February 04, 2013 // Franchising.com // Vancouver, British Columbia – Whether it be a five-course French-inspired dinner accompanied by the lovely sounds of a string quartet, or a visit to Barcelona to enjoy Spanish olive oil tasting with a specialized culinary enrichment director, Expedia CruiseShipCenters will assist food lovers, whatever their taste, in finding their next dream cruise vacation.
With hit shows such as “Top Chef” setting sail on a luxurious culinary journey for a special “Top Chef: The Cruise” episode, themed cruises for food lovers are becoming more and more popular. If customers are interested in attending this inaugural “Top Chef” event aboard the Celebrity Constellation taking place from April 11-15, 2013, they can call or visit their local Expedia CruiseShipCenters for more details.
“Food is a wonderful way to connect with cultures across the world,” said Ines Turus, owner of an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise location in Schaumburg, IL. “However, there are so many cuisine cruise options available for travelers that it can become an overwhelming experience without the guidance of a seasoned professional.”
Expedia CruiseShipCenters has identified the following cruise lines that cater to the food aficionado:
Viking River Cruises: Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise company, celebrates fine food with its signature “Taste of…” events. These events are a great introduction to the food and drink of the region where guests may enjoy the stunning views as they enjoy a smorgasbord of delicacies. During “A Taste of Germany,” guests will enjoy pretzels and sweet mustard, leberwurst and Kölsch, while floating down the Rhine river.
Oceania Cruises: Oceania Cruises, the world’s only upper premium cruise line, is now taking cuisine to the next level with the launch of “Riviera” – offering culinary discovery tours in more than 25 ports worldwide. These tours are uniquely designed for each port and provide guests with the opportunity to explore local food markets in small groups or side-by-side with an expert chef. These tours also include mini-lectures or demonstrations before returning to the ship’s Bon Appetit Culinary Center for a cooking class that draws inspiration from the local market. Menus aboard the ships are crafted by Jacques Pépin, world-renowned master chef and Oceania’s executive culinary director.
Holland America Line: A recognized leader in cruising, Holland America Line takes guests to exotic destinations around the world. All of Holland America’s ships offer a culinary arts center onboard where they celebrate a passion for great cuisine. Guests may partake in demonstrations, hands-on classes and paired wine tastings. The program brings on prominent guest chefs and cook book authors creating delectable dishes and memorable experiences for all who partake.
If customers want to be inspired aboard a cruise ship to find their inner chef, they may contact a local Expedia CruiseShipCenters Vacation Consultant to book their culinary themed cruise to a dream destination today.
Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world, has partnered with Expedia CruiseShipCenters to provide travelers a one-stop-shop for cruises and vacations. Expedia CruiseShipCenters was founded in 1987 and offers the best value in the industry with 4,000 travel consultants in more than 170 franchise locations throughout North America. Recently named a fast-growing franchise by MSN Money, the company offers flexible, rewarding business opportunities for travel consultants and franchise owners with a passion for travel. For more information on joining the Expedia CruiseShipCenters team, visit: www.joinecsc.com or www.expediafranchise.com.
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