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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, December 10, 2018

What’s new in culinary cruises

Dining is always a great part of cruising – sometimes, it’s the best reason to take a cruise. Many cruises offer truly exceptional culinary experiences, on and off the ship.

Fans of “America’s Test Kitchen” can immerse themselves in the popular public television show on some of Holland America Line’s ships. On days at sea, watch live demonstrations by staff from America's Test Kitchen, taking a close-up look at the show’s unique, science-based approach to great cooking. There are hands-on workshops, too, where you can try your hand at the America’s Test Kitchen’s techniques for perfect pasta, yummy breakfasts and more.

With an amazing 29 different food and beverage venues on board, Celebrity Cruises’ new Celebrity Edge will bring new, cutting-edge culinary experiences to cruising when it debuts in December. One of the most unusual is Le Petit Chef, a small animated character who inhabits the Le Grand Bistro restaurant. Just before your dish is placed in front of you, Le Petit Chef will appear on the tabletop to show you how the dish is made.

Oceania Cruises’ culinary director is famed chef Jacques Pépin, so you can count on the onboard dining experience being top-notch. On the Marina and Riviera, you can also get your hands and taste buds busy in a state-of-the-art show kitchen. The Culinary Center includes 12 cooking stations for classes and demonstrations with master chefs from around the world. You can also take excursions to local markets and help source ingredients you’ll enjoy later on the ship.

For serious home cooks, many Silversea cruises feature L’Ecole des Chefs by Relais & Chateaux, the international luxury hotel and restaurant group dedicated to the “the art of living.” Guest chefs share their insight into the culture and cuisine of the region you’re sailing in. Plus, you can expand your expertise with sauces, baking and more.

River cruises provide culinary adventures, too. While sailing the rivers of France, Avalon Waterways integrates the best of local cuisine into onboard and onshore experiences. For example, a cruise from Paris through the Normandy region features excursions to a hillside cheese farm and a Calvados distillery. On board, enjoy classic French dishes during a food and wine pairing dinner and a crepe-themed luncheon.

To learn about more options for memorable and delicious culinary cruises, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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