15 Best Shore Excursions for Foodies
Ask any foodie worth their salt and they'll gladly tell you all the reasons why a good meal can and should be considered its very own activity. Take, for instance, the simple act of enjoying homemade pasta for lunch - the texture of the noodle, the flavour of the sauce - and it's easy to regale the experience as one of your favourites and most memorable. Which is why Norwegian's shore excursions abound with opportunities for travellers to make the most of their cruise holiday with food-driven experiences. If you can rattle off wine varietals or cheese categories without hesitation, then this list is for you. Here are Norwegian’s best shore excursions for foodies!
1. FLAVOURS OF SORRENTO & POMPEII
Following a visit to Pompeii, the civilization buried under 20 feet of ash and pumice 1,700 years ago, is a stop at the cliff-top town of Sorrento where you'll enjoy lunch on a family-owned farm that produces olive oil and homemade mozzarella.
Location: Naples, Italy on a Europe Cruise
2. A TASTE OF MADEIRA
After taking in breathtaking views off Cabo Girao, the highest sea cliff in Europe, you'll have chance to sample local wines and Portuguese cheeses on this scenic excursion through the island's southern coast.
Location: Funchal, Madeira on a Europe Cruise
3. GOLD CREEK SALMON BAKE IN JUNEAU, ALASKA
This all-you-can-eat feast is a perfect opportunity to sample Alaska's wild salmon followed by a hike along Salmon Creek where a breathtaking waterfall and a chance to try gold panning await.
Location: Juneau, Alaska on a Alaska Cruise
4. SHRIMP FEST IN MAZATLAN, MEXICO
Try Mazatlan's world famous shrimp at the mountainside residence of Cerro de la Cruz while live music plays in the background.
Location: Mazatlan, Mexico on a Mexican Riviera Cruise
5. A TASTE OF ITALY & ROME
For an authentic taste on your Italian cruise, stop in for lunch at a local family farm where Mama will prepare homemade pasta for lunch accompanied by locally produced wines. You can even try your hand at making the pasta yourself.
Location: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy on a Mexican Riviera Cruise
6. KONA COFFEE & MOCHA IN HAWAII
Coffee lovers are in for a treat on this excursion where travellers will have an opportunity to sample world-renown Kona coffee followed by a visit to the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory for a taste of the locally made sweet treat.
Location: Kona, Hawaii on a Hawaii Cruise
7. CAGLIARI & WINE TASTING IN SARDINIA
High quality food and wine is a family tradition in Sardinia, where the secrets of making fine wines and olive oils are passed down through the generations. Visit aged cellars and taste the wines of Sardinia accompanied by regional snacks.
Location: Cagliari, Sardinia on a Europe Cruise
8. JUMILLA'S WINE REGION IN CARTAGENA
Wine enthusiasts will have an opportunity to visit two of Jumilla's leading wineries for a taste of the region's finest wines and scenic views of the countryside.
Location: Cartagena, Spain on a Europe Cruise
9. SEAFOOD & WINE TASTING IN OREGON
Join Chef Christopher Holen for a cooking demonstration and a sampling of Oregon wines. Chef Holen will demonstrate the proper way to filet and cook salmon to inspire your culinary skills.
Location: Oregon, Astoria on a Pacific Coastal Cruise
10. A TASTE OF KEY WEST
No visit to the Conch Republic would be complete without a taste of coconut shrimp, key lime pie, and, of course, conch fritters. Sample local favourites on this food-centred excursion featuring the essentials of the island.
Location: Key West, Florida on a Caribbean Cruise
11. THE CULINARY & RUM FLAVOURS OF FAIRVIEW
This culinary experience combines history, food, and rum - quite a productive day! A historian cook will prepare your meal as you watch; hear him recount the history of Fairview and finish off with a rum tasting.
Location: Basseterre, St. Kitts on a Caribbean Cruise
12. PISA & A TASTE OF TUSCANY
Tuscany is home to some of the finest wines in the world. This excursion will give you a chance to ride right through the Italian wine country, tour a winery, have lunch with a view, and sample the house wines and olive oils.
Location: Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy on a Europe Cruise
13. DALMATION TRADITIONS IN CROATIA
Enjoy a visit to the House of Dalmatian Prosciutto, where the secrets behind making this crave-worthy delicacy are revealed - along with a taste of this gastro favourite. You'll even be able to purchase some to take home, right from the source.
Location: Zadar, Croatia on a Europe Cruise
14. ENCHANTING WISMAR & BREWERY IN BERLIN
This tour combines sipping and sightseeing at its medieval finest in Wismar, a city in Northern Germany founded in 1229. Take in the gothic sites and stop in for refreshments at a nostalgic brewery for some "Mumme" beer, popular throughout the Hanseatic period.
Location: Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany on a Europe Cruise
15. SALSA COOKING & DANCING IN COSTA MAYA
Nothing says holiday like salsa dancing on the beach. But if you add actually learning how to make salsa (and authentic Mexican guacamole) you're pushing the boundaries of fun. Top it off with a beach break and this shore excursion could not be more well rounded.
Location: Costa Maya, Mexico on a Caribbean Cruise