Friday, December 01, 2006

Celebrity Chefs Are Cruising - Along with the Pirates of the Caribbean

First Vegas, now the world. The Pirates of the Dining Room are at it again.

Travel Video TV reports that chefs are taking their acts to the high seas for big bucks.

Cruisers Can Revel In The Culinary Creations Of The World's Most Celebrated Chefs

Georges Blanc. Ettore Bocchia. Todd English. Nobu Matsuhisa. Charlie Palmer. Wolfgang Puck. Michel Roux. Pierre Selvaggio. Joachim Splichal. Jacques Thorel. Foodies seeking reservations at these celebrity chefs' tony, shoreside restaurants will likely have to wait months. But aboard today's cruise ships, vacationers have unlimited access to the creative cuisine of these talented gourmands.

That's because celebrity chefs from around the world are partnering with the member fleets of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in a variety of ways. In some cases, celebrity chefs serve as culinary consultants ensuring guests enjoy the best and freshest fare. Celebrity chefs are also offering their signature cuisine on dining room menus, while others have partnered with cruise lines to create full-scale alternative dining restaurants that mirror the style, ambience, and gastronomy of their land-based eateries.

CLIA's member lines also offer themed culinary sailings, featuring talented celebrity chefs and wine connoisseurs - in addition to well-known cookbook authors and television cooking-show hosts.

The partnerships between celebrity chefs and cruise lines exemplify today's multi-faceted cruise cuisine. "Today's cruise ships have come a long way from the regimented dining rules and endless buffets of years past," said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA, the chief marketing organization for 19 premier cruise lines and nearly 17,000 North American travel agencies. "These days, the operative word in cruise ship dining is 'choice,' and that includes the incredible offerings from some of the most celebrated and respected chefs in the business today."

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