On Sunday, July 12, Crystal Serenity began her special 25th Anniversary President’s voyage through Western Europe, hosted by Crystal Cruises President Edie Rodriguez. The journey also stars a very special culinary guest, Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, one of the world’s most respected and influential chefs.
Lucky guests set sail from Lisbon en route to London for a 14-day cruise docking in three countries. Ports of call are Lisbon and Oporto/Leizoes in Portugal; St-Jean-de-Luz, Bordeaux, Bassens, Brest, Honfleur and St-Malo in France; Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands; and Dover (London), England. Special President's shore excursions include a Douro River cruise and port wine tasting, a glimpse into haute couture at the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, a cooking class at Le Saint-James Restaurant, sightseeing at Médoc, St-Emilion by helicopter, and a Guernsey coast cycling experience.
Onboard special events include revues and concerts, and Crystal Visions Enrichment Program speakers, namely celebrated newsmen Ken Rees, Shelby Coffey, and Stephen Cole. Master Chef Matsuhisa joins in the celebration by preparing a lavish "Omakase" (Chef's Choice) dinner for on-board guests, as well as giving cooking demonstrations and hosting sake tasting events with Sake Master Fumio Hazu.
If this whet your appetite for an epicurean vacation, consider booking a 2016 Crystal Cruise to indulge in the ships' specialty restaurants Silk Road and the Sushi Bar featuring Chef Matsuhisa's sea-faring seafood cuisine.