Swanson Vineyard Fares the lowest allowed by Silversea. Guests wishing to participate in all winery events aboard must book with Michael Mastrocola’s MillenniuM (MmmmTravel). Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Silversea) will be invited to participate in only the wine pairing to Silversea’s chef’s cooking demonstration; they will be excluded from all other Swanson Vineyard onboard events.
- All-suite, all-inclusive 7 night cruise features prepaid gratuities, open bar, educational wine tastings, meals and nightly entertainment
- Savor a selection of Swanson Winery & Vineyard wines
- Visit stunning and exotic Caribbean ports of call including St. Barts, Dominican Republic, Grand Turk and St. Maarten
- Savor a 6-course wine dinner with Chris Phelps, featuring limited-availability wines from Swanson at Le Champagne — the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea
- Enjoy private receptions hosted by Chris Phelps, Winemaker at Swanson Vineyards
- Expand your horizons at the Chef cooking demonstration, paired with Swanson wines
- Participate in multiple dinners with Swanson wines.
|Mar 20 2013||Thu||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA||6:00 PM|
|Mar 21 2013||Fri||Day at Sea|
|Mar 22 2013||Sat||Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands||8:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|Mar 23 2013||Sun||Samana, Dominican Republic||8:00 AM||3:00 PM|
|Mar 24 2013||Mon||Road Town, Tortola, BVI||9:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|Mar 25 2013||Tue||Gustavia, St. Barts||8:00 AM||overnight|
|Mar 25 2013||Wed||Gustavia, St. Barts||6:30 AM|
|Mar 26 2013||Wed||Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antillies||9:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|Mar 27 2013||Thu||San Juan, Puerto Rico||7:00 AM|
Swanson Vineyard Fares are per person based on double occupancy. Single and triple rates available upon request.
Silver Privilege Fare
|Owner’s 2 Suite||Waitlist|
|Grand 2 Suite||$7,950|
|Royal 2 Suite||Waitlist|
|Owner’s 1 Suite||Waitlist|
|Grand 1 Suite||$6,450|
|Royal 1 Suite||Waitlist|
Silver Sky ® Air Program Package :
Flights are booked to coincide with cruise dates, and may be changed for a minimal fee. Transfers between the airport/pier are included if flights arrive and depart on days of embarkation and disembarkation.
Swanson Vineyards owns 100 acres along the Oakville Cross Road in Oakville, located next to Opus One and Silver Oak Cellars. Swanson soils are part of geological history dating back to the formation of Napa Valley. Tectonic-plate movements and volcanic activity pushed up mountains to the east and west of the Napa River, while simultaneously displacing the ocean bottom downward in the southern part of the valley.
The soils on the valley floor are clay loam, alluvial in nature, laid down as sediment from the frequent flooding over the millenia. It is here that our 100 acres produce wines of great elegance and finesse.
It is to these soils that Swanson Vineyards’ wines owe their wonderful aromas, flavors and complexities. The vines are further nurtured by the use of a variety of rootstock, clones, spacing and trellis systems, all selected to enhance the capabilities of the soil. The winemaker’s challenge is to ensure that all the potential of our vineyards is captured and reflected in our wines.
Born in the vineyard-rich region of Livermore, California, Chris Phelps fell in love with two things early on in life: wine, and the French language.
So it was natural that he studied enology and French at UC Davis, and after graduation in 1981, entered the Institute of Enology at the University of Bordeaux. In addition to participating in an intensive wine program, his requirements demanded practical experience, and he was fortunate enough to discover a landmark immersion opportunity, serving as winemaker at Château des Laurets in Puisseguin-St. Emilion during the blockbuster 1982? harvest.
During Chris’s Bordeaux experience, Christian Moueix (often referred to as “Mr. Merlot”) and winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet became his mentors, an association which allowed Chris to work and live at Chateau Pétrus for a winter. “Many luminaries in Bordeaux are very in touch with the cycles of nature, how they ‘feel’ about a vineyard or a wine,” says Chris of what he learned while in France. “Berrouet taught me about the passion of wine, and why he was inspired to write a book of poetry about terroir.”
Chris was then invited by Moueix to join a new Napa Valley winery, Dominus Estate. Following six months of intensive training at Pétrus, Chris was named winemaker at Dominus, where he worked from 1984 through 1995, honing his skills with iconic Bordeaux styled, or ‘Meritage’ wines.
In 1996, Chuck Wagner of Napa Valley’s Caymus Vineyards recruited Chris for several winemaking projects, hiring him as full time red specialist winemaker in 1999. While there, he led the production of both the prestigious Caymus Napa Valley and Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings.
When Chris joined the Swanson Vineyards team in April 2003, it was an ideal partnership for both winery and winemaker. The Swanson family’s passion for innovation and history of consistently producing French-style wine from its Oakville vineyards posed an irresistible draw.
“Merlot was a big reason to move to Swanson, bringing me back to my Bordeaux roots,” Chris explains. “Merlot is the biggest red variety in Bordeaux, and in all of France. It is a winemaker’s grape, with natural acidity, lots of tannin, but the gentle kind that makes drinking red wines pleasurable.”
