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Chef Ken Frank in the Adriatic, Crystal Esprit Oct. 2018


Join Chef Ken Frank of La Toque Restaurant on an intimate voyage along the stunning Adriatic Sea via Crystal Cruises super-yacht. This sojourn along the stunning Dalmatian Coast is a breathtaking experience where majestic mountains meet crystalline sea and archaeological treasures abound. From the opulence of Venice, to UNESCO sites in Dubrovnik, Sibenik and Trogir, and the flair of Vis & Hvar, this voyage is a must for culinary and wine connoisseurs alike. Crystal Esprit hosts no more than 62 privileged guests, though our La Toque group lead by Chef Ken Frank will be smaller still. Guests wishing to participate in all of La Toque events with Chef Ken Frank onboard must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included in all events with Chef Ken Frank.   

Cruise Highlights

Why Crystal Cruises by MmMmTravel?

Exclusive events hosted by Chef Ken Frank of La Toque include receptions, wine dinners and more.

MmMmTravel  Service: A dedicated team of professionals with over 50 years of experience working together to plan your perfect vacation.

Crystal Cruises’ all-inclusive value provides:

  • Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar and dining staff.
  • Open bar with complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffees, tea, soft drinks and fresh juices.
  • All meals with a diversity of dining venues including The Yacht Club Restaurant, The Terrace and Patio Café, The Grill and The Pantry.
  • Complimentary Shore Excursions ashore, featuring both cultural and adventurous activities, depending on the port. Bicycles for personal excursions.
  • Marina/Water Sports: Enjoy a wide variety of complimentary amenities and sports equipment –water skis, paddle and wake boards, kayaks, jet skis, even snorkel equipment and fishing rods (when  allowed by port authorities).
  • Destination immersion and lectures from experts in relevant areas.
  • Cove Lounge available for viewing movies, sporting events and more.
  • Nightly entertainment in Cove Lounge with piano player/singer.
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
  • Pool and Jacuzzi
  • WiFi/Internet availability (60 mins complimentary per guest per day)
  • Personal butler service 

 

Itinerary

2018 Date
Sep 30, Su
Port
Venice, Italy

Welcome Reception & Dinner with Chef Ken Frank*
Arrive
Embark
Depart
7PM
Oct 01, M Rovinj, Croatia
Truffle Tasting with Chef Ken Frank*
8AM 10PM
Oct 02, Tu Sibenik, Croatia
Wine Paired Dinner with Chef Ken Frank*
1PM 10PM
Oct 03, W Trogir, Croatia 8AM 10PM
Oct 04, Th Vis, Croatia 8AM 7PM
Oct 05, F Hvar, Croatia 8AM 11PM
Oct 06, Sa Korcula, Croatia
Farewell Reception & Dinner with Chef Ken Frank*
8AM 10PM
Oct 07, Su Dubrovnik, Croatia Disembark AM  

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  Invitations will be delivered evening prior to event.  Only guests booked through MmMmTravel will have access to all events with Chef Ken Frank.

 

Pricing

Your Cruise-Only Yacht Fare includes all dining, all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, spa, dining and bar staff; butler service; choice of complimentary shore-excursions available in every port and much more!

Suite MmMmTravel
Fares*
Past Guest Savings
S4 – Yacht Suite
Deck 2 Fwd: 223 sq. ft
 $6,370  $160
S3 – Yacht Suite
Deck 2 Aft: 280 sq. ft
 $6,560  $165
S2 – Yacht Suite
Deck 2: 280 sq. ft
 $6,890  $170
S1 – Yacht Suite
Deck 3: 280 sq. ft
 $7,305  $185
Owner’s Suite
Deck 2: 515 sq. ft
 $13,875  $345

 

*MmMmTravel Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy and do not include taxes, fees and port charges of $301 per person. Single traveler rates available upon request. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. Optional Personal Select Air Program is available to purchase for full-fare, full-cruise guests whose travel originates from a U.S. or Canadian airport, and include all government fees and taxes.  Crystal Society savings are per person based on double occupancy. For Cruise Fare and Promotional Information click here. For General Ticket Terms and Conditions, click here. Crystal Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees, promotions and programs at any time with or without notice.


 

Ports

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.

Tucked up under the arm of the Adriatic where Croatia meets Italy, Rovinj reflects a cross-section of cultures, not just of neighboring Italy but also of Greece, Austria and the Slavic nations. Empires have been competing over this wooded and strategically located region for centuries, contributing to Croatia’s rich tapestry of history along the way. The resulting complex and vibrant fabric, ever-evolving as time weaves, is yours to discover with your visit. One of the most striking of Rovinj’s buildings is the Church of St. Euphemia, with its bell tower rising above the city. Around every corner seems a grand gesture of architecture or quaint cafe. If you aren’t careful, you may begin to think you are wandering the cobbled lanes of Venice, as Rovinj’s colorful facades and charming piazzas are not far from the once-governing canal city, just two hours away by ferry across the gulf.

