Embarkation: Nice, France
Glamorous playgrounds of the French and Italian Rivieras let cruisers travel with A-list panache. The first stop is St. Tropez, a must for any jetsetter, and continues to sparkling islands Corsica (France) and Elba (Italy). Stops in Italy's main land to treasured villages Portovenere and Portofino are followed by a respite in cosmopolitan Monte Carlo.
Treasures of South Italy and Malta
Embarkation: Salerno, Italy
Sicily, celebrated for beautiful beaches, legendary cuisine, and fascinating history, comes to life with visits to Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento and Cefalu. Islands of Capri, Malta and Lipari summon leisurely strolls in flowing summer clothes backed by stirring architecture and seascapes.
M/Y Variety Voyager: Coming in 2012
Private yachting meets conventional cruising on the 223-foot state-of-the-art Variety Voyager mega yacht. With room for only 72 passengers in 36 cabins, the ship creates an intimate atmosphere for commiserating, almost as if the cruise were itself a private group event. The Variety Voyager design features sleek lines and ample deck space. Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, Axminster carpeting and soft-toned wood paneling. Unobstructed views of the ocean and ports envelop every area of the ship. An attentive 28-member service crew provides impeccable service, as if each guest were the ship's captain.
Fares for "Romantic Rivieras" and "Treasures of South Italy and Malta" include accommodations in double or twin cabins with private bathrooms and air conditioning; American buffet breakfast and two main meals daily; use of fishing equipment (subject to availability); coffee, water or tea; and an English speaking cruise escort. Port charges are an additional $350 per person.