Guest chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Phil Vickery to share their cookery secrets on Saga’s food and wine-themed cruises

Wednesday 11 March 2015

There’s a wave of speciality restaurants and cookery schools being introduced on cruise ships but almost always at an extra cost to passengers. Saga boasts fine dining and speciality menus on all cruises plus cookery demonstrations, guest celebrity chefs and wine connoisseurs on food and wine-themed cruises and there is nothing more to pay.

Guest chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Phil Vickery to share their cookery secrets on Saga’s food and wine-themed cruises

Flavours of France and Spain – with chef Jean-Christophe Novelli

Enjoy cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli during Saga Pearl II’s Flavours of France and Spain cruise. Jean-Christophe is a multi-Michelin Star award-winning chef who has been dubbed “The Nation’s Favourite French Chef” and he will also take part in an onboard Q&A session.

Jean-Christophe moved to Britain in 1983, working in restaurants including Keith Floyd's Maltster's Arms, in Devon. He won the first of two Michelin stars as Chef Patron at Gordleton Mill in Hampshire and was awarded Best Outstanding Dessert by Egon Ronay before becoming head chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in London.

The cruise will also include two days in Bordeaux to allow guests plenty of time to tour the vineyards. Options include the Medoc wine route, between the Gironde estuary and Landes forest, with magnificent views of the vineyards such as châteaux  Margaux, Lafite Rothschild and Pichon Longueville.

Guests will also discover the magical town of Saint Emilion and visit a chateau where wine-making techniques will be explained during a tasting In Montoir, there will be a tour of the cellars and a wine tasting at Château de Chasseloir and the House of Chereau Carré.

12 nights from £2,259 departing from Southampton on October 30, 2015

Adriatic Explorer – with chef Phil Vickery

TV chef Phil Vickery will be headlining Saga Sapphire’s foodie-themed Adriatic Explorer cruise in May. He will present three cookery demonstrations and also discuss his work on devising gluten-free recipes and cookery options for people with other dietary requirements, including coeliac.

Phil is the National Food Ambassador for Coeliac UK and he said: “This part of my work is really important to me so I am keen to show guests the ‘science’ of how to successfully cook meals and choose ingredients.”

The cruise includes a visit to Leixoes (for Oporto), in Portugal, where guests can take an optional tour to Quinta da Aveleda estate which produces Vinho Verde wine and cognac Adega Velha.

In Mahon, Spain , join an optional excursion to  Monte Toro and Binibeca which will include a visit to a family-run farm to taste cheese and local wine. High tea in the magnificent gardens of the grand 18th century Palazzo Parisio in Valletta, Malta, will be also be hard to resist on an optional excursion.

Further ports of call get a taste of more European cuisine include Dubrovnik, Hvar and Zadar in Croatia; Corfu, Caligari, in Sardinia and Gibraltar.

25 nights from £4,419 departing from Dover on May 30, 2015

Prices are per person based on two people sharing the lowest available inside cabin and include UK travel package, all meals and entertainment, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), comprehensive optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or discounts of £53 are available if not required. Fares quoted were correct at time of going to print and are subject to availability and change.

For details call free on 0800 50 50 30 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/cruises

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