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Talley, Ancient Peaks and QUPE Around Italy June 2015

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Fares are the lowest allowed by Crystal Cruises. Guests wishing to participate in all Talley Vineyards,  Ancient Peaks Winery  and QUPE events onboard must book through MmmmTravel (Michael Mastrocola’s MillenniuM).  Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included in onboard events.

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 7-day cruise features prepaid gratuities, open bar, educational wine tastings, meals and nightly entertainment
  • Savor a selection of  Talley Vineyards, Ancient Peaks and QUPE wines with their respective owners, Brian and Johnine Talley, Doug Filipponi and Bob Lindquist
  • Visit stunning and exotic ports of call in Turkey, Greece, Malta and Italy
  • Savor private winemaker dinners with  Talley Vineyards and Ancient Peaks Winery with their respective owners, Brian and Johnine Talley, Doug Filipponi and Bob Lindquist
  • Enjoy private receptions hosted by Talley Vineyards Owners, Brian and Johnine Talley; Ancient Peaks Winery owner Doug Filipponi; and Bob Lindquist, Founder and Winemaker at QUPE.

 

Itinerary

Date Port Arrival Departure
Jun 21, Sunday Venice, Italy Embark pm 10:00 PM
Jun 22, Monday Rijeka, Croatia 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Jun 23, Tuesday Dubrovnik, Croatia 10:00 AM 3:00 AM
Jun 24, Wednesday Kotor, Montenegro 7:00 AM 12:00 AM
Jun 25, Thursday Cruising the Ionian Sea
Jun 26, Friday Sorrento, Italy 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Jun 27, Saturday Florence/Livorno, Italy 10:00 AM 3:00 AM
Jun 28, Sunday Monte Carlo, Monaco Disembark AM

 

Pricing

Category and Deck Brochure Fare MmmmTravel 2-for-1 Fare with
$600 book now savings
Crystal Society
Savings
Deluxe Staterooms: Category C3, Deck 7 $7,390 $3,095 $75
Deluxe Staterooms: Category C2, Deck 7 $7,710 $3,255 $80
Deluxe Staterooms: Category C1 Deck 7 $8,340 $3,570 $85
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category B3, Deck 8 $9,470 $4,135 $100
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category B2, Deck 8 $9,720 $4,260 $105
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category B1, Deck 8 $10,040 $4,420 $110
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category A2, Deck 9 $10,230 $4,515 $110
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category A1, Deck 9 $10,360 $4,580 $110
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category P2, Deck 10 $10,480 $4,640 $115
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah: Category P1, Deck 10 $10,610 $4,705 $115
Penthouse with Verandah: Category PH, Decks 10 & 11 $14,750 $6,775 $165
Penthouse Suite with Verandah: Category PS, Deck 11 $19,300 $9,050 $225
Crystal Penthouse with Verandah: Category CP, Deck 11 $37,200 $18,000 $450

Per person savings of $600 apply to new bookings and must be booked by 10/30/2014 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 $275. 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,Ancient Peaks, & Qupe 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 & Talley Vineyards

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.

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.

 

About Doug Filipponi & Ancient Peaks Winery

Doug Filipponi is a longtime local winegrower and Paso Robles native who oversees all vineyard operations for Ancient Peaks Winery. Doug was named “Wine Industry Person of The Year” by his wine industry peers at the 2006 California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles. He is also the president of Filipponi & Thompson Drilling, a past president of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, and a past chairman of the Paso Robles Wine Festival. Doug is co-owner of Margarita Vineyard and Ancient Peaks Winery.

About Ancient Peaks Winery: Our estate Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, tucked beneath the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here, the vines unfold along a rare array of soils amid one of the region’s coolest growing environments. The resulting wines express an unmistakable sense of place, with balanced structure and flavors that are native to Margarita Vineyard. Ancient Peaks Winery, Margarita Vineyard and the historic Santa Margarita Ranch are owned by the Filipponi, Rossi and Wittstrom families, who are proud to steward this land, and honored to share it with you.

 

About Bob Lindquist and QUPE

Mention Syrah and the name Qupé will soon come up. An original Rhône Ranger, veteran winemaker Bob Lindquist was one of the first to advocate American-made Syrah and other Rhône varietals such as Grenache, Roussanne, and Marsanne. He has been a leader in the movement producing world class editions since the early 1980s. His passion for wine is only equaled by his passion for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bob’s first wine encounter was as a U.C. Irvine student in the early 1970s, where he sipped quality wine for the first time and instantly was hooked. He began frequenting Hi-Time Cellars, a well-stocked wine shop in Costa Mesa, asking lots of vinicultural questions. In 1975, Bob moved north to pursue a career in the wine business. His first job found him working harvest at Fortino Winery, near Gilroy. From there he went up the ranks at San Martin Winery, and seized the opportunity to manage their new Ventura County tasting room in 1976. While working there, Bob decided his destiny lay in the wine country of Santa Barbara County.

