The Voyager with Josh GarciaSpring 2017 Television
Perhaps you dream of traveling to scenic ports around the world to experience that country's history, customs, and delicious foods. If your work schedule or bank account don't permit such extravagances, The Voyager with Josh Garcia may be your ticket.
This half-hour documentary-style travelogue premiered in October 2016 and it was created by the corporation that operates Carnival Cruise Lines. Destinations featured are, not surprisingly, ones available on the cruise line's schedule and episodes includes prominent shots of cruise ships, both on board and from shore. Episodes usually conclude with host Josh Garcia back aboard the ship recapping his adventures. Still, the self-serving commercial aspects of this series are downplayed and what stands out are the places and people featured in the program. Each episode spotlights a single destination and Garcia goes off the beaten path to learn from the locals, revealing fascinating points about the history and customs of the region. Of course, no trip is complete until you sample the local delicacies and Garcia does plenty of that, too.
In "Mayan Madness," Garcia visits Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. During a stop at Cozumel, he travels to a nearby colonial town to meet up with a cultural expert who explains the jarana, a dance and musical form well-known in the region. Garcia throws himself into the lesson with gusto. Later, he tastes the ultimate local dish, a slow-roasted pork marinated in citrus juices and Yucatan spices and cooked in a banana leaf. Then, he visits another artisan to learn about the ancient art of hammock weaving.
In "Swedish and Sublime," Garcia's ship sails the Baltic Sea and docks in Stockholm, where he spends the day biking to interesting locales. The first stop is a waterfront restaurant and fresh seafood is the specialty but one of the dishes he samples there is only for the most adventurous of foodies. It's a fermented herring Garcia refers to as "the stinkiest food in the world" and daring viewers will ache to travel there to taste some, too. Later, he tries his hand at glass-blowing and at a type of wood-carving well known in Swedish folk art. His daytrip ends with a visit to a local bakery to sample a cinnamon roll.
Ultimately, adults and older teens are the likeliest viewers for The Voyager with Josh Garcia, appreciating the tourism tips and historical and cultural background provided at each location. Garcia, a likable, sincere, and knowledgeable travel guide, engages the locals in an easy-going conversation that reveals the food or activity's historical and cultural roots, interspersed nicely with demonstrations and well-shot video to keep the pace lively and engaging.