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Inspire Me – Gastronomy

Explore the furthest stretches of the world, one amazing dish at a time.

Step on board the World’s First Discovery Yachts, and prepare for a culinary awakening of the senses. With an exceptional choice of 10 dining experiences inspired by cultures from all four corners of the globe, Scenic Eclipse promises an epicurean journey like no other.

At the heart of our dining philosophy lies our dedication to combining the finest ingredients with the skills of our expert chefs, interpreting regional recipes and translating them into a menu of beautiful, satisfying dishes. Our open galleys mean you can experience our passion and expertise first-hand, with our chefs eager to introduce the evening’s sumptuous offering to you.

From the contemporary French fine dining of Lumiére to the rich Asian fusion of Koko’s restaurant and Sake bar, you’re invited to uncover the world’s great gastronomies through 10 exclusively appointed dining experiences. And for those looking to take their culinary journey a step further, Scenic Epicure gives you the opportunity to participate in a series of cooking lessons, held by our experienced and knowledgeable chefs.

Gourmet discoveries continue onshore, with our Discovery Team helping you experience the world’s unique culinary flavours. Below, we’ve selected three Scenic Eclipse itineraries which offer the finest in cultural and gastronomic encounters.

Eastern Mediterranean Treasures

Gracing three of Europe’s foremost epicurean melting pots, our Eastern Mediterranean Treasures cruise affords moments of gastronomic bliss on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean. Visit Italy, with its fragrant seafood and beloved pizza and pasta; France, home to the world’s most decadent fare; and Spain, whose tapas culture appeals to those who take pleasure in the act of sharing fine food with close friends and loved ones.

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On the World Heritage-listed Amalfi Coast, visit the charming vertical harbour village of Positano, and sample the region’s revered limoncello, a refreshing citrus liquor enjoyed after a meal to cleanse the palate. Fresh seafood is prevalent throughout the Sorrentine Peninsula and along Italy’s Mediterranean seaboard, with local fisherman often spotted hauling in the day’s catch in the tranquil harbours which dot the coast from the Gulf of Naples to Messina.

In Sardinia, explore Bronze Age archaeological ruins, or sweep over this captivating island to enjoy the lay of the land with an exclusive helicopter tour. On board our Discovery Yachts, guests can participate in a Scenic Epicure cooking class of Sardinian specialities, using locally-sourced ingredients to recreate the mouth-watering dishes and delicacies of the island. With guidance from our passionate chefs, you can prepare colourful dishes that evoke the timeless flavours of the island – giving you the skills and knowledge to replicate Sardinia’s favourite dishes back home.  

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Taste of the Seafaring Nations

For thousands of years, the Atlantic Ocean has held sway over the cuisines of Portugal, the Scilly Isles, and Ireland – its waters offering a boundless larder of fresh seafood, and its climate shaping fertile lands laden with home-grown produce. Our Taste of the Seafaring Nations cruise introduces the culinary identities of these proud lands, offering the chance to sample unique regional fare along Europe’s charming Atlantic seaboard.

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Begin your culinary journey in Porto, Portugal’s ancient second city. Here, sample world-famous port wines at historic cellar doors, savouring the rich, spicy aroma synonymous with the Douro Valley’s favourite tipple. Porto has long been the world capital of port wine, so a measure of this satisfying spirit is a must before you step on board Scenic Eclipse to begin your captivating journey north.

In the windswept Scilly Isles, our Discovery Team will introduce the beautiful Tresco Abbey Garden, home to an incredible array of native species. You can also take a tour of St Mary’s, and enjoy stories of folklore and intrigue from a local resident. Back on board the Discovery Yachts, join our knowledgeable chefs in the Scenic Epicure cooking emporium, where you can learn to cook satisfying dishes inspired by the unique culture and heritage of the Scilly Isles. Using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and guidance from our chefs, you’ll prepare authentic regional dishes that evoke fond memories of your time on this inspiring archipelago.

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Taste of Cuba & Caribbean

Colour, spice, and audacious flavour typify the unique, regional cuisines of the Caribbean. Inspired by the culinary influence of settlers from all four corners of the globe, Caribbean cuisine is among the world’s most exciting and distinctive, offering fresh flavours to suit any palate. Join us for our unforgettable Taste of Cuba & Caribbean ocean cruise, and discover the tantalising gastronomies of these island havens for yourself.

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Cuba marks your first foray into the spirit of island life, and here you’ll follow the footsteps of Hemingway with an enriching sightseeing tour of Havana, Cuba’s vibrant capital. Ride a 1950s car through the nostalgic streets, before visiting the Rum Museum to discover Cuba’s proud spirit-making heritage. There’s chance to savour this fragrant export later, as you join your fellow adventurers for a Scenic Enrich cultural performance of Cuban percussion drums and dancing.

Sailing south-west through the Caribbean archipelago, you’ll reach the stunning Isla de Providencia, a Colombian territory renowned as the former hideout of notorious pirate Henry Morgan, who raided settlements on the Spanish Main throughout the 17th century. Here, you’re free to relax on one of the many secluded beaches which dot the island, exploring surrounding coves by kayak before settling on the sand with a chef-prepared picnic. Available to all Scenic Eclipse passengers, these delightful picnics give you the chance to enjoy a tantalising onshore lunch, made up of regional delicacies which offer an authentic taste of the local cuisine.

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