LOS ANGELES -- Crystal Cruises announced dates for its fall series
of Wine & Food Festival sailings.
Offered aboard the Crystal Harmony, clients can choose from one
of the line's 11- or 17-day Panama Canal cruises, which depart Nov.
1, 12 and 23 from Acapulco, Mexico, Costa Rica and New Orleans.
As part of the Wine & Food Festival, a guest chef will
prepare a four-course dinner featuring signature dishes, matched
with wine pairings by a guest wine expert.
During the days on board, the visiting chef will hold
demonstrations on cooking techniques; share recipes and tips, and
participate in question-and-answer sessions.
Guest chefs scheduled for this fall's series are Guillermo
Pernot of Philadelphia's new Pasion restaurant; Joseph Wrede,
chef/proprietor of Joseph's Table in New Mexico; Karl Edelbauer,
corporate executive chef of the Peabody Hotel Group, and Alain
Sailhac, master chef and director of the French Culinary Institute
in New York.
They will be joined by wine experts Robin Kelly O'Connor, U.S.
liaison for the Bordeaux (France) Wine Bureau; Karen King, wine
director of New York's Union Square Cafe; master sommelier Jay
Fletcher from Syzygy in Aspen, Colo., and master sommelier Ken
Fredrickson, director and proprietor of Terroir in Jackson Hole,
The master sommeliers and other wine experts will lead guests
through wine tastings to compare appellations, vintages and
varieties from various regions; teach the history of wine, and
offer hints on choosing and pairing wines.
Guests also will be able to sample from the more than 200
selections in Crystal Harmony's wine cellar, one of the most
extensive at sea, according to the line.
Depending on the itinerary, the 940-passenger Crystal Harmony
will call in Aruba; Bermuda; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands;
Cartagena, Colombia; Caldera, Costa Rica; Cozumel and Playa del
Carmen, Mexico; Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, and Tortola.
The Nov. 1 sailing also features Crystal Cruises' first call in
Coiba Island, Panama.
Cruise fares for the fall Pamana Canal Wine & Food Festival
sailings start at $1,595 per person with value collection
For more information or reservations, call (800) 446-6620 or
visit the company's Web site at www.crystalcruises.com.