Print Logotype

What does the Cookery Club offer?






Whether you’re a whizz in the kitchen or a complete beginner, The Cookery Club has a whole menu of classes to tempt you. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on in our state-of-the-art kitchen, being guided by our talented team of friendly, professional chefs.

You could even learn from the godfather of British cooking himself, Marco Pierre White! Marco’s innovative five course Celebration Dinner menus are a treat for all and as the patron of The Cookery Club on Britannia, Marco hosts masterclasses and dinners when on board, bringing his spirit to the whole experience. Fancy a trip ashore with Marco? Look out for his selected shore excursions.

Marco has developed a whole range of new masterclasses and hosted dinners. Even when he’s not with us, you can still learn to cook and present Marco’s dishes, as our chefs host Unmistakably Marco Classes and Unmistakably Marco Dinners to give you the inside track on his recipes and techniques. Cooking done, it’s time to tuck in and enjoy the delicious food you’ve created. 



Marco's Hosted Masterclass

Step into The Cookery Club for the ultimate culinary experience. After welcoming you to his two hour masterclass held exclusively on Britannia, Marco will be your guide as you learn to cook restaurant-quality food. What better way to master Marco's techniques than by trying them out first-hand, overseen by the man himself? Dishes cooked and served, it's time to tuck in and enjoy them together. You can book this once-in-a-lifetime experience through your Cruise Personaliser or My P&O Cruises, but places are limited to an intimate 24 per class.


Marco's Hosted Dinner

What's better than having your dinner cooked by culinary legend Marco Pierre White? How about tucking into that dinner with Marco and, over a few glasses of good wine, enjoying tales from his glittering career? The godfather of British cooking will prepare three courses as you gather round to watch as he works. Once you're seated, you'll enjoy delicious dishes, lively conversation and a selection of wines chosen to compliment each course. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for foodies and fans of the world-famous chef. You can book in advance through your Cruise Personaliser or My P&O Cruises for Britannia, but hurry - places are strictly limited.




Each Cookery Club class can cater for 24 guests and everyone works in pairs, so feel free to come on your own as you’ll always find a partner. The best bit – there’s no preparation or washing up to do. It’s all done for you. It’s an experience not to be missed – but book early as places are limited.

Classes in The Cookery Club start from £45 (*prices subject to change) and our Food Heroes' masterclasses start from £100 with hosted dinners starting at £150. You will be able to book these classes on Cruise Personaliser or My P&O Cruises 120 days before each cruise. Bookings can also be made on board, if spaces are still available.

There will be on average 19 classes per two week cruise, both on Sea days (09:30 – 12:00 and 15:30 – 17:00 classes) and Port days (15:30 – 17:00 class).

You may find the following question useful - When will the Food Heroes and Celebrity Chefs be on board?

Family classes

The Family class is specifically designed so that parents can cook along with their children (aged between 8 and 17). Each adult booked on the family class may bring one child at no extra cost. This class is available during the main school holidays. An age restriction applies to all other classes not entitled "the Family class", for details please see below. 



Cookery classes

  • Classes will be taught by The Cookery Club Team 
  • Classes are approximately 2 hours long and start with a brief background and history of food and cooking methods behind the class, a run through the dishes you will be making followed by a safety briefing
  • You will be cooking at a workstation designed for two** people and the classes have been designed to work in pairs so that it is a fun, sociable session and to make it less intimidating for those less confident in the kitchen
  • At the end of the classes passengers will be able to enjoy the delicious dishes around our Chefs' Table
  • All of the hassle is taken out of cooking, with all ingredients weighed out and all equipment to hand for fun, stress free cooking
  • Dishes will be demonstrated by the chef, step by step and then you will cook the dish in pairs, under the guidance of the Cookery Club Team

**if booking by yourself or as an uneven numbered group you will be paired up.


A selection of classes from the Cookery Club.

We have a whole menu of classes, led by our head of The Cookery Club. Inspired by the destinations we visit, you could tackle Thai street food, cook up A taste of the Caribbean or recreate Indian favourites from Sindhu. Perhaps you’d like to unravel the flavours of Morocco and the Middle East? Or maybe Great bakes or Breadmaking appeal more? Whatever gets your mouth watering, these hands-on classes are fun and inspiring, with our friendly, expert chefs to guide you. Pair up with a partner to do the cooking, then all sit down together to enjoy your delicious dishes. There’s no boring prep or washing up to do. Naturally, you’ll have a set of recipe cards to take away, so you can do it all again in your own kitchen. You can book in advance through Cruise Personaliser or My P&O Cruises, but hurry – places are strictly limited.

