Windstar Cruises is enlisting the services of a team of Sommeliers on four of its ships, beverage experts on James beard Culinary Cruises, and beverage packet enticements on longer Star Collector Voyages on sailings to 270 ports around the world.
The program was launched on the 310-guest Wind Surf, which arrived in Lisbon in April for the northern summer season in the Mediterranean.
Windstar’s three all-suite ships, Star Breeze and Star Pride – sailing throughout Europe – and Star Legend – travelling in Asia – also offer onboard Sommeliers.
All Windstar Sommeliers have been chosen for their training, knowledge and experience worldwide, having worked in a broad spectrum of wineries, restaurants, travel and hospitality providers including Celebrity, Disney and Seabourn cruise lines, Hermitage and Radisson hotels, and Le Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux.
They lead wine tastings on board each cruise, and in addition, may accompany guests on culinary-themed shore excursions to local wineries and restaurants.
Windstar has also announced a multi-year partnership as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation.
This year the culinary-themed cruises feature James Beard-recognised guest chefs and beverage experts hand-selected by the James Beard Foundation, including top Sommeliers from across the United States.
Stars, including Sommeliers Belinda Chang and Shelley Lindgren, will join forces with the onboard Sommeliers to provide Windstar’s most comprehensive and immersive wine programming.