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Ackerman Family Vineyards in the Med, Sept 2020


If when you think of the Mediterranean you think of long nights in Barcelona, lavender fields in Marseille, bathing beauties in St. Tropez and the well-heeled glamour of Portofino, then this is the trip for you. An overnight in Spain’s cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia begins this tour of the Mediterranean coasts, followed by emblematic ports that read like a who’s who of iconic destinations. Enjoy 7 fascinating ports, in 3 charming countries, over 7  fun-filled days and unpack only once aboard Silversea’s 388 guest Silver Shadow, with multiple restaurants, the largest suites at sea, and exclusive Ackerman Family Vineyards activities. To make a reservation please contact MillenniuM Travel directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Cruises@MmMmTravel.com.

Exclusive Happy New Year Savings:

  • Free Airfare: Book by  January 2, 2020 and enjoy Free Round Trip Economy Airfare or Business Class Airfare from $699 each way from select US airports*
  • Early Booking Bonus: Book and pay in full by January 2, 2020 save 10%! 

Highlights

Guests of MillenniuM Travel will:  

  • Enjoy receptions featuring Ackerman Family Vineyards wines hosted by Lauren Ackerman, Proprietor of Ackerman Family Vineyards.
  • Participate in multiple Ackerman Family Vineyards wine dinners lead by Lauren Ackerman.
  • Savor an included Ackerman Family Vineyards wine paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux sponsored by MillenniuM Travel.
  • Receive added shipboard credit for guests paying with unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion cards.

 

All-suite, All-inclusive 7-day Silversea Silver Shadow cruise Includes:

  • Exclusive Wine activities hosted by Lauren Ackerman of Ackerman Family Vineyards (MillenniuM Travel guest Exclusive).
  • Spacious suites – most with private verandas aboard an intimate vessel with only 388 guests
  • Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers, acclaimed chefs and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship (daily limit applies)

 

Itinerary

2020 DATE PORT ARRIVE / DEPART
Sept 24, Th BARCELONA, SPAIN Embark from 1pm / Overnight
Ackerman Family Vineyards Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner in Hot Rocks poolside grill under the stars*   
Sept 25, F BARCELONA, SPAIN
  • / 6pm
6pm: Ackerman Family Vineyards Wine Tasting open to all guests aboard while sailing away from Barcelona*
Sept 26, Sa SETE, FRANCE 8am / 7pm
Champagne Reception followed by Ackerman Family Vineyards Gala 5-course Wine Dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux * 
Sept 27, Su MARSEILLE, FRANCE 8am / 11pm
Sept 28, M SAINT TROPEZ, FRANCE 8am / 10pm
Sept 29, Tu CINQUETERRE (PORTOVENERE), ITALY 8am / 11pm
Ackerman Family Vineyards Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner in La Terrazza *
Sept 30, W LIVORNO (BOLGHERI), ITALY 8am / 7pm
Oct 1, Th ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY Disembark am

 

*Itinerary, events, times, and locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship. Invitations will be delivered the evening prior to all Ackerman Family Vineyards exclusive events and a Guest Itinerary will be mailed with MillenniuM Travel guests’ cruise documents. As a reminder, only guests booked through MillenniuM Travel may participate in all Ackerman Family Vineyards events. 

 

Pricing

Exclusive Happy New Year Savings Offers:

  • Free Airfare: Book by January 2, 2020 and enjoy Free Round Trip Economy Airfare or Business Class Airfare from $699 each way from select US airports*
  • Early Booking Bonus: Book and pay in full by January 2, 2020 & save 10%! Fares below include the 10% savings.

