Christopher Creek 2017 Wine Cruise

Ports of Call

Rome, Italy
Sprawled across seven legendary hills, romantic and beautiful Rome was one of the great centers of the ancient world. Although its beginning is shrouded in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle, Rome has always been and remains the “Eternal City.” Its greatest splendor was experienced during the 1st and 2nd centuries when art flourished, monumental works of architecture were erected, and the mighty Roman legions swept outward, conquering much of the known world. 

 
Today’s Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafés and elegant shops, is one of the world’s most attractive and exciting cities. Among the most famous monuments is the Coliseum. As you walk its cool, dark passageways, imagine the voices that once filled the arena as 50,000 spectators watched combat between muscled gladiators and ferocious animals. Stop to see the remains of the Forum, once the city’s political and commercial center. In later times, Rome’s squares were enhanced with such imposing structures as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, the monumental Trevi fountain and Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, to name just a few.
 
 

 
 
La Spezia, Italy
La Spezia, which lies between Genoa and Pisa, and is just minutes to the east of Cinque Terre - the five fishing ports that enjoy National Park status - is home to the Pallo del Golfo, an annual boat race that sees the Gulf of Poets' 13 historic villages face off against one another in celebration of the annual Festa del Mare. The town also offers fantastic shopping opportunities, as well as plenty of trattorias to enjoy local, Ligurian cuisine.


Nice (Villefranche), France
This jewel of the French Riviera is home to some of the world's most luxurious hotels and terraced cafes.  Stroll the ultra-famous promenade des Anglais or see masterpices by Matisse, Renoir, Monet and Chagall in one of Nice's many museums.



Barcelona, Spain


 
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia as well as Spain’s second largest city. Dominated by Montjuic, Vallvidrera and the Tibidabo Hills, sophisticated Barcelona is rich in ancient and modern architectural and artistic treasures. Many talented artists, sculptors and architects lived here, including Picasso, Miró, Mares and Barcelona’s best-known architect, Antonio Gaudí.
 
Barcelona’s beginnings as a major port can be found already in Roman times. However, the most significant period was during the Middle Ages when the city's wealth equaled that of the whole Catalunya province. Splendid buildings from the Middle Ages and a unique ambiance still make Barcelona one of the most attractive cities in Europe, drawing scores of visitors to see and enjoy the sights. In addition to its medieval setting and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, there are magnificent avenues through the modern part of the city, which are particularly noted for their landmark buildings of 
 Gaudí's design.



Malaga, Spain
The Malaga Port is an international seaport located in the city of Malaga, Spain. It rests on the Costa del Sol coast, along the Mediterranean, in the southern 
portion of Spain. An interesting fact about the Malaga port of call is that it is the oldest, continuously operating port in the country and one of the oldest in the Mediterranean. The cruise terminal is in fact, a large cruising port currently, though it also serves as a center for manufactured goods transport. In addition, a small fishing fleet operates from the port itself. 

Malaga port and the city surrounding it offers visitors a range of things to do. The beaches line the coasts and make for an ideal getaway. Tourists often visit Alcazaba, a palace in the heart of the city. There are three courtyards within, including the Patio de los Surtidores with numerous fountains. The Torre de la Armadura Mudejar is an area within the building that features a 16th century carved wooden ceiling. Throughout the port, there are fantastic locations to eat, including street side vendors. In addition, stop in La Posada de Antonio, featuring outstanding seafood dishes. El Pimpi's, Clandestino and Las Papas are also idea restaurants to visit for local, traditional cuisine. For good tapas, visit Gorkis, in the center of town. For those in the old center of the city, Larious Street offers Café Chinitas, an excellent location for a drink and fast lunch that is inexpensive.
 


Gibraltar, United Kingdom
The great Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold.  Made of limestone, it towers 1,400 feet above the mouth of the majestic Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and a natural reserve.  Go to the top of the Rock and admire the view across the Mediterranean and up the peninsula into Spain.  Feed peanuts to the famed Barbary Apes and visit St. Michael's Cave, a fascinating cavern once lived in by Neolithic peoples and visited by early Romans.  See the quaint fishing village along the coast and enjoy th colorful town.


Cartagena, Spain
An ancient port city with a name to match, Cartagena is located on the southeast Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsulas. It was founded more than 2,200 years ago by Carthaginian leader Hasdrubal and is now one of Spain's busiest commercial centers. As you cruise towards the harbor you'll notice it is flanked by towering fortresses.  Then, in the center of the old town, you will find the original Carthaginian castle and sections of the old city walls. But Cartagena is also a city which moves with the times hence the new harbor-front development which includes the unique National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. As part of Murcia province, Cartagena cruise port is also an excellent base for visiting the city of Murcia itself and its distinctive Baroque cathedral; the 17th century religious sanctuary of Fuensanta; the Fortress at Lorca Taller del Tiempo; the spa resort of Balneario de Archena; and for touring into the mountainous interior or along the Costa Blanca to Alicante.



Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza owns a reputation as a boisterous party town where hit the beaches by day and dance all night. But this is only part of the story for this picturesque island, which is part of Balearics near the coast of Spain. The town was founded by the Carthaginians around the sixth century B.C. and ruled in turn by the Romans, Arabs and Catalans. Evidence of these periods can be seen in the Dalt Vila, or old town, which boasts many historical structures and relics and two notable museums. The medieval walled city and its Gothic cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

During the day, Ibiza is an ideal place to explore, with trendy shops, interesting restaurants and a growing number of luxury hotels and spas in its beautiful harbor. In addition, the island boasts 56 sandy beaches around its coastline, making it the perfect place to simply relax.

HIGHLIGHTS

Wine Program Highlights
  • Personally hosted by Dominic Foppoli and Liam McCormick of Christopher Creek
  • Private welcome reception
  • Seminars and Tastings & Winemaker's Luncheon featuring the wines of Christopher Creek
  • Dominic Foppoli's intimate family wine tour - optional 4-Night pre-cruise Lombardia, Italy package
  • Optional wine-themed shore excursions exclusive to the group
Cruise Highlights

  • 11-day Western Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Reflection
  • Choice of stateroom categories including Celebrity's AquaClass with exclusive restaurant - BLU
  • Private Tour and tasting in the ship's two-story wine tower with over 1800 bottles
  • Gourmet cuisine served in multiple specialty dining venues

ABOUT the EXPERT(s)

Dominic Foppoli
 Christopher Creek



Liam McCormick
Christopher Creek

INCLUDES

  • 11-night Roundtrip Rome cruise aboard Celebrity Reflection
  • Twice daily stateroom maid service (makeup and turndown)
  • 24-hour room service
  • Fresh ice delivered to stateroom upon request
  • Complimentary beach towel service
  • Complimentary Celebrity tote bag
  • Complimentary use of bathrobes



DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Roundtrip Air Transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional shore tours
  • All items of a personal nature