When you think of cruises, what do you see? If you’re a first-time cruiser then you might imagine all sorts of different things, from majestic pools to dancing the night away under the stars. But for others, there’s only one thing they want from a cruise: the food, and no wonder! Cruises have long been seen as the number one place to indulge and explore your culinary fantasies.

Over the last few years, several so-called ‘foodie cruises’ have appeared, and they have been a sure fire hit with cruise fans of all ages, backgrounds and tastes. So just what kinds of foodie cruises are on offer?

Food and wine cruises

Created to suit those who not only love eating food, but preparing it too, food and wine cruises have become increasingly popular with older travellers and couples, allowing them to totally immerse themselves in not just the food, but the local culture that surrounds it.

The Celebrity fleet offers Food & Wine Cruises, sending you to the picturesque vineyards of France, Spain and Portugal. Book a trip when wine guru Oz Clarke is on-board and learn how to pair food and wine from one of Britain’s experts.

Dynamic menus

For those who simply enjoy eating good food, choose a cruise with a variety of cuisines so you can try something different every night.

The Carnival Breeze, which features a whole host of different restaurants, including Italian, Mexican and some amazing barbeque fare, is known in particular for its burger joint. Celebrity chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri created the ship’s Guy’s Burger Joint so it’s hardly surprising they’ve been called some of the best burgers at sea.

Consider a trip on the Celebrity Silhouette, a ship known for its speciality restaurants, and you can even order from an interactive iPad menu!

Celebrity chef offerings

The P&O Cruises line also features menus designed by celebrity chefs, including the celebrated Marco Pierre White. The multiple Michelin star winner created a truly succulent menu for Britannia, the cruise line’s new ship set to launch next year.

Television chef James Martin, known for his work on several BBC cooking shows, has developed ‘The Cookery Club,’ the first cookery school on board a British cruise ship and with chef Atul Kochhar, patissier Eric Lanlard and wine expert Olly Smith also contributing to Britannia’s foodie experience, you really can’t go wrong with a trip on this ship.

So, foodies from across the globe sh­ould consider a cruise for a truly unique culinary experience. Bon appétit!

Have you experienced a truly exquisite meal on board a cruise ship or dined at the captain’s table? Tell us about it in the comments.

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