With a season past, unable to river cruise, the beloved Emerald Waterways has selected a few favourite meals from destinations guests can visit with the river cruising company. Experiencing different local flavours whilst sailing along the river is one of the highlights of river cruising. Guests can be inspired to create these meals in their own homes while awaiting their 2021/22 river cruise to taste the authentic dish in the local setting.
Book from its 2021 European river cruise collection before 31 October 2020 and guests can enjoy savings of up to £1,000 per couple, plus enjoy a generous €150 per cabin to spend on board, on additional holiday treats, and a free Deposit Protection Plan. New bookings paid in full by 31 October 2020 will also enjoy an additional Early Payment Discount of £200 per person.
Starter – Bucharest’s sarmale
Considered to be Romania’s national dish, these cabbage rolls are made of minced meat pork mixed with herbs and rice, rolled into sour cabbage leaves and baked. This delicious meal is almost always served hot with Mamaliga (polenta) and some sour cream on the side. Visit Bucharest and try this local starter on a nine-day Enchantment of Eastern Europe river cruise from £2,395 per person (departing 01 May 2021) on the Emerald Destiny *Star-Ship. This itinerary calls at Budapest, Kalocsa, Osijek, Belgrade, Golubac, Donji Milanovac, Vidin, Rousse, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Giurgiu and Bucharest.
Main Course – St Petersburg’s beef stroganoff
Beef stroganoff is a dish that takes its name from one of the wealthiest noble families in Russia. Authentic stroganoff (or stroganov) is a simple and comforting Russian dish consisting of sautéed pieces of beef and mushrooms served in a sour cream sauce. In St Petersburg, you will most often find traditional beef stroganoff served over potato fries. It can also be found served over mashed potatoes or rice. Visit St Petersburg and try this dish, the way the local nobles would have on a 11-day Imperial Charms of Russia itinerary along the Volga river from £2,295 per person (departing 21 August 2021) on the MS Nizhny Novgorod. This itinerary calls at St Petersburg, Mandrogi, Kizhi, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, Uglich and Moscow.
Dessert – Lyon’s bugnes
Bugnes are a doughnut-like fritter pastry sprinkled with icing sugar that hail from Lyon. Made with dough, shaped like a diamond and fried, this is a typical sweet treat from the Lyon area usually prepared for Mardi gras. Visit Lyon and try this pastry on the eight-day Sensations of Lyon & Provence river cruise from £1,745 per person (departing 17 April 2021) on the Emerald Liberte Star-Ship. This itinerary calls at Lyon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Beaune, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles.
Prices include return flights, transfers, the cruise as stated, all tipping and gratuities, all on board meals and selected drinks**, excursions and experiences. Emerald Waterways’ Cruise with Confidence gives guests peace of mind when booking ahead.
For more information and to book, please visit www.emeraldwaterways.co.uk or call 0808 301 3352.