Carlo Cracco, a two-Michelin star chef, will again create the Christmas and New Year’s menus onboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina, which is based in Miami. The deal was celebrated yesterday at a special dinner in Milan, where the Italy-based chef created a Cuba inspired banquet for special guests and dignitaries.
For the past two years, Chef Cracco has crafted on-board Christmas and New Year menus as part of MSC Cruises’ focus on high-end dining. This season he will again delight the palates of thousands of guests who spend all or part of their holidays at sea with MSC Cruises.
MSC Cruises has one ship based in the U.S. – the MSC Divina, sailing a wide-range of Caribbean itineraries from PortMiami. In addition, starting December 2017, MSC Cruises’ next-generation cruise ship MSC Seaside will sail from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami. Sales for Caribbean cruises aboard this state-of-the-art ship will open on Dec. 15, two years ahead of its debut.
But, back to the present. Here’s a sample of what you might dine on aboard a holiday cruise with MSC: Caramelized beef top blade with citrus fruit, celeriac and pomegranate; saffron risotto, salmon roe and parsley; steamed sea bass fillet, cream of lettuce, caviar and lemon; rigatoni au gratin with pecorino cheese and black cabbage, and lobster tail au gratin, spinach, pine nuts and raisins.
Check out these holiday cruises aboard MSC Divina, sailing from Miami and featuring Chef Cracco’s creations:
Christmas – Dec. 19 departure to Charlotte Amalie, San Juan and Nassau. The ship will be decked out with traditional trimmings, sparkling lights, shimmering decorations, festive Christmas trees, and a new gingerbread village created by MSC Cruises’ pastry chefs. Adding to the festivities, guests will enjoy traditional Christmas carols; a brand new Christmas evening show; Christmas-themed cooking classes, arts and crafts, and parades; a visit by Santa Claus who will present a gift to every child on board; seasonal Christmas movies played on an outdoor jumbo screen throughout the week; and special Christmas menus honoring the culinary traditions of the holiday. A Christmas mass will also be available onboard.
New Year’s – Dec. 26 departure to Falmouth, Georgetown, Cozumel, Belize City, and Freeport. Festivities will start with a special New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, before guests head up to the pool deck for the ship’s annual New Year’s Eve dance party, complete with themed decorations, a countdown to midnight, and champagne. For those traveling with kids, MSC Cruises is extending the kids club hours and offering babysitting in the kids club for free so that parents can enjoy New Year’s celebrations.