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A Gastronomic Voyage: Mouthwatering Must-Tries on Your Mediterranean Cruise

Updated: Jun 25

Many people have no idea what a Mediterranean cruise consists of.  So what is the big deal?  I mean, aside from visiting several different countries in a week, staying in a floating hotel, no dishes to do, and no beds to make!  On top of all of that, the culture you’ll find in each country is astonishing, but the food??  Let me tell you about the food.

You know you have so many choices of food while on an ocean cruise, but one of the things we like to do is try the food while in port.  You can get the local flare when you get a bite to eat off the ship.  And truly, it can be something as small as an appetizer to show you the difference from what we experience at home.  So how about setting sail on a gastronomic journey that promises to tantalize your taste buds, flirt with your senses, and make your eyes widen with pure gastronomic delight? Well, buckle up (or unbuckle your belts)! Our Mediterranean cruise is about to embark on an unparalleled foodie expedition where the specialties are as diverse and delicious as the picturesque ports-of-call we'll be visiting.

ITALY: First stop: Italy. Forget what you think you know about pizza and pasta because you're about to get schooled – Italian style. Dive into a plate of Spaghetti Alla Carbonara in Rome, where the creamy pecorino cheese meets crispy pancetta in a culinary embrace that'll have your fork twirling with joy. Or how about sinking your teeth into a slice of authentic Neapolitan Pizza in Naples, its thin crust singing with the flavors of San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a touch of basil? Duck into one of the hole-in-the-wall places for a quick taste to get the real authentic flavors.

GREECE: Next, we sail to Greece, the land of the gods and unapologetic flavor. Picture this: sitting at a seaside taverna, a plate of Moussaka in front of you, the waves lightly caressing the shore. The scent of lamb mingled with eggplant and béchamel sauce floats up, reminding you that yes, you are in paradise. Don't forget to indulge in a dollop of Tzatziki with fresh pita bread – it's like a cool breeze on a hot day, creamy, garlicky, and utterly refreshing.  I could never forgive myself for not mentioning the baklava!

SPAIN: As our ship gracefully glides towards Spain, prepare your palate for a fiesta of flavors. Tapas, my friends, are not just food; they're a way of life. From Chorizo al Vino's crispy yet juicy delicacy to the simple yet profoundly satisfying Patatas Bravas (one of my favorites), each bite is a tiny explosion of joy, like flamenco dancers on your tongue. And let's not forget about Paella (another one of my favorites) – a dish that captures the essence of Spain in a single pan. The saffron-infused rice, a medley of seafood, and the smoky aroma that drifts up is truly a spectacle for the senses.  A flamenco dance with tapas is my go-to!

FRANCE: Our cruise wouldn't be complete without docking in France – oh la la, the pastries, my dear travelers! Croissants that are so buttery and flaky, whisper sweet nothings to your taste buds as you take that first bite. The delicate yet vibrant flavors of a ratatouille will have your eyes feasting on its colors before your mouth even has a chance to join the party. Remember, in France, every meal is an act of love and every bite a poem.  I do, however, caution you that the croissants are so flaky, you’ll need to clean up around you when you’re finished.

As our delicious journey comes to an end, remember that the Mediterranean is not just a place you visit; it's an experience that stays with you, woven through the flavors you've savored, the sights you've seen, and the memories you've made. So, loosen those belts, my fellow cruisers, and prepare for a voyage where every port-of-call is a ticket to culinary bliss.

These same recommendations can be applied on a river cruise as well!

Bon Voyage and even better Bon Appétit!

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