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Small Ships – BIG experiences!

 

Introducing a new a style of travel –  Mediterranean Small Ship Cruises without the crowds. Up close and personal, our small ship experiences invite culture, history and breathtaking scenery to take center stage.

Imagine spending your vacation on a private luxury yacht or aboard a traditional, luxurious family-owned boat as you explore some of the world’s most enchanting places in the hidden harbours of Croatia, Spain, Monaco or Italy.

Small-ship cruises are all about engaging with other like-minded people and sharing the same sea-going experience. While others wait for tenders in tedious lines, you swim and kayak off your own watersports platform. You step ashore into the center of amazing towns, such as Lisbon and Dubrovnik to explore the secret charms of places larger ships simply cannot reach.

Unlike the crowded cruise ships left in your wake, you are one of just 30 to 300 guests, allowing for a more immersive experience – where you can get to know the locals rather than outnumber them.

A sample of our Mediterranean Small Ship Cruises:

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We’ve been there: Christine Boecker offers first-hand advice to help plan your perfect small ship cruise.

Testimonial:
“Our trip was fabulous – especially the Mediterranean cruise.
We are now hooked on small ship cruising.
The cruise-line you recommended did a great job of pampering us.
It was wonderful to be at a new port each day.”

TRΛVELBOECKER TΛILOR-MΛDE
– combing your personal preference with our expertise.
We create unique & authentic experiences
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Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant
Christine Boecker

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WINDSTAR’s PRIVATE YACHT EXPERIENCE

It Feels Like Your Very Own

Each one of Windstar’s graceful yachts welcome fewer than 300 lucky guests and take you to some of the world’s most enchanting places, most desirable ports, secluded coves and hidden harbors of the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas.

Small, sleek and gracious, gliding their way through spectacular seas and oceans, each ship is framed in striking white sails and is designed to be functional and comfortable. With its sleek lines and computerized controls, Windstar Cruises is revolutionary in both concept and design. These ships offer a yachting experience that is truly “180 degrees from ordinary” in an elegant atmosphere with luxurious accommodations, exquisite service and cuisine.

Life feels different on these yachts; romance is in the air, laughter resonates, music plays – and all is well in the world.  On Windstar’s yachts can you nestle into picturesque ports in Croatia, mingle with yachtsmen in their favourite spots in Ibiza, make a wish as the moon bathes in the canals of Venice, and thrill to the exquisite precision of Andalusian horses.

Check out our featured Windstar cruises:

Each voyage connects you to the world, the place, the people that broaden your vision and open your heart.

One of the things best loved about the Windstar experience is the smart casual dress code – no ties required or jackets for gentlemen, and ladies can wear their pretty summer dresses.

The other much loved feature is open seating dining which means you can choose where and when and with whom you want to dine and really enjoy the fun loving and social camaraderie which abounds. And the dining – in a word it’s delish. Each meal is a treat for your senses, prepared by a premier chef and served in intimate, impeccable style along with a superb collection of fine wines.

 

– 180° From Ordinary

 

  • Casual elegance and country club style atmosphere
  • Sailing into smaller and unique ports of call
  • Only 148 -310 guests on board
  • Champagne Welcome Reception
  • Plush bathrobes and slippers
  • Open-seating dining
  • No charge alternative dining options
  • All non-alcoholic beverages included
  • Five star service and cuisine
  • Deck and Beach Barbecues
  • Complimentary Destination Discovery Event
  • Beautiful Sail Away from every port
  • Complimentary Watersports
  • Access to the Open Bridge

It’s all about the destination

See more, linger longer, have the kind of adventure that defines the difference between tourism and true travel. Our small ship cruises provide ample time each day to truly immerse yourself.

Time on these yachts can be absolutely magical; there’s something truly exhilarating about sailing into an ancient town as dawn breaks and the towers and fortresses glow in the morning sunshine. Or anchoring off that charming Mediterranean Isle with the watersports platform down and diving into the cooling waters of the Aegean Sea; and perhaps watching the sails unfurl as you sail out of Lisbon, City of Explorers.

