The First-Ever Chocolate Cruise Is Sailing Around Europe in 2020
Sailing around Europe and eating chocolate all day and night might sound like an unattainable fantasy, but this cruise is actually making it a reality. As part of a collaboration between Italian cruise line Costa Cruises and the annual Eurochocolate chocolate festival, the Eurochocolate Cruise was born. As the name suggests, the cruise centers around chocolate, with chocolate-focused workshops, tastings, animations, and excursions to places like the Chocolate Museum in Barcelona.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that chocolate is absolutely everywhere aboard the ship, including a chocolate sculpture and chocolate cooking classes, workshops, and laboratory experiences taught by expert chocolatiers. Of course, you’ll also get to partake in tasting sessions, where the chocolate will be paired with wines and Mediterranean dishes.
“We try to offer unique experiences to our guests […] and this is possible also thanks to prestigious partnerships like the one with Eurochocolate,” Carlo Schiavon, Costa Cruises’ Italy country manager, told Lonely Planet. “[It] will allow us to have for the first time aboard a cruise ship the vibe, the fun and the tastes of the greatest international festival dedicated to chocolate.”
The cruise departs from Civitavecchia on April 16, 2020, and is scheduled to dock in Genoa, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malta, and Catania.