Culinary cruises have taken the high seas by storm in recent years. With the current obsession on all things food, wine and spirits, the world's best cruise lines now offer culinary-themed sailings, exclusive wines and gourmet dining experiences, renowned chefs at the helm of their food and beverage programs and onboard celebrity chef restaurants and guest appearances.
Rather than booking a cruise for a particular itinerary, many travelers are planning their vacation based on which chef is appearing on a selected sailing or which trendy restaurants or cocktail and wine bars have recently opened on the ship. While most cruise lines still offer a traditional main restaurant and breakfast and lunch buffets on their ships, many restaurant menus are now created by distinguished chefs and are inspired by the destinations and ports of call on a given itinerary to showcase specialty ingredients.
Culinary cruising is the ideal way to combine your love of fine dining, gourmet cuisine and travel. Foodies will love the opportunity to sample regional dishes and taste local wines, as well as experience celebrity chef demonstrations as they dine in incredible onboard restaurants. If you have dreamed about the cuisine of such legends as "Nobu" Matsuhisa, Jacques Pépin and Piero Selvaggi then cruise on a ship that feature their restaurants and savor their legendary dishes.
Take your Culinary Cruise to a new level as you expand your knowledge and appreciation of local cuisines and visit local markets with expert chefs as you help select foods for that night's dinner. Unforgettable private dinners hosted by a master chef may include a multi-course gourmet Menu Degustation, paired with rare wine vintages. Take a Culinary Theme Cruise that features cooking classes, market tours, wine tastings and more, a dream come true for the culinary cruiser. Experience delicious cuisine as your luxury cruise takes you to destinations worldwide for an unforgettable culinary travel experience.