Some of the many cruise ports I’ve been lucky enough to visit have seen me presented with some incredibly delicious local gastronomy. Whilst on holiday I always love sampling local dishes as it provides a nice insight into the local flavours and often leaves me with new and interesting dishes to attempt to recreate at home.

Vigo, Spain

If you are a lover of fish and seafood then you are sure to enjoy Vigo on the west coast of Spain. The fish here are all freshly caught and prepared and as such offer some delicious flavours for you to indulge in. Large seafood platters which offer a selection of different items is usually a great way to sample many different flavours and discover which are your favourites.


Not so much a specific port, but a whole country. Italy is world renowned for its amazing dishes and as such trips to Italy are always indulgent affairs. Pizza, pasta, and not forgetting the all-important gelato are amongst my favourite foods in the world.

The best advice I can offer is to find a restaurant where there are lots of local people eating and not just tourists, those are always the best. If the locals love it, then you’re guaranteed to get a more authentic Italian meal.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is one of my favourite cruise ports to sit in a café with a drink and a lovely pastry in hand whilst doing a spot of people watching. Danish pastries are simply delicious and perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth like me. The Royal Café which is in the centre of the city, but hidden in a beautiful, and very peaceful, inner courtyard, is one of my favourites. Their cupcakes are ridiculously good!

The South of France

The South of France is one of my favourite regions and the amount of delicious local dishes available here makes it all the more attractive. Some great seafood dishes are readily available here and moules frites, literally a large plate of mussels with chips is always a popular choice. If you’re looking for a mid-morning or afternoon snack then a croissant or pain au chocolat is a must have while in France.

Of course, while in the South of France, it would be rude not to have a glass of wine to enjoy with your meal and Sancerre is one of my favourites. Why not give it a try!

Thanks Emma