While this savvy seafarer sticks to wine (a big buttery Chardonnay please), her first mate (Richard) does enjoy a good brewski or two and will most likely cheer when he hears that Crystal Cruises is putting a twist on its popular “Wine & Food” Experiences of Discovery motif by taking out the “wine” and adding lagers, stouts, IPAs, and “cold ones” that are barrel-aged, made with bacon, have names like “Funky Old Time,” and more. This gives new meaning to enjoying a champagne-style cruise with a budget for beer.
The new Microbrew-themed Boutique Adventures will include expert presentations, cooking and cocktail classes, tasting sessions, and dinners aboard Crystal Serenity sailing from New York to Miami, via the East Coast and Caribbean, starting November 5, 2014.
“We’ve recently seen the growing interest in microbrews, from crafting to drinking, reflected in our own guests’ palates, leading us to add international specialty beers to our Connoisseur beverage menu in 2013,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage operations and hotel procurement. “A microbrew theme in 2014 is a natural extension of that interest, utilizing the programming format of our successful ‘Wine & Food’-cruises to expand travelers’ palates and minds in new ways that can last well beyond their cruise.”
Programming highlights include two one-of-a-kind Boutique Adventures (intimate, exclusive Crystal Adventures. Shore-side excursions take guests to micro- and nano-breweries (the latest trend in ultra-local beer craftsmanship) in and around New York and Charleston for exclusive behind-the-scenes access, expert insight, and diverse sampling of innovative, historic, seasonal, and limited-run beers, complete with a souvenir “growler” swag bag in South Carolina.
The Serenity docks in New York City for the night before sailing down the U.S. East Coast to Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk; Curaçao/Willemstad; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Miami, Florida. All-inclusive cruise fares for the 14-day voyage start at $4,710/person, with $1,450/person in savings if booked by June 30. A shorter, 11-day version of the cruise is also available departing from Baltimore, with “Book Now” fares starting at $3,700/person. The limited-availability microbrew Boutique Adventures start at $179/person.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.