Royal Caribbean: Calling All Foodies

When you think of Royal Caribbean, fun may be the first thing that comes to mind—not food. But the cruise line is set to change that with 12 specialty voyages onboard Freedom of the Seas that are part of the cruise line’s “Epicurean Discovery” series. Designed for culinary enthusiasts, the package features a variety of special events throughout the week devoted to cuisine and fine dining. Each each sailing is also hosted by a different renowned celebrity chef, such as “Iron Chef” contender Johnny Vinczencz; 2010 James Beard winner for “Best Chef in the South” Michael Schwartz; and “Top Chef” Chicago contender Spike Mandelsohn. A complete list of chefs and respective sail dates is available at

Available exclusively to guests booking suite accommodations or higher, the seven-night “Epicurean Discovery” includes private dinners, a wine tasting, experiential lecture and private tour, as well as a tapas sampling reception, signed photo and cookbook. Price begins at $1,874 per person, based on double occupancy.

The seven-night itinerary sails from Port Canaveral in Florida to the Eastern Caribbean, calling on Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay, Bahamas; and to the Western Caribbean, calling on Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Royal Caribbean’s private destination Labadee, Haiti.  

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