Princess Cruises Culinary Cruise from Los Angeles

Discover the best of the West Coast with the flavors of Mexico

Santa Barbara, CA

Join food journalist Bill Esparza on Princess Cruises for a culinary cruise March 22 – 26, 2018. Depart from Los Angeles on Ruby Princess with port calls to Santa Barbara and Ensenada, Mexico. This special cruise will celebrate Mexican food through dynamic onboard programs that include chef-led cooking demonstrations, tequila tastings and cocktail making tutorials, custom shore excursions, and Q+A sessions.
Esparza will be sailing with other notable chefs Sabina Bandera and Carlos Salgado to collaborate with the Princess Cruises culinary team.

 “Princess has a thoughtful approach to immersing guests in its destinations and connecting them to the culture and local food,” said Bill Esparza

Bill Esparza is a recent winner of a James Beard award for his coverage of the L.A. taco scene in Los Angeles Magazine and is considered one of the country’s leading experts on Mexican food. A noted saxophone player, Esparza has traveled and eaten extensively throughout Mexico, Latin America, and, of course, Southern California.
Guests onboard will have the opportunity to experience special menus throughout the ship’s restaurant and bars and learn valuable cuisine skills.

Guest chefs

  • Sabina Bandera is the Queen of the Cart, La Guerrerense, whose tostadas de mariscos have been proclaimed among the best in the world by the “Sultan of Street Food” himself, Anthony Bourdain. Plain, simple, humble and delicious have been La Guerrerense’strademarks since she arrived at her food cart in Ensenada when she was 21 years old.
  • Chef Carlos Salgado opened Taco María in 2013. He decided to honor his family’s culture and legacy by making Mexican-inspired food with a reverence for its origin and roots. Using the best ingredients available and applying the techniques and values he learned in Michelin-starred restaurants, Salgado works to create a syncretic Alta California cuisine that represents Mexican food by putting real corn at the foundation.

Guests will experience the best of the west coast with Princess Cruises on this four-day, four-port California-Mexico cruise.