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Frank Family Vineyards, October 2017

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Join Rich & Leslie Frank, of Frank Family Vineyards aboard Seabourn Odyssey sailing to Spain, Morocco, the Canary Islands, Madeira Island and Portugal. Breathe in the sights of southern Spain and Morocco before sailing to the Canary Islands to enjoy the islands’ dramatic scenery and volcanic landscapes. Stroll in the winter sun as you peruse the cobbled streets of Malaga’s old town, and pause to absorb the allure of The Teide National Park in Tenerife, home of Spain’s highest  mountain. With time as your confidante, you will enjoy ports rich in a variety of  cultures, each uniquely spotted with their own traditions, architecture and culinary treats. Between daytime adventures  and luxurious evenings relaxing onboard you will participate in private receptions, wine-paired dinners and events hosted by Rich and Leslie Frank, of Frank Family Vineyards. Guests wishing to participate in all Frank Family Vineyards events must book through MmMmTravel, anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Seabourn) will not be included in Frank Family Vineyards events.  

Cruise Highlights

Why Seabourn Cruises by MmMmTravel?

Exclusive events hosted onboard by Rich and Leslie Frank, of Frank Family Vineyards include private receptions, wine tastings and wine paired dinners, all complimentary to you, as our guest.

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

Compliments of Seabourn:

  • In-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences
  • Complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner, and open bars throughout the ship
  • All dining venues are complimentary
  • Gratuities are neither required nor expected

Cruising on Seabourn includes dozens of Seabourn Signature Delights:

  • Seabourn Odyssey is an intimate ship, offering only 225 suites aboard
  • All-suite accommodations
  • Personalized service with nearly one staff member per guest
  • Casual, elegant indoor/outdoor dining venues
  • Evening Under the Stars features sumptuous barbecue dinners or gala parties with live music and dancing on deck
  • Marina with in-sea pool and complimentary watersports
  • Caviar in the Surf during beach barbecues ashore
  • Seabourn Destinations complimentary planning service for custom experiences ashore
  • Pure Pampering bath drawn by your personal suite stewardess
  • Complimentary Massage Moments on deck
  • Movies Under the Stars with fresh popcorn
  • Seabourn’s Personal Shopper
  • Shopping with the Chef at local markets
  • Vintage Seabourn premium wine package
  • Seabourn to a Tea collection of rare estate teas
  • Personal Valet luggage shipping service

 

Itinerary

2017 Date Port Arrive Depart
04 Oct, W Barcelona, Spain 1PM Embark 5 PM
Frank Family Vineyards Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner*
05 Oct, Th At Sea
 Frank Family Vineyards Wine Tasting,  followed by lunch with Rich & Leslie Frank*
06 Oct, F Malaga, Spain 8 AM 6 PM
07 Oct, Sa Tangier, Morocco 8 AM 5 PM
08 Oct, Su Casablanca, Morocco 7 AM 9 PM
09 Oct, M At Sea
Frank Family Vineyards Wine Paired Dinner*
10 Oct, Tu Arrecife, Lanzarote,  Canary Islands, Spain 8 AM 6 PM
11 Oct, W San Sebastian de la Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain 10 AM 6 PM
12 Oct, Th Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canarias, Spain 7 AM 10 PM
13 Oct, F Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain 8 AM Overnight
14 Oct, Sa Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain
Frank Family Vineyards Wine Dinner*
Noon
15 Oct, Su Funchal (Madeira), Portugal 8 AM 6 PM
16 Oct, M At Sea
17 Oct , Tu Portimao, Algarve, Portugal 8 AM 5 PM
Frank Family Vineyards Reception & Wine Dinner*
18 Oct, W Lisbon, Portugal Disembark AM

 

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  All onboard events with Frank Family Vineyards are complimentary to you as a guest of MmMmTravel.  Guest Itinerary will be mailed with cruise documents.  

