Venice Lifestyle Cruise

September 26th to October 3rd, 2017

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Venice cruise

The sensual way to get away

“Venice Foreplay” will set sail along the Adriatic Sea from September 26th to October 3rd, 2017, departing and culminating in Venice, Italy, stopping in several ports in Croatia and Slovenia. Passengers will be able to enjoy a luxurious program that has been conceived to ensure a truly original experience, with exclusive, world-class services & amenities such as: Clothing-optional areas, private, adult playrooms, unique, riveting entertainment, provocative theme nights, exquisite culinary experiences and sophisticated staterooms. We have carefully selected this amazing ship and this exotic route to enable us to provide our passengers the opportunity to live a high-end, sensual yet spicy experience in a luxurious and secure environment, where they will receive top quality service and visit paradisiacal sites.

 

Itinerary

 

DAY DATE PORT ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
1 Sep 26 Venice, Italy - 18:00
2 Sep 27 Bologna, Italy 07:00 18:00
3 Sep 28 Split, Croatia 08:00 22:00
4 Sep 29 Dubrovnik, Croatia 08:00 22:00
5 Sep 30 Zadar, Croatia 08:00 20:30
6 Oct. 01 Koper, Slovenia 08:00 23:00
7 Oct. 02 Venice, Italy 08:00 -
8 Oct. 03 Venice, Italy Debark  

 

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VENICE

VOYAGE TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST CAPTIVATING CITIES

It’s hard to not get swept up in the romance and beauty of Venice, so we say why fight it? Let yourself be taken in by the city’s many charms as you stroll along the cobblestone streets, overarching bridges, and world-famous canals. And then plan on doing a little more walking.

Consisting of more than 100 islands, Venice is Europe’s largest urban car-free area. So the only means for getting around (on dry land, at least) are your own two feet—unless, of course, you travel by water taxi or gondola.

And let’s face it: If you don’t go on a gondola ride when you’re in Venice, you’ll never hear the end of it back home! And if you’re looking for a few more ideas while you’re in “The City of Water,” be sure to people watch in Piazza San Marco, sample Veneto wines, and shop for everything from Murano glass to swathes of silk. Bellissimo!

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BOLOGNA

CRUISE TO THE MOSAIC CITY

Dante (more on him later) once described Ravenna’s magnificent gold, emerald, and sapphire artwork as a “symphony of color”, and that description still stands today. Dubbed “The Mosaic City”, Ravenna is best known for its churches, which date back 1,500 years and are decorated with stunning, multicolored Byzantine mosaics.

Between the years of 402 and 476, Ravenna enjoyed a brief stint as the capital of the Western Roman Empire. During this time, the city served as a kind of living art studio for Byzantine craftsmen, who graced its Christian churches with their mosaics in brilliant hues.

Check out the Basilica San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, and Battistero degli Ariani to see some spectacular examples. Back to Dante: In Ravenna, you can visit his tomb, as well as the pile of rubble where locals hid his urn during the Second World War to keep it safe.

The Museo Dantesco is located next to the tomb and is a must-see for anyone who has read the Divine Comedy. Tour the grounds of the Azienda Agricola Vignato Virgilio winery then reward yourself for a day of sightseeing with a glass of crisp gambellara or a rich cabernet. Cin cin!

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SPLIT

THE MEDITERRANEAN FLOWER

When you’re in Split, you might want to consider bringing a pocketful of breadcrumbs so you can find your way back to the ship. The warren-like streets and alleyways of this ancient walled city can be confusing to navigate, but hey, sometimes getting lost is half the fun!

One place you have to find your way to, though, is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace, which dates back to the 4th century. It’s just one amazing part within the walls of a historical complex that also houses 12th century churches, medieval fortifications, and 15th century Gothic palaces.

So let intuition be your guide as you spend the day meandering through the cobblestone streets, while discovering the many restaurants, cafés, and shops that are tucked away in every nook and cranny. Wander down to the water’s edge and stroll along the Riva, the spectacular white marble-esque promenade.

Dalmatians (the people, not the 101 variety) are extremely fashionable people and this is the place to see and be seen, so get ready to strut your stuff. And if you do lose your bearings amidst such an array of distractions, one of the friendly locals will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

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DUBROVNIK

THE PEARL OF THE ADRIATIC

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.” We tend to agree. For in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, paradise is found behind the massive stonewalls that protect winding streets, charming squares, and red-roofed buildings dating back to the 7th century.

