"Food and Wine Cruises" have a top position in the list of all themed cruises - meaning they are extremely popular. And here we will provide you with the answer to the "why".

"Food and Wine Cruises" as deals are extremely well appreciated and looked for in Europe and Australia not because the general eating and drinking cruise vacation experience. Food and Wine cruise deals provide the enhanced "ultimate dining" experience for connoisseurs and lovers of expensively special wines and exquisite gourmet cuisine prepared by top celebrity chefs! If you are inspired by culinary stars, the chances to find a hobbyists voyage just for you, are big. There is a rise in food and wine cruises lately, and in all trips that lines offer planned activities. Before you book, research the type of theme that would suit you- cruise ship operators have options for everyone.

"Food and Wine Cruises" deals

"Food and Wine Cruises" on European river cruise shipsFood and wine cruise deals are aimed to the diversity and variety of international cuisine and wines. They enable travelers to discover different cultural and social aspect of ports of call. Everything that includes local food traditions, wine appreciation and dining etiquette is included in the gastronomic adventure. Recipes, cookery courses, tasting sessions and different tips for creating authentic flavor get passengers closer to local culture on land. Follow your instincts and may be you will uncover inner cooking talent by Le Cordon Bleu Chefs’ techniques.

Wine is the perfect accompaniment to cuisine, arming passengers with knowledge for accomplishing the ideal meal. Wine experts are on hand during the whole sailing for guiding you through different grape varieties, teaching wine tasting art. From tropical tastes of Caribbean, Latin spice of South America and flavors of the Med, there is a world of wine and food waiting to be explored. You can also read the interesting story of wine and food matching (the "enhanced dining experience") at Wikipedia.

Food and Wine Cruises Drinking Age Limits

Food and Wine Cruises from Italy to Mediterranean

All major cruise lines define whether you are allowed to drink on a cruise, or not allowed to have alcohol due to your age. Each of the lines sets own drinking limits. Drinking alcohol on cruise ships is permitted if you are 18 years or older as long as you are on-board one of the following cruise lines: Fred Olsen, GAP Adventures, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania. A minimum age of 21 years is required for drinking alcohol on Azamara, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity ships.

On "Food and Wine Cruises" which depart from South American and European countries, parents who sail with their children between 18 and 20 years old, may sign a waiver which allows their daughters or sons to consume alcohol. The drinking rule is implemented in the areas where legal drinking age is under 21 years. But there are also passenger shipping lines which are stricter and require their passengers to be at least 21 years old to consume alcohol on board cruise ships without exceptions. The list of these includes Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Crystal, Disney, Great American River Journeys, Holland America, Hurtigruten, MSC, NCL Norwegian, Peter Deilmann, Princess, Seabourn, SeaDream, Silversea, Star Clippers, Uniworld, Viking, Voyages of Discovery, Windstar.

"Food and Wine Cruises" on Celebrity Constellation were announced in 2012. They are the best way for combining passion of wine and food! A cruising holiday through leading wine regions of Spain, France and Portugal allows holiday makers explore Europe’s wine heritage and enjoy gourmet meals ashore. Guests will be able to get the best ashore and at sea, and benefit from Celebrity Constellation’s makeover, appreciating tasteful spaces and exquisite cuisine. These special voyages are fantastic for wine enthusiasts, or the ones who simply enjoy life.

"Food and Wine Cruises" become more and more popular and travelers enjoy unique experiences by combining passion of fine cuisine and wine. On the day of excursion, guests on Celebrity Constellation are permitted bringing two bottles wine per stateroom. Book up to five shore excursions and you will be allowed to bring ten bottles of wine to share with family and friends!

Food and Wine Cruises 2016-2017

Food and Wine cruises from Sydney Australia and Auckland New Zealand

The following table shows wine-themed cruises in the regions of Alaska, Australia, Europe (Mediterranean and river cruise deals), Caribbean. The list of most popular wine-themed activities includes pairings with dinners on the ship, as well as land tour based tastings.

In 2016 and 2017 there are 100+ different wine-themed sailings and activities offered on 20+ cruise ships. The best among the "wine cruise lines" are Oceania Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Silversea Cruises and the river lines Uniworld, AMA, Avalon and Viking. Traditionally, all themed sailings are hosted by special guests from this business, like winery owners, premium wine makers, wine judges, etc.

