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Msc   Celebrity Chefs ResizedLooking to add a little extra flavor to your next adventure on the high seas? The upcoming fall and winter cruise calendar is shaping up with a full plate of gastronomic journeys. Check out these upcoming epicurean-themed cruises that are sure to spice up your trip.

Oceania Cruises Partners with CookingVacations.com
Luxury line Oceania has announced the launch of a series of culinary cruises aboard the company’s new ship, Marina. Rolled out in partnership with CookingVacations.com, the 10-night inaugural journey, “Cooking along the Mediterranean: Athens to Rome,” will depart on November 18, and include cooking lessons and gourmet cuisine both onboard and in port (rates from $3,998, includes airfare from 21 major cities; www.cookingvacations.com). The ship features the only hands-on cooking school at sea, the Bon Appétit Culinary Center, as well as the intimate wine-tasting and pairing space, La Reserve by Wine Spectator. Additional culinary itineraries will be featured aboard Marina throughout 2012.


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MSC Yacht Club to Feature International Celebrity Chefs
Upscale MSC Yacht Club is rolling out four culinary-themed itineraries this fall and winter 2011/2012 season that are set to be helmed by celebrity guest chefs from Spain, Italy, France, and the U.K. Expect each of the quartet of itineraries to offer culinary-minded cruisers samplings of world-class cuisine, cooking classes, and more. The scheduled voyages are as follows: MSC Fantasia on November 27 featuring Spanish cuisine with two-time Michelin star winner Chef Paco Roncero; MSC Splendida on January 7, 2012, with two-Michelin starred Chef Mauro Uliassi from Italy; MSC Splendida on January 28, 2012, with French Chef Gilles Epié, whose many accolades include winning a Best Chef award from Food & Wine magazine; and MSC Splendida on February 4, 2012, with celebrity Chef Antony Worrall Thompson from the U.K., star of the popular U.K. television show “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.” Rates start at $3,939 and include airfare from select gateways, ground transfers, one-night post hotel accommodations, and up to $250 shipboard credit. www.mscyachtclub.com


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