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February 13, 2012

Dear Currents Readers,

We have 3 very special offers for you on AEGEAN ODYSSEY, the 350 passenger flagship of Voyages to Antiquity, the cruise industry’s foremost enrichment cruise line.

This virtually all-inclusive cruise experience INCLUDES pre and/or post cruise hotel stays, shore excursions, wine with dinner and gratuities to the onboard staff.  Additionally, you will have time to spend with their noted guest lecturers and enjoy open seating dining in a choice of 3 locations.

PLUS, this special offer includes, a 1 Category Upgrade & $100 Onboard Credit (Included in your price.)

And, for single travelers, these sailings also feature NO Single Supplement!

Please email me if you are interested and I will arrange for a cruise specialist to contact you directly.   Heidi@AllThingsCruise.com

You Must Book by March 31 for these Great Offers!

THE LIGHT OF GREECE, May 1, 2012, 16 days, including 2-night pre-cruise hotel in AthensAthens to Athens - Nauplia · Mycenae · Monemvasia · Crete · Rhodes · Delos · Mykonos · Aphrodisias · Ephesus · Istanbul · Mt Athos   From $4,695pp  NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

GOD CREATED THE KORNATI  ISLANDS, May 13, 2012, 14 days including 2-night pre-cruise hotel in Athens.  Athens to Venice - Nauplia · Mycenae · Monemvasia · Olympia · Corfu · Butrint · Kotor Bay · Dubrovnik · Split  From $4,250pp  NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

THOSE WHO SEEK PARADISE ON EARTH, June 22, 2012, 14 days including 2-night post-cruise hotel in AthensVenice to Athens - Split · Korcula · Hvar · Dubrovnik · Kotor Bay · Corfu · Arta · Olympia · Mycenae  From $4,250pp NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Prices are per person, double occupancy, Cat N. Roundtrip Air (and transfers) applicable in conjunction with cruise-tour purchase only and includes all government taxes/fees and airline fuel surcharges, which may change at any time. Stateroom savings based on double occupancy (singles receive 50%) and vary by category and departure. No Single Supplement applicable to select departures and based on cruise fare in dedicated single cabins; hotel single supplement ($280-$575) applies. ONE (1) cat upgrade for bookings made in cats K-I & G-D based on space available (not applicable to singles). $100 onboard credit based on double occupancy, singles receive 50%. All offers are capacity controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Ship's Registry: Malta.


The Publishers Party, Meeting A Master Perfumer, Private Wine Tours to the Côtes de Provence,  Fly or Spin Fishing with A Private Guide in Gorgeous Alaska
 
For those of you who attended the publishers party, thank you so much for coming and spending time with us.  It was so nice to meet some of our readers, (actually some are my neighbors) and hear their most interesting thoughts on travel. What they love, Istanbul was a favorite, where they want to go next, Alaska, and the quest for the truly unique and unusual destinations. For those of you who missed it, we hope to do more of these in the future. 
 
Warmest regards,
Heidi
 
Since I am still contemplating the next unspoiled destination, here are a few possible unique Shore Excursion and Adventures.
 
There are some wonderful options in Europe:
 
1.                  Private Aroma and Therapy Riviera style- Cannes, France
 
I have had the pleasure of visiting this lovely city and staying at the Carlton.  It truly was an interesting time.  This excursion begins in the legendary city of Cannes; one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, and famous for its film festival.  After departing the pier, enjoy a morning of shopping; stroll the elegant haute-couture shops of La Croisette Avenue, or visit the more moderately priced stores of Rue d'Antibes.

At lunchtime, make your way to the Carlton Cannes, where Grace Kelley met her future prince.  Enjoy a lunch buffet with a glass of French wine at The Carlton Beach Restaurant which has lured locals, hotel guests, shoppers and celebrities onto its bay-view terrace for decades.

After lunch, drive to the self-proclaimed perfume capital of the world, Grasse and tour one of its signature perfume factories. Walk next door to the Villa Habanita, where you will create your own perfume under the auspices of a master Perfumer. Choose from 80 essences displayed on pivoting trays and take away your own eau de parfum in a 50ml scent bottle.  Guests may re-order their perfume anytime (each formula is kept secret by the perfume factory) A diploma is given to each participant.   Details: This tour takes approximately 7 hours and prices range from $458.00pp to $754.00pp  More Information: To find out more details about this excursion, please click here.

2.                  Private Wine Tour to the Côtes de Provence- Cannes, France

In Côtes de Provence, the wine growers themselves decided to build a wine center - La Maison des Vins - where all of their products are gathered. During your visit, learn about the history, geography, and production of the wines; learn how to serve, to evaluate, to smell, to taste them; and finally, drink them!

After lunch, a short bus ride will take you to the nearby estate Chateau Ste Roseline, an important pilgrimage site. Great artists have celebrated the life of Saint Roseline, Mother Superior of the abbey from 1300 to 1329- Marc Chagall in a mosaic and Diego Giacometti, with a relief sculpture and a bronze lectern. A visit will also be made to their award winning cellar. After your tasting, you will drive back to Cannes.

