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Emerald Cruises’ Culinary Sailing in Portugal with Chef Michael Bonacini Rescheduled for July 2022

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Emerald Cruises has announced that it has rescheduled the date for their special culinary sailing through Portugal in partnership with acclaimed chef Michael Bonacini. The eight-day sailing trip along the Douro river has been rescheduled to July 23-30, 2022. A limited number of cabins are available for Canadians to join this popular itinerary, and Emerald Cruises is offering a savings of $1,250 CAD per person when booking by August 31, 2021. This exclusive cruise starts at just $3,795 CAD per person including savings.

The sailing, which takes place aboard the 112-passenger Emerald Radiance, departs Porto on July 23 and sails through the Douro River Valley – an ideal backdrop to experience Portugal’s rich cultural and culinary offerings with Chef Bonacini as the special guest host. During the sailing, guests will be treated to exclusive culinary experiences with Chef Bonacini, including a Portuguese-inspired dinner onboard created especially for this cruise; a private cocktail reception; shopping for local specialties at a farmers’ market in Salamanca; dinner at a rural wine estate; and a live cooking demonstration on board. Additionally, two lucky guests on this sailing will be entered to win the chance to cook alongside Chef Bonacini.

“Having spent the last year dreaming about being able to safely travel once again, I’m thrilled to be joining Emerald Cruises and my fellow travellers on this once-in-a-lifetime foodie experience,” said Chef Bonacini. “I think many of us have been craving new and exciting adventures, and I have no doubt that Portugal, as one of the world’s top culinary destinations, will satiate our collective wanderlust.”

Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is the co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, which operates a diverse portfolio of restaurants across Canada including Canoe, Jump, Maison Selby, Bar George and Braven. Born and raised in Tenby, South Wales, Chef Bonacini was classically trained under Chef Anton Mosimann at London’s Dorchester Hotel. After emigrating to Canada in 1985, he partnered with veteran restaurateur Peter Oliver to open Jump in 1993, followed by Canoe in 1995. While growing a portfolio of bespoke restaurants and bars, Michael has also enjoyed a successful media career that has included regular appearances on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show, hosting Gusto TV’s Cook Like a Chef and Bonacini’s Italy, as well as being a judge on CTV’s MasterChef Canada.

Emerald Cruises offers a diverse line-up of river and yacht cruises on three continents. Emerald Azzurra, the line’s first ocean-going vessel set to debut in January 2022, is a 100-guest, luxury superyacht that will sail the warm waters of the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Black and Red Seas. On the rivers, Emerald Cruises sails nine branded Star-Ships, eight in Europe and one on the Mekong, as well as a chartered river ship sailing the Russian waterways (MS Nizhny Novgorod).

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