Crystal Cruises teamed up with Travel TST to showcase the culinary creations of globe-trotting chef Darren Brown during a harbour cruise in Vancouver yesterday that sneak previewed the line’s upcoming 2015 Mediterranean gastronomy voyage.
Sailing on the six star Crystal Serenity, the 12 day ‘Magical Mediterranean’ culinary voyage departs Monte Carlo Oct. 25, 2015, and disembarks in Toulon, Spain on Nov. 6 after visiting ports of call in Genoa, Rome, Naples, Sicily, Valletta, Mallorca and Barcelona.
Chef Brown will be onboard throughout the voyage, preparing Mediterranean cuisine nightly in the Serenity’s speciality restaurant, and hosting private wine and dining experiences, cooking demonstrations and optional private shore excursion events.
Meanwhile, onboard a private chartered yacht sailing Vancouver’s Georgia Straight yesterday, travel agents learned the highlights of Crystal Cruises main product while sampling risotto, antipasto, charcuterie and vichyssoise with caviar prepared onboard by Chef Brown.
Peter Nowicki, DSM, Western Canada, Crystal Cruises, gave an interactive presentation that outlined the benefits of sailing with Crystal Cruises from boarding to disembarkation.
“When you check in with a cruise line, you usually have to wait in the terminal, but with Crystal it’s different- we actually do all of our embarkation onboard the ship, so there’s no terminal check-in and you don’t have to wait in line,” Nowicki said.
Crystal Cruises is all all-inclusive luxury line, with fares covering gratuities, speciality restaurants, alcoholic beverages, enrichment programs and 24 hour room service.
“We do early embarkation- we want to get you onboard, with that glass of champagne and down to the dining room with lunch onboard and starting your vacation,” he added.
Nowicki also said that Crystal is the only cruise line in the industry to provide air purified staterooms for allergy sufferers, and complimentary classes ranging from golf to fitness to language to amateur cinematic arts and historical and cultural lectures.
Crystal is also the only line to feature a Nobu specialty sushi restaurant onboard, made famous in Las Vegas and included in the cruise, as well as Prego, featuring classic Italian cuisine.
“We have a new category of luxury on Crystal Cruises, and it’s all included- unless you get a spa treatment or make a purchase in the gift shop, you can get off the ship without spending a dime in a market where’s it’s often more expensive to get off a ship than on,” Nowicki said.
For more information, go to crystalcruises.com.
Photo: Ian Biddlecombe, president, TravelTST, Donna Cook, director of sales, Western USA & Canada, Crystal Cruises, Donna Bolton & Tracey Green, consultants, Travel TST & Peter Nowicki, DSM, Western Canada, Crystal Cruises.