Even the walls themselves are spectacular and a “must walk” along the top. Not only will you get wow-worthy photos, but you can also scout the pedestrian-only Old Town for the stalls you’ll want to visit on your next adventure: shopping.

Look for shoes, leather, and traditional Konavle embroidery—and with a goldsmith trade that goes back to the 13th century, the quality and price of gold, coral, and filigree silver jewelry here is outstanding. After a little retail therapy, go to the Franciscan Monastery Museum, home to one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies where many of the lotions and potions are still made from ancient recipes.

Take the cable car up to the top of Mount Srd, then relax at the end of the day with a glass of rakija. (By the way, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you may be experiencing a little déjà vu, since Dubrovnik stands in for King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms in the popular TV series.)

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ZADAR

CONTRAST AND HARMONY

Zadar is a study in contrast. It’s a place where cobblestone streets lead to contemporary buildings, and where nature and technology flawlessly unite. Take the work of architect Nikola Bašić for example. He’s the mind behind two of Zadar’s most fascinating man-made attractions: The Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun.

 The former harnesses the power of the wind and the sea to make beautiful music, while the later collects the sun’s energy during the day to create a spectacular light show at night. But if you’re more into finding harmony created by good ol’ Mother Nature, the Croatian countryside is just a short drive away.

The nearby Krka National Park and Plitvice National Park contain stunning natural wonders like cascades, waterfalls, canyons, lakes, and rare flora and fauna, not to mention an extremely wide variety of bird and animal species.

Of course, life is really all about balance, so be sure to sample the local libation, Maraschino, while you’re here. Made from marasca cherries, distilleries in Zadar have been producing this traditional liqueur since the 16th century.

Cheers, or as they say in Croatia, zivjeli to that!

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KOPER

THE GATEWAY TO INTERCONTINENTAL ADVENTURES

As Slovenia’s largest coastal town, Koper is the gateway to an array of intercontinental adventures.

For instance, crossing the border into the Italian coffee capital of Trieste for a cappuccino at Caffe San Marco. (That way we can say to our friends back home, “Yeah, we’re just off to Italy for a cup of coffee.”) Or switching grounds, so to speak, trekking through the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Skocjan Caves, which features the largest underground canyon in the world and is only 30 minutes away from Koper.

Or touring the Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana, truly one of Europe’s secret gems—but not for long, since Lonely Planet recently ranked Ljubljana at #2 on its Best in Europe list.

Then of course, there are the charms of Koper itself, especially in the Old Town, with historic sites like the 12th century St. Mary’s of the Assumption Cathedral, the Praetorian Palace, and the beautiful square of Titov Trg.

What are you going to do?!




What’s Included

Savor the sensual side to dining…

Desire Cruises offers a choice of four distinctive dining options included in your cruise package, plus room service, and proudly features two specialty restaurants Prime C and Aqualina for a minimum cover. Whether you’re a fan of haute cuisine or down-home cooking, you’ll love the quality reflected in the fresh ingredients, careful preparation, and variety of menu choices, complemented by first-class service.

Inclusive Dining Options:

  • Discoveries Restaurant  -Main Dining The Patio

  • Casual Dining & Snacks Windows Café - Casual Dining & Snacks

  • Mosaic Café @ Mosaic Night – Casual Dining & Snacks

Specialty Restaurants:

Prime C & Aqualina – Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests (Club World Owner’s Suites, Club Ocean Suites and Club Continent Suites). For others, there is a $30 USD per-person cover. Reservations are highly recommended. For detailed information regarding all onboard dining options & dress codes, click here.

INCLUSIVE & VALUE-PRICED BEVERAGE PACKAGES

Inclusive beverage options:

  • Bottled water

  • Soft drinks

  • Specialty coffees & teas

In addition to standard complimentary beverages, we offer five high-value beverage packages available on all voyages. From a Premium Water Package and Premium Beer Package to Premium, Top Shelf and Ultimate Liquor Packages, these options give you more preferred spirits at a great value. It’s a win-win-win situation: more choices for beverage packages, and very attractive pricing on higher-end spirits, whether purchased as single drinks or in packages.