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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Danube River, August 2018


You are invited to join Al Portney, Vice President of International Sales of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as he sails the Danube River on the luxurious 160 guest Crystal Mozart in 2018. With a mesmerizing beauty dotted with terraced vineyards, lush forests, quaint cities and stunning capitals, Napoleon declared it “Queen of Europe’s Rivers”. This cruise begins and ends in Vienna, Austria and visits Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. Daytime adventures and evening diversions are all part of the experience, along with private receptions, wine-paired dinners and events hosted Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and the “String of Pearls” including Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Chateaux Ste Michelle, Col Solare, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands Winery, Northstar, Spring Valley Vineyards, Erath Winery, Eroica, Tenet, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Patz & Hall and Conn Creek. Guests wishing to participate in all Ste. Michelle Wine Estates 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 Al Portney 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
Aug 10, F Vienna, Austria  Embark pm Overnight
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner*
Aug 11, Sa Vienna, Austria 12 m
Aug 12, Su Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Tasting while crossing the scenic Wachau Valley*
Dürnstein, Austria 9 am 12 n
Melk, Austria 4:30 pm 7 pm
Aug 13, M Linz, Austria 8 am 9 pm
Aug 14, Tu Passau, Germany  8 am Overnight
Aug 15, W Passau, Germany  1 pm
Danube Scenic Cruising 
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Dinner*
Aug 16, Th Bratislava, Slovakia 3 pm 8 pm
Aug 17, F Scenic cruising into Budapest
Budapest, Hungary  9 am Overnight
Aug 18, Sa  Budapest, Hungary  1 pm
Scenic cruising from Budapest
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner*
Aug 19, Su Vienna, Austria  6 pm Overnight
Aug 20, M Vienna, Austria Disembark am

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  Invitations will be delivered evening prior to event. All onboard events with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates are complimentary to you as a guest of MmMmTravel.  Only guests booked through MmMmTravel will have access to all Ste. Michelle Wine Estates 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 and much more.

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

Suite MmMmTravel
Group Fares*
Crystal Society Saves
W2: Deck 1
Fixed Window, 219 sq. ft
$4,885 $135
W1: Deck 1
Fixed Window, 219 sq. ft
$5,125 $140
S2: Deck 2
French Balcony, 204 sq. ft
$5,850 $160
S1: Deck 2
French Balcony, 219 sq. ft
$6,200 $165
Penthouse: Deck 2
French Balcony, 330 sq. ft
$10,820 $285
2 Bedroom Crystal Suite
French Balcony, 883 sq. ft
$24,800 $635

*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. Minimum number of guests for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Participation. 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

 mapVienna was once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms. Vienna is at the very center of European culture, even as it sits to the east, bordered by the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. A veritable waltz of cultural impressions await you in this remarkable city.

Considered as one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Durnstein is a robust wine-growing region perfectly seated alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region’s famous architectural highlight, derives its name from duerr meaning “dry” and stein meaning “stone”. The castle sits atop a rocky mountain overlooking the town. With its picture-perfect scenery, Durnstein’s beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards. Take in the sights, sip some of the region’s local wines and simply enjoy a leisurely morning in this postcard-worthy European town.

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Named the 2009 European Capital of Culture and added to the UNESCO Creative Cities roster in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, even as it remains reverential to its past. There is much to be proud of: Here on the gentle curve of the Danube, Linz rose to power as a political and economic hub for the Holy Roman Empire. Today, it is also our access point to glorious Salzburg, setting of “The Sound of Music” and a UNESCO world heritage site for its preserved Baroque architecture. 

At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. Initially a Roman settlement, it enjoyed the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and as a hub for various trade and manufacturing pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Passau is simply charming As you wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and encounter magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the New Bishop’s Residence, you’ll find that Passau is simply charming.  This is also our opportunity to experience Bavaria and those who don’t mind the long drive will be able to visit Munich today.

Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city may be the country’s buzzing political and economic center, but it is also a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of narrow, cobblestone streets wind around colorful 18th-century buildings, and shade-covered sidewalk cafes beckon weary—or simply hungry—travelers to linger over a meal and enjoy people watching. Museums, cathedrals and palaces are edifying locales to spend some time, while photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle that looms over the city with a majestic grace. For those looking for more contemporary sights, Bratislava boasts a pulsating modern art scene, as well as some outstanding examples of Communist-era architecture.

