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05, 2023 At Sea -- --Mon, Feb 06, 2023 At Sea -- --Tue, Feb 07, 2023 Moorea 8:00 am 6:00 pmWed, Feb 08, 2023 Bora-Bora 7:30 am --Thu, Feb 09, 2023 Bora-Bora -- 6:00 amThu, Feb 09, 2023 Raiatea 8:30 am 6:00 pmFri, Feb 10, 2023 Papeete 8:00 am --Sat, Feb 11, 2023 Papeete -- 5:00 pmSun, Feb 12, 2023 At Sea -- --Mon, Feb 13, 2023 Rarotonga 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Feb 14, 2023 At Sea -- --Thu, Feb 16, 2023 At Sea -- --Fri, Feb 17, 2023 Nuku'alofa 8:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Feb 18, 2023 At Sea -- --Sun, Feb 19, 2023 Lautoka 7:30 am 6:00 pmMon, Feb 20, 2023 Yasawa Island 7:30 am 4:00 pmTue, Feb 21, 2023 At Sea -- --Wed, Feb 22, 2023 Lifou 8:00 am 6:00 pmThu, Feb 23, 2023 Ile des Pins 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Feb 24, 2023 Nouméa 8:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Feb 25, 2023 At Sea -- --Sun, Feb 26, 2023 At Sea -- --Mon, Feb 27, 2023 Sydney 8:00 am --Tue, Feb 28, 2023 Sydney -- 6:00 pmWed, Mar 01, 2023 At Sea -- --Thu, Mar 02, 2023 Brisbane 7:00 am 10:00 pmFri, Mar 03, 2023 Mooloolaba 8:00 am 5:00 pmSat, Mar 04, 2023 Gladstone 8:00 am 5:00 pmSun, Mar 05, 2023 At Sea -- --Mon, Mar 06, 2023 At Sea -- --Tue, Mar 07, 2023 Gualalacanal/Honaira 8:00 am 6:00 pmWed, Mar 08, 2023 Gizo 8:00 am 4:00 pmThu, Mar 09, 2023 Rabaul 3:00 pm --Fri, Mar 10, 2023 Rabaul -- 6:00 pmSat, Mar 11, 2023 At Sea -- --Sun, Mar 12, 2023 Madang 7:00 am 6:00 pmMon, Mar 13, 2023 Wewak 7:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Mar 14, 2023 At Sea -- --Wed, Mar 15, 2023 At Sea -- --Thu, Mar 16, 2023 Ternate 7:00 am 5:00 pmFri, Mar 17, 2023 At Sea -- --Sat, Mar 18, 2023 Komodo 9:30 am 6:00 pmSun, Mar 19, 2023 Bali/Benoa 10:00 am --Mon, Mar 20, 2023 Bali/Benoa -- 10:00 pmTue, Mar 21, 2023 At Sea -- --Wed, Mar 22, 2023 Semarang 7:00 am 7:30 pmThu, Mar 23, 2023 At Sea -- --Fri, Mar 24, 2023 Singapore 12:00 pm --Sat, Mar 25, 2023 Singapore -- 6:00 pmSun, Mar 26, 2023 Port Kelang (for Kuala Lumpur) 8:00 am 7:00 pmMon, Mar 27, 2023 Langkawi 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Mar 28, 2023 Phuket 8:00 am 10:00 pmWed, Mar 29, 2023 At Sea -- --Thu, Mar 30, 2023 Yangon 12:00 pm --Fri, Mar 31, 2023 Yangon -- --Sat, Apr 01, 2023 Yangon -- 12:00 pmSun, Apr 02, 2023 At Sea -- --Mon, Apr 03, 2023 Port Blair 6:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Apr 04, 2023 At Sea -- --Wed, Apr 05, 2023 Chennai (Madras) 1:00 pm --Thu, Apr 06, 2023 Chennai (Madras) -- 6:00 pmFri, Apr 07, 2023 At Sea -- --Sat, Apr 08, 2023 Colombo 6:00 am --Sun, Apr 09, 2023 Colombo -- 7:00 pmMon, Apr 10, 2023 At Sea -- --Tue, Apr 11, 2023 Haa Alif Atoll (Utheemu) 7:00 am 6:00 pmWed, Apr 12, 2023 Male 7:30 am 5:00 pmThu, Apr 13, 2023 At Sea -- --Fri, Apr 14, 2023 At Sea -- --Sat, Apr 15, 2023 Mahe/Victoria Harbor 8:00 am --Sun, Apr 16, 2023 Mahe/Victoria Harbor -- 6:00 amSun, Apr 16, 2023 Praslin 7:30 am 6:00 pmMon, Apr 17, 2023 At Sea -- --Tue, Apr 18, 2023 At Sea -- --Wed, Apr 19, 2023 Zanzibar 7:00 am 10:00 pmThu, Apr 20, 2023 Dar Es Salaam 7:00 am 7:00 pmFri, Apr 21, 2023 Mombasa 6:00 am --Sat, Apr 22, 2023 Mombasa -- --Sun, Apr 23, 2023 Mombasa -- 6:00 pmMon, Apr 24, 2023 At Sea -- --Tue, Apr 25, 2023 At Sea -- --Wed, Apr 