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6 Aug 2012
Monte Carlo to Barcelona Cruise
Seven Seas Mariner - 7 nights ex Monte Carlo, Monaco
All aboard the Seven Seas Mariner over 7 relaxing nights aboard the Monte Carlo to Barcelona Cruise exploring Europe - Mediterranean. This cruise departs from Monte Carlo and visits 9 ports in 3 countries before returning to Barcelona. This 4.5 star voyage from Regent Seven Seas Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.
|Day||Date||Port of call||Arrival||Departure|
|1||Mon 6 Aug 2012||Monte Carlo, Monaco||11.00pm|
| Monte Carlo is an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco in France. It really has a fairy-tale image with its beautiful Riviera - Cote d'Azur - setting, yacht-filled harbor and the elegant Casino that visitors can’t miss, though most don’t even enter to see the opulence and grandeur reflecting its exorbitant cost. It is an extremely rich place, where fast cars, big diamonds and flashy yachts are the norm. With its own Royal family who have ruled here since the 13th century, it is a place with which all of us are familiar. After all, who can forget Princess Grace Kelly?
The official language is French, but Italian and English are widely spoken and understood. Take in an overview of all the major sights on a ‘little train tour’. The eastern part of Monaco that contains the palace, at which guided visits are available, is probably the most interesting part of town. The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium is a great attraction for families and it also features an excellent restaurant overlooking the Riviera. Nearby, the appealing information and historical exhibits found within the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology may be of interest, along with the rather unexpected and impressive, Prince of Monaco's Collection of Classic Cars.
If you are more interested in art, then the main avenues of Monte Carlo are littered with pricey galleries, with highlights including both the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery and the Galerie Monaco Fine Arts. Visitors may simply relax and absorb the beauty of the yachts in the harbour, wander through the covered passageways of the old quarter, have a drink in the grand Hotel de Paris, or shop in chic boutiques. On the other hand the more energetic may prefer to participate in the water sports on offer at Larvotto Beach, or walk along the Avenue St Martin to soak up the atmosphere and views from the cliff-side gardens.
|2||Tue 7 Aug 2012||Livorno, Italy||8.00am||8.00pm|
| Livorno is the third largest port on the west coast of Italy, and is well known for supporting cruise ship tourism to Florence, the Tower of Pisa, the hill towns of Tuscany, Cinque Terre with its enchanting villages, and the Chianti wine region, generally with time allowed for visiting some famous outlet stores of famous fashion houses. However the port of Livorno itself has a lot to offer visitors. Criss-crossed by Medicean canals that are still navigable, and with its port overlooked by towers and fortresses, this well-planned city is most appealing. In or out of town, you are sure to have a wonderful time.
Home to the first bathing establishments in Italy, many still remain along the promenade that stretches for many kilometres between impressive 19th-century buildings. There are also villas in the Liberty style, and green vegetation consisting of pine trees, tamarisks and oleanders. Local places of interest include: the Naval Academy founded in 1881; the city Aquarium; and the Museo Mascagnano with its records of famous operas. Also popular are the hands-on Natural History Museum of the Mediterranean with its 20m-long whale skeleton called Annie, and the Terrazza Mascagni that offers a wonderful view of some of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.
Be sure to take a walk along Terrazza Mascagni, an elegant terrace with its stone balustrades, which sweeps gracefully along the seafront in a dramatic chessboard flurry of black-and-white checks. The Fortezza Nuova, built in the late 16th century, is in an area known as Little Venice because of its small canals. The interior is now a park and little remains of the fort except for the sturdy outer walls. The old-fashioned baths, Bagni Pancaldi, first opened in 1846, are great for those who enjoy the opportunity to swim, rent canoes, hang out in coloured canvas cabins and frolic in the sun.
|3||Wed 8 Aug 2012||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||8.00am||8.00pm|
| Rome, the capital, and largest city of Italy, is full of unending possibilities. It can be reached from the port of Civitavecchia in approximately ninety minutes either by train or coach. Rome greets visitors with a multitude of faces, such as the Ancient City with ruins like: the Colosseum; the seven hills; the Roman Forum; and the Sacred Way, the path used for triumphal processions. There is Renaissance Rome, full of winding streets and sun-dappled piazzas, and the Vatican, home to the Pope. Also popular are the Sistine Chapel with Michaelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco, and his masterpiece, La Pieta, at St. Peter's Cathedral.
Art is everywhere, with masterpieces often hidden in tiny, nondescript churches. Organised tours, with strictly controlled numbers, are regarded by many as the ideal way to 'see Rome', as they generally result in more prompt access, without lengthy queues. However you can explore Rome at your own pace, perhaps with a city's Roma Pass, on an extensive hop-on hop off itinerary, including 17 stops, through the heart of Rome. You have the choice of a 24 or 48 hours ticket, in especially appointed tourist friendly buses. The 48 hours ticket also allows for an interchangeable hop-on hop-off Rome cruise.
