Virtuoso Life - November/December 2016 - 52
OCEANS OF WINE
Three voyages for vino lovers.
THESE NEW FOOD-CENTRIC
SHORE EXCURSIONS MAKE
SAILINGS TASTIER THAN EVER.
Recent renovations to
Cunard's 2,620-passenger Queen
Mary 2 include the addition of a
450-bottle wine cellar stocked
with an extensive port collection
and a few rare $4,500-a-pop
Screaming Eagle reds. The Cunard Wine Academy's sommeliers
share their picks on eight-day
transatlantic crossings. Departures: Multiple dates, November 5,
2016, through December 15, 2017;
Plan to sample a few of South
America's robust reds next fall
on a 14-day Guayaquil-toValparaiso food- and wineinspired journey on Silversea's
130-passenger Silver Explorer.
Onboard workshops and
winetastings led by local chefs
and wine experts showcase
Chilean and Peruvian vintages
and complement visits to Lima
restaurants and Limarí Valley
wineries. Departure: October 25,
2017; from $5,715.
Next spring, Château Latour
owners will leave their Médoc
winery to host a ten-day sailing
on Ponant's 264-passenger
Le Soléal. The Lisbon-toPortsmouth journey features
an itinerary packed with estate
tours in Porto and Bordeaux, an
onboard lecture from Académie
du vin de France chair JeanRobert Pitte, and a dinner hosted
by three-Michelin-starred chef
Alain Ducasse. Departure: April
15, 2017; from $6,000.
Abac in Barcelona.
Regent Seven Seas
Cruises' new 750-passenger
Seven Seas Explorer oﬀers 22
food-themed shore excursions throughout Europe.
Choose from a crash course
in cheesemaking at a Sorrento shop; a winetasting and
dinner in Saint Tropez; and,
on an 11-day Rome-to-Lisbon
sailing, a behind-the-scenes
kitchen tour of Barcelona's
Michelin-starred Abac restaurant. Departure: April 26, 2017;
from $9,599. Excursions from
$79 per person.
Passengers on Celebrity
Wind (and wine) your way from
vineyard to vineyard aboard Le Soléal.
New low-cal, veggie-friendly menu options are coming to river cruise line Avalon
Waterways' European sailings in 2017, the
result of a partnership with trendy Austrian
chefs Karl and Leo Wrenkh. Eat virtuously
on an eight-day Amsterdam-to-Basel voyage on the 128-passenger Avalon Tranquility II. Departures: Multiple dates, April 8
through December 9, 2017; from $2,398.
Veg out: Pan-fried tofu and quinoa.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Cruises' ﬂeet in the Mediterranean and Caribbean
can spend port days touring
farmers markets, neighborhood restaurants, and local
distilleries with the ship's
chef. A seven-day, roundtripfrom-San Juan, Puerto Rico,
voyage on the 2,158-passenger
Celebrity Summit includes an
adventure to Sint-Maarten's
Simpson Bay Lagoon ﬁsh
market, lunch in Grand Case,
and a private, chef-prepared
dinner on board. Departures:
Multiple dates, November 12,
2016, through April 15, 2017;
from $509. Excursions from
$199 per person.