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Domaine Carneros, Dalmatian Coast May 10-17, 2020


Join Eileen Crane, Founding Winemaker & CEO of Domaine Carneros on an intimate voyage along the stunning Adriatic Sea via Crystal Cruises super-yacht. This sojourn along the stunning Dalmatian Coast is a breathtaking experience where majestic mountains meet crystalline sea and archaeological treasures abound. From UNESCO sites in Dubrovnik, Kotor and Split, to the flair of Zadar, and the opulence of Opatija,  Piran and Venice, this voyage offers relaxation, exploration and plenty of wine treats. Crystal Esprit hosts no more than 62 privileged guests, though our Domaine Carneros group will be smaller still.  Due to the intimate size of the yacht, early booking is necessary to confirm your space. Guests wishing to participate in all Domaine Carneros events onboard must book through MillenniuM Travel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included in all Domaine Carneros events.  

Cruise Highlights

Why Crystal Cruises by MillenniuM Travel?

Exclusive events hosted by Eileen Crane, Founding Winemaker & CEO of Domaine Carneros include receptions, wine dinners, wine tastings and more.

MillenniuM Travel  Service: A dedicated team of professionals with  over 50 years of experience working together to plan your perfect vacation.

Crystal Cruises’ all-inclusive value provides:

  • Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar and dining staff.
  • Open bar with complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffees, tea, soft drinks and fresh juices.
  • All meals with a diversity of dining venues including The Yacht Club Restaurant, The Terrace and Patio Café, The Grill and The Pantry.
  • Complimentary Shore Excursions ashore, featuring both cultural and adventurous activities, depending on the port. Bicycles for personal excursions in select ports.
  • Destination immersion and lectures about each port / area visited.
  • Cove Lounge available for viewing movies, sporting events and more.
  • Nightly entertainment in Cove Lounge with piano player/singer.
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
  • Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Unlimited WiFi/Internet availability
  • Personal butler service 

 

Itinerary

2020 Date Ports & Winery Events Arrive Depart
May 10, Sun DUBROVNIK, CROATIA    Embark PM 11:00 PM
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Welcome Reception and Wine Dinner*
May 11, Mon KOTOR, MONTENEGRO    9:00 AM 5:00 PM
May 12, Tue SPLIT, CROATIA    9:00 AM Overnight
May 13, Wed SPLIT, CROATIA    5:00 AM
Domaine Carneros Wine Tasting followed by casual group lunch*
ZADAR, CROATIA 1:00 PM 11:00 PM
May 14, Thu OPATIJA, CROATIA 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
Domaine Carneros Gala Wine Paired Dinner*
May 15, Fri PIRAN, SLOVENIA    8:30 AM 11:00 PM
Domaine Carneros Farewell Reception*
May 16, Sat VENICE, ITALY    9:00 AM Overnight
May 17, Sun VENICE, ITALY    Disembark AM – Or Extend your Stay in Italy!

 

*Itinerary, events, times & locations are subject  to final confirmation once aboard ship. Invitations will be delivered the evening prior to event to MillenniuM Travel  guests and a Guest Itinerary will be mailed with guests Final Cruise Documents. 

 

Pricing

Your Cruise-Only Yacht Fare includes Michelin inspired 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, spa, dining and bar staff; butler service; choice of complimentary shore-excursions available in every port and much more!

Please note this sailing is currently on a wait-list. Please call our office for today’s availability.

Suite MillenniuM Travel Fares* Past Guest Savings
S4 – Yacht Suite
Deck 2 Fwd: 223 sq. ft
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S3 – Yacht Suite
Deck 2 Aft: 280 sq. ft
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S2 – Yacht Suite
Deck 2: 280 sq. ft
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S1 – Yacht Suite
Deck 3: 280 sq. ft
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Owner’s Suite
Deck 2: 515 sq. ft
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*Guests wishing to participate in all Domaine Carneros events aboard must book through MillenniuM Travel.Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal  will be not be included in all Domaine Carneros events. MillenniuM Travel fares are per person & based on double occupancy in US Dollars. Fares will increase as the ship fills. Pricing shown does not promise category availability at time of booking. Please note pricing  is Crystal’s lowest fare but include a $100 per person service fee to offset the costs associated with safely shipping substantial amounts of wine across the globe. A 25% deposit secures you the best available rate & location. Your deposit is refundable less a $100 administrative fee if canceled 121 days prior to sailing. Pricing does not include airfare, recommended travel insurance or taxes, fees and port charges of $315 per person. Early Full Payment saving is based on the fare after all other discounts are applied. 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 includes all government taxes and fees. Note: Early Full Payment savings do not apply to Personal Select Air. Solo Traveler fares are available upon request. Crystal Society Savings are per person based on double occupancy for past guests.  Optional submersible and complimentary Marina equipment use is based on destinations’ local rules and regulations and at the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions. 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 maybe withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. For complete Cruise Fare and Promotional Information and General Ticket Terms and Conditions, click here. Crystal Cruises, LLC reserves to the right to correct errors or omissions and change any and all fares, fees, promotions and programs at any time without notice. Domaine Carneros is not an agent for Crystal and does not make reservations directly or indirectly through MillenniuM Travel. Fares shown does not guarantee availability. CST# 1005871-40.


