Kotor – Windstar Cruises – A Luxury Cruise Blog http://blog.windstarcruises.com Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:12:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Small Cruise Ships Offer Exclusive Entry to Europe’s Hidden Harbors in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro & Beyond http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/04/small-cruise-ships-offer-exclusive-entry-to-europes-hidden-harbors-in-italy-croatia-montenegro-beyond/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/04/small-cruise-ships-offer-exclusive-entry-to-europes-hidden-harbors-in-italy-croatia-montenegro-beyond/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:06:23 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=5929 The Adriatic is having a moment. In recent years, Croatia and lesser-known Montenegro have blossomed into “must go now” destinations in Europe, thanks to their stunning beauty, glimmering beaches, and old world charm. Pair those elements with the value, flexibility and many conveniences of a cruise vacation. It’s no wonder Windstar yacht guests love sailing […]

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The Adriatic is having a moment. In recent years, Croatia and lesser-known Montenegro have blossomed into “must go now” destinations in Europe, thanks to their stunning beauty, glimmering beaches, and old world charm. Pair those elements with the value, flexibility and many conveniences of a cruise vacation. It’s no wonder Windstar yacht guests love sailing the sun-kissed Dalmatian Coast and Italy’s legendary Amalfi on board a chic small ship – blissfully free from crowds but in the heart of the action in quaint Old World towns, off the charted course.

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Our Classic Italy and Dalmatian Coast itinerary brings guests to the best of Croatia: walk the ancient walls surrounding the center of Dubrovnik, stroll the polished marble streets of Split, and imbibe the freshest seafood and a dizzying array of Croatian wines in Rovinj. Next door, neighboring Kotor, Montenegro shows off the glory bestowed only upon UNESCO World Heritage sites, filled with medieval architecture, historic monuments, you’ll  delight in photo opportunities at every turn.

It’s the Mediterranean’s most charming and historic destinations, all in one incomparable voyage… not to mention also spending precious time in absolutely classic Italian ports of call including Capri, Sicily, Rome, and Venice.

 

So how do you spend your days in this fantastically diverse conglomeration of ports? Here are a few of our favorite highlights for a rich, varied, and, yes, Classic experience.

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Rome, Italy

Where do you even begin in Rome? The Vatican? The Pantheon? There’s so much history to soak up in this vibrant city, and even if you’ve seen it all before, there are many reasons to return in 2016. The Colosseum was recently cleaned and given a $35 million “face lift”; the Trevi Fountain has also had a clean-up; and the Circus Maximus, along with other historic Roman sites, will glitter on the big screen in the remake of Ben Hur, opening in theaters this summer.

 

Capri-cruiseCapri, Italy

This little island off the coast of Italy is one of those places you feel sexy just thinking about. Cool cafes, Hollywood lore, and rugged seascapes… it’s all here. Our favorite shore excursion A Taste of Capri and Blue Grotto gives you a little of everything, including seeing the sunlight passing through an underwater cave at the aptly named Blue Grotto. Mix in some other panoramic views (including Mount Vesuvius in the distance), local wine and cheese, and strolls through the narrow streets or the Augustus Gardens, and you have the perfect Capri day.

 

 

Private-EventGiardini Naxos, Italy

By now you may have heard of our Private Event program (or we hope you have! Each Windstar cruise includes a complimentary one). On the Classic Italy and Dalmatian Coast sailing, it’s the Tastes of Sicily experience in Giardini Naxos. The Private Event begins with a trip to a family-run winery, where guests get a tastes-on education in what to expect from world-class Sicilian wines, enjoying delicate extra-virgin olive oil made in the region as well. After the tour, lunch is served with a selection of traditional Sicilian food and, of course, more wine.