 

Pricing

Seabourn Odyssey is the first in a new-class of ships for Seabourn that accommodates just 450 guests in 225 luxury suites, with interior measurements from 295 to over 1,200 square feet. 90% percent have private verandas, which add from 65 to over 350 square feet of additional private living space.

Suite amenities include: complimentary champagne upon arrival, 24-hour room service, personalized stationery, fruit basket replenished daily, fluffy terry-cloth robes, Eqyptian Cotton linens, a fluffy duvet, fine soaps by Hermés, Bijan and L’Occitane, Pure Pampering Aromatherapy by Molton Brown, nightly turndown service, daily newspaper, World Atlas, clock/barometer/thermometer and umbrella. All suites include living area and bedroom, five-foot wide picture window or Veranda, walk-in closet, flat-screen interactive TV featuring music, movies and more, a fully-stocked bar, Bose Wave Radio CD, writing desk, spacious bathroom with tub, shower, twin sinks and large vanity, hair dryer, 110/220 volt outlets, direct-dial telephone and private electronic safe. For your pleasure, suites also have best selling audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. But what you’ll appreciate most is your personal suite stewardess, a highly attentive ambassador, who treats you with the utmost care. Her thoughtful, unobtrusive service will make your suite an enclave where your requests are promptly addressed.

This voyage is almost entirely sold out. To make a waitlist reservation call contact MmMmTravel at (831) 659-0151 or Info@MmMmTravel.com with names and preferred suite type.

Suite Category MmMmTravel Fare*
Grand Wintergarden  (GR) 2-bdrm 1,717’. Mid deck 7 Waitlist
Signature Suite  2-bdrm 1,352’.  Fwd deck 7 Waitlist
Owners Suite (OW)  760’. Deck 7/ Fwd deck 6 & 8 Waitlist
Penthouse Spa Suite (PS) 534’.  Aft deck 10 Waitlist
Penthouse Suite (PH) 534’. Decks 9 & 10 Waitlist
Veranda Suite (V6) 365’. Decks 6 & 7 $10,999
Veranda Suite (V5) 365’. Deck 6  (waitlist)
Veranda Suite (V4) 365’. Fwd decks 7 & 8  (waitlist)
Veranda Suite (V3) 365’. Fwd deck 6  (waitlist)
Veranda Suite (V2) 365’. Deck 5  (waitlist)
Veranda Suite (V1) 365’. Fwd deck 5 (waitlist)
Ocean View Suite (A1) 295’. Deck 4 (waitlist)
Ocean View Suite (A) 295’. Fwd deck 4  (waitlist)

To receive a Seabourn Odyssey deck plan, please fill out the form below. 

*MmMmTravel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars. Triple and single rates available upon request. Prices do not include port and security and handling of $326 per person.  A 25% deposit secures you the best available pricing and location, and is refundable in full until June 1, 2017. Airfare, shore excursions and pre/post programs are not included in your cruise fare. Fares shown do not guarantee availability. Guests wishing to participate in all Frank Family Vineyards events aboard must book through MmMmTravel. Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Seabourn,  will be excluded from all winery events.  Other conditions may apply, see Seabourn’s Terms & Conditions. Please call for more information.

 

Ports


mapBarcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is said to have been founded by the Phoenicians, and was once the rival of the powerful states of Venice and Genoa for control of the Mediterranean trade. Today, it is Spain’s second largest city and has long rivaled, even surpassed Madrid in industry and commerce. The medieval atmosphere of the Gothic Quarter and the elegant boulevards combine to make the city one of Europe’s most beautiful. Barcelona’s active cultural life and heritage brought forth such greats as the architect Antonio Gaudi, the painter Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years here. Other famous native Catalan artists include cellist Pau Casals, surrealist Salvador Dali, and opera singers Montserrat Caballe and Josep Carreras. Barcelona accomplished a long-cherished goal with the opportunity to host the Olympics in 1992. This big event prompted a massive building program and created a focal point of the world’s attention.

