We have exciting news for cruisers who want an amazing wine experience without having to travel to Europe. Norwegian Cruise Line has created special wine experiences on select sailings in New England, Canada, the Mexican Riviera, and the Eastern Caribbean. Cruisers will have an opportunity to meet world-renowned winemakers & distillers and attend special wine tastings & private dinners.
October 12, 2018: October is a spectacular time to sail in New England and Canada. Norwegian Cruise Line has invited a special guest, Dina Mondavi, on the October 12, 2018 sailing of the Norwegian Dawn, from Boston to Quebec. Wine has been in Dina’s family business for four generations. It began with Cesare Mondavi, an Italian immigrant, who established a grape growing business in Lodi, California during Prohibition. Access the sailing here October 12 2018 NCL Winemaker Cruise.
October 27, 2018: Famed Italian designer and winemaker Salvatore Ferragamo and family are following in the footsteps of the Medici dynasty and the Savoia family at II Borro, an area rich in art, culture and winemaking. Enjoy a 7-night cruise on the Mexican Riviera round-trip from Los Angeles on the new and beautiful Norwegian Bliss (New Ship!). You can visit the ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Mazatlan, Mexico and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Access the sailing on our website here October 27, 2018 NCL Winemaker Cruise.
December 8, 2018: Norwegian Cruise Line has invited special guest, and winemaker, Bob Bertheau to sail on the Norwegian Bliss on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary round-trip from Miami. After making wine in Sonoma County, California for 16 years, Bob Bertheau returned to his Northwest roots when he joined Chateau Ste. Michelle in June 2003 as it’s winemaker of white wines. He was quickly promoted to head winemaker in 2004, overseeing the winery’s diverse wine portfolio including Columbia Valley, Single Vineyard, Ethos Reserve, Artist Series and Limited Release club wines. You can view the details of this sailing on our website here December 8, 2018 NCL Winemaker Cruise.
January 12, 2019: Special guest Juan Munoz Oca is the head winemaker at Columbia Crest Winery in Paterson, Washington and is responsible for producing their portfolio of Reserve, H3 and Grand Estates wines. Juan joined Columbia Crest in 2003 and was named winemaker in 2011. Prior to 2011, he worked alongside Ray Einberger, whose 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon became the first Washington wine named “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator in 2009. This wine themed sailing is on the Norwegian Bliss round-trip from Miami on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary with ports of call in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. Access the details of this sailing on our website: January 12, 2019 NCL Winemaker Cruise
February 16, 2019: Renowned winemaker of Languedoc-Roussillon, Gerard Bertrand, is the special guest on this Eastern Caribbean sailing out of Miami. In 2012, Gerard Bertrand was named Red Winemaker of the Year after winning 46 accolades and 2 trophies for his wines. The details of this sailing are on our website: February 16, 2019 NCL Winemaker Cruise.
These wine-themed sailings are very popular and sure to sell fast, especially given the convenience and savings of embarking from a port in the United States versus Europe. If you enjoy crisp air and beautiful, fall foliage or seek a great winter getaway, Norwegian is offering great pairings for the #WineMariner.