Sibenik is a unique place. First, unlike many other cities on the Adriatic coast, Sibenik was founded by Croats and not by Romans, producing an interesting regional story and a collection of remarkable architecture. One example is Sibenik’s central church, the Cathedral of St. James, built completely in stone between 1431 and 1536 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Second, Sibenik might be compared to Stockholm, as like the Swedish capital, the city unfolds over an archipelago. Yet Sibenik’s Mediterranean climate and volleyed possession among Venice, Byzantium, Hungary and Bosnia give it a sun-glow warmth and distinct heritage. Then there is Sibenik’s appearance. The city rises up in layers from the harbor, fanning out from St. Anne’s Fortress and into a maze of narrow alleys and squares. It’s all quite charming, a medieval gift to unwrap and discover. If the attractions—and attractiveness—of the town center are not enough, then visit one of the area’s two national parks, Kornati, an archipelago of about 150 small islands, and Krka, famous for waterfalls and archaeological treasures.

In a region where the words “Baroque,” “medieval” and “Renaissance” – not to mention “beautiful” and “charming” – describe virtually every sight, one might think it would be difficult to find any one town that is a standout. Yet Trogir, Croatia, may just be that place. Located on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Ciovo, the city of Trogir has a history that reaches back to the 3rd century BC, when it was founded by the Greeks. Later influenced by the Romans and Venetians, Trogir is nothing short of an open-air museum, sprinkled liberally with churches, palaces, towers and fortifications. Its Romanesque-Gothic quarter is one of the best-preserved not only in the Adriatic, but in all of Central Europe. UNESCO has recognized Trogir as the special place that it is, designating the historic center as a World Heritage Site.

Farthest from the mainland and until 1989 a military base for the Yugoslav National Army, the tiny isle of Vis has mostly escaped modern development, making it an appealing place to find a bit of Mediterranean authenticity. Fishing and wine are longstanding traditions, still alive and well in maritime villages, homey cafes and vineyard expanses. While relatively distant from its own Croatian mainland, Vis is culturally close to Venice, as Vis was once under the rule of the Republic of Venice. This rich history can be seen in the island’s architecture, humble and rustic with a Venetian flair. For the nature lover, there is much to make the heart flutter, from pretty pebble beaches and rugged shoreline to secluded coves and the ever-present blue waters of the Adriatic.

This small island located in the center of the Mediterranean is a nature-lover’s delight. The arrival of Croatians to Hvar in the Middle Ages turned this temperate island into the center of Croatian arts and literature, thus ensuing the production of extraordinary works in sculpture, paintings and music. Greeks founded their first colony here in 358 BC, and since then Hvar has survived frequent changes of occupancy throughout the Middle Ages and into modern times. The impact of the long period of Venetian rule is most evident in the town of Hvar, where there are numerous reminders of the glorious Renaissance Movement. Today, Hvar offers stretches of beaches that melt into the azure waters of the Mediterranean—a paradise to tourists and locals alike. Year round, the sun shines brightly on the splendid island of Hvar, making its limestone towns sparkle amid the fertile green hills, rocky terrain, and the surrounding sea of clear cobalt blue. Situated between the islands of Bra?Vis and Korcula, Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic Sea, and it boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes nature has created. The climate is unmatched, and the clear, fresh air will refresh your soul. The magic of Hvar is eternal, its beauty is unforgettable.

Korcula is a feast for the senses, an island scented with lavender and eucalyptus, beautiful with its steep cliffs and blue Adriatic, and delicious with its fine wines and olive oils. Small farms, delineated with a network of low, stone walls, supply markets with fresh fruits and vegetables eagerly snapped up by epicureans. Historians find much to savor in Korcula as well. Tales run rich and deep on the island, inhabited as far back as prehistoric times and settled by the Greeks in the 4th century BC, followed by the Romans, the Venetians and the Slavs. As you wander Korcula’s medieval streets, you might encounter an old monastery or peek inside the house where Marco Polo is thought to have been born, and perhaps envy the locals who today make Korcula their home.

Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches & ancient ruins.

 

Crystal Esprit


Meet Crystal Esprit—Designed for just 62 discerning individuals who seek privileged access to some of the world’s most beautiful maritime destinations.  While the ultimate luxury lies in the yacht’s relaxed, unregimented pace, the Crystal yachting lifestyle is enhanced with an unrivaled level of amenities and services that only the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™ can deliver – in bold, exhilarating fashion.

