning from the best are rivalling 5-star ultra luxury cruise holidays.

Images courtesy of Holland America

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