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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel

Monday, March 25, 2013

Indulge your Passion for Wine on a Cruise

A glass of wine is fine any time, but even better when you sip it on a cruise ship. Whether you’re on deck toasting the sunset, savoring a multicourse gourmet meal in a specialty restaurant or simply enjoying some time in the comfort of your stateroom, a delicious wine can enhance the cruise experience.

Cruise lines appreciate wine enthusiasts and accommodate them in special ways. Many cruise lines offer wine-tasting events, a great way to spend a day at sea. Some ships offer educational programs designed to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of wine, or special dinners in which each course is paired with an ideal wine.

Cruise ship wine bars have become popular spots to relax, sample new wines and chat with other wine aficionados. Royal Caribbean offers the Vintages wine bar on its Voyager class, Freedom class and Oasis class ships. There, you can sample wines from some of the world’s most famous vintners – some available only at Vintages.

Celebrity Cruises has more than 3,500 certified sommeliers and servers who can answer your questions and make suggestions about wines you should try. There’s no shame in asking for assistance with wine selections, as Celebrity’s recently expanded onboard wine collection presents more than 500 choices. The Cellar Masters Wine Bar gives you the opportunity to sample new wines from an advanced, wine-by-the-glass dispensing system. If you’re on a Solstice class ship, be sure to visit the two-story wine tower: the impressive glass-and-steel tower holds 1,800 bottles, each maintained at the perfect serving temperature.

A different and time-honored kind of wine bar experience is available on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2. The Vueve Cliquot Champagne Bar serves seven varieties of champagne by the glass or by the bottle, along with fine sturgeon caviar, in an elegant salon.

To more fully immerse yourself in the world of wine, some cruise lines offer wine-themed cruises. River cruise line AmaWaterways’ “In Celebration of Wine” cruises sail through the wine regions that lie along Europe’s Rhone, Rhine and Danube rivers.  Through tastings, lectures, the expertise of wine hosts and vineyard excursions, passengers can learn about and taste wines where they are made.

To find out about how you can celebrate your love of wine on a cruise, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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