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With temperatures hovering just above the freezing point on the North Fork, now may be the time to consider cruising to a tropical getaway. And if you take this summertime Mediterranean wine cruise, you can bring a little bit of the East End with you.

Charles Massoud, owner of Paumanok Vineyards and Ed Boyce, owner of Maryland’s Black Ankle Vineyards are taking friends and fans on a 10-day Barcelona to Lisbon cruise departing August 5 on Oceania’s recently upgraded and refurbished, 650 passenger cruise ship Insignia.

This food and wine lovers’ cruise had already included a series of private parties, wine tastings and a gala winemaker’s dinner, plus airfare included in overall price from 26 US cities and prepaid gratuities – but last week Oceania Cruises announced new program benefits that include a $350 shipboard credit and free onboard Wi-Fi. The new benefits are part of the cruise industry’s “wave-season,” when new features and benefits are traditionally offered at the first of the year to get travelers to think about sunny getaways and the prospect of vacations to come.

So if the recent cold snap is making you dream about cruising somewhere warm, then consider joining Charles and Ed as they visit the Mediterranean cruise ports of Barcelona, Mallorca, Ibiza, Valencia, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Tangiers, Seville and Lisbon. The Paumanok and Black Ankle 10-day wine cruise price starts at $4,674 per person double occupancy including airfare from select US cities, taxes, the onboard wine program and free gratuities, and travelers booking before March 31 will also receive a $350 onboard cruise credit and free Wi-Fi.

More information can be found at http://foodandwinetrails.com/paumanok_blackankle_2014. Bookings have to be made through Food & Wine Trails, a 25 year old, culinary travel specialist based in the California Sonoma Wine Country. Food & Wine Trails can be reached at 800-367-5348 or [email protected] during normal west-coast business hours.

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