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Domaine Carneros, East China Sea May 1-15, 2021


The friendships, the food, the wine, the islands, the yacht, the enchanting East China Sea. . . there is so much to love about sailing on Crystal Cruises newest ultra-luxury super yacht, the intimate 200-guest Crystal Endeavor. From the dramatic gorge that passes through Taiwan’s Taroko National Park to the striking blue waters of Ishigaki, here is an in-depth journey exploring Japan’s legendary gardens, its iconic historic sites, and sacred places of majestic tranquility. The beauty of these destinations will be well matched by wonderful companions and stellar Domaine Carneros wines hand picked by Eileen Crane & paired to Michelin inspired dining. This voyage will sell out quickly. Early booking is key – so be one of the fortunate few to sail with Eileen aboard this intimate yacht.  To participate in all Domaine Carneros club events, booking through MillenniuM Travel is essential. 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:

  • Complimentary Shore Excursions ashore, featuring both cultural and adventurous activities, depending on the port. Bicycles for personal excursions in select ports. Use of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and snorkeling gear in warmer climates is also included. Binoculars will be provided complimentary. Use of water equipment is subject to port authorities.
  • Open bar with complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffees, tea, soft drinks and fresh juices.
  • Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar and dining staff.
  • All meals with a diversity of dining venues including The Yacht Club Restaurant, The Terrace and Patio Café, The Grill and The Pantry.
  • 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 
  • Helicopter & Submersible: A Helicopter Lounge adjacent to the landing pad provides a luxurious space to prepare for aerial explorations aboard the yacht’s two helicopters. Underwater discovery is enjoyed in a 7-person submersible, too. Additional fee applies for these tours.

 

Itinerary

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Date Ports & Winery Events Arrive Depart
May 1, Sa HONG KONG, CHINA Embark PM 9PM
May 2, Su CRUISING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
Domaine Carneros Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner*
May 3, M HUALIEN, TAIWAN Morning* Evening*
May 4, Tu ISHIGAKI ISLAND, JAPAN Morning* Evening*
May 5, W NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN Morning* Evening*
May 6, Th CRUISING THE EAST CHINA SEA
Domaine Carneros Wine Tasting, open to entire ship, followed by casual group lunch*
May 7, F SHANGHAI, CHINA Afternoon* Overnight
May 8, Sa SHANGHAI, CHINA Evening*
May 9, Su CRUISING THE EAST CHINA SEA
Domaine Carneros Gala Wine Paired Dinner*
May 10, M MOJI, KITAKYUSHU, JAPAN Morning* Evening*
May 11, Tu CRUISING THE INLAND SEA
MIYAJIMA / ITSUKUSHIMA, JAPAN Morning* Afternoon*
May 12, W TAMANO (UNO KO), JAPAN Morning* Evening*
May 13, Th OSAKA, JAPAN Morning* Evening*
May 14, F CRUISING THE COAST OF JAPAN
Domaine Carneros Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner *
May 15, Sa TOKYO, JAPAN Disembark AM*

 

*Arrival & departure times in port will depend on tidal restrictions. Itinerary, events, times & locations are subject to final confirmation once aboard ship. Invitations will be delivered the evening prior to event to our guests and a Guest Itinerary will be mailed with Final Cruise Documents.

 

Pricing

Your Yacht Cruise fares are per person, based on two sharing a suite, and include choice of complimentary shore-excursions in every port; all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; Michelin inspired dining; gratuities for housekeeping, spa, dining and bar staff; butler service and much more! View the deck plan with suite descriptions here.

