AFWC Silversea Wine Theme & Somm Course, Oct 2018

This delightful 13 day itinerary sails over three continents.  Swap Lisbon’s colourful coastline for Florida’s fun. Stop off at Morocco’s pristine beaches, and let Madeira’s beauty lure you. On your journey develop your appreciation and knowledge of fine wine, courtesy of the sommelier’s course you’ll enjoy over the sea days. Fort Lauderdale’s canals and palm trees offers time to sit back and revel in luxury. However you choose to fill your day understated luxury awaits on Silversea’s 382 guest Silver Whisper where you will enjoy multiple restaurants, large suites, divine exclusive American Fine Wine Competition activities & more. To make a reservation please contact MmMmTravel directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at

Exclusive Offers:

  • Last Minute Savings: Enjoy $1,000 per person onboard credit,one-category suite upgrade, and 5% savings!* 
  • Reduced Single Supplement: Single occupancy supplements starting from 25%!


Guests of MmMmTravel will:  

  • Enjoy wine workshops, receptions, wine-paired dinners hosted by Monty & Sara Preiser, Co-founders of the American Fine Wine Competition and Shadowbox Cellars.
  • Enjoy award-winning Old World & New World wines of dozens of California and Italian vintners, including Detert, Peju, Castello, Reynolds Family, Grgich Hills, Vine Cliff, Pride Mountain, Rombauer, Ballentine, Howell, Donum Estate, V. Sattui, Shadowbox Cellars, Frank Family, Kelleher, Artesa, Boisset, DeLoach, and Michael David.
  • Savor an included 6-course Old & New World wine paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Châteaux sponsored by MmMmTravel.
  • Receive added shipboard credit for guests paying with unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion cards.


Silversea Wine Voyage Highlights:

  • Enjoy lectures by world-class vintners and Silversea’s Wine Ambassador, with tastings and optional private tours to renowned vineyards and wineries.
  • Intensive propaedeutic sommelier course from October 23-30 over the Days at Sea. There is no fee to participate. Guests wishing to participate will sing up onboard upon embarkation.
  • Monty Preiser will represent AFWC during the American Wines Sommelier Course.
  • World-class vintners and Silversea’s Wine Ambassador will be onboard to share their expertise and introduce you to superlative varieties and vintages. 
  • ‘Old World & New World wines’ Propaedeutic Sommelier course during the sea days with world renowned sommelier from ASPI association. All the fine wines sampled during the crossing have been sourced by:
    OLD WORLD – Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia – approx. 30 different varieties of Italian high class wines
    NEW WORLD – American Fine Wine Competition – approx. 20 different varieties of Americas best wines
  • Exclusive lessons taught by expert sommeliers, enabling you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of wine.
  • Tastings of exceptional white and red wines in an intimate ambiance. 
  • Private tours to renowned vineyards and wineries in the territories you’ll visit on your voyage.


American Fine Wines to be Presented:

  • Artesa 2013 Napa Grand Reserve Sparkling Brut
  • Ballentine 2011 Fig Tree Napa Petit Verdot
  • Boisset Collection 2014 JCB Sonoma Sparkling Brut Rose
  • Castello di Amoroso 2012 Il Barone Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
  • DeLoach 2015 Forgotten Vines Sonoma Zinfandel
  • Detert 2014 Oakville Cabernet Franc
  • Donum Estate 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • Frank Family 2014 Rutherford Sangiovese
  • Grgich Hills 2015 Paris Tasting Commemorative Napa Chardonnay
  • Howell Mt. Vineyards 2014 Howell Mt. Petit Verdot
  • Kelleher 2016 Block 21 Napa Sauvignon Blanc
  • Michael David 2015 Lodi Earthquake Zinfandel
  • Peju 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
  • Pride Mountain 2015 Merlot (77% Napa, 23% Sonoma)
  • Reynolds Family 2013 Stags Leap Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rombauer 2015 Napa Valley Merlot
  • Shadowbox Cellars 2015 Outline California Red Blend
  • V. Sattui 2016 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
  • Vine Cliff 2014 Proprietress Carneros Chardonnay


All-suite, All-inclusive 13-day Silversea Silver Whisper cruise Includes:

  • Exclusive Wine activities hosted by Monty & Sara Preiser, Co-founders of the American Fine Wine Competition and Shadowbox Cellars. (MmMmTravel guest Exclusive!)
  • Spacious suites – most with private verandas aboard an intimate vessel with only 382 guests
  • Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers, acclaimed chefs and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship (daily limit applies)




Oct 18, Th LISBON, PORTUGAL Embark 6pm
American Fine Wine Competition Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner, poolside under the stars*
Oct 19, F DAY AT SEA
 American Fine Wine Competition Wine Tasting open to all guests aboard*
Oct 20, Sa CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 8am 11pm
Wine Excursion: Visit to the Hassan II Masque that features the world’s highest minaret followed
by the wine estate of Domaine Ouled Thaleb to meet the vineyard owner, enjoy  a guided tasting & lunch (fee)*.
Oct 21, Su DAY AT SEA
Champagne Reception  followed by Gala 6-course American Fine Wine Competition Wine-paired
Dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux*
Oct 23, Tu


