Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced an array of upcoming cruise offerings for new and experienced cruisers alike, including a “Meet the Winemaker” series, three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas and special Spring Break sailings.
The Meet the Winemaker series calls on all wine enthusiasts and foodies. Pairing destinations with world-class vintages and gourmet cuisine, the series offers guests an exclusive opportunity to engage with trailblazing winemakers, sommeliers and other industry experts through open-forum discussions, meet-and-greets, intimate wine tastings and wine-paired dinners in The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar available on Norwegian Joy, Bliss, Dawn and the soon-to-debut Encore.
The 2019 season includes the first female Master Sommelier and three-time James Beard Award winner, Andrea Robinson, along with accomplished experts including Gerard Bertrand of Languedoc Roussillon; Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste. Michelle; Juan Munoz of Columbia Crest; and more. The experience is available on a variety of itineraries to Alaska, Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera.
Meet the Winemaker schedule:
Oct. 6, 2019 – Norwegian Bliss (Los Angeles – Mexican Riviera): Michael Mondavi, son of Robert Mondavi and pioneer of the Napa Valley wine industry.
Oct. 20, 2019 – Norwegian Escape (New York – Bermuda): Salvatore Ferragamo, heir of famed Italian fashion house and owner of Il Borro Winery in Tuscany.
Nov. 3, 2019 – Norwegian Bliss (Los Angeles – Panama Canal): Aarón Sánchez, award-winning chef, owner of Johnny Sánchez restaurant, and one of the world’s leading Latin chefs.
Nov. 24, 2019 – Norwegian Joy (Los Angeles – Mexican Riviera): Juan Munoz Oca, head winemaker at Columbia Crest.
Dec. 1, 2019 – Norwegian Encore (Miami – Eastern Caribbean): Rob Mondavi Jr., son of Isabel and Michael Mondavi and a fourth-generation Napa Valley winemaker.
Jan. 4, 2020 – Norwegian Escape (Miami – Western Caribbean): Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Jan. 26, 2020 – Norwegian Encore (Miami – Eastern Caribbean): Jacques Lardiere, French winemaker recognized for Maison Louis Jadot Wines.
Feb. 16, 2020 – Norwegian Encore (Miami – Eastern Caribbean): Gerard Bertrand, renowned vintner of Languedoc-Roussillon.
Feb. 20, 2020 – Norwegian Dawn (Tampa – Western Caribbean): Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson and celebrity Chef J.J. Johnson.
Three- and Four-Day Bahamas Cruises
NCL is also presenting a variety of special three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas from New York and Florida, including a stop at Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay.
Spring Break Cruises
For spring break, travellers can book the eight-day Bahamas and Florida cruise from New York on Norwegian Gem and stop at Great Stirrup Cay, starting at US$399 p.p.; or the seven-day Western Caribbean cruise from Tampa aboard the Norwegian Dawn, starting at US$499 p.p.; or the seven-day Hawaii cruise from Honolulu, starting at US$899 p.p. on Pride of America.