Since then, Chris has contributed a fresh, cutting-edge perspective to all phases of winemaking, from pre-harvest through blending and bottling. His style can be summarized as minimalist, in respect of excellent grapes. “If the fruit is picked when it is physiologically ripe and balanced, intervention through winemaking techniques is minimized,” Chris says. “My job as a winemaker is to form an honest interpretation of what a specific vineyard site in a specific vineyard is trying to tell me.”
Chris is a member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group. He lives in St. Helena with his wife, Maria, and their four children, with whom he shares a love of swimming and backpacking. An assistant scoutmaster, he also leads his local Boy Scout troop on expeditions.
Fort Lauderdale began as a trading post along the banks of the New River at the turn of the last century has turned into a popular resort, an affluent yachting capital and an enterprising city. Crisscrossed by 300 miles (483 km) of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale is popularly known as the Venice of America. Water plays such an integral part that the area is home to 100 marinas and boatyards and more than 42,000 yachts. In addition, there are miles of palm-shaded sand beaches that run parallel to the coastal highway A1A.
Just 7 mi (11 km) long and a little over 1 mi (2½ km) wide, Grand Turk, the capital and seat of the Turks and Caicos government, has been a longtime favorite destination for divers eager to explore the 7,000-foot-deep pristine coral walls that drop down only 300 yards out to sea. On shore, the tiny, quiet island is home to white-sand beaches, the National Museum, and a small population of wild horses and donkeys, which leisurely meander past the white-walled courtyards, pretty churches, and bougainvillea-covered colonial inns on their daily commute into town. The main settlement on the island is tranquil Cockburn Town, and that’s where most of the small hotels, not to mention Pillory Beach, can be found.
The verdant peninsula of Samana is paradise found for nature enthusiasts. Somewhat remote and removed from the tourist trail, this patch of paradise is home to one of the most important rain forests and mangrove reserves in the Caribbean. And its crystal-clear coast features some of the best diving on the northern side of the Dominican Republic. So pop on your flippers. In some spots you can see up to 150 feet!
The archipelago of the British Virgin Islands, commonly known as B.V.I., numbers more than 60 islands, of which only about 16 are inhabited. Discovered by Columbus in 1493, the first settlers were Spanish and Dutch planters, followed by the British in the 17th century. Tortola became notorious as the haunt of buccaneers; nearby Norman Island is said to have provided the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Approximately 80 percent of the population lives on Tortola, the largest island in the archipelago. The capital, Road Town, is the administrative and business centre of the B.V.I. Its Main Street features typical island-style buildings. Banks, government offices and a small craft village are built on filled land, named Wickhams Cay.
Hilly St. Barthélemy, popularly known as St. Barth (or St. Barts) is just 8 square miles (21 square km), but the island has at least 20 good beaches. What draws visitors is its sophisticated but unstudied approach to relaxation: the finest food, excellent wine, high-end shopping, and lack of large-scale commercial development. A favorite among upscale cruise-ship passengers, who also appreciate the shopping opportunities and fine dining, St. Barth isn’t really equipped for mega-ship visits, which is why most ships calling here are from smaller premium lines. This is one place where you don’t need to take the ship’s shore excursions to have a good time. Just hail a cab or rent a car and go to one of the many wonderful beaches, where you will find some of the best lunchtime restaurants, or wander around Gustavia, shopping and eating. It’s the best way to relax on this most relaxing of islands.
St. Martin/St. Maarten: one tiny island, just 37 square miles (96 square km), with two different accents and ruled by two sovereign nations. Here French and Dutch have lived side by side for hundreds of years, and when you cross from one country to the next there are no border patrols, no customs agents. In fact, the only indication that you have crossed a border at all is a small sign and a change in road surface. St. Martin/St. Maarten epitomizes tourist islands in the sun, where services are well developed but there’s still some Caribbean flavor. The Dutch side is ideal for people who like plenty to do. The French side has a more genteel ambience, more fashionable shopping, and a Continental flair. The combination makes an almost ideal port. On the negative side, the island has been completely developed. It can be fun to shop, and you’ll find an occasional bargain, but many goods are cheaper in the United States.
Although Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, few cities in the Caribbean are as steeped in Spanish tradition as San Juan. Within a seven-square-block area in Old San Juan are restored 16th-century buildings, museums, art galleries, bookstores, and 200-year-old houses with balustraded balconies overlooking narrow, cobblestone streets. In contrast, San Juan’s sophisticated Condado and Isla Verde areas have glittering hotels, fancy boutiques, casinos, and discos. Out in the countryside is 28,000-acre El Yunque National Forest, a rain forest with more than 240 species of trees growing at least 100 feet high. You can stretch your sea legs on dramatic mountain ranges, numerous trails, in vast caves, at coffee plantations, old sugar mills, and hundreds of beaches.
The newest classic vessel in the Silversea family, Silver Spirit offers the distinctive luxuries and celebrated lifestyle Silversea guests adore, plus enticing enhancements including Stars Supper Club, an Asian-themed restaurant, an expansive 8,300-square-foot spa, a resort-style pool, four whirlpools, and the largest suites in the Silversea fleet — 95% with private verandas.
|Length:||198.5 m / 642 ft|
|Width:||26.2 m / 86 ft|
If you are ready to make a tentative reservation please contact MmmmTravel at 831.659.0151. We will respond to all inquires within one business day.