Wine tours are among the trendiest and most popular specialty vacations in the world today. Wine aficionados are venturing far and wide to discover the world of wine, and where better to explore than the European countryside! In response to their guest’s interest, Celebrity Cruise Line is presenting a series of new and distinct vacations in 2012 that will appeal to all wine enthusiasts. Whether you're a serious wine lover who wants to visit the best wine regions in Europe as well as enjoy professional and technical wine tasting, or just want to make wine a bigger part of your vacation experience, these cruises are worth serious consideration.
With some of the newest and exciting ships in the industry deployed in Europe next year, Celebrity will include a series of wine-themed sailings within their itineraries. From September 7 through November 18, 2012, coinciding with the fall harvest season, the Celebrity Constellation will present seven “Immersive Europe Wine Cruises” embarking from Southampton, England. The twelve-night cruises include three consecutive over-night stays; one each in Paris (Le Havre) and Bordeaux (le Verdon), France and one in Bilbao, Spain, and also feature visits to Vigo, Spain and Porto, Portugal. A cruise such as this allows guests to experience the essence of what makes these wine regions so famous. You will return home with a deep understanding and appreciation of the many great wines, and the beauty of the region. Being there at harvest time gives guests an opportunity to see what happens both in the vineyard and in the cellar during the important season.
Celebrity's onboard experience will echo the flavor of the region. Activities developed in partnership with local wineries, including Rioja tastings, Champagne brunches, Bordeaux samplings featuring up to five wines from well-known Chateaus, Port and food pairing dinners and more enhance the overall experience. Special events are planned in the ship's Cellar Masters bar, complete with its ""Enomatic"" by-the-glass wine serving system. A seasonal wine package featuring special selections from the region also will be added to Celebrity's already popular package offerings.
According to Celebrity's President & CEO Dan Hanrahan, ""It's a truly one-of-a-kind vacation. No other cruise line offers such an enormous breadth and depth of experiences in this highly-rated region during harvest season, and no other line can deliver it like Celebrity can, with our exceptional wine program, expertly trained sommeliers, Cellar Masters wine bars, and up to 500 selections of wine on every ship.""
For more information or to book an “Immersive Europe Wine Cruise” call Direct Line Cruises at 1 800 352-8088 or visit the Direct Line Cruises website."