Saturday, 20 April 2013

Crystal's Ultimate Dinner Party at Sea

Crystal Cruises are inviting foodies to join the “ultimate dinner party at sea" when, for the first time, award-winning Napa Valley vintners Bo and Heidi Barrett and multiple Michelin star-winning Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will each host one of Crystal's Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners. 

Just 12 to 14 guests (per event) have the opportunity to attend one of the exclusive seven-course, wine-pairing feasts, either while sailing a Mediterranean cruise on Crystal Serenity (starting May 18) or the Black Sea on Crystal Symphony (departing July 13).  Held in the ships’ private Vintage Rooms just once or twice a year, the “dinner tab” to attend is $1,000 per guest, with hosts on-hand to oversee preparations and explain the menu choices. 

Bo and Heidi Barrett (Istanbul to Barcelona):
Between Bo’s Chateau Montelena - the winery whose 1976 Judgment of Paris Chardonnay win was depicted in the recent film, Bottle Shock - and Heidi’s award-winning “cult” 1992 Screaming Eagle, this Napa couple is largely credited with putting Californian wines on the map. They will be personally selecting each vintage served for the evening.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (Rome to Istanbul):
The mastermind behind a culinary empire, including Crystal’s Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, Chef Nobu will be creating his first-ever “ultimate” meal for Crystal, accompanied by extraordinary rare wine and champagne pairings. Nobu will also hold autograph sessions, cooking classes and larger omakase dinners throughout the sailing.

Both 12-night voyages boast equally exceptional itineraries. The Serenity sailing overnights in Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix, in addition to overnights in Istanbul and Barcelona and visits to Mykonos, Santorini/Thíra, Sorrento, Bonifacio/Corsica and Florence/Livorno. All-inclusive fly/cruise prices from £3,589 per person, if booked by April 30. The July 13 Black Sea voyage on Symphony explores Rome/Civitavecchia, Sorrento, Sicily/Taormina, Contanţa, Yalta and Sochi, with overnights in Odessa and Istanbul. All-inclusive fly/cruise prices from £4,148 per person, if booked by April 30.

For bookings, follow this link to The Cruise Line, the UK's luxury cruising specialists.