Mediterranean Cruise 2020

/Mediterranean Cruise 2020
Mediterranean Cruise 20202019-09-11T12:55:34+00:00

July 1 – 11, 2020
Enchanted Princess Maiden Voyage


I am very excited about our ten days sailing on the Maiden Voyage of the Enchanted Princess, the newest ship in the Princess fleet with lots of new innovations. The ports of call are personally among of my favorite European itineraries.. We visit six counties within the ten days.

Starting in London is the perfect starting point. Stay a few days prior to sailing and enjoy Jolly Old London with magnificent sites to see as well as world class museums and vibrant gay night life. Our first port will give you the option of visiting Normandy or a jaunt to Paris. Both very exciting but different experiences. A day in charming Lisbon followed by a stop in Gibraltar, a fun stop. Then off to the very chic city of Barcelona with the famous architecture by Gaudi. Sangra Familia is a site to behold. Our next stop is Toulon in Southern France. Here you may visit Monte Carlo, Nice or Cannes or better yet a trip to splendorous Provence. We then stop in Livorno for a visit to either Florence or Pisa. We end in Rome. Maybe think about a post cruise stay in Rome?

Being on the Maiden Voyage of the Enchanted Princess is in itself a special feature of this sailing. See it’s elegance, many nuanced changes and world class dining. Think about it, you could be the very first person to sleep in that bed!! Princess is one of my favorite cruise lines so I cant wait to what innovations they have made.

I am not looking for a huge group. It feel it more important to bring a smaller group of sociable people rather than a group too big you cant meet your fellow cruisers.

I hope you will consider joining us!

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Itinerary

DAY/NIGHT PORT/CITY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
Wed July 1
London (Southhampton), England 5:00 PM
Thurs July 2 Paris / Normandy (Le Havre) France 7:00 AM 8:00 PM
Fri July 3 At Sea
Sat July 4 At Sea
Sun July 5 Lisbon, Portugal 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Mon July 6 Gibraltar 12:00 PM 10:00 PM
Tues July 7 At Sea
Wed July 8 Barcelona, Spain 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Thurs July 9 Toulon / Provence (Le Seyne), France 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Fri July 10 Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Sat July 11 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5:00 AM

London (Southhampton), England

The south of England boasts a dramatic coastline that encloses some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. The landscape of hills and heaths, downs and forests, valleys and dales, is without rival. Southampton serves as your gateway to the countryside – and to a wide variety of historic sites, national landmarks and charming. And of course, London is a two-hour drive by modern highway.

The United Kingdom’s premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home for many years to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear.

Paris (Normandy), France

Perhaps no other place in France holds more associations for English-speaking visitors than Normandy. The historic Allied landings on D-Day – 6 June, 1944 – live on in the memories of British and Americans alike. Nor has Le Havre forgotten the dark days of the war. The port was nearly completely destroyed during the Normandy campaign. Today, Le Havre is France’s second largest port and the gateway to Paris, “City of Light,” the Norman countryside, and the historic landing beaches.

Travelers usually head for the historic landing sites or to Paris. Yet Le Havre was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005. The Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux boasts one of the finest collections of Impressionist painting in the world.

Lisbon, Portugal

Draped across seven hills, Lisbon was once the center of a vast maritime empire that stretched from the west coast of Africa to the Spice Islands of the East Indies. Then, on November 1, 1755, a violent earthquake destroyed two-thirds of the city in the space of 10 minutes. Only the Alfama, the old Moorish quarter, survived. Today, Lisbon is a stately city of Neoclassical buildings and wide plazas.

Gibraltar

The Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Beneath the white cliffs of this natural fortress grows a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers thrive here, some not found anywhere else on Earth. Gibraltar’s stunning setting is matched by its history – five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The result made for a cultural melting pot. Veiled Moroccan women in caftans and vacationing Englishmen and Spaniards stroll along the narrow, steep lanes. The locals revert to a liquid Spanish when talking among themselves. And visitors to a 15th-century cathedral pass through a blue-tiled courtyard, once part of a 13th-century mosque.

Helmeted bobbies, pillar-boxes and pubs make for a bit of Britain in the Mediterranean. Gibraltar is a fascinating place, from its caves and batteries to the Barbary apes gamboling on the slopes of the Rock.

Barcelona, Spain

The 1992 Summer Olympics revealed to the world what Europeans and seasoned travelers already knew – Barcelona is one of the world’s greatest treasures. Vibrant and earthy, commercial and cultural, this city of two million residents is the capital of Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia. Stroll along the wide, tree-lined promenades of Las Ramblas and marvel at the spires of Gaudi’s Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Or visit the former Olympic Ring on the hill of Montjuic – also home to world-class parks, fountains and museums. Barcelona, which nurtured such artistic giants as Picasso, Dali, Miro and Casals, is definitely a traveler’s paradise.