Cast your eye over the Budapest skyline, and you’ll see all the makings of a world-class city and striking photograph: domes and spires, bridges and lampposts, splendid architecture in the foreground, rolling hills in the back, and the Danube River placidly curving through it, providing a reflective surface for sunsets and city lights. Look closer, and the treasures of Budapest—Hungary’s capital and largest metropolis—really come to light. Castle Hill is at the top of most visitors’ lists, a UNESCO-listed district hosting Buda Castle, Trinity Square,  Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. The area is also residential, with 18th-century houses, cobblestone streets and few cars, thanks to a strict vehicular ordinance, giving you a real sense of what the city must have been like ages ago. Budapest is full of history, originally a Roman settlement, it became a unified city when Buda and Pest joined in 1873, overtaken by various invading forces over the centuries, and today an interesting goulash of local culture and foreign influences. Take a seat in a Turkish-era bath or savor rich Esterházy torte in a genteel coffee house to experience the many sides of a city that charms from both sides of the Danube.  

 

 

Crystal Mozart

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 Mozart, River Yacht Specifications

  • Total berths: 160 (Note: Third berths available on request.)
  • Total guest suites: 80
    • CS (2)
    • PH (12)
    • S1 (20)
    • S2 (4)
    • S3 (36)
    • S4 (4)
  • Length: 120.44 meter/395 feet
  • Width: 22.85 meter/75 feet
  • Crew:  90

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 debark days only.
    • Airport/River Yacht – Motor coaches will leave the main international arrival airport every hour between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. (Times will be dependent on local traffic conditions.)
    • River Yacht /Airport – Transfers will run until 10:00 am on the day of debarkation

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
  • Regional affairs experts on many voyages

 

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

 

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

smweSte. Michelle Wine Estates is the ‘String’. Our collection of estate wineries are the ‘Pearls.’ We call this our ‘String of Pearls,’ describing a collection of estate wineries whose vineyards produce some of the best wines in the world.

Significantly, it also highlights our company philosophy: We believe that each “pearl’s” luster is best revealed when the vineyard and wine-making decisions are made on site by the people who grow the grapes and make the wine. The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates company is simply the “string,” providing administrative and financial support for these extraordinary wine properties.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates President and CEO Ted Baseler notes, “With Chateau Ste. Michelle as our first pearl, over the years we have developed or acquired other wineries that meet our high standards of quality and whose wines are distinctive. These wines reflect the place where they are grown.”

From Washington State’s short, warm summers and sparse soil, to the cooler climate and mineral-rich soil of the Willamette Valley to the complex soil and longer, hot summers of the Napa Valley, the terroir of the pearl on our string is as unique as each wine in our portfolio.

 

About Al Portney

Picture2Ste. Michelle Wine Estates host Alan K. Portney, became Vice President International Sales for Ste.Michelle Wine Estates in June 2006 after running his own company, Worldwide Wine Services from 1995. Al began his company representing the international sales for Ste.Michelle Wine Estates along with a portfolio of Premium Estate wineries in Washington, Oregon and California. Due to the efforts of Al Portney and his colleagues, Washington, Oregon and California wines are now represented in more than 120 countries. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars from Napa Valley, Erath Cellars from Oregon and the 2 leading brands from Washington State, Ch.Ste.Michelle and Columbia Crest are some of America’s best distributed premium wine brands around the world.

Al Portney is a veteran of the wine industry, going into his 40 year in the industry. Al started in the wine business in 1976 as an importer then turned his focus into exporting in 1983 with the Fetzer Vineyards winery. The twelve years from 1983 to 1995, Fetzer became one the leading exported California wine company’s. In 1992, Brown Forman purchased Fetzer Vineyards. Al stayed on with the new company for two years when the opportunity to represent internationally one of the premier fine wine company’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates was offered. With his experience exporting California wines, Al was convinced that the Pacific Northwest was under developed which gave him the confidence to establish his own company specializing in this region of the United Sates.

Al is on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Wine Coalition, the generic marketing entity for the Washington Wine Commission, the Oregon Advisory Board. He is a leading member of the export committee for the Washington Wine Commission and California Wine Institute, responsible for organizing and managing the generic marketing activities worldwide. Al travels more than 200 days a year assisting the many people engaged in representing the wines of Ste.Michelle Wine Estates and their associated wineries. When Al is not traveling, he resides in the States of New Jersey and Florida USA with his wife Amy of 35 years enjoying their 3 adult children living in other states.

 
 

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