On wine- and beer-centric cruises, the captains are your designated drivers.
Kim Stare Wallace and Don Wallace of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Vineyard
join Paul Gauguin Cruises’ 332-passenger Paul Gauguin
on an 11-day round-trip voyage
from Papeete, Tahiti, through the Society and Tuamotu islands. During the day, stops such as the UNESCO- listed Fakarava Atoll in the western Tuamotus entice divers. In the evening, the Wallaces host a dinner paired with Dry Creek wines and present several panels on Dry Creek Vineyard and tasting terroir. Departure: October 14, 2020.
Passengers taste vintages by iconic wineries such as Montalcino’s Castello Banfi during SeaDream Yacht Club’s eight-day Mediterranean wine cruise
from Nice to Rome (Civitavecchia) on the 112-passenger SeaDream I
. An optional excursion on the island of Elba includes a tour of a seventeenth-century cellar and a hike to see the residences where Napoleon spent 300 days in exile. On the mainland, visitors can join a truffle hunt on Castello delle Regine’s nearly 1,000-acre Umbrian estate, home to 500-year-old olive trees. Departure: September 26, 2020
On a 15-day Budapest-to-Amsterdam sailing aboard Avalon Waterways’ 166-passenger Avalon Panorama
, river cruisers tour a hops garden in Bamberg, discover microbreweries in Bratislava’s Old Town, and enjoy free-time options such as tasting Ko虉lsch in a Cologne Brauha虉user, where it’s been brewed for more than a century. An afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge, visits to abbeys, and a guided sightseeing tour of Budapest keep all the senses engaged. Departure: October 27, 2020.