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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Luxury travellers with an appetite for global flavours can indulge in two notable ‘Wine & Food Festival’ themed voyages Crystal Cruises in 2016. Crystal Symphony will sail a 12-day Mediterranean voyage from Istanbul to Rome on 1 May, while Crystal Serenity will welcome master chef Nobu Matsuhisa back aboard for a 10-day Alaskan cruise round-trip from Vancouver. The former offers flavours of the destination at virtually every turn, with a number of opportunities for guests to learn to create some of the specialities from world renowned chefs. The latter features personally hosted dinners and special menus created by Nobu, whose signature cuisine is featured in Crystal’s onboard Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, and cities worldwide.“Food and the overall dining experience is such an integral component of a destination’s culture, as well as the experience shared among travellers aboard Crystal ships,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “The experiences and expertise of Chefs Nobu and Gauthier will treat our guests’ to an even more extraordinary culinary experience abroad.”On Crystal Symphony’s Wine & Food themed Experiences of Discovery cruise, Crystal’s own culinary team will be joined by Michelin starred French chef Alexis Gauthier of the Gauthier Soho in Soho, London. The chef will lead guests through demonstrations 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 enjoy a specially created menu by Chef Gauthier in the Crystal Dining Room.Travellers can treat their taste buds ashore, too. Crystal Adventures include a visit to the Misir Carsisi spice market and 5 O’clock Tea at Çirağan Palace Hotel (Istanbul), 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.The voyage begins with an overnight stay in Istanbul, then sails to Kuşadasi, Turkey; Mykonos, Santorini/Thira, Navplion and Kefalonia/Argostolion, Greece; Crotone and Sorrento, Italy; and concludes with an overnight stay in Rome/Civitavecchia.Aboard Crystal Serenity’s Alaska cruise, 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 personally trains all chefs, designs all menus, and frequently visits the ships for ongoing refinement.All-inclusive Silver Celebration cruise fares for the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity voyages start at $3,745 and $4,295, respectively, per guest when booked by 30 December.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img

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