Details: As the Greek mythological God of wine, Dionysus may have been the first to celebrate our beloved grapes. But today, wine aficionados and cultural enthusiasts can show their appreciation for one of the oldest wine regions in the world on Louis Cruises' Greek Wine and Traditional Flavors cruise. With a choice of four cruises sailing roundtrip from Athens -- three nights aboard Louis Olympia from May 24 (fares start at $479), seven nights aboard Orient Queen from June 21 (fares start at $1,129), four nights aboard Louis Olympia from July 22 (fares start at $709) and four nights aboard Louis Olympia from September 9 (fares start at $729) -- passengers will be able to enjoy the authentic flavors of Aegean dishes and vintage wine throughout Greece and Turkey. To share their insights, celebrity chef Vangelis Driskas will be onboard alongside Constantinos Kokkinoplitis, director of exports for Boutari Winery, one of the oldest wineries in Greece. Passengers will enjoy Greek dishes prepared by chef Driskas on the spot, as well as the chance to purchase Boutari wines at a preferential price.
Details: What could be better than a night of indulging in top-notch food and wine and taking in a performance by one of your favorite musicians? Perhaps seven nights of that as you sail the Western Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas? This fall, the Wine, Dine & Music cruise will not only give you access to meals created by renowned chef John Ash, but you'll also get to take in nightly performances by Kenny Loggins, Nestor Torres, World Classic Rockers and more. Plus, you'll get a complimentary bottle of wine from one of seven hand-selected wineries in your cabin every night, and you'll have the opportunity to attend tastings and seminars hosted by those very wineries. Rates start at $1,099 per person for an inside cabin and discounted rates are available for third and fourth passengers sharing a cabin with two full-paying passengers.
The Dates: November 8 - 15 and November 25 - December 4, 2013
Details: Amateur chefs and foodies interested in exotic cuisine and learning the secrets of Michelin Star chefs may want to check out Silversea Cruises' Culinary Arts voyages this fall. Choose between seven nights in the Caribbean and nine nights in Asia. Both cruises will be hosted by celebrity chefs and feature interactive demonstrations, escorted trips to international markets, food and wine pairings, a variety of excursions and one five-course grand gourmet dinner. Join renowned chocolatier Chantal Coady on Silver Whisper, sailing roundtrip from Barbados on November 8. Or, explore Asia from Hong Kong to Singapore with Michelin Star chef Jason Atherton aboard Silver Shadow, departing November 25. Fares for Asia's tour start at $3,950, while the Caribbean tour -- booking quickly, with waitlist options -- is currently offering fares as low as $3,750.
The Dates: November 23 - December 9 and December 9 - 21, 2013
Details: Brazil will be the center of attention this fall on Celebrity Cruises, when the line begins its South American cruise season with two back-to-back sailings. Choose between a 16-night "Songs of South America" cruise from Miami to Rio de Janeiro on November 23 and a 12-night "Tangos and Tapas" cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires on December 9, both aboard Crystal Symphony. Passengers will be offered a variety of shore excursions, all focusing on the country's arts, food and natural beauty. Foodies in particular will be able to enjoy cooking lessons; a tour about the history of cachaca, the "rum" of Brazil; caipirinha tastings in Ilha Grande; and wine and olive oil tastings in Uruguay, all depending on the cruise. Fares start at $3,990 per person for the November sailing and $3,555 per person for the December sailing. Passengers can receive a discount if booked by June 28, or save five percent by combining the two cruises.
The Dates: January 18 - 25, 2014 and July 19 - 26, 2014
Details: Celebrity Chef Paula Deen will be stirring up some fun aboard her annual theme cruise -- this time, with two dates in 2014. The first cruise (January 18 - 25) will take place on Celebrity Reflection, sailing from Miami roundtrip with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Activities will include her famous pajama brunch, Deen Team Lawn Olympics and cooking demos, as well as a poolside cocktail reception, onstage games, a Q&A, autograph sessions, slot tournament and get-together for solo travelers. The second cruise (July 19 - 25) will be onboard Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, sailing from Fort Lauderdale roundtrip to Labadee, Jamaica and Cozumel. Even more family-oriented than the first, it will include a family poolside barbeque, dessert pajama party, Deen Family Beach Olympics, singing session, special events for kids and more. Both also will feature photos with Paula and a Paula Deen cruise bag. Fares for the January sailing start at $1,748 for an inside cabin, while fares for the July sailing start at $2,214 for an inside cabin.
Details: Seville, Malaga and Granada are just a few of the ports Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf will be visiting on its eight-night Culinary Wine and Delights of Spain cruise departing April 19. Hosted by a chef from Saveur magazine, the cruise will allow passengers to choose two complimentary local vineyard or culinary excursions while also including two onboard wine dinners, complimentary wines daily, two onboard wine lectures and tastings, cooking demonstrations, local cuisine served throughout the cruise and a performance by local Flamenco dancers. Fares start at $2,999. Passengers booked by August 31 will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Saveur magazine.