26, 2023 At Sea -- --Thu, Apr 27, 2023 At Sea -- --Fri, Apr 28, 2023 Salalah 7:00 am 1:00 pmSat, Apr 29, 2023 At Sea -- --Sun, Apr 30, 2023 At Sea -- --Mon, May 01, 2023 At Sea -- --Tue, May 02, 2023 Al 'Aqabah 9:00 am 9:30 pmWed, May 03, 2023 Luxor & Karnak/Safaga 7:00 am 11:59 pmThu, May 04, 2023 Sharm el Sheikh 7:00 am 9:00 pmFri, May 05, 2023 Sokhna 7:30 am 11:00 pmSat, May 06, 2023 At Sea -- --Sun, May 07, 2023 At Sea -- --Mon, May 08, 2023 Kusadasi 8:00 am 11:00 pmTue, May 09, 2023 Mykonos 7:30 am 6:00 pmWed, May 10, 2023 Athens/Piraeus 2:00 am 6:00 pmThu, May 11, 2023 Bodrum 8:00 am 10:00 pmFri, May 12, 2023 Santorini (Thíra) 7:00 am 10:00 pmSat, May 13, 2023 Chania 8:00 am 10:00 pmSun, May 14, 2023 At Sea -- --Mon, May 15, 2023 Brindisi 8:00 am 9:00 pmTue, May 16, 2023 Dubrovnik 1:00 am 6:00 pmWed, May 17, 2023 Koper 1:00 pm 8:00 pmThu, May 18, 2023 Venice (Venezia) 8:00 am --Fri, May 19, 2023 Venice (Venezia) -- --Sat, May 20, 2023 Venice (Venezia) -- 5:00 pmSun, 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The All-Inclusive Crystal Experience is a heady combination of indulgent services and enriching discovery. Since our debut in 1990, we have been elevating and redefining the traditional notions of luxury cruising with innovative excellence, exquisitely designed ships, bold itineraries, customized destination immersion, and the highest standards of personalized service at sea and on land.
A proven leader in evolving the guest experience to stay ahead of global luxury travel trends, we were the first cruise line to partner with celebrity chefs - our Silk Road and Sushi Bar alternative dining venues are the only sea-going restaurants in Nobu Matsuhisa's worldwide empire; the first to debut a Computer University@Sea with personal e-mail and Internet services; the first to launch a now critically-acclaimed Wine & Food Festival; and the soon-to-be first luxury line to transit the Northwest Passage in 2016 and offer four distinct World Cruise options in 2018.
From launching the interactive Creative Learning Institute with complimentary courses tailored to a guest's own personal enrichment, to pushing the boundaries of gastronomic discovery with a cutting-edge new Modern Cuisine menu, we are continually adding new programs and features to our award-winning ships.
We are thrilled that you are considering travel with us, and we welcome the opportunity to explore the world with you.
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.
Dine at your leisure on extraordinary fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chic and spacious ambience of our elegant open-seating main dining room features intimate tables for two, four and more.
Tableside service and menus of authentic Northern Italian fare are savored at this specialty venue showcasing modern and classic takes on favorites, from carbonara to tiramisu and everything in between.
Silk Kitchen & Bar
Surrounded by enchanting views of sea and shore, savor Chinese-inspired al fresco dining on deck, with open seating for breakfast and lunch, and reservations recommended for dinner.
With its enviable forward location, sunshine pours through the floor-to-ceiling window walls at this popular spot known for its Mozart-themed Afternoon Tea and evening cocktails and dancing.
