Epicurean Delights of Southern Italy & Sicily

8 days / 7 nights
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    Quintessential Collection
    Epicurean Delights of Southern Italy & Sicily

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 18 October 2020 to 25 October 2020
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Civitavecchia (Rome)
    Arrival Port : Valletta

    Ship : LE JACQUES CARTIER

    • Ref : X181020

    Created specially for like-minded travelers.

    Join New York Times experts Eric Asimov and Arthur Schwartz on this very special exploration of the foods and wines of southern Italy and Sicily.

    Food—its cultivation, preparation, and consumption—has always been central to the Italian way of life. This one-of-a-kind program is an extraordinary opportunity both to study and to experience the various roles food and wine play in our lives and its relation to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Immerse yourself in the bounty of Sicily and Southern Italy’s regional cuisines as we sample the pastas of Syracuse and the wines of Mt. Etna, the artisanal meats and cheese of Calabria, mozzarella from Agropoli and pizza from Naples. Taking advantage of rich volcanic soils and a variety of splendid grapes, wonderful reds and whites and sparkling wines characteristic of each region abound.  We will taste them all.

    In addition to these culinary-tailored activities, we will have the opportunity to see the temples of the ancient Greeks at Syracuse, Taormina, and Paestum; to discover the iconic Roman sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as those in the Eternal City itself; and to discover inviting medieval towns, including Noto and Tropea. Seldom is there such an opportunity to enjoy such a rich feast.

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    Highlights

    QUINTESSENTIAL FOOD AND WINE THEME

    Ponant Quintessential Food and Wine Theme voyages blend the expertise of chefs with lectures and discussions with experts on the social and cultural aspects of cuisine. We combine sampling of local foods and wines with an appreciation of the importance of food and drink beyond mere sustenance, exploring how the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food is at the center of so much human activity and how the experience of dining – food, drink, and dialogue – shapes our sense of self and of community.

    Highlights of this cruise:

    • Series of lectures and discussions with New York Times experts on food and wine, Eric Asimov and Arthur Schwartz
    • An included exclusive private dinner at the Michelin-starred Palazzo Petrucci in Naples (see details in the “Cruise Package”)
    • Optional excursions to iconic ancient sites: Syracuse, Taormina, Paestum, Pompeii and Herculaneum
    • Optional excursions to agriturismo sites and wineries in every port of call

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $7,330
      $5,070
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      $7,750
      $5,350
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      $7,970
      $5,500
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $8,200
      $5,650
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $11,030
      $7,540
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      $11,030
      $7,540
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      $11,030
      $7,540
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $11,030
      $7,540
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      $15,770
      $10,700
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      $16,250
      $11,020
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      $16,730
      $11,340
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      $16,730
      $11,340
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $17,240
      $11,680
      Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $17,240
      $11,680
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $23,490
      $12,020
      Available
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    Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 40m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    •  Butler service.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 30mprivate balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds
    • Shower & Bathtub + Jacuzzi on terrace
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    •  Butler service
    • 1 private transfer (round trip): Airport - Hotel - Port
    • 1 free hour of Spa treatments
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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    LE JACQUES CARTIER

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the sixth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Jacques Cartier will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    18 October 2020 – Gaeta

    Civitavecchia (Rome)

    Embarkation 18/10/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 18/10/2020 at 18H00 .

    Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

    19 October 2020 – Gaeta

    19 October 2020 – Gaeta

    Arrival 19/10/2020 early morning. Departure 19/10/2020 late evening.

    Gaeta takes its name from the legend of the nanny of Aeneas. This illustrious relationship can be seen in the nobility of this old town, built on a peninsula, at the end of a headland. In Roman times, Gaeta was already a renowned seaside destination; it fell under Byzantine domination then became an autonomous duchy and an independent republic. The fortifications that surround this ancient fort remind us of this rich history, as does the cathedral bell tower, an elegant building of both Roman and Moor influence, decorated with ceramic in the style of bell-towers of Amalfi.

    20 October 2020 – Naples

    20 October 2020 – Naples

    Arrival 20/10/2020 early morning. Departure 20/10/2020 late evening.

    More Italian than Italy itself, Naples is the capital of the beautiful region of Campania, and is an unusual city to say the least. Its gulf, dominated by Vesuvius, is one of the world’s marvels. Built by the Greeks and then occupied by the Romans, the city has retained the memory of antiquity, as Castell dell’Ovo illustrates. But Naples has another side to it with its hustle and bustle, narrow streets, clothes hung out to dry at windows, Caravaggio paintings on the walls of a church, and incessant rumour in an sleepless city. This is a head-spinning city to visit and savour: don’t forget to eat a slice of pizza Margherita.

