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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Embark on an Epicurean Adventure: P&O Cruises and Time Out Present "The Flavours of Lisbon"

Are you a food lover with a taste for adventure? P&O Cruises and Time Out have teamed up to create an extraordinary shore experience in Lisbon that will satisfy your culinary cravings and immerse you in the vibrant flavors of the city. Get ready for a gastronomic journey like no other as we explore Lisbon's culinary arts and regional tastes in this exclusive collaboration.

P&O Cruises, a renowned British cruise line established in 1977, and Time Out, a global media and hospitality brand, have combined their expertise to curate an enhanced Lisbon shore experience for passengers seeking a deeper understanding of the city's bustling food and architectural scene.

At the heart of this collaboration lies Time Out Market Lisbon, a vibrant gastronomic and cultural food hall that brings together some of the finest restaurants, bars, and shops in Lisbon under one roof. This foodie-oriented marketplace offers a wide array of cuisines and flavors, making it the perfect destination to sample the local delicacies or indulge in a full meal.

"The Flavours of Lisbon by Time Out and P&O Cruises" is the result of this partnership, offering ship guests a unique opportunity to delve into Lisbon's culinary offerings. This exclusive food-based experience is available on select cruises and includes a fun cooking class at Time Out Market. Not only will you have the chance to learn from local experts, but you'll also have ample time to explore Lisbon's iconic Baixa district and even capture Instagram-worthy moments on the nearby picturesque Pink Street.

Paul Ludlow, President of P&O Cruises, expressed his excitement about the collaboration, stating, "Time Out has been uncovering the best of cities for decades, and as our exclusive exploration partner, we're thrilled to offer P&O Cruises guests visiting Lisbon a truly unique and authentic culinary experience created and curated by Time Out experts."

"The Flavours of Lisbon" culinary journey is exclusively designed for adults and is currently priced at £109 (approximately $139 USD) per person.

You can embark on this exceptional culinary adventure aboard P&O Cruises' latest addition, the magnificent 184,700-ton Arvia, capable of accommodating 5,200 passengers. The experience will be available during a single 13-night Mediterranean cruise on Arvia, as well as two 14-night Spain and Portugal cruises on the recently built Iona, which was constructed in 2020 by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.

Iona's Spain and Portugal cruises depart from Southampton on September 23, 2023, and October 28, 2023. Along with Lisbon, the ports of call include Malaga, Barcelona, Cadiz, Alicante, and Valencia. The Mediterranean cruise on Arvia departs on October 14, 2023, visiting Lisbon, Malaga, Barcelona, and Cadiz.

So, what can you expect from "The Flavours of Lisbon" experience? Let's dive into the details.

Your culinary adventure begins with a captivating walking tour through Lisbon's central Baixa area, where magnificent architecture, trams, and the highly Instagrammable Pink Street await. The vibrant atmosphere sets the perfect stage for your gastronomic exploration.

Guided by local chef Miguel Mesquita, you'll make your way to Time Out Market, where you'll gain a deeper understanding of Lisbon's gastronomic scene. With the assistance of Chef Miguel, you'll gather the necessary ingredients for your upcoming cooking class—a true culinary treasure hunt!

The cooking stage of this culinary odyssey takes place at the Time Out Academy, a dedicated cooking school located inside Time Out Market Lisbon. Under the guidance of Michelin-starred Chef Miguel, you'll learn to prepare authentic local dishes, uncovering the secrets of Portuguese cuisine. Once your culinary creations are complete, it's time to sit back, relax, and savor the fruits of your labor.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors and rich cultural heritage of Lisbon through "The Flavours of Lisbon" shore experience. It's an opportunity to expand your culinary horizons, learn from experts, and create unforgettable memories.

While P&O Cruises and Time Out have crafted an exceptional culinary journey in Lisbon, they're not the only ones offering immersive experiences. Holland America Line has partnered with National Geographic to provide exclusive "National Geographic Day Tours" on select Mediterranean cruises aboard Oosterdam and Nieuw Statendam. These shore excursions, led by expert guides, offer a deeper understanding of the destinations visited.

Regent Seven Seas also caters to food enthusiasts with their "Epicurean Perfection" culinary-themed holidays. Available in 2023, 2024, and 2025, these voyages provide food tastings, wine appreciation sessions, cooking classes, insightful talks on gastronomy, and much more.


As cruise lines continue to create immersive shore experiences, the opportunity to explore new destinations while indulging in your passions grows more enticing. Whether you choose "The Flavours of Lisbon," a National Geographic Day Tour, or an Epicurean Perfection voyage, prepare for a journey that will delight your taste buds, broaden your culinary knowledge, and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Embark on an epicurean adventure and explore the world—one dish at a time!

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