THE EUROPEAN BRIDGE CRUISE COLLECTION - FALL 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:
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 #1911062
- SILVER POINTS
- 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
Athens to Barcelona
October 23-November 5, 2019
Athens, Santorini, Sicily/Catania, Sorrento, Rome, Piombino, Florence/Livorno (overnight), Monte Carlo (overnight), Marseille, Barcelona (overnight)
from $6045 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.
October 23: Athens. Athens is the hands-down cradle of Western democracy and culture. Throughout the ages, Athens' lofty Acropolis has been a source of inspiration. The ancient ruins scattered throughout this legendary city are reminders of Greece's great cultural heritage. Fun, music, fabulous outdoor dining beckons visitors.
October 24: Santorini. An active volcano 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 25: cruising the Ionian Sea.
October 26: Sicily/Catania. Surrounded by mountain slopes and the sea, Catania, is the economic center of Sicily's richest area. Once an important Greek and Roman colony, it is now a thriving commercial and industrial center. Above the city rises Europe's largest volcano, mighty Mt. Etna. A visit to Taormina is special.
October 27: Sorrento. 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. The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region's highlights.
October 28: Rome/Civitavecchia. 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.
October 29: Piombino. An important port for the Etruscans and later for the Republic of Pisa, Piombino remains moored to its maritime past, relaxed and content in the ebb and flow of life on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Rising up from shore are rugged hillsides offering sturdy perch for old fortifications and wide terraces revealing sweeping views.
October 30-31: Florence/Livorno. Tuscany "looks like Italy should look." Livorno is the gateway to many spectacular sights; the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa, the charming medieval village of Lucca, the lovely hill town of San Gimignano and the timeless city of Florence. This city's wealth of architectural and artistic treasures includes works by Raphael, da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Truly Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance, is one of the world's most enticing cities.
November 1-2: Monte Carlo. Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world's oldest monarchy. Enjoy its history and remarkable casino.
November 3: Marseille. Marseille is France's oldest city and one of the Mediterranean's premier ports. Amid the big-city bustle, the old port is a quaint landscape of historic charm: colorful fishing boats sail past the imposing Fort Saint-Jean, narrow streets wander among ancient churches and cobbled squares, and the venerable Basilica overlooks the scene from the hilltop above.
November 4-5: Barcelona. Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan ... a cosmopolitan center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains.
Itineraries subject to change.
Crystal Cruises' 6-star Serenity
Emerging 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.