Toulon / Provence (Le Seyne), France

Toulon has been the great bastion of the French navy since 1494, when Charles VIII chose its superb harbor as the site for a naval shipyard. Today, Toulon is homeport for the French navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle.” The city is also the capital of the Var and provides an excellent gateway to the riches of Provence and the Cote d’Azur. To the north and west are medieval Provencal hilltop villages and superb vineyards. To the east lie the fabled coves and beaches of the Cote d’Azur, the setting for the legendary resort of St. Tropez. And everywhere there is the miraculous fusion of sky and sea that forms the essence of Southern France.

Toulon’s Upper Town bears more than a strong resemblance to Paris – in the 1840s, the prefect of the Var was that same Baron Haussmann who gave the City of Light its elegant boulevards and architecture. Haussmann first tried his hand at urban renewal here in Toulon.

Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy

Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence – the cradle of the Renaissance – home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence’s rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence.

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome’s seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications.

Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome’s Bohemian Quarter.

Rome has been a magnet luring the world’s greatest artists, architects, and philosophers since the days of the Caesars.

Rates

Cabin Location Rate
Interior Cabin IB Category Group rate currently sold out
Please call for current rates
Window Cabin N/A N/A
Balcony Cabin BD Category $2549
Balcony Cabin BB Category $2629
Deluxe Balcony DB Category $2779
Mini Suite MC Category $3049
Mini Suite MB Category $3109

Our group rates tend to be the lowest refundable rate. There may be lower rates that are nonrefundable. Please ask.

Princess will require a 20% deposit or $250 per person, whichever is higher.

Current Promotion: The current promotion which ends on April 30 offers you $300.00 – 500.00 per cabin shipboard credit. Pick best location within your cabin category.

In order to participate in our events you must make reservations directly with us. Unfortunately people booked through a different source cannot be included as part of our group.

All rates quoted are per person based upon two sharing a cabin. Single occupancy rate is double the above rates. Please add $135 per person port tax. This ship has no window cabins.

Full suites and Premium Balcony or Premium Mini Suites are available upon request. Please call for triple or quad occupancy rates.

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FAQ

Carnival Cruises will require a deposit of $600.00 per cabin ($300 per person) at the time of reservations. Final payment will be due August 8, 2016 and will be automatically charged to your credit card unless you notify me in advance to use a different form of payment. Any and all check payments should be made payable to Cruise Designs.
Each person must have a valid U.S. passport, a passport card or an enhanced driver’s license. Also acceptable is your state issued birth certificate with your driver’s license. Canadian and residents of other countries will need to check with their consulates to see if a visa will be required.
Our host hotel this year will be the Courtyard by Marriott which is on the beach in Ft Lauderdale. We have negotiated group rate of $179.00 daily. To make reservations please call the hotel at 888- 321 – 2211. Please request the CRUISE RETREAT rate. The hotel is located at 440 Seabreeze Blvd. FL 33316 and their local number is 954 – 524 – 8733.
I will reserve the best available cabin at the time of your reservation. From time to time you may not get a cabin number immediately. This means that the cruise line has guaranteed your rate but temporarily can not assign a cabin number. You are guaranteed to get the cabin category that you have selected but you may have to wait a while for it to be assigned.
When checking at the pier you will need to leave a credit card imprint. Anything you purchase on the ship will be charged to your cabin account. Cash is not accepted anywhere except the casino. Should you not have a credit card, you will need to leave cash deposit from which you may draw.
The first night of every cruise we host a welcome cocktail party exclusively for our guests. This is the first time the entire group will have a chance to meet and mingle. We will make many useful announcements. Other private events are also planned for the week. Full details of our daily itinerary will be made available to you upon check in on the ship.
We have confirmed a block of tables together at 8:15PM each evening. Since the tables are ours, you may feel free to move from table to table each evening. We encourage this so that you get the chance to get to know as many people as possible. Dining the rest of the evenings is casual meaning slacks and shirt or polo type shirt. All meals in the buffet are always casual. You may request other dining times if you wish but you will not be with the rest of the group. We find it a great bonding experience if the entire group dines together.
We offer those who are traveling alone the opportunity to be paired up with other solo travelers. Roommate shares are not available in all categories. You may find your own roommate until final payment date. I assign roommate at the time of final payment. After you have been assigned a roommate I will introduce the two of you by email.
The ship will offer many excursions to purchase. We however, will offer at least two or three of our own including a chartered catamaran for swimming, snorkeling and fun. Our trips are usually lower priced and include more than what the ship will offer. Information regarding our excursions will be sent to you about 60 days prior to sailing.
A daily charge of $12.95 per person will be added to your cabin account to serve as tips to porters, waiters, cabins stewards, and pool boys.
Fly into Ft Lauderdale airport and try to arrive before 12PM. If you stay at our host hotel we will offer transfer service to the pier for a nominal fee. Should you fly in the day of sailing a taxi, which should cost about $15.00 is best. When flying home try to find a flight close to 12 PM.