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Flora Springs Med and Adriatic September 2018


Join John & Carrie Komes in prolonging the summer by touring the sun-drenched Mediterranean and Adriatic for 10 days!  The charm and scent of sweet jasmine will enchant you in Sicily – where the cities (and wines) offer bright flavors and dark history. Cherish your time on the Amalfi Coast; lose yourself in the tangled knot of Old Town Dubrovnik…whatever your daytime choice, luxury is redefined on Silversea’s new 596 guest Silver Muse with multiple restaurants, large suites, delightful exclusive Flora Springs activities and more. 

Guests wishing to participate in all Flora Springs events must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Silversea) will not be included in all Flora Springs events.

Highlights

Cruise Highlights:

  • Enjoy receptions featuring Flora Springs wines hosted by John & Carrie Komes.
  • Participate in multiple Flora Springs wine dinners with John & Carrie Komes.
  • Savor a complimentary 6-course wine paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Châteaux, sponsored by MmMmTravel.
  • Added shipboard credit for guests paying with unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion cards


All-suite Cruise Includes:

  • Spacious suites – most with private verandas
  • Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers, acclaimed chefs and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard gratuities always included in your fare
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship (daily limit applies)

 

Itinerary

2018 DATE PORT ARRIVE / DEPART
W, Sep 12 CIVITAVECCHIA (ROME), ITALY Embark / 7PM

Flora Springs Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner*

Th, Sep 13 AJACCIO, CORSICA, FRANCE 9AM / 10PM
F, Sep 14 OLBIA, ITALY 8AM / 6PM
Sa, Sep 15 SORRENTO, ITALY 12N / Overnight
Su, Sep 16 SORRENTO, ITALY 6PM

Flora Springs Gala 6-course Wine Dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux*

M, Sep 17 PALERMO, SICILY, ITALY 8AM / 8PM
Tu, Sep 18 TAORMINA, SICILY, ITALY 8AM / 11:30PM
W, Sep 19 DAY AT SEA

Flora Springs Wine Tasting followed by casual private lunch*

Th, Sep 20 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA 8AM / 11:59PM
F, Sep 21 DAY AT SEA

Flora Springs Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner*  

Sa, Sep 22 VENICE, ITALY Disembark AM

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  All events are complimentary to you as a guest of  Flora Springs & MmMmTravel. Finalized Guest Itinerary will be mailed with cruise documents. Guests must book through MmMmTravel to participate in all Flora Springs events.

 

Pricing

Please note: This voyage is currently sold out and is accepting Waitlist reservations. Please contact our office for the most up to date availability.

Suite Category MmMmTravel Fares*
Owner’s Waitlist
Grand Waitlist
Royal Waitlist
Silver Waitlist
Deluxe Veranda Waitlist
Superior Veranda Waitlist
Classic Veranda Waitlist
Panorama Picture Window Suite Waitlist
Vista Picture Window Suite  Waitlist

*Fares above include a $100 per person add-collect over Silversea’s promotional cruise fares to help offset shipping and other expenses associated with getting the wines to the ship for our private events. MmMmTravel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars.  Solo traveler fares and triple rates available upon request. Fares will increase as ship fills.  A 25% deposit secures you the best available pricing and suite locations. To receive American Express Amenities, guests must use an unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion card for final payment. A reservation through MmMmTravel ensures invitations to private receptions and dinners, including 6-course wine-paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux. Additional restrictions may apply. Other restrictions may apply. Please call for more information.

 

Ports

Italy’s vibrant capital lives in the present, but no other city on earth evokes its past so powerfully. For over 2,500 years, emperors, popes, artists, and common citizens have left their mark on Rome. Archaeological remains, art-stuffed churches, and the treasures of  Vatican City will all vie for your attention, but it is also a wonderful place to practice the Italian-perfected il dolce far niente, the sweet art of idleness. Your most memorable experiences may include sitting at a caffè in the Campo de’ Fiori or strolling in a piazza.

Ajaccio, Corsica is situated on the west coast of the island, approximately 400 miles southeast of Marseille, France. Founded in 1492, vestiges of ancient Corsica in this ville impériale revolve around the city’s most famous son, Napoléon Bonaparte, whose family home—now the national museum Maison Bonaparte—pays tribute to the emperor’s historical influence. Remnants from what was originally a 12th-century Genoese colony are still visible around the Old Town near the imposing citadel.