Details: This tour lasts approximately 8 hours as you will be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered.  Pricing: Depending on party size, prices range from $313.00pp to $1133.00pp. More Information: To find out more details about this excursion, please click here.
 
There are many other wonderful shore excursions if you’re porting in Cannes, France.  Tour the French Riviera, run away to the playground of the rich and famous in St. Tropez, or experience the glamour of Monte Carlo.  To see more options please click here.
 
3.                  Private Ultimate La Boqueria, Cooking Class and More- Barcelona, Spain
 
After meeting your chef, you will visit the La Boqueria market, the largest marketplace in Spain. For more than 800 years, this has been a wonderland of fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, baked goods and sweets arriving by sea or the nearby fertile farmlands. As you tour the market with your chef, you will discover why Mediterranean cuisine is so popular, and learn about the local products that make it unique. Your chef will help you choose the best ingredients for your gourmet cooking lesson and meal. Then walk to a nearby prestigious cooking school, where you will learn the secrets of the best seafood paella, suquet or crema catalana in town. Sit back and relax with a glass of wine or put your apron on and participate.

After lunch, take a guided tour of the old city known as the Gothic Quarter, passing several of the area’s unique architectural sites, including the Gothic Santa Maria Church.  The Gothic Quarter is considered the heart of Barcelona and home to an abundance of gourmet shops and cafes tucked away in its nooks and crannies. Wander the same streets as Picasso and Miro; visit a charming local cheese shop to sample fresh Spanish cheese paired with a perfect wine.

Stop at the oldest venue in Barcelona for refreshments, as well as fruits and dried nuts such as hazelnuts from Lleida, almonds from Tarragona, homemade nougats and chocolates. Your secret gourmand route will be rounded out by a tasting of delicious chocolate con churros in a charming local cafe, one of the best places in Barcelona for this local delicacy.

Details: This tour lasts approximately 9 Hours. Due to limited space at some sites visited and special preperations / reservations required, there will be no refund for programs cancelled within 14 days of departure. Pricing: Depending on party size, prices range from $302.00pp to $634.00pp. More Information: To find out more details about this excursion, please click here.

Barcelona is a wonderful port for shore excursions; you can walk in Picasso’s footsteps, visit the monastery at Montserrat, or simply take in the history… Here are some more options…

Europe has so much to offer… click here to view excursions in ports throughout this beautiful and historic region.
 
If a domestic cruise is next on your list, try one of these exciting excursions…

4.                  Private Misty Fjords Fly Out Fly or Spin Fishing with Guide- Alaska

Fly through Misty Fjords, one of the most scenic natural areas in the world, onboard an Alaska seaplane on your way to a remote wilderness lake with your private fishing guide.  In addition to frequent sightings of Alaska wildlife and the spectacular natural scenery, you will have the opportunity to experience fly or spin fishing for native Alaska trout on a wilderness lake, truly the fishing experience of a lifetime. Guests will have a great opportunity to catch a variety of trout species, including Dolly Varden, rainbow and trophy native cutthroat trout, as well as arctic grayling. Guests with a preference to fish for a specific species of trout can pre-arrange their specific trip with the guide.

We provide all flies and jigs designed and tied by your personal guide. Lures are provided for anglers choosing to spin fish. We also provide waders, boots, fly and spin rod set-ups, snacks while on the lakes and streams, transportation and all safety equipment needed for your trip.

Guests must bring $20 in cash to purchase a local Alaska fishing license, which is available from the guide.

Details: This tour lasts approximately 4 Hours. Pricing: Depending on party size, prices range from $1949.00pp to $2749.00pp. More Information: To find out more details about this excursion, please click here.
 
Headed to warmer climates?  Here’s another great domestic tour…

5.                  Molokai Deluxe Helicopter Tour

See all the highlights of West Maui, then whale watch (in season) across the Pailolo channel to discover Hawaii's tallest waterfalls along Molokai's remote and isolated North Shore. Capture the world's steepest sea cliffs over 3,000 ft. tall on your video!

See Father Damien's monument at Kalaupapa before returning through the heart of the West Maui Mountains.
Note: The helicopter portion of the excursion is 1 hour and will reach heights of 5,000 feet above sea level. Price includes transportation to and from the pier.

Details: This tour lasts approximately 1 Hour. Pricing: $420 pp.

More Information: To find out more details about this excursion, please click here.

To see more domestic shore excursions, please visit CruiseCompete’s Shore Excursions By Port.  The United States offers excursions throughout New England, and in Hawaii and Alaska.

These shore excursions are but a sampling of the options for your next adventure; CruiseCompete offers shore excursions throughout the world. Please visit CruiseCompete’s Shore Excursions By Port to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip for your next voyage!

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