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Talley Vineyards Med June 22 July 4, 2014

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Fares are the lowest allowed by Crystal Cruises. Guests wishing to participate in all Talley Vineyards events aboard must book through MmmmTravel (Michael Mastrocola’s MillenniuM).  Anyone making their reservation elsewhere will not be included in onboard events.

Cruise Highlights

  • All-suite, all-inclusive 12-day cruise features prepaid gratuities, open bar, educational wine tastings, meals and nightly entertainment
  • Savor a selection of  Talley Vineyards wines with Owners, Brian and Johnine Talley
  • Visit stunning and exotic ports of call in Turkey, Greece, Malta and Italy
  • Savor private winemaker dinners with  Talley Vineyards Owners, Brian and Johnine Talley
  • Enjoy private receptions hosted by Talley Vineyards Owners, Brian and Johnine Talley
  • Expand your horizons at the Chef cooking demonstration, paired with Talley Vineyards  wines

 

Itinerary

Date Port Arrival Departure
Jun 22, Sunday Istanbul, Turkey» Embark pm overnight
Jun 23, Monday Istanbul, Turkey » 11:00 PM
Jun 24, Tuesday Cruising the Dardanelles  »
Jun 25, Wednesday Ku?adasi, Turkey » 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
Jun 26, Thursday Mykonos, Greece » 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
Jun 27, Friday Santorini/Thíra, Greece » 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Jun 28, Saturday Monemvasia, Greece » 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Jun 29, Sunday Cruising the Ionian Sea  »
Jun 30, Monday Valletta, Malta » 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
Jul 1, Tuesday Sicily/Taormina, Italy » 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Jul 2, Wednesday Sorrento, Italy » 8:00 AM overnight
Jul 3, Thursday Sorrento, Italy » 5:00 PM
Jul 4, Friday Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy » 8:00 AM Disembark

 

Pricing

Category and Deck Brochure Fare Millennium 2-for-1 Fare with
$1,000 book now savings
Crystal Society
Savings
Deluxe Staterooms: Category C3, Deck 7 $11,360 $4,680 $120
Deluxe Staterooms: Category C2, Deck 7 $11,840 $4,920 $120
Deluxe Staterooms: Category C1 Deck 7 $12,820 $5,410 $120
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category B3, Deck 8 $14,600 $6,300 $160
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category B2, Deck 8 $14,980 $6,490 $160
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category B1, Deck 8 $15,490 $6,745 $170
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category A2, Deck 9 $15,780 $6,890 $170
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category A1, Deck 9 $15,970 $6,985 $170
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category P2, Deck 10 $16,160 $7,080 $180
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category P1, Deck 10 $16,380 $7,190 $180
Penthouse with Verandah: Category PH, Decks 10 & 11 $22,830 $10,415 $260
Penthouse Suite with Verandah: Category PS, Deck 11 $29,940 $13,970 $350
Crystal Penthouse with Verandah: Category CP, Deck 11 $57,850 $27,925 $700

Per person savings of $1,000 apply to new bookings and must be booked by 1/3/2014 to receive savings. Cruise-Only Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy and do not include cruise port, security and handling charges of $450. 2-for-1 Fares are per person based on 50% of brochure fares. 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. Solo Traveler Fares are available upon request. Crystal Society savings are per person based on double occupancy. 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. 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.

Talley Vineyards fares are per person based on double occupancy. Rates are the lowest allowed by Crystal Cruises. Guests wishing to participate in all winery events aboard must book through MmmmTravel.

 

About Brian Talley

Brian Talley is a third generation farmer born and raised in Arroyo Grande. While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned degrees in History and Natural Resource Economics, he worked in a wine shop called Curds and Whey where he fell in love with wine.

Brian became General Manager of Talley Vineyards in 1991 and now serves as President of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms. He lives at the edge of Talley Farms with his wife Johnine and daughters Elizabeth and Olivia. Brian loves cooking, wine and travel as well as running, cycling and golf.

 

About Talley Vineyards

For three generations the Talley family has farmed in the Southern San Luis Obispo County. The tradition began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970s extensive planting of winegrapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms. Don planted a small test plot in 1982 on the west hillside of the Rincon Vineyard that included chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 165 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.

Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. The winery’s first five vintages were produced in a small winery adjacent to one of Talley Farms’ vegetable coolers. In the fall of 1991, a state-of-the-art winery was completed at the foot of the Rincon Vineyard. A 12,000 square foot barrel and case goods storage building was added in 2000, followed by a new tasting room in 2002. Talley Vineyards currently produces about 30,000 cases annually. Brian and Johnine Talley own and operate Talley Vineyards, while Brian, Todd, Ryan and Rosemary Talley manage Talley Farms.

 

Destinations

Port Descriptions

For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul’s status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world’s largest bazaar.

A lovely seaside resort on Turkey’s Aegean coast, Kusadasi [koo-SHAH-duh-see] is renowned for its inviting sparkling waters, broad sandy beaches and large marina. The shops in town are filled with designer clothing, carpets, jewelry and leather goods. South, along the Aegean coast, the ancient Greco-Roman cities of Priene, Miletus and Didyma furnish impressions of the sophisticated civilizations that once thrived here. Kusadasi is perhaps best known as the gateway to the archaeological site of Ephesus, one of the world’s greatest archaic finds. Excavations continue in the 4,000-year-old city and it is believed that more than half of it still remains buried in the hillside.

Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates’ bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort. This quintessential Greek island offers a maze of winding streets, graceful windmills, inviting beaches, domed churches and whitewashed houses accented in blue. Dotting the waterfront are cafés, taverns and tempting shops. Guests may spend the day exploring the island independently. Feel free to investigate its fine boutiques and pleasant, labyrinthine streets.

Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, it was known as Stongyle, or the Round Island. In about 1500 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving the haunting submerged crater into which Crystal sails. The island’s small villages were preserved in the ashes and recent excavations have uncovered a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,500 years ago. Santorini’s dark landscape offsets its simple, yet refined Cycladic buildings, which glimmer in the sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a cherished crop known for its “special volcanic taste.” Thíra, or Fira Town, is laid out along the edge of a cliff that partially forms the rim of the now extinct caldera. A picturesque site, it exudes charm and an atmosphere of leisure that can be attributed to the easy-going Greek lifestyle.

If you wished to paint the perfect picture of a Greek island, it would probably look like Monemvasia. Start with a rocky promontory on the eastern edge of the Peloponnese. Then sketch in restored stone houses, beautiful churches and a winding two-donkey wide road. Add a medieval citadel. Remove all automobiles. Then make the island accessible from the mainland via a strollable causeway spanned by a grand Venetian gate. The finishing touch: the backdrop of an exquisite Aegean sunset.

The island nation of Malta is a treasure trove of cultures. Valletta, its fortified main city, rises dramatically from the water. This “City of Knights,” a monument to the past, was founded in 1566 by the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John. Sights not to be missed include the Magisterial Palace and St. John’s Cathedral, which is lavishly decorated with the coats of arms and banners of the crusading knights. Beyond Valletta, the countryside, although austere and rocky, has a special charm. Malta provides an enduring fascination for all visitors.

Nature and history have made Sicily a land of striking contrasts. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily was for centuries the center of the known world. Its unique geographic position made the island vulnerable to attacks by foreigners, while also making it a meeting place of Mediterranean civilizations, a bridge between the East and West. The picturesque little town of Taormina enjoys a beauty comprised of light, color and sea. Taormina has no middle tones, no grays and no muted shades. Lying on a short terrace of the coast and dripping off the shoulders of the enormous Mount Etna, Taormina embodies the essence of Sicily.

As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms. Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere. The sensational Amalfi Coast, the isle of Capri, and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region’s highlights.

Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan; today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments which is located 90 minutes from Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Coliseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.

 

Crystal Serenity

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, and Silk Road & The Sushi Bar by 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
  • Acclaimed Crystal Wine & Food Festival® cruises featuring famous chefs and wine authorities on select voyages
  • Early embarkation luncheon
  • Welcome champagne
  • 24-hour room service

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: 1,070
Length: 820 ft
Width: 105.6 ft
Speed: 20 Knots
Tonnage: 68.870

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