Olbia, a town in Sardinia, is a lively little seaport and port of call for mainland ferries at the head of a long, wide bay. San Simplicio, Olbia’s little Catholic basilica, a short walk behind the main Corso Umberto and past the train station, is worth searching out, the structure dates from the 11th century, using pillars and columns recycled from Roman buildings.

Sorrento may have become a jumping-off point for visitors to Pompeii, Capri, and Amalfi, but you can find countless reasons to love it for itself. The Sorrentine people are fair-minded and hardworking, bubbling with life and warmth. The tuff cliff on which the town rests is spread over the bay, absorbing sunlight, while orange and lemon trees waft their perfume. Winding along a cliff above a small beach and two harbors, the town is split in two by a narrow ravine formed by a prior mountain stream.

Once the intellectual capital of southern Europe, Palermo has always been at the crossroads of civilization. Favorably situated on a crescent-shaped bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, it has attracted almost every culture touching the Mediterranean world. To Palermo’s credit, it has absorbed these diverse cultures into a unique personality that is at once Arab and Christian, Byzantine and Roman, Norman and Italian.

The medieval cliff-hanging town of Taormina’s natural beauty is hard to compare. The view of the sea and Mt. Etna from its jagged cactus-covered cliffs is as close to perfection as a panorama can get—especially on clear days, when the snowcapped volcano’s white puffs of smoke rise against the blue sky. Writers have extolled Taormina’s beauty almost since it was founded in the 6th century BC by Greeks.

Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and splendid fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes, and elegant bell towers.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also famous as the setting of King’s Landing on the series “Game of Thrones”.

Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you’ve seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of  exploring Venice, but at some point you’ll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

 

Pre & Post Cruise

MmMmTravel can help you with more than just your cruise. We are here to assist you with all of your vacation plans including pre & post cruise hotels, transfers, tours and more to ensure you truly experience a “Taste of Life”.  You can search through our luxury partnered hotels, transfer and touring options using the tool below, and by visiting our Pre & Post Cruise Planning Tool. If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding your pre and post cruise travel plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (831) 659-0151 or Cruises@MmMmTravel.com. 

Silversea Pre & Post Cruise Hotels

Silversea is offering the below hotel options for guests that wish to extend their time in Rome & Venice. If you wish to add one of the below hotels to your booking please call 831.659.0151 or email Cruises@MmMmTravel.com. Pricing below is based on double occupancy, in USD. Please note that pricing is subject to change and rooms are subject to availability. Single supplement pricing available upon request. For guests that have purchased Silversea’s airfare, Silversea will waive the $150 pp air deviation fee for you to extend your time if you book a Silversea pre or post hotel. Please call for more information. 

Silversea Pre-Cruise Hotels in Rome
Hotel Majestic Roma 03.jpgGrande Hotel: Hotel Majestic Roma 5-star
  • 1 night: $479 per person
  • 2 nights: $739 per person
  • 3 nights: $999 per person
  • As part of the Grande Hotel collection, the Silversea program includes:  Accommodation in a Standard room, Breakfast daily, Private transfer between airport and hotel, a small group transfer between hotel and pier, and all taxes.

Original, surprising and whimsical: Majestic Roma Hotel embraces its neoclassical heritage by reinventing it for the 21st century and offering guests the chance to step into a one of the city’s most glamorous residences. The hotel is an original combination of styles, a study in careful contradictions that juxtaposes white lacquered pieces of furniture, rich textures and the extraordinary use of color to evoke an emotional response from all who visit. Each of its guest rooms and suites are uniquely designed in this fashion. The Majestic Bar offers classic aperitifs, fanciful drinks and modern classics that hearken back to the golden age of the cocktail hour and is complemented by the gourmet restaurant featuring a charming terrace overlooking Via Veneto street. The hotel Majestic Roma is located directly on Via Veneto, a few steps from Villa Borghese. It is within walking distance to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and city’s finest boutiques.

