Wining and dining is a major activity on Crystal Cruises two super sophisticated ships (Serenity and Symphony) and for 2014 sailings it will be even more exciting as the Los Angeles, California-based luxury cruise operator sets the scene for four new Wine & Food theme voyages.
According to a press release that arrived today, October 9, Crystal will be hosting guest chefs who will offer special wine-paired Vintage Room dinners on cruises in Asia, the South Pacific, Trans-Atlantic, and the U.S./Caribbean. For suds-lovers there will also be a selection of new microbrews
Each Experiences of Discovery voyage offers free hands-on cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, mixology lessons, and a visitor chef dinner for all guests in the Crystal Dining Room. For devout foodies the line is offering an culinary treat of special guest chef-created dinners for 12-14 people in its Vintage Room. The seven-course feast will highlight regional flavors paired with specially-selected wines. Also as part of the company’s Connoisseur Beer menu, the new microbrew-themed cruise will offer beer pairings, instead of wine, for the dinner, as well as craft beer enrichment and sampling throughout the voyage.
“Our Wine & Food cruises have been one of our most successful, and longest running themes,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, hotel procurement & food and beverage operations. “With our new program expansions, guests now have even more to love: more beverages, more flavors, more enlightenment about foreign cultures, and more intimate experiences with our culinary experts.”
The special wine and dine experience will be offered on the following 2014 itineraries:
- The South Pacific: Sailing January 20 from Papeete to Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Tonga, Fiji, and Auckland (overnight).
- Asia/China: Sailing April 9 from Hong Kong (overnight) to Xiamen, Shanghai (two overnights), and Dalian, with three days ashore in Beijing included.
- Atlantic, including Iceland and New England: Sailing September 5 from London’s port of Southampton to the Channel Islands, Waterford, Dublin, Belfast, Reykjavik (overnight), Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Boston.
- The U.S. East Coast, South, and Caribbean: Sailing November 5 from New York (overnight) to Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Turks & Caicos, Curaçao, Aruba, and Miami.
A preliminary roster of food experts include Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson, recent Icelandic Chef of the Year and Bocuse d’Or finalist; Stephen Beaumont, co-author of “The World Atlas of Beer”; Aldo Sohm, Wine Director at New York’s Le Bernadin restaurant and the first-ever representative from America to win “Best Sommelier in the World”; Shailesh Naidu, the only native five-star executive chef in Fiji; and Serge Dansereau, Australian celebrity chef, fresh food movement pioneer, and owner of the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion restaurant in New South Wales.
Crystal’s Book Now fares for the Wine & Food cruise series start at $3,515 per person and must be reserved by October 31, 2013.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.