Chocolate and cruise vacations are two of my favorite things (not sure of the order ranking))! One has very little to do with the other…until recently. Princess Cruises has just introduced Chocolate Journeys, a rich and delicious chocolate experience onboard its fleet of 18 ships! The brand new program will offer guests a variety of opportunities to taste the inspired creations crafted by one of the world's foremost experts in chocolate, Norman Love.
For anyone who does not recognize the name Norman Love (he is a regular guest judge on Food Network Challenge series), let me just say that the man is a master chocolatier of international acclaim! In fact, a highly respected consumer ratings magazine recognized his company, Norman Love Confections, numerous times as the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation! So then, what does this new partnership with Princess Cruises offer guests onboard?
The experience begins with the “chocolate love pops” that are served with your favorite drink at the Captain’s Cocktail Reception. Doesn’t that sound better then piggies in a blanket? A very special chocolate drink menu has been developed too. The “S’more Chocolate” is made with vanilla vodka, a grand marnier spiked marshmallow and crushed pretzels on the rim of the glass! Other choices include the chocolate chilli margarita, a chocolate salted caramel rum shake, and a chocolate bacon bourbon special! Are you a wine drinker only? Vines Wine Bar serves premium chocolates paired with wine, a delectable combination!
As expected, guests can look forward to the most divine chocolate desserts, exquisitely presented, each and every night! What can be better than finishing off your meal with a bittersweet chocolate mousse with caramel cream and milk chocolate crunch? Or chocolate tiramisu, mascarpone cream with espresso gelato! Personally, my mouth is already watering for the moist chocolate cake with raspberry crème brulee and bittersweet chocolate mousse…with a tall cold glass of milk on the side! Yum!
Lastly, bring your chocolate experience home with you by learning how to make your own treats at one of the chocolate cooking demos. Guests will get expert tips from the onboard pastry chef with recipes prepared by Norman Love. Chocolate Journeys will premiere on Regal Princess in November 2014 and roll out to all Princess ships by January 1, 2015.