A Cruise Holiday for Chocolate Lovers

If you fancy combining a visit to some of north Europe’s most fascinating Baltic capitals with a veritable choc fest, then MSC Cruises may have just the thing.

MSC Opera cruise ship
You can take a cruise onboard the MSC Opera and indulge in all things chocolate.

Cruise companies work in a competitive market and are always trying to offer holidaymakers innovative and exciting theme cruises.

This latest idea sees MSC Cruises join forces with Gerry Wilton, international chocolatier and founder of the world’s first chocolate themed hotel, to offer a voyage of discovery with a difference.

There’s no sign of Willy Wonka, but MSC Opera will transform into a chocolate factory as she departs Southampton on 13th May for an 11-day cruise, visiting IJmuiden, Tallinn, St Petersburg and Copenhagen before returning to Southampton.

Gerry Wilton, international chocolatier and founder of the world’s first chocolate themed hotel
Gerry Wilton, international chocolatier and founder of the world’s first chocolate themed hotel.

During the four days MSC Opera is at sea, Gerry will host a series of hour-long chocolate classes, one at 11am and one at 3pm.

But these are not billed as your typical theory classes in which the teacher holds court, rather ‘hands on’ tutorials where the emphasis is very much on interactive fun.

You will learn all about the history of chocolate and the production process from bean to bar.

It’s then time to taste samples from all over the world and even paint portraits of yourself – using scrummy white, dark and milk Belgian chocolate – which will then be framed for you to take away.

Plus you will be able to sample chocolate cocktails, learn how to make both molded chocolates and Belgian truffles and generally enjoy every calorie-laden minute.

Cruise prices start from £559 per person, while all four chocolate lessons cost £30 per person all in. Places will be limited to just 60 people per morning and afternoon course.

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