Image result for Bernini Bristol romeSimply Hotel: Sina Bernini Bristol 5-star
  • 1 night: $339 per person
  • 2 nights: $659 per person
  • 3 nights: $979 per person
  • As part of the Simply Hotel collection, the Silversea program includes:  Accommodation in a Standard room, Breakfast daily, and all taxes (transfers not included).
  • Airport to Hotel Transfer: $139 per person
  • Hotel to Pier Transfer: $59 per person

The Hotel Bernini Bristol is right in the heart of Rome at the beginning of Via Veneto near Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain and the most elegant shopping streets, in front of the fountain by Gianlorenzo Bernini. With 112 rooms and 15 suites: each accommodation offers a different décor and it is completely soundproofed, a setting for a pleasant repose while in Rome. Some especially refined apartments open onto a unique panorama of the monuments and domes of the Eternal City: above all, the brand new Presidential Suite, with a spectacular terrace, swimming pool on it, gym and Turkish bath.

 

Silversea Post-Cruise Hotels in Venice
Grande Hotel: Bauer Palazzo 5-star
    • 1 night: $829 per person
    • 2 nights: $1049 per person
    • 3 nights: $1899 per person
    • As part of the Grande Hotel collection, the Silversea program includes:  Accommodation in a Standard room, Breakfast daily, small group transfer between pier and hotel, private transfer between hotel and airport, and all taxes.

The substance of the Venetian lifestyle, with exclusivity and luxury. Renowned diamond of the hôtellerie in Venice, BAUER is nowadays a crossroads of artistic, cultural and fashionable experiences, hosted in a entity made of excellence. History, elegance and contemporaneity create unique and exclusive environments, where BAUER’s unique excellence can be found. A privileged access and an exclusive sight, in the heart of Venice.Bauer Palazzo is located in the heart of Venice, just a few minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square, easily accessible by public and private transportation in the city. The hotel’s spa is an oasis dedicated to the modern culture of physical and mental wellness. The biggest Spa in Venice, located into Palladio Hotel on the wonderful Giudecca Island, surrounded with luxury gardens.

posizione_03Simply Hotel: Monaco Grand 4-star
      • 1 night: $319 per person
      • 2 nights: $619 per person
      • 3 nights: $889 per person
      • As part of the Simply Hotel collection, the Silversea program includes:  Accommodation in a Standard room, Breakfast daily, and all taxes (transfers not included).
      • Pier to Hotel Transfer: $159 per person
      • Hotel to Airport: On Request
From 1638 the building, originally belonging to the Dandolo family, hosted the first “Ridotto Pubblico”, a place to which nobility and people from all walks of life, (adventurers, courtesans, swindlers, and travellers) would retire for pleasure and intrigue. The recent restoration has managed to revive, with a contemporary feel, the atmosphere of this historic building.  The Grand Canal Restaurant is frequented by an international clientele, but also by Venetians who choose this elegant restaurant because of its excellent food. A particular emphasis is placed on the seafood and fresh vegetables that are so essential to local specialities. The Hotel, which overlooks the Grand Canal, is in one of Venice’s most charming and atmospheric areas. The Hotel Monaco has majestic views of the Church of Santa Maria della Salute and the island of San Giorgio and it is just next to Cà Giustinian the historical site of the Biennale. Hotel Monaco is fast to get to from both the airport and the train station 45 minutes by water taxi from Marco Polo airport; 20 minutes from Venice train station; 15 minutes from the parking area.

 

About Silversea

About Silversea Cruises

Presenting Silver Muse
Silversea Cruises is happy to present our new flagship, Silver Muse, delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship is being built by Fincantieri and at 40,700 grt accommodates 596 guests, representing an exciting evolution of Silver Spirit that will redefine ultra-luxury ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience.The addition of Silver Muse expands Silversea’s fleet to nine ships, and will once again significantly raise the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market with a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience, while satisfying the uncompromising requirements for comfort, service, and quality of the world’s most discerning travellers.
 EXPLORE SILVER MUSE ON SILVERSEA’S GROUND-BREAKING DEDICATED WEBSITE: Luxury cruise guests can now explore Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises’ newest ship, which proudly embodies the tagline “Simply Divine.,” by visiting www.silvermuse.info. The new dedicated website currently provides access to detailed suite renderings and the latest information on the ship destined to be the highest expression of Silversea excellence. Visitors to the site are greeted by an interactive discovery of Silver Muse with a ground-breaking 360-degree virtual tour, which provides a variety of viewing options, including day and night renderings of the ship at sea. The site showcases Silver Muse’selegant, all-veranda suite accommodations with artist’s renderings of contemporary interior furnishings dressed in warm earth tones of cream, saffron, green, and sienna. By simply clicking on the interactive ship diagram, a range of gracefully appointed suites, all featuring a furnished private veranda, is available to explore.
KEY FACTS
  • Crew: 411
  • Officers: European
  • Guests: 596
  • Tonnage: 40,700
  • Length: 698 Feet/212.8 Meters
  • Width: 86 Feet/27 Metres
  • Speed: 19.8 Knots
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • Built: 2017
  • Registry: Bahamas

