5 Cruise Lines Reintroducing Savory Sailings

By Ensemble Travel Group  ·  May 2022

With the cruise industry back in full swing, several cruise lines have put culinary-themed sailings back on the menu. From entirely new programs and pairings to onboard demonstrations, there’s a sailing sure to entice the epicurean in each of us.

1  |  A Most Delicious Pairing – Windstar and The James Beard Foundation

Fine dining has always been a pillar of the Windstar experience. As the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar guests dine on dishes created by not just one celebrity chef, but by a list of all-stars. Our long-term partnership with such a prestigious and respected culinary organization demonstrates our devotion to a unique culinary program, one which hand-picks acclaimed culinary experts to share their knowledge of cuisines of the world. This partnership also extends beyond the dining room to a wide range of culinary events and activities that help guests connect more intimately with local cultures.

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2  |  Homemade Biscuits Onboard AQV

Celebrating the 10th anniversary season, American Queen Voyages’ Founder and Chairman, John Waggoner, will join the June 12thAmerican Queen sailing from New Orleans to Memphis to serve as host and special guest Riverlorian. As special guest Riverlorian, Waggoner will host exclusive lectures and share tales on the history of the company, memories from ports along the rivers, the making of the newest paddlewheeler, American Countess®, and more. Adding to the anniversary festivities, on the American Queen, June Lower Mississippi River sailings will have newly added experiences with Culinary Ambassador, Regina Charboneau. Guests booking a Luxury or Owner’s Suite will receive a complimentary, exclusive cooking class and brunch hosted by Regina Charboneau at her Natchez cooking school while in port. All guests will also be joined onboard by Charboneau for a special pre-sail biscuit demonstration and champagne toast before departing Natchez.

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3  |  Better-Than-Ever Culinary Experiences on Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises’ signature onboard experience is better than ever with the addition of an extensive collection of new flavors and culinary experiences that transforms dining into a sublime experience and service into an art form. As part of the OceaniaNEXT program – Oceania Cruises’ experience elevation initiative – gourmet cuisine has been entirely reimagined, from a bounty of new flavorful dishes at The Grand Dining Room and ever-changing Chef’s Market Dinners at Terrace Café to an exquisite Dom Pérignon pairing dinner that is the only one of its kind.

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4  |  Get a Taste of Alaska Through Princess’s “Wild for Alaska Seafood” Program

Nothing brings a region to life like cuisine. Now, guests who explore Alaska with Princess can enjoy an immersive dining experience with seafood sustainably sourced from top Alaskan fisheries. This industry-first, location-based seafood initiative boasts a menu of 30 dishes, along with destination-inspired cocktails, with featured items every night in all main dining rooms and specialty restaurants. Recipes highlight only the freshest seafood ingredients, from multiple varieties of Alaska salmon to Dungeness crabs and wild spot prawns. The 2022 season includes 14 unique itineraries with 145 departures from four ports – plenty of ways for guests to sample this new program.

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5  |  S.A.L.T. – A Unique Travel and Food Experience by Silversea

Food is a voyage. It speaks to the soul of the traveler and is at the heart of every culture on Earth. Designed in collaboration with former Editor-in-Chief of Saveur Magazine, Adam Sachs, and celebrated culinary experts and journalists, Silversea’s S.A.L.T. voyages change how food and travel come together forever: from onboard workshops, cooking sessions or tastings of local specialties to curated, immersive experiences ashore. Get ready to taste the world onboard Silversea’s flagship, Silver Moon, the first ship to deliver every aspect of their new S.A.L.T. culinary program, and her new sister ship, Silver Dawn. This is S.A.L.T., Silversea’s new travel and food experience that brings the flavors of your destination right to your table.

Image Credit: Lucia Griggi, Silversea Cruises

Main Image Credit: Princess Cruises

 


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