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Princess Foodie Theme Cruises

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This article is Princess Foodie Theme Cruises. It is about some upcoming theme cruises that will be sure to make foodies want to book!

The featured image photo credit is by Princess Cruises.


I love how amazing the food is on cruises. From exceptional local dishes in the ports that you visit to classic French, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and more cruise ships have amazing culinary teams that bring forth excellent meals each evening.

Theme Cruises

Many cruises lines offer theme cruises. Sometimes they are organized by third parties who charter the ship and set the stage for the theme. Others are done directly by the cruise lines to offer special experiences unique to the theme and the sailing.

Norwegian Cruise Line often partners with a third party to run the theme events such as the Sixthman events for music festivals and sports events.

Princess generally offers themed cruises related to food and other activities.

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity offer a Presidents Cruise each year that features special events and unique port experiences with tours specific to the President’s Cruise.

Princess Cruises Pacific Coast Wine and Foodie Cruises

This week, Princess Cruises announced two special food and wine cruises from the west coast on two awesome ships.

The first one is on Discovery Princess October 1-7, 2023 on the repositioning cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles.

Discovery Princess
Discovery Princess

I sailed on Discovery Princess earlier this year on the repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver and had an amazing time. You can read about the experience here.

The second special Pacific Coast Wine and Foodie Cruise will be on Sapphire Princess on October 8-15, 2023 on the repositioning cruise from Vancouver to LA!

Is is awesome Princess is using these special sailings to feature great food and wine.

Discovery Princess, October 1-7, 2023

Discovery Princess arrival in LA
Discovery Princess arrival in LA

The Discovery Princess Theme Cruise is the Wagner Family of Wine Festival. The sailing will feature special California Wines and California food options to go along with the wine experience.

Princess announced that Discovery Princess will sail from Vancouver to Los Angeles with stops in Victoria, B.C. and an overnight in San Francisco, highlighted by a special excursion to Caymus Suisun Winery in American Canyon with sailings starting as low as $319 per person. 

Caymus Wines are popular throughout the world and the sailing is sure to be a special one.

Princess Food and Wine Cruise
Princess Food and Wine Cruise – Photo by Princess

The sailing will include three special activities:

  • Wine Discovery – The History of Caymus and Wagner Family Wines, with an introduction of wine terms, wine regions and tasting techniques.
  • Caymus Winemaker Dinner – Learn the art of food and wine pairing from the Wagner Family Wine experts. Five carefully selected wines have been chosen to pair with different courses to enhance the flavors of the meal (cover charge applies).
  • Nautical Wine Tasting – Thoughtfully paired culinary delights paired with Sea Sun Chardonnay, Sea Sun Pinot Noir, Red Schooner ‘Voyage’ Malbec and Red Schooner ‘Transit’ Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend (cover charge applies).

Above all, most of those options will be for an additional cost, the first one will include wine classes that everyone onboard is able to take part.

Sapphire Princess, October 8-15, 2023

The second special Princess West Coast Food and Wine Festival is on Sapphire Princess at the begining of October. The cruise will feature the Jackson Family of Wines.

The cruise will sail from Vancouver to Los Angeles, with day-long stops at four popular coastal destinations, including Victoria, Astoria, San Francisco and San Diego. Guests will enjoy specially selected wine pairings that celebrate the cuisine of the region with sailings starting as low as $349 per person. 

This itinerary sounds awesome with the stops in Victoria, San Francisco and San Diego.

The sailing will include a lot of special experiences including:

  • Wine Discovery – The History of Jackson Family Wines, with an introduction of wine terms, wine regions and tasting techniques.
  • Jackson Family Wines dinner – A five course meal paired with five wines from the winery (cover charge applies).
  • Winery Tours from San Francisco (excursions to be booked onboard).
  • Chardonnay Comparative Tasting – Discover the subtle nuances, aromas, and flavor profiles that set apart the chardonnays. There are unique ones from from four regions including Kendall-Jackson ‘Special Select,’ Hartford, Brewer-Clifton and Diatom Unoaked (cover charge applies).
  • Explore Oregon – Learn about the wine region and taste three local wines. This includes Gran Moraine Chardonnay, Siduri Pinot Noir and Gran Moraine Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir (cover charge applies).
  • Food and Wine Pairing Event – Event with flavors of Oregon’s world-renowned wines are perfectly paired with a selection of bites.
  • Old World/New World Comparative Tasting – Celebrate the tradition and terroir-driven character of old-world wines in comparison to the bold flavors of the new world (cover charge applies)
  • VIP Winemaker Dinner – Hosted by Kendell-Jackson’s head winemaker Randy Ullom, and master sommelier Michael Jordan (cover charge applies, not included in package price).

You can get an experience pass onboard for about $229.

This sailing offers the tours of the winery as an excursion at the San Francisco port. Wine lovers will love this experience.

Reposition Sailings

Both of these experiences are taking place on reposition cruises. Reposition cruises are where cruise ships move from one home port to a different one. This normal happens before and after the Alaska season on the west coast but they are available throughout the world.

Reposition cruises are lower in cost. These cruises offer many special experiences you wouldn’t otherwise get to do on a regular cruise. I had the pleasure of sailing on a couple such sailings and got to visit some unique ports.

Furthmore, the most common reposition cruises are transatlantic ones or transpacific cruises when ships move between continents. Those are often two-weeks long and have a combination of a week at sea and then a week visiting ports. They can be a lot of fun if you have the time.

Princess Special Cruises

It is awesome that there are Princess Foodie Theme Cruises available this year. I hope to get to sail on one of them in the future. While these two do not work for my schedule, perhaps I can go on one in the future.

Have you been on one of the Princess Foodie Theme Cruises or another theme cruise?

You can read more about these theme cruises in the press release from Princess.

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