If you are a keen foodie, it’s time to add a luxury cruise experience to your travel plans for this year. I experienced one a few years ago and it was honestly such a fantastic way to travel, the best part being excitedly opening the curtains each morning to see the view, whether we were out at sea or had arrived at a new port.
It really changed the stereotypical view I previously had of cruises and it is no surprise that cruise holidays have been increasing in popularity over the last few years, and I am keen to go on a cruise again this shiny new decade.
For most people, one of the main highlights of travelling is experimenting with new flavours and dishes and for that, dining on board a cruise ship is a wonderful experience where you can find a vast variety of delicious food and dining options ranging from irresistible poolside snacks, to gourmet fine dining complete with fantastic wine pairings. Trust me, you won’t have a chance to get bored of the incredible options whilst on a cruise!
Chefs on board cruises craft the most exquisite menus from the freshest of ingredients and it’s a great way to try new dishes that you may not have experienced before, all with superb service and amazing views from the cruise vessel’s dining rooms.
In general, cruise ships will have a main dining room, often with a dress code for dinner, a more casual buffet restaurant and one or two specialty themed restaurants.
Some cruise ships even offer cooking classes so you can actually learn a new dish whilst on holiday which you can then re-create when you are feeling nostalgic about your trip!
Whether you choose to cruise by boat, barge, historic steamship or by an expedition vessel, why not take a cruise with tour specialists Jules Verne this year. They have cruise holidays for all tastes and budgets, along some of the most scenic rivers and coastlines in the world.
On a Jules Verne cruise you will have a more intimate experience travelling on small vessels for many of its itineraries, which accommodate between ten to 100 guests (in contrast to the larger, more formal ships offered by many holiday companies).
You can choose from classic European river cruise favourites such as the Seine, Danube and Rhine or more exotic options such as the dreamy French Polynesia and the tropical islands of Indonesia.
I personally love the sound of a leisurely barge cruise along the Canal du Rhône on Péniche Provençale, where you have a chance to explore some of the lesser-known waterways of the Camargue area and enjoy fine French food and wine.
Jules Verne also includes exclusive special events on some of its river and coastal cruises for example, in Europe you can enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner at an ancient site producing Douro wines for the ultimate luxury food experience!
Have you ever been on a cruise or are you thinking of booking a cruise holiday? What would be your dream destinations? I’d love to know in the comments.