Mediterranean Sectional-at-Sea #1 with Larry Cohen - October 2019


Our most exciting Bridge Program ever! Join Larry Cohen for one or any combination of these luxurious back-to-back cruises ... two ACBL-sanctioned Sectionals and one ACBL-sanctioned Regional ... aboard the stunningly renovated 6-Star Crystal Serenity:

Sectional: Rome to Athens - October 10-23, 2019
Sectional: Athens to Barcelona - October 23-November 5, 2019
Regional: Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale - November 5-24, 2019

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Larry Cohen, ranked one of the Top 10 Living Most Influential Bridge Personalities, was named ACBL Honorary Member of the Year. He has been dedicated to the game since earning his Life Master rating at 17. Larry finds teaching and writing just as rewarding as competing: he is the author of numerous articles, ABTA award-winning books, software, audio CDs and teaching DVDs.

On this Sectional, as on all tournament cruises he hosts, Larry will be holding court with his informative lectures — guaranteed to improve your game and give you miles of enjoyment!

ACBL Sanction #1910068


  • ACBL SILVER Masterpoints®
  • Lectures with Larry
  • Private cocktail party
  • Gratuities included
  • Free wi-fi in room and throughout the ship
  • Open bar service and fine wines and spirits throughout the ship
  • One complimentary evening at each of two specialty restaurants
  • Group Travel Protection Plan

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Rome to Athens

Crystal Cruise's
Crystal Serenity

October 10-23, 2019

Rome, Sorrento, Crete/Chania, Haifa, Ashdod (overnight), Cyprus, Rhodes, Santorini, Patmos, Athens


from $6390 pp

Includes bridge program, private events, gratuities, complimentary wi-fi, complementary fine wines and spirits, two nights complimentary specialty restaurant dining

You must book through Alice Travel to participate in this Sectional.

Our agents will be happy to assist you with pre- and post-cruise hotel stays and transportation.


The Itinerary

October 10: Embark Civitavecchia (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.

October 11: Sorrento. 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.

October 12: at sea.

October 13: Crete/Chania. Grecian? Venetian? Turkish? The answer is all three, as the Cretan city of Chania has been ruled and influenced by both the Venetians and the Turks. Current-day Chania is home to the Municipal Agora, a marketplace built in 1913 on the site of the old southern Venetian walls, and features a waterfront that would look right at home on the Venetian Lagoon. A maze of narrow alleyways opening onto squares edged by Byzantine and neo-classical buildings are quintessential Greece: quaint, friendly and gracefully aged.

October 14: at sea.

Haifa BahaiTemplecanstockphotoOctober 15: Haifa. Haifa is Hebrew for "beautiful coast" and the shining coastline of Israel's largest Mediterranean port lives up to its name. Travel through the gorgeous villas and resort hotels to the summit of Mt. Carmel for spectacular views of the city's many gardens, and striking Haifa Bay.

October 16-17: Ashdod. A tidy planned community built on golden dunes, Ashdod is southern Israel's only Mediterranean harbor. Yet this new city has fabulously ancient roots: Ashdod is mentioned in the Old Testament, and archaeologists have found ruins almost 4,000 years old. This is the doorway to the historic treasures of Jerusalem, and the worldly pleasures of Tel Aviv.

October 18: Paphos. Steeped in mythological history, Paphos offers an abundance of architectural wonders. In fact, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the treasures not to be missed are the spectacular mosaics unearthed in the House of Dionysus, charming Omodos Village and the solid rock catacombs of the Tombs of the Kings. Stroll the palm-lined waterfront promenade.

October 19: Rhodes/Lindos. Best known of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is rich with natural beauty, architectural variety and colorful history ... Hellenistic, Byzantine, Medieval and Turkish. Sunshine and dry air combine to cast such a magnificent light over the island that the ancients dedicated Rhodes to Apollo, the God of Light.

October 20: Santorini. Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano which erupted around 1500 BC with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving the haunting submerged crater into which Crystal sails. The island's small villages were preserved in the ashes and recent excavations have uncovered a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,500 years ago. Santorini's dark landscape offsets its simple, yet refined Cycladic buildings, which glimmer in the sunlight.

October 21: Patmos. Considered the " Jerusalem of the Aegean," the Greek isle of Patmos has a rich Christian heritage. The Monastery of Saint John was founded in 1088 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as is the Cave of the Apocalypse. Deep Christian roots make Patmos a destination for pilgrims, while the island's white-sand beaches, secluded coves and beautiful marina make it a popular destination for sun worshippers.

October 22-23: Athens. Athens is the cradle of Western democracy and culture. Visit the Pan-Athenian Stadium, home of the first modern Olympics; Hadrian’s Arch; the Theseum and the Agora, and, most important, the spectacular Acropolis with its amazing splendor and timeless beauty. This is one of the world’s greatest sights. Stroll, shop, enjoy!

Note: Itineraries are subject to change without notice.

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crystal cruises waiter4Emerging in November 2018 from her longest-ever makeover, Crystal Serenity will feature more innovative dining options with expanded specialty venues, more state-of-the-art technologies, and spacious new suites and penthouses. Replacing existing staterooms, these newly added accommodations will reduce guest capacity from 1070 to 980.

Culinary inspiration comes in the form of the Waterside (open seating dining), Churrascaria (an open seating Brazilian steakhouse), Chinese-inspired al fresco dining at Silk, and the fresh and friendly new Marketplace. Still onboard: Umi Uma (the new name of Chef Nobu’s Japanese-Peruvian venue), and the well-loved Italian specialty restaurant Prego.

Free unlimited wi-fi, available on all devices, offers new SpeedNet accelerators, doubling satellite speed. Rooms will be equipped with ultra-thin 42” interactive TVs offering current movie and TV selections.


Port security and handling charges: $585 pp. Prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, and are subject to change without notice. Call for single occupancy rates.

Alice Travel has purchased a Group Travel Protection Plan on behalf of all participants. A copy of the plan will be provided to you with the confirmation of your reservation.

In the unlikely event that Larry Cohen is unable to travel or attend scheduled functions due to illness or circumstances beyond our control, Alice Travel will not be liable, and no refunds for such inability to travel or attend functions and events will be owed by Alice Travel. Applicable cancellation penalties will apply. Alice Travel will attempt to provide a lecturer of equal caliber.