Culinary buffs are in for a special treat when Bon Apétit Magazine offers special cruises.

Bon appétit will soon mean more than just a mealtime wish on some sailings. In the ever-expanding world of culinary-themed cruising, Bon Appétit magazine has announced it is now branding cruise vacations. What exactly does this mean for food-loving cruisers?

The press release isn't loaded with details so I emailed Michael von Wittenau, vice-president of strategic business development for Signature Travel Network, the travel cooperative partnering with Bon Appétit.

He said details are in development and promised me more information in a few weeks. I imagine the upcoming Bon Appétit sailing on Regent Seven Seas Mariner in July is the first of a few in 2010. The Regent cruise, departing July 18th, spends seven days in Tuscany and the South of France. I can't think of two better regions for finding superb restaurants and markets teeming with the freshest produce.

It appears the usual foodie magnets, like cooking classes (although these are hands-on, so kudos for that) and tastings, will be offered onboard. But knowing Bon Appétit magazine, I'm guessing that the folks in charge, along with Signature Travel, will come up with some exciting new ideas for culinary exploration at sea.

This is a report from our cruise culinary editor Janice Wald Henderson. Janice has been a longtime contributor to many magazines, including Bon Appétit Magazine and Brides. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Food & Wine, Eating Well, Cooking Light and numerous other publications. Janice is also the Los Angeles editor of the Essential Restaurant Guide at

Janice Wald Henderson
Cruise Culinary Editor