Dominica's Chocolate Test Kitchen & Bush Rum: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 3 Hours
The Caribbean is a paradise for chocolate-lovers, and one of the best places to sample this delicacy is on Dominica -- known as the Nature Island.
Visit Dominica's oldest surviving estate and taste artisanal chocolate and local bush rums -- flavors that you won't find anywhere else.
Depart the ship for the scenic drive to Bois Cotlette, nestled in a bright green valley within the active Morne Plat Pays volcanic complex. Dating from the early days of the island's French settlement in the 1700s, this is the best preserved example of plantation architecture on the island.
On a tour of Bois Cotlette, you'll meet the chocolatier and have a behind-the-scenes look at chocolate making. Walk through the picturesque grounds, which have been producing cocoa, coffee and sugar cane for hundreds of years.
Learn how cacao is fermented, dried, roasted and ground, then transformed into the finest chocolate, cocoa powder and cocoa butter. You'll also get a chance to make your own chocolate .
Indulge in spectacular flavor combinations with a tasting of some local bush rums, which are specially made from unique island spices and exotic ingredients. See how the rums pair beautifully with the chocolates, transforming them into an other-worldly treat.
Conclude with a walk through the Planter's Herb Garden, which showcases local herbs and plant medicines.
Ride will be bumpy. Pregnant women or guests with back or neck conditions are not allowed to participate. This tour is available exclusively to cruise guests; walk-ups are not accepted.
Unpaved/uneven roads may be used during transport to and from the Estate this can be bumpy and uncomfortable for guest with neck or back injuries or problems. This tour is available exclusively to cruise line guests; walk-ups are not accepted.