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Culinary Cruises

This week, we've got food on our mind. Cruising has certainly evolved and there is no better example of this than the range of culinary options that exist onboard. Here, we share 5 great opportunities to combine your love for food with travel. #5 - Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Cruises is known for their approach to Modern Luxury. The world has changed & tastes have changed. On a Celebrity Cruise, passengers enjoy a culinary experience from start to finish. Every meal served is a culinary & visual masterpiece. Savor a new dining experience in any of their 10 world-class & globally inspired restaurants. Classic dishes are prepared tableside & their teams of certified sommeliers have perfected the art of wine & food pairing to further enhance your vacation experience. They have recently started a program where they pair wine & chocolates. Celebrity's wine collection is vast & includes over 480 selections on the Solstice Class ships & over 350 selections on Millennium Class ships with every major wine region represented. #4 - Oceania Cruises - The Riviera Joining her sister ship the Marina, the beautiful Riviera will give guests an amazing culinary experience with its Bon Appetit culinary studio at sea. Debuting in May 2012, guests can expand their culinary knowledge & learn to prepare regional cuisine in the onboard professional kitchen. This experience certainly elevates the onboard gourmand experience beyond your grandest expectations. Combine this with the Rivera's sumptuous European style Grand Dining Room & many more dining options; this ship is the perfect match for all foodies. #3 - AmaWaterways - Wine Themed Cruises Take a journey through Europe on an AmaWaterways river cruise and experience the beautiful countryside. AmaWaterways offers wine themed cruise itineraries such as The Romantic Danube, The Legendary Danube, The Enchanting Rhine, & Provence and Spain. These cruises immerse you in wine festivities onboard & on your shore excursions. Cruise peacefully through the beautiful wine countries & sample the regional favorites. AmaWaterways is famous for their regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, which is always artfully prepared and paired with local wines. #2 - Silversea Cruises Silversea Cruises proudly features the only Relais & Chateaux L'Ecole des Chefs cooking school onboard a cruise ship. The program provides guests with a culinary curriculum, inclusive of hands-on cooking instruction & events hosted by their culinary trainer David Bilsland, formerly an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. There are many different itineraries for this theme cruise and the fare includes all cooking classes & demonstrations, roundtrip air, shipboard credits, butler service in all suites, beverages served throughout the ship, gratuities, in-suite dining, 24 hour room service & much more. #1 - Crystal Cruises - Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Join Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa on May 24, 2012 when he goes onboard the Crystal Serenity to serve as Executive Chef in Silk Road & the Sushi Bar, his specialty restaurants partnered with Crystal Cruises. He will give hands-on cooking classes & prepare his signature dishes for guests to savor. Enjoy all of this plus sake tasting with Japanese hors d'oeuvres & either shipboard credits or a private car & driver in 1 port. This 12-night Bordeaux & Beyond Cruise departs on 5/24/12 with prices starting at $3,955 p/p. Contact a Luxury Cruise & Vacation Expert to discuss any of the above cruises.

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