 

Kotor, MontenegroKotor-cruise

If getting there is half the fun, the experience of sailing into Kotor is three quarters the fun. It’s just that breathtaking. Sailing through the winding Bay of Kotor, called Europe’s southernmost fjord, on a small ship is a magical moment. Guests on board get their fill of blues and greens as the sea gives way to perhaps the most beautiful waterside settlement in the world. When the bright red rooftops of the medieval town of Kotor come into view, you’ve only just begun. Kotor is why we love cruising.

 

I do so love the Dalmatian coast — the Croatian coast line and ports are beautiful, you must experience the run up to Kotor in Montenegro.”
~ Captain Belinda Bennett, MSY Wind Star Master

 

Dubrovnik-cruiseDubrovnik, Croatia

Not to be outdone by Kotor, one of our OTHER favorite moments on this sailing is getting to dock in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik. It’s what makes sailing on Windstar and small ships so special since the larger ships have to dock in a port farther away and bus their guests into the walled city. Because you’re closer to the destination, you get to make the most of your day at a more leisurely pace. We like to cozy up on the terrace at Proto, an old-fashioned restaurant specializing in the freshest Dalmatian seafood, and enjoy a glass of wine with a platter of oysters. If being active is more your style, we love the option of kayaking around the historic city walls on our Kayaking the City Walls & Lokrum Island half-day excursion.

 

Split, CroatiaSplit-cruise

Yes, Split is known for its beaches and the impressive Diocletian’s Palace, but we like to hit the road to the Krka River Waterfalls in Krka National Park. The falls cascade over 17 natural barriers, and the park is teeming with wildlife and nearly 1,000 varieties of plants. But if the beaches are calling your name, Bacvice is one of the most popular swimming spots in Split. Don’t miss the street food from local vendors, like Croatian jelly doughnuts, yum!

 

 

Rovinj-cruiseRovinj, Croatia

You might want to work off the Croatian donuts, so in Rovinj, we like to stretch our legs on the Parenzana Biking Trail. Previously a narrow-gauge railway line, it follows a meandering course across the Istrian countryside. This super scenic adventure of course includes refreshments. And if refreshments as an activity itself sounds more fitting, Windstar offers a shore excursion to the seaside resort of Prorec with wine tasting… cheers to that.

 

Venice, Italy

Windstar visits more ports in Italy than any other country.  Venice is arguably the Queen of the Adriatic, so of course we visit this mesmerizing floating city on several cruise itineraries. Serenades on a gondola ride, shopping for Venetian glassware, lingering over an espresso in Piazza San Marco, or digging into a plate of Baccala’ Mantecata (salted codfish with polenta)… Venice NEVER disappoints. Never.Venice-cruise

 

Considering putting your own spin on this sailing experience? Don’t miss Windstar’s “Pick Your Perk” in Europe promotion, which is available on 14 Classic Italy and Dalmatian Coast sailings and on dozens of other itineraries including iconic Greek Isles.  The promotion includes the choice between The Yacht VIP Package, an all-inclusive onboard savings package of up to $1,700 per stateroom including free wi-fi, complimentary gratuities and beverage package, or two free hotel nights, pre or post cruise.

 

Have you ever visited these ports in Italy and the Dalmatian Coast? What was your favorite highlight? Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

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Considering a Cruise in Europe? Don’t Miss This Sale. http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/03/considering-a-cruise-in-europe-dont-miss-this-sale/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/03/considering-a-cruise-in-europe-dont-miss-this-sale/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:29:04 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=5889 Just in time for summer, we are very excited to announce our largest savings on Windstar itineraries in Europe, ever! Our brand new “Pick Your Perk in Europe” promotion is live, meaning if you weren’t sure whether to take a trip to Europe this summer/fall, the choice just got a lot easier. The “Pick Your […]

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Just in time for summer, we are very excited to announce our largest savings on Windstar itineraries in Europe, ever! Our brand new “Pick Your Perk in Europe” promotion is live, meaning if you weren’t sure whether to take a trip to Europe this summer/fall, the choice just got a lot easier.

