2018 Pearls of the Adriatic

Brand g Vacations proud to offer an Adriatic and Mediterranean cruise unlike any you’ll find sailing the coastal waters in Europe. La Belle de L’Adriatique will take you to some of the most important sites from antiquity, on a voyage along the Dalmatian coast, with stops in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece before arriving in Italy. Sail in the intimacy of 198 gay and lesbian friends.

 

Itinerary

Your adventure begins in Dubrovnik, where we’ve included two days on land to give you plenty of time to experience this stunning walled city with it’s medieval streets. From Dubrovnik, visit Kotor, a well-preserved example of typical architecture from the 12th through 14th centuries. Located along one of world’s most beautiful bays, the charming streets of Old Town remain car free, filled with Baroque palaces and Romanesque churches.  
Day
Arrive in Dubrovnik, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, the beautiful Rixos Libertas. The balance of the day is free to enjoy the stunning hotel, or start exploring this beautiful city. Meet your fellow guests at welcome gathering in the early evening.
This morning’s included sightseeing reveals why Dubrovnik is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. The old city of Dubrovnik and the walls that surround it have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Portions of the wall date back to the 13th century. The ramparts are intact and encircle the old city with a circumference of more than 1.5 miles. Don’t miss the chance to take a walking tour along its length for a spectacular view of the city it surrounds.
The morning and afternoon are at your leisure. Later in the afternoon we’ll transfer to the port of Gruz to board the ship. After comfortably settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail. Tonight, dinner and an evening of entertainment on board as we begin to cruise to Kotor. The ship will cruise through the night.
Upon our arrival in Kotor, we’ll set out to tour the city. The Old City is a well-preserved example of typical architecture from between the 12th and 14th centuries. Located along one of world’s most beautiful bays, Kotor is a city with many stories to tell. We’ll return on board and continue our cruise through the Bay of Kotor, where the surrounding mountains get steeper and steeper and the beauty meter gets close to bursting. From every point of view on the ship, there’s no escaping the romance of this breathtaking bay. Enjoy the onboard activities during this time, followed by an evening of signature Brand g entertainment. Our ship will cruise through the night.
After we arrive in Vlore, we’ll leave on a full-day excursion to the ruins in Apollonia and the quaint village of Berat. Berat is one of the highlights when visiting Albania, whose most striking feature is the white houses climbing up the hill to its castle. The center of Berat is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains rare examples of Ottoman-style architecture. The old quarter contains lovely ensembles of whitewashed walls, tiled roofs and cobblestone roads. Although Berat is now a major tourist site, it has managed to retain its easy-going charm and friendly atmosphere. Don’t miss it! We’ll enjoy lunch during our excursion and then continue on to the largest archaeological site in Albania: Apollonia. Apollonia was founded in 588 B.C. by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth. The city flourished during Roman rule and was home to a renowned school of philosophy. Julius Caesar rewarded Apollonia with the status of “free city” for supporting him during the Great Roman Civil War. The future Emperor Augustus completed his studies here. The picturesque ruins within the city walls include a small theater and the elegant pillars on the restored facade of the city’s administrative center. Afterwards, we’ll return to the ship. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment. Our ship will cruise to Corfu through the night.
After arriving, we’ll leave on a tour of Corfu, Kanoni, and Achilleion Palace. We’ll first visit Achilleion Palace, built in 1890 by Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. From the palace gardens, you’ll have a magnificent view of the Ionian Sea. We’ll continue our tour with a ride along the Kanoni Peninsula by coach. We’ll catch a glimpse of the Vlacherna Monastery and Mouse Island (Pondikonissi), before heading to the old town of Corfu, nestled between the two Venetian fortresses. Full of charming narrow streets, this quarter also houses one of the most famous monuments in Corfu: Saint Spyridon Church. The afternoon will be spent exploring the northern part of the island where you’ll discover the most beautiful spots and exceptional landscapes in Corfu. Paleokastritsa is one of the most splendid sites, and according to Homer’s tale, Ulysses made a final stop here before returning to Ithaca. The village is hilly and nestles beneath the folds of steep verdant slopes of olive groves and citrus orchards. On the most northern promontory lies the 12th-century monastery of Theotokos. It stands on a steep hillside full of wild trees facing the deep blue sea. There are some magnificent views from both the monastery and the hills above. It also contains a museum where holy and precious relics are displayed. Our tour will continue on to the mountain village of Lakones. We’ll then return onboard to continue our cruise. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of Brand g signature entertainment. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Today we enjoy a day at sea. Relax on the spacious sun deck with your favorite book, enjoy the jacuzzi, engage in a bit of fun and frivolity with Brand g’s entertainment and maybe even an afternoon t-dance on the sun deck. The day is yours to do as you please!
Today will be spent touring Mount Etna and Taormina. Discover one of the world’s most active volcanoes that has been erupting over several million years. Vulcan was the god of forging and the god of fire, so it’s not surprising to hear he was thought to live in such a place. We’ll visit the “Silvestri” craters and enjoy the desert moon atmosphere during a short walk. After our included lunch we travel to Taormina, which dominates two grand bays, offering visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over almost one hundred miles of the Mediterranean Sea. It was here that a D.H. Lawrence was inspired to write Lady Chatterly’s Lover. The highlight of this visit will no doubt be the tour of the amphitheater built in the third century BC by the Greeks and later expanded by the Romans. The world-famous view of Mount Etna and the sea beyond the theater is breathtaking. Enjoy some free time on the famous Corso Umberto before returning to the ship in Messina, where we cruise through the night towards Naples.
We’ll spend the morning cruising along the Italian coast. Enjoy the passing scenery or take part in one of the onboard activities planned this morning. This afternoon, we visit Solfatara, a shallow dormant volcanic crater that still emits jets of steam. It is a natural oasis that offers an interesting walk, presenting not only renowned volcanic phenomena such as fumaroles, mofettes and mud small volcanoes, but also natural, geological, botanical and wildlife wonders. Before we return to our ship in Naples, we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city by coach, where you’ll be able to see the Castel dell’Ovo, Via Caracciolo, Piazza della Vittoria and the Piazza Municipio. Tonight is our festive farewell gala evening. No jackets or skirts are required (unless you want to), but it is a great opportunity to gussy up a bit for dinner and your final night on board.
Enjoy you last breakfast on board before bidding farewell to your Brand g friends, new and old, and disembarking by 9:00 a.m. Group transfers are included to the Naples airport or extend your stay in Naples with an additional hotel night or two (details coming soon).