 

Suites Fares with Air
& 10% Savings* 
Cruise Only with
10% Savings (no air)* 
OWNERS SUITE 2bdrm: 1,264 ft² Midship, including veranda Waitlist Waitlist
OWNERS SUITE 1bdrm: 919 ft² Midship, including veranda Waitlist Waitlist
GRAND SUITE 2bdrm: 1,286 ft² FWD, including veranda Waitlist Waitlist
GRAND SUITE 1bdrm: 941 ft² FWD, including veranda $10,370 $9,470
ROYAL SUITE 2bdrm: 1,312 ft² FWD, including veranda $14,420 $13,520
ROYAL SUITE 1bdrm: 967  ft² FWD, including veranda Waitlist Waitlist
SILVER SUITE: 653 ft² including veranda $8,840 $7,940
MEDALLION SUITE: 521 ft² including veranda $8,030 $7,130
Veranda 4: 345 ft² including veranda, Midship $5,690 $4,790
Veranda 3: 345 ft² including veranda, Midship or FWD $5,600 $4,700
Veranda 2: 345 ft²  including veranda , Midship or FWD $5,510 $4,610
Veranda 1: 345 ft² including veranda, FWD $5,420 $4,520
Vista Suite: 287 ft² ocean-view window $4,430 $3,530

 


*MillenniuM Travel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars. Fares above include a $200 per person add-collect over Silversea’s promotional cruise fares to help offset shipping and other expenses associated with getting the wines to the ship for our private events. Solo traveler fares and triple rates available upon request. Fares will increase as ship fills.  Fares shown does not guarantee availability. A 25% deposit secures you the best available pricing and suite locations. To receive American Express Amenities, guests must use an unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion card for final payment. A reservation through MmMmTravel ensures invitations to private receptions and dinners, including a 5-course wine-paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux. Silversea’s 10% early payment savings is offered through  January 2, 2020. Fares will increase as the ship fills. Minimum number of guests required for Ackerman Family Vineyards to host. Free transfers available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer. Economy Class Air is provided on domestic US/Canada flights and intra-European flights from select US and Canadian gateways. Offer applies to new bookings made by January 2, 2020. Promotional air offer is valid only for guests from the United States and Canada. In the event economy class air is unavailable (determined at Silversea’s sole discretion), a non-use Air credit in the amount of $900 per person may be applied to your booking. Silversea reserves the right to select the air carrier, routing and departure airport from each gateway city. Airline baggage fees are not included. Deviations to air travel dates are accepted at a charge of $150 per request plus all additional air costs. Due to flight schedules, some voyages may require an overnight hotel stay pre or post-cruise, available at an additional charge. Other conditions may apply Silversea’s Terms & Conditions for more details. CST# 1005871-40. Silversea ship’s registry: Bahamas. Please call MillenniuM Travel for more details.

 

Ports

SS200924007 - Barcelona to CivitavecchiaThe infinite variety of street life, the nooks and crannies of the medieval Barri Gòtic, the ceramic tile and stained glass of Art Nouveau facades, the art and music, the throb of street life, the food (ah, the food!)—one way or another, Barcelona will find a way to get your full attention. The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafés and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as a tour of Gaudí’s majestic Sagrada Famíliaand his other unique creations, are part of a visit to Spain’s second-largest city. Modern art museums and chic shops call for attention, too. Barcelona’s vibe stays lively well into the night, when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars. 

The fishing village of Sète serves as gateway to Montpellier, in the North. Other noteworthy destinations in this area include Carcassone, Aigues Mortes, the Abbaye de Fontfroide, and Pezenas. For a look at the real fisherman’s life, however, stay right where you are. Sète is the Mediterranean’s biggest fishing port. Canals winding through town make it fun to stroll around, and there are a number of good walking paths leading to the beach (about 30 minutes to the west). Although it’s small and unspectacular, Plage de la Corniche has calm, pristine waters that are perfect for swimming. For a panoramic view of the area, climb Mont St-Clair or Les Pierres Blanches and pick a beach to settle down on.

Since being designated a European Capital of Culture for 2013, with an estimated €660 million of funding in the bargain, Marseille has been in the throes of an extraordinary transformation, with no fewer than five major new arts centers, a beautifully refurbished port, revitalized neighborhoods, and a slew of new shops and restaurants. The second-largest city in France, Marseille is one of Europe’s most vibrant destinations. Feisty and fond of broad gestures, it is also as complicated and as cosmopolitan now as it was when a band of Phoenician Greeks first sailed into the harbor that is today’s Vieux Port in 600 BC.

