Eurochocolate Cruise Is a Chocolate Lover’s Dream Come True

It will feature chocolate cocktails, tastings, workshops and master classes – and an all-chocolate lunch menu.

Photo by: Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie Phillips

Theme cruises exist for pretty much every interest: If you’re into it, you can go on a Beatles tribute cruise, a yoga cruise, a ballroom dancing cruise, a Steam Punk cruise ... just to name a few of many options. Heretofore, however, anyone who longed to go on a cruise dedicated to entirely to fine European chocolate was out of luck.

Now, would-be water-traveling fine-chocolate lovers’ luck has finally turned. The Italian cruise line Costa Cruises and the Eurochocolate Festival, a large international chocolate festival that takes place each year in Perugia, Italy, have just teamed up to introduce the Eurochocolate Cruise, an eight-day Mediterranean cruise aimed at "those who love good chocolate," which purports to be the first of its kind.

Departing from Civitavecchia, a coastal town northwest of Rome, on April 16, 2020, and from Genoa the next day, the cruise will make stops in Barcelona (with an option to visit the Chocolate Museum of Barcelona), Palma de Mallorca, Malta, Catania and other locales. But the real excitement for the 3,780 chocoholics traveling on the luxury Costa Pacifica cruise ship will be what happens onboard.

The cruise will feature chocolate- and pastry-making workshops and chocolate master classes with expert chocolatiers, wine tastings and workshops on how to pair wine and chocolate, specialty "ChocoCocktails" and a special lunch featuring an "All Cocoa Menu," and an in-cabin welcome kit that includes chocolate-themed gifts and gadgets.

Costa Cruises' Italy Country manager Carlo Schiavon called the cruise a "unique experience," telling the website TravelPulse that the partnership with Eurochocolate "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 chocolate theme will also be integrated into the evening entertainment activities, and guests aboard the cruise will be able to watch as a Eurochocolate master sculptor shapes an original chocolate sculpture right on the spot. A cool spot out of the Mediterranean sun, one hopes.

Calling all chocolate lovers to the poop deck!

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