On New Year’s Day, 1979, Bob moved to the Santa Ynez Valley to manage an innovative wine shop in the little town of Los Olivos. The shop’s proprietor was the son of Marshall Ream, who co-owned the nearby Zaca Mesa Winery. Through this connection, Bob became friends with Jim Clendenen, Zaca Mesa’s assistant winemaker at the time.

Indulging his obsession for rock-and-roll, Bob bought tickets to a late summer Kink’s concert. After his boss abruptly fired Bob for attending the show, Jim Clendenen stepped in and got Bob a position as Zaca Mesa Winery’s first tour guide. Tourists were few and far between in 1979, so Bob spent most of his time in the cellar, learning to make wine under Jim’s tutelage.

Bob struck out on his own in 1982 and founded Qupé (which means “poppy” in Chumash), renting space in other area wineries to make his wine. As production grew, Bob focused his efforts on Syrah and other Rhône varieties, but continued to craft ever-popular Chardonnay, which helped to pay the bills.

In 1989, Bob joined his old friend Jim Clendenen (who founded Au Bon Climat in 1982) to build a winery of their own under a lease agreement with Bien Nacido Vineyards. To this day, the two continue to produce their wines at the elegant facility, located on the Santa Maria Mesa.

Bob and Jim have mentored dozens of winemakers over the years including Bob’s wife, Louisa Sawyer Lindquist. With Louisa as winemaker, Bob partnered in a second winery, Verdad (the Spanish word for “truth”), which specializes in Spanish varieties.  To take their wines to the next level, Bob and Louisa purchased an 80-acre ranch in the Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County in 2002. The couple installed the 40-acre Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, which is planted to Pinot Noir, Marsanne, Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Albariño, and is certifiably farmed according to strict Demeter biodynamic standards. Resulting wines consistently hit the 90 point plus wine review scale.

In October 2013, controlling interest in Qupé was acquired by investor Charles Banks. Charles’ investments include such notable wineries such as Mayacamas and Sandhi. Bob Lindquist is now a partner and remains the winemaker. “It’s nice to have a financial partner who shares our vision. Charles is such a wine geek. He’s a perfect fit. And he’s local,” states Bob. “This partnership allows me to focus on the vineyards and winemaking.”

 

Destinations

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world’s most enchanting cities. Known as the “Queen of the Adriatic,” it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark’s Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Roman roots, Gothic churches, a hilltop castle, remnants of Habsburg grandeur, a big and bustling seaport, complete with large ships and cranes, and even an old torpedo factory  combine to create a city that is the third-largest in Croatia and quickly becoming a top travel destination. See Rijeka’s “Big Church,” as it is known by the locals, the restored structure that dates back  to the Middle Ages and still holds Mass by candlelight. Stop by the Governor’s Palace —built in 1893 and today as impressive as ever — with fantastic views of the harbor. St. Vitus Cathedral boasts a beautiful combination of Baroque and Gothic architectural elements.  The element of natural wonder is provided by underwater cliffs and exceptionally clear waters located just offshore, accessible with diving gear and a sense of adventure.

Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins.

Rising above the Adriatic Sea, the town of Kotor is splendid for both its ocean views and medieval Old Town. To walk through its streets is to take a stroll through history. You’ll see fortifications dating from the 9th century; the Church of Saint Ana dating from the 12th century; the Church of Saint Luke from the 13th century; the Church of the Healing Mother of God from the 15th century; the Prince’s Palace from the 17th century; and Napoleon’s Theatre from the 19th century. Stylish gates, enticing flights of stairs and inviting squares, all accessed via a maze of narrow lanes, make Kotor’s Old Town a true delight. With your visit, you will understand why Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.

Goethe once observed that Tuscany “looks like Italy should [look].” Fortunately, little has changed in the two centuries since the German poet was himself a tourist in Tuscany. The Tyrrhenian port of Livorno was founded in the 15th century. It is the gateway to Italy’s Tuscan region and to many spectacular sights; including the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa, the charming medieval village of Lucca, the lovely hill town of San Gimignano and the timeless city of Florence. No place is as imbued with such grace, dignity, serenity and history as is Florence. This city’s wealth of architectural and artistic treasures includes works by Raphael, da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Truly Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance, is one of the world’s most enticing cities.

Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005.   Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world’s oldest monarchy.  Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.

 

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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