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Shadowbox Cellars & Breathless Wines, July 2019

Walk in the footsteps of the Romanovs to discover imperial treasures and stunning architecture with an immersive three-day stay in St. Petersburg. As you journey through fairy-tale lands of Kings and Czars, castles and palaces, where fabled cities effortlessly blend a regal heritage with modern design you will be pampered aboard Crystals newly remodelled all-inclusive Crystal Serenity with large staterooms, multiple restaurants, Michelin inspired dining and more. Between daytime adventures & luxurious evenings relaxing aboard you will participate in private receptions, wine-paired dinners and events hosted by Monty & Sara Preiser of Shadowbox Cellars, and Sharon Cohn of Breathless Wines.  They are bringing some of their favorite wines aboard, to share exclusively with you, an MmMmTravel guest. Guests wishing to participate in all Shadowbox Cellars and Breathless Wines events must book through MmMmTravel, reservations elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included in all winery events.

Cruise Highlights

Why Crystal Cruises by MmMmTravel?

Exclusive events hosted onboard by Monty & Sara Preiser of Shadowbox Cellars, and Sharon Cohn of Breathless Wines include private receptions, food & wine pairings, dinners & more.

Crystal Cruises’ all-inclusive value provides:

  • Complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water,
    specialty coffees, soft drinks and fresh juices
  • Dining; including specialty venues Prego by Piero Selvaggio of Valentino’s, and Umi Uma & Sushi Bar inspired by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
  • Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar and dining staff
  • 24-hour room service
  • Award-winning Broadway-style entertainment, piano bars and dance clubs
  • Recent-release films in spacious surround-sound theatre
  • A wide range of enrichment classes such as art, music, computer/technology, dance, and foreign language
  • Comfortable shuttles to town in most ports and concierge services for personal arrangements ashore
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and classes including yoga, Pilates, cycling, Kinesis systems & Tai Chi

 

 

Itinerary

2019 DATE PORTS ARRIVAL DEPART
Jul 07, Su Copenhagen, Denmark Embark PM Overnight
Shadowbox Cellars & Breathless Wines Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner*
Jul 08, M Copenhagen, Denmark 6 PM
Jul 09, Tu Berlin/Warnemünde, Germany 7 AM 10 PM
Jul 10, W Cruising the Baltic Sea
Shadowbox Cellars & Breathless Wines Wine Tasting*
Jul 11, Th Helsinki, Finland 9 AM 6 PM
Shadowbox Cellars & Breathless Wines Gala Wine-Paired Dinner*
Jul 12, F St. Petersburg, Russia 7 AM Overnight
Jul 13, Sa St. Petersburg, Russia Overnight
Jul 14, Su St. Petersburg, Russia 6 PM
Jul 15, M Tallinn, Estonia 8 AM 6 PM
Jul 16, Tu Stockholm, Sweden 12 PM Overnight
Shadowbox Cellars & Breathless Wines Farewell Reception*
Jul 17, W Stockholm, Sweden Disembark am

 

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  Invitations will be delivered the evening prior to event to MmMmTravel guests and a Guest Itinerary will be mailed with guests Final Cruise Documents. Guests wishing to participate in all Shadowbox Cellars and Breathless Wines events onboard must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included in all Shadowbox Cellars and Breathless Wines events.

 

Pricing

Fares include: 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; complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Umi Uma & Sushi Bar (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee.); 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access; attentive Butler service in all Penthouse categories; enrichment workshop series featuring lectures; fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates; and much more.

 

Category MmMmTravel Fare* Past Guest Savings
C3-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window $4,290  $105
C2-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window Waitlist  tba
C1-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window $4,975  $125
B3-Deluxe  Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $5,950 $145
B2-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,095 $150
B1-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,215 $155
A2-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,305 $155
A1-Deluxe Stateroom  269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,395 $155
P2-Deluxe PURE Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,490 $160
P1-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah $6,585 $160
PH-Penthouse 403 sq. ft with Verandah $9,830 $245
PS-Penthouse Suite 538 sq. ft with Verandah $13,230 $330
CP-Crystal Penthouse Suite 1,345 sq. ft with Verandah $26,370 $655

Place a 4-day courtesy hold by calling (831) 659-0151 or emailing us at Cruises@MmMmTravel.com with passengers names and preferred room category. To receive additional information about this voyage, please fill out the form below. 

