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Food and Wine Theme Cruises with Crystal in 2014

Crystal Cruises, Wine & Food themed luxury cruises for 2014 shall include new guest chef-prepared Vintage Room dinners on sailings in Asia, South Pacific, Transatlantic and the US/Caribbean.

Crystal Cruises culinary ‘Experiences of Discovery’ voyages include complimentary cooking demonstrations, mixology lessons, wine tastings, hands-on cooking classes and a guest chef dinner.

In 2014, each culinary-themed cruise will feature an optional guest chef-created dinner for 12-14 in Crystal’s Vintage Room. Seven delicious courses shall be served featuring local flavours of the region and refreshing wine pairings shall be merged by the guest wine expert.

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. This building on the success of Crystal’s recently added connoisseur beer menu.

Philip Ordever, vice president, international sales & marketing at Crystal Cruises said “Our Wine & Food cruises have been one of our most successful and longest running themes. With our new programme expansions, guests now have even more to love: more beverages, more flavours, more enlightenment about foreign cultures, and more intimate experiences with our culinary experts.”

The Wine & Food Themed Voyages are:

The South Pacific Sailing 20th January aboard Crystal Symphony from Papeete to Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Tonga, Fiji and Auckland (overnight)

Asia/China Sailing 9th April aboard Crystal Symphony 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 5th September aboard Crystal Serenity from Southampton to the Channel Islands, Waterford, Dublin, Belfast, Reykjavik (overnight), Halifax, Bar Harbour and Boston.

The US East Coast, South and Caribbean Sailing 5th November aboard Crystal Serenity from New York (overnight) to Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Turks & Caicos, Curaçao, Aruba and Miami.

Food experts so far 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

Serge Dansereau - Australian celebrity chef, fresh food movement pioneer and owner of the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion restaurant in New South Wales.

For more information on the Crystal Food & Wine theme cruises please give one of our cruise experts a call on 0800 008 6677