Overview

It is our great pleasure to announce Food & Wine Trails’ first Sommelier’s Insider Series Wine Cruise!

Program highlights
  • Personally escorted by Kelly McAuliffe, Sommelier and French Wine Expert
  • NEW Reduced Cruise Fares
  • FREE Roundtrip Airfare
  • Optional F&WT 2-night night Southern England pre-cruise land program
  • Private wine-themed events including a welcome reception, seminar & tasting,winemaker’s dinner and farewell reception
  • Choice of one included Food & Wine Trails’ shore tour (Normandy or Brittany) for all guests
  • Five NEW Food & Wine Trails optional wine-themed shore tours in select port cities
  • Early Booking Bonus: $100 shipboard credit per stateroom if booked by August 31, 2020  
  • FREE shipboard gratuities and FREE unlimited internet

PLUS

OLIFE Choice, choose one per stateroom:

Six (6) FREE Shore Excursions
FREE Beverage Package
$600 Additional Shipboard Credit


Enjoy a recorded virtual tasting video with your host, Kelly McAuliffe – CLICK HERE


Careful thought and planning has been put into this extraordinary program by the F&WT team, from the selection of the cruise itinerary, to the expert host, to the wine experiences onboard and ashore.

Our inaugural Sommelier’s Insider Series Wine Cruise kicks off in May of 2021 from London for 10 glorious days exploring the Atlantic Coast of France, visiting world renowned wine regions including Basque Country, Rioja, Bordeaux and more! This region is much more laid-back than the Med (but with almost as much sunshine), and is the perfect destination to slow the pace down, appreciate back-to-nature landscapes and the vine-striped hills showcasing the best of French wines.

When it came time to select an onboard group host and wine expert, the choice was clear – fan-favorite, sommelier and French wine expert, Kelly McAuliffe. As the only American Sommelier in France, Kelly is, in our opinion, the best wine educator available. Many of you have already had the pleasure of Kelly’s expert guidance, charming larger-than-life personality and of course his great story-telling during our private tours ashore. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Kelly, you are in for a very special treat. Kelly consistently receives rave reviews from our past guests and is often praised as the highlight of our exclusive land programs. Now you have the opportunity to enjoy his company not only on land, but also at sea for the entire cruise.

We have taken a great cruise and sent it over-the-top, not only with the addition of Kelly as your onboard host, but we’ve also added onboard wine programs like never seen before plus five new optional shore tours curated exclusively for this extraordinary cruise as a way to honor our valued past guests and at the same time invite new guests to discover what sets Food & Wine Trails apart from other wine travel programs. Of all the options out there for wine-themed travel, this is the one not to miss and here are a few reasons why…

• Best-of-the-best, onboard host and French Sommelier, Kelly McAuliffe
• Food & Wine Trails NEW “Exploring England’s Sparkling Wines” optional 2-night pre-cruise Southern England land program
• Five NEW bespoke wine-themed optional shore tours curated exclusively for this cruise
• One included bespoke wine-themed shore tour (choice of Normandy or Brittany) for all Food & Wine Trails guests
New onboard private events including “50 Shades of Rosé” Welcome Reception; “Rockin Rhône” Wine Seminar; and “Hidden Treasures of France” Farewell Reception
• “Valley of the Kings” wine-paired dinner
$100 Shipboard Credit per stateroom and pre-paid ship gratuities

 

For reservations call Food & Wine Trails at 800-367-5348 or download the Registration Form below.

Download Food & Wine Trails Registration Form
  • Cruise Line

    Oceania Cruises

  • Ports of Call

    Round-trip London

Experts

Kelly McAuliffe

Sommelier & French Wine Expert

Itinerary

Food & Wine Trails 2021

Destination: Wine Regions of France & Spain
Dates: May 12 – 22, 2021
Length: 10-Days
Ship: Oceania Cruises’ Sirena

May 09 - 12
2021
London, England

F&WT Optional 2-Night Pre-Cruise Program: Exploring England’s Sparkling Wines

May 12
2021
London (Southampton), England
Embark
Depart 6:00 PM

F&WT Onboard Event: Welcome Reception “50 Shades of Rosé”

All rosés are not made equal, but they can all bring pleasure.  They are made with many grape varieties, different production methods, and come in a rainbow of colors and flavors.  From grapefruit to blackberry and from pink to ruby, the French were making quality rosé well before its recent wave of popularity.  During this fun event you will learn how the different rosés are made and ultimately determine which shades of rosé you enjoy most.