Silversea Propaedeutic Sommelier Course Introduction co-hosted by Italian sommelier Giuseppe Vaccarini daily*
Oct 24, W


Silversea Propaedeutic Sommelier Course Italian Wines*
Oct 25, Th


Silversea Propaedeutic Sommelier Course Italian Wines*
Oct 26, F


Silversea Propaedeutic Sommelier Course Italian Wines*
Oct 27, Sa


Silversea Propaedeutic Sommelier Course American Wines co-hosted by Monty Preiser*
Oct 28, Su


Silversea Propaedeutic Sommelier Course American Wines co-hosted by Monty Preiser**
Oct 29, M


Silversea Propaedeutic Sommelier Course American Wines co-hosted by Monty Preiser**
Oct 30, Tu


Silversea Propaedeutic Sommelier Course Certificate Distribution*
American Fine Wine Competition Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner*
Oct 31, W FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA Disembark 8am -10am


*Itinerary, events, times, and locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  Invitations will be delivered the evening prior to all American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC) exclusive events and  a Guest Itinerary will be mailed with MmMmTravel guests cruise documents. Italian sommelier Giuseppe Vaccarini from ASPI, and Monty Presier of AFWC will conduct a Propaedeutic Sommelier course during the days at sea.  Monty Preiser will represent AFWC during the American New World Wines presentation. The wine shore excursion is offered through SIlversea at an additional fee and can be reserved on My Silversea.



Exclusive Offers:j

  • Last Minute Savings: Enjoy $1,000 per person onboard credit, a one-category suite upgrade, and 5% savings (not reflected in fares below)!* 
  • Reduced Single Supplement: Single occupancy supplements starting from 25%!


Suite Dimensions MmMmTravel Fares 
OWNERS SUITE 1bdrm: 919 ft² Midship, including veranda  $14,200
GRAND SUITE 1bdrm: 941 ft² FWD, including veranda  $12,600
ROYAL SUITE 1bdrm: 967  ft² FWD, including veranda  $12,100
SILVER SUITE: 653 ft² including veranda  $11,100
MEDALLION SUITE: 521 ft² including veranda  $9,800
V4: VERANDA SUITE: 345 ft² including veranda  $6,700
V3: VERANDA SUITE: 345 ft² including veranda  $6,500
V2: VERANDA SUITE: 345 ft² including veranda  $6,400
V1: VERANDA SUITE: 345 ft² including veranda  $6,200
TERRACE SUITE: 287 ft² shared terrace (no seating)  Waitlist
VISTA SUITE: 287 ft² ocean-view windows  $5,300


*Guest reservations made elsewhere, including directly with Silversea will not be included in all Shadowbox Cellars & AFWC events. The last minute savings offer with $1,000 per person onboard credit and one-category suite upgrade is valid for new bookings only. If the one-category upgrade is not available, guests receive instead $500 onboard credit per suite for a total of $1,500 onboard credit per suite. American Fine Wine Competition are not agents for Silversea and do not make reservations directly or indirectly through MillenniuM. Fares shown does not guarantee availability.  To receive American Express Amenities, guests must use an unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion card for final payment. Minimum number of guests required for American Fine Wine Competition to host. Other conditions may apply, see Silversea’s Terms & Conditions for more details. CST# 1005871-40. Silversea ship’s registry: Bahamas



4828 - Lisbon to Fort LauderdaleSpread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, Lisbon presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys whose street pattern dates back to Moorish times are lined with pastel-color houses decked with laundry; here and there, miradouros (vantage points) afford spectacular river or city views. In the grand 18th-century center, calçada à portuguesa (black-and-white mosaic cobblestone) sidewalks border wide boulevards.

Casablanca is Morocco’s most modern city, and various groups of people call it home: hardworking Berbers who came north from the Souss Valley to make their fortune; older folks raised on French customs during the protectorate; devoted Muslims; wealthy business executives in the prestigious neighborhoods of California and Anfa; new and poor arrivals from the countryside, living in conspicuous shantytowns; and thousands of others from all over the kingdom who have found jobs here. There is also a fair-size expat population, including many French people.

When colonists arrived in Madeira in July 1419, the valley they settled was a mass of bright yellow fennel, or funchal in Portuguese. Today the bucolic fields are gone, and the community that replaced them is the self-governing island’s bustling business and political center. Funchal is the only town of any size on the island and the base for the the bulk of its tourism thanks to the plethora of hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, phenomenal coastal and hillside views, and—of course—Madeira wine.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Like many southeast Florida neighbors, Fort Lauderdale has long been revitalizing. In a state where gaudy tourist zones often stand aloof from workaday downtowns, Fort Lauderdale exhibits consistency at both ends of the 2-mile Las Olas corridor. The sparkling look results from upgrades both downtown and on the beachfront. Matching the downtown’s innovative arts district, cafés, and boutiques is an equally inventive beach area, with hotels, cafés, and shops facing an undeveloped shoreline, and new resort-style hotels replacing faded icons of yesteryear.


