This week in the cruise industry we’ve noticed a number of new updates that may be of interest to wine lovers.
In AmaWaterways’ 2018 Europe, Asia & Africa Extensive Brochure, the river cruise line is debuting additional wine-themed cruises.
AmaWaterways will sail more than 50-wined themed cruises in 2018 - traversing the wine regions of Austria, Germany, Portugal and France. Highlights include wine tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars, visits to renowned vineyards – including Austria’s Wachau Valley, France’s Bordeaux region and Germany’s Moselle Valley – and wine-expert led informative sessions.
In other river cruise news, European Waterways has completed its winter upgrade and refurbishment program ahead of the 2017 cruising season.
Among improvements was the complete redesign of the saloon, dining and bar areas of two of the company's most popular barges, L'Art de Vivre, which cruises the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy, and Anjodi, which cruises the Canal du Midi in France. Traditional boat building methods and materials, such as African hardwoods, were used to create the onboard ambiance.
European Waterways offers a number of daily escorted excursions to popular wineries.
Finally, in ocean news, Costa Cruises and La Banca del Vino have launched a new wine list onboard. To develop the wine list, the cruise line partnered with the Italian company "Wine Bank" founded by Carlo Petrini, chairman of Slow Food International.
The new wine list is now available fleetwide and offers wines from Italy’s 19 regions and other countries around the world.