May 13
2021
Paris (Le Havre), France
Arrive 6:00 AM
Depart 7:00 PM

INCLUDED Shore Tour Option #1:

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Camembert Meets Calvados in Normandy

May 14
2021
Saint-Malo, France
Arrive (anchor) 8:00 AM
Depart 5:00 PM

INCLUDED Shore Tour Option #2:

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Crepes & Corsairs Along Brittany’s Coast

May 15
2021
Brest, France
Arrive 8:00 AM
Depart 6:00 PM

F&WT Onboard Event: Wine-Paired Dinner “Valley of the Kings”

The Loire Valley is the most diverse wine region in France.  Just about every style of wine is made here, from traditional sparkling and crips whites to elegant reds and luscious sweet wines.  These are some of the most food friendly wines in France, living up to the demands of the Valley of the Kings’ rich gastronomic tradition.  Your senses will travel the longest river in France, each pairings brings you to a different area of the Loire where you will experience its unique qualities in soil, climate and grape.

May 16
2021
La Rochelle, France
Arrive 10:00 AM
Depart 11:00 PM
May 17
2021
Bordeaux, France
Arrive 12:00 Noon
Overnight

F&WT Onboard Event: Wine Seminar & Tasting “Rockin Rhône”

No other wine region in France brings about passionate, wild indulgence they way the Rhone does.  Whether you’re the Pope in Avignon, Thomas Jefferson or Robert Parker, Rhone wines have always left a lasting impression on human palates throughout history.  During this special Rockin’ Rhone seminar you will experience the smoke and spice of the norther as well as the sun-drenched, fruity decadence in the south.  Wines will be presented by one of the world’s foremost Rhone experts, Kelly McAuliffe.

May 18
2021
Bordeaux, France
Depart 10:00 PM

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: The Left Bank Legacy of Bordeaux

May 19
2021
San Sebastian, Spain
Arrive 1:00 PM
Depart 9:00 PM

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: A Taste of Basque Country

May 20
2021
Bilbao, Spain
Arrive 7:00 AM
Depart 6:00 PM

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Rioja: Tradition & Transformation

May 21
2021
Cruising the Bay of Biscay & English Channel

F&WT Onboard Event: Farewell Reception “Hidden Treasures of France”

Taste secret delicious wines from several areas in France that only a sommelier would know.  Discover regions like the Jura, Savoie, Jurancon, Madiran and Bellet.  This is an opportunity to expand your palate and knowledge of French wine appellations.  Find a new favorite grape or region!

May 22
2021
London (Southampton), England
Arrive 8:00 AM
Disembark

Per Person Pricing - NEW LOWER FARES

CATEGORYDOUBLE OCCUPANCYSINGLE OCCUPANCY
G - Inside Stateroom$4,049 $6,198
F - Inside Stateroom $4,199$6,498
E - Outside Obstructed Stateroom$4,299$6,698
D - Outside Porthole Stateroom$4,349$6,798
C2 - Deluxe Outside Stateroom$4,449$6,998
C1 - Deluxe Outside Stateroom$4,599$7,298
B2 - Veranda Stateroom$5,349$8,798
B1 - Veranda Stateroom$5,449$8,998
A3 - Concierge Veranda$5,599$9,298
A2 - Concierge Veranda$5,699$9,498
A1 - Concierge Veranda$5,749$9,598
PH3 - Penthouse Suite$6,599$11,298
PH2 - Penthouse Suite$6,699$11,498
PH1 - Penthouse Suite$6,899$11,898

 *Air Credit for those electing not to use the free air travel included with the price of the cruise is $1,100 per person.

Prices:
Prices are per person based on cabin double or single occupancy and include shipboard accommodations, round-trip airfare from select Oceania Cruises gateway cities, onboard meals, all surcharges, government taxes, choice of one included F&WT bespoke shore tour (Normandy or Brittany), limited travel management services and private wine program. Prices do not include airport transfers, additional F&WT shore tours, or all items of a personal nature. F&WT reserves the right to correct pricing errors or omissions. Prices will not increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes, fees or fuel surcharges. Request Triple prices.

