Bespoke chef-hosted culinary pairing excursions. Eat, drink, and savor Local.
Join our chef and a small group of 14 fellow passengers, and set out to explore the local food and drinks of your destination. From the smell of fresh baguettes wafting from the bakery on the corner, to the sound of market vendors proudly offering up their finest produce, join our chefs as they shop for ingredients they’ll use to create that evening’s onboard dining experience. Gain insider knowledge on local, in-season delicacies and how to prepare them best. You can’t get any closer to local culinary culture than this!
After a morning of tasting food locals love, you’ll need to wet your whistle. Accompanied by the ship’s sommelier, or mixologist, you’ll get an insider tour of local wineries, breweries, or distilleries that produce that region’s most imbibed beverage. From sipping Limoncello seaside in Amalfi to saying “Skål” with the locals over a glass of Akvavit in Copenhagen, Azamara Club Cruises® delivers unique experiences that transform you from a tourist to a true local.
The highlight of any Cruise Global, Savor Local excursion is an exclusive al fresco dinner onboard prepared with the same ingredients you helped our chef select earlier in the day. With the knowledge gained during the day’s epicurean exploration, you’ll fully appreciate the precise preparation and attention to detail our chef will put into every bite of your locally inspired meal. It’s our take on farm-to-table dining. Call it shore-to-ship.
Tours Available In The Following Ports
Amalfi Taste and Toast
Delve into Amalfi’s most cherished treasure – its food. In the morning, join the ship’s executive Chef at a local village to shop for local ingredients to be incorporated into the evening’s Italian menu. Later, accompany the ship’s Sommelier on a tour of the acclaimed Tramonti winery. Learn wine making secrets from the estate owner and indulge in a tasting in the rustic wine cellar.
Holland Flavors And Frosty Brews
Embark on a culinary escapade of local flavors at the largest day market in Europe with the ship’s Executive Chef. Sample local cheeses, fruits and seafood to find the perfect ingredients for a private dinner to be enjoyed aboard the ship. Tour and sample at the acclaimed Prael brewery with our Brewmaster, then relax with a boat ride down Amsterdam’s canals while sipping Jenever, the juniper-flavored national drink of the Netherlands.
Barcelona Foodie Fiesta
Discover the gastronomy and viticulture of Spain. Led by our Executive Chef, set off on a walking tour that winds past stunning architecture to the city’s favorite food market, The Boqueria. Stroll past merchant stands overflowing with meats, local produce and seafood to select ingredients for a private dinner to be enjoyed later aboard the ship. Then, enjoy traditional tapas as your Sommelier leads a lunch tour and wine tasting at the acclaimed AltaAlella estate.
Chania, Crete, Greece
Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience led by your shipboard experts. Begin at the Agora market in Old Town, a kaleidoscope of local spices, herbs, meats, and seafood. There you’ll help your Executive Chef find the perfect ingredients for a dinner to be held later aboard the ship. Visit the acclaimed Anoskeli Estate with your Azamara Sommelier. Tour the winery, discover time-honored secrets and sample five varieties paired with Chania cheeses and salami.
Danish Dinner & Beer Tasting
Experience the flavors of Copenhagen on an excursion led by the ship’s Executive Chef to Market Halls, where you’ll shop for locally-sourced ingredients to be used in the evening’s “foodie” extravaganza. Afterwards, join the ship’s Brewmaster for a stroll through the oldest corners of Copenhagen to BrewPub, one of the city’s most popular breweries. Learn about the art of beer making and sample four distinctive Danish brews.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Explore the flavors of Dubai on this culinary escapade. At the city’s Fish, Vegetable and Fruit markets, and Spice Souk, you’ll help our Executive Chef select local ingredients for a private dinner aboard the ship. Later, join an Azamara expert for a visit to Dubai’s Camelicious Farm. Learn about the dairy process and pick up a few camel-milk treats. The fun continues at the acclaimed Coffee Museum. Sample brews from around the world during an insightful exploration of coffee history.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Livorno’s Culinary Melting Pot
Experience the culinary traditions of Livorno on a unique gastronomic adventure. Your Executive Chef leads an excursion to the city’s indoor market. Sample Italian delicacies and wines; and pick up local ingredients for an exclusive shipboard dinner. Join an Azamara Brewmaster at the Piccolo Birrificio Clandestino brewery. Take a tour and sip four brews paired with fresh focaccia bread and biscuits made with the same barley used to craft beer.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian Recipes & Vodkas
Join an exclusive group for a day of Russian culture and cuisine, crowned by a private dinner aboard the ship. The journey begins at “Ladoga”, St. Petersburg’s leading vodka distillery. Enjoy a guided tour and tasting alongside an Azamara Mixologist. Later, explore the Kuznechny Market with your Executive Chef and select local ingredients for the evening’s meal. This market is heralded as the best place for butchered meats, local produce and the finest fruits in St. Petersburg.
A Swedish Medley
Join the ship’s Chef on an intimate culinary experience that showcases the delicacies of Stockholm. Head to a colorful market where butchers, farmers, and seafarers sell their fresh goods, and help select ingredients for the evening’s private dinner aboard the ship. Prior to dinner, savor a wine and cheese tasting at a cozy restaurant in the city hosted by the ship’s Sommelier. Take your newfound knowledge to a “Systembolaget”, a government owned spirits store, to pick up a few favorites to bring back to the ship.
Flavors of Tallinn
Embark on a delicious day of discovery alongside an expert who’s explored Tallinn countless times – your Azamara Executive Chef – and help shop for unique local meats and produce at the bustling market in Nõmme. Then, it’s off to the Saku Estate, Estonia’s oldest brewery. The ship’s Brewmaster offers an insightful look at the beer-making process, and will test your newfound knowledge with an exclusive tasting.
An Appetite For Venice
Amble through the streets of Venice on a foodie quest to uncover the tantalizing flavors that distinguish this corner of Italy. Join the ship’s Chef at a local market in search of exotic ingredients for the day’s authentic menu. In the afternoon, a guided walk with the ship’s sommelier begins in Piazzale Roma and explores favorite haunts and includes tastings of Veneto wines and Italian snacks.