Room Type & Notes MillenniuM
Travel Fare
Crystal Past
Guest Savings
S7, DELUXE SUITE: 304 sq ft + 51.5 sq ft Verandah,  Forward Deck 5 $15,999 $400
S6, DELUXE SUITE: 304 sq ft + 51.5 sq ft Verandah, Forward & Aft Deck 6 $16,299 $407
S5, DELUXE SUITE: 304 sq ft + 51.5 sq ft Verandah, Forward & Aft Deck 7 $16,449 $411
S4, DELUXE SUITE: 304 sq ft + 51.5 sq ft Verandah, Forward Deck 8 $16,599 $415
S3, DELUXE SUITE: 304 sq ft + 51.5 sq ft Verandah, Forward Deck 5 $16,899 $422
S2, DELUXE SUITE: 304 sq ft + 51.5 sq ft Verandah, Forward, Mid & Aft Deck 6 $17,199 $430
S1, DELUXE SUITE: 304 sq ft + 51.5 sq ft Verandah, Forward, Mid & Aft Deck 7 $17,499 $437
Penthouse Suite (PS): 457 sq ft + 77.5 sq ft Verandah, Deck 8 $24,649 $616
Expedition Penthouse Suite (EP): 985 sq ft +  683.5 sq ft Verandah, Deck 7, Port Side $74,249 $1,856
Owner’s Suite: 1,130 sq ft +  737 sq ft Verandah, Deck 7, Starboard (2 bedrooms) $84,349 $2,109
Expedition (ES): 1,290 sq ft + 735 sq ft Verandah, Deck 7, Port Side (2 bedrooms) $90,699 $2,267

*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. Fares above include a $100 per person fee to help offset the wine, shipping, and other expenses for our private wine events. A 25% deposit secures you the best available rate & location. Your deposit is refundable less a $500 administrative fee if canceled 121 days prior to sailing. Pricing does not include airfare, recommended travel insurance or taxes, fees and port charges of $700 per person. Book Now Fare includes Crystal Savings and does not include Crystal Society or Early Full Payment savings. 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. Optional submersible and complimentary Marina equipment use are based on destinations’ local rules and regulations and offered at the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions. Participation in any/all water sports activities requires a mandatory Watersports Waiver to be signed once on board the ship; other restrictions may apply. 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 and MillenniuM Travel reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and change any and all fares, fees, promotions and programs at any time without notice. Each Crystal Endeavor™ itinerary balances days at sea with scheduled ports of call, and is intentionally designed to be flexible, allowing the Captain and his team of experts to incorporate unplanned “expedition days” when favorable weather conditions invite the opportunity for uncommon discovery. The Expedition Team will maintain a keen eye so that if an opportunity arises, is permitted and conditions allow, the Captain will attempt to position the vessel accordingly. The order of expedition calls/stops and/or itineraries may change due to weather/sea conditions or permit specifications. At all times, itineraries and ports of call are subject to the Captain’s sole discretion. Zodiac use and/or landings, wildlife sightings and wilderness highlights on any itinerary cannot be guaranteed. Use of submersible, complimentary marina equipment and helicopter is based on each destination’s local rules and regulations and in the sole discretion of the Captain. CST# 1005871-40.


 

Ports

Hong-Kong-China

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Although Hong Kong has returned to its original Chinese roots, it still remains a cosmopolitan city with influences, languages and accents from around the world. Here East meets West and the result is electric. Soaring skyscrapers rise from the hills and harbor, blending geography and nature with commercial concrete, steel and pulsating neon in a way that brings traditional Chinese culture and Western-style commerce into perfect harmony.

Bustling and modern Hualien sits on the rugged east coast of Taiwan, an island laden with mountainous nature reserves bursting with enchanting scenery. Just to the city’s north is Taroko National Park, an absolute jewel of the region and home to Taroko Gorge, a sheer-walled, 12-mile-long river canyon accessed by a scenic winding highway. Eternal Spring Shrine, a picturesque temple complex built over a cascading waterfall, clings to the verdant cliffs of this must-see park’s interior.

Discover a slice of paradise that merges East Asian culture with tropical bliss, an intoxicating blend of beach and reef relaxation and Shinto-shrine enlightenment. Ishigaki is ideal for snorkeling, hiking, beachcombing and kayaking. Kabira Bay is an idyllic spot, part of the Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, and popular for diving. Inland, dense palm forests, jungle-clad mountains and rivers lined with mangrove are a photographer’s and nature lover’s delight.

The seas surrounding these islands, located about 20 miles from Okinawa, are a window to the wonders below, astoundingly transparent and reflecting nearly neon hues in the sunlight. Beneath these waters is a snorkeler’s playground, with sea turtles swimming along the coral reefs among the hundreds of endemic species here. Watch for migrating humpback whales who also favor the warm waters among the islands for their annual breeding grounds.

Located where the Yangtze River meets the Pacific, Shanghai’s enviable position is the source of its existence, shaping it into what it is today – a modern metropolis of dizzying scale and ancient influence. Once a tiny fishing village, Shanghai is now the center of China’s economic resurgence with a spacious waterfront promenade and flotilla of sampans edging the Huangpu River.

