Perfect Cruises for Wine Aficionados
Are you crazy about wine as well as cruising? Well, then there are some perfect, luxury holidays out there for you to enjoy. Combine your love of wine with some fantastic sightseeing and relaxation on one of these specialty cruises.
1. M/V Aria, Peru
The Amazon isn’t exactly known for its wine making, but take a luxury cruise along its length on the small but perfectly formed M/V Aqua, and you’ll have expertly selected wine included with all your meals. Taste some of South America’s best vintages matched to a menu with Peruvian and European influences.
2. River Douro, Portugal
Portugal’s ‘River of Gold’ is one of the finest places in Europe to taste fantastic wines. The port is also a taste experience in itself. Stopping in Porto, you’ll get the chance to visit a traditional port-making facility (as well as sample the produce). You’ll also pass through vineyards along the edges of the river and enjoy locally produced wines with your evening meals.
3. Zambezi Queen, Botswana
This ultra-luxury houseboat floats through the Chobe National Park of Zambezi. The cruise prides itself on the quality of the wines it serves, while its guests spot hippo, crocodiles, elephant, buffalo, leopard and antelope from the decks.
4. M/V Eclipse, Galapagos Islands
The main draw to these islands is to see the variety of amazing wildlife. But travel aboard the M/V Eclipse is great for wine buffs too – serving up wines from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
5. Silversea Silver Explorer, Arctic
With seriously luxurious status, this ship takes travelers through the world’s most remote wilderness while treating them to fine wines and champagnes which are all included in the price of the cruise.
6. M/S Midnatsol, Norway
Explore the fjords and sample fantastic wines on this cruise through the most beautiful parts of Norway. Choose the wine package and you’ll receive a bottle of wine with every evening meal.
7. Celebrity Century, Canada & USA
Departing from gorgeous Vancouver, spend 11 nights on this specialist wine cruise as your ships heads down the coast to California. Each port of call offers shore excursions to wineries, vineyards and culinary tours.
8. Louis Olympia, Greece
On this Greek Wine and Traditional Flavors cruise, passengers get to sample authentic Aegean dishes and vintage wines from Greece and Turkey. Director of exports for Boutari Winery – one of the oldest wineries in Greece – will be on board to help with questions and tasting notes.
9. Pacific Jewel, Australia
Leaving from Sydney, this glamorous cruise specializes in food and wine. You’ll get to experience presentations and seminars from food and wine personalities, or take part in masterclasses in tasting and serving wines and sherries.
10. Viking Forseti, France
In the heart of European wine making, take a week long roundtrip from Bordeaux to taste Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Margaux, stopping at wineries and vineyards to see how they are made.