OLIFE PROMOTION
Standard terms apply. OLife Choice amenities are per stateroom, based on double occupancy and subject to change. Free Internet is one per stateroom; Owner’s, Vista & Oceania Suites receive access for two devices per suite. OLife Choice free shore excursions vary by voyage and exclude Oceania Select, Oceania Exclusive, Executive Collection, Food and Wine Trails, Wellness and Culinary Discovery Tours. Voyages up to 9 days receive 4 free shore excursions or $400 shipboard credit; 10-13 days receive 6 free shore excursions or $600 shipboard credit; 14+ days receive 8 free shore excursions or $800 shipboard credit. If shore excursion amenity is selected, all excursions must be chosen at least 14 days prior to sailing. Food & Wine Trails optional shore tours do not qualify as Oceania’s OLife Choice free shore excursions. OLife Choice beverage package amenity is House Select. Guests in the same stateroom must choose the same OLife Choice amenity and amenity must be chosen by final payment. Not all promotions are combinable.

Booking Incentives:
Please note that cruise line offered promotions including but not limited to free gratuities, free shore excursions, shipboard credits, and internet packages can be cancelled or discontinued by the cruise line without notice at any time. F&WT includes such promotional offers on this web site in good faith and will remove expired, cancelled or discontinued offers within 24 hours of notification. F&WT will not be financially responsible for expired, cancelled, or discontinued cruise line promotions they in good faith advertise on this web site as valid.

 

About the Ship

SIRENA

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The Re-Inspiration of Classic Elegance

In a dramatic re-inspiration process, Sirena is a completely redesigned ship without peer. Every surface of every suite and stateroom is entirely new, while in the public spaces, a refreshed color palette of soft sea and sky tones surrounds a tasteful renewal of fabrics, furnishings and lighting fixtures that exquisitely encompasses the inimitable style and comfort of Oceania Cruises. From the bejeweled new chandeliers in the gracious Grand Dining Room to the beckoning Reception Hall, Sirena celebrates a rejuvenation so sweeping, you will find it positively unimaginable to resist her welcoming embrace.

Elegant sister ship to charming RegattaInsignia and Nautica, Oceania Cruises’ newest addition, Sirena embodies the most treasured elements of our celebrated fleet, and features a few highlights all her own. With the introduction of two culinary experiences, Sirena offers even more ways to savor The Finest Cuisine at Sea. Tuscan Steak, a new specialty restaurant, serves Italian favorites, succulent steaks and fresh seafood inspired by Toscana and Polo Grill. The Grand Dining Room offers a surprise transformation into The Bistro during lunch, which serves classic French fare as well as regional specialties and lunchtime favorites. Also featuring the beloved restaurant Red Ginger, Sirena invites you to enjoy bold Asian cuisine in a fresh new way.

Suites & Staterooms

Lighter, brighter and even more spacious, every suite and stateroom on board positively glow from a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling re-inspiration. Custom crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood finishes, designer accessories and an air of elegance and sophistication will be the hallmarks for Oceania’s completely transformed guest accommodations. Every square inch is new, enhanced by nuanced shades of the sea and sky, creating a harmonious celebration of style and comfort.

Luxurious New Bathrooms
Every suite and stateroom features a gloriously metamorphosed bathroom. Every fixture and surface is new, with designer fixtures, perfect lighting, lavish vanities and sleek glass shower enclosures gently vying for your attention. Penthouse, Vista and Owner’s Suite bathrooms feature even more space and will be true luxury retreats bejeweled with Carrara marble, polished granite and sleep onyx.

 

Suite & Stateroom Amenities
•Prestige or Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises exclusive, with 1,000-thread-count linens
•Refrigerated mini-bar with free and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water replenished daily
•Bulgari amenities
•Twice-daily maid service
•Full-size bathtub+
•Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service
•Flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming
•DVD player with extensive media library
•Complimentary and extensive 24-hour room service menu
•Wireless Internet access and cellular service
•Writing desk and stationery
•Security safe
•Handheld hair dryer
•Thick cotton robes and slippers
•Plush cotton towels


