Over the past few years, the cruise industry has categorically shed its reputation for stock standard buffets. Today, a luxury lines are channelling a huge amount of effort into offering their passengers tantalising taste experiences that redefine dining at sea.
Celebrity Cruises is pioneering the movement, with a brand new Chef’s Market Discoveries experience set to debut this summer. Featuring culinary-themed shore excursions fronted by the ship’s on-board chef, the experience gives guests first hand insight into a world of flavours.
Handpicked ingredients, from shore to table
Once on dry land, passengers will explore local markets, engage with farmers and meet resident producers. After delving head first into the local culinary scene passengers will re-embark to enjoy a VIP meal prepared using the day’s freshly sourced ingredients.
So what deliciously adventurous shore experiences will be served up throughout the summer? Here’s a sampling of what to expect…
- Trawling through a fish market in Iceland and sampling local varieties. Plus, passengers are invited to choose their very own ‘catch of the day’ to be served up that evening.
- Touring an Italian mozzarella farm in Naples, then selecting limoncello worthy lemons. Passengers will learn the art of cheese and olive oil production, then tour the Amalfi Coast for wine tastings and fresh produce.
- When docked in St Petersburg passengers will receive a crash course in pairing food with fine vodka. Plus, the palate will be tempted by a host of honey, caviar, cottage cheese and specialist meats at local artisan markets.
- In Crete, passengers will hit up Chania’s Botanical Park and Gardens to exploring indigenous herbs and other edible plants. Cheese, honey and olives will be freely flowing, as well as other local delicacies such as Boureki pie.
A taste of continental Europe
The line is kicking the Chef’s Market Discoveries programme off on its European itineraries, and plans to roll out the experience to other voyages later in the year. The Caribbean, South America, Asia and Australia are all on the radar! This means that soon, Celebrity passengers will be able to immerse themselves in the scents, tastes and textures of local fare, wherever they travel.
For foodies with a love for luxury cruising, the Chef’s Market Discoveries is a not to be missed summer experience. To book your place on-board a European bound Celebrity voyage, reach out to our friendly team of Cruise 1st customer service agents today on 1300-857-345.