Often little more than a gateway to the Costa del Sol for sun-seeking vacationers, Malaga is a most interesting city in its own right. First settled by the Phoenicians, Malaga was held by virtually every ruling power in the Mediterranean at one time or another. Two Moorish fortresses, the 11th-century Alcazaba and the 14th-century Castillo de Gibralfaro still stand sentry above the harbor. Malaga was the birthplace of Pablo Picasso as well as the Malaguena style of flamenco. During your time here, you may wish to sample some of the sweet Malaga wine and excellent tapas for which the city is noted.

Situated just across the narrow Strait of Gibraltar from Europe, Tangier has long comprised a hybrid culture that is nearly as European as it is African. Standing atop Cap Spartel, one can gaze down on the place where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. The “Hollywood” district where the foreign embassies have traditionally been located reflects the European influence. But ascending the hill above the waterfront, one enters the narrow, winding alleys of the Kasbah, the city’s oldest, most Moroccan section. Down the coast, nearby Tetouan retains a nearly untouched walled medina, with sections originally occupied by Andalusian, Berber and Jewish populations. It is small enough that visitors can explore it without risking becoming lost, making it a perfect choice as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Casablanca, located on the Atlantic coast, is with 4 million inhabitants Morocco’s largest city, and at the same time the largest port in Africa. Built on the site of ancient Phoenician Anfa, it remained a small fishing village for many centuries until the French arrived in 1912. Since then Casablanca has become a vast modern city, ever on the increase since Morocco’s independence from France in 1956. A successful blend of oriental-style, white cubic dwellings with modern Moroccan quarters gives the city an interesting flair. Lovely beaches and attractive hotels make for a popular year-round holiday resort. To help understand Moroccan culture a visit to the Medina, the quaint old Moorish quarter, is a must for all visitors.

Lanzarote is the northernmost of the Canary Islands, often known as “volcano island.” Its capital is Arrecife, a quiet town of about 30,000 inhabitants. Present day Lanzarote consists of two quite distinct massifs: Famara in the north, and Los Ajaches in the south, where centuries of erosion have sculpted abrupt cliffs and deep ravines, contrasting sharply with the smoothly rounded hills of the island’s central region.

San Sebastian de la Gomera, the second smallest of the Canary Islands maintains features unique in all the world. Deeply corrugated by gorges cut into its volcanic slopes, its highest peaks continually wring mists from the Trade Winds, resulting in a lush laurel forest ecosystem that UNESCO has designated a valuable natural heritage for all mankind. Those same precipitous gorges isolated the inhabitants from each other, and gave rise to the Silbo Gomero, a unique language that is whistled rather than spoken. This has been designated by UNESCO as a precious cultural heritage. It is taught to children in the primary schools, as a way of preserving it. Visit the photogenic, 15th Century Conde Tower, to see early nautical charts, or travel to bizarre volcanic features such as the columnar rock formations known as Los Organos. This was Christopher Columbus’s last port of call before sailing west in 1492. He carried a gift from the local governor: the first sugarcane plants to reach the New World.

In Santa Cruz de la Palma, the old town is a treasury of 16th and 17th century buildings, and not just churches. Do go inside the fortified-looking Iglesia del Salvador, however, to see its ornate, Islamic-style Mudejar ceiling, one of the best in the islands. A short way outside town is the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Snows, one of the most important sites on the island. The waterfront is a good place to find ancient houses with elaborate iron balconies, many now converted to restaurants and shops. Many visitors tour the island’s dormant volcanoes, or the odd, erosion caldera called La Cumbrecita, a UNESCO Biosphere Site. An excursion to the village of Mazo rewards with a fine island museum containing examples of local handicrafts and especially the fabulous indigenous embroidery. Just beyond the museum is a handicrafts school, an excellent place to acquire a handcrafted souvenir of your Canary Islands adventure.

