Guests touring Europe with Crystal Cruises this summer are in for a culinary treat. Award-winning Napa Valley vintners Bo and Heidi Barrett and multiple Michelin star-winning Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa are each hosting one of Crystal Cruises’ 2013 Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners.
Seatings are limited to 12 to 14 guests per event (at $1,000 per guest), creating an intimate atmosphere to savor the exclusive seven-course menu with ultra-rare wine-pairings. The unique opportunity is available to guests sailing a Mediterranean itinerary aboard Crystal Serenity (starting May 18) or a Black Sea itinerary aboard Crystal Symphony (departing July 13).
“The Ultimate Vintage Room dinners allow us to push the culinary envelope over the top, with each event truly a once-in-a-lifetime affair created just for Crystal guests,” says Toni Neumeister, Crystal Cruises vice president, food and beverage operations.
Less than five years ago the world’s first hybrid cruise ship, Hurtigruten Expeditions’ MS Roald Amundsen, set sail for Antarctica in November 2019 with 450 passengers. The battery-hybrid-powered ship, named for the first man to cross the continent and reach the South Pole, was built specifically for voyages in polar waters. Its battery-hybrid power reduces the ship’s consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to equally sized ships.
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I hadn’t even made it to my first cup of coffee when I got an early phone call from my sister, who lives two time zones away. “OMG, Kristy, Patsy Cline came on twice while I was driving the kids to school today,” she laughed. “You know what that means, right?” We both gasped and then instantly began singing the lyrics to “La Bamba,” an inside joke we’d shared since our family’s Alaskan cruise decades ago when we, unintentionally, won the ship’s karaoke contest among a sea of Patsy Cline tributes.
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