A Theme Cruise is the ultimate way of combining your love of travel with one of your other passions such as wine, golf or music
Why You Should Take a Theme Cruise in 2020
Cruises for Everyone
Our guests don’t want to be ‘spectators’ of history and culture, they want to be participants. From sharing a glass of Pastis with a friendly lock keeper, to gourmet lunch with a baroness, to playing golf in the country that invented the sport, they seek immersive experiences that are both memorable and meaningful in providing insight into the local cultures. Recognising this, we’ve put together a wide array of themed cruises that will allow our guests to discover something new and exciting, be it an open air opera performance during the Italian summer or the majestic Scottish highland golf course on a bright Spring day.
Seasoned connoisseur or budding enthusiast? It doesn’t matter, this is the holiday for you, there is something to delight every palate as we cruise through some of the greatest wine regions in the world. See boutique wineries, tour ancient cellars and taste the best that Europe has to offer, accompanied and advised by your very own professional wine guide.
The April 12, 2020 Wine Appreciation Cruise aboard the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste in Southern Burgundy is available for cabin bookings & features private tastings at some of the best, “off the beaten path” vineyards. Guests will enjoy such Burgundies as Nuits St-Georges, Santenay and Vosne Romanée, with premier or grand cru vintages hand-picked by the knowledgeable guides, think of it as gastronomic deep dive into the history & wine culture of the oldest wine region on earth.
Can’t make this date? No worries, Wine Appreciation cruises are available for private charter in Burgundy, the Loire Valley, the Canal du Midi, Bordeaux and Italy throughout the cruising season.
You’ll want your clubs ship-shape and shiny for this wonderful sporting experience, not only will you adore the cruising scenery, but with four tee times booked and paid for in advance you’ll be able to hop off and hit the links on some incredible European courses.
It’s widely believed that golf was invented in Scotland, where rules for the modern game and the first 18-hole courses were established. Our 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland Golf Cruise offers guests the opportunity to play the game with the wide expanse of the Scottish Highlands providing a dramatic background. The boat’s April 26, 2020 departures lets players tee up at four championship courses that include the Castle Stuart, the Royal Dornoch, Fort Augustus, and Newtonmore and is open for cabin bookings.
Not available in April? Not a problem. Golf cruises are available for private charter throughout the season across virtually all of our cruise regions!
Outdoor Opera in Italy
For opera lovers, the Arena di Verona offers an impressive setting to enjoy a performance of some of the world’s most famous operas. There are visits to some wonderful baroque theatres, such as the Gran Teatro La Fenice, where the premières of operas by composers such as Rossini and Verdi were performed, and the intimate Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, with its bell-shaped interior that opened with a concert by a 13-year-old Mozart in 1770.
The August 16, 2020 Opera cruise departure on the 20-passenger La Bella Vita includes premium seats at this internationally famous venue for a performance of Verdi’s “Nabucco” and is available for cabin bookings.
Busy on the above date? Fortunately our Opera cruises are available for private charter throughout July on August, depending on availability.
Following the Highland Whisky Trail
If you’re a fan of a wee dram then this is your dream getaway, indulge in the finest whisky that Scotland has to offer whilst cruising an atmospheric route through the Highlands.
For single malt whisky enthusiasts, the April 5, 2020 Whisky Trail cruise aboard the 8-passenger Scottish Highlander hotel barge is now open for cabin bookings. Guests will visit at least three distilleries, where they will enjoy private tours and tastings. Among these is the family-run Benromach Distillery near Forres, as well as the Tomatin and Dalwhinnie distilleries, both in the Highland region. Sip some of the smooth, sumptuous scotch as you admire the stunning highland lochs and glens, there’s no better place for a drop of the “water of life”.
Want to go another time? Welcome aboard! Whisky Trail cruises are available for private charter aboard the 8 passenger Scottish Highlander or the 12 passenger Spirit of Scotland throughout the season.