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58 www.cruisepassenger.com.au www.cruisepassenger.com.au 59 Words Winsor Dobbin Whetheryouarecruisingaround the world or overnighting from Melbourne to Tasmania, you will almost certainly be eating and drinking better than ever before. The recent focus on gourmet dining afloat has been followed by a new emphasis on offering cruise passengers interesting wines from around the globe to complement the fine cuisine. Today’s discerning cruise passenger often decides which vessel to take based on the food and wines that are available as much as which ports the ship will visit. “We are frequently asked by passengers what wines we stock before they commit to buying a ticket,” says Steve Stubbs, manager of food and beverage operations at Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises. Stubbs reports that “wine is taking a higher share in sales compared to beer and cocktails” and sales are being pushed higher by cruise lines employing qualified sommeliers for their high-end restaurants, and holding regular gourmet-focused cruises often featuring guest winemakers. SHIP TO SHORE: FROM THE GALLEY With gourmet dining on every cruiser’s wish list, it’s no surprise to learn that cruise lines are stocking their cellars with some of the world’s finest vintages. Cellars of the Sea Wine SPECIAL SHIPto SHORE OUR TEAM OF WRITERS AND READERS RATE THE BEST CRUISE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES INSIDE Discover the best cellars afloat; find out where Australians love to cruise; read our verdicts on tycoon-style cruising in the Adriatic and kayaking in Venice; plus why it’s party time in Fremantle.
ASEAN Yearbook 2015