Master of Wine, Keith Isaac, Creates Enviable Wine List for Scenic Eclipse

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  Boston & Vancouver, October 2019 – In keeping with its ultra-luxury positioning, Scenic commissioned the services of renowned Master of Wines, Keith Isaac, to create a wine list representing the finest wines from around the world for the world’s first Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse. This selection of 80 different wines, like nearly everything else having to do with a Scenic cruise, are included in the fares. “Fine dining and quality wines are an integral part of …

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Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation Announce New Dates for the 2020 JBF Culinary Cruise Collection

  Seattle, WA, May 6, 2019 — Award-winning small ship line Windstar Cruises, the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, today reveals six new cruises being added to the James Beard Foundation (JBF) Culinary Cruise Collection for 2020. All sailings are led by James Beard Foundation-recognized guest chefs, sommeliers and beverage experts with a passion for their destination. The six diverse cruise offerings will explore locavore cuisine on a country-immersive Croatia cruise; get a flavor …

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Bringing Your Own Wine Aboard Ship

Which are you? For some people, taking a luxury cruise is a once in a lifetime event. For others, it’s an annual or semiannual event. The cruise industry places a high value on loyalty and repeat customers. They want you to consider their ships your home away from home. This includes wine fans. In most cases, yes, you can bring your own wine. What’s the Rationale? This might surprise you. Didn’t I read something about no liquor …

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Truffle hunting in France highlights Bordeaux river cruise

Truffles, the fruit of a fungus, are an acquired taste, which is much easier to acquire than the truffles themselves. These delicacies cost a pretty penny in restaurants, and finding their natural wooded whereabouts, hidden just below the surface of the ground, is a learned and lucrative craft. Searching in the wilds of Europe for free truffles is a highly elusive activity. So, when Viking River Cruises offered truffle hunting as an optional excursion (at about $120) …

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Cruising on Bordeaux’s capricious rivers, with wine, of course

When your riverboat cruises past road signs that remind you of high-priced bottles in a fancy wine store, you know you are in France. A week on the 190-passenger Viking Forseti, for instance, begins and ends in Bordeaux, a city in the center of one of the world’s great grape-growing regions. On a voyage last spring, the Forseti floated by Margaux and vineyard-laden fields of villages with names that end in Medoc. One night, we tied up …

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Day Four – All About Wine

The Royal Princess features the largest collection of Super Tuscan wines at sea. Wine enthusiasts will delight with the wide array of world class wines available while dining, as well as specialty wine programs available for guests. One such event is the Super Tuscan Wine Tasting in Sabatini’s. For a charge of $40, guests can enjoy tastings of five Super Tuscan Wines, as well as bites of delicious foods expertly prepared to accompany each wine. As I …

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New “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” Guided Tours on AmaWaterways European Itineraries

Photo Courtesy of AmaWaterways I love fine dining, and so for all you like-minded foodies: AmaWaterways,  the only river cruise line inducted into prestigious culinary organization La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, has announced that it will be offering Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights tours on its European itineraries. These exclusive 20-person tour will include cooking classes, walking tours and tastings; the perfect opportunity to polish cooking skills and explore the region’s flavors and culture. Passengers will also tour …

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Been-here-Done-That-Traveler: The MS AmaDante- An Overview

Following my stay in Paris,  I spent the next seven days cruising the waters of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers aboard one of Europe’s most luxurious riverboats, the MS AmaDante, on an AMA Waterways exclusive Wine Cruise highlighting some of Europe’s most acclaimed wine regions. After a successful trial run last year, AMA Waterways offered several fall wine cruises this year in an effort to bolster shoulder season business. These cruises take advantage of fewer tourists in port cities, the …

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AmaWaterways European Offerings- Fall 2011

AmaWaterways, always one of my favorites, has some lovely river cruises for Europe in the fall.  My friend Ralph has written a wonderful article regarding AMA’s offerings and I am pleased to pass it along to you here. Photos are courtesy of AmaWaterways.  – Heidi In Pursuit Of Wine: Cruising The Vineyards Of Europe During The Fall By Ralph Grizzle This fall is shaping up to be an exciting time for AmaWaterways. Recognizing the growing demand for river …

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AMAWaterways November 2010 Wine Cruise

Attention, wine connoisseurs: AMAWATERWAYS has a fantastic new wine-themed cruise slated for November 12, 2010, on the MS Amalegro!  “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” will feature visits to world-famous wineries, off-site dinners hosted by renowned winemakers, onboard lectures plus much more! AMAWATERWAYS President  Rudi Schreiner will host the 7-night cruise, which will travel from Amsterdam to Trier, Germany.  (After the cruise, guests will head to Luxembourg for a city tour of the Grand Duchy, followed by …

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