Cruising with Film, Music and Culinary Arts

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Celebrity Cruises
Just one option for artsy indulgences, voyagers aboard the Celebrity Silhouette can enjoy an S.S. Coachella performance in a lounge just like this.


Let your clients indulge their artistic side with any of these four cruises, offering immersions that are sure to please the ears, eyes and taste buds.

Visual Arts
Sure, plenty of cruise lines offer photography-themed itineraries, but only aboard Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony can your clients take part in a University of Southern California filmmaking course. Of course, though guests taking part in the Digital Filmmaking: The iPad iMovie Video Course might not receive college credit for their work, they’re certain to learn nearly enough to pass an exit exam.

This 5-hour complimentary course is available through the ship’s Creative Learning Institute. Guests use their own iPad to shoot one of five documentary-style genres, choosing from interview, event, commercial, how-to or man on the street. The guest then edits the footage and adds music, graphics, voiceover and effects through the iMovie app, while paying careful attention to the video’s purpose, intended audience, camera angle and shot composition. After all of that, they learn how to create a trailer and share their work via social media.

The Digital Filmmaking course is led by USC film professors, alumni and other film industry experts. Although it’s currently only available aboard the Crystal Symphony, the program is scheduled to be added to the list of amenities aboard Crystal Serenity by January 2013.

Crystal Symphony cruises to destinations worldwide, including Europe and the Mediterranean, North, Central and South America, Asia and the South Pacific and world grand voyages. For more information, call (800) 446-6620 or visit

Auditory Arts
Every year for a few months leading up to April, we hear the name “Coachella” being passed around in reference to the annual festival held in Indio, California’s Coachella Valley. But how often do you hear “S.S. Coachella”?

The answer to that is “not until now.” This year marks the first that Coachella is taking to the seas aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Silhouette. Much like the 2012 festival, which was the first to be spread across two weekends, S.S. Coachella will offer two itineraries: Dec. 16-19 and Dec. 19-23.

Both itineraries travel roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, with the first going to The Bahamas and the second going to Jamaica. The line-up will be the same for both cruises, featuring artists such as Yeasayer, !!!, DJ Harvey, Cloud Nothings and Tokimonsta.

During these cruises, guests can expect planned activities and surprises throughout their voyage in addition to the 12 dining venues, nine bars, many theaters and pool deck already available aboard the Celebrity Silhouette. Rates for S.S. Coachella itineraries start at $500 pp. For more information, call (800) 437-3111 or visit

Its green years long gone, meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Simple Man Cruise 2012 is coming up on its sixth sailing. Running this year from Oct. 27-31, the concert/cruise will feature such legends as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doobie Brothers, The Outlaws and Guv’nahs, among others.

The itinerary sails aboard the Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Key West and across to Norwegian’s private Caribbean island, Great Stirrup Cay. The Pearl features amenities including a rock-climbing wall, bowling alley, 29 combined food and drink venues, two pools, six hot tubs and Aqua Kid’s Club. Rates for the Simple Man Cruise 2012 start at $650 pp dbl. For more information, call (877) 379-9189 or visit

Culinary Arts
Pair a perfect glass of wine with a Mediterranean sunset, and a flawless vacation is certain. Food and Wine Trails is doing just that with its recently released listing of 2013 Wine Cruises.

These 11 Mediterranean itineraries will offer onboard events, wine tastings and a wine-paired dinner as they sail from port to port aboard Oceania Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises vessels. Among the itineraries offered are:

• May 25-June 6, the 12-night Greek Isles Wine Cruise with Foxen Winery and Martinelli Vineyards & Winery starts at $4,374 pp dbl including roundtrip airfare
• July 3-13, the 10-night Rome to Venice Wine Cruise with Domaine Chandon stops in Rome, Tuscany, Amalfi, Sorrento and Sicily; $4,374 pp dbl
• July 3-11, the 8-night Rhone Roots 2013 Wine Cruise with Tablas Creek Vineyards travels from Monte Carlo to Barcelona; $2,445 pp dbl

Additional wineries that will host a wine cruise include V.Sattui Winery, Mira Winery, Ideology Cellars, Ramey Wine Cellars, Sojourn Cellars, Duckhorn Vineyards, Grigch Hills Estate and Cameron Hughes Wine. One last cruise will be co-hosted with FOOD & WINE Magazine and Italy’s Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia—one of the few wineries in the world to receive a perfect 100/100 score from Wine Spectator.

On all cruises, participants will enjoy a private onboard wine program, free or included gratuities, and discounted or free airfare from the U.S. to Europe. Additionally, a $100 shipboard credit will be available for guests who book early.

Food and Wine Trails’ 2013 Wine Cruise itineraries are available between April 21 and Oct. 11, 2013, with rates starting at $1,985 pp dbl. For more information, call (800) 367-5348 or visit