 

Esprit deck plan for webpage

Yacht Suite Categories S1, S2, S3 & S4  Accommodations and Details:

Layout

  • Drapery & Sheers
  • Custom carpet throughout
  • Modern nightstands w/ integrated outlets (110V/240V) & sconces above
  • Flat screen, high definition TV hidden within exquisite millwork
  • Hidden personal safe in drawer
  • Linen storage
  • Interactive bedside iPad, with  various features  including alarm clock, digital information, room service, and more
  • Wi-Fi/Internet available (internet will be complimentary to all guests, 60 minutes, per person per day)
  • Power Sockets:  110/220V, USB Port

 

Seating area

  • Side table with table lamps
  • Sofa with adjustable-height table for dining
  • Lounge chair
  • Artwork
  • Desk with shelving & integrated lighting above
  • Concealed minibar fridge with shelving and concealed lighting
  • Full-height hanging custom closet with integrated lighting
  • Separate double-hanging custom closet with integrated lighting (adjacent to full-height closet)

 

Bedroom

  • Categories S1 – S3 Bed:  King Size (193cm x 203cm = 76in x 80in)
  • Category S4 Bed: Queen Size (152cm x 203cm = 66in x 80in)

 

Bathroom

  • Built-in storage for bathroom amenities
  • Double vanity with under-mount sink, backlit mirror
  • Artwork
  • Stone flooring throughout
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Stone threshold into bathroom from cabin area
  • ETRO Robes/Slippers
  • ETRO Amenities
  • Power Sockets:  110/220V , USB
  • Hairdryer

 

Butler Service

  • Unpacking and packing upon request
  • Optional Experience Arrangements (Wider, Boutique adventures)
  • In-suite room service

 

Hospitality Service

  • Twice daily housekeeping including evening turndown
  • Self-Service Washer/Dryer available for your convience on each guest deck

 

Entertainment

  • 42” Flat Screen , high definition, satellite TV concealed within exquisite millwork
  • Movie/Limited Content Channels depending on signal; Swank Media Player, movies on demand
  • Daily Program/Activities/Announcements available via in suite provided iPad
  • On screen daily Yacht reports and activities available in suite provided via iPad

 

Owner’s Suite Accommodations and Details:

Layout:

  • Bed:  King size
  • Occupancy:  2  adults, third berth by request (pull-out sofa bed)
  • Decorative full-length mirror
  • Stone flooring throughout dining room
  • Bar with under-counter built-in fridge
  • Dining table for four with pendant lighting
  • Custom closet with integrated lighting
  • Console/desk with upholstered bench underneath
  • Stone threshold between dining and living room/s
  • Interactive bedside iPad, with  various features including alarm clock, digital information, room service, and more
  • Wi-Fi/Internet available (internet will be complimentary to all guests, 60 minutes, per person per day)
  • Power Sockets:  110/220V, USB Port

 

Living room; ocean view

  • Metal screen with integrated TV and art (on wall separating dining and living rooms)
  • Decorative screen
  • Sofa with two end tables
  • Two sitting chairs
  • Custom carpet

 

Bedroom; enter from living room; ocean views

  • King size bed w/ wood/fabric wrapped headboard w/ concealed lighting
  • 100% Egyptian Cotton Bed Linens and Cover
  • Cantilevered stone-clad nightstands w/ integrated outlets and sconces above
  • Custom bench at foot of bed w/ linen storage below
  • Flat screen, high definition TV
  • Sitting chair with side table
  • Custom carpet

 

Bathroom

  • Double vanity with under-mount sink, backlit mirror w/ integrated TV
  • Glass-enclosed shower w/ recessed niche
  • Bath tub with separate shower
  • Wall-mounted Toto washlet toilet
  • Recessed niche (for amenities)/Recessed niche lighting
  • Stone flooring throughout

 

Bathroom Amenities

  • ETRO Robes/Slippers
  • ETRO Amenities
  • Power Sockets:  110/220V , USB
  • Hairdryer

 

Butler Service

  • Unpacking and packing upon request
  • Optional Experience Arrangements (submarine, Wider, Boutique adventures)
  • In-suite room service

 

Hospitality Service

  • Twice daily housekeeping including evening turndown
  • Self-Service Washer/Dryer available for your convience on each guest deck

 

Entertainment

  • 60” Flat Screen, high definition satellite TV hidden within exquisite millwork
  • Movie/Limited Content Channels depending on signal; Swank Media Player, movies on demand
  • Daily Program/Activities/Announcements available via in suite provided iPad
  • On screen daily Yacht reports and activities available in suite provided via iPad

 

General Yacht Specifications

  • Total berths: 62
  • Including third berths: 75
  • Total guest suites: 31
  • Owner’s Suite (1) 515 square feet / 47.8 square meter
  • Yacht Suite (28) 280 square feet  / 26.0 square meter
  • Yacht Suite (2) 223 square feet / 20.7 square meter
  • Total crew: 91
  • Guest space ratio: 53.9
  • Guest to Crew ratio: 1.47
  • Three meter draft

 

Chef Ken Frank

Ken_podiumChef Ken holds the distinct honor of being the first, and so far the only, American chef invited to participate in the Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Biano D’Alba, the world-renowned Annual White Truffle Festival in Alba, Italy. He has been cooking with truffles for over 35 years, and is widely considered the top truffle chef in North America. The Italians certainly agree!