Included

 
  • Guaranteed all-lgbt charter by Brand g Vacations
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Dubrovnik, with included Breakfast and cocktail reception
  • ½ day guided walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town
  • Transfer from the Hotel in Dubrovnik to the Ship
  • 7 Nights Cruise on the La Belle de L’Adriatique
  • COMPLIMENTARY FREE-FLOW SPIRITS, WINE, BEER AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES THROUGHOUT THE CRUISE
  • Superb Dining: all meals included during your cruise
  • Services of an experienced cruise director
  • Complimentary shore excursions offered daily
  • Brand g signature entertainment
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Round trip airport transfers in Dubrovnik and Naples
 

Availability

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  • start: Tuesday September 25, 2018
    end: Thursday October 04, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Cat B2 $6035*
  • start: Tuesday September 25, 2018
    end: Thursday October 04, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Cat B1 $6290*
  • start: Tuesday September 25, 2018
    end: Thursday October 04, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Cat A2 $6620*
  • start: Tuesday September 25, 2018
    end: Thursday October 04, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Cat C $5779*
  • start: Tuesday September 25, 2018
    end: Thursday October 04, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Cat D $5525*

Information

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Berat in Albania and Corfu, Greece. Berat is one of the highlights when visiting Albania, whose most striking feature is the white houses climbing up the hill to its castle. Corfu, one of the most beautiful and popular islands located on the Ionian Sea, has wonderful beaches and small villages throughout the island, as well as its Venetian-styled Old Town.

Cruise through the narrow Strait of Messina, past Scylla and Charybdis, where rock and whirlpool almost claimed Ulysses. Perched on the shoulder of Mt. Etna, Taormina dominates two grand bays, offering visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over almost one hundred miles of the Mediterranean Sea.

This fascinating voyage comes to an end in Naples, the third-largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan, and arguably the most colorful and seductive of them all, with Mount Vesuvius and the deep blue sea as a backdrop. Join us on this unforgettable adventure of the senses.

Terms & Conditions

The cruise portion of this vacation is provided by CrosiMer Cruises. To ensure that you understand the conditions of your particular vacation, please read the following policies and procedures completely. All policies and procedures are subject to change at any time at Brand g’s sole discretion without notice. Any and all information contained herein is in effect at the time of printing and is subject to change at any time.

Information contained in this document does not form part of any offer or contract. The transportation of guests and baggage on CrosiMer vessels is provided solely by CrosiMer and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the Passage Contract. The Passage Contract will be included with your travel documents and contains complete and important information regarding cancellations, itineraries, CrosiMer’s liability, health and immigration requirements, and other relevant terms and conditions. The terms and conditions of the Passage Contract will apply to persons who have booked a cruise regardless of whether or not they have embarked the vessel. Please read your Passage Contract carefully. To the extent that any of the information in the brochure conflicts with the terms of the Passage Contract, the terms and conditions contained in the Passage Contract shall control.

