Imagine going on a grocery trip with your favourite chef to pick out ingredients for dinner at a local market, and then learning techniques that they use to create a perfectly seasoned dish, where the flavours sing in harmony and notes of spices spark off your tongue…

Imagine tasting wine from a storied vineyard with a sommelier and comparing it to others in the region in a tasting before heading to that very same vineyard the next day…

All this and more is on offer thanks to the ambitious partnership between the James Beard Foundation and Windstar cruises.

Together they are bringing culinary events, demonstrations and restaurant menus to the seas, giving Windstar guests the opportunity to indulge in memorable meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients by some of the world’s most recognised culinary talents – an experience that’s 180 degrees from ordinary.

Each Windstar James Beard Culinary themed cruise features:

  • Dinner and wine pairing with a James Beard Foundation chef and beverage expert
  • Demos by the chef of some of their recipes
  • Shopping at the local market with the chef
  • Wine, spirits, or beer tastings
  • Shopping and tours with the sommelier/beverage expert (based on availability)

Scroll down to read about four of these incredible Winstar culinary itineraries and feel free to get in touch with us with any questions you may have.

Classic Italy And Dalmation Coast

Wind Surf | 8 Days |  Rome to Venice | 14 October 2019

Explore the shores of Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, discovering the charm of Venice, the magnificence of Rome, and the vast beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. Wander down the cobblestone streets of Taormina, travel up the fjord to Kotor and bask in the allure of small ship cruising as you anchor in the heart of your destination while larger ships only pass by!


  • Discover the magic of Venice’s St. Mark’s Square and the majestic Cathedral
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum in Split, the oldest in Croatia
  • Tour the Old City and medieval walls in Dubrovnik
  • Enjoy Windstar’s Signature Onboard Barbecue

Alaskan Splendours

Star Breeze | 11 Days |  Vancouver to Anchorage

Witness the grandeur of Alaska’s premier glaciers: Mendenhall in Juneau, Kenai Fjords’ Harding Icefield, Tracy Arm’s twin Sawyer Glaciers. Discover Native villages, Russian cathedrals, and Gold Rush history. Thrill as you watch a wild brown bear snatch a struggling salmon or a humpback whale breech off the bow. Cruise Misty Fjords and Kenai Fjords on the lovely Star Breeze, waters beyond the reach of larger Alaska cruise ships.


  • Be out on deck for scenic cruising of the beautiful Inside Passage between Vancouver and Anchorage looking for wildlife along the way
  • Enjoy Point Adolphus, one of Alaska’s most popular feeding areas for migrating humpback whales

Quintessential Croatia

Wind Surf | 8 Days |  Venice to Venice

Discover the Croatia that empires have coveted for centuries. Experience the amazing rainbow colors of Plitvice Lakes National Park and Lake Bled’s fairy tale island. Wonder Dubrovnik’s charming Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace. Relax on perfect pebble beaches, explore Piran’s Venetian legacy, and savor the taste of fine Croatian wine and wild truffles.


  • Gondolas, St. Mark’s, and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice
  • The living history within Split’s Diocletian Palace walls
  • Enter Dubrovnik’s medieval city walls and thriving Old Town
  • The breathtaking view of Kvarner Bay from medieval Moscenic
  • The natural wonderland of forested Mljet Island from Korcula

Autumn On The Atlantic Coast

Star Legend | 10 Days | London to Lisbon

Sip robust red wines from storied French chateaus. This cruise along the coasts of Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal is an ideal getaway for those seeking popular European destinations without summertime crowds. Have an unobstructed view of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and soar above the Medoc vineyards in a helicopter.


  • See the famous Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral from Honfleur
  • Visit the Guggenheim in Bilbao
  • Cruise through the Bay of Biscay and up the Garonne River to overnight in Bordeaux
  • Go oyster tasting in Le Palais
  • Try the bacalhau (salted cod), the most popular dish in Lisbon, Basque-style tapas or pinchos