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The Cookery Club on P&O Cruises: Britannia

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The food on a cruise holiday is always amazing but how about actually learning how to cook those mouthwatering dishes for yourself? I got the chance when I went to The Cookery Club on my last P&O cruise.

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In March 2015 P&O launched its newest ship Britannia and my family and I cruised to the Canary Islands, Morocco and Portugal during its maiden season. We’ve sailed with P&O before on the Ventura and one of the things that we appreciate about P&O ships is the food. It is excellent quality, they pride themselves on offering a wide variety and they also work very closely with modern British celebrity chefs to bring their influences onboard.

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The Cookery Club is Britain’s first cookery school at sea – a new concept driven by P&O’s ‘Food Hero’ – celebrity Chef James Martin alongside Head of The Cookery Club Rob Cottam and Deputy Head Lizzie Kennedy who was my tutor on the day! The Cookery Club is equipped with the best kitchenware, state-of-the-art workstations and floor to ceiling windows so your view is of the beautiful ocean as you cook up a feast!

I love to learn new kitchen skills as I taught myself to cook a few years ago after years of having no confidence in the kitchen before that. I have come a long way with my knowledge and abilities, although I’m still learning so when I saw that I could take a class onboard, I was hooked!

The courses available on my cruise ranged from a seafood masterclass with celebrity chef Nathan Outlaw (£100 per course) to Dim Sum, Portuguese Street Food and Perfect Pasta amongst others (these courses were £45 each) but I decided to try Macaroons. I’ve never made them before and didn’t have an occasion in mind when I’d like to show off my skills but I just fancied it because (if I’m totally honest!) I love the way they look and I thought they’d photograph well!

close up macaroons

OK so my macaroons need some work!

On the day we docked in Gran Canaria, my hubby took the kids to Aqualand waterpark at Maspalomas whilst I went to Cookery School!

me in the kitchen brightened

We were each provided with an apron and chef’s hat to look the part and were advised to wear a long sleeved top, trousers and flat shoes. We got a folder with information about The Cookery Club to take away which also contained the recipes from the day, and we were allowed to take photos during the lesson.

The Cookery Club

The workshop was very hands on and after a brief demo we got to work! Chef Lizzy was on hand to demonstrate each stage and offer assistance and her support team helped by taking away the used utensils and bringing out fresh supplies. All the measuring out and prep work is done for you, so you can concentrate on the techniques rather than measuring sugar and other ingredients!

making macaroons

My workshop was an afternoon class and lasted for two and a half hours. You can book the courses before you travel on your P&O Cruise Personaliser or onboard during the holiday.

The Cookery Club entrance

The Cookery Club is located on Deck 17 aft, onboard the P&O Britannia. To book your P&O Cruise visit their website.

Closer to home, there are baking groups popping up all the time, inspired by the success of the Great British Bake Off. I enjoyed reading about this one in Manchester recently, as they have a photo similar to my macaroons!

Finally let me leave you with a video I recorded on a rare date night which my husband and I enjoyed on the Britannia. With the children in kids club and a great choice of restaurants and entertainment options, we were excited to get a ‘night off’ to enjoy our date!

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Comments to The Cookery Club on P&O Cruises: Britannia

  • OH wow! I love this concept. I got to tour the kitchens recently on a cruise ship and meet the chef (and steal a recipe) doing a cookery course on board would be awesome. Just stepping on a ship again gave me the most amazing feeling – I need to cruise the seas again. Following your exploits excitedly!

    Penny 18th September 2015 12:52 pm Reply
    • I know- cruising is the best way to travel! I do enjoy land based holidays too but cruising holds a special place in my heart!

      Nadine Hill 19th September 2015 11:20 am Reply
  • How awesome! This macaroons look amazing, very clever!! I’m not convinced I’d love a cruise but I’d love to find out 😉

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 18th September 2015 2:41 pm Reply
    • Keep your eyes on my blog this year Sonia, I have more family cruise posts planned and it may offer you another perspective!

