santorini with celebrity cruises Although Mykonos’ party atmosphere and exciting clubs make for one darn sexy Greek option, Santorini stands out for those honeymooners seeking a quieter but no less gorgeous island escape. Cruising into Santorini allows incredible glimpses of white-washed towns that seem to be carved onto the caldera, the rim of the crater left behind from past volcanic eruptions. Life in Santorini takes place up there, on the edge of those cliffs created by nature, so if you’re cruising the Cyclades, there’s no better place to be. The sunsets alone are worth the price of getting there.
Celebrity Cruises’ Exclusive Santorini Tour lets passengers enjoy a boat tour of two islets—Palea and Nea Kameni—before transferring them to Oia (pronounced EE-a), one of those towns of blue domes and alabaster walls. Oia is made for photos, shopping and hand-in-hand discovery, with maze-like streets and pretty shops of wood carvings and other crafts. From there, clients will visit a naval museum housed in a neoclassical mansion and stop by the Boutari Winery for a taste of the local production. Last stop: Fira, Santorini’s capital—another town of cobblestone pathways, cafes and great shopping. Tell clients to order some tomato croquettes with their ouzo and stop by the jewelry store Babalu and hope their significant other gets them a fancy bauble. Passengers then return down to sea level on a cable car. Celebrity’s 10-night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox starts at $1,799 pp dbl for a May 27, 2011 departure.
south carolina with smithsonian journeys Whether it’s “Gone with the Wind” or “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” you conjure when thinking about the South, it’s long been the setting of steamy romance—sometimes over the top, sometimes quiet and shy, and always steeped in history. South Carolina epitomizes the richness of this part of the country in its architecture and exuberant past.
Smithsonian Journeys’ Springtime in the Old South aboard the American Star departs April 1 from Charleston along the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s a savory jaunt into some of the region’s most picturesque sites, including Savannah and Jekyll Island, and led by noted historian Mary Burdell. In Charleston, clients will take a tour of its historic district with Antebellum homes along the Battery and Rainbow Row, the “single house” architecture of the area and others. Another stop in South Carolina: Beaufort, where stately oaks and gardens grace more knockout homes. Here, clients will enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of the area, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, spotting the early-18th century St. Helena Episcopal Church and the National Cemetery.
Springtime in the Old South also includes visits to the enigmatic Daufuksie Island, home to the Gullah, who are descendants of slaves, and Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island, where couples can sign up for an alligator boat cruise.
The American Star offers sun decks and glass-enclosed lounges for admiring the scenery outside, as well as a library with books and videos of the destinations visited. Rates start at $4,455 pp dbl.