Itinerary arrival and departure times are always subject to change without notice. Brand g Vacations and CrosiMer reserve the right to cancel, alter, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary, substitute another vessel for the scheduled ship, or substitute or cancel scheduled ports of call, which, in its sole judgment and discretion, is justified for any reason, and to do so without liability for any loss whatsoever to guests as a result of said change(s). Additionally, Brand g Vacations and CrosiMer reserve the right to cancel reservations and bookings in the event of a full-ship charter, whether or not a deposit or full payment has been received, and in such event, Brand g and CrosiMer's only liability will be to refund to the guest the amount it has received.

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Cruise Tariff

2018 cruise fares cover certain land and shipboard services including: accommodations, shore excursions, onboard meals, beer, wine, select spirits, and entertainment aboard ship. All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per guest and based on double occupancy. Not included in your program tariff are: Champagne, and top shelf spirits, optional shore excursions, meals taken ashore during the cruise, imported mineral waters, fuel surcharges, laundry, purchases from the ship boutique or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages and spa treatments.

Travel Professionals

Travel agents are considered to be the agent of Passenger and not of Carrier. Carrier is not liable for any representation, act or omission of Passenger’s travel agent. Passenger’s cruise fare is not considered paid until Carrier receives full payment, and the amount thereof is subject to change at any time prior to Carrier’s receipt of payment. Passenger shall at all times remain liable to Carrier for the price of passage. Carrier reserves the right to refuse embarkation if all charges and surcharges have not been paid in advance of departure.

Health and Medical Requirements

All guests are required to report in writing to Brand g Vacations at the time their reservation is made:

  •  Any physical or mental condition that may require medical or professional treatment or attention during the voyage
  • Any condition that may render the guest unfit for travel, or that may require special care or assistance
  • Any condition that may pose a risk or danger to the guest or anyone else on board the ship
  • condition that may require oxygen for medical reasons
  • Any intention or need to use a wheelchair cart, other mobility device

By booking passage on this program and by boarding the ship, the guest represents and warrants that he/she is physically and otherwise fit to travel, and that the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s officers.

Brand g and CrosiMer reserve the right without liability to require a guest to leave the program, or disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of Brand g, CrosiMer or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which we reasonably able to provide.

We strongly recommend that guests are able to navigate the stairs on-board without assistance. Should guests require assistance, they must travel with someone who is able to assist them both ashore and at Onboard. Brand g and Amadeus are unable to offer special assistance. Please note that wheel-on and/or wheel-off access is not available at ports-of-call.

Baggage

You may bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage for CrosiMer guests or guests on our land extension programs must be handled in accordance with regulations of our operators. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. Guests are encouraged to contact individual airlines for weight limitations.

All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at your own risk. CrosiMer and Brand g are not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel or land extension programs.

Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored onboard without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel. CrosiMer is not responsible for baggage stored in shore side facilities.

Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times. CrosiMer shall not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such personal items.

Lost Property

Brand g may levy a charge for the return of personal items left behind or lost and subsequently found.

Travel Documents

All travel documents (air and cruise tickets, passport and medical insurance information) are the guest’s responsibility. It is also the guest’s responsibility to obtain any necessary visas and public health documents for all applicable ports and to comply with all customs requirements. Without the required documents, a guest may be denied boarding and accommodation by CrosiMer or the guest may be disembarked during the voyage and Brand g Vacations will not make a refund or be otherwise liable to any guest for such denial of boarding or disembarkation.

In the event that Brand g as a courtesy provides information or advice as to necessary travel documents, visas and medical inoculations, guests are still obligated to verify such information with the appropriate government authorities and Brand g does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information. Please check with the appropriate consulate for specific requirements. Security measures imposed by governments may change from time to time and each guest will be required to comply with them. As a courtesy, we will endeavor to provide each guest with notice of measures that may affect them, but complying with any such requirements is the sole responsibility of each guest. Please consult your travel professional for advice on such requirements to avoid loss of boarding privileges.

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Brand g reserves the right to pass through to its guests (including fully paid and deposited guests) any taxes and government fees/quasi-government fees that relate specifically to a guest’s itinerary. “Taxes and Government fees/quasi-government fees” include any and all fees, charges, surcharges, tolls and taxes imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, customs fees, per person berth taxes or fees, embarkation and/or disembarkation fees at ports, airline transportation fees, dockage fees, and wharfage fees.

CrosiMer reserves the right to charge a per person fuel supplement in the event that the price of increases up to and including the day of embarkation. CrosiMer may collect any taxes, government fees/ quasigovernment fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking, prior to sailing or on board the vessel, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.

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*prices are based on per person, twin share and subject to change and availability at time of booking.