*Fares above include a $100 per person add-collect over Crystal Cruises 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.  Single and triple rates available upon request. Guests wishing to participate in all Shadowbox Cellars & Breathless Wines events aboard must book through MmMmTravel. Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal,  will not be included in all Shadowbox Cellars & Breathless Wines events.  Cruise-Only Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy and do not include cruise port, security and handling charges of $600 per person. Minimum number of guests required for Shadowbox Cellars & Breathless Wines to host. Optional air add-ons are available from Crystal Cruises’ designated gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada, and include all government fees and taxes. All offers may not be combined 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. Click here for complete terms & conditions. 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. Fares shown does not guarantee availability. CST# 1005871-40

 

Ports

Large Map ImageDenmark, the world’s oldest kingdom, awaits your discovery on this visit to its lively capital, Copenhagen. Immerse yourself in the vitality of this delightful city as you explore its expansive parks and plazas, as well as its treasure trove of historic galleries and buildings. Discover its exquisite combination of Scandinavian elegance and European joie de vivre. Visitors traveling outside the city enter an altogether different world; one where stately castles are found nestled in the gentle, emerald-green Danish countryside.

Warnemunde boasts one of the most charming ports on the Baltic coast, with her quaint harbor opening into a delightful beach resort area. The old town, within walking distance from the pier, warmly welcomes you to window-shop, stroll along the twisting streets or pause for a lingering cup of coffee in a local café. Warnemunde is also a gateway to the old Hanseatic town of Rostock, as well as one of Europe’s most historic and bustling cities, Berlin.

A heritage spanning over 450 years awaits you as you step ashore in Helsinki, “City of the Sea.” Spurred on by the inspiration of Carl Ludvig Engel, a native of Berlin who had worked earlier in Tallinn and St. Petersburg, Helsinki has produced some of the world’s finest architects. Today, the legacy of their splendid work is seen everywhere. Nonetheless, nature has not been subdued, as leafy parks and picturesque bays continue to exert their timeless influence. A political and economic hub, this city is also a cultural center boasting 20 theatres, the National Opera, numerous museums and art galleries.

Formerly known as Leningrad, St. Petersburg is Russia’s second-largest city. It lies on a series of islands on the broad reaches of the mighty Neva River. The network of decorated bridges arching above the numerous waterways and canals are a visual delight. Over 300 years ago, this area was merely marsh and forest land. Peter the Great’s vision was to build a window to the west, a city that would be a reflection of the great capitals of Europe. With the energy and drive so characteristic of this great man, he began the task. Magnificent Russian Versailles and Fontainbleau, with names like Pavlovsk and Peterhof, now encircle St. Petersburg; hence this comparatively young city has become ageless.

Tallinn, capital of the independent republic of Estonia, was a key trading city of the Hanseatic League and one of the largest cities in Europe in the Middle Ages. The exceptionally well-preserved Old Town has earned Tallinn a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Today, Tallinn is home to almost a third of Estonia’s population. Ancient town walls, old churches, graceful steeples, twisty cobblestone streets, red-tiled roofs and imposing towers reveal German, Swedish and Russian architectural influences. The fortress on Castle Hill and many ancient protective bastions stand as a historical tribute to a time, in the 15th century, when Tallinn was heavily fortified.

Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, which sprawls over 14 islands, is often called the “Beauty on Water.” Resting amid wooded hills, it is a city surrounded by water, firmly linked by over 50 bridges. Originally founded as a fortress in the 12th century, the earliest mention of Stockholm as a city was in the year 1252. By 1850, the city had less than 100,000 inhabitants. Today it is one of Europe’s most prosperous cities with a population of over a million.

 

 

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. 

 

 

Monty & Sara Presier

Monty and Sara PreiserMonty & Sara Presier, Proprietors of Shadowbox Cellars

Attorney Monty Preiser and his wife Sara Preiser reside full time in Palm Beach County, Florida, yet divide their time between Florida and Napa, where they have a second home and spend their time visiting wineries, studying wines, publishing a well-known guide, and owning a boutique winery.

Prior to wading full time into the wine industry, Monty was a trial lawyer who specialized in representing young children injured by vaccines and other medications. He also litigated cases for the injured workforce against the makers of defective machines, as well as medical negligence cases of note that helped improve hospital and doctor care.

Writing about wines for over 25 years, the Preisers publish the world’s most comprehensive guide to Napa and southeast Sonoma County wineries and restaurants titled, appropriately, The Preiser Key (circulation 300,000), in which they create and pen many informational and educational articles. The guides have received accolades as the best (or indispensable) from, among others, famed writer Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times, Dine Magazine, msnbc.com, cnn.com, Tom Simoneau of KSRO Radio, and Frommer’s Guide.

Over the years, Monty and Sara have served as wine columnists and wine editors for the Boca Raton News, the South Florida Business Journal, Venu Fine Living, Coastal Carolina Life, BOCA Magazine, North Bay Biz Journal, Suncoast Living, and numerous other trade publications. They were the principal wine writers for Sallys-Place.com, one of the Internet’s largest travel sites with over 3.5 million readers, and for many years were regularly published by Wine-On-Line-International.

