LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2010 â€“ This December, on a new 10-day itinerary, the U.S. Ambassador of Tequila and Latin American master sommeliers and chefs will showcase the essence of Latin flavor aboard Crystal Cruisesâ€™ Wine and Food Experiences of Discovery voyage.
Aboard Crystal Symphonyâ€™s Mexican Riviera voyage, the top culinary talent from Mexico will lead cooking demos and special menus, wine pairing and tasting sessions, and specialty cocktail classes. The cruise sails round-trip from Los Angeles December 12.
â€œOne of the hallmarks of a Crystal Wine and Food theme program is bringing destinations to life through regional flavors,â€ says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage. â€œThe Mexican Riviera offers so many distinct culinary traditions, and it will be a treat for guests to enjoy both on and off the ship.â€
Together with Crystalâ€™s own talented culinary team, the guest experts leading classes and creating menus include:
Yerika Munoz â€“ Considered one of the brightest Master Chefs in Mexico; executive chef at Mexico Cityâ€™s Astrid y Gaston,
Jeremiah Tower â€“ James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur, currently residing in Mexicoâ€™s Yucatan Peninsula, credited as co-creator of California cuisine;
Sandra Fernandez â€“ A self-proclaimed Wine Designer, Culinary Institute of America Sommelier and the only Latin American woman certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers;
Madeleine de Jean â€“ First female sommelier in the U.S. and former Wine Businesswoman of the Year; and
Julio Bermejo â€“ U.S. Ambassador of Tequila and proprietor of San Franciscoâ€™s famous Tommyâ€™s Mexican Eatery.
Ashore, Crystal Adventures offer tastes of Mexico with experiences including a traditional fiesta and clambake in Loreto and Mazatlan shrimp feast.
Per person, promotional Two-for-one cruise fares start at $2,990 (double occupancy), and include $500 per person â€˜All Inclusive â€“ As You Wishâ€™ shipboard credit. Guests booking a deluxe stateroom with verandah by July 31 will save an additional $500 per person. Crystalâ€™s Family Memories program offers groups and families a host of perks, including a complimentary berth for every 10 full-fare guests.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.