A Norwegian Culinary Olympics Team member, Cordon Bleu Master Chef, and Domaine Laroche Brand Ambassador will bring spice to the ice during Crystal Cruises’ voyage through the Arctic Circle in 2013. 

The special guests will be aboard as part of a “Wine and Food” theme enhancing the line’s annual North Cape cruise next July.  The Crystal Serenity voyage begins July 5, sailing from Copenhagen to Stockholm, visiting 10 ports over 15 days filled with sipping Europe’s finest local beverages, learning about local dishes from gourmands, and seeing the breathtaking scenery of Lapland.

The culinary experts currently scheduled are:

  • Sven Erik Renaa: Proprieter of Norway’s renowned Renaa Restaurants, winner of numerous Chef of the Year awards, and manager of the champion Norwegian National Culinary Team.
  • Gwénaël Laroche: Brand Ambasadress for (and family member of ) Burgundy’s Domaine Laroche winery, a name that is virtually synonymous with Chablis and has won “The Best White Wine in the World” from Wine Spectator.
  •  Mark Cummings: A certified Cordon Bleu Master Chef, restaurateur, and star of TV’s The Very Best of Everything.

They will offer hands-on instruction in preparing chef specialties, live cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and specially-designed menus for select Crystal Dining Room dinners.

Foodie fun also segues to shore, with Crystal Adventures that take travelers on a “Quest for King Crab” in the waters of Sarnesfjorden (followed by eating the day’s catch); to Tromsø’s oldest pub and Mack’s Brewery to learn (and taste!) the art of crafting arctic beer; and to three different ice bars (in Leknes, Stockholm, Honningsvåg) for perfectly-chilled vodka sipping.

The voyage includes overnights in Copenhagen and Stockholm at the cruise’s beginning and end; calls in Geiranger, Honningsvåg, Tromsø, Lofoten, Ålesund, Loen, and Bergen, Norway; Crystal’s first return to Murmansk, Russia in 18 years; and cruising the Norewgian Fjords, North Cape/Arctic Circle, and North, Barents, and Baltic Seas.