The Lockdown Hobbies To Take To Sea

There’s a lot we’ll be happy to leave in 2020, but one of the things we’ll be taking out of this whole mess is a new hobby or two lovingly nurtured in those early lockdown days. For the bakers and the painters, the wine aficionados and those who never gave golf a look in until it became on the first sports permitted post-lockdown and are now obsessed, these are the themed cruises that’ll take those new-found hobbies to sea.

For the wine lovers…

AmaWaterways ‘Taste of Bordeaux’

For the many of us who have and still are working from home, that glass of wine while you cook dinner has become the equivalent of our commute in terms of signalling another day done. If you’ve come over all Olly Smith in recent month, cultivating a fresh appreciation for fine wines, the AmaWaterways river cruise from the world wine capital of Bordeaux promises tastings aplenty. The likes of Libourne, Bourg, Pauillac and Cadillac are heavy on iconic chateaux and rolling vineyards, not to mention that irresistible French joi de vivre we all long to recreate on those lazy days of summer.

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For the golfers…

Azamara ‘South Africa Golf Voyage’

If your 2020 golfing break ended up in the sand, this incredible South Africa golf voyage with Azamara will make up for it and more. A partnership with PerryGolf sees the cruise line embark on a 12-night, 5-round holiday starting in Cape Town and ending in Durban. Between teeing off on some of the most outstanding courses in the world, in settings like nothing you’ve experienced, you’ll also have the chance to spot Africa’s Big 7 on safari in Addo National Park. With your clubs ready and waiting, tee times planned in advance, and open bars after each round, it’s the ultimate golfing trip.

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For the foodies… 

Silversea’s ‘Athens to Athens’ Foodie Cruise

Fervent foodies know that the Mediterranean is in a world of its own when it comes to food and nowhere does it taste better than at the rickety table of a deliciously rustic Greek taverna on the coast. Crunch into baked feta filo parcels, call an olive scattered Greek salad the healthy section, add some fresh-this-morning seafood for good measure and round off with sticky, sweet baklava on this destination intensive Greek Isles itinerary. Silversea’s brand new Salt And Land Taste Programme debuts on Silver Moon, so your taste explorations can continue to expand your horizons back on board too.

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For the art appreciators…

Viking’s ‘Paris & the Heart of Normandy’

Pack your paint box for Viking’s rousing voyage along the Seine, a river on which artistic inspiration flows freely. Some of the most famous masters have found their own muses along this stretch of the Seine, from Monet’s farmhouse and gardens in Giverny to Paris, where Renoir, Cézanne and Degas sought inspiration from the river banks to create the works of art now hung in the many galleries in the city today.

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Author: Rebecca

Editor of Into The Blue, Bolsover Cruise Club’s specialist cruise magazine. Writer for almost ten years – the words have tended to be more specifically about travel and cruising for six of those. Big fan of beaches, even bigger fan of New York. Still can’t pack a case for toffee and once discovered a stranger in the shower of her Airbnb.

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