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A cruise unlike any you’ll find on another cruise ship. Departing from Cannes, a perfect vacation destination due to its ideal weather conditions and glamorous harbor to the super-yachts of glamorous Monaco.

Proud to offer a Western Mediterranean cruise unlike any you’ll find on another cruise ship. Brand g Vacations have chartered the Royal Clipper, the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship. With a complement of 42 sails, the Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. Experience the informal elegance, culinary delights, and gracious service in the intimacy of 227 gay and lesbian friends.

This cruise departs from Cannes, a perfect vacation destination due to its ideal weather conditions and glamorous harbor. Some of the most notable highlights include: beautiful Lerici, the ancient Etruscan remains at Portoferraio, beaches of Corsica and the super-yachts of glamorous Monaco.

Laugh. Dance. Smile. Relax on this unforgettable adventure of the senses.

LAND ACCOMMODATIONS

Gray d’Albion

Additional pre-program nights available for $338 per room per night based on double occupancy, or $300 per room per night based on single occupancy.

With an intimate atmosphere, Hotel Le Gray d’Albion shrouds its guests in delicate refinement. The transparent Starck furniture and the soft king size bed will transport you to a delightful other world. Waterskiing, summer nights whiled away on a private beach, and colourful cocktails shape an exhilarating trip. Wonderment on La Croisette. Thrills at the casino. Luxury boutiques. A whirlwind of pleasures right outside your hotel room door.

Features:
Safe
WiFi
King beds
5 Restaurants
4 Bars
Fitness Center
Private Beach
Water Sports Center
and more…

SHIP ACCOMMODATIONS

The Royal Clipper boasts state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for. For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439 foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style.

Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee, where you’ll have the grandest view of all!

Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code.

Your ship’s accommodations are thoughtfully designed, featuring: private bathrooms, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and nightly turn-down service. Cabins are equipped with 220-volt outlets, plus a 110-volt shaver outlet. Bring a converter if you need to use U.S. appliances which are not dual voltage.

The Royal Clipper offers a large number of activities to her guests. But, the real icing on the cake are all of the extra touches provided by Brand g along with the comfort you can only find in the environment of an all-gay and lesbian vacation.

 

DINING

The chefs aboard the Royal Clipper transform ordinary dining into an extraordinary treat. And you’re free to dine when and with whomever you wish—including the sailors, which is also very appetizing.
Every morning you can nibble on a continental breakfast with delicious muffins and rolls or feast on a full breakfast with fruit, bacon and omelets made to order.
For lunch there’s a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites. And when evening comes, our elegantly appointed dining room becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations, designed to please the eye and the palate, and complimented by a selection of equally fine wines.

 

SPORTS

Ocean swimming from the ship’s Marina platform

Fitness room

Snorkeling

 

SPA

Three swimming pools with salt or fresh water

Jacuzzis to keep the muscles relaxed

Hair salon, massage room and skin and body treatment center

 

BARS

The Piano Lounge – A perfect place to listen to music, have a cocktail or do a little dancing.

Tropical Bar – On the main deck this indoor-outdoor bar has a long marble and wooden counter ideal for a drink.

Captain Nemo Underwater Lounge – This underwater lounge is equipped with thick glass portholes allowing the observation of sea life and the ocean bottom when the ship is anchored.

 

NAVAL OBSERVATION

The Navigation Bridge is always open for watching the sailors work the winches

Lookout stations that provides passengers with panoramic views of the ocean

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Brand g’s signature entertainment.

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Inclusions

– Airport transfer from Nice airport to host hotel.

– 2 nights pre-cruise accommodation in Cannes.

– 1/2 day tour of Cannes.

– 7 nights cruise accommodation.

– Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise.

– House wine, all liqueurs, beer and soft drinks, except premium brands and Champagne.

– All English language on board.

– Post cruise transfer to Nice airport.

 

Highlights and Sightseeing

– Glittering Cannes, the archetypal Mediterranean resort city.

– The star shaped Fort Stella in Portoferraio.

– Lerici Castle, a superb example of military architecture.

– Palombaggia – one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe.

