SAIL A MAINE LINE: Feel the wind on your face, smell the salt air and feast on lobsters while sailing along the rocky coast of Maine.
Sailboat enthusiasts have 10 ships to choose from in the Maine Windjammer Association fleet. Sail with as few as 20 passengers or as many as 40. All-inclusive, three- to six-day cruises range from $400 to $995, and a traditional Maine lobster feast is part of the package.
The ships sail during the day — passengers can help out the crew or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Each night the ships anchor in a harbor, giving guests the chance to explore small fishing villages or rocky, uninhabited islands.
The 40-passenger Victory Chimes, the fleet’s only three-masted schooner, sails May through September. A four-day Maine Story and Humor cruise is scheduled for July 14.
Angelique, which accommodates 29 guests, offers cruises May through October. A Whales and Seabirds cruise is slated for July 21.
Or sail aboard Mary Day, a 29-passenger schooner which sails May through September and gives beer-lovers the chance to learn about Maine craft beers on a June 17 voyage.
Leaf peepers may want to book one of the many fall foliage cruises the fleet has planned.
For information on the Maine Windjammer Association fleet, visit www.sailmainecoast.com.
WINE AND SEAS: Silversea Cruises has announced a new Wine Series of 11 voyages this year designed for wine enthusiasts.
Guests will sample great vintages and learn about the tradition and art of winemaking in special tastings and lectures conducted by wine professionals, vineyard owners and winemakers. On some itineraries, guests can book excursions to some of the world’s most celebrated wine regions.
Wine professionals scheduled to be aboard one or more of the cruises: Brian Davis, wine connoisseur and holder of Wine & Spirit Education Trust diploma; Eileen Crane, founding winemaker and president of Domaine Carneros, Napa Valley, Calif.; Lawrence d’Almeida, Silversea Wine Ambassador and former winemaker; Ken and Grace Evenstad, founders, Domaine Serene Vineyards & Winery, Dundee Hills, Ore.; Lyn Farmer, wine expert and senior editor of The Wine News magazine;
Tor Kenward, founder of Tor Kenward Family Wines, Napa Valley, Calif.; Florencia Palmaz, CEO of Palmaz Vineyards, Napa Valley, Calif.; and Pam Starr, co-owner and manager, Crocker & Starr Winery, Napa Valley, Calif.
For more information, go to www.silversea.com.
WIN A CRUISE: Elvis fans, listen up! Win a seven-night cruise from New Orleans to Memphis aboard the American Queen, plus a private, after-hours tour of Graceland with the estate archivist as guide.
The Encore “Ultimate Big Easy to Graceland Sweepstakes” is the cable channel’s way of celebrating Elvis during the month of May — along with running about two dozen of The King’s films commercial-free.
The grand prize also includes airfare, two nights’ hotel stay in New Orleans and two in Memphis. To enter, go to www.encoreultimategracelandsweeps.com by May 31.
PICK ONE: Celebrity Cruises has extended its “123go” promotion through the end of April. Guests booking cruises to Bermuda or Alaska for June through September can choose one special offer; cruisers booking a voyage to Europe during the same time period can choose two.
The offers: free beverage packages, free gratuities or an onboard credit.
The promotion is available to guests who book an oceanview stateroom or higher. Find out more at www.celebritycruises.com.
TAKE THE KIDS: It’s summer vacation time, and Norwegian Cruise Line is offering 50 percent off fares for youngsters on select European itineraries. Kids must be 17 years old or younger at the time of sailing, and must be the third or fourth guest in a stateroom.
Taxes and fees do apply to the younger ones. The offer ends Tuesday.
IN THE MAIL: 2014 Europe brochure from Crystal Cruises, touting two-for-one fares and bonus savings for those who book by Tuesday.
Theme cruises include “Gladiators and Empires,” “Wine and Food Festival,” and “Ballroom at Sea.”
A trans-Atlantic crossing Oct. 5, 2014 aboard Crystal Symphony sails from Lisbon to Miami, with a stop in Grand Turk. Fares start at $1,995.
Crystal’s all-inclusive cruises include open bar service throughout the ship, complimentary soft drinks, specialty coffees and bottled water, and paid gratuities. For more information go to www.crystalcruises.com.