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!

To kick off our 2020 calendar, we would like to invite you on an incredible 19-day, all-inclusive, hosted experience beginning on May 3rd 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 Serenity for a 12-night hosted voyage from Venice to Barcelona.

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 host (Jim!), 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 19-day experience is

starting at

$12,995 per person*

*Based on double occupancy

Your Private Island Retreat

May 3 to 10, 2020

The 19-day, all-inclusive itinerary will commence on May 3, 2020 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.

We’re very excited about visiting this region in May as the weather is typically lovely that time of year! We will have the opportunity to really enjoy the city of Venice and it’s surroundings before peak tourist season - and it really does make a difference.

"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

May 10 to 22, 2020

Crystal Serenity

A fabulous itinerary where the grand dames of the Mediterranean are explored in depth on overnight stays in Venice, Monte Carlo and Barcelona, while iconic coastal ports from the Adriatic to the Ionian seas beckon with ancient treasures.

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

Lastly, to top it all off, Jim will also be bringing along some surprise WWII era wine curiosities! It is sure to be both a memorable and educational experience for all of the Oenophiles out there!

Embark: Venice, Italy | Disembark: Barcelona, Spain

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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