One of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences on a Crystal ship is the service. And the food. Not to mention the service of the food, and the magical way Crystal’s attention to detail makes the gourmet cuisine taste that much better. The culinary journey aboard Crystal is one of the luxuries that travelers miss the most when they leave the ship behind and return to “real” life.
Next May, one “Wine & Food Festival” themed Crystal Symphony voyage will help travelers with this sense of withdrawal, sailing a culinary focused itinerary through some of the most coveted foodie spots in the Mediterranean, offering numerous chances for guests to get into the region’s – and ship’s – kitchens and learn how to make some of the most popular dishes themselves.
Of course, this is a Crystal cruise. So, guests will cook with the best, including guest Michelin starred French chef, Alexis Gauthier of London’s Gauthier Soho and the ship’s own talented culinary team. Ashore, travelers will step into the kitchens of locally beloved eateries, private villas and farmhouses to learn the necessary skills, before dining on their creations. Here are the top five things guests will learn aboard this delicious sailing:
- Tips and tricks from a Michelin starred chef – one who, himself, trained under the renowned Alain Ducasse and has earned some serious star power of his own, appearing as a regular guest judge on the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals
- How to make Italian pizza. We know, kind of a no-brainer, and how hard can this be? However, every region of Italy approaches this worldwide favorite differently and applies different techniques. A farmhouse lesson in Sorrento will educate travelers on the distinct flavors of this region.
- More than you ever thought you’d know about Mozzarella cheese. In the aforementioned Sorrento farmhouse, once you’ve prepared your pizza masterpiece, you’ll be guided through a cheese tasting highlighting the mild variety favored for the beloved pie.
- The fact that, apparently, farmhouses are the place to learn to cook in Italy. Evidenced during another Crystal Adventure that ventures to a country farm outside Tarquinia (from Rome), where participants will learn the art of fettucine ragout and tiramisu. *Bonus: a post-feast wander around the stunning grounds, or a dip in the farm’s swimming pool.
Plan your Mediterranean culinary education for May 1, when the 12-day “Goddesses & Gladiators” sailing embarks from Athens to Rome. “Book Now” fares are available through December 30. Other “Wine & Food Festival” themed voyages in 2016 include taste exploration of South America and the Panama Canal, Southeast Asia, New England and Canada, the Caribbean and South Pacific.