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Domaine Carneros, Rhine River May 2018

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Join Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros on a sojourn along the stunning Rhine River aboard the intimate 106 guest Crystal Debussy, Crystal Cruises newly built luxury river yacht, which introduces a new standard of all-inclusive luxury on the storied Rhine River.  With castles, historic towns and terraced vineyards, it is captivating journey. The entire Rhine Valley is a treasured UNESCO site notable for its breathtaking beauty. Follow the Rhine to explore lively cities and scenic villages in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland. Guests wishing to participate in all Domaine Carneros events must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included.

Cruise Highlights

Why Crystal Cruises by MmMmTravel?

Exclusive events hosted onboard by Eileen Crane include receptions and wine dinners, all complimentary to you, as our guest.
 
MmMmTravel Service: A dedicated team of professionals with over 40 years of experience working together to plan your perfect vacation.

Crystal Cruises’ all-inclusive value provides:

  • Personal butler service 
  • Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar, dining staff and butlers
  • Innovative dining, featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine, highlighted by regional specialties
  • Open bar with complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffees, tea, soft drinks and fresh juices
  • Complimentary Crystal Adventures ashore, featuring both cultural and soft/extreme adventures, depending on the port.
  • Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series with destination experts aboard
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment; daily yoga & fitness sessions
  • WiFi/Internet availability

 

Itinerary

DATE PORTS ARRIVAL DEPART
May 10, Th Amsterdam, Netherlands  Embark pm overnight
Domaine Carneros Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner*
May 11, F Amsterdam, Netherlands  overnight
May 12, Sa Amsterdam, Netherlands  2:00 PM
May 13, Su Domaine Carneros Wine Tasting*
Cruising the Rhine River
Cologne, Germany 1:00 PM 12 m
May 14, M Cruising the Rhine River
Koblenz, Germany  9:00 AM overnight
Domaine Carneros Wine Dinner*
May 15, Tu Koblenz, Germany  7:00 AM
Cruising the Rhine River
Rüdesheim, Germany 2:00 PM 10:00 PM
May 16, W Speyer, Germany 11:00 AM 8:00 PM
May 17, Th Kehl, Germany 9:00 AM 10:00 PM
May 18, F Breisach, Germany 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
Domaine Carneros Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner*
May 19, Sa Basel, Switzerland  8:00 AM overnight
May 20, Su Basel, Switzerland Disembark pm

 

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  Invitations will be delivered evening prior to event. All onboard events with Domaine Carneros are complimentary to you as a guest of MmMmTravel.  Only guests booked through MmMmTravel will have access to all Domaine Carneros events. Pre and Post cruise programs are available upon request.

 

Pricing

Your Cruise-Only River 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, dining and bar staff; Butler service; a choice of guided Crystal Adventures shore excursion in every port; a Michelin star dining experience at a renown restaurant ashore and much more.

The below rates are the lowest allowed by Crystal Cruises. Guests wishing to participate in all Domaine Carneros events aboard must book through MmMmTravel. Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal,  will not be included in all Domaine Carneros events.  Please call for more information.

Note: This sailing is almost sold out!

Suite MmMmTravel 
Group Fares*
Crystal Society Saves
S5: Petite Suite
Balcony Window, 188 sq. ft
$5,850 $160
S4: Petite Suite
Balcony Window, 188 sq. ft
$6,145 $165
S2: River Suite
Balcony Window, 253 sq. ft
$7,605 $205
S1: River Suite
Balcony Window, 253 sq. ft
$8,485 $225
CS: 2 Bedroom Suite
Balcony Window, 750 sq. ft
$23,400 $600

*MmMmTravel Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy and do not include taxes, fees and port charges of $250. Single traveler and triple 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. Solo Traveler Fares are available upon request. 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

mapAmsterdam derives its name from a 13th-century protective dam. It is a beautifully preserved city with quaint architectural styles, priceless art treasures and welcoming people. Many of its wondrous highlights are located within the five concentric canals that gird the city’s older neighborhoods and business districts. Whether cruising its waterways or visiting its exquisite galleries and museums, you will discover a wealth of fascinating sightseeing opportunities. A short drive away, characteristic towns preserve their traditional Dutch ways with intricate national costumes, sturdy wooden shoes and purposeful windmills.

A scan of Cologne’s skyline offers a short-hand of a long essay of architecture, varying from the space-needle-type Rhine Tower to the avant-garde buildings along the river to the spectacular spires of the cathedral. One look at the magnificent church and you can’t help but draw a breath of amazement—the structure is enormous and intricately glorious, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Germany’s most visited landmark. Peel your eyes away from the famed Kölner Dom, as it is locally called, to discover other architectural notables, including remains of the Roman wall, a modern museum complex, the contemporary philharmonic hall, cozy beerhalls and the span of the Hohenzollern Bridge, reconstructed after the war.

Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three low mountain ranges meet, Koblenz has a leg up in the scenery department. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready made for photographs. You might start by aiming your lens at the Deutsches Eck, or German Corner, where the rivers merge around a corner of land marked by a monument to Emperor William I. Ambling along the river promenade and exploring the town’s narrow lanes, you encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and  weinstube, or wine taverns, an ideal venue for sipping dry Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

If Rudesheim’s scenic location on the Rhine Gorge doesn’t sweep you off your feet, then the town’s medieval Old Town with its half-timbered buildings and narrow lanes, especially the Drosselgasse overflowing with charming shops and taverns, surely will. Still more that promises to enchant and delight is the region’s renowned Rieslings, produced here for centuries from vineyards dating to Roman times. A glass of white wine or the other local specialty, Asbach brandy, sipped amid historic surroundings can make the heart flutter, not necessarily from the effects of the spirits but from the simple beauty of one of Germany’s, if not the world’s, most romantic locales.

Spared the destruction that befell much of Germany during World War II, Speyer is a preserved window on time, looking onto a history that reaches not only to the Roman age but farther back, to the time of settlement by the Celts. Cobbled streets wind through the centuries, passing half-timbered buildings, the remains of a medieval synagogue, fine museums and festive taverns, culminating at the town’s Romanesque cathedral, called Kaiserdom. Enormous both in scale and significance, the UNESCO-listed church dates to 1030 and houses the tombs of eight Holy Roman emperors and German kings. Look at it from any perspective—on the approach to its red sandstone walls, inside its vast interior spaces or within the context of time—and the basilica is a marvel, considered a hallmark of 11th- and 12th-century architecture.

When you glimpse the steep-peaked, half-timbered buildings, the placid waters of narrow canals, flowers blooming on balconies and bridges, and old towers standing sentry over the scene, you know you have stepped into Strasbourg—either that, or the very pretty pages of a fairytale. Located just across the Rhine from Strasbourg, Kehl is your access point to the capital of the Alsace region, the seat of the European Parliament and, simply, one of the most photogenic old towns in existence. Strasbourg boasts a breathtakingly gorgeous Gothic cathedral (with the tallest cathedral tower in France), twisting alleyways, a sweet collection of the aforementioned half-timbered buildings and a charm that oozes from virtually every cozy corner of Grande Île, or “Large Island,— the first city center to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Situated along the Rhine about halfway between the supremely scenic towns of Freiburg and Colmar, Breisach is the perfect place from which to launch explorations into the surrounding Black Forest. Yet there is much to keep travelers within the embrace of this lively city, including its Romanesque church with late-Gothic altar and cobbled streets lined by pastel-hued buildings. Just a few miles west of Breisach is the remarkable star-shaped fortress town of Neuf-Brisach, or New Breisach, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On the three-border intersection of Switzerland, Germany and France and unfolding in two sections from the banks of the Rhine, Basel has an international flair, a cultural vibrancy and is picturesque besides. A medieval town center invites exploration by foot, while an abundance of museums and galleries suggest an indoor stroll amid works of art and relics of history. The Museum of Fine Arts is home to the world’s oldest art collection accessible to the public. The city itself hosts Switzerland’s oldest university, dating to 1460. Antiquity may be Basel’s strong suit, as it is in much of Europe, but this corner of Switzerland also reveals a more modern countenance: Architects Herzog & de Meuron, best known for the design of the Tate Modern in London and the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, and Frank Gehry of Bilbao Guggenheim Museum fame have contributed their considerable talents to buildings here.

 

Crystal Debussy

From the regal cities of Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, Frankfurt, Paris, Bordeaux and Basel, explore the Danube, Rhine, Main, Moselle, Seine, Garonne and Dordogne rivers on Crystal River Cruises with gorgeous, ever-changing panoramas of enchanting villages and lush landscapes. In-depth explorations and overnight stays in the heart of Europe’s cities and towns provide a vibrant and memorable experience.

The hallmarks of the Crystal brand – service, space, quality and choices – usher in a new era in European river exploration with Crystal River Yachts. With its signature All-Inclusive philosophy, Crystal offers an encompassing luxury experience: butler service for every suite; six-star service and truly exceptional food; unique Crystal Adventures that deliver memorable destination experiences – all working in synch to transpose the World’s Best Ocean Cruising to the World’s Best River Cruising. Crystal will redefine luxury river cruising.

