(12:49 p.m. EST) -- Holland America now offers a range of culinary shore excursions, known as Food & Wine EXC tours, through the line's partnership with Food & Wine. The 23 new foodie tours are available for booking on select 2018 sailings to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, in ports such as Dubrovnik, Santorini, Venice, Copenhagen, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Barcelona.
Among the new excursions are hands-on cooking classes, walking tours, winery visits, street food experiences and more. Notable tours include "Ino & the Uffizi Gallery" in Livorno, combining the fine art with local street food; "Smorrebrod: The Art of Sandwich Making" in Copenhagen; and "La Boqueria Market Cooking Experience" in Barcelona, which includes a culinary workshop led by Chef Txema Aroca.
"Holland America Line continues to develop deeply immersive experiences in the ports we visit, and through our partnership with FOOD & WINE we've been able to craft exceptional new excursions that show the culinary side of these destinations in some very special ways," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, in a news release. "We want to do more than simply take our guests to a local restaurant. We want them to cook with the restaurant chefs, visit hidden hotspots only the locals know about, and combine food and culture with fun and unique experiences."
More Food & Wine EXC tours will become available over the next year, in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Asia, Canada/New England, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and other European ports.
Holland America's EXC Tours, which are part of the line's new Explorations Central program, come with a Best Price Guarantee that credits cruisers who come across a comparable shore excursion at a lower price.
-- By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor