STAR COLLECTOR: ROMANCE OF THE WEST MED

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Star Collector: Romance of the West Med

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date
port
arrive
depart
Apr 13 Tue
5:00 PM
 
Apr 14 Wed
At Sea
Apr 15 Thu
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Apr 16 Fri
8:00 AM
11:59 PM
 
Apr 17 Sat
12:01 AM
10:00 PM
 
Apr 18 Sun
At Sea
Apr 19 Mon
7:00 AM
2:00 PM
 
Apr 20 Tue
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Apr 21 Wed
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Apr 22 Thu
9:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
Apr 23 Fri
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Apr 24 Sat
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Apr 25 Sun
8:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Apr 26 Mon
At Sea
Apr 27 Tue
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
Apr 28 Wed
8:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Apr 29 Thu
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
Apr 30 Fri
7:00 AM
 
TUE APR 13
TO 5:00 PM Lisbon

day 1 Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon, Portugal
The rhythm of Lisbon invites you to join its captivating dance. This splendid capital city on the banks of the Rio Teja offers a warm welcome and an unparalleled blend of architectural styles. Elegant outdoor cafés line the cobbled sidewalks. Turn-of-the-century funiculars climb the scenic hills. Find the UNESCO sites of the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. And, everywhere, the city engages you with its easy style and remarkable charm. 
THU APR 15
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Tangier

day 3 Tangier, Morocco


Tangier, Morocco
Fascinating Tangier is a traveler’s delight with beautiful vistas, lovely unspoiled beaches, intriguing history and friendly people. Separated from Spain by only 20 miles across the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier is considered by many to be the gateway to Africa. With its cosmopolitan mix of African and European influences, there are many interesting sites in Tangier.  The two UNESCO sites of the Medina (the old-walled city) a bustling place, and the Kasbah which offers beautiful views and fine Moroccan art, and the Place de France in the heart of the new city is an entertaining place to sip mint tea and enjoy the view. 
FRI APR 16
8:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Málaga

day 4 Málaga, Spain


Málaga, Spain
Here, on the shores of Costa del Sol, the Andalusian spirit thrives. Be sure to include an optional visit to see the brilliant and comprehensive collection of Picasso’s work at Museo Picasso Málaga, a tribute to this artistic genius in the city of his birth. Or you may choose to opt for a visit to the beautiful village of Mijas, where picturesque Andalusian country life creates some of the world’s best wines. 
SAT APR 17
12:01 AM TO 10:00 PM Málaga

day 5 Málaga, Spain


Málaga, Spain
Here, on the shores of Costa del Sol, the Andalusian spirit thrives. Be sure to include an optional visit to see the brilliant and comprehensive collection of Picasso’s work at Museo Picasso Málaga, a tribute to this artistic genius in the city of his birth. Or you may choose to opt for a visit to the beautiful village of Mijas, where picturesque Andalusian country life creates some of the world’s best wines. 
MON APR 19
7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Cartagena

day 7 Cartagena, Spain


Cartagena, Spain
The walled town of Cartagena is a popular seaport with a large naval shipyard. The seashore offers a wide range of activities from windsurfing to good snorkeling to sailing. From Cartagena you can easily explore the ancient city of Murcia, the coastal resorts of Mazarrón, Cala Cortina, and Cabo de Palos or a little further north, the world famous resort of Mar Menor.
TUE APR 20
10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Valencia

day 8 Valencia, Spain


Valencia, Spain
This captivating city is best when savored slowly. Although Valencia’s religious architecture is remarkable, and the Lonja, one of Europe’s most elegant buildings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take time for an optional experience — paella. You’ll learn the local secrets of this gastronomic masterpiece as you cook it, eat it, and toast it with the region’s perfectly matched local wines.

Want insider advice on where to find the tastiest restaurants, most unique local markets, authentic culinary shops, and hidden watering holes? Check out Valencia’s Local Dining Tip Curated by Saveur on our blog.

WED APR 21
10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Palma de Mallorca

day 9 Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is steep, green, and fringed with enticing coves and more than 200 lush beaches. But all that natural beauty is just the beginning. Stroll along the tree-shaded Paseo de Born in search of tapas. Shop for a Siurell; a traditional red, green, and white clay whistle dating back to the time of the Moors. Watch the street performers on the piazza around the church, or cross the island to beautiful Sóller. Not to be missed is the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
THU APR 22
9:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Tarragona

day 10 Tarragona, Spain


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. There are many other ruins around Tarragona as well including an amphitheater by the sea. Also known as the city of human towers, Tarragona originated this deep-rooted tradition that has been recognized by UNESCO on their Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The city lives and breathes this tower building spirit which requires the commitment and bravery of many people.
FRI APR 23
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Barcelona

day 11 Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona, Spain
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a city where old meets new and arts and culture shine, making it one of the must-see cities in the world. Fascinating sights abound whether you are exploring the narrow winding streets of the Barri Gothic, strolling on the beautiful boulevard known as La Rambla, admiring the waterfront and beaches, or trying to understand the fanciful modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudi – including his La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – where construction has been ongoing since 1882. A fun pastime in Barcelona is sampling tapas (a variety of small dishes). Dine like a local, accompanying your meal with Spanish cava (champagne). The colorful La Boqueria food market, with its small restaurants, is a foodie must-do stop. In addition to his famous multi-spired cathedral, where Gaudi himself is buried in a crypt, check out Gaudi’s Casa Mila on the Passeig de Gracia – the white stone façade looks to some like a skeleton, and inside not a single wall is straight. Passeig de Gracia is also a prime place to shop for Spanish designer goods.

SAT APR 24
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Palma de Mallorca

day 12 Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is steep, green, and fringed with enticing coves and more than 200 lush beaches. But all that natural beauty is just the beginning. Stroll along the tree-shaded Paseo de Born in search of tapas. Shop for a Siurell; a traditional red, green, and white clay whistle dating back to the time of the Moors. Watch the street performers on the piazza around the church, or cross the island to beautiful Sóller. Not to be missed is the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
SUN APR 25
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Mahon

day 13 Mahon, Spain


Mahon, Spain
What an entrance you will make as you cruise into one of the deepest natural harbors in the world. Picturesque Mahon is home to lovely white-sand beaches and delightful architecture, a gin distillery, and a dairy plant where delicious white cheese is made.
TUE APR 27
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Calvi

day 15 Calvi, France


Calvi, France
The popular tourist spot of Calvi with its crescent-shaped bay and gorgeous beaches, is distinguished by a large medieval citadel that overlooks the marina.  Built between the 13th to the 16th centuries, it is basically an entire small town enclosed by fortified walls but offering panoramic views of the harbor and the Corsican coast. Another must-see is the “Big Pink Church,” Orthodox-style L’Eglise Santa Maria and  make time to take a walk along the Quai Landry esplanade, lined with interesting restaurants.
WED APR 28
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Bastia

day 16 Bastia, Corsica, France


Bastia, Corsica, France
As the principal port of Corsica, Bastia has vibrant historical neighborhoods with narrow streets and alleys between ancient shuttered buildings of the 18th century. One of the main squares is the Place du Marche, home of a morning market and the impressive 16th century Saint-Jean-Baptiste church. On the other side of the harbor sits the substantial citadel, the beautiful gardens of Jardin Romieu and the once very-elegant houses of the Terra Nova district.
THU APR 29
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Portoferraio

day 17 Portoferraio, Italy


Portoferraio, Italy
The tranquil island of Elba is an oasis of pine-scented forests and miles of sandy beaches, vineyards, and delightful fishing villages. The island was not quite as appealing to French emperor Napoleon, who was exiled on Elba for nine months beginning in May 1814, though he did live in two mini-palaces that are both open today for visitors. One is a hillside villa in Portoferraio, the other a summer home in the countryside called Villa San Martino, where the décor includes an Egyptian room with a ceiling painted in the signs of the Zodiac. Elba is one of seven islands in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Hikers can enjoy trails up mountains and through pine-scented forests. Biking from Portoferraio along the north of the island brings breathtaking views of lush vegetation and the Ligurian Sea.
 
FRI APR 30
7:00 AM TO Rome

day 18 Rome, Italy


Rome, Italy
The “Eternal City” lives up to its name. Italy’s capital is a bustling modern metropolis with a history that spans some 2,500 years. Exploring here is like visiting a vast open-air museum. A peek around nearly every corner in the city reveals a church – about 900 in total – or one of the hundreds of gorgeous fountains. The city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
 
The must-sees for many first-time visitors include the Roman Colosseum, where gladiators once competed in front of 50,000 spectators, Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling filled with Michelangelo’s frescoes. Beyond these landmark attractions, on your cruise from Rome or to the city, just wander the streets and you will discover ancient ruins and imposing monuments, palaces, basilicas, views of the Tiber River and other sights where you may find your jaw suddenly drops. On your small ship Rome cruise you’ll discover that this city is a living museum with surprises everywhere. 
 
Don’t forget to include the modern delights of Rome, such as restaurants that serve the perfect bowl of Cacio e Pepe pasta, gelato shops, and the parade of beautiful people. Among the excellent shopping opportunities are designer stores on Via Condotti, near the impressive 18th century Spanish Steps (which actually were funded by the French Bourbons). On your Rome cruise exploration, don’t forget to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain. The coin is said to assure your return.
 

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