France Cruises, Inc.
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World Luxury Cruise Vacations Announces Its Series of Specialty Wine and Gastronomic Cruise Packages

World Luxury Cruise Vacations, the small ship cruise experts consisting of France Cruises and WLCVacations, announces its series of specialty Wine and Gastronomic cruise packages. These themed cruises are not simply about food and wine, but the tradition, knowledge and complexity that every bottle of wine shares and an opportunity for anyone and everyone to increase gastronomic skills while still enjoying the unique and cultured atmosphere that accompanies a regular small ship cruise experience.

San Antonio, TX, August 29, 2010 --( Because France is known worldwide as a gourmet destination, it is with no surprise that most of these packages may be found at Several hotel barges are offering programs for passengers seeking to enhance their wine and gastronomic knowledge.

In Beaujolais, along the Route des Grand Crus and the Cote d’Or Wine Road of Southern Burgundy, the 21-passenger hotel barge Caprice is offering a "marriage of wine and food" itinerary that includes regional meals in traditional Burgundian bistros, visits to local wine growers and artisans chocolate manufacturer, and of course many opportunities to sample several crus.

This 6 Night / 7 Day cruise starts from $2,590 per person.

In Burgundy, for a more intimate experience, the 4-passenger hotel barge Randle offers two unique journeys:

Randle’s Wine Cruise includes cruising along the vineyards of Cote St Jaques, Cote de Auxerre, Arancy, and St Bris with tastings of truly artisan wines only available in Burgundy, not to mention outings to famous names such as Chablis or Beaune. This 6 Night / 7 Day cruises starts from $2,440 per person.

Randle’s Michelin Star Cruise offers the unique opportunity to dine at up to four different Michelin restaurants in just one week. This gourmet adventure will introduce a refined and inventive cuisine. Of course, this week long cruise also presents plenty of opportunities to dine at less formal but altogether great local restaurants along the way. This 6 Night / 7 Day cruise starts from $2,625 per person.

New for 2010, France Cruises introduces the 24-passenger hotel barge Mirabelle to cruise the Bordeaux wine country. Every day the Mirabelle will visit a great Bordeaux wine region with a personal wine consultant who will guide guests in what to watch for and provide all the information needed to understand Bordeaux wines, as well as recommend matches with food.

This 6 Night / 7 Day cruise starts from $3,100 per person.

In Southern France, the Languedoc Wine Lover cruise aboard the 4-passenger hotel barge Alegria is an exclusive high-caliber wine cruise. Guests are taken on an exploration of the Languedoc vineyards and their wonderful wines as Alegria glides along the Canal du Midi, through the dreamy wine regions of the Minervois, Corbières, and Côteaux du Languedoc. This cruise provides the opportunity to taste over 50 wines during the week, including wines from top producers such as Mas de Daumas Gassac – described as the “Lafitte of the Languedoc” – to up-and-coming producers who will be the stars of the future. This 6 Night / 7 Day cruise starts from $5,440 per person.

WLCVacations, the sister company of France Cruises, offers similar wine and gastronomic cruise packages for passengers looking to travel the world waterways.

An exclusive, sublime yet exciting, cruise/tour through Washington's ideal wine grape growing regions is available for individual staterooms and private charter aboard the 36-passenger yacht Safari Explorer.

This package allows guests to discover America's extraordinary and "secret" wine regions in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge. Each wine and culinary cruise includes guest experts such as Sommeliers, Vintners or other wine experts and Chefs or Culinary Arts specialists who will conduct tastings and cooking demonstrations. Guests will receive a gift of the ultimate winery guide, “Wine Trails of Washington,” by Steve Roberts. This specialty cruise also includes five private wine tours and tastings including a cave luncheon, daily narrative and discussions, and complimentary massage, yoga classes, hot tub and sauna. This 7 Night / 8 Day cruise starts from $4,895 per person.

An Epicurean Adventurer program is available for the Grand European Discovery cruise and Legendary Rhine cruise aboard the 134-passengers River Countess and River Queen.

The first journey is a cruise along three majestic rivers—the legendary Rhine, the meandering Main, and the enchanting Danube with stops in Switzerland, France, Germany, and Austria. Passengers can get a taste of culinary diversity while indulging in wiener schnitzel in Austria, sipping fine Rheingau and Franconian wines, and drinking hearty beers from Germany. Connoisseurs of wine, beer, and food will savor the delicious beverages and cuisine native to this great region. This 14 Night / 15 Day cruise starts from $3,899 per person.

The second journey, aboard the River Queen, cruises through five amazing countries along the legendary Rhine and vineyard-rich Moselle rivers starting off in vibrant, canal-lined Amsterdam, then traipse south on the path of historic legends and sail the fabled Rhine River Valley. Plus, enjoy a unique wine tasting at a vintner’s private estate in the idyllic village of Ediger-Eller. Connoisseurs of food and wine will savor hearty meals, delicate pastries, fine chocolates, and full-bodied Rieslings. This 12 Night / 13 Day cruise starts from $3,299 per person.

Complete details and prices for these cruises and more can be found at and

Jean-Francois Dabrowski