All aboard the first-ever cruise dedicated entirely to chocolate

There’s a new cruise out there that seems to have come out straight out of every chocolate-lover's dream, and it’s the very aptly-titled Eurochocolate Cruise.

An aerial overview of a Costa cruise ship sailing in a blue, bright sea
The Eurochocolate Cruise is dedicated to all chocolate lovers © Costa Cruises

The cruise is a collaborative project between an Italian cruise line, Costa Cruises, and an annual chocolate festival, Eurochocolate, which takes place in the city of Perugia. The two have come together to create a cruise that centres around chocolate and nothing but chocolate, with workshops, tastings, animations and excursions all related to this delicious theme.

“We try to offer unique experiences to our guests [...] and this is possible also thanks to prestigious partnerships like the one with Eurochocolate,” said Costa Cruises' Italy Country manager, Carlo Schiavon. “[It] will allow us to have for the first time aboard a cruise ship the vibe, the fun and the tastes of the greatest international festival dedicated to chocolate”.

A picture of a sculptor during Eurochocolate festival carving out a Pinocchio from a block of chocolate
The cruise will have its very own chocolate sculpture, much like the ones that are sculpted at the Eurochocolate festival © Gabriel Bouys / Getty Images

Chocolate will be found everywhere aboard the ship, starting with a chocolate sculpture that will be made on the spot by a Eurochocolate master and continuing with cooking classes, workshop and laboratories guided by maître chocolatiers. Guests will also be able to participate in tasting sessions where the chocolate will be paired with wines and other more Mediterranean dishes, and enjoy a tailor-made food and cocktail menu as they dine on board.

The chocolate-y vibe will also be present in the evening entertainment, as well as during the daily excursions at each new port - for example, one of the outings planned will be at the Chocolate Museum of Barcelona.

A shot of the name of Costa Pacifica written just under the ship's chimney
The Eurochocolate Cruise will take place aboard the Costa Pacifica ship © Costa Cruises

The cruise will operate on Costa Cruises’ Costa Pacifica ship, and it will leave from Civitavecchia on 16 April 2020. It will dock in Genoa, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malta and Catania. If you’d like to check out some more information about the Eurochocolate Cruise, you can do so both on the Eurochocolate website here and the Costa Cruise website here.

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