Luxury travelers with an appetite for global flavors should check out two notable “Wine & Food Festival” themed voyages in 2016 aboard Crystal Cruises.

Crystal Symphony will sail a 12-day Mediterranean voyage from Istanbul to Rome on May 1, while Crystal Serenity will welcome master chef Nobu Matsuhisa back aboard for a 10-day Alaskan cruise round-trip from Vancouver.

The former offers “flavors of the destination” at virtually every turn, with a number of opportunities for guests to learn how to create some of the specialties from world renowned chefs. The latter features personally hosted dinners and special menus created by Nobu, whose signature cuisine is featured in Crystal’s onboard Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, and cities worldwide.

On Crystal Symphony’s Wine & Food themed Experiences of Discovery cruise, Crystal’s culinary team will be joined by Michelin-starred French chef Alexis Gauthier of the Gauthier Soho in Soho, London. The chef will lead guests through demos of his most famous dishes, and also offer hands-on instruction to small groups of participants in the ship’s galley. On select evenings, guests will enjoy a specially created menu by Chef Gauthier in the Crystal Dining Room.

Aboard Crystal Serenity’s Alaska cruise, Nobu Matsuhisa will return to the ship to mingle with guests and host multi-course omakase (or chef’s choice) dinners in Silk Road, as well as other feasts and special menus.

(Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)

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