P&O Cruises have become renowned in recent times for their collaborative work and association with some of the world’s top celebrity chefs alongside TV wine expert Olly Smith. The wine connoisseur now has two Glass House venues on Azura and Ventura to provide passengers with an informal haven of great food accompanied by excellent wine. Olly has made regular appearances on board P&O Cruises and will continue to do throughout 2013. We recently brought you details of the sailing dates and appearances each celebrity will make throughout the year and this can be viewed again here.
When joining P&O Cruises itineraries Olly plays host to many wine tastings, presentations and dinners, where guests can enjoy wine flights matched expertly to the cuisine. The Glass House was first introduced aboard P&O’s Azura and became an instant hit with passengers. So much so that the venue has now been replicated on board Ventura and replaced the Las Ramblas. The Glass House boasts 32 hand selected wines by the glass for guests to enjoy from around the world. This unique experience offers passengers the chance to gain a greater insight into different wines and really explore the world of wine whilst sampling an array of magnificent flavours. Olly Smith has even taken control of the P&O house wine selections and blended these award winning house wines from a vineyard in Sicily.
Following the tremendous success of The Glass House venues and the ever popular appearances from Olly Smith, the cruise line have released a short video showcasing the experiences that passengers can look forward to when choosing a food and wine theme cruise. The video below shows Olly taking control of a dedicated shore excursion to Hoya de Cadenas wine estate situated close to Valencia, Spain. The excursion took place on a P&O Azura cruise and passengers disembarked the ship before being transferred to the heart of the Spanish countryside. From here they enjoyed a fantastic tour of the vineyard, wine tasting and even a superb lunch by one of the UK’s most enthusiastic and passionate wine experts.
Olly Said: “One of the great things about my job is to meet the people, who come on holiday with P&O Cruises, and to express how much I love wine and share my passion with them. The Glass House has my enthusiasm for wine stamped all over it and I want passengers to have the opportunity to taste wines from some of the destinations Azura and Ventura will be visiting.”
The next P&O sailing to feature Olly Smith will be later this year on board Azura departing 7 September 2013, a 24 night itinerary (A322N). The cruise will call into Lisbon, Malta, Ephesus, Yalta, Odessa, Istanbul, Mytilene, Athens and Vigo.
Food and wine theme cruises are becoming increasingly popular itineraries. For more details on these fantastic cruises click here.
Take a look at this video preview of wine cruise excursions and imagine sampling a sumptuous glass of wine aboard Azura, sound good? We think so to!