The Vintage Room
Created for the true oenophile, optional, one-of-a-kind wine dinners feature some of the rarest vintages in the world; such as a nearly impossible-to-get 1959 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and a 1996 Screaming Eagle from Napa Valley.
Poolside al fresco fare includes delicious burgers, pizzas, wraps and salads plus our popular Late-Risers Breakfast from 10:00 am - 11:00 am for those who wish to luxuriously sleep in.More Choices
- Marketplace & Churrascaria
- Umi Uma & Sushi Bar
- The Bistro
- Scoops Ice Cream Bar
- 24-Hour In-Suite Dining
Crystal Life Spa
In accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient practice of balance and harmony, our award-winning spa embodies a tranquil environment, easily allowing you to slip away from the stresses of daily life.
Crystal Life Salon
Enjoy sweeping ocean views as trained stylists and aestheticians provide a full-service menu of treatments including haircuts, styling, and coloring; facials and skin analysis; manicures and pedicures; and barber services for men
Crystal Life Fitness
Crystal Serenity's fitness facilities provide harmonizing enrichment to your travels. An extensive roster of specialized programs helps you maintain, or even begin, a fitness regimen while traveling
Surrounded by teak decking, crisp white deck furniture and inviting sunbeds for conversational seating, our signature Seahorse Pool and Jacuzzi is the perfect spot to relax and unwind while enjoying life on the high seas.
Golf enthusiasts will enjoy Crystal Serenity's driving nets and putting greens, right- and left-handed clubs for both men and women, as well as golf clinics and instruction by PGA golf pros on most sailings.
High above the sea, where warm rays of sunshine meet cool ocean breezes, Wimbledon Court welcomes doubles and singles matches in paddle tennis.
Breathtaking vistas witnessed only at sea. To walk along a 360 degree teak Promenade deck is to truly experience one of the greatest moments of ocean travel.
A welcoming ambience of contemporary style and warmth, Crystal Cove is host to soft piano music and lively conversation. An ideal setting for pre-dinner cocktails or following a day ashore.
Dark paneled walls and rich leather club chairs create the perfect space to steal away for a cocktail and conversation. But as the evening rolls on with the crescendo of live piano sing-alongs, a happy camaraderie fills the night.
In the heart of the ship with panoramic port-to-starboard ocean views, this welcoming space hosts lectures by day, dancing by night and a new Supper Club specialty dining experience periodically throughout each voyage.
Boasting exceptional views from every seat in the house, elaborate stage shows and Broadway-styled productions are performed twice nightly, featuring celebrity guests, comedy revues, classical recitals and more.
Fantasia & Waves
With its dedicated spaces and acclaimed, age-specific children's programs for kids ages 3 to 17, Crystal is the luxury cruise line best suited for family travel during the holidays and all through summer.More Choices
- Plam Court
- Resort World At Sea Casino
- Connoisseur Club
- Hollywood Theatre
- Pulse Nightclub
Creative Learning Institute
Progressive classes and workshops on a variety of topics - from wellness and wine to finance and art - allow you to follow your passions during your travels.
Computer University @Sea
Imagine returning home with a personalized movie of your trek through Machu Picchu, a digital photo documentary of your exploration of the pyramids at Giza, or even your own daily blog. With free 24-hour Wi-Fi/Internet access, you can do it all.
Crystal Visions Lecture Series
Stars of the stage and screen, masters of comedy, decorated Olympians, noted diplomats and ambassadors, celebrated authors, and renowned scientists highlight Crystal's award-winning enrichment lecture and seminar series.
Supervised games are offered by an accredited ACBL instructor on every cruise.
Avenue of the Stars
From exquisite jewels and high fashion to treasured mementos and resort wear, the boutiques and shops along the Avenue of the Stars feature selections from brands that find a familiar home in a sophisticated yet understated environment.
A comfortable and quiet spot to read a book (or find one!), peruse picture books and atlases, join in on puzzles, and simply relax.
- Launched: July 7, 2003
- Guest Capacity: 980
- Ship's Registry: Bahamas
- Total Crew: 655
- Gross Registered Tons: 68,870
- Length: 820 ft.
- Width: 105.6 ft.
- Draft: 24.9 ft.
