Sweet Chocolate Cruising     (2)


Even small touches will delight the chocoholics at sea. Seabourn Cruise Line has debuted “Hot Chocolate on a Stick,” which features a decadent treat on a stick that can be stirred into coffee, hot chocolate, etc. Silversea Cruises provides suite guests with melt-in-your-mouth Pierre Marcolini chocolates from Brussels. Carnival Cruise Lines’ signature dessert is the “Warm Chocolate Melting Cake,” a complimentary treat for passengers.

Not all chocolate experiences are for tasting. Onboard spa treatments, such as the 80-munite Euphoria Pedicure with a chocolate truffle option on Oceania Cruises, give guests a chocolate experience without the calories. If you are looking for a totally unique chocolate experience, they might pop into Le Vian on Celebrity Infinity, which boasts a fine jewelry selection of chocolate diamonds, created by the house of Le Vian.

For chocolate lovers, many shore options delve into the history of cacao, including how it’s harvested and how tasty chocolate concoctions are created. Holland America Line is offering a 22-day Panama Canal voyage, which makes a call at Puerto Chiapas, along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. The “Izapa Ruins & Chocolate Discovery” tour includes exploration of the Mayan ruins and a journey to Tuxtla Chico, where cruisers can see how cocoa beans are transformed into chocolate during a demonstration in the town’s plaza.

During its Caribbean season, Windstar Cruises offers a “Rum and Chocolate” tour in St. George’s, Grenada. Participants learn about the 18th-century rum-making techniques at River Antoine Estate, and then continue on to Belmont Plantation to learn about the nuances of bringing in the cocoa crop. An estate shop also sells chocolate made onsite.

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Carnival offers a chance for you to go ashore in Limon, Costa Rica, on a “Caribbean Cacao” tour. After a motorcoach ride to Cacao Trail property, delve into the history of the Afro-Caribbean settlers, learn and participate in the chocolate-making process and then sample chocolate treats.

Windstar’s port calls in Tallinn, Estonia, includes a “Concierge Collection-Truffle Making Workshop” tour. Guests on this outing are whisked to the Rotermann Quarter, where the Kalev Chocolate Factory has opened its newest shop. Participants make delicious truffle fillings covered in chocolate.

Royal Caribbean International offers a “Sweet Stockholm” excursion on “Scandinavia and Russia” voyages and on “Ultimate Scandinavia and Russia” sailings. Cruisers visit Chokladfabriken, which means: The Chocolate Factory,” to see the making of everything from chocolate and muffins to petits fours. They also sample the treats and enjoy a city tour.

If you have a sweet tooth or just enjoy the aroma of cocoa, cruise lines certainly know how to appeal to those chocoholic cravings.