Tenerife is the largest of the seven main islands, which comprise the Canaries. Beyond its quaint whitewashed villages, the Canary Islands’ eternal spring keeps flowers, fruits and vegetables growing year-round. From Tenerife, you can travel up through pine forests to Mt. Teide, Spain’s highest peak.

The Madeira Archipelago, consisting of the islands Madeira, Porto Santo and Desertas, is situated in the Atlantic, about 400 miles from the African coast and 560 miles from Lisbon. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1419, Madeira, the largest of the islands, became of great importance to Portugal for its sugar production and later on for the cultivation of wine. The unusually temperate oceanic climate and extraordinary scenery had Northern Europeans flocking to Madeira as early as the 18th century to spend the winter months. The winning combination of high, rocky peaks, steep green ravines and waterfalls in the interior, with the flowering charm of Funchal still attracts nearly half a million visitors each year.

With a population of almost 40,000, Portimão in Portugal’s Algarve region, is one of the country’s largest coastal towns. Its perennially sunny climate, beautiful beaches and historic buildings make it a tourist destination in its own right. The Bio-park Monchique is famous for its abundance of flora and spectacular views. Off shore, fishing and dolphin spotting make for exciting pastimes.

The great period of “the Discoveries” accounted for phenomenal wealth brought back from India, Africa and Brazil by the great Portuguese navigators. Gold, jewels, ivory, porcelain and spices helped finance grand new buildings and impressive monuments in Lisbon, the country’s capital city. As you sail up the Tagus River, be on deck to admire Lisbon’s panorama and see some of the great monuments lining the river. Lisbon is one of Europe’s smallest capital cities but considered by many visitors to be one of the most likeable. Spread over a string of seven hills, the city offers a variety of faces, including a refreshing no-frills simplicity reflected in the people as they go unhurriedly through their day enjoying a hearty and delicious cuisine accompanied by the country’s excellent wines.

 

 

 

Rich Frank

Rich Frank, Owner of Frank Family Vineyards

It’s no wonder that Rich Frank, one of Hollywood’s most creative, vibrant and ingenious players, owns one of Napa Valley’s most unique wineries. At Frank Family Vineyards, which he founded in 1992, Rich plays a starring role as vintner in managing the growing winery. From overseeing vineyard purchases to sales and marketing, hosting VIP groups at the winery and events throughout the country, Rich is anything but a gentleman farmer.

His love of wine, particularly Bordeaux and Italian wines, first stemmed from his extensive travel via his global career as the former President of Disney Studios.  He discovered the Napa Valley in the 1980s, and soon after purchased a home with vineyards in the heart of Rutherford. It is safe to say that this was the beginning of a beautiful fairytale that would lead to a happily-ever second career.

Rich’s passion for the Napa Valley and Frank Family Vineyards underscores a wildly successful long-term career in Hollywood. He was Chairman of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications and headed Disney’s syndication arm Buena Vista. He was then President of Walt Disney Studios for nearly a decade and oversaw the development of The Disney Channel. Prior to his tenure at Disney, Rich was President of the Paramount Television Group, President of Chris Craft Television, one of the founders of the USA Network and also served on their board. Under Frank’s leadership, television and movie properties such as “Cheers,” “Taxi,” “Family Ties,” “Shogun,” “Winds of War,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Golden Girls,” “Home Improvement,” “Ellen,” “Regis and Kathy Lee,” “Dead Poet’s Society,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Pretty Woman,” “Father of the Bride,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” achieved phenomenal success.

Rich was President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for an unprecedented six years, a board member of the MPAA for eight years and is currently Vice Chairman and Executive Board Member of the American Film Institute. In 2011, he received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the American Film Institute (AFI), along with Helen Mirren and Spike Lee. He is a recipient of the Television Academy’s Syd Cassyd Founders Award, only the eighth time the Academy bestowed this prestigious honor.

