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Experience the exotic culinary culture of the Indonesian Spice Islands with Janet DeNeefe on an 8-day cruise through paradise

Twenty-five years ago, SeaTrek Sailing Adventures pioneered exclusive small-ship expedition cruising in Indonesia for small groups. The itineraries take guests to mostly untouched regions of the archipelago – an advantage that only small vessels can offer. There is hardly a more intimate way to explore Indonesia than through travelling with SeaTrek Sailing Adventures.

Munich/Bali, May 04, 2017 – Each trip is a voyage into adventure! However, of a kind where one does not have to sacrifice luxury for adventure. Life on board of the two traditional pinisi schooners, Katharina (six en-suite cabins) and Ombak Putih (twelve en-suite cabins), is one of relaxation and comfort, with great food, top-class service and a wide offer of water sports activities, intertwined with good conversations with like-minded globetrotters about culture, the country and its people. Janet DeNeefe aboard the pinisi schoonerOn top of this, one of the greatest assets of these unparalleled sailing cruises are the experts leading them. One of whom is Janet DeNeefe, expert for everything sensual that one can taste, feel and smell. Raised in Melbourne, DeNeefe has made Bali her home since 1984. Her love of Indonesian culture and cuisine led to the opening of two restaurants in Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali: Casa Luna and Indus. Her passion is also the inspiration of two cookbooks: “Fragrant Rice”, and “Bali: The Food of My Island Home”; in addition, she is the founder of the Ubud Food Festival, a food festival well known beyond the borders of South-East Asia. SeaTrek Sailing Adventures is proud to partner with the excellent chef to conduct the “Food As Medicine” cruise. Giving a cooking class is nothing extraordinary these days, but guests appreciate DeNeefe’s profound knowledge of regional markets in the Spice Islands, where the group goes shopping together, as well as her expertise when it comes to exotic spices and gastronomic delights, reaching deep into the soul of this intriguing archipelago. Cookbooks – probably much more than history books – often tell a better story of a society, from its rich past until today. Back on board, guests may be invited to lend a helping hand, while DeNeefe demonstrates the preparation of regional and often unknown dishes. At the end of the journey, all participants will receive a copy of the recipes and take back home a piece of this exotic experience. The roundtrip starts in Ambon, capital of the province of Maluku, also known as the Moluccas. The first sensual encounter happens at the local market. The journey continues to the island of Manipa, which is said to have magical powers, and a day later, to Nusa Laut, a small Christian island rarely visited by outsiders. Saparua, a former Dutch stronghold in colonial times, is the next destination, where more exotic ingredients will be collected at the vibrant morning market in preparation for another culinary highlight in the evening. On the fifth day, the ship will reach the Banda archipelago – once the world’s only source of nutmeg and mace, which in the 16th century were worth more than their weight in gold. On the sixth and seventh day, the ship will sail into the many small islands of the Banda archipelago, before guests disembark the boat on the eighth day back in Ambon. A truly unique journey. For further information, please contact the European representative of SeaTrek Sailing Adventures at seatrekbali [at] tourism-unlimited.com or by phone: +49-89-673 78 619. For more information on SeaTrek Sailing Adventures, please visit: www.seatrekbali.com

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Title: Janet DeNeefe aboard the pinisi schooner
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SeaTreak Sailing Adventures Pinisi Schooner
Title: Sailing cruises with traditional pinisi schooners
Text: Guests experience the fascinating archipelago on board of Ombak Putih with twelve cabins or Katharina with six cabins.
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SeaTrek Indonesian Spices
Title: Indonesia is famous for its diversity in spices
Text: In the morning, guests shop for spices on the markets of the Moluccans, back on board a complementing cooking class is offered.
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