If you still haven’t sampled the seamless, all-inclusive, unbeatable style of Crystal Cruises you are really missing the boat. One of the most passenger-satisfying ship operators in the industry, Crystal belongs on every seafarer’s bucket list. And, if you happen to love gardens, then you should move it up that list to April 21,2013, when the Los Angeles, California-based company begins its new Mediterranean Garden & Floral Design-themed sailing from Barcelona to Venice on April 21, 2013.
Crystal is promising passengers a proverbial rose garden on the aptly named La Dolce Vita cruise on the Serenity with more than a dozen excursions to some of the most renowned, romantic, and private gardens of areas such as the Catalan coast and French and Italian Rivieras.
To help the theme flow smoothly the company is bringing specialists on board too offer hands on tips on how to do arrangements, and other floral-related topics.
“The scenery in these destinations is simply spectacular, and is only enhanced by the artistry and historical significance expressed in their gardens,” says Victoria Harris, Crystal’s manager of hotel services and design. “Together, the ship and shore enrichment allow travelers to get to know the area, and its unparalleled landscape, in a really novel way, while also teaching green and black thumbs alike valuable ‘trip souvenir’ skills they can bring back home.”
Tiptoe through these gardens:
- Venice – The adventure provides insider explorations of cozy Venetian squares and private courtyards include a garden created by Italian modernist architect Carlo Scapa, inside the 16th-century Palazzo Querini Stampalia museum and library complex.
- Monte Carlo– This one lets you tiptoe through exotic gardens of succulents and sub-tropical microclimate species, to umbrella pines and rare fruit trees as Crystal takes guests throughout the Cote d’Azur to explore classic French, Spanish, and even English garden design, complete with stunning coastline views and even a lesson in cooking with flowers.
- Barcelona– Excursions go off the beaten-tourist-path, from the city’s newest garden hotspot – the conservation-focused Botanical Garden, showcasing the plants of five Mediterranean climate – to the city’s oldest garden, the neoclassical Cypress-filled maze of Labyrinth Park, as well as to the area’s popular Park Güell, one of Gaudí’s most famous works.
- Rome – Italy’s finest Renaissance garden includes cascading fountains and dripping grottoes dating back almost 450 years. In between overnights on both ends, the Experiences of Discovery luxury cruise visits Trogir, Croatia and Florence, Sorrento, and Sicily, Italy. From now through October 31, 2012, Crystal’s all-inclusive, Book Now fares for the 11-day itinerary begin at $4,165 per person.
A second Garden & Floral Design-themed voyage sails from Los Angeles to New York on May 6, 2013 offering visits to lush private and public gardens in Charleston, Florida, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.