- Maximum Speed: 22 Knots
Please note: Stateroom images and features are samples only. Actual furniture, fixtures, colors, configurations and window/porthole views may vary.
From one end of this great earth to the other, you''ll travel via the luxury of a cruise ship. Be pampered on board as your home-at-sea makes its way through international waters to far away places.
Discover the cosmopolitan beauty of Miami along Florida's fabled Gold Coast. Stroll through carefully preserved Art Deco neighborhoods and witness the trendy lifestyle that is South Beach. Enjoy open-air shopping in the Bayside Marketplace and shop for a bite to eat in Coconut Grove, with its harborside cafes and quaint, artistic settings.
The tiny island of St. Barts is picture-perfect. So much so that it has become a haunt for the very rich who come for the privacy, gorgeous beaches and exquisite French cuisine. It has over 20 magnificent beaches, linked roads that are hilly and narrow. The quaint streets of the Lilliputian port of Gustavia lead past small markets and bakeries. Included among these markets are dozens of small shops selling French perfumes, sportswerar, watches, and crystal. It is no wonder why the port of Gustavia is preferred by many of the luxury cruise lines as a port-of-call.
The ship passes through a channel in the reef, into a broad, perfectly protected natural harbor. This is Willemstad, where Dutch gingerbread houses, superb shopping, excellent restaurants and bustling casinos abound. Nature buffs will love the exotic plants and tropical birdlife of Christoffel National Park. And don''t forget to sample the famous Curaï¿½ao liqueur, still made here.
...The port of Manta is the busiest fishing port on earth.The Museo del Banco Central is a fantastic museum ...Manta's beaches are spacious as well as beautiful, and are home to a wide array of wildlife.There are a few truly great restaurants in Manta, and the nightlife is fantastic.
Guayaquil is a port for Quito, the beautiful capital of Ecuador. As you stroll the cobbled streets of the city called "Queen of the Andes," rich legacies of art, history and magnificent Spanish colonial architecture surround you. Or, experience the natural Eden of the fabled Galapagos, Darwin's living laboratory, on a special land tour.
Part of the Society Islands of Polynesia, North West of Tahiti.
James Michener called it the most beautiful island in the South Pacific. You may confirm his opinion, either by the local "Le Truck" transport, 4-wheel-drive van, or in a helicopter overhead. And the offshore beauty is accessible by a glass-bottomed boat or by snorkeling.
Port of the Society Islands of Polynesia.
The largest of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, Tahiti held a magical attraction for artist Paul Gauguin and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. To understand why, simply listen to the winds whistling through casuarina trees on a secluded black-sand beach, or stroll through beautiful botanical gardens and marvel at island flora.
Rarotonga is one of the premier destinations in the entire South Pacific, and many travelers find that this beautiful location is even more gorgeous than highly-touted Tahiti. The fishing off the coast of Rarotonga is incredible, and local fisherman claim to have landed some of the largest tuna and marlin anywhere.Outdoor sports are quite popular on the island; from golf to hiking to tennis, Rarotonga has it all.Typically the dining, sports engagements, and nightlife are about half as expensive as the islands in French Polynesia and the rest of the South Pacific, so get ready to have some fun!
...Lautoka has countless natural treasures and unmolested habitats that are simply glorious... Sugar is the official crop of Lautoka, and September is the best time of the year to visit, as the entire town celebrates the enchanting Sugar Festival...
A French owned country.
Sydney is Australia''s showcase: the oldest settlement, the largest and most thriving city, the cultural melting pot. It curves around idyllic Port Jackson, where sandstone cliffs and bright islands complement the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Wander the cobbled colonial streets of the historic Rocks quarter, or tour the mansions of Watson''s Bay.
Nestled between the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, laid-back Brisbane makes the most of its magnificent beaches, offering an ideal blend of Aussie ease and urban energy. Wander in the lush Botanical Gardens, shop in the Queen Street Mall, or enjoy the countless cafes and restaurants along the banks of the Brisbane River.
A rare discovery awaits the traveler who ventures onto this remote island of Komodo. Walking through the dense vegetation, hearing and seeing a variety of bird and animal life, you may feel you've landed in another epoch. Indeed, the last vestiges of long-gone dinosaurs survive here, in the form of the legendary, giant lizards called Komodo Dragons.
