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Wine & Culinary Cruises

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Does Champagne taste better at sea??

Looking for the ultimate culinary vacation?  Imagine watching the sun set over the brilliant blue water while sipping fine Champagne. Or delving into a hands-on cooking class after visiting a bustling local market with the chef. Enjoy incredible food and wine experiences in the most beautiful destinations around the world - all while sailing luxurious river and ocean vessels.

 Wine Enthusiast recently wrote about some of the best cruises for wine lovers, and we are pleased to partner with each of these cruise lines.  Join winemakers and vintners onboard for special tastings, indulge in gourmet cuisine and reserve wines, and explore iconic wine regions with visits to grand chateaux or a winemaker’s home.  Whether you are traveling as a group or as individuals, Cuvée will cultivate a truly unforgettable experience.

 There are food and wine cruises suited to different tastes and budgets, from exclusive yacht adventures in the Mediterranean to relaxing voyages on the Douro River.  Contact us today for a complimentary consultation on which sailing is best suited for you or your group.

 Below is a sampling of our cruise line partners offering unique food and wine experiences:

River Cruises


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AmaWaterways - AmaWaterways offers specially-themed Wine Cruises featuring a wine specialist on board to lead tastings and excursions, all at no additional cost.  Each Wine Cruise is hosted by a qualified wine expert or vintner who usually brings hand-selected wines on board that are served during meals and at tastings.  On all its cruises, Ama offers a selection of complimentary local wines with lunch and dinner as well as sparkling wine with breakfast. Ama is unveiling its newest ship on the Douro River, the AmaDouro, in 2019, as well as the AmaMagna on the Danube.


 

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Crystal Cruises - Crystal is relatively new to the river scene with updated, luxurious ships. In addition to complimentary wine and Champagne all day, Crystal offers a stellar reserve wine list.  Their Vintage Room is a special venue for exquisite wine pairing dinners led by the sommelier. Crystal offers a choice of complimentary excursions each day, including wine tasting events.  On their European Wine Experience sailings, enjoy a deeper dive with exclusive vineyard visits and on-board seminars. I recently sailed the Danube River with Crystal and wrote about the incredible experience here.


 

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UnCruise Adventures - This small-ship adventure cruise line is unique in offering domestic sailings on the Columbia, Snake and Willamette Rivers through Oregon and Washington. Sommelier-led trips to wineries and breweries compliment other culinary tours to olive oil producers, chocolatiers and cheese mongers.


 

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise - Uniworld boasts some of the most luxurious ships on the river, including the spectacular and newly renovated S.S. Bon Voyage sailing through Bordeaux.  It also includes one of the only itineraries to sail to Burgundy. The Connoisseur Collection offers culinary-focused French cruises that visit famous restaurants, vineyards, truffle farms and other culinary highlights. On-board, Uniworld offers a large selection of complimentary wines, carefully selected by the sommelier to highlight the local region. All meals are exquisitely prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers' markets.


 

 

Ocean Cruises


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Celebrity Cruises - In addition to offering a staggering selection of wines, Celebrity offers some truly unique wine experiences on board, including the Blendtique Wine Experience where you can become a vintner for the day and the Riedel Comparative Wine Crystal Workshop.


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Crystal Cruises - Crystal’s focus on food and wine is not limited to themed sailings - exquisite culinary options are offered on every cruise.  Its complimentary wine list includes an impressive variety of quality wines, and the Conoussier Wine List is every wine lover’s dream, with rare fine wine like Pétrus and Screaming Eagle.  It’s Vintage Room is a special space dedicated to their infamous wine pairing dinners that rival the best of the best on land. Crystal also offers special Wine & Food Festival sailings that include additional enrichment onboard as well as exclusive experiences onshore.


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Cunard Line - Cunard regularly welcomes wine experts on board to enrich guests’ wine knowledge through tastings, lectures and wine dinners.  Cunard takes its food and wine pairings seriously by offering a “Wine Line” where guests can phone for pairing recommendations. You can even earn Wine and Spirit Education Trust accreditation in the Cunard Wine Academy on certain sailings.


