What is Scenic Culinaire?

Scenic Culinaire is an exclusive on board cooking experience for guests on board Scenic Sapphire and Scenic Diamond. France is the epicentre of cuisine and fine dining and Scenic Culinaire allows our guests to participate in on board cooking classes in small groups of 10, taught by our on board culinary experts, and featuring the finest in local ingredients.

What inspired Scenic to create this experience?

Food is such an integral part of French culture, and we wanted to bring an experience to our guests that was more than just tasting the meal. We wanted to give them the chance to immerse themselves in the culinary delights of French gastronomy not just onshore, but also on board. Scenic Culinaire is a hands-on culinary experience, where our experts, plus at times specialty local experts, will share their knowledge and passion of French cooking with Scenic guests from all over the world so that they can take a little piece of France home with them.

Is Scenic Culinaire on all Space-Ships in France?

Scenic Culinaire is exclusive to Scenic Sapphire in the South of France and Scenic Diamond in Bordeaux.

Where will guests find Scenic Culinaire on the ships?

Guests will find Scenic Culinaire in the Crystal Dining Room. We've created an intimate cooking emporium which features a cooking station and a cheese and wine cellar. There is a live camera and screen so that guests will be able to see everything during the cooking classes.


Who hosts the cooking classes?

The cooking classes are taught by a mix of local culinary experts and our on board culinary team who are all extremely experienced in the art of French cuisine and cooking techniques.

What dishes do guests have the chance to prepare?

We tailor each Scenic Culinaire class to the region we’re cruising through to enhance our guests’ experience of cuisine in the Rhône and Bordeaux regions. This could include French pastries with the famed artisan chocolate of Bordeaux; the French sauces now renowned all over the world, or the carnivorous delights of Provence. The classes will offer Scenic guests an insight into France gastronomy unlike any other.

From where are the ingredients sourced?

During our Shop with the Chef Scenic Freechoice activity, guests gather fresh ingredients from a local market under the expert guidance of their chef, before heading back to the ship where they will be introduced to an array of popular regional recipes.

Scenic Culinaire showcases the freshest and best of local produce in the beautiful regions through which Scenic cruises in France to create popular regional dishes with those guests with a keen interest in French cuisine. And there are tastings at the conclusion of each class so everyone can enjoy what they have cooked.

How many guests can attend each class?

Each Scenic Culinaire class caters exclusively to 10 guests to ensure an intimate experience and features a real-time camera and screen to ensure each participant can see every cooking move in detail. Plenty of sessions are scheduled throughout the cruise, both via Scenic Freechoice offerings and during time spent leisurely cruising the waterways of the South of France and Bordeaux regions. We recommend guests simply register their interest early when on board their chosen cruise.