Crystal Cruises Food And Wine Festival Voyages In 2016
Crystal Cruises guests with an appetite for global flavours have two notable “Wine & Food Festival” themed voyages to enjoy in 2016. Crystal Symphony will feature Alexis Gauthier on a 12-night Mediterranean voyage from Istanbul to Rome in May, while Crystal Serenity will welcome master chef Nobu Matsuhisa back onboard for a 10-night Alaskan cruise (plus 1-night hotel stay) round-trip from Vancouver in July.
Crystal Symphony Wine and Food Festival Cruise
On Crystal Symphony’s Wine & Food themed Experiences of Discovery cruise, Crystal’s own talented culinary team will be joined by Michelin starred French chef Alexis Gauthier of the Gauthier Soho in London. The esteemed chef will lead guests through entertaining demos of his most famous dishes, and also offer hands-on instruction to small groups of participants in the ship’s galley. On select evenings, guests will also enjoy a specially created menu by Chef Gauthier in the Crystal Dining Room.
Guests can treat their taste buds ashore too, whether they seek to dive into fresh pasta dough or to sit back and sip local wines while they take in the local cuisine. Crystal Adventures include a visit to the bustling “Misir Carsisi” spice market and 5 o’clock Tea at Çirağan Palace Hotel (Istanbul), and exclusive cooking lessons with the head chef at Feggera Restaurant (Santorini), at a private villa on the Italian countryside (Sorrento) and at a working farm just outside of Rome. Feasts and accompanying wine tasting top off the experiences.
Crystal Symphony Mediterranean – May 1, 2016, for 12-nights
Itinerary: Istanbul (overnight in port) | At Sea | Kusadasi | Mykonos | Santorini Thira | Navplion | Kefalonia | Crotone | At Sea | Sorrento | Civitavecchia (overnight in port before disembarkation)
Crystal Serenity Wine and Food Festival Cruise
Aboard Crystal Serenity’s Alaska cruise – one of seven that will explore the spectacular region in summer 2016 – Crystal favourite Nobu Matsuhisa will return to the ship to mingle with guests and host multi-course omakase (or chef’s choice) dinners in Silk Road, as well as other feasts and special menus. Nobu’s Japanese-Peruvian fusion has been served in Silk Road and The Sushi Bar onboard every Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sailing since 2003 and 2008 respectively. Nobu personally trains all chefs, designs all menus, and frequently visits the ships for ongoing refinement.
In addition to the inherent adventure that guests can enjoy in Alaska, there are several opportunities to taste the local food, including a crab feast in Ketchikan, a salmon bake in Juneau and a traditional English tea in Victoria, British Columbia.
Crystal Serenity Alaska – July 16, 2016, for 11-nights *EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE*
Itinerary: 1-night hotel stay in Vancouver | Join Crystal Serenity | Cruising the Inside Passage | Ketchikan | Juneau | Skagway | Cruising Glacier Bay | Sitka | Prince Rupert (British Columbia) | Cruising the Inside Passage | Victoria | Vancouver
Other “Wine & Food Festival” themed voyages in 2016 include taste exploration of South America and the Panama Canal, Southeast Asia, New England and Canada, the Caribbean and South Pacific.
For more information on Crystal Cruises “Food and Wine Festival” voyages, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.