Below are a few examples to show you the wide variety of 30+ classes available in the Cookery Club. Please see Cruise Personaliser or My P&O Cruises for a full schedule of classes available on your cruise as classes vary and not all are available on each cruise.

Thai street food
Learn how to cook authentic street food from Thailand and create divine dishes, full of subtle flavours.


A taste of the Caribbean
Discover how to create the distinctive flavours of the Caribbean as you rustle up these classic dishes.
l Jerk chicken, rice and peas
l Caramelised rum and coconut bananas


Indian favourites from Sindhu
Learn from the experts as they take you on a journey of perfectly balanced spices, delicate flavours and wonderful aromas.



The ultimate class for chocolate lovers – create three mouth-watering, cocoa-laden delights.
l Chocolate honeycomb bites
l Triple chocolate fudge brownies
l Dark chocolate liqueur truffles


Discover the recipes and techniques for turning out bread baked to perfection, time after time.
l Olive, rosemary and sundried tomato focaccia
l Cheese and chilli cornbread
l Honey, hazelnut and raisin bread


Mexican and Brazilian street food
South American food at its finger-licking best! Get hands-on and learn to create tasty dishes perfect for sharing.


Family Classes

Holidays are all about sharing quality time with our loved ones, and never has this been so important than today, with our increasingly busy lifestyles. The Family class is designed for you and the children to enjoy some time together, and get hands on in the kitchen as you learn some ideal family dishes. The Cookery Club team will lead this interactive class, helping you and the children to make everything from scratch and have plenty of fun along the way! This is a great opportunity to ignite a passion for food in your little ones, and create some lovely holiday memories to boot.

Please note that each adult booked onto the Family class can bring along one child between the ages of 8 and 17 for no extra cost!

Sample menu
Mini blueberry and lemon loaf cakes with lemon drizzle icing
Handmade linguine with red pepper, tomato and pepperoni sauce


A masterclass with...

When our Food Heroes (Marco Pierre White and Eric Lanlard) are on board they will be teaching classes These are suitable for all levels of cooking ability. All other classes on the cruise will be taught by the Cookery Club Team.


Dinner with..

Our Food Heroes will be hosting dinners in the Cookery Club when they are on board. Step into The Cookery Club with legendary chefs for the ultimate culinary experience. After welcoming you with a glass of bubbly to their two-hour masterclasses they will guide you through the preparation of some of their favourite dishes. Watch and learn as they cook right before your eyes while explaining techniques and sharing treasured tips. Then, tuck into the delicious dishes. You can book these once-in-a-lifetime experiences through Cruise Personaliser or My P&O Cruises, but hurry – places are strictly limited to an intimate 24 per class.


Age Restrictions: Classes are for adults 18 years and older. Children 16 and 17 years of age may book onto a class as long as they are accompanied by an adult who is also booked on that same class. Family classes are for children who are of 8 years and older.

Dietary needs: Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs and substitute ingredients where we can. However due to the nature of the hosted dinners we may not be able to have the celebrity chef cook and cater for all dietary needs.

If you have any dietary requirements please speak to the Booking Line once on board for any class or hosted dinner to make sure we can do everything in our capabilities for you. If after discussing your dietary requirements with us you feel the menu changes for the dinner will not meet your original expectations you will be refunded.

Cookery Class Dress Code (Daytime, masterclasses and evening classes): You are encouraged to wear enclosed flat shoes, long trousers and a long-sleeved top/shirt for all classes. Aprons and chef hats will be provided.



Accessible station


The Cookery Club features one low level work station specifically designed for wheelchair users, as well as one wheelchair accessible place at the main table. The accessible work station is available to book on Cruise Personaliser or My P&O Cruises on a first come first serve basis.

Guests are welcome to attend by themselves, if a carer is required to assist during the class, the carer does not need to book a place.



Was this helpful to you?

Please rate this answer by selecting one of the stars below (1 star low, 5 stars high).

Poor Excellent