– The ancient citadel town of Bonifacio, known for a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants.

– Ajaccio – Napoléon Bonaparte birthplace.

– Alghero – known for its cobblestoned old center and Gothic buildings including the Cattedrale di Santa Maria.

– Plage de la Viva – a lively beach with many activities and visitors.

– Monoco’s magnificent Palais du Prince and opulent casino.

Arrive at Nice airport and transfer to the Gray d’Albion Hotel in Cannes. The balance of the day is free time to start exploring this beautiful coastal city. This evening we will gather at the hotel for a welcome reception.

This morning’s included sightseeing reveals why Cannes is considered one of France’s most attractive cities. This afternoon you are free to explore Cannes on your own. Overnight at the Gray d’Albion Hotel.

Glittering Cannes is the archetypal Mediterranean resort city, discovered by wealthy English nobles who came to the sunny south of France to escape their drafty old castles during the dreary British winters. Cannes’ high-flying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since. Every year, the stars flock to celebrate the Cannes Film Festival at the colossal Palais des Festivals.

Enjoy breakfast and free time before we gather this afternoon to transfer to the pier and embark the Royal Clipper. After settling in to your cabin, enjoy a welcome aboard celebration, followed by dinner and Brand g signature entertainment and fun. Late tonight we set sail for Lerici.

It was in the Villa Magni near Lerici that Percy Bysshe Shelley spent his last happy days before sailing his small boat on its stormy fatal voyage on July 8, 1822. Lord Byron, another Lerici literary resident, once swam across the Bay of Portovenere to visit Shelley, who was residing in San Terenzo. The small fishing villages of San Terenzo, Tellaro and Fiascherino and Montemarcello are similar to the more famous Cinque Terre.

From his villa in Portoferraio, Napoleon, the exiled Emperor of France, looked out over the waiting ships in the harbour and dreamed of returning to glory. Enjoy a local vineyard tour, and near Portoferraio, discover the remains of an ancient Etruscan civilization.

Santa Manza Bay is the most famous beach in Corsica, and has justifiably been voted one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe. Backed by mountains and pines, this is a beautiful stretch of powdery golden sand and shallow crystal clear blue water which deepens gradually. Various water sports facilities are on offer including windsurfing, jet-ski, kayaks and pedal boats, and there are plenty of snack bars nearby.

Bonifacio’s almost land-locked harbor is one of the most dramatic, totally-protected harbors. It is a bustling port, with excellent seafood restaurants and a modern marina. The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable cliff.

Alghero is the main resort in the northwest of Sardinia, and is one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities. Its bustling historic centre is packed with excellent bars and restaurants, making it a great place to hang out. It is also ideally placed for exploring the beaches of nearby Riviera del Corallo. Interestingly, a form of medieval Catalan is still spoken, even though the Iberians left three centuries ago.

The resort of Porticcio is clean and modern, and there are several beaches in the town. There is a long sandy stretch called the Plage de la Viva that is quite lively, with enough activities going on that most people are happy to stay put. However, if you do feel like venturing away, then head south towards Filitosa. This prehistoric site is in a lovely countryside setting, and is one of the rare places in the world where prehistoric engraved stones can be seen.

Ajaccio has a justified reputation as a very stylish city. Napoléon Bonaparte was born here in 1769, and as you would expect, the city has many sites relating to him, from his childhood home to seafront statues, museums and street names. Its immediate surroundings are a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, trekkers and climbers. It provides a whole range of outdoor activities which you can enjoy by yourself or with professionals.

Monaco is the fabled domain of princes and movie stars. The magnificent Palais du Prince and opulent Casino remind you of an elegant, pre-war era. With more wealth concentrated in one small area than almost any place on earth, this tiny principality retains its gilt-edged allure.

The Royal Clipper is set to arrive to Cannes at 6:00 AM this morning. If you’re flying home today we recommend you schedule your departure flight from Nice (NCE) at 10:30 AM or later. All guests should plan to disembark by around 10:00 AM. Special exceptions may be made for guests with late departing flights.

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Joe and Keith Houston, TX

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