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American Cruise Lines announces 2015 Theme Cruises

American Cruise Lines has announced its theme cruises for 2015, including a Savories of the South cruise, a Civil War Eastern Theater theme cruise to complement the Western Theater Civil War cruises offered on the Mississippi River, and a Puget Sound Food & Wine cruise, that celebrates the regional cuisines and wine of the Pacific Northwest.

Savories of the South Cruise– New Orleans Roundtrip: Local historians, culinary experts, and featured chefs will educate passengers on the rich history of some of the South’s most lively cities, such as New Orleans, and their famous cuisines. While in port, guests will be privy to exclusive cooking presentations and tastings such as a mint julep demonstration at Oak Alley Plantation. Guest attendees include Tom Fitzmorris, whose cookbook will be signed and handed out onboard.

Featured Date: December 5, 2015
Civil War Eastern Theater Cruise – Historic South & Golden Isles: Following the popularity of Civil War theme cruises on the Mississippi River, American Cruise Lines brings that theme to the East Coast. On this cruise, guests will discover the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War, visiting pivotal cities of the South such as Charleston, where some of the first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861. In Savannah, guests will enjoy an eye-opening tour of its Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War history, visiting historic battle grounds, as well as many fascinating historic buildings and monuments. Featured lecturers will entertain guests and offer added insight while onboard.

Featured Date: March 7, 2015
Food & Wine Cruise – Puget Sound: On this Pacific Northwest cruise through the majestic Puget Sound, guests will learn about the pairing regional cuisines with their best-accompanied wines. Onboard wine expert, Eleanor Pawley, offers guests tips on finding the best local wine to compliment savory Pacific Northwest salmon. In Anacortes, WA, guests will experience the Paseck Cellar operation which crafts a variety of fruit wines including cranberry and raspberry wine.

Featured Date: April 11, 2015
“Theme cruises are extremely popular as they add an extra element of connectivity between our guests and the areas we travel,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “It’s rewarding to provide a cruise experience centered on the shared interests of our guests. With added theme-centric features and activities, they enjoy the cruise even more.”

Additional theme cruises offered in 2015 include:
Wine Themed Cruise – Columbia & Snake Rivers: Culinary masters aboard the Queen of the West create a delectable all-American menu that highlights wines of the Columbia Valley. A wine connoisseur joins guests aboard for lessons on wine making, tasting, and food pairing. In port, various different wineries are visited in both Oregon and Washington.

Featured Date: March 28, 2015
Music Cruise – Mississippi River: Guests will explore the history of jazz music in the vibrant town of New Orleans, where musicians like Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Clarence Williams made their mark on the world. The cruise features evening performances from local musicians who have honed their skills at giving audiences a tune to tap their toes to.

Featured Date: April 11, 2015
Lobster Festival Cruise – Maine Coast and New England Islands: An American Cruise Lines specialty theme offered on both the Maine Coast & Harbors and New England Islands itineraries, guests enjoy a traditional lobsterbake in Rockland, ME and the opportunity to board a lobster boat for a hands-on demonstration of the catching process.

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