The “Pick Your Perk” promotion gives our guests the choice between The Yacht VIP Package, an all-inclusive onboard savings package of up to $1,700 per stateroom, or two free hotel nights, pre or post cruise. The Yacht VIP package includes Windstar’s beverage package as well as complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi and daily gratuities for both guests.

We designed the “Pick Your Perk” promotion for your convenience: to be sure that you have a vacation that really is “180 Degrees from Ordinary.” The “Pick Your Perk” promotion runs on 15 unique itineraries in the most sought-after destinations in Europe including the French, Italian and Spanish Rivieras, the chic Amalfi and Dalmatian coasts, and iconic Greek and Turkish Isles. In addition to the choice between two free hotel nights or the Yacht VIP package, we are offering low cruise fares on sailings ranging from $1,799 to $3,599 per person, double-occupancy for 6- to 13-day cruises across the Mediterranean and beyond.

Below are several itineraries that offer the “Pick Your Perk” promotion, including a brand new itinerary on Star Pride for 2016.

Just Announced –Treasures of the Greek Isles Greece Cruise Vacation

Aboard Star Pride, these two newly announced cruises sails roundtrip from Athens, Greece roundtrip on June 9 and September 4. The seven-day cruise stops in six Greek ports along the way including Santorini, Kusadasi, Patmos, Nafplio, Monemvasia and Mykonos. In addition to the off-the-beaten-path ports of call, this itinerary boasts full days in the Greek Isles with late evening visits in Santorini, Kusadasi with a sumptuous Private Event in the evening at the Ephesus ruins, Patmos, and Mykonos. Under the Pick Your Perk promotion, the two free hotel nights, pre- or post- cruise, include a stay at St. George Lycabettus in Athens or equivalent hotel. Cruise fares start at $2,599 per person, double occupancy.

Visit 9 Ports in 8 Days: Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast

venice-cruiseAboard the Star Breeze, Star Legend, Star Pride or Wind Surf, these 14 cruises take place June 25; July 3 and 11; August 2, 18 and 27; September 3, 4, 11, 22, 23 and 29; and October 1 and 5. The eight-day Rome to Venice journey (or reverse) features exciting ports of call including Rovinj, Split, and Dubrovnik, Kotor, Giardini Naxos, and Capri. Exclusive complimentary Windstar Private Events on these cruise takes place in either Dubrovnik with delicious Croatian wines and folklore entertainment at Park Orsula in Dubrovnik with stunning views of the surrounding islands; or in Giardini Naxos with lunch and a tour of a family-run Sicilian winery. The two free hotel nights, pre- or post- cruise, include stays at the Ambasciatori Palace or Savoy Hotel in Athens. Cruise fares start at $2,499 per person, double occupancy.

Iconic Adventures of the Greek Isles & Turkish Delights Athens-cruise

Aboard Wind Star, these 20 sailings occur on May 7, 14 and 21; June 11 and 18; July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; August 6, 13, 20 and 27; September 3, 10 and 24; and October 1, 8 and 15. The seven-day Athens to Istanbul (or reverse) itinerary includes the iconic Greek Isles of Mykonos, Santorini, and Rhodes, as well as the Turkish coast with stops in Bodrum and Kusadasi, where guests can visit the House of Mary. Interesting shore excursions abound on this journey, including SCUBA diving in Bodrum for beginning or advanced divers, as well as culturally rich experiences such as visiting ancient Ephesus, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the greatest outdoor museums in Turkey. The two free hotel nights under the promotion, pre- or post- cruise, include stays at St. George Lycabettus in Athens or Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, or equivalent. Cruise fares start at $2,299 per person, double occupancy.

Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous: Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras

Monaco harborAboard Star Breeze, Star Legend, Star Pride or Wind Surf, these 12 sailings take place May 2, 16 and 26; June 11; July 2 and 19; August 1, 20 and 27; and October 14, 19 and 26. The seven day sailing from Barcelona to Rome (or reverse) dances along the French and Italian Rivieras with “bucket list” stops including Portofino, Portoferraio, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Sanary-sur-Mer, and Port Vendres. A popular shore excursion in Portofino includes a trip to the renowned Splendido Hotel overlooking the picturesque harbor of the tiny resort. A favorite of the rich and famous, the hotel is known for its superb Italian cuisine, which guests enjoy along with wine, olive oil, bruschetta, sorbet, coffee, and traditional pastas. The two free nights under the promotion, pre- or post- cruise, include stays at Wilson Hotel & Hotel Indigo in Barcelona and Ambasciatori Palace & Hotel Savoy in Rome, or equivalent. Cruise fares start at $2,099 per person, double occupancy.

Riviera Rendezvous on Spanish Serenade Sailings:spain cruise vacation

Aboard Star Breeze, Star Legend or Star Pride these seven sailings take place June 2; July 9 and 17; August 19; October 20; and November 2 and 13. The eight-day voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona (or reverse) includes stops in Palma de Mallorca, Almeria, Malaga, Gibraltar, Seville, and Portimao. Windstar’s complimentary Private Event on these cruises takes place in lovely Palma de Mallorca tucked in the heart of the old quarter, guests are treated to an evening tour of a modern palace enjoying artwork by Rodin, Dali, and other famous painters. Tapas are then enjoyed on the terrace along with local vermouth, wine, and beer, followed by a performance by Mallorcan folk dancers. The two free nights under the promotion, pre- or post- cruise, include stays at the InterContinental in Lisbon and the Wilson Hotel & Hotel Indigo in Barcelona, or equivalent. Cruise fares start at $2,299 per person, double occupancy.

Explore the Adriatic via Venetian Passageways:

Corinth-CanalAboard Star Breeze, Star Legend or Star Pride, these six cruises occur on June 16; August 26; September 20, 26 and 30; and October 9. The nine-day journey from Venice to Athens (or reverse) explores the Adriatic on a voyage along the ancient trade routes through the narrow Corinth Canal, to the ancient oracle of Delphi and into the stunning fjords of Montenegro. With port visits in Nafplio, Itea (Delphi), Katakolon, Butrint National Park, Kotor, Dubrovnik, and Hvar, the itinerary also boasts incredible shore excursions from gondola rides in Venice to off-roading on Hvar Island and kayaking the city walls of Dubrovnik. The two free nights under the promotion, pre- or post-cruise, include stays at St. George Lycabettus in Athens, or equivalent hotel. Cruise fares start at $2,499 per person, double occupancy.

The limited time offer must be booked by April 14 on 85 select cruise departure dates from April through November 2016. Follow the link for a full listing of available cruise itineraries under the Pick Your Perk limited-time promotion. Have a perk-y day!

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Windstar Cruises Samples Kotor http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2013/05/windstar-cruises-samples-kotor/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2013/05/windstar-cruises-samples-kotor/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 21:09:06 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=1729 On every Windstar voyage the Executive Chef takes guests on a complimentary tour into a local market to pick out regional culinary items. On the Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast voyage, Chef Rohit selected a variety of regional culinary items in Kotor, Montenegro.  What local products have you tasted while onboard a Windstar cruise? Comment […]

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On every Windstar voyage the Executive Chef takes guests on a complimentary tour into a local market to pick out regional culinary items. On the Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast voyage, Chef Rohit selected a variety of regional culinary items in Kotor, Montenegro. 

Executive Chef Rohit selects a variety of cheeses from a local farmer.
Some of the cheeses have aged for over three months and are preserved in rice.
Dried fruits are also offered.
Local fishermen offer their daily catch.
The fruit stall showcases a variety of vegetation.
Chef Alvin offers a bite.
The spread served onboard Wind Surf for lunch in the Veranda.

What local products have you tasted while onboard a Windstar cruise? Comment below.

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