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Thursday, 19 January 2012

VACATION.COM UNVEILS ITS 2012 CULINARY COLLECTION
The 2012 Culinary Collection includes 32 food and wine-themed sailings

Vacation.com has announced its 2012 Culinary Collection which includes 32 unique food- and wine-themed cruises with departures from ports of call worldwide. These specific culinary-themed cruise experiences were chosen from some of Vacation.com’s luxury and premium cruise line partners such as: Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Clients booking a cruise from the collection will receive extra amenities at no additional cost, and certain itineraries offer clients the services of a concierge host, an exclusive hosted shore event, and a private cocktail reception.
 
The 2012 Culinary Collection features demonstrations from world-renowned chefs, cooking classes onboard and on shore, as well as wine and spirit tastings, and delightful meals focused on regional cuisine.
 
The all-inclusive Regent experience features two-for-one airfare, plus bonus savings, unlimited shore excursions, a luxury hotel package, pre-paid gratuities and more. In one of six Culinary Collection cruises, clients will spend seven nights sailing from Stockholm to Copenhagen. Along the way, they’ll see Tallinn and Harju County, with lunch and wine at the renowned Old Village Inn.

New to this year’s collection, Paul Gauguin Cruises offers “A Blissful Respite,” where clients may choose one of four Tahitian sailings. The fully-inclusive sailings offers clients the opportunity to share in local history through song, dance and cooking demos, enjoy a cocktail party hosted by a famous winemaker or elevate their skills by taking part in a one-on-one lesson with one of America’s most celebrated chefs.

Holland America Line’s selections in the collection include 12 departures ranging from Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean to the Panama Canal, Norway, and Spain. A theater-style venue showcases a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen with multiple flat-screen video monitors. Clients have the opportunity to mingle and cook with master chefs or indulge as wine and cheese experts answer their questions.

Wine enthusiasts and culture seekers can take in the old world onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Constellation. Celebrity offers three dates for its 12-night immersive wine cruise. Roundtrip from England with ports of call in Spain and France, clients will tour Bilboa and savour the wines of the region. Sailings are strategically scheduled at harvest time, during the height of wine season.
 
Aspiring chefs can “Enhance Your Joy of Cooking” with Oceania’s four sailings featuring 15 cooking classes. Cooking like a pro at home, flawless fish cookery, Asian fusion, and backyard grilling secrets are among a few of the classes offered.

Aboard Crystal Cruises, clients will “Sample the World’s Best” by feasting on new experiences, new flavours and new destinations with one of six offerings. Each itinerary features authentic cultural experiences, unique tastes and world-renowned chefs and wine experts. Summer “Down Under” offers clients the chance to see the sails of Sydney’s opera house and the glacier-capped mountains of New Zealand. Other itineraries include Barcelona, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Rome, and Venice.


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