From Semarang, travel through the lush jungles of Java to the astounding temples of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument on earth built in the 8th century. Here view a complex of dramatic carved towers that were forgotten for almost 800 years! Topped by graceful stupas, the winding pathways display carved panels depicting the life of Buddha.
One of Asia's great success stories, this island republic has merged diverse cultures into a dynamic and thriving nation. Clean, modern and full of green gardens, its neighborhoods reflect the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Arab and European backgrounds of its past. After sampling the legendary shopping, retire to Raffles Hotel's famous bar and toast Maugham, Kipling and Noel Coward with a Singapore Sling.
Malaysia's capital rises like a vision from the deep jungles. Its fascinating array of architectural styles includes Malay stilt villages, Islamic minarets, Hindu temples, Chinese shop houses and the indescribable opulence of the Royal Palace. In the background rise the world's tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers completed in 1996.
Set like a jewel in the Andaman Sea, Thailand's largest island has great expanses of sandy beaches that lure sun-seekers to their shores, and a unique culture combining influences from China and Portugal. Visit the fabled monastery of Wat Chalong, the Orchard Garden and the Thai Village, where examples of the country's culture are presented in a tranquil lakeside setting.
Ancient Burmese culture endures in this exotic city of the Irawaddy River. The jewel of the city formerly known as Rangoon is the Shewedagon Pagoda, one of the world's great Buddhist shrines, which is literally swathed in gold as well as diamonds, rubies and other precious stones.
This thriving port on the Bay of Bengal provides the perfect introduction to the wonders of southern India. Magnificent Dravidian temples compete with monuments from the British colonial past, including the Chepauk Palace and the High Court buildings. Chennai is also a thriving university and cultural center, as well as a leader in Indian film-making.
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka means "Resplendent Land," an apt description for this beautiful island. Sri Lanka lies fifty-five miles north of the equator, just off the southern tip of India. With its unique beauty, warm climate and near-perfect beaches, Sri Lanka is one of Asia's most adored destinations. Since the sixteenth century, the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left their architectural and cultural marks in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo. Yet despite its colonial architecture, Sri Lanka has always remained Oriental in spirit, with colorful bazaars, dancing elephants, graceful women in saris, and many Buddhist shrines and temples.
The Seychelles have a singular magic, whether you are lazing in the sun or paddling around with a snorkel or scuba gear. Uninhabited until modern times, these East African islands are known for exquisite beaches and pristine coral reefs.
One of the most beautiful of the Seychelles islands, Praslin has a coastline of granite bluffs, carved by wave erosion into fluted columns and fantastic forms like abstract sculpture. In the national park, visit a grove of huge, ancient Coco-de-Mer palms, found nowhere else on earth. A single frond can roof an entire house.
For many centuries, traders from Europe, India, the Orient and Arabia were lured to these shores. It was from here that explorer David Livingstone set off on his last expedition into the heart of the continent. Today, as you walk along the winding streets of the old Stone Town, lined with whitewashed coral rag houses, you can see reminders of this rich history all around you. Visit the Palace museum, former residence of the Omani Sultans, and the cathedral that now stands on the site of the notorious slave market.
East Africa's history is on view in Mombasa. The old Dhow Harbor was a center of trade among the old Swahili towns of the Indian Ocean. The Portuguese Fort Jesus looms above, surveying Old Town's Arab-style craft bazaars. Herds of elephant, giraffe and other game are to be found just inland, in game reserves like Taita Hills and Shimba Hills.
Like a magic carpet spread before the sea, Oman's coastal plain is one of the most fertile areas of Arabia. Famous since antiquity as the source of frankincense, Salalah was already a prosperous town when Marco Polo visited it in the 13th century! Inland rise the forbidding Al-Quar... Mountains, and the desolate "Empty Quarter" of central Saudi Arabia.
This small town at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, is known for its spectacular dive sites in the coral reefs of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. With its strategic geographical position, Sharm El Sheikh became the gathering place for ancient nomadic tribes and a pivotal site for several biblical events; Mount Horeb is said to be the ancient Mount Sinai where Moses encountered the Burning Bush and received the Ten Commandments from God. Beyond the beaches of the coast you can find the world-famous treasures of St. Catherine's Monastery on a full-day tour, or follow caravan trails to the Monder Valley desert for snacks and tea in a Bedouin tent.
