Luxury Christmas Lunches In Transit

16 December 2016

Dedicated travellers don’t let little things like Christmas get in the way of their plans, and being on the move does not mean you have to skimp on Christmas lunch or dinner. Here is a snapshot of festive feasts that will warm hearts and bellies, even if you’re in transit.

In The Air

Emirates' First Class festive menu. Picture: Emirates

Dubai-based airline Emirates has created a new Christmas menu for all cabin classes, featuring traditional festive meals. First and Business Class travellers can look forward to poached king prawns with Marie Rose sauce and fennel with lemon and herbs to start; followed by rolled turkey buffe with chestnut stuffing, cranberry jus lie, pumpkin mash and Brussels sprouts with turkey rashers and cream.

Several desserts are on offer, depending on the route, including chocolate pudding, chocolate and chestnut torte, and Yule log. First Class customers can drink from the cup of festive cheer with hot chocolate made from 100 per cent Valrhona chocolate blended by chocolatier David Franco.

The menus are available to passengers travelling Dubai to Australia, Europe, the US or the UK throughout December.

Kids get their own special Christmas menu, with roast turkey, sweet potato mash, carrots and peas, plus a candy cane and Emirates’ Little Travellers chocolate buttons. And a new Emirates Fly With Me Animal, Eve the reindeer, will greet little travellers in December.

Get into the holiday spirit at Dubai International Airport before you fly, where traditional sweets such as Basler Leckerli gingerbread cookies, Christmas cake and Stollen cake, as well as roasted turkey, are being served in the Emirates First Class lounges.

On The Rails

The exterior of the Belmond Northern Belle train in the UK. Picture: Belmond

Luxury train operator Belmond has selected seats left on some “Christmas lunch” journeys on the Belmond Northern Belle in the UK. Imagine the festive ambience of yesteryear, in a beautifully preserved 1930s carriage, as you sit down to enjoy a seven-course lunch with all the trimmings. Dine upon white tablecloths, sparkling glassware and fine china as wintry landscapes pass your window, and roving magicians visit your table. Journeys depart from various stations around England.

Or head over to Russia for a traditional Russian Christmas Eve meal and Karelian Folk performance in the city of Petrozavodsk as part of Golden Eagle’s Arctic Explorer train journey, Quest for the Northern Lights. Move on to Suzdal to visit a monastery on Christmas Day and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Note that in Russia, Christmas Day is on January 7.


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On The Waves

The gingerbread village on board Cunard vessels at Christmas time. Picture: Cunard

Cruise line Cunard knows how to celebrate Christmas in style. The grand lobby of its ships feature an enormous Christmas tree, and you can take in the delicious aromas of the gingerbread village, created by the chef patissier.  As for the menu, expect roast Norfolk turkey and Christmas pudding at the very least, plus a Boxing Day buffet. Christmas cruise options include Northern Europe, New York and Spain on various ships.

 On The Road

A white Christmas in Jasper National Park, Canada. Picture: Getty Images

How about a white Christmas in Canada? With APT you can wake up on Christmas Day in the town of Jasper, in the Canadian Rockies, on a Twelve Days of Christmas tour. Head out to see icefalls in Jasper National Park, before returning for a festive drink with your fellow travellers, and a special Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. (You may need to plan ahead for next year to enjoy this one.)

*Featured image: Desserts in the Emirates first-class lounge. Picture: Emirates

Renae Spinks

Travel for me is about conversations and connections. There’s nothing like setting foot in a new land and meeting people a world apart. From talking to North Sea fishermen in Norway’s Lofoten Islands to breakfast chat at a B&B in my own back yard, there’s always a story to share and a tale to tell.

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