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Island-hopping around Hawaii on the Crystal Serenity.

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A cooking demo with master chef Jacques Pépin on the Oceania Marina.
Join Jean-Michel Cousteau on a South Pacific voyage.

This story appeared in the December 2015 issue of Virtuoso Traveler.

This simple quiz will help you find your ideal cruise itinerary.


A.  Trying new recipes in your Viking kitchen.
B.  Doing what you can to help save the planet.
C.  Binge-watching the National Geographic Channel.
D.  Taking your Aston Martin out for a spin.
E.  Following the 2016 presidential race.


A.  A Gourmet Globe-Trotter

Master chef Jacques Pépin – longtime executive culinary director for Oceania Cruises – signs books and leads a demonstration in the hands-on Culinary Center aboard the 1,250-passenger Marina during a ten-day cruise between Venice and Rome. Special onboard dinners and food-focused excursions round out the menu.

B.  An Eco-Adventurer
Divers can join celebrated oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau on select 11- and 15-day South Pacific voyages with Paul Gauguin Cruises. In addition to leading several dives off the watersports marina aboard the 332-passenger Paul Gauguin, Cousteau will present lectures and videos of his work. 

C.  A Cultural Explorer
Alaska expert Terry Breen shares stories of The Great Land’s ecology, history, and culture while cruising Hubbard Glacier with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. A cultural anthropologist and the line’s original “destination specialist,” she joins the 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner as it ventures eight days between Anchorage and Vancouver, British Columbia. 

D.  A Roaming Racer
Three-time Grand Prix World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart revs things up during a 22-day sailing from Sydney to Hong Kong with Cunard Line. The “Flying Scot” will host a “Life in Formula One” talk, sign copies of his DVD, and join an informal Q&A session aboard the 2,014-passenger Queen Victoria.

E.  A Political Journeyer
Discuss the latest Zogby poll while island-hopping around Hawaii with 2004 presidential candidate Bob Graham. The former senator joins Crystal Cruises’ guest speaker series on a 16-day voyage round-trip from San Francisco aboard the 1,080-passenger Crystal Serenity.

Photo credit:  (Jean-Michel Cousteau) Carrie Vonderhaar/Ocean Futures Society

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