If you appreciate wine and cruising, why not combine the two? Many cruise itineraries include wine appreciation lectures, tastings, and even shore excursions to local wineries; but, some cruises truly immerse you in wine from beginning to end. Here are a few cruises designed for wine lovers:
Celebrate National Drink Wine Day, February 18, 2016, by raising your glass on Princess Cruises 5-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale, departing February 15 on the Emerald Princess. You’ll enjoy an exclusive wine-tasting event; wines by the glass and flight in Vines Wine Bar; complimentary champagne and
chocolate-covered strawberries; and discounted shore excursions. You can also bring a bottle of your favorite wine on board with you.
A wonderful choice for singles who enjoy meeting fellow wine lovers, the Mediterranean Wine Lovers Singles Cruise aboard Norwegian Epic will depart June 19, 2016, from Barcelona. You’ll enjoy a wine tasting experience in every port you visit, including Naples, Rome, and Livorno/Florence, Italy; Cannes, France; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. You’ll expand your knowledge of the Mediterranean, too, with a drive along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, a visit to the Tarquinia Necropolis museum, a pasta-making lesson in Tuscany, and more.
Gold medal-winning wines will be part of Oceania Cruises’ 8-night voyage from Rome to Venice, embarking July 20, 2016. Special features include a dinner with expert winemakers, a tasting of Gold Medal wines from the Sunset International Wine Competition, and classes on cooking with wine. Ports of call include Cantania, Italy; Zadar, Croatia; and Argostoli, Greece, where you’ll have more opportunities to enjoy regional wines.
If you love Zinfandel, check out Uniworld’s Rhone River Cruise, departing July 31, 2016, on the new SS Catherine from Avignon to Lyon, France. On board, you can attend the “University of Zin,” which offers a welcome party, two seminars and group dinner (featuring fine Zinfandel and other wines to drink, of course). Wine tastings will be hosted by leading winemakers from the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers group. Shore excursion opportunities will include touring the wineries at Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Hermitage Hill, the birthplace of Syrah.
There are many more options for sailing to the wine regions of the world, including Chile, Australia, South Africa, the West Coast of the U.S. and more. Talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert about all the delicious possibilities.
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