September 2008 (Miami) â€“ Canâ€™t get enough of the luxury aboard The Yachts of Seabourn? Now guests can be pampered longer thanks to a new partnership between the ultra-luxury cruise line and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Beginning in summer 2009, the elegant, all-inclusive train travel experience will offer top-of-the-line transfer from London to Venice and Venice to London for the Dalmatian Gems itinerary aboard Seabourn Spirit.
The many pleasures of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are unmatched on rails, especially from London to Venice, where scenery runs from the Swiss and Austrian Alps to the Italian Dolomites. Upon boarding the gleaming carriages of a British Pullman at Victoria Station, passengers will tuck into reserved seating and a three-course lunch, complete with wine and champagne, as the train travels through the Kentish countryside before entering into the Chunnel on its way to France. A personal steward will attend to all needs throughout the journey, which includes private compartment accommodations upon arrival in France, when guests switch trains and board the blue and gold carriages of Continental Wagon-Lits of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Pre-dinner cocktails whet appetites for delicious multi-course meals prepared fresh by creative French chefs in the trainâ€™s magnificent restaurant cars. Afternoon tea arrives in time for passage through the Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy. And when the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia station, a Seabourn representative will be waiting to afford passage to the legendary Hotel Cipriani for a luxurious night before departure on Seabourn Spirit.
The â€œpost-cruiseâ€ rail itinerary is the same, albeit in reverse, with no shortage of elegance and overnight accommodations at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in the heart of London.
The Dalmatian Gems itinerary takes in some of the hottest spots along the Mediterranean, many of them new ports of call for 2009. The 7-night itinerary includes Opatija, Split and Triluke Bay, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Koper, Slovenia; Trieste, Italy; and of course, Venice.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express transfer will be available prior to Dalmatian Gems 7-day cruises departing on July 4, 2009, August 15, 2009, and September 26, 2009, as well as post-cruise following the September 5, 2009, itinerary. Cost of rail portion, one-way: $4,399 per person/double, $5,999 per person/single. Fares for the 7-day Dalmatian Gems cruise start at $4,598 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite.
For more information or to make a reservation aboard Seabourn Spirit, please contact Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.