Sweet Chocolate Cruising


Chocoholics Have Many Tasty Choices Onboard Ships

David Rentsch

President, Cruise Holidays

Cruising and chocolate can certainly make a sweet pairing. Relax in style on a pampering cruise, and as a tasty bonus, indulge your chocolate cravings!

Many of the cruise lines are planning on adding themed cruises having to do with chocolate. One example is AmaWaterways, a river cruise line that is planning for a new chocolate-themed “Romanic Danube.” Slated for April of 2014, the themed voyage will be a partnership between AmaWaterways and famed chocolatier Norman Love, who is known for his handcrafted chocolate candies.

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If you desire something totally different, there is a more leisurely barging vacation aboard the six-passenger, newly renovated Elisabeth, which offers a six-night “Chocolate and Wine” voyage through France’s Burgundy Canal. Chocolate desserts will be served onboard, and chocolate and wine tastings will be offered. There will also be lunch in the village of Flavigny, where the movie Chocolat was filmed.

Themed voyages aside, many cruise lines routinely create chocolate-focused activities or dining options for cruisers. Royal Caribbean International has a

“Chocolate Breakfast” menu on many ships. Depending on the cruise length, the line offers their breakfast – featuring chocolate waffles and chocolate pancakes – on one or two mornings. Celebrity Cruises offers marzipan molding and decorating classes on the line’s Excite the Senses culinary theme cruises.

Created once every cruise of five days or longer, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Chocoholic Buffet is a treasure trove of “flowing” chocolate fountains, fondue, mousse cake and even sugar-free options. Other treats include chocolate-dipped fruits, marshmallows, pastries and pound cake.

Crystal Cruises creates a lovely “Chocolate Tea Time” in the Palm Court. Guests choose teas and sandwiches, and then indulge in a selection of treats, including brownies, chocolate ganache cake, chocolate cream brulee and more.

The first pastry shop at sea, Horizon Court Pastry, will debut on Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess, which launches in June 2013. While not dedicated to all-chocolate fare, it will definitely have plenty of tasty treats for chocoholics. Passengers may also watch Princess’ pastry chefs in action as they demonstrate their skills in chocolate work and cake decorating.