Princess Cruises has announced that its fourth Culinary Cruise will depart Los Angeles on March 22. The cruise theme this year will be local cuisine from Mexico and California. The company’s Ruby Princess will sail down the coast from Los Angeles on a four-day trip, serving various types of Mexican food to its hungry passengers.
Bill Esparza, a food writer for Los Angeles Magazine, is hosting the cruise. Esparza’s family hails from Aguascalientes, Mexico, and he has traveled throughout Latin America, studying and sampling local foods. He recently released his first book, L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People and Places, an account of Mexican food in Los Angeles.
Chef Sabina Bandera, known as Mexico’s Street Food Queen, will also take part in the cruise. The proprietor of the La Guerrerense food stand in Ensenada, Mexico, Bandera has achieved recognition for her famous ceviche, attracting chefs like Anthony Bourdain and celebrities like Alejandro Fernández and Dita Von Teese.
Bandera will be joined in the kitchen by Carlos Salgado, the executive chef at the Taco María in Costa Mesa, California. Salgado specializes in Mexican-American cuisine and has won many awards for his dishes, including a 2015 Best Chef Award from Food & Wine.
During the four-day cruise, the chefs will provide cooking demonstrations for passengers. For those who are more interested in relaxing with a beverage, the cruise will offer bartending classes and tequila tastings. Passengers can also view films on the ship’s outdoor movie theater and play miniature golf on the ship’s putting green.