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Shadowbox Cellars Sailing the Irish Seas, July 2021

From the cliffs of Dover & D-Day beaches sail the Irish Seas all the way to Iceland. Explore Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon and nearby Eyjafjallajokull volcano, on a voyage navigating the dramatic isles of Scotland – with a chance to enjoy world class golf courses ashore. Onboard, you will enjoy wine paired dinners, receptions, tastings and more with Shadowbox Cellars Founding Vinters, Monty & Sara Preiser. The Preisers will be bringing their favorite Shadowbox Cellars vintages to share exclusively with you as our guest. Sail 12 charming ports, in 6 enchanting countries, over 12 adventurous days and unpack only once while being pampered aboard Crystal Cruises award-winning Crystal Serenity!  Guests wishing to participate in all Shadowbox Cellars events must book through Michael Mastrocola’s MillenniuM Travel (MmMmTravel). Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) can not be included.

Cruise Highlights

Why Crystal Cruises by MillenniuM Travel?

Exclusive events hosted onboard by Monty & Sara Preiser, Founding Vintners of Shadowbox Cellars include private receptions, food & wine pairings, wine dinners, 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 fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water,
    specialty coffees, soft drinks and fresh juices
  • Dining; including specialty venues Prego, and Umi Uma & Sushi Bar inspired by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
  • Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar and dining staff
  • 24-hour room service
  • Award-winning Broadway-style entertainment, piano bars and dance clubs
  • Recent-release films in spacious surround-sound theatre
  • A wide range of enrichment classes such as art, music, computer/technology, dance, and foreign language
  • Comfortable shuttles to town in most ports and concierge services for personal arrangements ashore
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and classes including yoga, Pilates, cycling, Kinesis systems & Tai Chi

 

Itinerary

2021 Date Ports Arrive Depart
Jul 20, Tue LONDON (DOVER), ENGLAND **    Embark PM 6:00 PM
Shadowbox Cellars Welcome Reception*
Jul 21, Wed CHERBOURG, FRANCE    8:00 AM 7:00 PM
Jul 22, Thu PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Afternoon Scotch Tasting with Sommeliers*
Jul 23, Fri DÚN LAOGHAIRE, IRELAND ** 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Jul 24, Sat LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND    6:25 AM 7:00 PM
Champagne Reception, followed by Shadowbox Cellars Gala Wine Paired Dinner*
Jul 25, Sun DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Jul 26, Mon BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND    8:00 AM 10:00 PM
Jul 27, Tue GLASGOW/GREENOCK, SCOTLAND 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Scotch tasting aboard while sailing away from Scotland*
While in Scotland, distilleries are available to visit on Crystal Excursions (fee)
Jul 28, Wed PORTREE, ISLE OF SKYE, UK  1:00 PM 9:30 PM
Shadowbox Cellars Wine Tasting, before arrival into Portree*
Golf Available Ashore!
Jul 29, Thu STORNOWAY, ISLE OF LEWIS, SCOTLAND 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Golf Available Ashore!
Shadowbox Cellars Wine Dinner*
Jul 30, Fri CRUISING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
Afternoon: Shadowbox Cellars Wine Tasting, followed by group lunch*
Jul 31, Sat REYKJAVIK, ICELAND    8:00 AM
Shadowbox Cellars Farewell Reception & Wine  Dinner*
Aug 01, Sun REYKJAVIK, ICELAND    Disembark AM

*Itinerary, events, times & locations are subject  to final confirmation once aboard ship & are dependent on Crystal Crystal’s approval & final number of guests. Invitations will be delivered the evening prior to event to Michael Mastrocola MillenniuM Travel guests and a Guest Itinerary will be mailed with guests Final Cruise Documents.    **Times will depend on tidal restrictions.

 

Pricing

Fares include: 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, dining and bar staff; complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Umi Uma & Sushi Bar (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee.); 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access; attentive Butler service in all Penthouse categories; enrichment workshop series featuring lectures; fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates; and much more.

Category MillenniuM
Travel Fare*
C3-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window, Deck 7 $5,474
C2-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window, Deck 7 $5,924
C1-Deluxe Stateroom 226 sq. ft with Picture Window, Deck 7 $6,324
B3-Deluxe  Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 8 $7,574
B2-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 8 $7,774
B1-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 8 $7,924
A2-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 9 $8,024
A1-Deluxe Stateroom  269 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 9 $8,124
P2-Deluxe PURE Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 10 $8,224
P1-Deluxe Stateroom 269 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 10 $8,374
PH-Penthouse, Deck 10 & 11 403 sq. ft with Verandah, Decks 10 & 11  $12,524
SH-Penthouse, Deck 10 403 sq. ft with Verandah, Decks 10 & 11  $12,524
PS-Penthouse Suite, 538 sq. ft with Verandah, Decks 10 & 11  $16,874
SP-Penthouse Suite,  538 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 10 $16,874
CP-Crystal Penthouse Suite 1,345 sq. ft with Verandah, Deck 11 $33,624

 

Place a 4-day courtesy hold by calling (831) 659-0151 or emailing us at Cruises@MmMmTravel.com with passengers names and preferred room category. To receive additional information about this voyage, please fill out the form below. 