Pre & Post Cruise

MmMmTravel can help you with more than just your cruise. We are here to assist you with all of your vacation plans including pre & post cruise hotels, transfers, tours and more to ensure you truly experience a “Taste of Life”.  You can search through our luxury partnered hotels, transfer and touring options using the tool below, and by visiting our Pre & Post Cruise Planning Tool. If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding your pre and post cruise travel plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (831) 659-0151 or 


Monty & Sara Preiser

Monty & Sara Preiser: Food, Wine & Travel Writers; Co-Founders of American Fine Wine Competition and Shadowbox Cellars; Wine Educators; Publishers; Judges

Attorney Monty Preiser and his wife Sara Preiser reside full time in Palm Beach County, Florida, yet divide their time between Florida and Napa, where they have a second home and spend their time visiting wineries, studying wines, publishing a well-known guide, and owning a boutique winery.

Prior to wading full time into the wine industry, Monty was a trial lawyer who specialized in representing young children injured by vaccines and other medications. He also litigated cases for the injured workforce against the makers of defective machines, as well as medical negligence cases of note that helped improve hospital and doctor care.

Writing about wines for over 25 years, the Preisers publish the world’s most comprehensive guide to Napa and southeast Sonoma County wineries and restaurants titled, appropriately, The Preiser Key (circulation 300,000), in which they create and pen many informational and educational articles. The guides have received accolades as the best (or indispensable) from, among others, famed writer Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times, Dine Magazine, msnbc.comcnn.comTom Simoneau of KSRO Radio, and Frommer’s Guide.

Over the years, Monty and Sara have served as wine columnists and wine editors for the Boca Raton News, the South Florida Business Journal, Venu Fine Living, Coastal Carolina Life, BOCA Magazine, North Bay Biz Journal, Suncoast Living, and numerous other trade publications. They were the principal wine writers for Sallys-Place.comone of the Internet’s largest travel sites with over 3.5 million readers, and for many years were regularly published by Wine-On-Line-International..

Monty and Sara write a periodic international wine column that is taken by over 12,000 people on the Web, and reprinted by many blogs. They own Creative Professional Programs, a company devoted to continuing education for professionals in conjunction with fine wine & food instruction, and also co-own Shadowbox Cellars, which produces the premium Shadowbox Cabernet Sauvignon (2014 and 2016 Gold at American Fine Wine Competition and 93 points from Robert Parker), Syrah (2014 Silver at AFWC), Pinot Noir (2014 and 2016 Double Gold at AFWC), Rose (new), Red Blend (2016 Double Gold AFWC), and Chardonnay (2014 and 2015 Double Gold at AFWC). They have presented shipboard lectures about California wines to various cruise ship passengers, as well as taught at various Fortune 500 events.

Between the two of them, Monty and Sara have served as judges for the Hilton Head Island WineFest, the Mendocino Winegrowers Competition, The California Green and Biodynamic Competition, the Long Beach Grand Cru Competition, Amador County Four Fires, the Lake County People’s Choice Awards, The Sonoma Grand Harvest Awards, The Grand Rose Competition, and the American Fine Wine Competition and Invitational. For the latter, the Preisers are the co-founders, and Monty served as Chief Judge for the first 10 years of the Competition.

For many years, Monty was a voting member for the Winery Hall of Fame sponsored by the Culinary Institute of America.



About Silversea

About Silversea Cruises

Headquartered in Monte Carlo,  Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites and most  include butler service and private verandas. Silversea voyages and cruise expeditions sail to over 800 destinations on all seven continents, more than any other cruise line. Our intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor off shore.   Enjoy the convenience, ease and comfort of an  all-inclusive cruise fare that includes almost all of your discretionary onboard expenses.

shipIntimate Boutique Ships: Our 9 small luxury ships can show you the world in a far more personal, meaningful way. They can glide into small, secluded harbors or transport you on an expedition to some of the most remote regions of the globe.  In the evening. return to gracious hospitality reflecting our Italian heritage and cherish the relaxed, friendly camaraderie  among guests in the lounges and open bars where faces quickly become familiar and conversation strikes a common chord.


polishedPolished to Perfection: Silversea is passionate about service and profoundly committed to maintaining the highest standards. Service is richly personalized, genuine and caring, every wish, every need is discretely anticipated. With the experienced, highly trained personnel of a top luxury cruise line and a staff to guest ratio of nearly one to one, service excellence is guaranteed aboard Silversea ships.


flavorGlobal Flavors for Worldly Travelers: Renowned for culinary excellence Silversea’s luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.   Silver Spirit has six restaurants to choose from; rather remarkable for a ship hosting only 540 guests.  Changing daily menus present a wide range of offerings including Continental, vegetarian and healthy selections, as well as regional specialties unique to the destination.


sanctuaryYour Suite is Your Sanctuary: Silversea offers one of the highest space-per-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodations. All of our suites feature ocean views, and many, a private teak veranda. That’s why every Silversea suite is indulgently spacious, and beautifully furnished. Freshen up in your Italian marble bathroom with a choice of luxury amenities to suit your personal taste.



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