Wendy and I, along with our Travel Planner Kristi, are VERY excited to share all the information about our next Sew We Go adventure. We will be taking a group on a cruise of the Adriatic Sea in September of 2016, beginning and ending our trip in Venice!
We will be traveling on the Norwegian Jade which features 14 decks and holds 2,300 passengers, the perfect size to access the smaller ports along the Adriatic coast.
The ship features 19 restaurants, 12 bars/lounges, and many other offerings to keep you busy. While we will have a busy week, there will be two days at sea so you can enjoy all this ship has to offer. Temperatures should be perfect for touring, between 70° & 80° on average, depending on the port, with minimal rain. We are adding a night on each end of the trip so you can travel without the worry of delays affecting your adventure. Of course, you may choose to add additional nights or flight deviations and make this trip truly your own.
So what ports of call will we be visiting?
Venice, Italy – You could start a discussion about Venice by praising its restaurants, wine bars, marble churches or blown glass. But you probably won’t. You’ll likely start with the fact that Venice is built on water. It is a place where people either float slowly down palace-lined man-made waterways or stroll down narrow alleyways. There’s no more extraordinary place to find yourself, or lose yourself.
Dubrovnik, Croatia – Despite the magnificent 13th century walls that surround the city, Dubrovnik, Croatia is one of the most welcoming cruise destinations in all of Europe. Dubbed “the pearl of the Adriatic” by the poet, Lord Byron, this Croatian city exudes romantic charm and beautiful scenery with its shimmering marble streets, centuries-old buildings capped by bright orange roofs, and lovely beaches ensconced between awesome rocky ledges. The historic Old Town has not changed much over the centuries with water and horse-powered mills. And with the city on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, this truly historic town will continue embracing its heritage for many years to come.
Athens, Greece – Athens, Greece is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Occupied since at least the 26th century B.C., the history to be found here is unrivaled. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, it is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.
Ephesus, Turkey – Take a journey into the past in richly historic Ephesus, Turkey. Once an ancient Greek city, Ephesus was known for the famed Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through several notably historical periods, Ephesus boasts abounding ruins and archaeological excavation sites. View the remains of the Roman Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, the Tomb of John the Apostle, the home of the Virgin Mary, and the Basilica of St. John, among several other ancient sites. In addition, this area is famous for their woven rugs, vineyards, olive groves, peaches, and apricots.
Split, Croatia – Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Split, Croatia on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, has a long and eventful history dating back to the Greek colonies of 425 B.C. The city became an important settlement with the construction of Diocletian’s Palace (295 A.D.) in the center of the city. Split offers a wealth of exciting places to visit, from the majestic cathedral and marble streets in the center of town to the harbor area with its cafe-lined promenades and views of coastal mountains. Combined with the medieval city of Trogir, one has the rare opportunity to visit two World Heritage Sites on the same day.
One of the big advantages of traveling with us is the way we handle “shore excursions”. When I’d cruised prior to “Sew We Go”, I found it frustrating that the excursions were not included in the total price of the trip, and I had to figure out what I wanted to see in a place I had never been before. Well, we take care of that. Kristi,Wendy and I do the research and decision making to choose an excursion in each port that takes in the most interesting and exciting sites, with an eye towards quilting and fiber art. We schedule these ahead of time and include them in the package!
Details about a Sew We Go trip: While Wendy & I host these trips to gather with other quilters, we work to create a trip that any traveler will enjoy. The fiber-related components are optional with delightful alternatives for those not interested in the fiber arts so don’t hesitate to bring a friend or spouse. We include private group tours, classes, group meals, and informal gatherings for your enjoyment. Specific shore excursion and touring details will be available in Spring 2016 but you can be sure we will include the must-see sights of each destination we visit. We encourage you to explore each destination to the fullest and take in all the activities onboard the ship, whether with the group or on your own.
Air Transportation: Due to regularly full flights, group fares are no longer very attractive (minimal discount, last minute seat assignments, no deviations). As such, we recommend purchasing individual tickets that best fit your itinerary and needs. Currently, round-trip Chicago-Venice fares for shorter duration itineraries are around $1,430. Lower fares are currently available with longer layovers ($1,150) or multiple stops ($900). We are here to help you book flights if you would like assistance. We suggest not booking tickets until we have confirmed the minimum required participants for this group sailing.
Documentation: This trip requires that you have a passport that does not expire before April 4, 2017 (or six months after your return date). Passports applications may be filed at your local post office. All ports on this cruise allow you the freedom to tour as you like without visas.
What’s Included? Cruise fare, port fees, government taxes, ship gratuities, group gatherings/tours/excursions, two nights Venice-area hotel (one pre, one post), most mealsA onboard, beverage packageB onboard, and 100 minute per stateroom internet package. Also included are Venice airport transfers (as a group on main arrival & departure days) along with additional meals and entrance fees, detailed once our excursions are finalized.
Insurance: Through experience, we have made it our policy not to include travel insurance in package pricing. While including it makes it easier, finding that your needs are not covered by a universal policy makes that coverage a waste of money. We recommend independent internet sites (such as travelinsurancereview.net) to find the coverage you need based on your work status, health, and choice of coverage level. A policy for this trip, covering the customary inclusions can be expected to cost $150-$250 per person. Insurance is optional. We will assist you in obtaining a policy if you so desire.
Cruise Documents: NCL provides all travel documents electronically and requires advance online check-in. Each traveler will be required to set up an account at ncl.com and complete the check-in process prior to departure. If you do not have access to the internet, please check the appropriate box on the registration form and we will contact you for the information necessary to get checked in and obtain your documents prior to sailing.
Dining: NCL has a reputation for re-imagining the whole concept of cruising by creating Freestyle Dining. There are numerous dining options available to please your palate. Your choices include seven complimentary restaurants [buffet & table service], six specialtyA restaurants [steakhouse, churrascaria, French, Asian, Italian, Chef’s Table], as well as room service, bake shop, and pizza delivery. ASpecialty restaurants have an additional cover charge.
Entertainment & Fun: You’ll find a grand casino, full service spa, fitness center, card room, internet café, jogging/walking track, art gallery, library, chapel, pools /hot tubs and much more.
Beverage Package: BUnlimited Fountain Soda featuring soft drinks at all restaurants and bars, including gratuity. You may upgrade your soft drink package to a wine/beer (+$350) or alcohol (+$430) beverage package, please indicate your interest on the form. (All occupants of stateroom must have same package. Packages do not include package sales, “take aways”, mini bar purchases, bottled water, specialty coffee beverages, or Red Bull energy drinks. +Upgrade price subject to change.)
Stateroom Occupancy: All pricing is per person, based on two per stateroom. Single occupancy is higher in cost, please indicate your interest in the single rate on the form and we will get a quote. NCL limits the number of single occupancy staterooms for each group onboard. If you do not have a roommate and would like one, we will put you in touch with others looking to share so you can determine compatibility.
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