A gourmet cruise is the ultimate dining experience, allowing you to taste the flavours of a new destination every night and sample the finest cuisine the world has to offer.
Whether you’re craving Creole cooking, seeking sushi, or pining for patisserie, you can find it all on a gourmet ocean cruise. Every meal is a culinary triumph and the variety of ingredients, styles and flavours on offer is staggering, so you had better pack your appetite.
The list of master chefs who have paired up with cruise lines is long and growing. Dine at sea and you could be savouring the creations of Jamie Oliver, Atul Kutcher, Marco Pierre White, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Jacques Pépin, Elizabeth Faulkner, or Alain Ducasse, superbly matched with wines by experts including Olly Smith.
Private tasting and private dining experiences are available for special occasions or you can reserve a place at the chef’s table and observe firsthand the skill that goes into each carefully crafted dish.
On many cruise lines, you will find a hands-on approach which means that you can tuck in and get stuck in with practical classes on wine tasting, pasta making, knife skills, fish cookery, and creating the perfect sauce. There are even on-board food festivals where chefs, winemakers, chocolatiers, fromagers, and patissiers serve up their creations on deck.
Gourmet river cruises offer sumptuous locally sourced food alongside foraging and market excursions, vineyard tours and tastings, and visits to the restaurants of renowned chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Marc Haeberlin.