Passengers on the Queen Mary 2 can combine a relaxing break with practical training on a cruise offering wine classes as well as poolside relaxation.

Cunard has joined forces with Britain’s Wine and Spirit Education Trust to offer QM2 passengers the chance to obtain an internationally recognized qualification in the world of wine.

The cruise market is diversifying with a new set of themed trips to bring together passengers with similar interests. Yoga cruises are now commonplace, for example, and Costa Cruises sees “Europe’s first running cruise” set sail Oct 29, 2017, from Marseille, France.

Wine fans can now add to their CV while at sea with courses from Wine and Spirit Education Trust, which offers professional training in the fields of wine and spirits. From Dec 15, passengers setting sail on the Queen Mary 2 from Southampton, UK will be able to follow a wine course and receive a globally recognised qualification, while also enjoying the sea air and other onboard activities.

The classes will be given by the QM2’s own sommelier, Andres Solis. During their cruise to New York, passengers will take part in a five-day programme giving them a hands-on introduction to the world of wine and leading to the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification.

how-to-pour-wineStudents will learn the basics of wine tasting, wine types and styles, as well as the correct terms for describing smell and taste of a wine, and how to match wines with dishes. Passengers will sit a multiple choice exam at the end of the course to obtain their qualification. The course costs US$295 (RM1,330), including a tasting of 10 wines and a four-course lunch with matching wines.

There are several levels to the WSET qualification. The more advanced WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits is a 12-day course available on world cruises departing from Southampton, travelling to Cape Town, Fremantle, Hong Kong and Dubai from Jan 10.

WSET courses will also be available on board the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth at the end of 2017. – AFP Relaxnews