Rich continues to be involved in the world of entertainment, and is currently Executive Producing “Royal Pains,” on the USA Network.

Never one to rest on his laurels, the former adman turned Hollywood film and TV exec stepped into his role as Napa Valley vintner with ease. Rich splits his time between Los Angeles and Napa with his wife, Leslie, an Emmy-award winning news journalist.

 

Leslie Frank

RichandLeslieFrank2015Leslie Frank, Co-Owner of Frank Family Vineyards

Leslie Miller Frank is an Emmy ­award winning broadcast journalist and a proprietor of Frank Family Vineyards.

While Leslie’s natural curiosity and desire to see the world led her to a career in journalism, it was her interest in wine which prompted her first visit to the Napa Valley back in the 1990’s.  It was in Napa where she met her husband Rich Frank, founder and owner of Frank Family Vineyards, and where they shared their first bottle of wine.  Now instead of reporting news, Leslie spends her time helping to build the quality Frank Family brand.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Leslie began her career in Canada before crossing the border to work in some of the largest television markets in the United States. She spent more than 25 years covering many major stories including the 9/11 attacks where she reported live from ground zero in New York City, as well as from the scene of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and inside the courtroom at the Michael Jackson trial. In addition, Leslie spent the last nine years of her TV news career reporting and anchoring at the number one rated station, KABC in Los Angeles, where she covered politics, crime, weather calamities, as well as interviewing some of the biggest stars in Hollywood on the red carpet.  Prior to Los Angeles, Leslie was the main anchor at KCPQ in Seattle, where she helped launch its 10 pm newscast, taking it to number one in its time slot and clinching an Emmy for Outstanding News Anchor.

Today, Leslie plays an active role in the marketing of Frank Family Vineyards. She travels extensively with Rich to promote their Napa Valley wines domestically and internationally. Leslie also coordinates Frank Family’s charitable giving initiatives.

In 2013, Leslie proudly became a US citizen after living in the country for fifteen years. Leslie and Rich enjoy spending time at their home on Winston Hill in Rutherford along with their German Shepherd named Riley who can often be found greeting guests at the Frank Family Vineyards tasting room.

 

Frank Family Vineyards

Frank Family Vineyards History

Take a trip back in time at the Frank Family Vineyards. First constructed as the Historic Larkmead Winery in 1884, the building was refinished with native sandstone from the nearby hills in 1906 and still stands tall today. The massive stone edifice is considered an archetype of California’s wine country; it appears on the National Register of Historical Places and is listed as a Point of Historical Interest in the state of California. The family focuses their energies on making superb still wines. The winery produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah and several distinctively different Cabernet Sauvignons. The highly regarded Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which is barrel aged for two and one-half years, is emerging as one of the most sought after wines in the valley and their Carneros Vineyards produced some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir available. The Sangiovese, a rising star, is created entirely from grapes grown on Rich’s Winston Hill property, and the Zinfandel comes from the Pope & Chiles Valley. Once owned by wine legend Hans Kornell, the winery originally secured its reputation with sparkling wines. Five sparkling wines continue to be handcrafted today in the old building: Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Rosé and occasionally the Rouge and Reserve. All of these are made in the traditional French method champenoise style.

Frank Family Vineyards Reserve wines are produced in small quantities and currently only sold at the winery and a handful of selected restaurants and wine shops. A visit to the winery is not complete without a story-filled tour or at least a walk through the historic building where the thick stone walls, high stacked barrels and rich bouquet of aging wines create the utmost winery ambience. The winery provides beautiful tasting rooms for its guests in the restored 70 year old Craftsman House. Just outside to the south of the building, visitors are welcome to sit under the giant 100 year old Elm trees, relax at the wooden picnic tables and enjoy the spectacular vineyard views.

About The Vineyards:

Winston Hill
Lewis Vineyard Rising nearly 500 feet above the valley floor in the prestigious Rutherford viticultural appellation, Winston Hill is located along the east side of the Napa Valley along the Vaca Mountain range. Winston Hill is located on owner Rich Frank’s personal estate.

