Portoferraio – 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 Which Riviera is Right for Me? French or Italian? http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/05/french-riviera-or-italian-riviera/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2016/05/french-riviera-or-italian-riviera/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 17:25:54 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=6078 Travel professionals get this question a lot: “Should I visit the French OR Italian Riviera? I don’t have time for both.” Well, both are beautiful and glamorous. Both have delicious cuisine (Salade Niçoise vs. Fresh Pasta with Ligurian Basil Pesto). Both have scrumptious local wine (rosés in France vs. white wines from Vermentino grapes in […]

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Travel professionals get this question a lot: “Should I visit the French OR Italian Riviera? I don’t have time for both.”

Well, both are beautiful and glamorous. Both have delicious cuisine (Salade Niçoise vs. Fresh Pasta with Ligurian Basil Pesto). Both have scrumptious local wine (rosés in France vs. white wines from Vermentino grapes in Italy). And the beaches …

If you were filling out a pro and con list, the page(s) would be full, and the score would undoubtedly be tied. It’s simply too difficult to choose, and it can be impossible to traverse the region efficiently without renting a car – which can certainly cut into that local wine consumption.

Small ship cruising often solves travel conundrums, and we can think of a few problematic travel scenarios that are more perfectly addressed with a single solution: our Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras itinerary tackles this question with a tightly curated seven day cruise voyage from Rome to Barcelona (and reverse), April through October, sailing through the French AND Italian Rivieras. So the answer to “Which Riviera?” is a resounding “Visit Both!”

Here are a few of our favorite highlights along this glittering voyage:

barcelona_cruiseBarcelona

Barcelona is always an incredible city to visit for the architecture, but 2016 marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Antoni Gaudí, whose famous Sagrada Família Cathedral finally has an end date to its more than 100-year construction phase – scheduled for 2026. Look for celebrations of this masterful architect around the city this year, as well as unique exhibitions and walking tours.

Port Vendres

Typical seaside pursuits abound in this mashup of a French and Spanish fishing village, including deep sea fishing, SCUBA diving, canoeing, and lazy days on the beach. For a bit of extra culture and eye candy, we also like to explore nearby Collioure, where Matisse and Derain lived and painted.

Sanary-sur-Mer

From Sanary-sur-Mer, it’s just a quick drive to nearby St. Tropez for a guided walking tour through the bright waterfront destination, followed by lunch and further exploration of the French Riviera. We recommend dining at La Pesquiere for a local’s-only feel and the best calamari of our lives.

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An insider tip (shhhhh) is that Windstar docks in Cannes on the Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras itinerary during the storied Cannes Film Festival, which is May 11-22. Some serious star spotting will be in order …

Monte Carlo

There’s more to Monte Carlo than the Grand Prix (although that is another favorite sailing of ours). Fancy cars zoom through the streets year-round, and high end shopping (or at least window shopping) is a sport. A visit to the Grand Casino is certainly not to be missed for the people watching alone, even if you don’t gamble a chip. The harbor, filled with multi-million dollar mega-yachts, is the perfect home for a Windstar yacht and easy exploration and access to this playground for the rich and famous.

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Portofino is the site of Windstar’s Private Event on this sailing, treating guests to the Beloved Villa Durazzo, Pesto Demo & Tastings. Guests are ferried to charming Santa Margherita Ligure with its rich villas and grand hotels creating a magical reflection around the bay. Strolling through Italian gardens while listening to local musicians and drinking in the view of the Tigulio Gulf (and Italian wines), you may forget your Windstar yacht isn’t actually yours technically. Then it’s on to a tour through the villa and its artwork and a pesto-making class from a local chef. After all, they DID invent pesto here, so do as the locals and eat up.

Portoferraio

Like Napoleon Bonaparte, we could be exiled in lovely Portoferraio on Elba Island, if we just had access to the island’s gelaterias every day. Seriously, this is the best gelato in all of Italy, as our well-traveled crew can attest. Don’t be afraid to try perfectly unusual flavors, like ricotta with caramelized figs.

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We love that this itinerary begins and ends in some of the most exciting cities in the world. It’s the perfect complement to all the smaller villages and outposts on the Rivieras. Rome doesn’t disappoint, so whether guests are simply jetting through on their way to the airport for the flight home or extending their trip with a visit to the Pope, Windstar is able to arrange for either scenario.