During WWII, the original target of the “Fat Man” atomic bomb was not Nagasaki, but Kokura, one of five small cities that merged to create Kitakyushu in 1963. Thanks to thick cloud cover, the city was spared. Today, you can stroll a winding promenade at Moji Port to discover some of Kitakyushu’s historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and museums. Kokura Castle, an impressive symbol of the city, and the beautiful Kawachi Wisteria Garden are among the area’s most popular attractions.

This ethereal island’s fame – and name – comes from the iconic 1400-year-old floating Itsukushima Shrine that illustrates the spiritual sanctity of Miyajima (the island’s popular name). This “island of gods” is rich with adventures, including a challenging climb up Mount Misen rewarded with sweeping views and cultural highlights at the summit, biking through the island’s picturesque pathways and possible Zodiac landings.

This town is all about innovation, home to several engineering powerhouses and shipbuilding facilities. The breathtaking scenery and outdoor lifestyle of Tamano in no way conveys an industrial atmosphere, with beaches perfect for swimming or beach volleyball, and public displays of contemporary art downtown. Lovely Miyama Park boasts an English garden and numerous walking and biking paths, while Ojigadake Bluffs reward hikers with sea views.

As it has been for centuries, Osaka remains a city of commerce, one of the original Japanese towns at the core of a developing society that grew around trade with China. Although the nature of the city hasn’t changed, it is presently undergoing an architectural revolution with a dazzling display of gleaming skyscrapers. Its prime geography makes it an excellent gateway to famed locales – including the sacred site of Kyoto and the majestic tranquility of Nara.

From the timeless beauty of the Meiji Shrine to the glittering Ginza District and impressive Tokyo Tower, Tokyo is a complex blend of East and West where houses of wood and paper stand beside soaring steel skyscrapers while kimono-clad women stroll along trendy teenagers. Here in this city of more than 11 million people, the timeless Imperial Palace bears testament to Japan’s enduring traditions, existing in a verdant parkland of isolation.

 

Pre & Post Cruise

Tokyo-JapanMillenniuM 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 Endeavor

Crystal Cruises NEW Endeavor Expedition Yacht

Exploring in all-suite, all-verandah comfort, a mere 200 fortunate guests will be hosted by Crystal’s award-winning staff, attentive butlers (staff ratio of 1:1), and team of expedition and destination experts. 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. Sleek & nimble enough to sail to exotic bucket-list destinations where there are very few crowds, adventurous travelers get up close and personal with the flora, fauna and locales of iconic cities throughout the world. Despite the fact that Crystal Endeavor is an expedition yacht that sails to some pretty off-the-beaten-path destinations, it won’t skimp when it comes to its culinary presentations. The ship will offer six restaurants including Waterside – Endeavor’s main dining room, specialty venues like Prego (for Italian meals), the Vintage Room, Silk Kitchen & Bar,  and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma,  and Bistro Cafe.

  • SIX-STAR SERVICE: Indulge in Crystal’s legendary six-star service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the industry. An experienced crew, selected from the award-winning ranks of Crystal, is joined by a team of experts – explorers, scientists and more.
  • VARIETY OF HIGH CLASS DINING OPTIONS: Onboard, enjoy Waterside – Endeavor’s main dining room, specialty venues like Prego (for Italian meals), the Vintage Room, Silk Kitchen & Bar,  and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma,  and Bistro Cafe.
  • EXPLORE IN LUXURY: All-suite accommodations are among the largest in expedition cruising, each featuring a private verandah, high-tech amenities and butler service.
  • ENTERTAINMENT: From Crystal Endeavor’s two-story, glass-enclosed Solarium to the only casino on an expedition yacht, enjoy all manner of entertainment day into night.
  • WELLNESS: The state-of-the-art Crystal Life Spa and high-tech fitness center help you keep ship-shape for shoreside adventures.

 

General Yacht Specifications

  • Ship Type: Yacht
  • Line Class: Luxury
  • Year Built: 2020
  • Year Last Refurbished: –
  • Capacity: 200 passengers
  • Decks: 8
  • Gross Tonnage: 20,000
  • Length: 539 ft
  • Outside Cabins: 100
  • Number of Crew: 206

 

 

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.