LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5, 2015 /CNW/ -- An all-new culinary adventure awaits as the MasterChef Cruise returns to the Caribbean Nov. 6–13, 2016. Following last year's debut of the MasterChef Cruise, foodies and fans of America's most watched cooking competition series MASTERCHEF (Wednesdays, 8:00pm ET/PT on FOX) will get a chance to experience a new and elevated line-up of entertainment and activities including Mystery Box Challenges, cooking demonstrations, meet-and-greets and more.
Presented by Endemol Shine North America, producers of the television series, and events company Life Journeys, the MasterChef Cruise will satisfy guests' appetites with culinary events and demonstrations featuring the MASTERCHEF All-Stars who are set to appear including Luca Manfe (MASTERCHEF Season 4 winner), Elizabeth Cauvel (MASTERCHEF Season 5 runner-up) and MASTERCHEF Season 6 winner (to be revealed on the Sept. 16 Finale), Sean Le (MasterChef Junior Season 2 contestant) and more to be announced.
Guests onboard the MasterChef Cruise will be offered an array of entertaining and instructional events and demonstrations, including:
- MASTERCHEF JUNIOR All-Stars Grilled Cheese Showdown – Watch as some of America's best young home cooks tackle this after-school classic, adding their own flair to a dish that can be so much more than just cheese and bread
- MASTERCHEF All-Stars Meet-and-Greet – A unique opportunity to meet and greet the MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR All-Stars. Guests will also have a chance to get their MASTERCHEF winners' cookbook signed
- Live Mystery Box Challenge – Get a first-hand look at a live Mystery Box Challenge as the MASTERCHEF All-Stars compete to create an elevated dish of their choice
- All-Stars Finale Cook-Off – Root for your favorite MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR All-Star as they battle it out to be the next MasterChef Cruise Champion
The 7-day cruise sets sail November 6 on board Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam. Embarking from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., it will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's award-winning private island in the Bahamas.
The first 100 eligible people to make a qualified booking on the MasterChef Cruise receive special access to the "First 100 All-Star Soiree." Fares for the MasterChef Cruise begin at $1,398 per person, double occupancy and include activities associated with the MasterChef Cruise shipboard programming.
For additional details and the full MasterChef Cruise itinerary visit www.masterchefcruise.com.
ABOUT LIFE JOURNEYS
California-based Life Journeys Inc., is the nation's premier global travel tour production company. Life Journey's vision is to bring together an array of authors, celebrities, speakers, musicians and organizations that inspire, motivate, educate, entertain and empower the minds and spirits of their audience in various locations around the world by creating a unique brand of customized, one-of-a-kind cruise and land event productions.
ABOUT HOLLAND AMERICA
Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line currently has a new 2,650-guest ship, ms Koningsdam, on order for delivery in February 2016 from Fincantieri shipyard, as well as a second Pinnacle class ship due for delivery in November 2018.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all-new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies in the U.S. that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico. And subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group's companies in North America are behind hit series including Below Deck (Bravo), Bullseye (FOX), Big Brother (CBS), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Fake Off (TruTV) Hell on Wheels (AMC), Ink Master (Spike), It Takes a Church (GSN), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), Kingdom (DirecTV), Knife Fight (Esquire), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Restaurant Startup (CNBC), Swamp People (History), The Island (NBC), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Steve Harvey (NBCU), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT), Wipeout (ABC) and many more.
Endemol Beyond USA, one of the fastest-growing and award-winning digital networks of 2014, is part of the Endemol Shine Group. As a Premium Content Network, Endemol Beyond USA content is available across more than 20 platforms including YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Roku, TiVo, DailyMotion and Amazon Fire TV. Endemol Beyond is the first Premium Channel Network with hubs in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, with plans to expand into Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. Endemol Beyond USA produces and distributes premium-quality online content starring influential talent such as Pitbull, Brittany Furlan, Drea De Matteo and Andy Milonakis across lifestyle, comedy, reality and music-themed digital networks. Together Endemol Beyond and digital pioneer Michelle Phan have recently launched ICON, the first worldwide Premium Lifestyle Network. ICON is an online global destination featuring a prolific slate of original programming in beauty, fashion, wellness, DIY, food, human interest stories and travel.
SOURCE Endemol Shine North America
For further information: Further information, Julie Holland, Julie.hollan[email protected], 323 229 8633, http://www.masterchefcruise.com