Sold Out Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise Starts In Two Weeks

The sold out Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise 2016 starts in Hong Kong on January 3, ending in Singapore 14 nights later.  While it’s too late to join the 2016 the Taste Of Asia sailing, fans of cruise vacations, fine cuisine and amazing wine can come along with us and a team of culinary experts on a connoisseur’s cruise around Asia.   There is a lot to look forward to on this third version of the Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise which seems to get better each time.   Let’s take a look at the planned highlights then roll right into getting ready to go and getting there as we begin a more focused coverage of what looks to be a fabulous journey.


Sold Out Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise Itinerary

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As was the case on the first and second Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise, the itinerary alone is good enough reason to hop on Seabourn Sojourn for two weeks. Different on this sailing, there is not one place on this itinerary that we have been to before.

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The first Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise in 2014 racked up 44 individual events on a 10 day sailing. 2015’s sailing got more intense with 47 individual events in just 7 days. Bigger and better than ever, the lineup of events for the 2016 Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise numbers 90 right now. If this one goes as the last ones, that number will no doubt swell to over 100 by the time it is all said and done. Let’s take a brief look at what Seabourn has in store for those who come along for what is sure to be the at-sea culinary event of the year, yet again:

  1. Asian Epicurean Welcome Party with local lion dance show
  2. Colonnade: Chinese Market Dinner featuring local Peking duck
  3. Sail away with Live Entertainment and Chinese Desserts
  4. Wine Themed Movie: Red Obsession
  5. Cooking Demonstration with our Celebrity Chef
  6. Dim Sum Bar
  7. Mixology Demonstration
  8. Local Chef Lunch
  9. Culinary Team Trivia
  10. Galley Tour
  11. Wine Tasting Seminar with our Guest Sommelier
  12. Chinese Tea Ritual
  13. Captain’s Welcome Reception
  14. A Taste of Seabourn Chef’s Dinner
  15. Shopping with the Chefs In Hanoi
  16. Wine Lecture with our Guest Sommelier
  17. Vietnamese Deck Event with Local Entertainment
  18. Vietnamese Hot Pot Market Dinner
  19. Street Food Dinner at the Patio Grill
  20. Mixology Demonstration: Creating Fresh, Local Cocktails
  21. Live Noodle Making Demonstration
  22. Noodle Themed Lunch
  23. Spring Roll Bar at the Patio Grill
  24. Mixology Class: The Use of Herbs in Cocktails
  25. Galley Tour
  26. Cooking with Chilies Demonstration
  27. Wine Tasting Seminar with our Guest Sommelier
  28. Vietnamese Tea Time
  29. Seabourn’s Signature Block Party
  30. Celebrity Chef Dinner
  31. Shopping with the Chefs in Da Nang
  32. Wine Lecture with our Guest Sommelier
  33. Local Market Lunch
  34. Officers on Deck Event featuring Asian Flavors
  35. Dessert Under the Stars
  36. Rock the Boat Dance Party
  37. Nightcap Cocktails with our Mixologist
  38. Vietnamese Cooking Demonstration
  39. Sushi Making Demonstration
  40. Pho Bar at the Patio Grill
  41. Galley Tour
  42. Wine Tasting Seminar
  43. Food Bazaar Dinner
  44. Liquor Tasting with our Mixologist
  45. Shopping with the Chefs In Ho Chi Minh City
  46. Local Market Lunch
  47. Shopping with the Chefs In Ho Chi Minh City (because we overnight there)
  48. Vietnamese Market Lunch
  49. Epicurean Sail-Away Event
  50. Wine Lecture with our Guest Sommelier
  51. Mixology Demonstration: Balancing Acidity in Cocktails
  52. Cooking Demonstration with our Celebrity Chef
  53. Local Ingredient Food Exposition on Deck
  54. Wok and Stir Fry Lunch
  55. Sate Lunch at the Patio Grill
  56. Asia vs. Europe Cooking Challenge
  57. Wine Lecture with our Guest Sommelier
  58. Galley Tour
  59. The Durian Fruit Challenge
  60. Cocktail Tasting with our Mixologist
  61. Wellness Day with Healthy Themed Events
  62. Cambodian Themed Market Lunch
  63. The Fine Art School of Phnom Penh Local show
  64. Mixology Class: Creating Cocktails with Local Ingredients
  65. Seabourn’s Signature Beach Barbecue
  66. Caviar in the Surf
  67. Coconut Drink Bar
  68. Local Beer Tasting
  69. Shopping with the Chefs In Bangkok
  70. Local lunch featuring Tom Yum
  71. Patio Grill: Curry Bar
  72. Local Show followed by Thai Themed Sail-Away
  73. Thai Dinner
  74. Creating Thai Cocktails with our Mixologist
  75. Thai Curry Demonstartion
  76. Fruit and Vegetable Carving Demonstartion
  77. Thai Lunch
  78. Phad Thai Bar at the Patio Grill
  79. Galley Tour
  80. Mixology Demonstration
  81. Wine Lecture by our Guest Sommelier
  82. Captain’s Farewell Party and Crew Farewell
  83. Celebrity Chef Dinner
  84. Cooking Demonstration
  85. Seabourn’s Signature Galley Market Lunch
  86. Culinary Team Trivia — Final Round
  87. A Conversation with the Culinary Team
  88. Mixology Demonstration
  89. The Best of Seabourn Dinner
  90. Culinary Movie: Eat, Pray, Love

