Five cuisine-centered cruises to tempt your tastebuds


Kelly
Paul Gauguin Cruises is a great line for foodies thanks to consulting chef Jean-Pierre Vigato, who has a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant.
There’s no doubt that cruise lines are upping the ante when it comes to onboard dining options, increasing not only the variety of choices but also the quality of the cuisine. But how about cruises that appeal to the most dedicated of foodie travelers? These food-themed cruises go above and beyond, offering exceptionally unique experiences and delightful dining for global gourmet vacations.

Culinary Wine and Delights of Spain – Windstar Cruises
This April, Windstar is partnering with Saveur Magazine to offer this Culinary Wine and Delights of Spain cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona aboard Wind Surf. The 8-day itinerary is designed to highlight the food and wine gems of southern Spain through more than 40 events and activities. Guests on the cruise will enjoy two cooking demonstrations, hosted dinners and wine lectures, local wines throughout the voyage, daily wine tastings and tapas, and two complimentary food and wine themed excursions.

Top Chef at Sea – Celebrity Cruises
In partnership with Bravo’s TV show “Top Chef,” Celebrity is offering four Top Chef Signature Sailings to Europe, Alaska, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Onboard, foodies and fans can participate in the show’s signature Quickfire Challenges and enjoy dishes prepared from contestants’ recipes in the Main Restaurant. In addition, the four cruises will provide opportunities to meet show contestants, sample their creations, and attend chef demonstrations, cooking classes, and special dinners. The 7-night Bermuda sailing – the first of the series – departs July 27 on Celebrity Summit.

Cooking School Voyages – Silversea
Silversea has created a unique “cooking school at sea” with the L’Ecole des Chefs by Relais & Châteaux program. These 14 voyages give food loving travelers an up-close look at culinary creativity presented by Silversea’s Culinary Trainer, Chef David Bilsland. The experience includes cooking demonstrations, an intimate cooking and lunching event, cooking competitions, and a market tour (in select ports) to shop for fresh ingredients to use during a cooking class. The series takes place over a number of global destinations, including an 18-day voyage from San Francisco to French Polynesia, departing September 24 on Silver Shadow.

Chocolate Connoisseurs Cruise – AmaWaterways
Chocoholics rejoice! On April 28, the first-ever Chocolate Connoisseurs Cruise will take place on AmaCerto, sailing the line’s 7-night Romantic Danube itinerary from Vilshofen to Budapest. The cruise is hosted by Norman Love of Norman Love Confections and Artisan Gelato, and will feature private chocolate making demonstrations and tastings, chocolate-themed shore excursions, seminars on chocolate, a chocolate mini-buffet, special Norman Love Confections desserts, and other decadent celebrations of the sweet treat.

Savories of the South – American Cruise Lines
This 8-day Mississippi River cruise departs December 6 on the Queen of the Mississippi and celebrates the best cuisine of the American South. Food-focused events on the cruise include an onboard cooking demonstration, a mint julep demonstration, a tour of the Louisiana Culinary Institute, a New Orleans food tasting tour, and complimentary chef apron and recipe cards for each passenger. American Cruise Lines also offers more wine cruises for gourmands, including New England Lobster Cruises, Food & Wine Cruises, and Chesapeake Bay Crabfest Cruises.