Monty and Sara write a periodic international wine column that is taken by over 12,000 people on the Web, and reprinted by many blogs. They own Creative Professional Programs, a company devoted to continuing education for professionals in conjunction with fine wine & food instruction, and also co-own Shadowbox Cellars, which produces the premium Shadowbox Cabernet Sauvignon (2014 and 2016 Gold at American Fine Wine Competition and 93 points from Robert Parker), Syrah (2014 Silver at AFWC), Pinot Noir (2014 and 2016 Double Gold at AFWC), Rose (new), Red Blend (2016 Double Gold AFWC), and Chardonnay (2014 and 2015 Double Gold at AFWC). They have presented shipboard lectures about California wines to various cruise ship passengers, as well as taught at various Fortune 500 events.

Between the two of them, Monty and Sara have served as judges for the Hilton Head Island WineFest, the Mendocino Winegrowers Competition, The California Green and Biodynamic Competition, the Long Beach Grand Cru Competition, Amador County Four Fires, the Lake County People’s Choice Awards, The Sonoma Grand Harvest Awards, The Grand Rose Competition, and the American Fine Wine Competition and Invitational. For the latter, the Preisers are the co-founders, and Monty served as Chief Judge for the first 10 years of the Competition.

For many years, Monty was a voting member for the Winery Hall of Fame sponsored by the Culinary Institute of America.

 

Sharon Cohn

 

Sharon Cohn, Breathless Wines
The “glitz, glamour and panache” behind the bubbles of Breathless. Sharon is the “feet on the street” of Breathless, traveling with the bubbly far and wide to meet with restaurants and retailers to share the passion behind Breathless. Sharon’s love of travel grew after four years in the US Air Force and she has enjoyed traveling to places far and wide: Canadian Rockies, Greece, Italy, Calgary and places that take her wherever there are mountains—her favorite!

 

 

About Crystal

The Evolution of Crystal Luxury continues in November 2018 as the 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity undergoes her own multi-million-dollar transformation to welcome just 980 guests with more suites and penthouses, exciting new culinary options with open seating, and expanded technologies including free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Crystal Serenity shares the international spotlight with Crystal Symphony as the world’s two most awarded luxury ships. 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. In addition to our Taste of Life amenities, Crystal’s all-inclusive value provides:

Fine Dining

  • Up to eight evening dining venues
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagne and premium spirits as well as dining in all restaurants, including specialty venues Prego by Piero Selvaggio of Valentino’s, and Umi Uma & Sushi Bar inspired by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa
  • Open-bar service throughout the ship
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff throughout the ship
  • The Bistro, a European-style sidewalk café, now with extended hours into the late evening
  • All non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffee drinks, soft drinks, fresh juices and Afternoon Tea service
  • Early embarkation luncheon
  • Welcome champagne
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beginning November 10, 2018 aboard Crystal Serenity, the Lido Café will be transformed into two unique dining experiences for breakfast and lunch, and one for dinner, complemented with open seating; no reservations required!
    • Marketplace: A fresh and friendly venue for breakfast and lunch with an open-kitchen prepering made-to-order favorites including handmade pastas, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads and more.
    • Churrascaria: For dinner, we “travel” to South America with a feast of succulent cuts of meat and ceviches as Marketplace transforms into a Brazilian steakhouse each evening, with tapas and seafood too.

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 Filmmaking classes
  • Experiences of Discovery® theme cruises with focused programming on music, film & theatre, wellness, golf and more
  • Crystal Visions® lecture series featuring renowned speakers, authors, celebrities and destination experts
  • Interactive Ocean Views™ , and new Local Insights on select voyages where native experts come on board to share their unique, niche knowledge about the destination’s art, politics, archaeology or history
  • Award-winning Broadway-style entertainment including new productions Rocket Man!: a tribute to Elton John and Divas, plus piano bars and chic nightclubs
  • Magic Castle® at Sea offering intimate performances and educational classes
  • Recent-release films in spacious surround-sound Hollywood Theatre
  • Dance lessons
  • Art classes with Odyssey Art At Sea
  • Dedicated Junior Cruiser facilities and programs
  • Comfortable shuttles to town
  • Concierge services for personal arrangements ashore

 

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, Pilates, “Tour de Spin” cycling, cutting-edge Kinesis™ systems and Tai Chi courses
  • Golf lessons with PGA pros
  • Walk-on-Water® weighted vests and Nordic Pole walking equipment
  • Paddle tennis
  • Exclusive 360° (wraparound) teak Promenade Deck for uninterrupted walks, jogs and sweeping ocean views
  • Ambassador Hosts, cultured and well-traveled gentlemen, are available on every cruise to socialize and dance the night away

 

Ship Specifications

Crystal Serenity
Crew: 655
Guests: 980
Length: 820 ft
Width: 105.6 ft
Speed: 20 Knots
Tonnage: 68.870

 
 

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 the email response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder.