New ways to learn about wine and food while cruising the world.
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Cocktails, Beer & Wine
Learn to mix drinks, pair beer with food, blend wine and more.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
New hourlong beer-pairing seminars teach guests why a pilsner-style brew like Beck’s is a good match for dishes like chicken quesadillas. ncl.com.
Wine Blending 101
The Equinox, which debuted in August, has 21 sommeliers onboard to teach wine-blending classes and host silent wine auctions. celebritycruises.com.
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All-Star Team in South America
Crystal is now adding mixologists to its lineup of stellar guest teachers. An Amazon sailing of the Crystal Symphony features Tony Abou-Ganim, the cocktail genius behind Las Vegas’s Bellagio; chef Claude Troisgros; and sommelier Kris Margerum of Napa’s Auberge du Soleil. crystalcruises.com.
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Yachts of Seabourn
This cruise line just began offering super-exclusive culinary shore excursions. Italy itineraries for the new Odyssey include hands-on cooking classes at J. Paul Getty’s former home, La Posta Vecchia resort, near Rome. seabourn.com.
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Wine Bar At Sea
When Royal Caribbean’s ship Oasis of the Seas debuts, it will introduce a wine bar, Vintages, displaying the world’s largest bottle: an eight-foot, 260-pounder filled with a Cabernet blend from Caymus Vineyards. The Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite tasting program lets guests sample reserve wines from estates like Château Lafite Rothschild. royalcaribbean.com.