SIRENA SPECIFICATIONS: Year Built: 1999 | Year Refurbished: 2019 | Gross Tonnage: 30,277 | Length: 593.7 feet | Beam: 83.5 feet | Maximum Draught: 19.5 feet | Stabilizers: Yes | Cruising Speed: 18 knots | Guest Decks: 9 | Total Decks: 11 | Electric Power or Voltage: 110, 220 AC | Guest Capacity: 684 (Double Occupancy) | Staff Size: 400 | Guest to Staff Ratio: 1.71 to 1 | Nationality of Officers: European | Nationality of Staff: International | Country of Registry: Marshall Islands

Penthouse Suite

Veranda Stateroom

Grand Lobby

Grand Dining Room

Terrace Cafe

Terrace Spa

Terms & Conditions

  • Terms & Conditions

    REGISTRATION FORM
    To book a stateroom on this sailing, you must submit a completed registration form with deposit. For your convenience the registration form can be completed and electronically signed online by all passengers traveling.

    For PC users the PDF form can be completed online, saved and returned via email to receptionist@foodandwinetrails.com.

    For MAC users, the process for properly filling in and saving a PDF form is slightly different than on a Windows machine. By default, the Mac’s Preview application is set to open all PDF files, but Preview will not save the data you put into the forms. Right-click on the pdf or hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click on it. A menu will appear, select “Open With”. Choose Acrobat Reader from the list of programs. From within Acrobat you will be able to fill in the fields and save the file with your text and submit the completed form via email.

    DEPOSIT
    $ 1,250 per person is due at time of booking for all stateroom categories except Owners, Vista and Oceania suites. Please contact a Food & Wine Trails Travel Consultant for deposit amount for suite categories.

    FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: January 27, 2021

    PAYMENT METHODS

    If you are paying for the deposit by check, mail to: Food & Wine Trails, 141 Stony Circle,Suite 260, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. If you are paying for the deposit with a credit card, include your card information on page two of the registration form and FAX to (707) 526-9147.

    BOOKING INCENTIVES
    Please note that cruise line offered promotions including but not limited to free gratuities, shipboard credits, and internet packages can be cancelled or discontinued by the cruise line without notice at any time. F&WT includes such promotional offers on this web site in good faith and will remove expired, cancelled or discontinued offers within 24 hours of notification. F&WT will not be financially responsible for expired, cancelled, or discontinued cruise line promotions they in good faith advertise on this web site as valid.

    OLIFE PROMOTION
    Standard terms apply. OLife Choice amenities are per stateroom, based on double occupancy and subject to change. Free Internet is one per stateroom; Owner’s, Vista & Oceania Suites receive access for two devices per suite. OLife Choice free shore excursions vary by voyage and exclude Oceania Select, Oceania Exclusive, Executive Collection, Food & Wine Trails, Wellness and Culinary Discovery Tours. Voyages up to 9 days receive 4 free shore excursions or $400 shipboard credit; 10-13 days receive 6 free shore excursions or $600 shipboard credit; 14+ days receive 8 free shore excursions or $800 shipboard credit. If shore excursion amenity is selected, all excursions must be chosen at least 14 days prior to sailing. Food & Wine Trails optional shore tours do not qualify as Oceania’s OLife Choice free shore excursions. OLife Choice beverage package amenity is House Select. Guests in the same stateroom must choose the same OLife Choice amenity and amenity must be chosen by final payment. Not all promotions are combinable.

    PREMIUM ECONOMY AIR UPGRADE
    Air Upgrade, if applicable, is a Premium Economy Air Upgrade only available when air is purchased through Oceania Cruises. It applies to intercontinental flights only and is priced per person, each way, on select voyages from select gateways, open to all categories for Europe embark and disembark ports only and based on availability. Not all amenities will be available on all carriers.  Offer is available for a limited time only and may be withdrawn at any time without notice by Oceania Cruises.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

    Please note, Oceania Cruises requires that all guests submit a completed Guest Registration Form before final payment can be processed. You can either request a blank OCI Guest Registration Form from your Travel Consultant or submit the information directly to the cruise line on their web site: OCEANIA CRUISES MY ACCOUNT

    TRAVEL INSURANCE

    F&WT strongly recommends the purchase of (Allianz) travel insurance to safeguard your trip investment.

    FAQs


    Please note: Cruise escorts, experts scheduled to appear and onboard programming are subject to change with or without notice. For a complete listing of all tour conditions, please refer to page 2 of the registration form.

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