Embark on a luxurious voyage in Civitavecchia, port town and gateway to the ancient city of Rome. Follow the dramatic coastlines of Italy, Greece and Turkey en route to Constantinople, imperial city of the Byzantine Empire, today known as Istanbul, a modern city with a rich history. Sail to Sorrento on the Bay of Naples, near the archaeological site of Pompeii, and continue to Sicily where you'll visit a beautiful resort area, Taormina, where Mt. Etna looms in the background. Catch some sun in Mykonos in the Greek Cyclades, renowned for its beach culture. Enjoy a perfect blend of history, culture and relaxation on this voyage.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail at 8:00PM this evening.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise itinerary pricing.
The 68,000-ton, 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity cruise ship raises the already lofty standards of Crystal Cruises to even greater heights. She offers an expanded space-to-guest ratio (62.9) than her spacious sister ships. Her elegantly appointed staterooms are all outside, over 85% with private verandahs, and all offer completely unobstructed views, thanks to a unique recessed lifeboat design. Crystal Serenity amenities include grand lounges, five separate and distinctive evening dining venues, a Caesars Palace at Sea casino, a lavish spa, two paddle tennis courts and award-winning entertainment.
Sorrento is a small town in Campania, southern Italy. It is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints allow sight of Naples itself, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri. The oldest ruins of the town are Oscan, dating from about 600 BC.
With departure from Sorrento not unitl the early evening today, you have another opportunity to do some exploration of the history and culture of this fine city.
With the smoking cone of Mt. Etna as a backdrop, the chic resort of Taormina, is absolutely stunning. The town's ancient Greek theater is a wonder. Built in the third century B.C., with apparently perfect acoustics, it is still used today for open-air concerts. Spend some leisurely time along the Corso Umberto, where there are many interesting places to shop and dine.
A full day of relaxation at sea today, cruising the Ionian Sea en route to Mykonos.
Mykonos is a Greek island renowned for its sandy beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere and its intense nightlife. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Siros, Paros and Naxos. Many Greek and a few international celebrities have summer residences in Mykonos and can often be spotted having dinner at a small street-side table of an expensive restaurant or in a cozy taverna. The island has a legendary nightlife featured by a vast number of bars and nightclubs, but peace and tranquility can easily be found away from these areas.
The Port of Istanbul is the most important one in the country. The old port on the Golden Horn serves primarily for personal navigation, while Karaköy port in Galata is used by the large cruise liners. Istanbul is a major highlight for any cruise in the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, with ships arriving in from the Marmara Sea, past the Princes' Islands and Golden Horn to dock at the start of the Bosphorus strait, between Asia and Europe. The main cruise ship ports used in Istanbul are usually on the European side of the city, about 30 mins from the Old City.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
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