Rome has at least 40 underground burial places - catacombs - under or near the city. Though most famous for Christian burials, they include pagan and Jewish burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together. The first large-scale catacombs were excavated from the 2nd century onwards and continued until recent decades. Most visitors don’t forget to visit the Trevi Fountain, to throw in their coins and make their wishes! If you have already visited Rome, the surrounding countryside offers many fascinating choices, including the picturesque hill towns of Orvieto, Viterbo, and Bagnoreggio which are just an hour away from the port.
|4||Thu 9 Aug 2012||Sorrento, Italy||8.00am|
| Sorrento is a small, enchanting, Italian town, located over white steep cliffs that offers a fantastic view over the Bay of Naples, offering views of many famous neighbouring tourist attractions. Indeed, its location allows visitors to comfortably reach the delightful and enchanting towns of Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Capri, Ischia and the Amalfi Coast. Renowned for its natural attractions of landscapes, including the impressive rocks of the limestone mountains, and breathtaking panoramic views, it is also filled with fascinating historical and religious architecture. Visitors from all over the world have been attracted to Sorrento for well over two thousand years.
Be sure to visit the Cathedral, the Church of Saint Antonio, the Cloister of San Francesco and as many other of the Churches and historical homes, not only in its old town centre, but also in its surroundings. While used mainly as a base for exploring surrounding places of interest, the town itself, while offering hundreds of tourist shops, truly is a great place to relax. Visit the Piazzo Tasso, the central square which is built over a gorge. Pull up a chair, and simply absorb the delightful surrounds. Excellent hiking trails cross the peninsula. Rent a car or take a taxi if the steep streets look too intimidating.
Take the Via Dei Maio - the small road towards the sea - or simply 'watch the world go by', while enjoying delightful food at a pavement restaurant, taking in the breathtaking sunset, and inhaling the fragrances of orange and lemon gardens. The birthplace of Limoncello liqueur offers some good diving, great sea fishing, boat cruises and appetising restaurants. This small city in Campania has earned a plethora of alluring names. These include: Land of Mermaids; Land of Orange and Lemon Groves; and Land of Colours.
|4||Thu 9 Aug 2012||Capri, Italy||6.00pm|
| The isle of Capri is an Italian resort island that lies on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in southern Italy. While it is most often visited by day-trippers from Sorrento or Naples, it is a port of call for small ships. The town of Capri is the main centre of population, with a maze of expensive boutiques and, for historians, the island is dotted with neglected Roman ruins. The island has been visited over the centuries by intellectuals, artists and writers, all enthralled by its magical beauty. It is a legend that sees no comparison anywhere in the world.
Take the funicular railway from Marina Grande to Capri and enjoy: the Piazetta and its clock tower; the amazing streets, such as Via Krupp; and the delightful villas such as the Villa Jovis where you can see the remains of the palace of Emperor Tiberius. Also of note are the Faraglioni Rocks, the Gardens of Augustus, and the Natural Arch. One of the well-known attractions is the Blue Grotto which is best seen from a small wooden row boat. A visit to this sea cave, flooded with a brilliant blue or emerald light, is certainly memorable.
If you find the area altogether too busy and expensive, then take a rewarding boat trip around the island, or take the bus service to Anacapri for its numerous hairpin bends that offer fascinating views. While there take the chairlift to Monte Solaro, which provides picturesque views of the south facing coast. Also enjoy a visit to the Punta Carena Lighthouse just 3 km from town. San Michele, the home of the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe, is located here and is open to the public. There is certainly a host of fascinating places to be visited on this delightful island.
|5||Fri 10 Aug 2012||Olbia, Italy||8.00am||6.00pm|
| Olbia is a seaport in a NE wedge of Sardinia, and the main connection from the island to mainland Italy. It is fast becoming a popular tourist centre, primarily as the gateway to the famous and delightful stretches of coast, the Costa Smeralda. The people of the town are very friendly and there is a variety of bars, pubs and fine Italian restaurants to be enjoyed. With evidence of human occupation that extends back many thousands of years BC, the visitor is provided with a rich historical treasure-trove, including museums and monuments.