      Nadine Hill 19th September 2015 11:19 am Reply
  • What fantastic fun. My daughter and I did a macaron cooking course a few years ago and we had a great time and learnt so much. Brilliant to be able to do it on holiday, on the cruise!

    Sarah Ebner 18th September 2015 3:22 pm Reply
  • This looks like so much fun and your macarons look like they were a complete success x x

    Cass@frugalfamily 18th September 2015 3:48 pm Reply
    • Thanks Cass! I see the flaws – I do need to practice more but they’re not bad for a first attempt!!

      Nadine Hill 19th September 2015 11:18 am Reply
  • Groovy outfit! And yummy looking macaroons. I didn’t know they did this sort of thing on board cruises. Great idea.

    Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com 18th September 2015 9:07 pm Reply
    • It’s a first to have a cooking school at sea and currently unique to P&O!

      Nadine Hill 19th September 2015 11:18 am Reply
  • Wow what an amazing experience that sounds like it would be, cooking at sea! x

    Sarah Bailey 18th September 2015 10:40 pm Reply
  • I absolutely love the sound of this. What a great way to get a bit of me time while on a family holiday and learn something new too.

    Liz Burton 19th September 2015 9:30 am Reply
    • It was such a fun experience

      Nadine Hill 19th September 2015 11:17 am Reply
  • There are so many great activities to take part in on cruises – this one sounds brill. Do you know if there are any cookery classes which kids can take part in on board?

    Mums do travel 20th September 2015 1:21 pm Reply
    • Hi Gretta
      Yes! There was a kids only class during my cruise! It’s a fab way to get them excited about cooking – especially as they get to do it in a ‘grown up’ kitchen!

      Nadine Hill 21st September 2015 6:44 pm Reply
  • What a great experience! I can’t cook but love cruising so this sounds ideal for me lol

    Gemma 20th September 2015 6:55 pm Reply
  • This looks ace, but a cruise is my idea of torture. Yes I am a marine engineer’s daughter who gets seasick.

    Jen 20th September 2015 9:49 pm Reply
    • Oh dear!!

      Nadine Hill 21st September 2015 6:43 pm Reply
  • Those macaroons look amazing, I can almost taste them!!

    Kara 21st September 2015 7:38 am Reply
  • Oh wow Nadine this sounds and looks like such a wonderful experience. What amazing kitchens too. We’re cruise virgins (so to speak!) but I’ve heard so many good things about them. They’re certainly sounding more appealing these days, itching to have a nose around 🙂

    Charly Dove 21st September 2015 2:54 pm Reply
  • Well I wouldn’t mind going on a cruise holiday with cooking workshops 🙂 So much fun and after my recent visit to a cruise ship I’m seriously considering a holiday like this 😉

    Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade 21st September 2015 4:51 pm Reply
    • I can highly recommend cruising!

      Nadine Hill 21st September 2015 6:42 pm Reply
  • That’s absolutely brilliant! Who knew you could book a cookery class whilst on a cruise ship. Love it!

    Mel 21st September 2015 11:24 pm Reply
    • I know! It was awesome to have that opportunity and I never knew I could even make macaroons! I need more experience but not bad for a first attempt, eh?!

      Nadine Hill 22nd September 2015 10:12 am Reply
  • Oh this looks fun, I loved the cruise I went on there were so many things to do but never thought of cookery.

    Rachel 24th September 2015 9:50 pm Reply
    • It’s amazing the things they can accommodate on a ship isn’t it? I mean, this was a proper, professional working kitchen – separate to the actual ship’s kitchen for diners!

      Nadine Hill 25th September 2015 12:35 pm Reply
  • OOOH bloggers and macaroons !
    These look fabulous and I wish my skills were good enough to make these

    Ninjacat 7th October 2015 6:31 am Reply
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