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Holland America Line is already heavily featuring its new partnership with "America's Test Kitchen" aboard its ships and the fleet is set to bring more culinary talent to 2018. A trio of special themed sailings will feature cooking shows and interactive workshops, as well as the opportunity to meet cast members from the television show.
Meet-and-greets will occur at a book signing and reception, while additional events will include a question-and-answer session, presentation on recipe development and kitchen knowledge trivia.
The first theme cruise is scheduled for May 6, 2018, aboard Westerdam's seven-day Alaska Inside Passage itinerary. Showcased on that departure will be Jack Bishop and Bryan Roof. Bishop is the CEO of "America's Test Kitchen" as well as tasting lab expert and cookbook author. Roof is the executive food editor for "Cook's Country" magazine and a televised test cook.
The second sailing will depart on July 7, 2018, aboard Zuiderdam's 14-day Northern Isles circuit. Showcased on the ship will be Bridget Lancaster and Lisa McManus. Lancaster is the executive editor for new media, television, and radio at "America's Test Kitchen" as well as the television host. McManus is an equipment-testing and ingredient-tasting executive editor at "Cook's Illustrated" and "Cook's Country" magazines as well as on-screen gadget expert.
The third voyage will leave on September 22, 2018, aboard Veendam's seven-day Canada & New England Discovery route. Julia Collin Davison and Rebecca (Becky) Hays will be highlighted. Davison is executive editor for the book division of "America's Test Kitchen" and television host. Hays is the deputy editor of "Cook's Illustrated" and "Cook's Country" magazines plus televised test cook.
Benovia Winery on AmaWaterways
Wine connoisseurs will want to take note that Benovia Winery Proprietors Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane and Wine Educator Peg Melnik will be hosting an AmaWaterways river cruise. From June 29 to July 6, 2018, AmaViola's seven-night Melodies of the Danube Wine Cruise will set sail from Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany.
The 84-stateroom vessel will float down the Danube while guests enjoy Wachau Valley wines as well as Benovia tastings onboard. Other wine experiences will include a "Welcome Aboard" reception, three seminars, social tasting on the Sun Deck and a Wine Dinner hosted by Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane.
The voyage can be reserved by emailing WineClub@CruiseShipCenters.com or calling (877) 651-7447.
The Miami Dolphins on MSC Cruises
On March 17, 2018, MSC Cruises will host the Dolphins Fan Cruise aboard its brand new MSC Seaside. Both Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders will be on the ship for guests to interact with as part of the three-year partnership between the cruise line and NFL football team.
Onboard for autographs will be Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain. Guests can pose and cheer with cheerleaders for photo-ops, while former players will be on hand for Q&A sessions. Cheer squad and mascot T.D. will also present special performances.
The themed fan cruise will be available annually over the three-year span of the collaboration. Also, on April 28, 2018, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will have their annual calendar shoot on the MSC Seaside at its port for guests to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the process and enjoy other hosted programming.
Seabourn Conversations on Seabourn
Luxury line Seabourn is preparing a series of fresh Seabourn Conversations to host on its upcoming new Seabourn Ovation beginning in May 2018. Included among the special speakers and departures are the following highlights:
-Sir Tim Rice, May 5 - 16: The English author and lyricist has won three each of the Oscars, Golden Globes and Tonys in addition to multiple Grammys. Following his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, he has brought his talents to Seabourn with the wonderful fleet-wide production show, "An Evening with Tim Rice."
-Dr. Andrew Weil, May 5 - 16: Another contributor to Seabourn's software is the world-renowned leader and pioneering doctor in the field of integrative medicine who established his "Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil" program onboard all the line's ships. His holistic treatments can be found at The Onboard Spa by Steiner.
-Michael Teitelbaum, May 26 - June 9; November 14 - December 4: The demographer and historian at Harvard Law School has written more than 10 books as well as pieces for "Foreign Affairs," "Science," "The New York Times" and "The Atlantic."
-Armando Manni, August 4 - 18: The "M" in K+M Extravirgin Chocolate who partnered with Seabourn-favorite Thomas Keller as the "K." The gourmet and entrepreneur is known for MANNI Oil.
-Grant Harrold October 1-13: Harrold is a broadcaster, commentator, public speaker and butler trainer recognized as "The Royal Butler."
-Warren Fahey, November 14 - December 4: Fahey is a cultural historian plus author, broadcaster and performer focused on "curious" folklore.
-Dean McFlicker December 4 - 22: McFlicker is an award-winning producer and director having worked on campaigns for "The Voice," "This Is Us," "Law and Order," "America's Got Talent" and more.
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