Acclaimed Chef & Author David Shalleck Joins Windstar’s Signature Collection Host Series

SEATTLE, Dec. 18 — Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, offers guests a unique opportunity to travel with celebrated chef and author David Shalleck on a Mediterranean Summer sailing aboard Wind Surf, departing May 10, 2009, from Rome. Windstar’s Signature Collection Host Series features distinguished guests and lecturers throughout the 2009 season. Shalleck will host cooking demonstrations highlighting local ingredients, give culinary presentations sharing techniques from the region and feature dishes from his culinary travel memoir “Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France’s Cote d’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella.”

Shalleck has worked for over two decades in the culinary industry as a chef, author and television producer alongside some of America’s most celebrated chefs and hosts. In addition to chef duties in notable restaurants and special events in New York, London, Provence and Italy, his television credits include the PBS series “Jose Made in Spain” with Jose Andres, “More Fast Food My Way” with Jacques Pepin and the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.”

Wind Surf’s 7-day Rome to Nice itinerary includes ports in Ischia, Italy; Amalfi, Italy; Livorno, Italy; and Monte Carlo, Monaco. Wind Surf accommodates 312 guests and offers deluxe, oceanview staterooms that include beds with luxury linens and mattresses, flat-screen TV and DVD player, Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods, waffle-weave robes with slippers and sumptuous L’Occitane products. Suites also include an extra bath, TV and sitting area. Bridge Suites give guests the additional luxury of a spacious private living room and relaxing whirlpool spa. Culinary wonders abound in Wind Surf’s The Restaurant, Degrees, Le Marche and Candles. Enjoy live music in the Lounge and cocktails in the Terrace Bar. Water sports enthusiasts will appreciate Windstar’s complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking from the ship’s water sports platform. Visit Windstar Cruises online at