Are you a whiz-kid in the kitchen? Or do you shy away from anything that can’t be popped in the microwave? Cruise ships are well-known for their exceptional food – but did you know they’re also the perfect place to give your own culinary skills a boost?

It’s National Baking Week after all – so we thought we’d give you the low-down on which cruise lines will have you cooking up a storm like Gordon Ramsay, baking bread like Mary Berry, and chucking your olive oil around like Jamie Oliver. You’ll be a master in the kitchen in no time!

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises are experts at creating the finest cuisine – with carefully crafted menus and celebrity chefs onboard, it’s the recipe for the perfect dining experience. P&O Cruises work closely with Marco Pierre White – the godfather of British cooking, Eric Lanlard, who makes dessert dreams come true, Atul Kochhar who blazes the trail in Indian fine dining, best-loved chefs James Martin and Olly Smith – a real expert when it comes to food and wine. Together, they’re P&O Cruises’ Food Heroes.

These masters of the culinary world will provide you with cookery masterclasses to brush up on your skills, followed by an opportunity to chat and find out all their top tips and secrets. Working with an intimate class of 24 means you’ll likely get one-on-one time with your chosen chef. And of course, you’ll then enjoy indulging in all your hard work!

Aside from the Food Heroes’ sailings, there’s also The Cookery Club. Say hello to Britain’s first cooking school at sea – so if you consider yourself a dab hand in the kitchen or you want to work on your whisking, then this is just the cruise line for you. Whip up a mean dish in the state-of-the-art workstations, with floor to ceiling windows to give you the perfect ocean views as you create a feast.

Celebrity Cruises®

Celebrity Cruises are the masters of contemporary cruising – and they certainly offer experiences to match. Perfect for anyone with a passion for all things culinary, their Taste activities serve up a delicious range of activities to excite your senses.

Their Celebrity life culinary activities include the Riedel® Wine Crystal Workshop, where expert Celebrity Cruises sommeliers provide you with the opportunity to appreciate how wines present in subtly different ways according to their chosen glassware. Then there’s Mixology 101, where you’ll learn the art of blending flavours to master the perfect Mojito or Martini!

The Star Chefs cooking competition allows chefs and guests to put their skills to the test, to compete for the title of Best Chef for the day. There’s also Food and Wine Pairing classes, and of course, A Taste Of Film – where you can enjoy the great outdoors as you watch your favourite movie, all whilst dazzling your tastebuds at the same time. With delicious bites and drinks inspired by the movie, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget!

Oceania Cruises

Onboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina and Riviera ships, you’ll be blown away by The Culinary Centre. This hands-on cooking school lets you prepare a variety of exquisite dishes at your own fully equipped workstation in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. Master Chefs from around the world offer guidance and inspiration to fine-tune your techniques, but you’ll actually prepare the dishes yourself. At selected ports, you can even accompany the chefs ashore to gather fresh ingredients from local markets with their Culinary Discover Tours™.

There’s 20 onboard classes to attend, which offer the opportunity to work with a variety of different ingredients to make exquisite dishes from all around the world. From ‘At Home in Sicily’ to ‘Food of the Gods’ – a masterclass in Greek cuisine – there’s so many options. Take as many as you like! Prepare a delicious Roman-inspired lemon chicken scallopini and make limoncello from scratch in the ‘Love for Lemons’ class, and learn the basics of tagine cookery with ‘Arabesque’.

If you’re a seafood lover then the ‘Fish Masterclass’ will be right up your street, or if you’re looking for ways to make your diet full of flavour, without the calories, then ‘Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Life’ can teach you how. Learn the tricks of tapas, the only way to make a perfect pizza, and get creative with ‘Worldly Crêpes’. The possibilities are endless – you’ll return home a fully-fledged chef!

Royal Caribbean®

Royal Caribbean sure know how to provide you with experiences that’ll stay with you forever – from futuristic features onboard like the Flowrider® Surf Simulator, to robot bartenders that can make you two drinks in under a minute – there’s never a dull moment with this cruise line. And they certainly don’t forget about all the foodies onboard their ships!

Royal Caribbean serve up a selection of fantastic shore excursions, taking you right into the heart of your destinations and into local kitchens, where you’ll learn authentic recipes using fresh ingredients from the masters themselves. Take a Tuscan cooking class in Florence, where you’ll learn how to make their signature pasta and traditional cantucci biscuits.

Or how about a French Pasty Workshop in Aix-en-Provence? You’ll get to take your decadent creations, beautifully packaged back on to the ship with you – that’s if they make it that far before they’re eaten! ‘Flavours of Jamaica’ is another popular excursion, where you’ll knock up the island’s iconic jerk chicken and coconut shrimp, as well as knead your own dough to create mouthwatering Coco bread  – all against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. What better way to immerse yourself in amazing culture – and pick up a new recipe or two?!

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Let us find something to drive your taste buds crazy – no mater which cruise you choose! Start your foodie adventure today by checking out our latest Deals – or simply give us a call on our freephone number, 0800 027 8302!

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