Atlas Ocean Voyages has revamped its product offerings to now feature year-round expeditions aboard its 198-guest, luxury yachts. In addition to visiting polar destinations such as Antarctica and the Arctic, the line will offer new Epicurean Expeditions to iconic ports in Europe, beginning in APR 2023.
"With the addition of our new Epicurean Expeditions, discerning explorers can now truly immerse themselves in the culinary culture of European ports, while cruising aboard a luxury yacht," said James Rodriguez, the line's president and CEO.
Onboard enrichment during Epicurean Expeditions will feature a "Visiting Vintner," who may conduct a lecture and tasting to explain the subtleties of regional wines, from an aged Nebbiolo to a Beaujolais nouveau. A "Gastronomic Guest" – aboard every expedition – might be a renowned chef with a long history of cooking at Michelin-starred venues or a local culinary star skilled in the preparation of authentic, regional delicacies.
In addition to demonstrations or interactive cooking classes, the Gastronomic Guest will participate, along with the ship's executive or sous chef, in the Yachtsman Cookoff – the Atlas version of a culinary "ironman" competition. They will also accompany all culinary-focused Cultural Immersion shore excursions, which are complimentary on every Epicurean Expedition. Depending on the itinerary, guests might sample tapas in Barcelona; explore a farmer's market in Corsica; or shop for chocolates and wine in Cinque Terre to enjoy back on board.
Atlas' New Epicurean Expeditions
Epicurean Expeditions also include the Atlas Heritage Dining Experience and Josper Grill Dining Experience for no additional charge at the yacht's two open-air specialty dining venues.
The Atlas Heritage Dining Experience showcases the culinary soul of Portugal at Alma Alfresco, the outdoor area aft of the main restaurant, with recipes passed down for generations and prepared using artisanal techniques. Selections may include Bacalhau a Bras – shredded, salted cod with potatoes, olives, onions, and eggs, from Lisbon; and Torta de Azeitão – an egg custard rolled in pastry, from Setúbal.
After serving a casual lunch poolside, 7-AFT Grill transforms into a chophouse by night. Here, cuts of steak and fresh seafood are seared on a Josper grill. Featured steaks at the Josper Grill Dining Experience may include Black Angus filet mignon, New York strip or a 35-ounce tomahawk – also known as cowboy ribeye. Non-beef selections often include lamb, shrimp, lobster, and vegetarian dishes.
For more information, visit Atlas Ocean Voyages' web site.