Fall Trips for Foodies: Crystal Voyages Sate Travelers’ Appetites

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LOS ANGELES, August 12, 2009 – From Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery at sea to regional culinary adventures ashore, Crystal Cruises is offering food lovers a myriad of luxury vacation choices in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Amazon. On board, guests can sate their palates with the cuisine and instruction by acclaimed guest chefs aboard back-to-back Crystal Symphony Wine & Food cruises through the Caribbean and Amazon. With Crystal Serenity Mediterranean voyages, aficionados can enjoy cooking lessons in Barcelona, wine tasting in Italy, authentic Turkish feasts, and other culinary indulgences.

Crystal Symphony’s November 10 and 22 Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery cruises from New York to Miami and Miami to the Amazon, respectively, feature cooking demos and specially-created menus from guest chefs Azmin Ghahreman, Giuliano and Lael Hazan, and André Rochat; wine tasting with renowned sommeliers David Glancy and Kris Margerum, respectively. Cocktail classes will be led by master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, and pastry-making classes by guest chefs and Crystal’s own creative staff.

Aboard Crystal Serenity’s Mediterranean cruises this fall, guests can savor the region’s cuisine ashore:

  • Traditional feasts and folkloric shows in Patmos and Istanbul;
  • Cooking instruction in the classic cuisine of Sicily, Morocco, Naples and Monte Carlo;
  • Intimate wine tasting sessions in Yalta, Corfu, Florence and Rome;
  • Samples of local delicacies such as world-famous Ston oysters in Dubrovnik and seafood paella in Barcelona.

“One of the most enjoyable ways to immerse oneself in a destination and culture is with food,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage operations. “These experiences enhance the rich culinary atmosphere that guests find aboard Crystal ships.”

On board, impeccable cuisine is served in a number of elegant venues, including specialty restaurants featuring the signature dishes of master chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio. The Crystal Dining Room features diverse regionally inspired and traditional dishes. Vintage Room experiences showcase the best of Crystal’s impressive wine cellar, boasting more than 20,000 bottles of premier labels.

Fall cruises offer Celebration Savings of $375-$1500 per person and All Inclusive – As You Wish onboard spending credits of $250-$1000 per person. Cruise fares for these fall cruises start at $3,615 per person, double occupancy.

For terms and conditions and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit crystalcruises.com.