Thursday, 5 December 2013

Get With The Cooking Vibe With Europa 2

By Editor Simon Veness
Cooking and culinary schools at sea are all the rage, and it is hard to find a ship these days that doesn't include some kind of specialised kitchen that provides a learning or hands-on activity or three.
But the latest version of the idea aboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' new Europa 2 is a real head-turner. And, on the recommendation of our Contributing Editor Gary Buchanan (who will also be featuring the ship in our new-look January edition), I decided to have a look at this phenomenon myself. Here's what I found...
The Miele Culinary School (above) combines cookery courses with entertainment so interested guests not only learn about the cuisine at individual destinations, they can also learn how to conjure up some of these wonderful dishes themselves. On special “Connoisseurs of Cuisine” cruises, renowned gourmet experts such as the Michelin-starred chef de cuisine at A-ROSA resorts, Sarah Henke, or also Wolfgang Otto of the Otto Gourmet mail order company will offer workshops in the Culinary School.

In the School itself, participants learn how to prepare a multi-course menu corresponding to the cuisine of the region through which they are travelling. Themed cookery courses are also held, focusing on foods such as sushi, truffles and foie gras. Designed for groups of up to eight, the courses are held during the morning on all cruises and can be booked as an alternative to shore excursions. Participation costs 80 euros per person and includes accompanying wines, a chef’s apron and recipes. 

Those on a family cruise can also explore Culinary School fun as, on one occasion during each voyage, children are invited to gather around the oven for the popular pizza-baking session. All of the children will help to prepare their own pizza - and then sit down together to enjoy it!

For the 7-night “Connoisseurs of Cuisine” cruise with Otto Gourmet, round-trip from Dubai to Khasab, Muscat, Mina Sulman, Doha and Abu Dhabi, sailing April 20, prices start from £3,641 per person, cruise only.
More info: call +49 40 3001 4580 (English-speaking hotline), e-mail or visit

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