Mediterranean Images- Mediterranean Cruise Sailing to Barcelona and Venice

Main destination Venice, Italy · About River or Ocean Cruises

Mediterranean Images- Mediterranean Cruise Sailing to Barcelona and Venice

Main destination Venice, Italy · About River or Ocean Cruises
AUG 19 - AUG 31, 2018

Your exclusive fares starting at: $4,785

Itinerary

Port: Barcelona; Spain

Date Sunday, August 19-20
Departure 7:00 pm
Overview

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.

Port: Sète, France

Date: Tuesday, August 21
Arrival: 8:00 am
Departure: 6:00 pm
Overview

With a saltwater lagoon behind it, the grand sweep of the Mediterranean Sea out front, the 600-foot Mont St-Clair at its center and a network of canals running in between, Sete boasts a truly unique setting. Also unique is its “ordinariness.— Unlike many coastal Mediterranean locales, this port town is busily engaged with everyday work and life, giving visitors a refreshing glimpse of the daily routine of the French outside big cities like Paris and the wine and castle towns of the Loire Valley. While nicely grounded in its work ethic, there is plenty of charm in Sete. The canals are atmospheric, lined with grand houses and looking a bit like Venice here on the Mediterranean. Eight miles of beach entice a stroll and the rowdy tradition of joutes nautiques, or water jousting, brings a playful sense of competition and due laughter every August, when boat crews with long poles attempt to knock each other into the water.

Port: St-Tropez, France


Date: Wednesday, August 22 - Thursday, August 23
Arrival: 8:00 am
Departure: 2:00 am
Overview

St-Tropez has earned its glamorous reputation as a summer playground for celebrities, artists and writers. At the height of its popularity during the 1950s and 60s, one could easily find Pablo Picasso, Francoise Sagan, Jacques Prévet and the classic movie actress Brigitte Bardot vacationing here. Its famous beaches are still frequented by affluent guests who seek a lively night life and a piece of the "St-Trop" allure. Magnificent yachts line the port, as their owners rival to achieve titles for who has the biggest, the most luxurious or the best-kept vessel, or for which vessel has the most enthusiastic crew. You will certainly be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of this "Gem of the Provençal Culture."

Port: Villefranche, France

Date: Thursday, August 23
Arrival: 7:00 am
Departure: 10:00 pm
Overview

In a miracle of nature, the Cote d'Azur was blessed with superb natural beauty, as it lies sandwiched between the coastal mountains and the sea. The Maritime Alps tumble down to the ocean, preventing cold northern winds from reaching the sun-drenched slope that stretches some 60 miles westward from the border with the fairy-tale Kingdom of Monaco. As Crystal Symphony approaches the shore, you'll be treated to a spectacular panorama of irregular peaks and scenic villages clustered on narrow ledges. Majestic cities like Nice, Monte Carlo and St. Tropez host pleasure boats, yachts and all the other trappings of glamorous lifestyles.


Port: Florence/Livorno, Italy


Date: Friday, August 24
Arrival: 7:00 am
Departure: 7:00 pm
Overview

Goethe once observed that Tuscany "looks like Italy should [look]." Fortunately, little has changed in the two centuries since the German poet was himself a tourist in Tuscany. The Tyrrhenian port of Livorno was founded in the 15th century. It is the gateway to Italy's Tuscan region and to many spectacular sights; including the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa, the charming medieval village of Lucca, the lovely hill town of San Gimignano and the timeless city of Florence. No place is as imbued with such grace, dignity, serenity and history as is Florence. This city's wealth of architectural and artistic treasures includes works by Raphael, da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Truly Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance, is one of the world's most enticing cities.

Port: Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy


Date: Saturday, August 25
Arrival: 7:00 am
Departure: 9:00 pm
Overview

Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. Today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments. Located 90 minutes away is the Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.

Port: Sorrento, Italy


Date: Sunday, August 26
Arrival: 8:00 am
Departure: 7:00 pm
Overview

As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms. Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere.
The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region's highlights.

Port: Cruising the Ionian Sea

Date: Monday, August 27

Overview: Your Story at Sea Adventure. Romance. Discovery.
Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute® or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?


Port: Monopoli, Italy

Date: Tuesday, August 28
Arrival: 12:00 pm
Departure: 8:00 pm
Overview

Located on the Adriatic where the heel of Italy’s boot connects to the sole, Monopoli is part of the Puglia region, relatively undiscovered compared to the more heavily traveled regions of Tuscany and Campania. Puglia shares many things in common with Italy’s center-stage attractions, including delicious food, here known for its herbaceous and earthy qualities, and its architecture, ranging from elaborate Baroque to basic stone. In Monopoli, the days pass a little slower and the sun seems to shine a little brighter, perhaps because there is time to stop and bask in it. At the small port, you’ll find traditional fishing boats bobbing in the water and the 16th-century castle overlooking the sea from a rocky promontory.



