Crystal Cruises Offers New Wine and Microbrew Dinners in 2014

Crystal SerenityCrystal Cruises is offering four new Wine & Food-themed luxury cruises for 2014, when it will introduce new guest chef-prepared Vintage Room dinners on each of the four sailings – in Asia, the South Pacific, Trans-Atlantic, and the U.S./Caribbean – as well as a new microbrew theme on the last of the voyages.

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All of Crystal’s culinary "Experiences of Discovery" voyages include complimentary hands-on cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, mixology lessons, and a guest chef dinner for all guests in the Crystal Dining Room. In addition, in 2014, each culinary-themed cruise will have an optional dinner for 12-14 in Crystal’s Vintage Room, with seven courses and wine pairings. The new microbrew-themed cruise will offer beer pairings, instead of wine, for the dinner, as well as craft beers and sampling throughout the voyage.  

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Held on both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the cruises will include:

•        The South Pacific: Sailing Jan. 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 Sept. 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 Nov. 5 from New York (overnight) to Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Turks & Caicos, Curaçao, Aruba, and Miami.

Food experts scheduled thus 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; Shailesh Naidu, the only native five-star executive chef in Fiji; and Serge Dansereau, owner of Bathers’ Pavilion restaurant in New South Wales. 

“Book now” fares for the Wine & Food cruise series start at $3,515 per person, and are only guaranteed until Oct. 31. 

For more information, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

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