Cheese can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. There are so many varieties, with different flavors and textures, that it can be difficult to keep up with which region they’re from (considering you’re not a cheese connoisseur). You don’t have to be a cheese expert, however, to eat your way through any of Vantage’s journeys, where you will discover from where delicious cheeses derive. While each region has its own unique and special cuisine, it also has their own cheese. Below are just a few Vantage culinary journeys on which you can enjoy cheese tastings, through market visits, home-hosted meals, cooking demonstrations, and other culinary features. Don’t forget the bread, crackers and a glass of wine!
Step into the magical land Disney’s Frozen princesses Elsa and Anna are from on this coastal voyage to Norway. While there, try the Norwegian phenomenon of brown cheese – or Brunost, one of Norway’s most treasured culinary delicacies. Brown cheese has a caramel flavor and it’s made by boiling the whey of goat’s milk, which in turn caramelizes the sugars.
On Vantage’s Culinary Delights & Historic Treasures on the Seine journey, experience new culinary features that will introduce you to French cheese! Enjoy interactive culinary lessons and tastings of regional specialties in the Captain’s Club throughout your trip, including a tasting of Camembert cheese. Camembert is a cow’s milk cheese, similar to Brie, which is soft and creamy in texture. This cheese was first created in 1791 in the village of Camembert in Normandy.
Enjoy culinary demonstrations on our Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales journey in both 2017 and 2018 while visiting Austria, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands. If you’re a fan of blue cheese – or Edelpilzkäse, which translates to “Noble Mold Cheese” – experience eating it in Germany. Weiß-Blau Brie / Blauschimmel Brie was created there, which is a blue Brie cheese that was introduced in the 1970s. And enjoy Gouda cheese in the Netherlands, which is one of their most popular varieties.
Indulge in the “real” Swiss cheese while on our Switzerland & the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle journey in both 2017 and 2018. However, Swiss cheese as we know it was given the generic name in North America, which resembles Emmental cheese from Switzerland. Gruyere cheese was also created in Switzerland, which is named after the town of Gruyères.