Savour epicurean experiences around the world
Fancy getting an education â€“ and enjoying a fantastic holiday at the same time? Whether you are already a gourmet connoisseur or simply looking for an introduction to the world of fine food and wine, MSC's ever popular theme cruises offer a real voyage of discovery.
Brand new for the 2011/2012 season, privately-owned MSC Cruises has sought out some of its home countryâ€™s leading names to offer a series of special courses, demonstrations and activities.
The cookery schools of La Prova del Cuoco (literally 'The Chefâ€™s Challenge') tour Italy teaching with the same fresh and friendly style made famous by the popular TV series of the same name. Now this renowned institution has created a new course especially for MSC Cruises. Each comprises five lessons covering everything from meat and fish through to fresh pasta and desserts, along with tips on how to put together a menu and choose the best ingredients.
These fascinating workshops are available on the following Mediterranean cruises: MSC Orchestra (19-day 18-night cruise, 20th March 2012), MSC Poesia (10-day 9-night cruise, 26th April 2012) and MSC Magnifica (13-day 12-night cruise, 22nd May 2012).
Meanwhile, the 'Approach to Wine' course with the Italian Sommelier Association, an organisation that has been helping define the role of the sommelier since 1965, comprises five lessons featuring both theory and practical wine tasting sessions. Topics covered will include the basics of wine growing, the wines of Italy and the world, and techniques for pairing food and wine. The courses will be complemented by three additional wine and food pairing sessions.
Dates are as follows: MSC Orchestra (18-day 17-night, 18th November 2011), MSC Musica (18-day 17-night, 1st December 2011 and 19-day 18-night, 17th March 2012) and MSC Poesia (17 day 16-night, 17th March 2012).
Guests joining these theme cruises will be offered a certificate of attendance.
About MSC Cruises:
MSC Cruises is the world's leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South African and Brazilian markets and operates across the globe. It's modern fleet comprises eleven ships: MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. MSC Magnifica, launched in March 2010. The fleet will increase in size with the addition of the MSC Divina which will be christened on May 26th in Marseille in 2012, France. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, North America and Canada, South America, the Indian Ocean, South and West Africa, Abu Dhabi and the Emirates. MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the "6 Golden Pearls" award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility. MSC has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both onshore and onboard. MSC Cruises cares about the welfare of children, and as a responsible market leader believes in making a positive impact in the regions where it operates. To this end, the company recently forged a partnership with UNICEF to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a quality education