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LO STIVALE INTERLUDE

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Rome to Venice on Crystal Symphony
DATES : September 3 - 14, 2016 (11 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,750 Per Person

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On a truly encompassing journey— from Italy to Greece, Montenegro and Croatia, there is nothing like a Crystal cruise to introduce you to the romance and allure of the Mediterranean.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Sep 3, Saturday
Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy »   6 pm
Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. Today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments. Located 90 minutes away is the Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.
Sep 4, Sunday
Sorrento, Italy (overnight) » 7:30 am  
As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms.

Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere.

The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region's highlights.

Sep 5, Monday
Sorrento, Italy »   7 am
As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms.

Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere.

The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region's highlights.

Sep 5, Monday
Cruising the Amalfi Coast  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Sep 5, Monday   Amalfi, Italy » 11 am 11 pm
Sep 6, Tuesday
  Trapani, Sicily, Italy » 12 n 9 pm

A military stronghold and naval base in ancient times, Trapani today is a strategic place for launching expeditions into Sicily’s impressive past and interesting natural environs. The Zingaro Natural Reserve stretches out along the coast and is home to reefs, inlets and sheer cliffs, making for a captivating area for photography missions and foot-based treks. Off shore are the Egadi Islands, rocky bits of land anchoring a history that has changed little over the centuries. Of particular note are the islands’ Paleolithic and Neolithic cave paintings depicting scenes of fishing and dancing. Live scenes of daily life amid a treasure trove of monuments can be witnessed in Trapani’s historic center, a perfect rallying point for visitors fascinated by old Italy.

Sep 7, Wednesday
Cruising the Ionian Sea  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Sep 8, Thursday
Kefalonia/Argostolion, Greece » 8 am 2 pm

The largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece, Kefalonia has its share of natural wonders and interesting history. In the wonders category are Melissani, an underground lake with gorgeous, deep blue water; the island’s numerous beaches, which are some of the most beautiful in the world; and Drogarati Cave, a showcase of stalactites and stalagmites that have been forming for thousands of years. Historically, the island has been in under French, Ottoman and British rule, and was occupied by Axis powers during World War II. Also seminal to Kefalonia’s past was the quake of 1953, a 7.3 trembler that destroyed virtually every house on the island.

Today, Kefalonia is emerging as a vacationer’s paradise. The island and its capital of Argostoli draw people from far and wide with pleasant weather, a picturesque bay and the Koutavos Lagoon, a feeding ground for Loggerhead turtles.

Sep 9, Friday
Kotor, Montenegro » 10 am 10 pm

Rising above the Adriatic Sea, the town of Kotor is splendid for both its ocean views and medieval Old Town. To walk through its streets is to take a stroll through history. You'll see fortifications dating from the 9th century; the Church of Saint Ana dating from the 12th century; the Church of Saint Luke from the 13th century; the Church of the Healing Mother of God from the 15th century; the Prince's Palace from the 17th century; and Napoleon's Theatre from the 19th century. Stylish gates, enticing flights of stairs and inviting squares, all accessed via a maze of narrow lanes, make Kotor's Old Town a true delight. With your visit, you will understand why Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sep 10, Saturday
Dubrovnik, Croatia » 8 am 6 pm
Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins.
Sep 11, Sunday
  Hvar, Croatia » 8 am 10 pm
This small island located in the center of the Mediterranean is a nature-lover’s delight. The arrival of Croatians to Hvar in the Middle Ages turned this temperate island into the center of Croatian arts and literature, thus ensuing the production of extraordinary works in sculpture, paintings and music. Greeks founded their first colony here in 358 BC, and since then Hvar has survived frequent changes of occupancy throughout the Middle Ages and into modern times. The impact of the long period of Venetian rule is most evident in the town of Hvar, where there are numerous reminders of the glorious Renaissance Movement. Today, Hvar offers stretches of beaches that melt into the azure waters of the Mediterranean—a paradise to tourists and locals alike. Year round, the sun shines brightly on the splendid island of Hvar, making its limestone towns sparkle amid the fertile green hills, rocky terrain, and the surrounding sea of clear cobalt blue. Situated between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korcula, Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic Sea, and it boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes nature has created. The climate is unmatched, and the clear, fresh air will refresh your soul. The magic of Hvar is eternal, its beauty is unforgettable.
Sep 12, Monday
Ravenna, Italy » 1 pm 10 pm
Ravenna is located in the Adriatic midway between Venice and Florence. Established in 1736, it was originally a seaport and is now connected with the sea by a six-mile-long canal that links it with Porto Corsini. One of the most fascinating towns of Italy, Ravenna offers a magnificent conspectus of early medieval art. It is best known for the astonishing mosaic decoration of its churches and tombs, relics from its Byzantine past. The mosaics at the Tomb of Galla Placida, the Curch of San Viatle, the Baptistery and the Basilica of St. Apollinaris are among the most interesting in all of Europe. These breathtaking mosaics are famous for their striking and varied colors, as well as for their symbolic meanings. The town's busiest and most popular square is the Piazza Italia. The Piazza Italia hosts the Prefecture, the Palazoo Provinciale and the Town Hall.
Sep 13, Tuesday
Venice, Italy (overnight) » 9 am  
Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.
Sep 14, Wednesday
Venice, Italy » Disembark am  
Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.
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