Themed Cruises Explore Politics, Wine, and "How It’s Done"

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Clients who have a passion for food and wine, politics, or learning the intricacies of how a ship works will find that the following themed cruises are right up their alley.

Sneak Peeks and Behind-the-Scenes Celebrity Cruises is offering two special tours via its new Celebrity Inside Access program to give guests a feel for the inner workings of a ship.

One option, the Bridge Sail Away Experience, allows voyagers the chance to join the navigational team for one hour, beginning 30 minutes before setting sail and ending 30 minutes after. During this time, they’ll tour the bridge with a senior Celebrity bridge officer. Guests will also have the chance to meet and take photos with the ship’s captain.

Meanwhile, the See How It’s Done Tour last three hours, guiding an intimate group through several non-public areas of the ship, including the bridge, mooring deck, crew gym, theater, engine control room, prep rooms and main dining room galley. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with members of the crew at each area of the tour. Upon conclusion, guests will be treated to a wine-paired lunch hosted by an officer in the main dining room.

The Celebrity Inside Access program, including the Bridge Sail Away Experience and the See How It’s Done Tour, is offered on all ships and is available for purchase on board. For more information, call (800) 437-3111 or visit celebritycruises.com.

Wine Series Enrichment Silversea Cruises is offering a series of six wine-themed voyages, with the first voyage beginning Feb. 4 and running intermittently through Dec. 22. With four voyages hosted by Lyn Farmer, a widely published wine and food writer and senior editor of The Wine News magazine, and Richard Nurick, a wine judge and lecturer of wine appreciation courses at Newbury and Henley colleges, the Wine Series voyages will allow guests to sample unique vintages and learn about the tradition and art of winemaking through special tastings and lectures. Select guests also afford the opportunity to explore wine regions through optional shore excursions.

Sailing dates for Wine Series cruises include:

• Feb. 4, departing Auckland, New Zealand for 19 days aboard the Silver Shadow, hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $10,599 pp.

• May 1, departing Monte Carlo, Monaco for 12 days aboard the Silver Whisper, hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $6,099 pp.

• July 26, departing Southampton, United Kingdom for nine days aboard the Silver Whisper, hosted by Richard Nurick. Silver Savings fares start at $6,299 pp.

• Aug. 4, departing Lisbon, Portugal for nine days aboard the Silver Whisper, hosted by Richard Nurick. Silver Savings Fares start at $6,299 pp.

• Aug. 13, departing London, England for 14 days aboard the Silver Cloud, hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $8,099 pp.

• Dec. 22, departing Buenos Aires, Argentina for 16 days aboard the Silver Cloud, hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $9,999 pp.

For more information, call (877) 215-9986 or visit silversea.com.

Political Debates by Sea Meanwhile, a couple of other cruise lines are offering itineraries featuring key British political figures and the opportunity for lectures and debates. Both of the following itineraries will showcase experts on board offering insight into the world of politics.

Departing July 25, Voyages of Discovery offers a 19-day Nordic & White Sea Adventure cruise aboard the Discovery to be joined by Sir Anthony Brenton of the British Foreign Office. Departing from London (Harwich) and cruising to Floro, Norway, the cruise will feature a variety of rarely visited Solovetsky Islands. Fares start at $4,999 pp dbl and include oceanview stateroom accommodations, all meals and entertainment, and guest speaker program. For more information, call (866) 623-2689 or visit voyagesofdiscovery.com.

Additionally, Swan Hellenic offers a 15-day Venice and the Adriatic cruise, departing Aug. 15 aboard the Minerva. Joining the cruise as it sails from Valletta, Malta to Piraeus, Greece will be former foreign secretary Rt Hon Lord Douglas Hurd, who is most famous for serving under Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1989-1995. Fares start at $2,999 pp dbl and include shore excursions, gratuities, and guest speaker program. For more information, call (866) 923-9182 or visit swanhellenic.us.