Royal Caribbean: The Finer Things
In the world of cruising, family and budget friendly usually come to mind when thinking of Royal Caribbean cruises, not the finer things. I want to share with you two experiences I recently had on the Vision of the Seas that were quite grand events and elevated my perception of service and epicurean significance.
Lafite Wine Tasting
When reserving the tasting, I did not realize it was Lafite and assumed it was the usual tasting offered on board most ships. It was not! Royal Caribbean has exclusively partnered with Domaines Baron de Rothschild Lafite and this program presents the history and details of these exquisite wines of the region of Bordeaux. Chateau Lafite is a wine estate in France owned by members of the Rothschild family. It is renowned as one of the most famous wine properties in the Medoc. Producing primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, some Lafite Rothschild vintages are the most expensive wines worldwide for purchase.
We had a small group and an excellent sommelier. As is usual in tastings, everyone is quiet at the beginning but are much more chatty as the wine continues flowing! The sommelier is key. Ours was very knowledgeable, but also a lot of fun! I really enjoy wines and informative tastings, but I do not take them too seriously. I want to learn and have a good time. Since the wines are primarily reds, we started the tasting with the one white wine and moved up to the fuller bodied reds and ended with a classic dessert wine. The wines tasted are below. I loved the Bordeaux Blanc which is a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc and the Medoc red which was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They were all interesting to taste. The wines flowed very freely and we were sent home with a beautiful folder packed with information regarding Lafite and the wines we tasted. This is a perfect afternoon endeavor on a day at sea as long as you have time for a nap at the pool before dinner!