Glitter & Glam

Barcelona to Rome

8 days / 7 nights - Star Pride Ship

Leave the mundane behind as you cruise effortlessly from port to sparkling port along the world’s most fabled coastline. These are the places dreams are made of – even their names speak of fantasy, indulgence, and style. The ultimate glamour of Marseille, Monte Carlo, and Cannes – the enchanting harbors of Portofino and Portoferraio – and, of course, the world-class charms of Rome and Barcelona. Come discover the casinos and castles of Monaco . . . the stylish playgrounds of the world’s jet setters . . . the colors and enchantment of Renoir and Matisse. This is where the beautiful people come to play, and you’ll fit right in.


Barcelona – Rome
Ship: Star Pride
Number of nights: 7 nights
Embark – Disembark: Barcelona – Rome

Day 1 – Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 – Port Vendres, France
Day 3 – Marseille, France
Day 4 – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Day 5 – Monte Carlo, Monaco – Cannes, France
Day 6 – Portofino, Italy
Day 7 – Portoferraio, Italy
Day 8 – Roma/Civitavecchia, Italy

Day 1 – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has always danced to a different drummer, as marching is far too proletariat for this artsy town. Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Antoni Gaudí have shaped the city in their Modernisme image, especially in the Gothic Quarter where even the labyrinth of alleyways refuses to conform to grid-like regularity. Sit at a trattoria and listen to the musical sound of Catalan, which the natives choose to speak over Spanish.

Day 2 – Port Vendres, France
Port-Vendres, situated in south France on the Mediterranean Sea, near the Spanish border is both a deep-water commercial and cruise line port, as well as a working fishing and yachting harbor. Offering both pebbled and sandy beaches, Port-Vendres is renowned for its many delicious fish and seafood restaurants, and fresh fish can be seen arriving daily.

Day 3 – Marseille, France
Marseille is famous for its bouillabaisse and France’s national anthem, but it has much more than that to offer. France’s largest port city is the gateway to the pastoral landscapes of Provence, and was designated the European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Day 4 – 5 – Monte Carlo, Monaco / Cannes, France
You could say gambling has paid off in Monte Carlo since 1297, when Francois Grimaldi captured the fortress by disguising himself as a monk. The Grimaldi family has ruled the tiny principality ever since, continuing to make bold moves that surprise the world. After losing an important part of their territory to France in 1848, Princess Caroline came up with the idea of raising revenue with a casino. Today, the chic resort lures the well-to-do with its royal cachet, famed casino, and exclusive events such as the Monaco Grand Prix.

Day 6 -Portofino, Italy
While perhaps not as well-known as Cannes or Monte Carlo, Portofino draws celebrities with its scenic charms and aura of romance. Tall, skinny buildings stand shoulder-to-shoulder along the shore, painted in soothing Tuscan colors.

Day 7- Portoferraio, Italy
Arriving by sea, you can see the imposing Medici fortifications built in the 15th century to protect the town from the pirate attacks of Barbarossa and his ilk. Once in the horseshoe-shaped bay, the views out to sea are just as arresting, as the old Roman villas built facing the water can attest.

Day 8 – Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy
In this enchanting city the past and present intersect in perfect harmony. A good place to begin is the Vatican, with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then the ancient ruins—Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus. And of course the Trevi Fountain for the obligatory coins promising your return to the Eternal City.

 

Star Pride:
Our newest star – the graceful, suite-only Star Pride – will set sail in May 2014 as the first of Windstar’s three new power yachts.
Star Pride 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.

July 2014: 30 July

April 2015: 27 April
July 2015: 30 July
September 2015: 20 September