Celebrity Australian chef, Luke Nguyen has joined the APT’s new Anastasia cruise liner and will open a restaurant on the ship.
The Indochine restaurant will serve fusion French-Vietnamese dishes to the 100 cabin ship’s guests while it sails along Russia’s Volga River from St Petersburg to Moscow.
Anastasia’s journey will take 13 days in total, be moored for 3 days in St Petersburg and Moscow respectively and being operations in 2015.
Mr Nguyen said that Indochine’s cuisine will appear to the European palate of Anastasia’s passengers.
“You don't want to go to Europe and eat Vietnamese food but there will be influences,” Mr Nguyen said.
“[The restaurant will be] very boutique, very design drive, top of the line."
Mr Nguyen will eventually begin searching for produce in Russia’s local regions.
APT chief executive Chris Hall said that the Russian market is delivering strong gains to the company.
“Russia has been a fantastic success so far," Mr Hall said.
“This (Anastasia) will be the first luxury (river) experience in Russia. Until now, it has been very difficult for all operators."
Anastasia is currently having her hull rebuild before she begins cruising again.