We’ve all just come off Easter and think we’ve had a lifetime of chocolate in one weekend right? WRONG. I just know we’ll be back on the chocolate wagon in a few days. It’s one of those decadent, luxurious pleasures that draws us in time after time. Along the lines of life’s pleasures we also find ourselves wanting to wander, across the mountains, the oceans, the 7 continents. I myself have a bucket list longer than my height! I’ve fulfilled some but new ones pop up along the way. One of my travel experiences was going on a cruise. I didn’t know it then that it would be something I wanted to experience, I was only ten.
Cruises can be very relaxing. It’s the full package, everything is taken care of. It’s a mobile entertainment and dining hub that takes you to places you can explore. Now, you may not think of a cruise as a great foodie holiday but consider this, cruises have enlisted renowned chefs to offer fresher gourmet cuisines at sea and they are continuing to expand this avenue. The dining experience is no longer limited to the main dining room buffet. It is now an option to turn it into a culinary holiday too. There are always options to consider, itineraries and packages to compare and pick so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out at site like CruiseAgency.com.au to compare different voyages.
So this is a food blog, let’s talk about food. One of the many examples brings us back to chocolate, decadent chocolate. Princess Cruises Chocolate Journey is a program tailored for sweet-tooths, designed by renowned pastry chef Norman Love. I hope to get your chocoholic senses tingling by taking a look at what this Chocolate Journey has to offer.
In Princess’ main dining rooms fleetwide, cruisers will find the chocoholic desserts of their dreams, all created specially by Norman Love. We’re talking chocolate tiramisu with mascarpone cream and espresso gelato, white chocolate cheesecake with vanilla mousseline and strawberry preserves, even an intriguing chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine. You get the idea. On certain evenings, you can try a brand new signature dish developed by Chef Love, reportedly the chocolate journey’s crowning glory. Currently it’s a decadent chocolate soufflé with a rice white chocolate sauce…..well I don’t give too much away but doesn’t take sound delicious!
Cakes, Pastries and Tea-Time Delights
If someone says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast, they’re missing out. In the Horizon Court Buffet, you can grab chocolate muffins, bretons, puff pastries and danishes to start your day on a sweet note. There’s also a rotating roster of different-flavoured chocolate cakes each night so you can sample a new one every evening. They’ve not only got your breakfast and late night snack covered but also afternoon tea! A range of bite-sized chocolate treats to accompany your cuppa perhaps? Chocoholics, don’t say we didn’t warn you that this voyage could be dangerous.
24 Hour Treats
Just in case all that wasn’t enough for your sweet sweet tooth, Princess’ 24-hour International Café (very dangerous), features a new premium chocolate treat every single day. Think peanut butter chocolate tarts, milk chocolate mousse caramel, chocolate flan, chocolate chantilly éclairs. Better make sure the stretch pants are in your suitcase!
Chocolate and Wine Tasting
For the more ‘sophisticated’ choc-lovers among us, there’s also a premium chocolate and wine tasting experience at the Princess Vines wine bar. With that a series of gourmet chocolates and fine wines have been selected and paired to create interesting blends and flavour combinations. Best of both worlds? Believe it.
Chocolate Spa Treatments
Mmm mmmm mmmmm. Talk about indulgence. So it seems chocolate can be great for your skin too so Princess’ Lotus Spa offers a hydrating, antioxidant-rich chocolate body treatment which purportedly feels and smells amazing. You’ll just have to resist the urge to eat the chocolate off your skin.
If you haven’t fallen into a sugar coma simply from reading all of that, we wish you well on your Princess chocolate journey. Go forth and indulge, chocoholics!
Disclaimer: This article was written in collaboration with Cruise Agency, an Australian travel agency specializing in cruise holidays.