Taste the authentic flavors of the Caribbean, from exotic tropical fruit and mountain-grown coffee to freshly caught seafood, as you experience local cultures through the lens of cuisine.  This winter, embark on a new Culinary Discovery Tour in some of the region’s hottest epicurean locales. During your voyage, tour traditional markets and participate in exciting hands-on cooking classes. Our new Culinary Discovery Tours planned for the Caribbean season include:

tour1Honduran Farm & Ocean-To-Table Experience

This exciting culinary discovery tour begins with a visit to the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum where you will experience Roatan’s largest collection of tropical flowers and plants.  Learn how pesticide-free, hydroponic farming assists with water conservation, sustainability and fresher, longer lasting produce in your kitchen.  Following the arboretum, take a boat to Big French Key Beach and La Palapa restaurant for an
interactive cooking demonstration featuring pink shrimp harvested by the local fishermen.  At the conclusion of the demonstration, enjoy a delicious lunch filled with local favorites such as rice and beans, cole slaw, fried yucca and cassava bread, as well as local pink shrimp prepared three different ways.

tour2Cozumel Market Tour & Mayan Cooking Class

After a short orientation at The Culinary Center, explore an open-air, seasonal market filled with locally grown produce and spices, freshly caught fish and other ingredients used in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. Following the market, visit the Mayan Cacao Company to discover the importance of the cacao seed in ancient Mayan civilization and watch a demonstration of how chocolate is now made from the cacao plant. Back aboard the ship, delve into Yucatecan cuisine during a 90 minute cooking class, also sampling several authentic local dishes.

Gourmet San Juan: Market, Lunch, Coffee & Chocolate

Designed for the ‘foodie’ who desires an immersion into Puerto Rican fare, this tour heads to Santurce, a district of the city noted for art, food and music. At Santaella Restaurant, one of Puerto Rico’s rising culinary stars Jose Santaella will treat you to a lunch of locally-inspired dishes and desserts. Following lunch, visit La Placita Mercado Santurce, a quaint marketplace filled with stands featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, local handicrafts and homemade botanicals. After strolling the market, enjoy a chocolate demonstration and tasting at Casa Cortés, and cap the experience with a coffee brewing seminar and cup of gourmet mountain-grown coffee at Café Cuatro Sombras.

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