 

 

John Komes

John Komes, Flora Springs President & Proprietor

While John Komes will say that hard work and a stellar team are the keys to the longtime success of Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, first-hand interaction with John hints that the secret ingredient to Flora Springs’ success is John’s charisma. He’s a laugh-out-loud kind of guy, who when he smiles, his eyes dance. He teases, he jokes, he holds court in any group situation, and makes everyone in his midst feel like a member of the Flora Springs family. Underneath his convivial exterior lives a hardworking tenacity and an enduring passion for wine.

Growing up in San Francisco in the mid 1950s, John was the son of the President of construction giant Bechtel Corporation. John graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Business Administration and followed in his father’s footsteps as a businessman, building a thriving construction business of his own based in the East Bay of San Francisco. John’s entrepreneurial drive can be traced to his father Jerry Komes, legendary for being self-taught in everything from swimming to engineering by reading.

John’s interest in wine began as a hobby in the early 70’s when his wife Carrie sent him to a wine appreciation class near their home in Pleasant Hill, CA as a gift. From there it became an obsession, and he attended more and more classes. It wasn’t long before he was making his own wine at home as a hobby.

In 1977, his father Jerry Komes retired to the Napa Valley, purchasing a home that included an abandoned winery and vineyards. With his growing interest in wine, the potential of the property piqued John’s interest and the thought of making premium wine in the beautiful Napa Valley led him to found Flora Springs in 1978 with his parents, his sister Julie Garvey and his brother-in-law Pat Garvey.

John eventually moved his construction business to the Napa Valley, using his enterprising ingenuity to specialize in building and renovating wineries. When the demands of Flora Springs grew to be too much, John gave up doing any construction that didn’t involve the winery. Instead, he painstakingly renovated each winery building on the property, eventually turning the two abandoned cellars into separate winery facilities and supervising the construction of 1,000 linear feet of wine caves.

As President, John oversees all aspects of the winery’s production, sales and marketing. John credits his family’s drive, determination and unquenchable thirst for knowledge as one of the main contributors to the success of the winery for the last 30 years.

John sees a bright future for Flora Springs as he gears up to let his son Nat Komes, Flora Springs’ General Manager, and nephew Sean Garvey, Flora Springs’ Communications and Production Director, take the lead. “This is more than a business, it’s an art. Both Nat and Sean are the type of creative thinkers we need for the future of Flora Springs as one of the premier family-owned wineries of Napa Valley,” he smiles.

 

Flora Springs

It’s hard to imagine now, but the majestic stone cellar of Flora Springs was once an abandoned “ghost” winery. It was Flora who saw the magic hidden behind decades of neglect, over-grown ivy, and shifting rock walls. The property’s winemaking roots date back to the 19th century, but it’s been the work of Jerry and Flora’s children, John Komes and his wife Carrie, and Julie Garvey and her husband Pat Garvey, that has written the history.

Located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the far Northwest corner of the Rutherford appellation, the Flora Springs estate is in the heart of the Napa Valley. Founded in 1978, Flora Springs has been a family affair for over three decades. As both artisan winemakers and growers, the family is committed to the traditions of fine winemaking and responsible stewardship of its 650 acres of vineyard land for future generations to savor and uphold. Today, ninety percent of Flora Springs’ red wines are sourced from its organically-farmed estate vineyards, and all of these wines are crafted in our solar-powered 19th-century stone winery and caves.

 Logo, Flora SpringsNamed after our mother and grandmother, Flora, and for the natural springs on the winery property that have flowed uninterrupted even through periods of drought, Flora Springs is both our life’s work and our home. Third-generation vintners Nat Komes and Sean Garvey, both of whom grew up at the winery, are now poised to take the helm guiding the winery into a new era of artisanal winemaking in the spirit of tradition, innovation, and community values epitomized by their grandparents, Flora and Jerry.

 
 

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Cruises@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.