Gourmet and cultural cruise with star chef Johann Lafer

Gourmet and cultural cruise with star chef Johann Lafer


November 3, 2023 – In spring 2024, nicko cruises offers its guests on the VASCO DA GAMA an exclusive gourmet and cultural cruise with star chef Johann Lafer and the Swiss star chef Cornelius Speinle. The route of the twelve-day cruise: Malta via the Cyclades, Cyprus, Crete, Peloponnese and Sicily to Malta.

The classic, elegant ocean-going ship VASCO DA GAMA is the perfect location for an event of this kind. Johann Lafer is one of the best chefs in Germany. His professional career is exemplary; likewise his media presence. Lafer cooked for the “greats” of the world, including Helmut Kohl, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Jacques Chirac. He also demonstrated his skills for the UN General Assembly.

VASCO DA GAMA at Kiel's OslokaiVASCO DA GAMA at Kiel's Oslokai


On the pleasure cruise starting on May 19, 2024 and ending on May 30, 2024, the guests of the VASCO DA GAMA will enjoy Lafer's “Signature Menu”. It is offered in all of its restaurants and is known far beyond the country's borders. In the on-board theater “Hollywood's”, the ship's guests then get to know Lafer from his personal side. The master is available there for a question and answer session. The program also includes a cooking show in the “Auditorium” as well as readings from his latest book and lectures on the subject of nutrition. Lafer is accompanied by star chef Cornelius Speinle. The young Swiss, who was awarded a star in the “Michelin Guide”, is one of the shooting stars of the cooking scene in German-speaking countries. He earned his first star at the Hamburg luxury hotel The Fontenay.

VASCO DA GAMA - Restaurant Waterfront MediterraneanVASCO DA GAMA - Restaurant Waterfront Mediterranean


The twelve-day cruise departs from Valletta Malta to Naxos in Greece. The ship then visits the UNESCO World Heritage city Rhodes on the island of the same name. In view of events in the Middle East, the originally planned ports of Haifa in Israel and Port Said in Egypt were replaced by an overnight stay in Limassol in Cyprus and visits to the cities of Marmaris on the Turkish Riviera and Bodrum on the Turkish Aegean.

After Bodrum, Chania on Crete is on the route list. The VASCO DA GAMA then sets course Katakolon. With the historic cities of Olympia, an ancient highlight awaits guests. Before the end of the journey in Malta, the ship makes one last stop Messina On Sicily.

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