Each on-board menu is tailored to reflect the destination you’re in. In Spain it’s fresh paella, in Croatia it’s Cevapcici or locally caught fish. Before arriving in port, your cruise director will provide tips on the best local spots to eat and drink, from that seafood restaurant on Hvar to a hidden café in Tangier’s medina. And our team of loal guides can take you on a variety of optional excursions, if you don’t want to explore on your own.

It’s true – you won’t find nightclubs or bowling alleys on any of our small ships. In fact, some smaller vessels don’t even have an onboard pool. But – they do have a watersports platform or a ladder at the back of the boat for swimming, snorkelling and even kayaking in certain places.

‘Sustainable cruising’ might sound like a contradiction in terms, however small ships are gentle on the local communities and much better for the environment.

Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant
Christine Boecker

to arrange your Small Ship Cruise Adventure

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DALMATIAN COAST DISCOVERY

8-day Cruising Adventure ex Dubrovnik, from US$1,795 (KL5)

An idyllic island escape in the middle of Europe, the elegance and old-world charm of Croatia offers up impressive coastlines, meandering rivers, and the sparkling waters of the Adriatic to swim in.  Alongside the natural beauty of national parks and stunning beaches, enjoy regular doses of the region’s unique culture and tastes.

When it comes to cruising, bigger is not necessarily better.  Instead of mooring out at sea, we pull up right in the center of town. You can stroll on and off the boat whenever you like (very handy when you forgot your sunglasses).

Choose from Deluxe yachts or A-Category boats, each privately owned and operated, and accommodating up to 42 guests. Relax on spacious decks and enjoy some quiet time in the sun. In the comfortable dining room and lounge area you’ll get to know your fellow passengers and have a chance to make real lasting friendships.

Itinerary outline:

  • Cast off from Dubrovnik aboard our family-owned vessels, and cruise to islands both chic and ancient.
  • Explore the romantic and evocative Old Town of Korčula and enjoy tastings at a local winery in Trstenik.
  • Navigate the Adriatic to the Renaissance facades and jagged limestone cliffs of Hvar, then discover the soul of Croatia – Split.
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Yours truly, relaxing in Croatia

Itineraries are flexible enough to change as the weather dictates. So, if we spot some idyllic sun-soaked cove of the bow, there’s nothing stopping us from dropping anchor and having a swim.

Hundreds of islands – dozens of choices. We have recently experienced the beauty of this region, so ask Christine Boecker to find the perfect itinerary for you.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is small ship cruising. Our 30-45 passenger boats, specifically built to sail the Dalmatian Coast, are beautiful and very comfortable, although they do not have all the facilities of large passenger ships. There is no pool (other than the sea), and dress is very casual at all times.
  • Cruising takes place during the day which means the beautiful scenery Dalmatian scenery can be absorbed – part of the fun of travelling is the travel itself.
  • Unlike others, our ships overnight alongside, which allows time to dine and enjoy evening entertainment ashore during the balmy summer evenings. Breakfast and lunch is served on board.
  • Cabins are roomy and comfortable, some with picture windows (deluxe), others with portholes (A category) and all have en-suite bathrooms. There’s air-conditioning and most come with a safe, if you’re worried about your valuables.
  • As these are small vessels, most cabins will experience some engine noise. Due to some early starts, a pair of earplugs is recommended for light sleepers.
  • Onshore activities and excursions can be arranged. Most will involve walking, visiting ancient sites and historical places. Some of this walking may be over cobbled streets and uneven ground in potentially hot conditions, so bring a good pair of walking shoes and drink plenty of water.

Cruise Dates: Saturdays from May to October

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Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant
Christine Boecker

to arrange your Small Ship Cruise Adventure

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QUINTESSENTIAL CROATIA

Exploring the Adriatic Coastline – from US$2,995
9 Days Venice Roundtrip aboard Wind Star

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Experience the amazing rainbow colors of Plitvice Lakes National Park and Lake Bled’s fairy tale island. Wonder at the tenacity of Dubrovnik’s charming Old Town and Split’s Diocletian’s Palace. Relax on perfect pebble beaches, explore Piran’s Venetian legacy, and savor the taste of fine Croatian wine and wild truffles.

