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Cruise Cunard offers innovative culinary offerings. Cruise Lines Whip Up Culinary Treats Paloma Villaverde de Rico Whether it's a new restaurant, a wine-themed cruise in France, or partnering with celebrity chefs, cruise lines-ocean- and river-going- are whipping up some tasty treats for your culinary aficionado clientele. And these days who isn't into good food, cocktails and wine? So when I say culinary aficionado clientele, I mean pretty much every client on your list. I just attended Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale, and it seemed as if every press conference and interview was focused on a cruise line's new culinary offerings. So come along as I take you on a savory journey on the high seas and along some of the world's riverways. AmaWaterways Late last month, AmaWaterways-"98 percent of whose bookings are made through travel agents," says Kristin Karst, the line's executive v.p. and co-owner-debuted its 13-day Taste of Bordeaux sailing aboard the AmaDolce. The line will feature 24 such departures sailing the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, and 10 of those departures will be special wine-themed voyages, with immersive experiences led by some of the world's top wine experts. Along the way, guests will be able to visit Bordeaux's 14 april 2016 famous chateaus and vineyards, and there's a Grand Cru Classe wine tasting in Pauillac. Wine-themed cruises from June onward are set for June 28, July 19, Aug. 2 and 9, Oct. 18, and Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Rates for the winethemed cruises start at $3,099 cruise-only. American Queen Steamboat Company Clients can explore the Pacific Northwest wine country of the United States on American Queen Steamboat Company's Vineyards, Vintages and Varietals themed cruises that will sail this November through Washington and Oregon. Guests will have the opportunity to meet with local wine makers for wine tastings and pairings, plus sit in on lectures from partnering wineries. Additionally, onboard chefs will incorporate the region's local wines into a variety of culinary creations. Departure dates are Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 from Portland, Oregon, with rates starting at $2,649 pp dbl. Cunard With the remastering of the Queen Mary 2, set for a summer (re)debut, comes new dining options, including The Verandah, which will feature French regional cooking. Also new is the Carinthia Lounge, a redo of the Winter Garden featuring light breakfast and lunch dishes, a dedicated patisserie and afternoon tea service, as well as premium wines, and small plates. As for the ship's Kings Court, it will be completely redesigned with a more open layout and interactive guest experiences. There will be cooking demos that highlight the remastered menus, as well as a variety of cuisines such as Indian, Italian, Pan Asian, and Tex Mex. There will also be a chef's table tasting menu on select evenings. A highlight of all of Cunard's culinary offerings is that Nicholas Oldroyd and his twin Mark, the executive chef on board Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, are reinvigorating the menus across the fleet. "They have gone to great lengths," says Cunard's president Richard Meadows, "to source interesting ingredients." Holland America Line These days it's all about the Koningsdam when you mention Holland America, but the Eurodam, too, has some new offerings that you'll want to tell your clients about (and they'll roll out across the fleet in the coming years). The Lido Market, originally the Lido buffet, now has themed stations offering an

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend April 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Hotels for Foodies
Tour Talk: Take to the Road With Enterprise
Cruise Lines Whip Up Culinary Treats
Viking Celebrates Agents
5 Adults-Only All-Inclusives Where Dinner Is an Art
Saint Lucia Loves Chocoholics
Accent on Food
Hotel Culinary Options in the U.S.
Culinary Travel: A Buffet of Options
Vegas Bites
Dining Through the Holy Land
Spotlight on Gastronomy
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Lovely Valencia
Thuringia: Germany’s Best-Kept Secret...Revealed
Devouring Asia

Recommend April 2016