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Holland America Line - Wine expert James Suckling has been named Holland’s wine curator for its wine selections across the fleet.  This premium cruise line’s esteemed Culinary Council is comprised of celebrity chefs who oversee the cruise line’s restaurants and lead their Food and Beverage Aficionado Cruises where guests can attend wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.  


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Oceania Cruises - Known for having the “finest cuisine at sea,” Oceania’s culinary program is overseen by the one and only Jacques Pépin.  It’s offerings include hands-on cooking classes with trips to the local market and exclusive winery excursions in renowned wine regions like Tuscany, Provence and Santorini. Oceania’s Marina and Riviera ships feature La Reserve by Wine Spectator, which offers not only wine seminars and vintage tastings but also gourmet dinners pairing fine wines with delectable courses. The exclusive Dom Perignon Experience is now available at La Reserve. This first of its kind dining experience pairs six courses with a different expression and vintage of Dom Perignon’s acclaimed cuvées.



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Ponant Cruises - This boutique French cruise line offers, not surprisingly, incredible cuisine and a wonderful selection of fine wines. Ponant also offers special gastronomy and oenology themed cruises where guests sail with Michelin-starred chefs or renowned sommeliers - including special sailings in partnership with Château Latour, Ducasse Conseil, and Revue de Vin de France.


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Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Deemed as the most all-inclusive luxury cruise line, Regent’s exquisite culinary offerings appeal to the most discerning traveler. Regent’s complimentary wine list includes an incredible variety of high quality wines from around the world, including your choice of Champagne, and is available to guests throughout the day.  Its Connoisseur Wine List includes rare fine wines such as First Growths from Bordeaux and cult wines from Napa Valley. While onboard, enjoy hands-on cooking classes in the Culinary Arts Kitchen, reminiscent of the most prestigious cooking schools in France. Select sailings to iconic wine regions offer unique winery and vineyard excursions exclusively for Regent guests.


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Seabourn - As a member of the esteemed gastronomy society la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Seabourn takes great pride in its cuisine.  The luxury cruise line has an exclusive partnership with none other than Chef Thomas Keller, who has created a unique dining concept for the fleet and personally selected wines for pairing. The Seabourn culinary team is trained in Chef Keller's research and development kitchen based in Napa Valley to ensure an unrivaled dining experience at sea. In addition, Seabourn offers educational wine classes as well as unique themed sailings like the Yoga and Wine meditation cruise.


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Sea Dream Yacht Club - Sea Dream has taken yachting to a new level with its Wine Voyages.  On these special sailings, representatives from top wineries around the world join guests for wine tastings and an exquisite Winemaker’s Dinner. Upcoming voyages include sailings with Tattinger, Ornellaia, Champagne Bollinger, Stag’s Leap, Terlato Wines and many more.  Yachting Land Adventures include exciting culinary excursions such as truffle hunting or visiting local markets on their Signature Chef Walk.


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Silversea - This luxury cruise line’s Wine Voyages welcome world-class vintners to share their expertise onboard and lead one-of-a-kind tastings and private tours to renowned vineyards and wineries across the globe. An introductory sommelier course is a further highlight to these sailings. Seabourn also offers special Culinary Voyages, where you will enjoy exclusive experiences like guided market to plate excursions with the culinary team. Onboard enjoy special menus, cooking demonstrations and dinners that highlight regional specialties.  For all sailings, Seabourn’s new wine program offers approximately 160 different wines from 70 different labels, and every major wine region in the world is represented in their complimentary wine list.


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Windstar - Windstar is the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation and offers special sailings with award winning chefs on its luxury, small ship sailings. Highlights include chef-led market excursions, wine tastings and wine pairing dinner with a James Beard chef. Aside from these special sailings, Windstar offers wine tastings with their sommelier and shore excursions to wineries and restaurants.



Are you thinking of a food and wine cruise for you or your group?  Click here to send us a note or email us at info@cuveewinetravel.com for a complimentary consultation.



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