Some examples of these include: the Chiesa di San Paolo in the Piazza San Paolo; the Piazza Regina Margherita; a Roman cistern; and the Bascilica San Simplicio, a Romanesque granite church. Fausto Noce is sixteen hectares of green in the centre of the town and soon loved by those who live here and by those who just pass through Olbia. There are four entrances, and there is a bus stop in via Gabriele D'Annunzio for those who wish to use public transport. All this together with the beautiful beach activities ensure that all visitors have a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Outside the town are archaeological buildings and sites of great interest, with the Cabu Abbas - a defensive and religious site - and Sa Testa - a sacred well - among the best known. There are also 19th century buildings, such as the Simpliciana Library and the Comune (municipal) building, and monumental churches like the basilica of San Semplicio and San Paolo, erected in the 18th century. Also highly recommended is the recently inaugurated archaeological museum, situated on the little Island of Peddone, along the road that passengers take for the Isola Bianca and the historical centre. Many simply go shopping or relax and swim at the most beautiful beaches.
|6||Sat 11 Aug 2012||St Tropez, France||9.00am||11.00pm|
| The seaside resort town of Saint-Tropez that lies 104 km to the east of Marseille in SE France is very popular with tourists. Set on the lovely blue water of the Bay of Saint-Tropez, this modern version of a medieval town is distinguished by the line of yachts along the quay, the promenade, and the famous terrace cafes. Behind the cafes, the small streets and old buildings comprising sunset-hued pink, orange and deep red townhouses are picturesque, but they're possibly more popular for the multitude of shops and restaurants than their historical significance.
There are no fewer than 40 different beaches around Saint Tropez, and so you will have plenty of choices. The sandy Pampelonne Beach is amongst the most popular and is almost big enough for everyone. Tourists may also like to explore the coastal footpaths, try their hand at parasailing or scuba diving, or spend time sampling traditional Côte de Provence wine at one of the nearby vineyards. However don’t forget the museums of note, such as the Maritime Museum housed in a citadel, and La Maison des Papillons that is dedicated solely to butterflies, as well as the many delightful art galleries.
A number of historic landmarks are littered around the Old Port, the Quai Jean Jaurès, and the squares in central Saint Tropez. These include the Place aux Herbes and the Place des Lices. When here hire a taxi or scooter and head to the simple Provençal-style Chapelle St-Anne located atop a hill in a residential area above the Place des Lices. There is no mistaking the evident Parisian feel that these various landmarks exude. The regular boules games at the Place des Lices are particularly famous in Saint Tropez, while at the markets on the Place aux Herbes, visitors enjoy interacting with the locals.
|7||Sun 12 Aug 2012||Marseille, France||8.00am||5.00pm|
| Located on the SE coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is France's largest commercial port, and is also the largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. It serves as a gateway to the lush fertile region of Provence and all its cultural contributions to gastronomic excellence, impressionistic art, and ancient architecture. This cosmopolitan city with 300 days of sunshine a year, clear blue skies and the down-to-earth warmth of its residents, boasts a trading history that goes back more than 2,500 years. It is renowned for its beaches, a wide range of water sports, and particularly teaching scuba diving.
The main sights in Central Marseille include 20 fascinating museums that cover the historical periods of France, ancient to contemporary art, and the Fine Arts, as well as some unusual displays such as for earthenware and for motor bikes. A stroll around the Old Port, guarded by two massive forts and lined with dozens of cafes, is not to be missed. There are many religious buildings including the Abbey of Saint-Victor with its 5th century crypt and catacombs, and the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majeure that attract numerous visitors.
Visit: the beautiful Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, an enormous Romano-Byzantine basilica where the terraces offer spectacular panoramic views of the city; the Palais de la Bourse; the City Hall; and the delightful Pierre Puget Park. If so inclined, go shopping at the famous Centre Bourse and the adjacent rue St Ferreol district. There are also many tours of Provence available such as the wine-tasting tours, and all visitors will be fascinated by the building projects for completion by 2014, as the city has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture for that year.
|8||Mon 13 Aug 2012||Barcelona, Spain||6.00am|
| Barcelona, located in Catalonia Spain, is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, and one of the world’s major global cities. Today, Barcelona balances itself on the cutting edge of architecture, intellectual life, and style. Indeed Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture, the first time that the winner has been a city, and not an individual architect. The ‘Gothic Quarter’ is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, where many of the buildings date as far back as the Roman settlement. The Art Nouveau architectural style has a great number of buildings listed as World Heritage Sites.
An outstanding example of this is the immense, remarkable, but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, with completion planned for 2026. There are far too many famous attractions for all to be listed, however a few of the most popular include: the Barcelona Aquarium, with the IMAX cinema right next door; the Spanish Village that is home to replicate styles of houses from different parts of Spain; as well as fascinating traditionally made Spanish goods; and for football fanatics, the not-to-be-missed Barcelona Football Club Museum.
Add to this the Picasso Museum with his paintings displayed in alphabetical order, the Zoo, the National Museum of Art of Catalunya, and the Magic fountain on Montjuic, and one realises that this city with its old world attraction will not disappoint. Last but not least is Barcelona's old town, the heart of the city. It's made up of many small neighbourhoods, full of old-world character, linked by narrow, winding streets. Students, foreigners and artists thrive in this area, attracted by its sense of history and cosmopolitan feel, along with its trendy bars, concert halls and good restaurants.
Until mid-April 2016 Seven Seas Mariner ventures 1600km up the Amazon River, explores smaller islands in the Caribbean, and visits Bermuda and key ports on the US East Coast. In late April she crosses the Panama Canal and heads for Alaskan fjords. Mariner then runs 7-night cruises each way between Seward (for Anchorage) and Vancouver, visiting all the usual highlights. In late August she retraces her steps via Panama to the US NE coast for autumnal displays in September and October, cruising between New York and Montreal. Late in 2016 she returns to the Caribbean and Amazon. The first ten weeks of 2017 see port-intensive calls around South America. All cruises are indeed port-intensive, and focus on top-range shore excursions. Mariner is an all-suite, all-balcony ship. Passengers spend more time in these 5-star plus suites than on most other ships afloat.
All 354 staterooms have an outside floor-to-ceiling view opening to a private balcony. Every stateroom is a suite, and the smallest at 301 ft2 (including balcony) is quite large. All staterooms have as a minimum a walk-in closet, individual temperature control, telephone, writing desk, table for in-suite meals, queen-size bed (or twin beds), generous lounge area, wooden cabinetry, mini-bar/refrigerator, TV/DVD, personal safe, all presented amidst luxurious decor. Marble-clad bathrooms have a combination bathtub/shower, hair dryer, and cotton bathrobe and towels. Balconies (49 ft2) have two recliner chairs and small table.
Food and Dining
The Compass Rose Dining Room has large ocean-view windows and open-seating dining - choose when and with whom to dine - for all meals. Complimentary wines are served during dinner. Signatures (by reservation) offers authentic French cuisine under the auspices of Le Cordon Bleu of Paris. By way of contrast, Prime 7 (also by reservation) is a contemporary American steakhouse that serves multiple courses, also including other meats and seafood. For an entertaining meal dine at Latitudes, with its show kitchen. La Veranda is a large venue for breakfast, al fresco lunch buffets, and dinner, set in more casual surroundings.
The Constellation Theatre is a two-decked showlounge that features production shows, concert music, headline entertainers, and cabaret acts. Soloists and musical groups provide live entertainment in several lounges and bars. Dancing is popular and a gentleman host is aboard each cruise. Horizon Lounge is the most popular venue, with an active bar, dance floor and piano. For those who choose there is an elegant casino.
What's onboard? ▼
- All Suite, all balcony ship
- Atrium social centre
- Boutiques & Photo gallery
- Main dining room, anytime, open seating
- Specialty dining (3)
- Wines, beverages included
- Self-serve café
- Pool grill
- Room service menu 24 h
- Coffee, breakfast & snack bar
- Main Show Lounge (shows, cabaret)
- Nightclub, dance floor
- Lounges with bars (4)
- Live music in Bars & Lounges
- Dance hosts
- Connoisseur Club (cognac & cigars)
- Guest lectures
- Swimming pool
- Whirlpools (3)
- Spa, Gym, salons
- Deck games, jogging track
- Golf cages
- Shore excursions all complimentary
- Library with Internet (pay)
- Card and Conference room
- Wi-Fi free, unlimited 2016/17
- Elevators (6)
- Laundrette (3) self-service
- Wheelchair access best
- Wheelchair access good
- Cabin current 110V
What's included? ▼
- Accommodation as booked
- Flight/s and/or transfers as specified
- Gratuities - tipping is neither expected nor required
- Gourmet dining with complimentary fine wines, beers, spirits
- Specialty coffee, tea, bottled water, juices & snacks 24 hrs
- Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
- Specialty restaurants no extra charge
- Welcome bottle of champagne in cabin
- In-cabin dining at no charge
- Open bar - premium beers, wines, spirits, soft-drinks
- Stocked in-suite bar & refrigerator at no charge
- Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
- Entertainment - live music and/or shows
- In-suite movies & extensive media library
- Activities - organised & individual
- Dance hosts
- Bridge director on select cruises
- Fitness programs, sauna and steam rooms in Spa
- Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
- Butler service (Cat. C suites & above)
- Butler service (Penthouses)
- Concierge service
- Port maps and/or guide books
- Destination seminars and/or lectures
- Ship-shore-ship transfers
- Ground transfers
- Unlimited shore excursions
What's excluded? ▼
- Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
- Casino gaming
- Passport & visa fees
- Insurances of all kinds
- Increases in third party charges or taxes
- Optional land tour gratuities are welcome
- Items & services of a personal nature
- Medical services, vaccination costs
- Laundry and/or valet charges
- Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
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