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Guest Chefs Join Seabourn’s Culinary Team

FWC_ChefBerndSiener_150729 (1)A native of Mainz, Germany, Chef Siener received his education at the Steigenberger Hotel School and the University of Heidelberg, ultimately earning certificates as both a Master of German Wines and a Master Chef. His career has been spent among a veritable constellation of Michelin stars including Franz Keller’s Schwarzer Adler (2 stars); Heinz Winkler’s Tantris (3 stars) and Tristan (2 stars); and Harald Wohlfahrt’s kitchen at the Kurhotel Traube (3 stars). Chef Siener applied his skills to other star-rated establishments in the United Kingdom, Spain, Colombia and Turkey before creating his own culinary domain at the Restaurant Bel Etage in the 5-star Vila Vita Rosenpark in Marburg, Germany. After ten Michelin-starred years as an award-winning chef and then culinary director at Bel Etage, he is now culinary director at the Vila Vita Gastro in Marburg. Chef Siener has also co-authored a number of cookbooks for the celebrated culinary publisher Teubner. He is married, with two young children.


FWC_Gifford_151111Gypsy Gifford, born in England and raised in Southern California, is a CIA alumna and valued culinary instructor. She worked for several years in New York City in the restaurants of Daniel Boulud, Terrence Brennan and Rocco DiSpirito. In New York she worked as Executive Chef at Rain Restaurant, transitioning a long time Thai Restaurant into a successful modern Asian restaurant and earning the Emerging Tastemaker Award from Food Arts Magazine. She left New York and headed to California to run Café Pinot, the acclaimed jewel of the Patina Restaurant Group. From there she moved onwards to work as Corporate Chef for Disney Studios where projects focused on sustainability and overhaul of foodservice at employee based cafes. Highlights of the time at Disney include the development and implementation of a 4-acre farm which delivered 10K pounds of produce per year to Disney foodservice locations as well as an equal amount in donations to local food banks. Chef Gifford’s cooking is much in tune with her personality, free spirited, driven by curiosity, and likely to pull from all corners of the globe.

In her time at The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Gifford has developed and launched a challenging semester abroad for US-based Bachelor’s students. This Asian Concentration takes students on a culinary journey that spans the Silk Road and maritime Spice Routes of the greater Asian continent. Chef Gifford has been traveling to Asia for over 12 years and has resided in Singapore since 2012. Her personal and professional research projects are focused on Southeast Asian foodways and culinary traditions.


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