MSC Cruises will host five food and wine cruises on MSC Lirica, MSC Poesia and MSC Orchestra. These cruises will feature cooking demonstrations on how to prepare regional dishes from the countries visited on the itinerary. There will also be tips on selecting and preserving the best ingredients. A sommelier will also offer advice during wine-tastings, and barmen will offer advice on mixing cocktails. Guests will also receive a wine dictionary to increase their knowledge of wines produced around the globe. Lessons will be offered on how to set a table, including the center piece and place cards. There will also be games and contests with a culinary theme, and aspiring chefs can compete against one another.
Food and wine themes are scheduled for the MSC Poesia's the April 19 and Sept. 13 cruises departing from Venice. The seven-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises will call at Bari, Olympia (Katakolon) in Greece, Izmir and Istanbul in Turkey and Dubrovnik in Croatia. The MSC Orchestra's culinary cruise will depart May 9 from Barcelona on a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise. The ship will visit Marseille in France, Genoa and Naples in Italy, Palermo in Sicily and Palma de Mallorca in Spain. The MSC Lirica will depart Rome Oct. 4 on a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise to Genoa, Marseille, Valencia, Tangier and Malaga. The MSC Poesia will depart Nov. 15 from Venice on a 10-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise concluding in Genoa. Ports of call include Bari, Corfu, Piraeus and Rhodes in Greece, Antalia in Turkey, Heraklion on Crete, Tripoli in Libya, and Valletta on the island of Malta.