An Authentic Venetian Escape Join Jim Bisciglia for a truly unique & immersive land & cruise experience

We'd Love For You To Join Us...

As many of you know, we at Specialty Cruise & Villas are working hard to put together a more robust calendar of hosted itineraries so that we can interact, travel & share unique, hand-crafted experiences with all of you. It’s incredibly special to travel alongside our valued clients and we can’t wait for the opportunity to do so with even more of you!

We would like to invite you on an incredible 16-day, all-inclusive, hosted experience beginning on Sep 5th, 2021 in & around the magical city of Venice! After 7-nights in a lovely villa located on a truly incredible private island within the Venice lagoon, you will then board the beautiful Crystal Symphony for a 9-night hosted voyage from Venice to Marseille.

Our owner, Jim Bisciglia, will be hosting and he'll be bringing along a fabulous collection of regional wines as well as entertaining travel stories for everyone’s enjoyment (have you heard the tale of his rental car being stuck between two old city walls?).

This experience will be inclusive of your group hosts (Jim & Brenda!), accommodations, cruise fare, meals, exclusive onboard dining/tasting experiences, transfers & gratuities. If interested - please reach out to us so that we can provide you with more details and answer any questions you may have. We would be truly honored if you would be a part of this Specialty Cruise & Villas Platinum Experience!

Price for this all inclusive 16-day experience is

starting at

$11,495 per person*

*Based on double occupancy

Your Private Island Retreat

Sep 5 to 12, 2021

The 16-day, all-inclusive itinerary will commence on Sep 5, 2021 and consist of 7 nights in a beautiful villa located on a truly incredible private island within the Venice lagoon, Isola Santa Cristina.

A private island of unsurpassed beauty, Isola Santa Cristina is a natural haven that embodies the tranquility and sophistication of the Venetian lagoon. The property is home to families of wild peacocks and a vast range of wildlife, its lovingly tended grounds cradling organic gardens and orchards, eco-friendly fish farms, and an ancient chapel.

The vast, fully-privatized island with 9-room villa is available for a limited number of bookings per year & we have pre-reserved it for a full week exclusively for our valued clients.

"Where Venice stirs you with a sense of urgency and a compulsion to see and do everything, the island gives off a calm reassurance that it’s fine to do nothing." - The Evening Standard


During our week in the Venetian lagoon we will have a wide variety of truly unique, hand-crafted experiences for you to enjoy. Besides the on-call boat service to bring you into town as you please, we have put together visits to islands throughout the lagoon such as Torcello, Burano, Sant’Erasmo & Murano.

We have also arranged for a boat tour up the Brenta Canal where we will cruise past the Palladian villas of Venetian nobility. We will also be fitting in a visit to the historic city of Padua!

For those of you that would like to explore on your own when you have some free-time - we will also be providing you with the option of bringing out your own, electrically powered wooden boat to explore the lagoon on your own! This is always a favorite as you can sit back, enjoy one another, sip on a glass of Prosecco and even go swimming off the side of your boat if you’d like!

Wine Program

Jim’s wine program for this Platinum Experience will feature the absolute best wines of North East Italy. From the whites of Friuli to the Amarone’s of Veneto…you’ll have a chance to really taste what this region has to offer. You will also spend some time exploring the “orange” wines of the region which you may know, have really become quite a thing! We would argue that at least a couple of you may walk away with a different idea of how a white wine should taste.

Another exciting aspect of this wine program is that you will have the opportunity to taste the wine grown on your private island, one of only two vineyards in the Venetian lagoon!

Cruising With Crystal

Sep 12 to 21, 2021

Crystal Symphony

Explore Venice’s watery avenues, with gelaterias and bejeweled masks between masterpieces; relish Kotor’s Old Town, among the most romantic historical settings in Europe; and breathe the drama of Portofino, Corfu and Marseille.

While onboard Jim will host three wine dinners, including one in the acclaimed Crystal Vintage Room - which is quite the dinner experience!

Jim & Brenda will also host two truly special dining experience on shore. In Dubrovnik, we will host our guests at Michelin one star restaurant 360 featuring a tasting menu of Croatian specialties and the best of Croatian wine. In Sorrento, Jim & Brenda will host a food, wine and boating experience culminating with a lunch at Michelin two star restaurant Quatro Passi. The cost for these optional shore experiences is $700 per person (total for both).

Embark: Venice, Italy | Disembark: Marseille, France

Call or email us today with any questions or to reserve your spot!

The full experience has a maximum capacity of 14 guests and will be filled on a first come, first served basis!

To confirm space on this exclusive hosted experience, a cruise deposit* as well as a non-refundable deposit of $3,000 per person is required.

*Cruise deposit varies by suite category and is subject to cruise line cancellation terms

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