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Coastal Gems of Italy and Croatia with Chef Ben Robinson

Venice - Rome - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Azzurra
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On this 8-day Coastal Gems of Italy and Croatia cruise with Chef Ben Robinson from Venice to Rome aboard Emerald Azzurra, set sail through the Mediterranean, and prepare to be captivated by its coves and coastlines. Savor the culinary masterpieces created by Chef Ben while travelers immerse in vibrant cities and islands.

The adventure starts along the coastlines of Croatia and Italy, from the enchanting city of Venice to the historical wonders of Šibenik. Immerse in ancient history, as travelers explore the iconic medieval walls of Dubrovnik. Experience the charm of Brindisi in Apulia, with its historic harbor. Marvel at late-Gothic Duomo in the Sicilian city of Messina, a testament to the region's architectural splendor. Visit Mount Vesuvius, a symbol of both beauty and power, near the vibrant city of Naples.
Interactive cooking demonstration with Chef Ben RobinsonCustom dinners created by Chef Ben RobinsonA dish created by Chef Ben RobinsonSample table setup for the special culinary cruise with Chef Ben RobinsonExploring CroatiaView from the Pool DeckEmerald Azzurra cruising across Italy and CroatiaA sample custom dinner created by Chef Ben Robinson
  • Embark on an extraordinary journey with Below Deck's Chef Ben Robinson
  • Explore cities and islands blending modernity with cultural heritage
  • Discover the charm of Brindisi in Italy's Apulia region
  • Visit the late-Gothic Duomo in the Sicilian city of Messina
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Venice | Embark

Your luxurious yacht cruise begins in Venice, where you’ll be transferred to your yacht and embark on your discovery of Italy.

Note: Please book your flight to arrive in Venice prior to 01:00 PM.

Day 2: Sibenik, Croatia

Known for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed St. James’ Cathedral and its famous black and orange hat, Šibenik is a city of tradition. The oldest native town in the country, its origins trace back to 1066 and you’ll find history at every turn of its medieval streets and its Square of the Four Wells. 

Exclusive: This evening, travelers enjoy the welcome reception where acclaimed guest, Below Deck’s Chef Ben Robinson, will be introduced. Travelers will also have a raffle where the winner will get the opportunity to enjoy dinner with Chef Ben.  

Day 3: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Unmistakable terracotta buildings welcome you to Dubrovnik. Once described as ‘paradise on earth’, the city’s Old Town has centuries of history ingrained into its walls. It’s home to an array of churches, museums, and galleries, including the 7th-century Cathedral of the Assumption.

Exclusive: Tonight’s menu will feature items customized by Chef Ben.

Day 4: Brindisi, Italy

Brindisi, a thriving port city that was often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the East’ during Roman times, is your stop for the day. Resting on the edges of the Adriatic Sea, it’s one of the largest cities in the Puglia region. Brindisi’s quaintness and charm will immediately delight and transport you to a bygone era.

Day 5: Gallipoli, Italy

Gallipoli is a charming little town on the Salento Peninsula surrounded by water and accessible only by sea or via a 16th-century bridge. Its historic heart sits on a small island that juts out into the Ionian Sea.  

Exclusive: This afternoon Chef Ben will host a cooking demonstration, followed by a Q&A session about seasonal ingredients native to the Adriatic. Watch closely so you can recreate his recipe once you return home!

Exclusive: Tonight’s menu will feature items customized by Chef Ben. Raffle Winner to enjoy their dinner with Chef Ben’s company.

Day 6: Messina, Italy

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This underrated Sicilian city, with its wide boulevards and lower-rise, turn-of-the-century buildings, exudes a sense of space and calm not found in other main cities on the island. Messina is the home of the Stele della Madonna della Lettera, or gilded Madonna statue blessing its port and city. It is certainly a fantastic and rugged place to spend time and explore. 

Day 7: Naples, Italy

Naples is a city unlike any other. This urban sprawl on the outskirts of Mount Vesuvius, with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center dating back to 470 BC, is a magnificent lively, and bustling place to spend your day. From its Duomo di San Gennaro to its Royal Palace, one will always have something beautiful to admire at every turn.

Exclusive: Enjoy an exclusive culinary excursion alongside Chef Ben Robinson.
Tonight’s farewell menu will feature items customized by Chef Ben.

Day 8: Civitavecchia, Italy | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your time aboard your yacht comes to an end in Civitavecchia. After bidding farewell to the crew and your fellow guests, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. 

Note: Please book your flight to depart out of Rome after 12:00 PM. 

The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such, the yacht cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Day/Night of the event is subject to change.


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Oceanview Stateroom
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Oceanview Stateroom (D)
182ft² - 204ft² (17m² - 19m²). Situated on the Emerald Deck, towards the front of the yacht, Oceanview Staterooms are bigger than the average standard.
Balcony Stateroom
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Balcony Stateroom (B)
285ft² - 306ft² (26.5m² - 28.5m²). Situated on the Observation deck, Balcony Staterooms are stylish home-away-from-home. With everything you need for a great night’s sleep.
Balcony Stateroom
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Balcony Stateroom (A)
285ft² - 306ft² (26.5m² - 28.5m²). Situated on the Panorama deck, Balcony Staterooms are stylish home-away-from-home. With everything you need for a great night’s sleep.
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom
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Deluxe Balcony Stateroom (S)
382ft² - 403ft² (35.5m² - 37.5m²). Deluxe Balcony Staterooms are conveniently located on the Pool Deck and feature their own private balcony. With just two per yacht, you’ll benefit from having extra space for the assured comfort.
Terrace Suite
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Terrace Suite (T)
648ft² - 669ft² (60.2m² - 62.2m²) (includes outside terrace). Spacious Terrace Suites take pride of place at the back of the Panorama Deck. As the name suggests, you’ll enjoy a private oversized terrace, where you’ll be able to relax and take in the views as you sail into the world’s prettiest ports.
Yacht Suite
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Yacht Suite (Y)
700ft² - 721ft² (65m² - 67m²) (includes outside terrace). Positioned at the back of the Observation Deck, you’ll be treated to sensational ocean and coastal views from the private terrace. Receive a number of inclusions to help you make the most of your time in your Yacht Suite.
Owner Suite
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Owner's Suite (SA)
1,162ft² - 1,192ft² (108m² - 110.8m²) (includes outside terrace). Oversized Owner’s Suites are the largest and most opulent, located on the Pool Deck. Boasting a separate bedroom and lounge area, also enjoy the large private terrace, from which to see the stunning views of each port you visit.


- Single accommodations are available on some, but not all, tours for a single supplement rate, payable at the time of booking.
- Children under 12 years old are ineligible to participate in tours, except for applicable Christmas tours and cruises and only if accepted by operator in its sole direction.
- Due to the availability of alcohol on many of vacation packages, children and other persons under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a person over the age of 21 (an "Adult") and must share their accommodation with that Adult.
- Most transportation services are not equipped with elevators or wheelchair ramps, and cabin doors and rest rooms may not be wide enough to provide access for standard wheelchairs.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Choice between Emerald Plus and Emerald Active Excursions
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Manager
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Walking tour of Sibenik, Dubrovnik, and Gallipoli
  • Guided tour of Lecce and Naples
  • Pizza tasting in Naples accompanied by Chef Ben Robinson
  • Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner and three custom dinners created by Chef Ben Robinson
  • Interactive Cooking Demonstration with Chef Ben Robinson
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Travelers are urged to arrange comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the tour


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