Foodie Groupies beware…Travel has never looked so scrumptious before!


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Over the last decade more and more people are realizing the importance of great food and beverage options. I’m sure you’ve watched at least one episode on The Food Network or indulged in one of the great spots in Charlotte visited by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. If you are a true foodie then you know exactly what I’m talking about and you expect only the best in your culinary experiences.

If you’ve been reading my articles, then you know I have talked about the amazing food offered at all inclusive resorts. Now I’m about to get you excited for a new experience in cruising called culinary and wine sailings. Cruising has always offered some form of unlimited dining to guests however Holland America has taken it a step further with their new culinary and wine pairing program titled Food and Beverage Afficionado cruises. I am sure all the other cruise lines will be quick to follow suit.



In a recent article written by James Shillinglaw he describes how Holland America envisions their culinary cruises will be. Holland America Master Chef Rudi Sodamin heads up a team of mixologists, wine curators, and its’ own culinary council to deliver a one of a kind culinary experience to its guests.

International chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke,, Elizabeth Falkner, Andy Matsuda, and Ethan Stowell collaborated with Chef Rudi to ensure the Holland America guests are given an experience they will want to return to again and again. Wine critic James Suckling has a hand on approach on curating their wine program as well as master mixologist Dale DeGroff on its cocktail program, and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery which helped to develop the “blend” wine experience onboard HA Koningsdam.

During each cruise the guests will have opportunities to attend cooking, cocktail, or wine demonstrations. They will get to meet and greet the experts at the presentations as well as take photos. There is an intimate reservation only dinner in the Pinnacle Grill but this does have an additional cost. Reservations can be made by Danielle or Phil through Holland America’s ship services department once they have booked their cruise with us.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of The Seas and Anthem of the Seas has celebrity chefs already even if they aren’t dubbing them as culinary experiences. Chef Jamie Oliver has an Italian joint, Michael Schwartz designed a gastro pub, and NBC The Biggest Loser Chef Devin Alexander created a restaurant offering 500-calorie dishes. So, while the kids are enjoying the pizza and burgers as they frolic in the amazing waterpark, you can enjoy the finer tastes of life in one of these amazing Chef inspired restaurants.

MSC, an Italian cruise line just brought their fabulous MSC Seaside to the United States with its home port in Miami. Come join many of your friends and neighbors this October 20, 2018 as we set sail for the Caribbean aboard this magnificent ship. Chef Roy Yamaguchi prepares some of the freshest sushi in his newest restaurant the Asian Market aboard the Seaside. The Seaside offers a specialty dining package for its guests with a trio of Italian, Japanese, and a Butchers cut steakhouse.

Contact Danielle, Phil, or Barbara today if you would like to join us on board the MSC Seaside for an out of this world cruising experience.

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