*Fares above include a $125 per person add-collect over Crystal Cruises promotional cruise fares to help offset shipping and other expenses associated with getting select wines to the ship for our private events. A 20% deposit secures you the best available rate & location. Your deposit is refundable less a $100 administrative fee if cancelled 121 days prior to sailing. MillenniuM Travel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars.  Single and triple rates available upon request. Guests wishing to participate in Shadowbox Cellars events aboard must book through Michael Mastrocola’s MillenniuM Travel (MmMmTravel). Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal, will be not be included in all of the Shadowbox Cellars events. Cruise-Only Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy and do not include cruise port, security and handling charges of $576 per person. Minimum number of guests required for Shadowbox Cellars to host. Fares shown does not guarantee availability. 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.  Book Now Savings are subject to availability at time of booking. Book Now Fares and Low Solo Fares include Crystal Savings and do not include Crystal Society or Early Full Payment savings. Early Full Payment saving is based on the fare after all other discounts are applied.  Golf excursions will be optional through Crystal Cruises and offered for an additional fee. All offers may not be combined 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 and Michael Mastrocola’s MillenniuM Travel reserve 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. CST# 1005871-40

 

Ports

For centuries, Dover has been a symbol of England’s royal fortitude. The port’s legendary White Cliffs have long been a welcomed landmark for seafaring travelers. The solid Dover Castle has faced invasions by Roman, French and even English troops. London’s legendary sights, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall and the fashionable West End, lie just 80 miles from historic Dover.

Occupying a strategic position between La Hague and Vale de Saire, Cherbourg has long been a territory disputed between the English and the French. And despite the two countries’ unity to defend the Continent against the Nazis, the port fell to German forces in 1940. Rebuilt and revitalized, Cherbourg today is a cultural treasure, enjoyed for its open-air markets, sparkling waterfront, fine museums and interesting boutiques.

Plymouth boasts as rich maritime heritage, both as a Royal Navy port and a busy fishing marina. Notable sights include the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World in 1620, as well as the National Marine Aquarium. With its cobbled streets and restaurants overlooking Sutton Harbour, the historic Barbican district is now an energetic waterside neighborhood. Visit the nearby Mount Edgcumbe and Saltram houses for a glimpse of English gardens and Georgian interiors.

Once considered a major port for Great Britain, Dún Laoghaire (or Dunleary), has successfully maintained its quaint country charm despite the recent tourism boom. Now a popular cruise stop in Ireland, conveniently located just outside of Dublin, the city still boasts an intimate country feel with its offering of local retail shops, bistros and a scenic pier promenade.

Liverpool grew to greatness in the 18th century, as the riches of the Americas and the West Indies flowed through its docks and marketplaces. (At one point it even had more dock space than London.) More recently, the town’s fame grew along with its most famous sons: the Beatles. Visit Town Hall, the Walker Art Gallery, and the delights of the restored Albert Dock, with its classy shops and maritime museum.

A Viking kingdom more than a thousand years ago, Douglas is today the capital of the Isle of Man. The shopping high street, filled with some of Europe’s biggest retailers as well as local shops, leads to the magnificent sea front lined with restaurants, theaters and museums. The Douglas Horse Trams also run along the harbor, and nighttime illuminations along the shore light up landmarks such as the stately Tower of Refuge, creating an unforgettable after-dark vista.

With the decades-long “Troubles” settling into the past, Belfast today boasts a hip, art-filled, foodie-scene, a glittering waterfront and welcoming personality. Ornate Victorian homes and grand Edwardian civic buildings line streets, while quaint lanes are dotted with pubs and boutiques dressed with overflowing window boxes and brightly painted doors. Consider a quick trip over the lough, or small bay, to Carrickfergus Castle, the best-preserved Norman castle in Ireland.

Magnificent mountain vistas welcome you to Greenock, gateway to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomand and Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Known for its shipbuilding history, Glasgow today is hip and vibrant with the accolades to prove it – a 1990 European Culture Capital; a 1999 UK City of Architecture & Design, and 2014 host to the Commonwealth Games. Discover the art scene in the Merchant City district, explore the revered Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum.

