Experience the Mediterranean with Best Cruises and Travel Now Through a Master Chef’s Eyes on a Roundtrip Cruise from Rome on the Holland America Noordam

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Best Cruises and Travel Now offers new culinary travel adventures with Chef Pietro Scotti of the award-winning Da Pietro’s Restaurant of Westport, CT, traveling from August 6-16, 2011. Join the chef for cooking classes and demonstrations, a welcome cocktail party, wine tastings and on custom “group only” shore excursions that will include cooking classes, wine tasting, visits to markets, orchards and wineries in Dubrovnik (Croatia), Corfu, Olympia, Santorini (Greece), Ephesus (Turkey), Athens and Messina (Sicily).

Chef Pietro Scotti

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Chef Pietro Scotti is a fine artist in the kitchen and he has turned out culinary masterpieces at his acclaimed Westport restaurant, Da Pietro’s, for close to 25 years. Pietro has earned a stellar reputation among reviewers, fans and The James Beard Foundation for his timeless, classic cuisine.

In 1987, he took a chance, opening Da Pietro’s on a waterside street lined with antique shops in Westport. He decorated the restaurant’s cozy, jewel-like dining room with plush banquets and framed Hermes scarves. Pietro’s Italian and French fare quickly became the talk of the town - and of reviewers. Zagat gave Da Pietro’s a 27 rating for food, calling it “Extraordinary.” And Patricia Brooks of The New York Times granted the restaurant an “Excellent” rating.

Summertime in the Mediterranean with Pietro:
Sail with Best Cruises and Travel Now aboard Holland America's glorious Noordam for a ten night culinary cruise in the Mediterranean, leaving August 6 from amazing Rome (Civitavecchia) to Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Greece; Katakolon (Olympia), Greece; Santorini, Greece; Ephesus, Turkey; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Messina, Sicily and two luxurious days at sea, filled with Pietro's wonderful cooking classes, a welcome cocktail party, plus additional optional wine tastings and visits to markets., orchards and restaurants at the ports.

Aboard the Holland America Cruise:
The Noordam, is an all-inclusive, premium, luxurious, stress-free vacation aboard an elegant ship. Holland America has won many top awards: Conde´ Nast Traveler Readers' choice Awards, the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society Award for Best Overall Cruise Value (for 17 consecutive years!), the International Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and Conde´ Nast Traveler UK Readers' Travel Awards for the Highest Rated Premium Cruise Line.

Aboard the Holland America Noordam enjoy a vast array of gourmet dining options, impeccable service, luxurious appointments, an extensive wine collection, 24-hour room service, the tranquil Asian-inspired Greenhouse Spa and Salon, a fully equipped fitness center and classes, pools and hot tubs, including The Retreat, a sophisticated resort-style pool with fountains, private cabanas around the pools, luxury, duty-free shopping, wonderful kid's programs like Club HAL for ages 3-7 and 8-12, Kids and Teens Culinary workshops and exclusive for teens, The Loft and The Oasis. Your ship comes alive at night with a nightclub, Vegas and Broadway-type shows, three signature bands, sing-along piano bar, open-air movies on deck and the Casino and much, much more.

Prices:

Cabin price + tax & port charges + event fee of $250 (per person/double occupancy, subject to availability):

Interior cabin- Cat K: $2005
Ocean-view cabin- Cat D: $2395
Balcony cabin- Cat VD: $2705
Superior Verandah Suite- Cat SS: $3505
Deluxe Verandah Suite- Cat SC: $4207
Third and Fourth in the cabin- $756 each-including tax-
Adults would pay an additional $250 event fee.
Single Supplement : available upon request. Transfers to cruise ship $138 per person roundtrip.

DEPOSIT
Holland America asks for a $600 deposit per person. Deposit is fully refundable until the final payment date. Final Payment Due for Summertime in the Mediterranean is May 21, 2011

For peace of mind and to protect travel investments, Best Cruises and Travel Now sells low-cost comprehensive travel insurance. With Best Cruises and Travel Now and their affiliation with American Express, pay for part or the entire trip using American Express Reward Points. Ask them about it when booking. They will also be pleased to book hotel and tours in Rome pre- and post-cruise.

For more information or to book a cabin on the Da Pietro Cruise: Experience the Mediterranean through a Master Chef’s Eyes, call Eva at Best Cruises and Travel Now, (3030 221-3171 or toll free at (888) 499-7245. Check their website for more details, http://www.BestCruisesandTravelNow.com.

Best Cruises and Travel Now is a full service travel agency featuring licensed and seasoned travel professionals who sell all-inclusive resorts, land tours, cruises and air/hotel packages. Best Cruises and Travel Now is affiliated with Cruise Planners and American Express, who have been partners for fifteen years. As a result of this affiliation, Best Cruises and Travel Now get its client’s wonderful group volume discount pricing and amenities not available anywhere else. Their website announces weekly travel specials. These amenities include free upgrades, onboard credit, free specialty dining, free spa treatments, free cocktail parties and much more. Best Cruises and Travel Now personalizes and customizes travel by listening to their client’s needs, interests and budget, matching their client to the perfect vacation. They save their clients time, money and the heartache of being burned by booking travel on-line. They pride themselves in their excellent customer service, before, during and after the trip. For the best travel advice, values and service, call Best Cruises and Travel Now.

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