The soil consists of well-drained, volcanic deposits and sandstone. Due to its southwest exposure, Winston Hill has a high radiant value. Typical warm summer days give way to cool nights with soft mountain breezes. The vineyard has an average rainfall of 24-36 inches per year.

Approximately 20 acres of vines were planted on Winston Hill starting in1991. Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary variety, along with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese. Through site specific vineyard management, several clonal selections are matched with the appropriate rootstocks. Extensive hand labor balances the vine canopy and maintains the yields to produce rich and concentrated wines. Winston Hill produces its namesake wine and the flagship for Frank Family Vineyards along with being the foundation for our Rutherford Reserve and Napa Valley Sangiovese.

 

Lewis Vineyard
Located in the heart of Napa, Carneros near the shores of San Pablo Bay, Lewis Vineyards is 138 acres of gently rolling hills. The vineyard is named after Rich’s oldest grandson, Lewis. The predominant maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates the cool temperature, fog and wind that make Carneros ideally suited for the growing of world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Lewis Vineyard consists primarily of shallow dense clay loam soils and receives only 20 inches of rainfall annually.

Overall the maritime influence and the restricting soils result in extremely low yields, producing grapes with strong character and balanced acidity. The practice of cool climate viticulture and the planting of small cluster Dijon clones contribute to an intensity that is unmatched in the Chardonnay and Reserve Pinot Noir of Lewis Vineyards.

 

S&J Vineyard
Adding to Frank Family’s vineyard diversity are 75 acres planted to the S&J Vineyard, located east of the Vaca Mountain range in Napa’s Capell Valley. The vineyard, purchased in 2000, is named for Darryl’s kids, Stella and Jeremy, and is planted to mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small quantities of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Meticulous soil and microclimate studies were executed before the development of this vineyard.

The soils are fertile, well-drained, clay loam-based, reminiscent of the Rutherford Bench. The cold nights balanced with warm days ensure the long, even ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

 

About Seabourn

The Seabourn Experience is the art of service perfected. Seabourn Odyssey offers 225 spacious, all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views — many with verandas. Eperience gourmet dining that rivals the finest restaurants anywhere and fine wines poured at lunch and dinner, with open bars throughout the ship.

 

Seabourn Odyssey is the first in a new-class of ships for Seabourn that accommodates just 450 guests in 225 luxury suites. Although, at 32,000 GRT, Seabourn Odyssey is more than triple the size of Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend, she was the smallest new ship being built by any major cruise line, and her guest capacity is just twice that of the smaller sisters, creating the highest space-per-guest ratio in the industry. Seabourn Odyssey was built by the Italian company T. Mariotti S.p.A., located in Genoa, Italy and named in Venice in June of 2009. On that occasion, the guests on board for the maiden voyage were all honored as the ship’s godparents, and a plaque with their names was permanently mounted on a wall inside the ship. Seabourn Odyssey was designed by the same architectural team, Petr Yran and Bjorn Storbraaten, who designed the original Seabourn ships. Seabourn Odyssey’s 229 ocean-view suites are divided into 13 categories, with interior measurements from 295 to over 1,200 square feet. Ninety percent have private verandas, which add from 65 to over 350 square feet of additional private living space. Highlights in accommodations are the exceptional Wintergarden Suites, which have a private glassed-in Solarium with a soaking tub and a lounging bed. This suite also features a veranda that is bowed out, giving wonderful views long the side of the ship. The Signature Suites, located all the way forward on Deck 7, have over 900 square feet of inside space and a spectacular wrap-around veranda of 353 square feet. In addition to more larger suites, Seabourn Odyssey’s additional size is utilized to create more open deck space, and a variety of public rooms and dining venues.

 
 

To make a reservation please contact us directly at (831) 659-0151. For additional information, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder.