shore excursions added in Papeete and four Hawaiian ports
Wash., Jan. 23, 2019 — Holland America Line's collection of immersive
culinary-themed FOOD &
WINE shore excursions is expanding to add the flavors of Tahiti and
Hawaii with the addition of eight new tours on those itineraries. Guests on
Holland America Line cruises can now choose from nearly 100 tours around the
world developed in partnership with FOOD
& WINE magazine.
During these exclusive tours, guests take hands-on cooking classes with top
restaurant chefs, go on culinary walking tours, visit wineries, sample
authentic street food, explore local hideaways and more. In addition to Hawaii
and Tahiti, FOOD &
WINE tours are currently offered in Asia, Australia/New Zealand,
Canada & New England, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
"Holland America Line's tours in partnership with FOOD & WINE resonate with our guests
because they want to connect with our destinations through the universal language
of food, and Hawaii and Tahiti offer cuisine with such vibrant flavors," said
Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "Culinary excellence in the
South Pacific has really taken off on a global level and these new tours are a
great addition to this program."
Unique Flavors of
Hawaii Featured on New Tours
Hawaiian cuisine is a colorful tapestry of flavors, with a melting pot of
traditions from all over the world. Yet there are culinary tastes that are
distinctly Hawaiian, and they all come together on six new FOOD & WINE tours in
Honolulu and Kona and on Kauai and Maui. In addition to exploring the
gastronomic side of Hawaii, the tours also feature some of the most scenic and
notable sites on the islands.
On the "Famous Oahu Sites and Bites" tour, guests get a memorable taste of
Hawaii's buzzing food scene at one of star chef Ed Kenney's hot local
restaurants while also taking in Diamond Head, Waimanalo Beach and Pali Lookout
in the rugged Ko'olau Mountains.
Kauai features two FOOD
& WINE tours: "Princeville, Hanalei & Kilauea Bakery
Pizza" takes in Opaekaa Falls, Hanalei Valley and Hanalei Beach before lunch at
Kilauea Bakery & Pizza, a wonderful find on the island's north shore that
has been featured in FOOD
& WINE magazine. "A Taste of the Garden Island" tour offers
delectable treats from one-of-a-kind specialty stores, well-regarded local
restaurants and under-the-radar food trucks that are practically unknown to
tourists. Along the way, the tour makes six stops where guests meet owners and
chefs who proudly introduce their culinary creations.
"Scenic Maui and Hona Pizza" in Lahaina features the Iao Valley, also known as
The Valley of the Kings, as well as Maui Tropical Plantation, with 2,000
surreally lush acres of pineapples, sugarcane, plumeria, orchids and other
types of Hawaiian flora. The culinary centerpiece is a stop at Honu Pizza,
where the pies are topped with seafood and other local treats.
Kona offers two FOOD &
WINE tours: "Big Island History, Landscapes and Food" features
stops at The Painted Church and the Place of Refuge set on the lava fields of
Kona's coast, before a memorable stop at the Royal Kona Coffee Center. Here
guests sample java straight from the source. The highlight is lunch at Feeding
Leaf, a farm-to-table restaurant serving Japanese-Hawaiian cuisine whose motto
is Grown Local, Experience Local.
"The Big Island: A Farm-to-Fork Experience" in Kona visits two farms in the
northern part of the Big Island, then follows up those visits with lunch
featuring fresh-grown ingredients. The tour takes guests to Parker Ranch,
founded more than 160 years ago, as well as a family-owned farm where organic
produce is grown for area restaurants. The tour concludes with a three-course
lunch at Merriman's Restaurant, prepared by chefs using products from local
Cuisine Brings a Fusion of Flavors
Two tours in Papeete, Tahiti, showcase the island's exotic fare: "Papeete
Market and Master Chef Lunch at L'O à la Bouche" enables guests to discover the
flavors of French Polynesia during a market visit and walking tour with
displays of colorful and aromatic pineapples, mangoes, bananas, papayas, guava,
ginger, vanilla and coconuts. Guests then indulge in a three-course gourmet
lunch at L'O à la Bouche, one of Papeete's top French restaurants. In this
refined and modern space, guests enjoy a gastronomic menu by Chef Jean Charles
that blends his masterful French culinary technique with local Tahitian ingredients
"The Le Lotus Overwater Dining" tour is an exclusive option for guests on Amsterdam's Grand World
Voyage and 51-Day Tales of the South Pacific cruise that circumnavigates the
region in October 2019. Post-twilight, guests experience the artful blending of
French culinary techniques and fresh Tahitian flavors during a dining
experience at Le Lotus, one of French Polynesia's premier overwater
restaurants. Known for its serene setting suspended over a lagoon, Le Lotus is
celebrated for its exquisite presentation of French–Pacific Rim fusion cuisine.
Over the next year, FOOD
& WINE shore excursions will be available in an expanding array
of destinations including the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Alaska and
additional European ports.
Holland America Line introduced a video to tell the story of the FOOD & WINE shore
For additional information, contact a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(1-877-724-5425) or visit the FOOD
& WINE shore excursions webpage here. All FOOD
& WINE shore excursions are noted with "In Partnership
with FOOD & WINE"
in the tour name so they are clearly identifiable. FOOD & WINE is a registered trademark
of Meredith Corporation and is used with permission.
Editor's note: Photos
are available at: https://www.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/w8abdykl.
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