Port: Kotor, Montenegro

Date: Wednesday, August 29
Arrival: 7:00 am
Departure: 6:00 pm
Overview

Rising above the Adriatic Sea, the town of Kotor is splendid for both its ocean views and medieval Old Town. To walk through its streets is to take a stroll through history. You'll see fortifications dating from the 9th century; the Church of Saint Ana dating from the 12th century; the Church of Saint Luke from the 13th century; the Church of the Healing Mother of God from the 15th century; the Prince's Palace from the 17th century; and Napoleon's Theatre from the 19th century. Stylish gates, enticing flights of stairs and inviting squares, all accessed via a maze of narrow lanes, make Kotor's Old Town a true delight. With your visit, you will understand why Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Port: Venice, Italy

Date: Thursday, August 30 - Friday, August 31
Arrival: 4:00 pm
Disembark A.M.

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Rooms

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

  • 226 square feet with Picture Window
  • Large picture window
  • Seating area
  • Queen-size bed or twin beds
  • Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water in room
  • Remote color television & DVD player
  • Data port for laptop computer hook-up
  • Full bathtub/shower combination
  • Refrigerator
  • Security safe

Your exclusive fares starting at: $4,785

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah

  • 269 square feet (with verandah)
  • Private verandah
  • Seating area
  • Queen-size bed or twin beds
  • Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water in room
  • Remote color television & DVD player
  • Data port for laptop computer hook-up
  • Full bathtub/shower combination
  • Refrigerator
  • Security safe

Your exclusive fares starting at: $6,520

Penthouse with Verandah

  • 403 square feet (with verandah)
  • Sizeable living area
  • Private verandah
  • Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation
  • Complimentary soft drinks, beer and bottled water in room
  • Personal butler service
  • Queen-size bed or twin beds, and third berth
  • Vanity in dressing area
  • Flat-screen television & DVD player
  • Data port for laptop computer hook-up
  • Full Jacuzzi bathtub
  • Separate shower
  • Walk-in closet
  • Refrigerator
  • Security safe

Your exclusive fares starting at: $10,210

Penthouse Suite with Verandah

  • 538 square feet (with verandah)
  • Spacious living area
  • Dining area
  • Private verandah
  • Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation
  • Complimentary soft drinks, beer and bottled water in room
  • Personal butler service
  • Flat-screen television, DVD & CD players
  • Data port for laptop computer hook-up
  • Separate bedroom area
  • Vanity in bedroom
  • Queen-size bed or twin beds, and third berth
  • Picture window in bedroom
  • Full Jacuzzi bathtub
  • Separate shower
  • Bidet
  • Walk-in closet
  • Refrigerator
  • Security safe

Your exclusive fares starting at: $13,790

Crystal Penthouse with Verandah

  • 1,345 square feet (with verandah)
  • Spacious living room
  • Dining area
  • Large private verandah
  • Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation
  • Complimentary soft drinks, beer and bottled water in room
  • Personal butler service
  • State-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • DVD Player
  • Data port for laptop computer hook-up
  • Flat-screen televisions and DVD players in bedroom, living room and bathroom
  • Cordless phone
  • Guest bathroom
  • Pantry
  • Library
  • Private workout area including personal treadmill
  • Large bedroom with king-size bed or twin beds, and third berth
  • Master bath with Jacuzzi & ocean view
  • Separate shower
  • Bidet
  • Walk-in closet
  • Refrigerator
  • Security safe

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All Inclusive

All-inclusive cruises include complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout both ships as well as gratuities for housekeeping, bar, dining and Penthouse butler staff.

Crystal’s all-inclusive value provides:

Fine Dining

  • Up to eight evening dining venues
  • Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits throughout the ship
  • Complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road or The Sushi Bar (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee.)Ϯ
  • Open-bar service throughout the ship
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff throughout the ship

Enrichment & Entertainment

  • Computer University@Sea® classes with software instruction
  • Technology Concierge "how to" tips on latest high-tech gadgets and apps
  • Digital USC School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking classes
  • Experiences of Discovery® theme cruises with focused programming on music, film & theatre, wellness, golf and more
  • Crystal Visions® Enrichment Series lecture series featuring renowned speakers, authors, celebrities and destination experts

Fitness

  • Gym with state-of-the art fitness equipment
  • Well-appointed separate men's and women's steam, saunas and whirlpools in the only Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea
  • Fitness classes including yoga, mat Pilates, "Tour de Spin" cycling, cutting-edge Kinesis™ systems and Tai Chi courses
  • Golf lessons with PGA instructors
  • Exclusive 360º (wraparound) teak Promenade Deck for uninterrupted walks, jogs and sweeping ocean views

Stateroom Services & Amenities

  • In-stateroom satellite TV and movie/DVD rentals
  • Twice daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service
  • Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water as well as complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request
  • Kimonos, Frette bathrobes, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a menu of pillow options
  • Self-service launderettes

Penthouse Services & Amenities

  • Personal butler service with gratuities included
  • Unpacking and packing upon request
  • Pressing and shoe shine
  • Afternoon tea service and nightly hors d'oeuvres
  • Stocked bar and afternoon canapés
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

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