There are sandy beaches, rare enough on the Riviera, and old-fashioned squares with plane trees and pétanque players, but these are a dime a dozen throughout Provence. So what made St-Tropez an internationally known locale? Two words: Brigitte Bardot. When this pulpeuse (voluptuous) teenager showed up in St-Tropez on the arm of Roger Vadim in 1956 to film And God Created Woman, the heads of the world snapped around. 

The colorful facades and pedestrians-only calata (promenade) make Portovenere the quintessential Ligurian seaside village. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its harbor is lined with tall, thin “terratetto” houses that date from as far back as the 11th century and are connected in a wall-like formation to protect against attacks by the Pisans and local pirates. Its tiny, carruggi (alley-like passageways) lead to an array of charming shops, homes, and gardens and eventually to the village’s impressive Castle Doria high on the olive tree covered hill. To the west standing guard over the Mediterranean is the picturesque medieval Chiesa di San Pietro, once the site of a temple to Venus (Venere in Italian), from which Portovenere gets its name. Nearby, in a rocky area leading to the sea, is Byron’s Cave, a favorite spot that the poet loved to swim out into the sea from.

Livorno, Tuscany has an interesting history. In the early Middle Ages it alternately belonged to Pisa and Genoa. In 1421 Florence, seeking access to the sea, bought it. Cosimo I (1519–74) started construction of the harbor in 1571, putting Livorno on the map. After Ferdinando I de’ Medici (1549–1609) proclaimed Livorno a free city, it became a haven for people suffering from religious persecution; Roman Catholics from England and Jews and Moors from Spain and Portugal, among others, settled here. The Quattro Mori (Four Moors), also known as the Monument to Ferdinando I, commemorates this. (The statue of Ferdinando I dates from 1595, the bronze Moors by Pietro Tacca from the 1620s.) In the following centuries, and particularly in the 18th, Livorno boomed as a port.Its prominence continued up to World War II, when it was heavily bombed. MillenniuM Travel launches its WIne visits to Bolgheri from this port.

All roads lead to Rome, and with good reason – this city is one of the world’s most thrilling, offering unmatched history along every street. An evocative, inspiring and utterly artistic capital of unrivalled cultural impact, Rome is a city of back-to-back landmarks, which will take you on an exhilarating journey through the ages. This may be one of the world’s oldest cities, but it’s well and truly lived in. The ruins are punctuated with murmuring cafes, and the outdoor seating of restaurants sprawls out across piazzas, enticing you to sample tangles of creamy pasta and crispy pizzas. Rome’s incredible Roman Forum is littered with the ruins of its ancient administrations, which have stood firm for 2,000 years, since the times when the area was the centre of the Western world. Few sites are more simultaneously beautiful and haunting than that of the storied Colosseum, which looms deep into Rome’s rich blue sky.

 

Pre & Post Cruise

SS210428012 - Lisbon to BarcelonaMmMmTravel 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. 

 

Lauren Ackerman

Lauren Ackerman, Proprietor of Ackerman Family Vineyards

Former tech entrepreneur, vintner and philanthropist Lauren Ackerman founded Ackerman Family Vineyards in 1994 with her husband after purchasing the small “Stonehaven” property in Napa’s Coombsville district. The following year, they produced their first wine and, in 2003, they released their first commercial wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Ackerman Family estate. They became the first certified organic vineyard in Coombsville in 2009. Today, Ackerman Family Vineyards produces an estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Chatelaine, a Bordeaux-style blend, Alavigna Tosca, a Cabernet Sangiovese blend and a newly released Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley.

 

Ackerman Family Vineyards

Introduction to Ackerman Family Vineyards

Ackerman Family Vineyards is a boutique artisan producer of premium Cabernet Sauvignon wines within the newer AVA of Coombsville, located in the southeastern section of Napa Valley. Known for its cooler climates, rich, volcanic soils and hilly terrain, the Coombsville section of Napa has long produced wines (since 1930’s) with deep berry flavors, typically lower alcohols and the ability to have long staying power in the bottle when cellared. 