    21 October 2020 – Agropoli

    21 October 2020 – Agropoli

    Arrival 21/10/2020 early morning. Departure 21/10/2020 evening.

    22 October 2020 – Vibo Valentia

    22 October 2020 – Vibo Valentia

    Arrival 22/10/2020 early morning. Departure 22/10/2020 late evening.

    Nestling in the heart of Calabria, a region of white rock at the toe of Italy’s boot, Vibo Valentia harbour town offers laid-back charm in the heart of pristine nature. You can wander through its historical centre, exploring its medieval past of the which the Norman castle is the most beautiful illustration. Now a museum, this castle houses a selection of precious pieces from Antiquity. The region is brimming with medieval villages as well as fine sandy beaches along the Costa degli Dei, a perfect setting to unwind.

    23 October 2020 – Taormina, Sicily

    23 October 2020 – Taormina, Sicily

    Arrival 23/10/2020 early morning. Departure 23/10/2020 late evening.

    Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.

    24 October 2020 – Syracuse, Sicily

    24 October 2020 – Syracuse, Sicily

    Arrival 24/10/2020 early morning. Departure 24/10/2020 late evening.

    Its undulating rocky coastline, the endless sandy beaches, the menacing form of Mount Etna which surveys its island like a patriarch, the flowery gardens on the hillside... Sicily lays out its varied landscapes like a shopkeeper displays his wares. Described by Cicero as “the most beautiful city in the world”, Syracuse was one of the most prestigious cities in Sicily and at her height was even a rival for Athens. A central city of Ancient Greece, it was home to a succession of civilisations, each of which has left their mark. The blend of Arabic, Roman, Norman, Byzantine and Spanish cultures makes Syracuse a town that is extraordinarily rich in fragrances, colours and flavours.

    25 October 2020▸24 October 2020 – Valletta

    Valletta

    Disembarkation 25/10/2020 at 08H00 .

    The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula in the north-east of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. You can visit the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes. Saint-John’s cathedral and the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century are also among the most emblematic sites of the city. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    Theme

    Quintessential Collection

    Quintessential Collection

    PONANT Quintessential Collection voyages are designed for travelers who want to engage with the world in order to understand it.

    In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, these voyages include lectures and performances aboard ship by world class experts and musicians and one or two exceptional activities ashore that encourage guests to embrace the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of the local culture. They also offer pre- or post-cruise stay with excursions relevant to the theme.  We believe that travel approached in this way has the power ato transform us and to make us better citizens of the world.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Eric Asimov

    Eric Asimov

    Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of The New York Times and the author of How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto, published by William Morrow, and Wine With Food: Pairing Notes and Recipes From The New York Times, written with recipes by Florence Fabricant and published by Rizzoli. His weekly column appears in the Food section of The Times. Naturally, he is on Twitter and Instagram, too, @EricAsimov. A collection of his columns is included in The New York Times Book of Wine, published by Sterling Epicure. Before he started writing full-time about wine in 2004, Asimov wrote primarily about restaurants and food. He created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of five editions of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants, and published four editions of “$25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York.’’ In 2013 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. Asimov is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and did graduate work in American Civilization at the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Deborah Hofmann, has two children, Jack and Peter, and lives in Manhattan.

     

    Arthur Schwartz

    Arthur Schwartz

    Arthur Schwartz is an award-winning cookbook author, radio personality, newspaper food editor, restaurant critic, lecturer, and cooking teacher. For 26 years he was the food editor of, first, Newsday, then the New York Daily News, where he was also a columnist and first-string restaurant critic. For 13 years, he was the host of the country’s only daily radio food program, broadcast from New York City, heard in five states, and nationally syndicated, and he is the author of seven acclaimed cookbooks. He is known for putting food in its cultural context. He is also an acknowledged expert on Southern Italian cooking and gastronomic culture. For nearly 12 years, he had a cooking school in Paestum, near the Amalfi Coast. His book Naples at Table: Cooking in Campania, published in 1998, is considered the definitive English language book on the subject. His last book, The Southern Italian Table: Authentic Tastes from Traditional Kitchens, is an overview of the six Southern Italian regions, including Sicily, all of which he has visited frequently over the last 30 years. Among his other books, Arthur Schwartz’s New York City Food was named 2004 Cookbook of the Year and Best American Cookbook by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      17/10/2020 – ROMAN HISTORY AND CUISINE (1 NIGHT)

      830.00 $ **

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