MSC Cruises has joined forces with Gerry Wilton, international chocolatier and founder of the world’s first chocolate themed hotel, to offer a voyage of discovery with a difference.

There’s no sign of Willy Wonka, but MSC Opera will transform into a chocolate factory as she departs Southampton on 13 May for a 11-day cruise, visiting IJmuiden, Tallinn, St Petersburg and Copenhagen before returning to Southampton.

During the four days Opera is at sea, Gerry will host a series of mouthwatering, hour-long chocolate classes where the emphasis is very much on interactive fun.

Guests will learn all about the history of chocolate and the fascinating production process from bean to bar. They will taste samples from all over the world and even paint portraits of themselves – using delicious white, dark and milk Belgian chocolate – which will then be framed for them to take away.

They will sample chocolate cocktails, learn how to make both molded chocolates and Belgian truffles and generally enjoy every calorie-laden minute!

Cruise prices start from just £559 per person, while all four chocolate lessons cost a scrumptious £30 per person all in.

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