Have you ever experienced the French Riviera or Italian Riviera? Did you have a favorite? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Appoints ‘Influential Woman in Travel’ as Godmother http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2015/03/windstar-cruises-appoints-influential-woman-in-travel-as-godmother/ http://blog.windstarcruises.com/2015/03/windstar-cruises-appoints-influential-woman-in-travel-as-godmother/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:33:58 +0000 http://blog.windstarcruises.com/?p=4319 Wendy Perrin Named Godmother of Windstar’s Star Breeze Yacht Windstar Cruises is pleased to announce the appointment of travel influencer Wendy Perrin as Godmother of the fleet’s newest yacht, the Star Breeze. The company is adding two yachts to its fleet in May of 2015, including the 212-passenger Star Breeze and Star Legend. The addition […]

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Wendy Perrin Named Godmother of Windstar’s Star Breeze Yacht wendyperrin-hi-res

Windstar Cruises is pleased to announce the appointment of travel influencer Wendy Perrin as Godmother of the fleet’s newest yacht, the Star Breeze.

The company is adding two yachts to its fleet in May of 2015, including the 212-passenger Star Breeze and Star Legend. The addition of these two ships make the company the market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths. Star Breeze will set sail from Nice to Rome, May 6-10, 2015, with stops in Monte Carlo, Portofino, and Portoferraio.

Wendy Perrin is the founder of WendyPerrin.com, a groundbreaking site focused on travel solutions and travel planning. Prior to founding WendyPerrin.com, Perrin spent two decades at Condé Nast Traveler as its Director of Consumer News and Digital Community. During her time at Condé Nast Traveler, Perrin amassed a wealth of travel knowledge and recommendations, thus positioning herself as one of the travel industry’s most influential women. In addition to creating her travel website, Perrin is currently serving as TripAdvisor’s first-ever Travel Advocate.

D_EU_Monte Carlo_100_cc“I am so pleased to sail on the inaugural voyage of Star Breeze as Godmother,” says Perrin. “I can’t wait to experience the yacht, as well as those charming harbors that only small ships can sail into, and I look forward to exploring even more of the world’s hidden-gem places aboard the Star Breeze in future.”
Perrin has sailed on Windstar twice as a guest lecturer, including on her honeymoon. She fell in love with the company’s devotion to bringing guests closer to the world through small ship cruising, coupled with the personalized service for which Windstar is known.

Perrin’s Godmother duties include hosting the Star Breeze Christening Ceremony on May 6, which involves a pier-side celebration and ceremonial champagne bottle breaking across the yacht’s bow. In addition to the ceremony and interacting with guests, Perrin will participate in the onboard press conference and attend the Lifestyles of the Glitterati Private Event in Monaco.

“We are thrilled to name Wendy Perrin Godmother of the Star Breeze,” says Hans Birkholz, CEO of Windstar Cruises. “She is one of the most respected and influential women in the travel industry, and has made it her life’s work to provide accurate and inspiring travel experiences to her readers. At Windstar, we strive to deliver a vacation experience 180 degrees from ordinary. We are proud to have a Godmother whose career of telling stories about the most magical moments in travel matches our philosophy.”

Perrin’s appointment to Godmother of the Star Breeze comes after an $8.5 million, three-week renovation in Genoa, Italy. Windstar receives delivery of the ship on April 15, 2015, and re-launches Star Breeze on May 6, 2015, after a full stem to stern transformation, including overhauls of the public spaces, dining venues, and suites.

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About Wendy Perrin
Wendy Perrin is the founder of WendyPerrin.com, where she shares her encyclopedic knowledge of travel solutions and travel planners. As TripAdvisor’s first-ever Travel Advocate, Wendy advises its 315 million monthly visitors – the world’s largest travel community.
Wendy was formerly Director of Consumer News and Digital Community at Condé Nast Traveler, where she wrote her practical advice column, The Perrin Report, for 17 years. She started out long ago as the magazine’s Ombudsman (consumer advocate), investigating reader complaints about travel companies and helping wronged travelers get compensation, and that led to her book Wendy Perrin’s Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know.
Wendy has been a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, on cruise ships, at Harvard University, and at the United Nations. Television appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, and many programs on CNN. She has won the Travel Journalist of the Year award, earned a Lowell Thomas award for investigative journalism, and been a finalist for a National Magazine Award—the magazine industry’s most prestigious editorial honor. She graduated cum laude from Harvard, where she majored in History and Literature.
Follow her on Facebook and @wendyperrin for all her best tips.

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