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Taking a cruise lets you sail away, but you can turn it into a culinary getaway with the following, floating F&B experiences.

European & Epicurean with Atlas Ocean Voyages

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Passengers sailing with Atlas Ocean Voyages will embark on a gastronomic journey via Epicurean Expeditions by Atlas, catering to culinary connoisseurs, combining exceptional fine wine and cuisine with immersive exploration. Every expedition will feature an impressive lineup of guest chefs, vintners, and culinary experts to guide these explorations onboard and ashore. From the bustling markets of Barcelona to the historic streets of Rome, every moment celebrates culture and cuisine. Guests will enjoy a free Cultural Immersion tour, highlighting regional flavors and exclusive onboard experiences.

The itinerary is part of Atlas’ 2025 European season featuring 27 fascinating adventures, including Cultural Expeditions to Northern Europe visiting the British Isles, Iceland, and the coastal regions of northern France, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Michelin Star Chef Joins Sea Cloud Spirit for Fall 2024

Chef Michael Collantes will serve as a guest chef aboard Sea Cloud Spirit.

Sea Cloud Cruises has welcomed Chef Michael Collantes to serve as a guest chef aboard Sea Cloud Spirit for its fall 2024 Mediterranean voyage. Collantes is the head chef and owner of Soseki, a one Michelin star modern omakase restaurant located in his hometown of Winter Park, FL. He is also chef/owner of Sushi Saint, Central Florida’s first handroll bar experience, soon opening a New York outpost. Collantes will share his skilled culinary craft and storytelling on the fleet’s newest and largest sailing yacht Nice to Barcelona Oct. 5-12, 2024.

The 7-night voyage exploring boutique ports of the Mediterranean will feature: Nice/Frances, day under full sails, Calvi/Corsica, Bastia/Corsica, Sanremo/Italy, Marseille/France, Palamos/Spain and Barcelona/Spain. The voyage will feature no more than 136 guests onboard and include lively cooking demonstrations, curated menus and storytelling underneath the Sea Cloud Spirit’s 28 hand-hoisted sails.

Holland America Mixes it Up with Acclaimed Bartender

Award-winning bartender Ivy Mix.

Holland America Line has partnered with award-winning bartender Ivy Mix to create five new drinks on ships cruising in Mexico and Latin America this year. The new cocktails capture the essence of the region, with a combination of tropical, fruity and savory elements in each drink, creating a pan-Latin sensory experience. Check them out:

  • Costa Pacifica: Eucalyptus-infused reposado tequila, creme de banana, lemon, honey. 
  • Lima: Pisco, calvados, lemon, white peppercorn, apricot, sage, egg white. 
  • Puerto Vallarta: Blanco tequila, Aperol, lime, mango, habanero. 
  • Sao Paulo: Cachaca, coconut, lime, passion fruit, vanilla, cinnamon.
  • Santo Domingo: Rum, lime, pineapple, ginger, aromatic bitters, soda.
The Puerta Vallarta

Mix began her bartending career at age 19 on a trip to Guatemala. She lived and worked there for years, mixing in travels to Mexico to study mezcales and tequilas, giving her a unique and extensive knowledge base into the agave spirits field. Mix is the author of the award-winning book “Spirits of Latin America,” and she is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including American Bartender of the Year, Wine Enthusiast Mixologist of the Year and World’s Best Bar Mentor.

Mix joins Holland America’s evolving beverage program that incudes launching its own brand of gin and introducing an 18th-century style rum punch crafted by renowned mixologist David Wondrich, available on all Caribbean cruises.