This charming, picturesque resort where Antony and Cleopatra used to vacation is best known as the port for the ancients ruins of Ephesus - one of the world's most wondrous archaeological sites. Explorations should include such masterpieces as the Great Amphitheatre, where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians, the Library of Celsus, and the temples of Athena and Apollo - all connected by marble streets rutted by the wheels of countless chariots.
The narrow passageways of Mykonos are a twisted maze of whitewashed houses, miniature churches, lazy windmills, and tiny cafes serving up Greek specialties. Sample the freshest squid or lobster just snatched from the blue Aegean Sea, or shop for typical flokati rugs.
Piraeus is the seaport for Athens, the capital of western civilization, which boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life. In a single day, you can climb the hill of the Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and then find a welcoming taverna for some spirited bizouki music, plenty of ouzo to drink, and with luck, energetic Greek dancing.
Built upon the remains of the city of Halicarnassus, Bodrum is now a beautiful resort village on the Aegean Coast with intriguing sights. Visit the ruins of the Mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, or the Crusader Castle that guards the harbor.
With its steep volcanic flanks looming straight up from the sea, and the tiny white village of Thira clinging high atop the cliffs, Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking and legendary of all the Greek Isles. To the south is Akrotiri, where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.
Jewel of the Dalmatian coast, girded in ninth-century walls that rise sheerly from the water's edge, Dubrovnik is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Within the ancient fortifications is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways and a striking Renaissance boulevard called the "Stradun."
Venice enchants you from your first glimpse as your ship glides through the Grand Canal. A world power in the middle ages, its affluence lives on in its beautiful old buildings like those surrounding Piazza San Marco. Be sure not to leave without a romantic ride along the canals in a gondola.
This typical Mediterranean town is located at the end of Kotor Bay, which sits on the Montenegrin coast in the southern Adriatic. Due to the history of Kotor, it is the oldest town in Montenegro and is now a historical monument protected by the state. This town of Kotor has belong to many countries, around 3 B.C. the town was colonized by the Greeks, and later was an affiliate of Roman and Byzantine empires. In 1797, this town became a vital naval base under Austria's possession. In 1918, after World War II, this town became the property of Yugoslavia and is now included in the constituent republic of Montenegro. Kotor has been a 16th century cathedral, town walls, and a medieval fort.
Though once ruled by Venetian doges, Turkish sultans and French invaders, today's Corfiot citizen is as Greek as they come. Marvel at the 17th-century icons in St. George's Church, the medieval Palace of Phrourio or the 19th-century Achilleion Palace. The greenest of the Greek Isles, Corfu also boasts thriving vineyards and olive orchards among its rugged mountains.
Some of Italy's most romantic villages cling to the dramatic slopes of the ruggedly beautiful Amalfi Coast. Sorrento's one so beautiful it inspired a song. Take a drive along the scenic coastal road. Or venture further, to the amazing ruins of Pompeii, uncovered from the ashes of Vesuvius, or to Capri, known as the "Island of Love."
The port of Civitavecchia is the gateway to The Eternal City, where all roads lead. Mad traffic careens past monuments of the great civilizations of the past. You will want to see it all: the soaring inspiration of St. Peter's, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel; the flow of life along the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum, the Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain. Be sure to leave time for la dolce vita in one of the piazzas.
Christopher Columbus hailed from Genoa "the Proud," which enjoys one of the most illustrious maritime histories in all of Italy. It also features the largest medieval city center in Europe as well as Renaissance palaces that once enthralled Rubens and Van Dyck. From here, you can take an excursion to Milan, Italy's vibrant epicenter of fashion, business and the arts, to feast your eyes on The Last Supper and tour the grand opera house of La Scala. Or, enjoy a trip to Portofina, the most picturesque resort on the Italian Riviera.
No introduction is needed for what is perhaps the world's best known and most fashionable resort on the Riviera. Immerse yourself in the splendid scenery of the Cote d'Azur with an excursion to the hilltop villages of Gassin and Il Ramatuelle, and the new town of Port Grimaud, built to resemble an old Mediterranean fishing village.
Barcelona is the cultural heartland of Spain, yet its first language is Catalan, the native tongue of the proudly independent Catalonia region. Stroll down the shady, tree-lined Ramblas between street musicians and elegant bistros. Then perhaps visit the venerable Gothic cathedral, Picasso Museum or enjoy the architectural genius of Antonio Gaudi's Church of the Holy Family.