Food, Wine & Beer Theme Cruises

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The Theme: Windstar Cruises' James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2016

Details: As part of its partnership with the James Beard Foundation, Windstar is offering three culinary-themed cruises in 2016. Each cruise will welcome a James Beard Foundation-selected chef and wine expert onboard, and include two culinary demos hosted by the guest chef, special dishes in addition to the regular menu and a chef-hosted shore excursion. Foodies can choose between an 8-night "Spain and Morocco" sailing from Lisbon to Barcelona, on Wind Surf, departing April 24 (starting at $2,199); a 10-night "Spain and France" sailing from Lisbon to Dublin, on Star Legend, departing June 10 (starting at $3,399); and another 10-night cruise on Star Legend, exploring the same region from Dublin to Portugal (starting at $3,399).

The Theme: Avalon Waterways' Beer River Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2016

Details: Prost! Avalon Waterways will be hosting a series of beer themed cruises in 2016. Onboard activities may vary but include tastings, historic brewery tours and lectures on European beer-brewing techniques. Here are the itineraries. Departing March 30, 2016: Ten days from Prague to Budapest onboard Panorama (starting at $2,739). Departing April 12, 2016: Eight days from Amsterdam to Vilvoorde onboard Expression (starting at $2,599). Departing November 9, 2016: Thirteen days from Budapest to Prague onboard Panorama (stating at $3,289).

The Theme: Food & Wine Trails Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2016

Details: Food & Wine Trails is offering a series of chartered wine cruises -- all of which include private events on and off the ships: Oceania Riviera, Oceania Marina, Paul Gauguin, Silversea's Silver Spirit and Uniworld's Queen Isabel, S.S. Catherine and River Countess. Each cruise will feature a different special guest host, such as Sonoma Magazine, various regional wineries and even the presidents of Food & Wine Trails for two select sailings. For a full list of themes and details on dates and itineraries, visit the company's website.

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