 

Ports

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 & 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.

Split was first settled when, at the end of the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace in the charming city. The importance of Diocletian’s Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation and the buildings of succeeding historical periods found within its walls, which today form the very heart of old Split. The palace is one of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic coast. The seaport of Split lies on the Dalmation coast. It is the economic and administrative center of Middle Dalmatia, with about 200,000 inhabitants. Split’s growth became particularly rapid in the 7th century, when the inhabitants of the destroyed Greek and Roman metropolis Salonae took refuge within its walls. The lovely ruins of Solin, located outside the city, can still be explored today. Split has a long tradition of collecting and caring for monuments. This interest appeared as early as the Renaissance. Diocletian’s Palace, Mestrovic Gallery, the Archaeological Museum and the Temple of Jupiter are just a few of the impressive museums and galleries that shouldn’t be missed.

Zadar is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings. The city faces an Adriatic archipelago that is one of the best sailing areas in the world. With its mild winters and warm summer, Zadar offers inhabitants and visitors an excellent environment for work and leisure. Zadar is bordered by four national parks: the untouched Kornati Islands, the breathtaking Velebit mountains, the winding Krka River and the peaceful Plitvice Lakes. Other natural sites include the canyon of the river Zrmanja and the caves at Cerovac. These places are ideal for swimming, diving, boating, surfing, tracking, climbing and even skiing.

Located on the Kvarner Gulf at the foot of the mountains and surrounded by a rocky, picturesque coast, Opatija is known for its natural beauty. Excursions treat you to glimpses of forests dense with bay laurel, hilltops crowned by storybook towns and, of course, verdant hills and colorful buildings meeting the waters of the Adriatic. Here in this Venetian-influenced region, the cities are often as captivating as the countryside, and perhaps nowhere is this more true than in Opatija. A spell as a fashionable seaside resort for the Viennese elite and under the umbrella of the Habsburg Empire has infused the city with a regal elegance. Estates and pavilions turned museums and galleries make for a pleasant way to pass the time. To pass along the sparkling Adriatic, take a stroll on the promenade that runs along the waterfront.

Combine everything there is to love about the upper reaches of the Adriatic – mild weather, the sunny disposition of the locals, Venetian architecture, traditions in olive oil and wine – and you have Piran, unfailingly billed as one of Slovenia’s prettiest towns. In fact, Piran may just be one of the world’s prettiest towns, as you will surely conclude as you walk along its narrow, winding streets, step into the oval-shaped main square graced by stately buildings, and enjoy a beguiling mix of cultures, abetted by Piran’s location within a stone’s throw of Italy and Croatia and not far from Austria and Hungary. Situated on a narrow peninsula reaching out into the sea, this well-preserved historical town is easily explored by foot, an ideal way to be lured up to the bell tower of the Church of St. George to admire the views or into a homey restaurant for a seafood meal.

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.

 

Pre & Post Cruise

Body of Water With People Rowring on Boat Beside Tall BuildingMillenniuM Travel 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 hotel options using the  links below. 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

 

Crystal Esprit

Meet Crystal Esprit—Designed for just 62 discerning individuals who seek privileged access to some of the world’s most beautiful maritime destinations.  While the ultimate luxury lies in the yacht’s relaxed, unregimented pace, the Crystal yachting lifestyle is enhanced with an unrivaled level of amenities and services that only the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™ can deliver – in bold, exhilarating fashion. View & explore Crystal Esprit here.  

 

In addition to our Taste of Life amenities, Crystal’s all-inclusive value provides:

Fine Dining

  • The Yacht Club Restaurant serves contemporary and classic specialties as well as innovative tasting menus created by Crystal’s award-winning chefs, all using the finest and freshest local ingredients available; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. (indoor)
  • The Terrace and Patio Café offers freshly prepared and, where possible, regionally inspired presentations of small plates, creative salads, gourmet charcuterie, cheeses and pastries; serving breakfast and lunch. (indoor/outdoor)
  • The Grill features a menu of burgers, wraps and, location permitting, “global street food” served tapas-style to reflect the destinations visited.
  • The Pantry is the “go-to” self-service bistro and wine bar open 24 hours a day with a curated selection of coffees, vintage wines, light snacks and freshly baked pastries; the perfect indulgence to satisfy your craving day or night. (indoor)
  • Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits throughout the yacht
  • Open-bar service throughout the yacht
  • Gratuities for all shipboard staff throughout the yacht
  • Non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffee drinks, soft drinks, fresh juices and Afternoon Tea service
  • Welcome champagne
  • 24-hour room service

