Most Australian cruise passengers don't just want to experience a holiday; they want to dive in and devour it. They want to follow the lead of locals to find the best hole-in-the-wall place making roti, sample Singapore's finest Hainanese chicken at a hawker's stall, learn to make pasta alongside an Italian nonna and learn about gin from a master distiller.
When scrolling through cruise itineraries, Aussies salivate at the thought of enjoying a dream degustation dinner, being led down a jungle path to feast with a local tribe or enjoying a refined barbecue on a stretch of remote beach in the Philippines.
But these ideas are not just foodie fantasies. In addition to these offerings, which are fairly commonplace onboard a modern-day cruise ship, passengers can sample food and wine pairings curated by celebrity chefs and sommeliers, get hands-on with a cooking class led by renowned locals, or enjoy a foray into a food market.
Australians care about the provenance of their food and the attention paid to its preparation. Forget the all-you-can-eat buffet and take a look at our guide the most exciting local cruises for foodies.