Above: Silver Dawn - FIIPPO VINARDI / SILVERSEA

Cruise itineraries are evolving rapidly, away from one-size-fits-all trips to those that cater to a particular interest. Windstar, for example, has constructed a cruise around the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, while Avalon Waterways has Jewish heritage-themed river cruises. And Azamara offers best-selling golf cruises in partnership with PerryGolf. The most popular themed itineraries, however, are based on food-and-wine experiences. Among the many lines that offer such trips, Silversea stands out owing to its remarkable S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) cruises, originally conceived by New York-based food writer Adam Sachs, formerly editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine.

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Above: Silver Dawn - FIIPPO VINARDI / SILVERSEA