Day One: First Night on Le Panache

There are really only two things that can make or break a cruise for me. I am not caught up in worrying about the thread count of my sheets, or the fragrance in my toiletries. And in my experience, most cruise itineraries are great if you approach them in the right spirit. But if the passengers are disagreeable, or the food is below par, I won’t be having a good time. The passengers on this sailing of …

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Crystal Welcomes Mast Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Aboard

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa courtesy of Crystal Cruises One of my favorite indulgences while cruising is fine dining… and the cruise line have some of the best cuisine to be found- both at sea and on land.  This is due in great part to the effort they put into recruiting the best chefs, as demonstrated by the fact that  Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will be aboard Crystal Serenity in May as Executive Chef in Silk Road and …

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Ashore with the chef to the local market in Rovinj Croatia

Let’s play follow the Chef. It’s the most unique shore excursion I’ve ever seen and it doesn’t cost a penny. We’ve just arrived at our first Croatian port, Rovinj, aboard the 315-passenger Wind Surf—one of Windstar’s distinctive sailing yachts and the largest in the three-ship fleet. The Ship’s executive Chef Ronald Waasdorp has invited guests to follow him to the local open-air market and 28 of us have taken him up on his offer. “I don’t know …

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Oceania’s “Marina”…The First-Ever Ship Built for Epicureans

Love food and fine dining?  Then you will be beyond excited to hear about the offerings of Oceania’s new ship, the Marina, which debuts later this month. This gorgeous new vessel, the first of it’s kind, will have no less than six no-charge, gourmet restaurants! The Marina was designed specifically with the epicurean in mind; meals are cooked to order with the intent of serving cuisine that rivals the best that it’s land-based counterparts has to offer. …

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