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Best Cooking Schools at Sea

Silversea Cooking Demonstration

Photo courtesy of Silversea

The beauty of the modern day cruise is the myriad activities offered on board. Even if your itinerary includes multiple sea days, you’ll never be bored because your cruise line presents you with an almost never-ending list of things to do and learn each day. There are guest lectures, dance class, trivia and bingo, photography lessons, and even golf clinics!

One of my favorite pastimes is the onboard cooking school. While many cruise companies offer a cooking demonstration here and there, two lines—Silversea and Oceania Cruises—have teamed with famous land-based cooking programs and now offer truncated programs at sea.

The curriculum usually includes cooking demonstrations, group meals, excursions with the chef to local markets onshore, and even light-hearted cook-offs. Each program is shepherded by a culinary master and classically trained chef.

Silversea L’Ecole des Chefs Cooking School by Relais & Chateaux

One of my favorite cruise lines is Silversea because it pays such close attention to the food it serves. It’s no wonder then that it would devise a fantastic—and completely free—onboard experience in conjunction with Relais & Chateaux. Chef David Bilsland, Silversea’s Culinary Trainer, hosts this cooking school that’s offered on dozens of cruises throughout the year. Activities range from cooking demonstrations-turned-tastings to workshops to “lunch & learns,” where you gather with other guests to watch the chef prepare a meal while he lets you in on his culinary secrets. Market tours on shore and cooking competitions round out the activities. Consider participating the next time you sail with Silversea.

Oceania Cruises & Its Bon Appétit Culinary Center

It’s always fun to tell people about Oceania Cruises’ cooking programs, which are built around the Bon Appétit Culinary Center aboard Marina and Riviera. The program was devised with famed cooking magazine, Bon Appétit. What’s unique about Oceania’s cooking school? Well, the Marina and Riviera each have dedicated culinary “studios”, where each student has his or her own cooking station. (Each studio is outfitted with 12 stations.) The Culinary Center offers an array of courses that will teach you everything you need to know about cooking pasta, pizza, crepes, Greek, paella, and so much more. Classes are $69 per person.

What Do You Think?

Have you participated in a cooking school at sea? What did you think? Tell us all about it below.

For more information about these at-sea cooking programs, contact Luxury Cruise Connections toll-free at 1-866-997-0377 or send us an email.

—Logan Delgato for Luxury Cruise Connections

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