Increasingly popular trend pairs cruise and wine

Do an accredited course in wine tasting or wine blending

More cruise lines are offering wine voyages – or at least a selection of great wines to enjoy on board.

SeaDream Yacht Club has expanded a series of wine voyages for 2015 and is launching a certification course where passengers can become accredited by the London-based Wine & Spirits Education Trust. But interested passengers will have to do plenty of course work before the cruise starts. Erica Landin, a Swedish wine journalist, has organised SeaDream’s wine program.

The cruise line’s season in the Mediterranean next summer will feature nine winemaker’s cruises, in which top-level winemakers come on board for tastings and dinners that pair food and wine. There are also excursions to vineyards and wineries

MSC Cruises has wine courses where passengers learn how blending grapes changes flavour and texture. Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess and Regal Princess vessels boast collections of Tuscan wines, while Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice-class ships have a two-floor glass-and-steel wine tower with 1,800 bottles.

Travel Weekly

[photo courtesy SeaDream]