RIVER: Foodies and wine lovers are spoilt for choice when cruising on Europe’s rivers – every country you can name has hundreds of regional dishes and wine varieties to sample as you sail through them. There are numerous cruises for all sorts of connoisseurs but Scenic is the first line to offer cooking classes on board its river ships. Culinary schools on ocean-going ships are incredibly popular, so Scenic Culinaire is right on trend. French cooking classes for up to 10 passengers are held several times per cruise on Scenic’s Bordeaux and Rhône itineraries, featuring ingredients you will have bought earlier with the chef. Afterwards, you get to savour your creations. See scenic.com.au, phone 0800 441 611.
OCEAN: Australian best-selling cookbook author Lyndey Milan is hosting her third Gourmet Western Mediterranean cruise in October, on board Celebrity Constellation. Lyndey will lead tours to some of her favourite foodie places in Europe, including fabulous markets in Spain, Italy and Corsica, local vineyards and restaurants. As her catchphrase is “hospitality of the table”, you’ll have lots of fun while soaking up valuable insider tips. See travelrite.com.au.