Remote and rugged, the Isle of Skye possesses a certain magic. Arrive in the pretty little harbor lined by colorful buildings and either head straight out into the wild and wooly surroundings—by boat, foot or even pony—or stay in the snug town for an immersion in old-time charm. The pier, designed by renowned Scottish architect Thomas Telford, is one attraction. Another is the award-winning Àros Centre, which presents theater productions, concerts and films.

Delightful Stornoway is the capital of the Western Isles with a population of only 8,000. Beautifully situated on the seafront, overlooking a magnificent harbor, Stornoway is considered by many to be in one of the most picturesque regions in Scotland. The town’s friendly inhabitants are revered for their seafaring traditions and they enjoy a level of self-sufficiency that is normally only seen in larger towns on the mainland.

Isolated in a northern landscape of icy tranquility, Iceland is a land of volcanoes, hot springs, mountains, glaciers and northern lights. As the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík reflects this natural diversity with ancient maritime history as well as a thriving modern energy and sophistication.

 

Pre & Post Cruise

london-dover-englandMillenniuM 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

 

 

Monty & Sara Preiser

Monty & Sara Preiser, Founding Vintners

Monty Preiser earned his law degree in 1976 and before he semi-retired to spend his time in the wine industry he litigated major cases in about 20 states involving the safety of vaccines, tools, and medical practices. Sara Preiser graduated in 1973 with a degree in drama, and then became a spokesperson for DuPont and women’s fashion when Lycra was invented.

They met on a blind date in New York in 1977, and were married in 1978. They lived in West Virginia for 15 years before moving to Florida in 1992. After they became empty-nesters, they decided to write about food and wine as a joint hobby, which not surprisingly led them to the Napa Valley. Soon they were well recognized wine writers and founders of the most complete guide to Napa wineries and restaurants. From there it was a short step to making wine, which they first did in 2006. In 2009 the couple took partners and Shadowbox Cellars was born.

 

Shadowbox Cellars

About Shadowbox Cellars

When Shadowbox Cellars was founded in 2009, two of its partners, Monty and Sara Preiser, were well recognized wine writers. Because of their knowledge of winemakers and vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, the decision was made by all the partners to engage individual winemakers who had made strong impressions revolving around certain varietals. Thus, at its inception the company employed four winemakers to craft four varietals, each in their own particular style. It was a noble experiment. As the Shadowbox owners gained education and experience in their new field of endeavor, the decision was made to focus on a singular style of wine – their own.

Each year has seen progress in not only the quality of the wines, but the production numbers, which have expanded from 200 cases in 2009 to now just over 800 cases of the 2016 vintage.

Nonetheless, the focus and ultimate profile of each wine has remained the same — acid driven, food friendly wines, sourced from small vineyards that produce superior fruit.  The Preisers and the Holzes all firmly agree that without the perfect vineyard, the beginning point of each grape, the final product will fall short of expectation.

In 2018, Shadowbox has expanded its reach to include vineyards from areas in California other than Napa and Sonoma. Up and coming wine growing areas in Paso Robles and the Sierra Foothills now provide some fruit, and the winery is always on the lookout for something special.

As production and popularity have grown, the summer of 2018 witnessed Shadowbox’s proud opening of their very own tasting room in the heart of downtown Napa and their promotion of their son Justin Preiser to wine maker. Here visitors can enjoy an intimate, sit-down experience, while sipping and learning about the wines directly from the vintners or winemaker.

 

Crystal Cruises

Commanding the world’s great oceans with grace, Crystal Serenity enchants with an unrivaled chic elegance. Discover the superb cuisine, welcoming hospitality and gorgeous suites and staterooms of The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line. In November, 2018 the 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity under went her own multi-million-dollar transformation to welcome just 980 guests with more suites and penthouses, exciting new culinary options with open seating, and expanded technologies including free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Crystal Serenity shares the international spotlight with Crystal Symphony as the world’s two most awarded luxury ships. 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 Umi Uma & Sushi Bar inspired by Chef 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
  • Early embarkation luncheon
  • Welcome champagne
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beginning November 10, 2018 aboard Crystal Serenity, the Lido Café will be transformed into two unique dining experiences for breakfast and lunch, and one for dinner, complemented with open seating; no reservations required!
    • Marketplace: A fresh and friendly venue for breakfast and lunch with an open-kitchen preparing made-to-order favorites including handmade pastas, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads and more.
    • Churrascaria: For dinner, we “travel” to South America with a feast of succulent cuts of meat and ceviches as Marketplace transforms into a Brazilian steakhouse each evening, with tapas and seafood too.

 

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: 980
Length: 820 ft
Width: 105.6 ft
Speed: 20 Knots
Tonnage: 68.870

 
 

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