themes / titles 2016-2017 departures dates ships / lines (internal links to the ship’s schedule) length/itineraries
"Puget Sound & San Juan Islands" (Alaska) 2016, Apr 9 American Cruise Lines / American Spirit 8-day round-trip from Seattle, visiting Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Victoria, Poulsbo and Port Townsend
"James Beard Foundation Collection" 2016, Apr 24 Windstar Cruises / Wind Surf 7-day Morocco and Southern Spain, visiting Barcelona and Lisbon, with Chef Michel Nischan
  • "Sirena Inaugural Voyage Celebration - Join Jacques & Claudine Pépin"
  • "Claudine Pépin Cruise"
  • 2016, Apr 27
  • 2016, Oct 18
Oceania Cruises / Sirena
  • 14-day Mediterranean, with special cooking demonstration, book signings and Q&As, cocktail receptions, exclusive events
  • 10-day Canada and New England, with lectures, culinary demonstrations, specially designed signature menus
"Silversea Cruises Culinary Expedition" 2016, Apr 29 Silversea Cruises / Silver Explorer 10-day British Isles & Coastal Europe from Lisbon to Portsmouth
"Crabfest Cruises" 2016, Apr 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28; Jun 4; Oct 30; Nov 5
2017, Apr 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3; Oct 29; Nov 4
American Cruise Lines / American Glory, American Star, Independence 8-day round-trip from Baltimore, MD, through Chesapeake Bay, with stops in Annapolis, Cambridge, Williamsburg
"New England Islands Lobster Cruises" 2016, May 15; Jun 25 American Cruise Lines / American Star 8-day from Providence RI, visiting Nantucket Island, Block Island, New Bedford, Newport, Fort Adams
"Mississippi River Culinary Cruise" 2016, Jul 16 American Cruise Lines / Queen of the Mississippi 8-day from Memphis to New Orleans, visiting Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Oak Alley, Baton Rouge  
"Experiences of Discovery" 2016, May 1 Crystal Cruises / Crystal Symphony 12-day Mediterranean from Istanbul to Rome, with French chef Alexis Gauthier (includes overnight stay in Istanbul, and calls at Kusadasi, Mykonos, Santorini, Navplion, Kefalonia, Crotone and Sorrento)
"Grandeur of Alaska - Wine & Food Festival" 2016, summer Crystal Cruises / Crystal Serenity 10-day Alaskan cruise round-trip from Vancouver, with master chef Nobu Matsuhisa hosted dinners and special menus (visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, cruising Glacier Bay and Inside Passage; calls at Victoria and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada)
"James Beard Foundation Collection"
  • 2016, Jun 10
  • 2016, Aug 9
Windstar Cruises / Star Legend
  • 9-day Spain and France from Lisbon to Dublin with Chef Maria Hines
  • 9-day Spain and France (Dublin to Lisbon) with chefs Matt and Kate Jennings
"MasterChef Cruise Sails to the Caribbean" 2016, Jun 11 Holland America Line / Nieuw Amsterdam 7-day Caribbean cruise going behind the scenes of the favorite cooking show of America
"Mediterranean Wine Lovers Singles Cruise" 2016, Jun 19 Norwegian Cruise Line / Norwegian Epic 7-day Mediterranean, visiting Italy, France and Spain
"Queen Elizabeth Culinary Discovery Cruise" 2016, Jun 23 Cunard Line / Queen Elizabeth 12-day Transatlantic plus Canada and New England
"Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain & France" 2016, Jun 10; Aug 9 Windstar Cruises / Star Legend 10-day Europe, visiting Spain and France - Galicia region, Porto, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Médoc, Saint Émilion, Mont St. Michel, Santiago de Compostela
"Columbia & Snake River Wine Cruise" 2016, Oct 1 American Cruise Lines / American Pride, Queen of the West 8-day from Portland OR to Clarkston WA, visiting Astoria, Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, The Dalles, Pendleton
  • "B.R. Cohn and Sequoia Grove Wine Cruise"
  • "Gen 7 Mediterranean Wine Cruise"
  • 2016, Oct 2
  • 2016, Oct 7
Oceania Cruises / Riviera
  • 7-day Turkey and Greece
  • 10-day Mediterranean Iberian Inspiration Cruise from Lisbon to Rome
"Expore the Wines and Magic of Provence, France" (France, river) 2016, Oct 13 CroisiEurope / ms Camargue 10-day Rhone River, visiting Nice, Lyon, Avignon, Arles, Viviers, Camargue, Ardeche Gorges
  • "Jacques Pepin Cruise"
  • "Oceania Culinary Tours: Baltics"
  • 2016, Nov 1
  • 2017, Jul 7
Oceania Cruises / Marina
  • 10-day Mediterranean from Venice to Rome
  • 14-day Baltic, visiting Tallinn, Helsinki and Riga
"Premium Chocolate Experience" various departures 2016-2017 Princess Cruises Princess Cruises introduced Chocolate Journeysâ„  in November 2014, an industry-first, premium chocolate experience onboard its ships, including: chocolate drink menu, chocolate love pops, premium chocolate and wine tasting experience, chocolate cooking demos, chocolate spa treatments.

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