AFV has been producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Blend wines since it first purchased the 16 acre estate containing 11 acres under vine, named Stonehaven Vineyard, in 1994.  The Ackerman’s spent the first twelve years refining, improving and carefully managing the vines to produce a wine that best represented the unique AVA and capturing a place in time.  Opening up the trellis system to provide more sunlight to the clusters, planting legumes and poppies for soil nutrition, providing hawk boxes for rodent control and not using pesticides or fertilizers over time garnered us the title of becoming the first certified organic vineyard (CCOF) in the Coombsville area. These farming practices translate into a wine with robust berry, chocolate, leather, and a hint of spice flavors. Because of the usual long “hang time” before harvest (typically harvested between the end of September and the end of October), the grapes have a chance to mature slowly, lower alcohol levels (historically between 13.2 and 14.5%) and produce elegant tannin structures.

In 2016,  AFV opened their first tasting salon in downtown Napa within a property containing a fully restored 1888 Queen Anne Victorian, now known as The Ackerman Heritage House and the adjoining 1910 Carriage House, now known as The Aviary. Visitors to this property step back in time to an era when Napa was just beginning its journey in becoming a world-renowned wine appellation. We are proud to have been in several Michelin Star Restaurants such as French Laundry and Single Thread. AFV has been recognized by Food And Wine Magazine as one of the top eight unique hospitality experiences within the Napa Valley (http://www.foodandwine.com) “Best Appointment Only Tasting Experiences in Sonoma and Napa” and also highlighted in Wine Enthusiast magazine as one of Napa’s Top Cabernet Sauvignons.

 

About Silversea

Award winning Silver Shadow has all the hallmarks of extreme luxury at sea. With some of the largest suites at sea, and a guest to staff ratio of almost 1 to 1, Silversea prides itself on their unswerving dedication to their guests. Silversea’s Silver Shadow captures the essence of Silversea Cruises, with spacious suites, an intimate number of guests (only 388), superior service – paired with a lively sophisticated atmosphere and enhanced amenities.

Headquartered in Monte Carlo,  Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites and most  include butler service and private verandas. Silversea voyages and cruise expeditions sail to over 800 destinations on all seven continents, more than any other cruise line. Our intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor off shore.   Enjoy the convenience, ease and comfort of an  all-inclusive cruise fare that includes almost all of your discretionary onboard expenses.

shipIntimate Boutique Ships: Our 9 small luxury ships can show you the world in a far more personal, meaningful way. They can glide into small, secluded harbors or transport you on an expedition to some of the most remote regions of the globe.  In the evening. return to gracious hospitality reflecting our Italian heritage and cherish the relaxed, friendly camaraderie  among guests in the lounges and open bars where faces quickly become familiar and conversation strikes a common chord.

 

polishedPolished to Perfection: Silversea is passionate about service and profoundly committed to maintaining the highest standards. Service is richly personalized, genuine and caring, every wish, every need is discretely anticipated. With the experienced, highly trained personnel of a top luxury cruise line and a staff to guest ratio of nearly one to one, service excellence is guaranteed aboard Silversea ships.

 

flavorGlobal Flavors for Worldly Travelers: Renowned for culinary excellence Silversea’s luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.   Silver Spirit has six restaurants to choose from; rather remarkable for a ship hosting only 540 guests.  Changing daily menus present a wide range of offerings including Continental, vegetarian and healthy selections, as well as regional specialties unique to the destination.

 

sanctuaryYour Suite is Your Sanctuary: Silversea offers one of the highest space-per-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodations. All of our suites feature ocean views, and many, a private teak veranda. That’s why every Silversea suite is indulgently spacious, and beautifully furnished. Freshen up in your Italian marble bathroom with a choice of luxury amenities to suit your personal taste.

 

 
 

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