Windstar Cruises has announced their newest Private Event Host, “Royal Chef” Darren McGrady, as part of the global roll-out of the small ship cruise line’s new Private Event program in 2015. Each Windstar sailing now offers a unique and complimentary “private event” with a region-specific experience, allowing guests the opportunity to connect more deeply with the destination during their cruise.
Chef Darren was personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales; and Princes William and Harry for 15 years. Darren will come aboard Windstar’s June 19 Idyllic British Isles sailing as the Private Event Host, attending Windstar’s Private Event at Picton Castle, a 13th century castle reserved for Windstar guests to explore while enjoying appetizers, sparkling wine, and music from a Welsh choir.
Back on board that evening, Chef Darren will prepare a three course “royal feast” for guests, taking time before each course to explain his selections and techniques while telling stories from his time cooking at Buckingham Palace. Additionally, Chef Darren will host an afternoon tea on board during the sailing, answering guests’ questions and sharing his favorite recipes and cookbook.
Chef Darren is the second Private Event Host announced in 2015, with Olympic Swimmer Mark Spitz serving as host of the Prickly Pear Beach Private Event on the Yachtsman’s Caribbean Voyage in January. Mark conducted a series of swimming master classes for guests while they also enjoyed a cocktail classes, beach BBQ fare, and music.
Other Private Events in 2015 include a wine tasting and tour in Italy with traditional Sicilian lunch; tapas and folk dance lessons; and an equestrian ballet and sherry tasting, among others.
Additional celebrity hosts for different Windstar sailing destinations will be announced in the coming months.