My top 3 favorite things to do include traveling, enjoying fine food and wine, and spending time with friends, old and new. Wine themed cruises offer a perfect blend of my favorite elements and wine cruises that include ports in the United States deliver it all close to home. The choices are almost endless for a domestic, cruising adventure for nearly any lifestyle.
Princess Cruises has a strong presence on the west coast and offers several
extraordinary cruises from Pacific ports complete with wine experiences on land and sea. You and your friends can picnic in a vineyard in Santa Barbara or visit the famous wine regions of Napa or Sonoma from the port of San Francisco. The port of Astoria, Oregon brings you close to Woodenville which has over 117 tasting rooms and wineries. Don’t forget about our northern friends in Canada; Victoria and Vancouver are both home to numerous vineyards and wineries. The choice is yours to take a Bike Tour of a Vineyard or relax on your veranda with the ocean breeze and a glass of white. On-board activities can include wine education as well as special wine tastings and pairings.
The American Queen Steamboat Company delivers a historically authentic river cruise experience on the Mississippi River. Their largest vessel, the American Empress Steamboat, follows in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark to provide a historically and culturally rich experience for guests.
The American Queen Steamboat Company is a very inclusive cruise line that includes excursions in every port, plus pre-cruise hotel stays, complimentary wine and beer at dinner, fine-dining, daily lectures by the Riverlorian (their on-board history and culture expert), Broadway style shows and much more.
They focus on the wines and spirits of the Pacific Northwest and make a point of serving wines and beers from the local regions with dinner and throughout the voyage. The Port cities of Richland, WA and The Dalles, OR offer premium excursions to wineries. On these cruises, there are only 223 guests on board which is nice if the big cruises are not the experience that you’re looking for.
Wine enthusiasts love to cruise together so you are sure to meet new friends as you get to know your fellow oenophiles aboard your sailing. There are many cruise lines and places to visit where you can learn about wine-making and much more. These few suggestions are just the “tip of the iceberg” so to speak. I will come back soon with other fun ideas to connect like-minded connoisseurs!