It has long been my dream to go on a wine themed cruise. When I searched for such a package online I found that many travel companies offer such cruises, but they tend to be on the Deluxe or Luxury lines and priced at about two to four times what we usually budget for our cruise price. When I couldn’t find such an affordable package, I knew that through our sister company, CruiseOne-Sonoita, I wanted to put together a wine cruise that would feature high quality boutique wines on a premium line at an affordable price.
Living in the heart of Arizona’s wine country in Santa Cruz County’s Sonoita/Elgin area, I have the opportunity to taste some of the countries finest wine that is made right here in my own neighborhood. My husband and I love the opportunity to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon in couple of our local tasting rooms and bringing home a bottle or two of to enjoy in the evening. One of our favorite vineyards to visit is Wilhelm Family Vineyards where Karyl Wilhelm produces a variety of fine wine. She is a gracious host in her room and loves to talk about her wines and how she really puts her heart in to wine making process. I knew that the quality of her wines and charming and informative personality would be a perfect fit for a premium wine cruise.
I worked with Celebrity cruises to put together a wine cruise which will allow her to host tastings of her own wines as well as provide an immersive wine experience provided by the Celebrity staff. The result will be one of the most unique wine cruise offerings on the elegant but never stuffy Celebrity Silhouette.
Exclusive Amenities and Prices
Through our sister company, CruiseOne – Sonoita, and their partnership with Wilhelm Family Vineyards and Celebrity cruise, we are able to offer both exclusive benefits and prices to our clients. Guests who book this exclusive offer through CruiseOne – Sonoita will be able to enjoy all the standard amenities aboard Celebrity. All guest aboard the Celebrity Solstice enjoy meals in the elegant Grand Cuvee’ Dining room, Ocean View Cafe, room service, day time activities and nightly entertainment. In addition to all of these amenities, our Wilhelm Family Vineyards guests will also enjoy a welcome aboard reception, two wine tastings hosted by award winning wine maker Karyl Wilhelm, and a food and wine pairing luncheon with the Celebrity Sommeliers. Balcony cabins for this exclusive package start at $1054 per person plus taxes and fees of around $103.35. Similar programs on other lines can cost as much as $4300 per person.
Why Celebrity and Wilhelm
A Celebrity cruise offers the perfect environment to showcase a fine boutique winery like Wilhelm Family Vineyards. Celebrity has one of the largest and best trained sommelier staffs at sea with over 3500 certified sommeliers fleet wide. Whether passengers are beginners or connoisseurs the Celebrity sommelier staff provide their gracious expertise in helping with the selection and serving of wine. They offer many different wine education programs on board and even know which glass best suits a particular varietal of wine. Karyl’s exquisitely made wines include a Spanish style Tempranillo blend, a crisp white Albariño, and her full flavored red Patriot Salute, a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Sangiovese. Karyls wines, much like Celebrity Cruises, are sophisticated with-out being stuffy, Elegant with-out being overpriced.
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