Highlights:

Croatia Cruise• The Bridge of Sighs, Gondolas and St. Mark’s Square
• The living history within Split’s Diocletian Palace walls
• Dubrovnik’s medieval city walls and thriving Old Town
• Breathtaking Kvarner Bay, near Opatija
• Multi-coloured pools of Plitvice
• Medieval walled city of Korcula
• Night out in Dubrovnik – cocktail reception, wine tasting and folklore show

 

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Venice
Welcome aboard Wind Star, your luxurious home-away-from home. Your journey begins in Venice, a place that’s neither land nor water, a unique and romantic port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2 – Opatija, Croatia
In the heart of the Riviera, Opatija is an elegant seaside resort town of classic beauty. Known as the “Old Dame,” Opatija boasts a 7.5 mile coastal promenade known as Lungomare, beautiful beaches, fountains, statues and magnificent villas in Belle Epoque style.

Day 3 – Zadar, Croatia
A Roman amphitheater, 9th century churches, and museums packed with Byzantine-era artworks crowd the peninsula that contains the Old Town. Within an hour’s drive, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Plitvice Lakes dazzles with turquoise terraces and veil-like waterfalls in primeval forest.

Day 4 – Split, Croatia
The bustling harbour of Split is lined with busy cafés. Beyond, looms Diocletian’s Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the center of town. Stroll the polished marble streets lined with every type of tempting shop. Head to the western end of town for an easy stroll through a verdant mountain park, or take an optional tour to Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage site.

Croatia CruiseDay 5 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
While larger ships pass by, we anchor just beyond the famous walled city. Tender ashore and step right into Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Capture the exhilarating views on your camera — and in your memory. End your day at the Buza Café (if you can find it) watching bold divers leap off the cliffs into the crystalline Adriatic sea.

Day 6 – Korcula, Croatia
The walled settlement of Korcula was home to the explorer Marco Polo. This medieval town will steal your heart with its beautiful architecture and great shops and restaurants. Beyond the town lie woods, vineyards, and the idyllic island of Mljet, where Odysseus met the nymph Calypso and stayed for seven years.

Day 7 – At Sea
A day on board your yacht is a day of choices, all of them good. Perhaps you’ll begin with a relaxing massage in the WindSpa, or an invigorating workout in the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre. After a sumptuous lunch in Veranda, sun yourself on deck, take a dip in the whirlpool, then catch up on email or grab a DVD for your suite in the Library. After dinner, try your luck in the Casino and dance to live music in the Lounge. This is your yacht, so of course you’re welcome on the Bridge, where the Captain and officers are delighted to share charts, routes, and vistas with you.

Day 8 – Piran, Slovenia
Situated on a tiny peninsula and considered to be the most beautiful of Slovenia’s coastal towns, Piran a collection of medieval architecture, narrow streets, and compact houses. A walk to the beautiful oval-shaped main square will greet you with a statue of Giuseppe Tartini, composer and virtuoso violinist, and the most famous father of Piran. Around the square are attractions like Venetian House, the Sergei Masera Maritime Museum an

d the Church of St. George with its gorgeous view over the city and the harbor from the bell tower. Take a tour to the nearby Skocjan Caves National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 9 – Venice, Italy
Return to the magical city of Venice after a memorable experience at sea.
If you can spare some more vacation time, ask us to extend your European stay in Italy and beyond.

 

Cruise Dates: July 13, July 21, July 29 & August 6, 2017

Contact us for current availability

 

Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant
Christine Boecker

to arrange your Small Ship Cruise Adventure

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SPANISH SERENADE

Discover Spain, Portugal & Morocco – from US$2,595
9 Days from Lisbon to Barcelona, or v.v.

 

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Embark in the City of Explorers, Lisbon, and dazzle your senses with Spanish treasures – the Moorish magnificence of the Alhambra, the Roman ruins of Cartagena and Tarragona, the golden Costa del Sol beaches. Sip mint tea at a café in Tangier’s medina and watch as men play backgammon. Tie up next to other exclusive yachts in Ibiza’s harbor with some 80 blissful beaches calling your name. Celebrate a dream come true.