 

Enrichment & Entertainment

  • Destination immersion and lectures about each port / area visited.
  • Cove Lounge available for viewing movies, sporting events and more
  • Nightly entertainment in Cove Lounge with piano player/singer
  • A dedicated fitness and activities director to assist you choose the right excursions and physical fitness activities
  • Crystal Adventures ashore, featuring both cultural and soft/extreme adventures, depending on the port
  • Special activities led by specialists, such as yoga, meditation, photography, even drone flying

 

Fitness

  • Gym with state-of-the-art Technogym ™ fitness equipment including treadmill, stationary bicycle, elliptical and Kinesis machines, as well as free weights
  • Mats available for outdoor stretch, yoga, mat Pilates
  • Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Bicycles for personal excursions ashore
  • Top-quality gear and equipment, professional instruction and guidance, and the chance to try something for the first time, or … to pursue a familiar activity important even during your holiday

 

Suite Services & Amenities

  • Personal butler service with gratuities included
  • Unpacking and packing upon request
  • Pressing and shoe shine
  • Stocked bar
  • In-stateroom satellite TV and movie choices
  • Twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service
  • Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water as well as complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request
  • ETRO Bathrobes and Slippers, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a menu of pillow options
  • Self-service launderettes
  • In-suite iPads for entertainment, daily news, shipboard information etc.
  • Unlimited WiFi/Internet availability

 

General Yacht Specifications

  • Total berths: 62
  • Including third berths: 75
  • Total guest suites: 31
  • Owner’s Suite (1) 515 square feet / 47.8 square meter
  • Yacht Suite (28) 280 square feet  / 26.0 square meter
  • Yacht Suite (2) 223 square feet / 20.7 square meter
  • Total crew: 91
  • Guest space ratio: 53.9
  • Guest to Crew ratio: 1.47
  • Three meter draft

 

Eileen Crane

eileenEileen, Domaine Carneros’ founding winemaker and president is equally at home in the world of food and fine dining. Raised with a keen appreciation for fine wines and haute cuisine, Eileen originally prepared for a culinary career, earning a master’s degree in nutrition followed by professional training at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

After two years of teaching nutrition at the University of Connecticut, Eileen made the decision to turn her passion for wine into a profession, headed west, and enrolled in the U.C. Davis Enology and Viticulture program. Upon completion of her studies, she was hired by Domaine Chandon, where she progressed to the position of assistant winemaker.

The next move for the young winemaker involved a task that most lifelong veterans of the industry never undertake–building a winery. Hired as winemaker and vice president of Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, she was entrusted with the dual responsibilities of overseeing the design and construction of the facility in addition to developing the line of sparkling wines.

It turned out to be an experience that served her well. Selected personally by Claude Taittinger for the position of President/Winemaker of Domaine Carneros, dedicated to producing world-class sparkling wines made in the French tradition from famed Carneros region grapes, Eileen oversaw the planning and development of the beautiful Carneros landmark chateau, vineyards and winemaking facility. In 2003, Eileen directed the planning and construction of Domaine Carneros’ second winemaking facility, dedicated exclusively to the production of Pinot Noir wines.

It is understandable that Taittinger and Eileen Crane have joined forces as they share a common winemaking style. The elegant, delicate, yet intense style for which Taittinger is well respected is what Eileen strives for. No less surprising is the fact that the joint venture is located in Carneros. Carneros and Eileen Crane go together, as do Carneros and sparkling wine.

Carneros is famous for production of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, two key ingredients of a premium sparkling wine. An area blessed with a long, cool growing season, Carneros produces grapes which are particularly fine for sparkling wine as they have greater fruit maturity and produce wines with superb balance and a long finish.

In 1992 Domaine Carneros started producing small quantities of fine Estate Pinot Noir. The wines are appreciated for their great depth, balance and long silky finish. In 2003, Domaine Carneros completed a dedicated Pinot Noir Facility that incorporated the largest solar collection system on any winery in the world.

Eileen Crane is one of a handful of women who are now in the forefront of the wine industry in California. Recently recognized as one of the 75 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times, Eileen is actively involved in numerous wine and civic organizations and is a past president of both the Carneros Quality Alliance and the California Classic Methods/Classic Varieties Society (CM/CV) and currently Chairs the Board of Napa Valley Hospice.

 
 

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Cruises@MmMmTravel.comFor 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.