Exclusive New Wine Voyages for 2015
Having just sailed SeaDream Yacht Club a couple months ago, I can attest that fine wine flows freely on the two 112-passenger ships of SeaDream – even without a special sail devoted to the subject. Generous and readily available, such pours are a perk of SeaDream’s yachting experience. But back in 2014, the wee line introduced “Wine Voyages” that were so successful, the company went ahead and committed to eight more this year.
These are not token wine cruises, like on many big ships, where you pay extra for every tasting and special meal. Plus, when touring vineyards, it's done in small groups rather than in large ones, providing an entirely different, much better, experience.
SeaDream’s “Wine Voyages” are all in the Med (the best place for such sails), varying in length from five-to-nine days. The first voyage departs Malaga, Spain May 1, 2015 and cruises over eight days to Monte Carlo. The last leaves Civitavecchia (Rome) October 23, 2015, for a nine-day cruise to Malaga, stopping in ports like Portofino, Monte Carlo, and Valencia.
I’m particularly smitten with one voyage; Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik, Croatia, August 8-to-15, 2015. On this sail, guests explore the great wines of Chianti and other Italian regions, paired with lavish sit-down dinners. Noted British wine writer Anthony Rose (The Independent, Decanter Magazine) takes guests on tasting tours of Italian greats, including the highly coveted super-Tuscans, and mini-tastings of wine from regions passing, including Sicily and Puglia. What a great opportunity to learn more about not only some of Italy’s most famous wines, but also, gems of lesser-known areas.
On all the sails, distinguished experts lead the way, conducting tastings and tours. Land adventures include intimate visits to esteemed wineries, often hosted by owners and head winemakers. Visit SeaDream.com for more information.