LOS ANGELES -- Crystal Cruises' 940-passenger Crystal Harmony will
sail roundtrip from San Francisco to Alaska this summer.
Renowned culinary and wine experts will join the cruises,
beginning with the June 2 departure. CNN talk-show host Larry King
will be featured on the Aug. 1 sailing.
The 12-day cruises will sail the Inside Passage to the ports of
Sitka, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Depending on the itinerary,
the cruise will include Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier.
Additional ports of call include Victoria and Vancouver, British
According to Crystal Cruises, Crystal Harmony will be the only
cruise ship to sail roundtrip from San Francisco to Alaska this
The line is offering eight departure dates for the voyage: May 21;
June 2, 14, and 26; July 8 and 20, and Aug. 1 and 13.
A host of chefs, restaurant owners, critics and sommeliers from
the Bay Area to the Southwest and Pacific Rim will be on the
following sailings:June 2 to 14 -- Alan Wong, chef and proprietor of Alan Wong's
in Honolulu, and Elizabeth Schweitzer, director, wine and spirits,
at the Beverly Hills (Calif.) Hotel.June 14 to 26 -- Hubert Keller, chef and proprietor of Fleur de
Lys in San Francisco, and Fred Dame, wine educator.June 26 to July 8 -- Janos Wilder, chef and proprietor of the
Janos restaurant in Tucson, Ariz., and Larry Stone, wine director
and partner at Rubicon restaurant in San Francisco.July 20 to Aug. 1 -- Jean-Louis Palladin of the Napa Restaurant
in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, and Philip di
Belardino, wine educator and vice president of Banfi Vintners wine
importers.Aug. 1 to 13 -- Udo Nechutnys, executive chef of Jordan Winery
in Sonoma, Calif., and Dan Berger, wine judge, educator and
columnist for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.Aug. 13 to 25 -- Jacques Pepin, French chef, television
personality and cookbook author; Bartholomew Broadbent, a San
Francisco wine importer, and Martin Bernheimer, an authority on
port and Madeira wines and a Los Angeles Times opera critic.
In addition, the cruises will feature special-interest lectures
presented by geologists, historians and naturalists, who will share
their insights about Alaska.
Cruise fares start at $2,980 per person, double.
Crystal Cruises also is offering pre- and post-cruise
A three-night California program featuring winery tours, private
tastings and dining at both the Culinary Institute of America at
Greystone in St. Helena and the Auberge de Soleil in Rutherford is
available for $2,170 per person.
It includes accommodations at the Fairmont Hotel in San
Francisco and the Vintage Inn in Yountville; select meals;
sightseeing, and transportation.
One- to three-night stays, pre- or post-cruise, at the
Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco are available starting at $375 per
person, double, for the first night and $240 for each subsequent
For more information about Crystal Cruises, call (800) 820-6663
or visit www.crystalcruises.com.