Highlights:
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  • Lisbon’s Belém Tower, symbol of the Age of Discovery
  • Shop for hand-woven Kelims in the medina of Tangier
  • Exploring Pablo Picasso’s hometown of Málaga
  • Discover the “white villages” of Mijas and Mojacar
  • Granada’s Alhambra Palace and breathtaking Generalife Gardens
  • Cartagena’s Roman ruins dating back 3,000 years
  • Ibiza’s UNESCO-designated old town, Dalt Vila
  • The World Heritage city of Tarragona with its stunning Poblet Monastery
  • Barcelona’s amazing Gothic Quarter, and Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral

 

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon – home to St. George’s Castle, mosaic sidewalks, the bustling Alfama and the Tower of Belem – is where you will be welcomed aboard your yacht – a luxurious home-away-from home.

Day 2 – At Sea
This is your invitation to a day of indulgence. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience. Stretch out by the pool with your favourite beverage. Grab a great book or your favourite movie from the library. Stretch your muscles with our state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Dine in sumptuous casual style, or wrap yourself in that comfy waffle-weave robe and enjoy your meal in the privacy of your beautiful stateroom. Your delight is our single priority for your day at sea.

Day 3 – Tangier, Morocco
Fascinating Tangier is a traveller’s delight with beautiful vistas, lovely beaches, intriguing history and friendly people. Separated from Spain by the 20-mile wide Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier is considered by many to be the gateway to Morocco and Africa. With its cosmopolitan mix of African and European influences, Tangier is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Medina (the old-walled city), and the Kasbah which offers beautiful views and fine Moroccan art.

Day 4 – Malaga, Spain
Here, in the city of his birth you can see the brilliant and comprehensive collection of Picasso’s work at Museo Picasso Málaga. Or visit the beautiful village of Mijas, where picturesque Andalusian country life creates some of the world’s best wines.

mediterranean cruisesDay 5 – Almeria (Granada), Spain
Enjoy a walking tour of this ancient city, or drive through the Andalusian countryside to Granada and the magnificent Alhambra Palace. Built in the 14th century, this breathtaking example of Moorish architecture combines intricate mosaics and stone-cast latticework in a tapestry of grace and sophistication unparalleled in western civilization.

Day 6 – Cartagena, Spain
Welcome to the historic city of Cartagena. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by 400-year-old walls and contains a plethora of churches, fortresses, and restored colonial mansions. Outside the walls are more treasures: climb the massive Castillo de San Felipe to investigate its maze of hidden tunnels, or shop for the perfect emerald.

Day 7 – Ibiza, Spain
Said to be the spot where Ulysses was lured by the sirens, Ibiza boasts more than 100 miles of coastline with many beaches, and a myriad of restaurants. Large portions of the island are UNESCO World Heritage Sites including “God’s Finger” in Benirras Bay, Sa Caleta – site of the first Phoenician settlement, and Ibiza Town with its drawbridges, whitewashed houses, and Gothic cathedral

Day 8 – Tarragona, Spain
The beautiful, sunny port city of Tarragona has lovely beaches, a spectacular cathedral, and Spain’s second most important Roman ruins of Tarraco, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 9 – Barcelona, Spain
Joan Miró, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Antoni Gaudí have shaped the city in their Modernism image, especially in the Gothic Quarter. Stroll along Las Ramblas where street artists form human statues and perform acrobatic Capoeira martial art.

 Cruise Dates: Lisbon to Barcelona or reverse*
April 14, June 8*, September 18, October 20*, 2017 aboard Wind Surf
April 15, October 20*, 2017 aboard Wind Star

Contact us for current availability

 

Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant
Christine Boecker

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GRAND PRIX OF MONACO

Feel the excitement at Motor Racing’s premier event – from US$6,899
8 Days Roundtrip from Rome aboard Star Breeze


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Live the yachting lifestyle at its very best with an insider’s experience at Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix. On this exceptional voyage you’ll visit some of the world’s most glamorous ports – Cannes, Portofino, Portoferraio, Sanary-sur-Mer. Shop the boutiques, sample the charming cafés, indulge in a little people-watching along famous promenades, and on the pristine white beaches.

