2015 Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise: Unique, Exciting

The first Seabourn Food & Wine Cruise was a smashing success, sailing a unique Best Of The Riviera itinerary from Monte Carlo, Monaco through the French and Italian Rivieras to Rome.  Seabourn guests enjoyed live cooking demonstrations,  shopping with celebrity chefs ashore, daily tastings of local fare and more on board luxurious Seabourn Sojourn.  Seabourn is doing it again too, sailing through another unique part of the world that should produce some amazing opportunities for Food & Wine fans.

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Along with Seabourn’s award-winning team of corporate executive chefs and wine experts, Seabourn guests will enjoy a variety of themed events sailing from Piraeus (Athens) to Monte Carlo on a 7-Day Taste Of The Mediterranean Food & Wine Cruise, departing April 18, 2015.  To readers who followed our coverage of the 2014 event, it will come as no surprise that we expect this one to sell out fast, buoyed by rave reviews from those who attended the first rendition. Look for more of the same and some unexpected surprises on the 2015 Seabourn Food & Wine Cruise including:

  • Cooking demonstration and guest menu by our celebrity chef
  • Extended Shopping with the Chefs outings ashore
  • Optional tours of esteemed local wineries
  • Daily tastings of local food and wine on board
  • Special themed meals featuring local ingredients
  • Festive deck events and gala luncheons with local entertainment
  • Wine Appreciation Lectures and Tastings by our Guest Sommelier

How interesting and engaging is the onboard content of a Seabourn Food & Wine Cruise?  On our 10-day sailing this year, I got off the ship only one time and only to capture images of Seabourn Sojourn from land.  It was that good.  Seabourn guests described the experience in a number of ways ranging from ‘interesting and educational’ to ‘inspiring’, ‘fabulous’ and ‘the most wonderful, interesting…and exhausting cruise I have ever been on’; speaking to the non-stop culinary-focused options available each day.

This second rendition looks to be tweaked a bit as totally guest-focused Seabourn gets ready to knock another one out of the park. Consider the itinerary:

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Thinking back on the first Seabourn Food & Wine Cruise an exciting element of the experience was realizing Seabourn could do one of these anywhere in the world.  As onboard content, culinary demonstrations, menu items, wine selection and education all reflected our Monte Carlo to Rome itinerary, what a great idea to do the same in different regions?    To say “I’ve been to Italy so I know what Italian food is all about” is a lot like saying “I’ve been to the United States so I know all about barbecue.”  Barbecue lovers in Dallas, Texas will have a distinctly different opinion/taste/cage fight vs. those in Kansas City.  Comparing itineraries, we actually like the new 7-day rendition better, for a number of reasons, sight unseen.

  1. After sailing the 10-day itinerary with unrestricted access to all areas of Seabourn Sojourn, attending all the events and getting to know what makes Seabourn tick a bit more one thing is certain: they will do a fabulous job of putting it together.
  2. Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy was our end point of the inaugural Seabourn Food & Wine Cruise. Scheduled right in the middle of the new  7-Day Taste Of The Mediterranean Food & Wine Cruise, departing April 18, 2015,  look for Seabourn to leverage the timing with unique events both on and off the ship.
  3. That the 2nd Seabourn Food & Wine Cruise is also on Seabourn Sojourn could be significant, everyone from the Captain to the Cruise Director, waiters and galley crew knows what to expect.
  4. A stop in Monemvasia, Greece and its restored medieval buildings after beginning in Athens should make interesting inspiration for the culinary team on board, unique to this part of the world.
  5. Not really a part of the Food & Wine Cruise content, there is something to be said for having lunch on a Seabourn ship with amazing places as a backdrop.

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See your travel agent or contact Seabourn directly to plan and book what looks to be one of the premiere culinary events of 2015.   First, take a look at our coverage of the inaugural Seabourn Food & Wine Cruise to get a good feel for what this latest offering is likely to be all about:

Socially, follow #SeabournFoodandWineCruise on Twitter and see these resources we created during the event