The Tastiest Cruises for Foodies
Uniworld’s Italy cruises include a pasta-making class in Bologna. (Courtesy: Uniworld)
High-end beers, vegetarian menus, seafood-centric restaurants and locavore cuisine — cruises are no longer a wasteland of low-quality buffets and sugary, tropical drinks. Some ships are focusing on chef-driven programs. Oceania’s midsize ships feature dishes from the legendary Jacques Pépin, like steak frites with garlic butter, while Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway has three seafood-centric spots by New York City chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
Other cruise lines appeal to oenophiles with programs like Tauck River Cruises’ 10-day Rhône River trip featuring a Beaujolais tasting at Château de La Chaize. Still others focus on culinary education. Silversea runs cooking school programs on some of their voyages, along with guided tours of port markets followed by onboard demonstrations using local ingredients. Here are the greatest cruises for food, wine, and beer lovers.
Uniworld has new itineraries in Italy, including a 13-day trip from Venice to Rome. The wine list features great producers from the Veneto, and there are food-centric activities onshore almost daily, including a pasta-making class in Bologna. From $2,899; uniworld.com
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With room for just 90 guests, the Tere Moana is more like a yacht than a cruise ship. As on its sister ship, the Tahiti-based Paul Gauguin, the consulting chef is Jean-Pierre Vigato, who has two Michelin stars for his Paris restaurant Apicius. The ship’s small size means it can dock in ports where bigger boats can’t. On the tiny Italian island of Elba, passengers can visit La Chiusa winery; in Croatia, they can tour great limited-production wineries, like Milos and Grgich, near Dubrovnik. From $2,895; pgcruises.com
A sample of Michael Schwartz’s cruise fare. (Courtesy: Royal Caribbean)