Surrounded by the glitterati, you’ll fit right in. Best of all, you’ll experience all of the excitement of Formula One® racing – Grand Prix of Monaco. Your exclusive cruise will be hosted by a special guest speaker and a Formula 1 racing expert. You’ll have exclusive access to private Grand Prix events, and two days of world-class Formula One® time qualifyings and racing.

This is the ultimate Grand Prix experience – available only once a year. Space is limited to 212 guests.

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We create unique & authentic experiences
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Wind Star and Wind Surf are sleek, 4- and 5-masted sailing yachts accommodating 148 and 310 guests respectively. With wide open, teak decks and a gross tonnage of 5,307 and 14,745, they feel like your own private yachts, especially with their open bridge policy.

All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV with DVD player, and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. Suites include a sitting area.

There are two primary dining venues. AmphorA restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating.

Amenities include: Spa, Watersports Platform, Casino, Lounge, Library, Pool, and Hot Tub.

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Wind Star Facts

CAPACITY: 148 guests
STATEROOMS: 73 deluxe ocean view staterooms and 1 ocean view owner’s suite
DECKS: 4 decks
CREW: 101 international staff
SHIP’S REGISTRY: Bahamas
LENGTH: 360 feet (110m) at waterline; 440 feet (134m) including bowsprit
DRAFT: 14 feet (4.1m)
TONNAGE: 5,307 gross registered tons
BEAM: 52.1 feet (15.8m)
SAILS: 6 triangular, self-furling, computer-operated sails with 21,500 square feet (or 2,200m²) of Dacron surface area
MASTS: 4 at 204 feet (62m)
ENGINES: 3 diesel electric generating sets, 1 electrical propulsion motor
SPEED: 10 knots with engines only; up to 15.8 knots with prevailing wind

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Wind Surf Facts

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CAPACITY: 310 Guests
STATEROOMS: 122 deluxe ocean view staterooms
SUITES: 31 deluxe ocean view suites and 2 deluxe ocean view bridge suites
DECKS: 6 decks
CREW: 201 international staff
SHIP’S REGISTRY: Bahamas
LENGTH: 535 feet (162m) at waterline; 617 feet (187m) including bowsprit
DRAFT: 16.5 feet (5m)
TONNAGE: 14,745 gross registered tons
BEAM: 66 feet (20m)
SAILS: 7 triangular, self-furling, computer-operated sails with 26,881 square feet (or 2,600m²) of Dacron surface area
MASTS: 5 at 221 feet (67.5m)
ENGINES: 4 diesel electric generating sets, 2 electrical propulsion motor
SPEED: 10 to 12 knots with engines only; up to 15 knots wind and engine assisted

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Star Breeze – All Suite Yacht

Mediterranean Small Ship Cruises

 

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With only 212 guests, you begin to feel like it’s your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard. Star Breeze is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.

The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view. Enjoy the lounges, club, casino and library, be pampered at the Spa, enjoy a dip in the pool, work off that decadent dessert in the Fitness Center… and, of course, you are always welcome to visit the Bridge to examine navigation charts with the Captain.

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Star Breeze Facts

CAPACITY: 212 guests in 106 suites, all outside with ocean views
OWNER’S SUITES: 2 owner’s suite & 2 classic suites with private verandas
BALCONY SUITES: 36, with French-style balconies
OCEAN VIEW SUITES: 64, with picture windows
DECKS: 6 guest decks
CREW: 150 international staff
SHIP’S REGISTRY: Bahamas
LENGTH: 440 feet (134m)
DRAFT: 16.5 feet (5m)
BEAM: 63 feet (19m)
TONNAGE: 9,975 gross registered tons
PROPULSION: Twin propeller, driven by four Bergen marine diesel engines
SPEED: Cruising speed 15 knots

 

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We create unique & authentic experiences
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