Crystal Debussy, River Yacht Specifications

  • Total berths: 106 (Note: Third berths available on request)
  • Total Guest Suites: 53
    • CS (1) – Two Bedroom Crystal Suite
    • S1 (14) – Spacious Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
    • S2 (20) – Spacious Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
    • S3 (1) – Spacious Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
    • S4 (8) – Petite Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
    • S5 (8) – Petite Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
  • Length: 442 feet/135 meters
  • Width: 37.7 feet/11.5 meters
  • Crew: 68

 

Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs

  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Daily choice of electronic international newspapers
  • Self-service guest laundry
  • Choice of complimentary curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary culinary experience at highly renowned local establishments on many sailings
  • Complimentary Nordic walking poles
  • Complimentary audio headphones on all organized Crystal Adventures
  • Complimentary airport transfers to/from river yacht to airport
  • All transfers will be group transfers by motor coach on embarkation and disembarkation days only.

 

Dining

  • A la carte, buffet and early risers breakfast offerings
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Open seating dining
  • Crystal Casual dress code
  • European sourced and trained chefs and hotel staff
  • The Vintage Room, private dining (fee)

 

Shipboard Public Spaces

  • Hydraulic Sun-Deck Bar (available on Bach, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel only)
  • Fitness Center with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and dedicated yoga area
  • Massage services
  • Library
  • Non-smoking environment in all indoor spaces (Except Connoisseur Club on Crystal Mozart)
  • Onboard currency exchange – shipboard currency Euros

 

Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment

  • Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series
  • Destination expert on each voyage

Suites

  • Twice daily housekeeping services including evening turndown service
  • In-suite hors d’oeuvres
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV in each suite
  • English-speaking and international TV stations
  • Butler service for each suite

 

Domaine Carneros

About Domaine Carneros
Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger.  Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is considered a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor our wines.

In the late 1970’s, Claude Taittinger, the president of Champagne Taittinger, proclaimed his faith in the future of American wines and began the search on U.S. soil for a suitable winery site. In 1987, Champagne Taittinger, along with partner Kobrand Corporation, selected a 138 acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, a viticultural appellation they recognized to have the potential to produce world class sparkling wines. Also in 1987, Claude Taittinger selected Eileen Crane to oversee the planning and development of the property, as the winery’s first and only winemaker.

CEO/Founding Winemaker Eileen Crane has been at the helm of Domaine Carneros since the first harvest and continues to oversee and direct winemaking and operational duties.

From the beginning, Domaine Carneros has built a reputation on sparkling wines, in particular our Brut Vintage and luxury cuvée Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs. In addition, in the early years of the winery we sold our Pinot Noir fruit to some of California’s top producers for a number of years. We naturally came to the conclusion that we had something special on our hands for the creation of red wine. Beginning in 1992, we added the production of Pinot Noir to the Domaine Carneros repertoire. Our Pinot Noir is characterized by rich, red fruit flavor, layers of complexity and a velvety finish.

All of our wines bear the Carneros Appellation, with 95% of our fruit coming from estate vineyards. In April 2008, we received organic certification of all Estate vineyards by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

 

 

About Eileen Crane

Eileen Crane July 2012 compressedEileen Crane: CEO/Founding Winemaker, Domaine Carneros by Taittinger
Eileen Crane, often referred to as America’s Doyenne of Sparkling Wine, has spent 38 years in the wine industry. This makes her the most experienced Sparkling Winemaker in the United States. Eileen is equally at home in the world of food and wine having both a culinary and science background.

In 1978, Eileen made the decision to turn her passion for wine into a profession, headed west, and began her career at Chandon. Six years later, she was hired as winemaker and vice president of Gloria Ferrer Caves, she was entrusted with the responsibilities of overseeing the design and construction of the facility, developing the company and the line of sparkling wines.

It turned out to be an experience that served her well. Eileen was selected by the President of Champagne Taittinger, for the position of CEO/Winemaker of Domaine Carneros. Once again, she oversaw the planning and development of a major winery this time the beautiful Carneros landmark chateau.  Today Domaine Carneros consistently produces top-rated Sparkling and Pinot Noir wines. Under Eileen’s direction, Domaine Carneros has been a leader in the Wine Industry’s Green Movement.  In 2003, Domaine Carneros housed the largest solar collection system of any winery in the world. Eileen is one of a handful of women who are now in the forefront of the wine industry in California. Recently recognized by Forbes as the most powerful woman in Napa Valley, Eileen is actively involved in numerous wine and civic organizations.

 
 

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