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January 20, 2012 By: George Dooley Travel Agent

Culinary and cruise travel will get a new boost from's launch of its 2012 Culinary Collection which includes 32 unique food- and wine-themed cruises with worldwide departures.

The specific culinary-themed cruise experiences were chosen from some of’s luxury and premium cruise line partners, reports.

This includes: 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 while certain itineraries offer clients the services of a concierge host, an exclusive hosted shore event and a private cocktail reception.
“The Culinary Collection offers world-class cruising paired with a special focus on some of the best cuisines, wines and chefs in the world. The upscale sailings also offer additional savings and exclusive amenities for our clients,” said President John Lovell.

“Whether our clients are experienced epicureans, avid cruisers looking to learn how to cook and pair wines together, or just love local fare and are interested in excursions featuring food and wine, the Culinary Collection has something for those with discerning tastes," Lovell said.

The 2012 Culinary Collection features demonstrations from world-renowned chefs, cooking classes onboard and on shore, as well as wine and spirit tastings and meals focused on regional cuisine.

A sampling of some of this year’s Culinary Collection:
The all-inclusive Regent experience features two-for-one airfare, plus bonus savings, unlimited shore excursions, a luxury hotel package, pre-paid gratuities and much more. In one of six Culinary Collection cruises, clients will spend seven nights sailing from Stockholm to Copenhagen

New to this year’s collection, Paul Gauguin Cruises offers clients a choice one of four Tahitian sailings. The sailings are fully-inclusive.

Holland America Line’s selections include 12 departures ranging from Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean to the Panama Canal, Norway, and Spain

Celebrity Cruises 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.
Oceania’s four sailings feature 15 cooking classes.
Crystal Cruises offers new destinations with one of six offerings. Itineraries include Australia and New Zealand. Other itineraries include Barcelona, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Rome and Venice. is providing members with free customizable, full-color print brochures or e-brochures. members can learn more about the Culinary Collection, view all sailing dates and access marketing materials at

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By George Dooley | January 20, 2012
The program includes 32 unique food- and wine-themed cruises with worldwide departures.