For the 84th annual Festival in Alba, Ken brought a novel twist to a familiar Italian dish. Instead of making yet another traditional pasta dish with truffles, he created “fettuccine” out of strips of Lunga di Napoli squash, an Italian heirloom squash that he grows in his organic garden in Napa. The Lunga di Napoli Fettuccine with Porcini and Fresh White Alba Truffles stole the show at the festival where thousands of Italian truffle connoisseurs had a chance to see Ken in action and taste his delicious creation.

About Chef Ken Frank

Chef Ken Frank is entirely self-taught. He began his career at 16 with a dishwashing job in France and quickly worked his way through the kitchen ranks to become a successful chef at a very young age. He was the first “young American chef” on the West Coast and was the opening Chef at Michael’s in Santa Monica, considered the Los Angeles birthplace of “California Cuisine.” In 1979, he opened the original La Toque on the Sunset Strip at age 23. Young, curious and restless, he pioneered a style of cooking that has become widespread today. His early insistence on using only the finest, mostly local artisanal ingredients remains at the heart of great cooking in America.

In 1998, Ken decided to pursue his dream of moving to Napa Valley to open a new La Toque in Rutherford at The Rancho Caymus Inn. La Toque was named one of the 20 Best Restaurants in America by the Wine Spectator and was awarded a prestigious Michelin star. In 2008, La Toque moved to the new Westin Verasa in downtown Napa.

He lives in Napa with his wife Sherylle, three cats, an African Grey Parrot and a flock of egg laying hens. Ken and Sherylle have two grown children between them.

 

About Crystal Cruises

In addition to our Taste of Life amenities, Crystal’s all-inclusive value provides:

Fine Dining

  • The Yacht Club Restaurant serves contemporary and classic specialties as well as innovative tasting menus created by Crystal’s award-winning chefs, all using the finest and freshest local ingredients available; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. (indoor)
  • The Terrace and Patio Café offers freshly prepared and, where possible, regionally inspired presentations of small plates, creative salads, gourmet charcuterie, cheeses and pastries; serving breakfast and lunch. (indoor/outdoor)
  • The Grill features a menu of burgers, wraps and, location permitting, “global street food” served tapas-style to reflect the destinations visited.
  • The Pantry is the “go-to” self-service bistro and wine bar open 24 hours a day with a curated selection of coffees, vintage wines, light snacks and freshly baked pastries; the perfect indulgence to satisfy your craving day or night. (indoor)
  • Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits throughout the yacht
  • Open-bar service throughout the yacht
  • Gratuities for all shipboard staff throughout the yacht
  • Non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffee drinks, soft drinks, fresh juices and Afternoon Tea service
  • Welcome champagne
  • 24-hour room service

 

Enrichment & Entertainment

  • Destination immersion and lectures from experts in relevant areas
  • Cove Lounge available for viewing movies, sporting events and more
  • Nightly entertainment in Cove Lounge with piano player/singer
  • A dedicated fitness and activities director to assist you choose the right excursions and physical fitness activities
  • Crystal Adventures ashore, featuring both cultural and soft/extreme adventures, depending on the port
  • Special activities led by specialists, such as yoga, meditation, photography, even drone flying

 

Fitness

  • Gym with state-of-the-art Technogym ™ fitness equipment including treadmill, stationary bicycle, elliptical and Kinesis machines, as well as free weights
  • Mats available for outdoor stretch, yoga, mat Pilates
  • Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Marina/Water Sports: Enjoy a wide variety of complimentary amenities and sports equipment
  • A wide variety of aquatic equipment usually found only on a private mega-yacht will be at the fingertips of active guests –water skis, wake boards, kayaks, jet skis, scuba/snorkel equipment and even fishing rods
  • Bicycles for personal excursions ashore
  • Top-quality gear and equipment, professional instruction and guidance, and the chance to try something for the first time, or … to pursue a familiar activity important even during your holiday

 

Suite Services & Amenities

  • Personal butler service with gratuities included
  • Unpacking and packing upon request
  • Pressing and shoe shine
  • Stocked bar
  • In-stateroom satellite TV and movie choices
  • Twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service
  • Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water as well as complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request
  • ETRO Bathrobes and Slippers, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a menu of pillow options
  • Self-service launderettes
  • In-suite iPads for entertainment, daily news, shipboard information etc.
  • WiFi/Internet availability (60 minutes complimentary per guest per day, with additional connectivity available)

 
 

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at info@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder.