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Be spoiled on the Seabourn Quest enjoying 7 unforgettable nights on the Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise exploring Europe - Mediterranean. Your ship sails from Rome (Civitavecchia) and visits 7 ports in 3 countries before finishing at Venice. This 5 star cruise from Seabourn Cruise Line has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Sat 20 Oct 2012 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5.00pm
Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise 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.

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2 Sun 21 Oct 2012 Naples, Italy 8.00am 6.00pm
Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise Naples is an historic city over 2,500 years old, sitting on the west coast of southern Italy by the Gulf of Naples. Located halfway between two volcanic areas, Mount Vesuvius and Camp Flegrei and with numerous tours and cruise excursions available at the port, one may be inclined to miss out on what Naples itself has to offer. It has some of the world's best opera houses and theatres, and is often called an open-air museum because of its many historic statues and monuments. View finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, at the famous National Archaeological Museum.

An interesting feature is the cable cars that provide great views and an effective method of getting around town. The city is known for its rich history, with art, culture and gastronomy playing an important role throughout much of its existence. The historic centre of the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit the Garden of Remembrance with its splendid views over the bay and surrounding islands, the great glass-roofed arcade of the Galleria Umberto, the Piazza della Borsa, and for an alternative view of this Italian city, visit the Piazza del Gesu Nuovo, with its collection of colourful and random monuments.

Naples hosts a wealth of historical museums, indeed some of the most important in Italy. Visits to the historic Castel Nuovo, and the Palazzo Reale are of great architectural interest. Then there’s the18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex. Handicapped accessible tours in Naples are available in a variety of options: driving tours, tours by train, and tours by ferry. All tours include professionally licensed tour guides and step-free routes. All are sure to enjoy the famous guitar and mandolin music while absorbing the culture, and don't forget to taste the famous Pizzas.

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3 Mon 22 Oct 2012 Messina, Italy 8.00am 6.00pm
Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise Messina is a harbour on the eastern coast of Sicily, a short ferry crossing to mainland Italy lying to the east. Due to the several earthquakes that have struck the area on several occasions, the city is almost completely modern. Mostly viewed as the starting point for tours and trips to Taormina and Mount Etna, both of which are truly unforgettable, it also has much to offer in the way of history and beauty.

The Regional Museum, one of the top sights, is noteworthy for its Renaissance master works. Try to be at the Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock at noon if possible. Appreciate the architecture of the churches and sanctuaries, especially the Cathedral, while the Cappuccini Monastery and Savoca are interesting historical sites. There are also some delightful fountains, the Botanical Garden at the local university, as well as the all important specialty shops to be enjoyed.

For nature lovers, Messina also provides destinations of considerable interest. From the city you can easily reach the Peloritani Mounts, surrounded with green woods and dotted with old farmhouses and small villages (Basicò, Tripi, Mazzarà, San Andrea and others). This is an area offering tourists the chance to spend time in a unique environment, and to enjoy home cooked meals and excellent local wines.

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4 Tue 23 Oct 2012 Corfu, Greece 5.00pm overnight
Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise Corfu Island, located just off the west coast of Greece, boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the Greek Isles. With its impressive landscapes, rich vegetation, long golden beaches, the elegant capital Corfu Town, and many traditional villages, it is not surprising that this island receives many visitors each year. The capital is possibly most impressive, due to the Venetian, French and English civilisations that are remembered for the architectural elements they have left behind. Be sure to visit the Achillion Palace with its picturesque gardens overlooking Corfu Town, and at least one of the many Greek churches and monasteries.

The island has a great variety of excellent beaches, but if you want more than water sports, hire a car and visit the 1,000m high Mount Pantokrator to enjoy breathtaking views, and visit the old town of Kerkyra. Other places to visit include: the deserted village of Old Perithia; the island’s most treasured beauty spot, Paleokastrista; or if you have children, Aqualand. Be sure to eat at one of the restaurants, as Corfu is all about food and wine. Pyramid Restaurant consists of a luxury Dining room overlooking the ocean, and the Adventure Park where Mini-golf and Go-karts are available.

The British cemetery is a hidden gem just outside the Corfu town centre. As you walk around the peaceful gardens you will see a large number of military monuments ranging from the 1800s through to 1946, all of which have inscriptions with a story to tell. A great part of social history and the island’s colourful past is Kassiopi, a tiny peaceful village dating back to Roman times. Here, visitors can walk in the footsteps of ancient greats like Cicero and Emperor Nero. Last but not least, Corfu's little known golf course is one of the 19 greatest championship courses in Europe.

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5 Wed 24 Oct 2012 Corfu, Greece 5.00pm
Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise Corfu Island, located just off the west coast of Greece, boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the Greek Isles. With its impressive landscapes, rich vegetation, long golden beaches, the elegant capital Corfu Town, and many traditional villages, it is not surprising that this island receives many visitors each year. The capital is possibly most impressive, due to the Venetian, French and English civilisations that are remembered for the architectural elements they have left behind. Be sure to visit the Achillion Palace with its picturesque gardens overlooking Corfu Town, and at least one of the many Greek churches and monasteries.

The island has a great variety of excellent beaches, but if you want more than water sports, hire a car and visit the 1,000m high Mount Pantokrator to enjoy breathtaking views, and visit the old town of Kerkyra. Other places to visit include: the deserted village of Old Perithia; the island’s most treasured beauty spot, Paleokastrista; or if you have children, Aqualand. Be sure to eat at one of the restaurants, as Corfu is all about food and wine. Pyramid Restaurant consists of a luxury Dining room overlooking the ocean, and the Adventure Park where Mini-golf and Go-karts are available.

The British cemetery is a hidden gem just outside the Corfu town centre. As you walk around the peaceful gardens you will see a large number of military monuments ranging from the 1800s through to 1946, all of which have inscriptions with a story to tell. A great part of social history and the island’s colourful past is Kassiopi, a tiny peaceful village dating back to Roman times. Here, visitors can walk in the footsteps of ancient greats like Cicero and Emperor Nero. Last but not least, Corfu's little known golf course is one of the 19 greatest championship courses in Europe.

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6 Thu 25 Oct 2012 Dubrovnik, Croatia 8.00am 6.00pm
Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise Dubrovnik, a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast, is a prominent tourist destination. The city joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. An outstanding feature of the Old Town of Dubrovnik is its intact city walls that run uninterrupted for 1,940m encircling the city. This complex structure, one of the most beautiful and strongest fort systems in the Mediterranean, consists of a series of forts, bastions, towers and detached forts, originally used to protect the vulnerable city. Few of Dubrovnik's Renaissance buildings survived the earthquake of 1667, but fortunately enough remain to preserve the legacy of a glorious past.

The finest Renaissance highlight is the Sponza Palace that is currently used to house the National Archives. Other important monuments, such as the Rectors Palace – now a museum – with its ornate staircase, and the St Saviour Church – another remnant of the Renaissance period – are both much-visited. The nearby Franciscan Monastery with its outstanding exhibits, as well as its amazing library of 30,000 volumes and 1,500 valuable handwritten documents, is a must-see. Visit: the city’s most beloved church, St Blaise; the baroque Cathedral with its historical relics; and the city's Dominican Monastery that resembles a fortress, but also contains an art museum and a Gothic-Romanesque church.

All of the restaurants have a romantic ambience. In many you are facing the sea, dining outdoors, and eating excellent fresh seafood. You may take a trip on the Cable Car, visit some of the lovely local islands, and even take a ride at the Kojan Koral’s Riding Stables. There are several museums of great interest such as the Multimedia Museum and War Photo Limited with its educational, though disturbing, exhibits. There are also a few beaches including Copacabana Beach, a small stony beach part of the Elaphiti Islands, named after the popular beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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7 Fri 26 Oct 2012 Zadar, Croatia 8.00am 5.00pm
Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise Zadar is a Croatian city located not far away from Sibenik. It is a several thousands of years old town and it was the capital of Dalmatia for many centuries. Several layers of city walls with their attractive and impressive entries dating back to the 165th century, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monuments as well as a preserved collection of church silver and gold, all bear witness to the city's tumultuous past. Visit the old town and absorb the atmosphere of the rich history, while viewing the delightful marble streets, fascinating architecture and the famous churches, each one with a story to tell.

Also of great interest is St Donat’s church, one of the best preserved pre-Romanesque buildings in the world, is now a museum and concert hall. Also, be sure to take a stroll, sit and view the remains of the Roman Forum, one of the best in existence. Add to these the main Cathedral with its impressive organ, St Mary’s that also houses a museum of antique religious relics and artefacts, and the Archaeological Museum with artefacts that testify to Zadar’s long and rich history. Many visit the famous beaches in the area such as, Borik that offers a range of water activities.

If at all possible, organise to take a stroll along the paved seafront and enjoy a coffee at one of the cafes on Zadar’s Riva, while listening to the unusual sounds of the Sea Organ that is set in the harbour wall. This man-made organ works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create a musical soundscape. Accompanied by a light display that creates visualisations of the sounds being produced by the organ, it is not surprising that it is a great favourite among locals and visitors alike.

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8 Sat 27 Oct 2012 Venice, Italy 7.00am
Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise Located at the head of the Adriatic Sea between the mouths of the Piave and Po Rivers, an intricate web of 118 tiny islands and canals make up the enchanting city of Venice in Italy. Considered to be an extremely beautiful and romantic destination, it is not surprising that Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music. One must take a gondola ride along some of the over 150 canals, including the Grand Canal. Be amazed at the numerous bridges – such as the Rialto bridge – and absorb the glorious renaissance architecture with its panorama of superbly detailed facades. A new cruise ship approach to the city is being developed, so large ships will not enter the Grand Canal.

Venice highlights would, perhaps firstly, include St.Mark's Square. Enjoy walking around and absorbing the atmosphere, but be aware that sitting at an outdoor table while the piano is playing, you will pay top price. Visit the beautiful Saint Mark's Basilica, which blends the architecture of the East and the West. To avoid the crowds, take a tour of the Doge's Palace, the most impressive building in Venice, and the Galleria del'Accademia, one of Italy's best museums. Thanks to the Vaporetto dell’Arte, you can discover Venice and its magnificent treasures along the Grand Canal. It stops at the most charming attractions and has a multilingual audio video system.

Venice, the world's only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. The city's small winding cobblestone streets along the canals make for great walking. Be sure to visit the island of Murano that is renowned for its Venetian glass. Also be on the lookout in your walks for the beautiful marbled paper, quality lace, and carnival masks that provide great mementos of your visit. Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance, and historical culture still throbs powerfully in the old Italians' veins.

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Until July 2014 Seabourn Quest sails the Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, and to the far north of mainland Norway – the land of the midnight sun. Cruises range from 7 to 26 nights. Itineraries are port intensive, with few sea days, and overnight stays in selected cities give much more time for land tours. Two cruises in June and July head to the Arctic and North Cape, for you to see the Midnight Sun. There’s a 24-night explorer’s trip in August, from Dover to Montreal, that makes a lot of visits to ports in Iceland and Greenland. After September in the New England /St Lawrence region, Quest heads to South America. See the Amazon River, great cities of South America, Cape Horn, Antarctica. Chilean fjords, and the Andes. Quest’s itineraries are carefully chosen for the experiences they offer. Many ports visited are inaccessible to larger vessels. Onshore tours are far from traditional tourist tracks.

Accommodation
Choose from 225 ocean view suites, 90% with verandas. All accommodation suites are of generous size, bedroom separated from living area, dining table for two, bar replenished daily, the best of electronic entertainment available, and your direct-dial telephone to the outside world. All the appointments are luxurious and hardly need listing. This accommodation is a haven to refresh oneself for the next day’s onshore activities. Personal attention extends from supplying fresh fruit and flowers daily, to canapés and newly-baked pastries on returning from a day ashore. You’ll have a personal suite stewardess.

Food and Dining
Dining is in four five-star dining venues. Open seated dining in The Restaurant is a memorable experience, overseen by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer: award-winning cuisine, regional dishes, many items cooked to order, exotic foods and cheeses, accompanied at your table by ship’s officers. Breakfast and lunch menus here are expansive. The 50-seat Restaurant 2 prepares regional, seasonal cuisine in tasting portions. Seabourn has an all-inclusive complimentary beverage and no-gratuities policy.

Entertainment
Spend two hours dining and chatting with newly-met friends, and you make your own entertainment. The Grand Salon is the venue for small shows, cabaret acts, lectures, cooking demonstrations, movies and some social functions. The stunning Observation Bar is the place for early morning coffee or tea, and evening drinks with piano music in the background. Guests enjoy wine, champagne and spirits in any of the six bars and lounges.

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Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise

Cruise summary

Cruise: Italy & Dalmatian Gems Cruise
Duration: 7 nights
Ship: Seabourn Quest
Star rating:
Departs: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Returns: Venice
Ports of call: 7
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • All suite staterooms
  • Spa Villas
  • Shop/boutique (3)
  • DINING
  • Dining venues (4)
  • Member Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • In-suite dining
  • Special diets (book ahead)
  • Lounges, open bars (6)
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show Lounge (shows, cabaret)
  • Live music, dancing
  • Onshore tours organised
  • Casino
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swimming pools (2)
  • Whirlpools (6)
  • Health spa & salon
  • Kinesis Wall
  • Fitness centre, classes
  • Sun Terrace
  • Golf putting (9 holes)
  • Marina, watersports
  • Computer Centre (pay)
  • Enrichment programs
  • Port lectures
  • Library, card room
  • OTHER
  • Wheelchair access good
  • Wi-Fi, cell phone (pay)
  • Medical facility
  • Laundrette self-service
  • Elevators (3)
  • 110V AC power

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
  • Cocktail or champagne reception
  • 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, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Fitness and/or yoga, gym classes
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Concierge service
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers
  • Internet access & Wi-Fi in cabin (top suites complimentary)

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Casino gaming
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary 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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