Princess Cruises has signed a new partnership with Bon Appétit on a new lineup of culinary shore excursions. The new partnership will allow Princess Cruises guests to take part in small group shore excursions with a focus on local culinary experiences. The excursions will aim to spotlight local ingredients and cooking styles, and will include demonstrations and tastings from local chefs and personalities.
In a written statement Bruce Krumrine, vice president, global shore excursions, Princess Cruises, said that highlights of the new excursions would range from scone making in the countryside of Ireland, to crafting the perfect paella in Spain.
Guests can choose from a selection of curated tours developed in partnership with Bon Appétit.
Exclusive Tours connect travelers to the tastes of the region with Exclusive Tours available only through Princess and Bon Appétit. These tailored excursions offer opportunities to engage with local life in a small-group setting.
Recommended Tours bring the character of the places guests sail to their plate. Participants of these tours will embark on a celebration of gastronomy endorsed by the experts at Bon Appétit.
Guests will be able to choose from 30 excursions beginning in 2018. Highlights include:
Bon Appétit Exclusive Tours
Taste of the North – Kristiansand, Norway
Classic Norwegian flavors are made modern by the head chef at Hotel Norge. Guests can savor Norway's history with moose steak, traditional cookies and regional wine, and then nourish the moment over a shared lunch with fellow travelers on a tour that visits local stops of note.
Scones from Scratch – Dublin, Ireland
On this excursion, guests will journey to Ireland's countryside for an afternoon of scone making. Participants will learn to prepare these delicate golden treats from Catherine Fulivio (subject to availability), the chef and proprietor of Ballyknocken Cookery School, House and Restaurant. Following the lesson, guests can enjoy their creations in a Victorian farmhouse and end the day strolling its sprawling gardens.
Bon Appétit Recommended Tours
Classic Copenhagen – Copenhagen, Denmark
Guests will fuel their appetites at Ferry Café with Smørrebrød, a classic, open-faced sandwich, then sightsee historic Danish palaces and castles. Stepping aboard a modern canal boat, travelers will get a chance to experience 500-year-old step-gabled homes from a new perspective, and end the day with a visit to Tivoli Gardens, a famous theme park bursting with color.
Pacific Northwest Pairings – Astoria, Oregon
At locally beloved restaurant Baked Alaska, Chef Chris Holen will gather guests in an open kitchen where they will learn how to bring creativity to seafood dishes while sipping local wines and journeying into Astoria's past and present.
From Mate to Malbec – Buenos Aires, Argentina
On this trip guests can visit Argentina's urban hub of Buenos Aires to learn the tradition of empanada making. Once comfortable in the kitchen, participants will taste classic dishes like grilled provoleta cheese, sliced chorizo and steak accompanied by a glass of local Malbec wine. The excursion culminates with the opportunity for guests to make their own mate and dessert, ending the day on a sweet note.
Juneau Foodie Walking Tour – Juneau, Alaska
Travelers to the Great Land will explore their way through Juneau's most renowned flavors during a walking tour to some of the town's best restaurants. From award-winning crab bisque, famous fish tacos and smoked pork to tasting local Alaska beer and wine, guests will venture through the Gold Rush town on a culinary journey and stroll through downtown Juneau.
The Perfect Paella – Valencia, Spain
Here travelers can soak in Valencia's iconic sights like historic landmarks, green spaces and cathedrals, followed by a savory meal featuring one of its most iconic dishes: paella. Guided by a local chef, guests will study the preparation that brings this saffron-seasoned rice dish to plate.
Roots of Russia – St. Petersburg, Russia
Guests can indulge in a lesson in Russia's past by making the classic staple of meat pies called "pelmini" at a local restaurant. Participants will pair their creation with 80-proof vodka, a storied spirit that has evolved over 500 years of history.
More information on the new Bon Appétit shore excursions can be found here.