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About Our Destination

Currency
Italy and Monaco use the Euro (€).
Languages
Italy: Italian / Monaco: French
Climate
The climate will range between 55°F–68°F during our cruise.
Itinerary
  • Saturday, October 5 — Rome, Italy (depart: 6 pm)
  • Sunday, October 6 — Sorrento, Italy (7:30 am – 8 pm)
  • Monday, October 7 — At Sea
  • Tuesday, October 8 — Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy (8 am – overnight)
  • Wednesday, October 9 — Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy (depart: 10 pm)
  • Thursday, October 10 — Portovenere, Italy (8 am – 10 pm)
  • Friday, October 11 — Portofino, Italy (8 am – 6 pm)
  • Saturday, October 12 — Monte Carlo, Monaco (arrive: 7 am)
Vacation Stretchers
We will offer pre- and post-cruise vacation stretchers in Rome and Monte Carlo/Paris. We will announce the details approximately 9 months prior to sailing.

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the elegant Azamara ms Pursuit
  • All meals, including room service (specialty restaurants have a nominal charge)
  • Select standard spirits, international beers, and wines
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Gratuities, port charges, and taxes  (covered in NDAs)
  • Olivia signature programming, entertainment, and personalized Olivia staffing throughout
What’s not included?
Airfare, airport transfers, travel insurance, personal items, spa services, telephone, internet, shore excursions, ship’s photos, medical attention, and other incidentals.
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions. This is a Selected Cruise trip which falls under our cancellation penalty schedule for Riverboats, Adventures, Selected Cruises, and Selected Resorts.

2019 GEMS OF THE ITALIAN & FRENCH RIVIERA LUXURY CRUISE
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 10/5/2019    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   1/8/2019 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 1/9/2019 3/9/2019 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 3/10/2019 5/8/2019 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 5/9/2019 6/7/2019 75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
(NON-REFUNDABLE)

6/8/2019   100% of trip cost

Travel Insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial trip deposit date to be eligible for certain coverages. Consider travel protection for trip cancellation/trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information, or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to announce Olivia’s new partnership with Conlin Travel.
Conlin Travel is one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's Gems of the Italian & French Riviera Luxury Cruise Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Gems of the Italian & French Riviera Luxury Cruise 2019 Group on Facebook.
Special occasions
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Olivia Travel Gear Store

To help you get ready for your next vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!

Travel and arrival

Air Travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Rome, Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci” International Airport (FCO) and out of Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE). We encourage all passengers to arrive at least one day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Arrive into Rome no later than 11:10 am on Saturday, October 5 to allow enough time for airport to ship transfer arrangements. You will need to fly out of Nice International Airport (NCE). We suggest you book your flight after 12 pm on Saturday, October 12 to allow enough time to transfer to the airport.
We will announce our Vacation Stretchers for Rome and Monte Carlo/Paris approximately 9 months prior to the trip.
Airfare discounts
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Airport transfers from Rome (FCO) airport to the ship and the ship to the Nice International Airport (NCE) on arrival and departure day are NOT included. The Rome (FCO) airport is approximately 1 hour drive time to the Civitavecchia port. You will be able to purchase a transfer through Azamara approximately 30 days prior to the cruise. Exact cost is TBD.
Rome/Civitavecchia Port Information
Molo Vespucci
Civitavecchia, RM 00053, Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Nouvelle Digue de Monaco (located next to the yacht harbor in the Port of Monaco/Hercules Port)
Check-in
Embarkation and check-in will be available at 1 pm and all-aboard is at 4:30 pm so you will be on board in time for the mandatory safety drill.

During your trip

Azamara's ms Pursuit
Azamara's ms Pursuit is a mid-size 682-passenger ship with the following amenities:
Ship Amenities
  • Cabaret Lounge
  • Mosaic Café
  • Discoveries Bar
  • Discoveries Restaurant
  • Aqualina
  • Prime C
  • Windows Café
  • The Patio and Swirl & Top
  • Pool
  • Two hot tubs
  • The Spa & Salon
  • Fitness Center
  • La Boutique, Indulgences, and The Pursuit Shop
  • Photo Shop
Suite and Room amenities:
  • Egyptian cotton bed linens with duvet
  • Plush cotton robes and slippers
  • French bath products
  • Fresh flowers
  • Welcome fruit basket on embarkation
  • Writing desk
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • In-room safe
  • Hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps
  • Use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Shoe shine service
  • Daily news bulletin
  • Turndown treats
  • 24-hour room service
Suite amenities:
  • English Butler Service
  • Priority check-in and departure
  • Unpacking and packing of luggage
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • One bag of laundry service
  • Afternoon in-suite tea service
  • Complimentary bottles of specialty spirits (mixers included)
  • Complimentary internet (235 minutes)
  • Complimentary specialty dining
Dining
Discoveries Restaurant
Open seating and stellar nightly selections, the main dining room is not to be missed. You'll find your classic dinner favorites, with a deliciously different twist, like gulf shrimp with cognac and garlic or a filet mignon with black truffle sauce.
Windows Café
The daily themed dinner often takes its inspiration from the region we’re visiting. Enjoy an extra live station made from local ingredients purchased in port: Greek salad made with local feta (Greece) or pasta prepared with local mushrooms (Italy). Take in the fresh breeze at an outdoor table and relax in the easy and casual atmosphere of the newly renovated Windows Café. Enjoy an intimate breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And speaking of choices, selections change daily. Choose from fresh sushi, stir-fry and pasta, salads, smoked lox and other cold fish, a carving station and of course, desserts.
The Patio and Swirl & Top
This poolside café features made-to-order fish-kabobs, burgers, fries, and salads.
Mosaic Café
Comfortable and stylish, Mosaic is the place where you’ll find your favorite coffee drinks, just the way you like. Try the Nespresso specialty coffee (for a fee). Slip into a comfortable seat and sip for a while.
Aqualina*:
Aqualina is one of the on-board specialty restaurants. Here, you’ll find some of Italy’s most celebrated dishes. But you’ll also find contemporary inventive cuisine. Start with lobster ravioli, followed by arugula and radicchio with prosciutto chips, and a Venetian seafood platter. You won’t be able to say no to the famous desserts: marsala custard, lemon soufflé, or tiramisu. Azamara chefs love to be inspired, so after an on shore visit to a local market, you can also expect a delectable dish so local, you’ll feel like you’re not onboard anymore.
Prime C*:
Prime C is one of the on-board specialty restaurants. Steaks cooked to perfection. Crab cakes with remoulade. Lobster bisque. Lamb, game hens and seafood. And last but certainly not least, the famous mini cinnamon-sugar donuts with dipping sauces for dessert. (Yes, they are as good as they sound.) But at Prime C, you’re in for more than an array of delectable dining. Expect a marvelous evening in a warm wood-paneled ambiance with stunning views and lush décor. And, if the chef has made a visit to a local market while we’re in port, you’ll also have an authentic local dish to look forward to, made just for you.
*Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests. For others, there is a $30 per-person cover. Reservations are highly recommended.
24-Hour room service:
What is the best time for room service? Whenever you say it is—24-hours a day. Order from the full breakfast menu between 6:30 AM and 10 AM. Lunch and dinner room service features a menu of hearty soups, fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, pizzas, and desserts.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110- and European 220-volt outlet.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’, and other-behind-the-scenes crew members.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone. Cost is available on board.
Internet / email / fax
There is an Internet center on board; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase an internet wireless plan on board.
Laundry services
Laundry, pressing and dry-cleaning service is available on board. Check on board for pricing. Self-service laundry is complimentary.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Spa services
There is a spa on board. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office on board for further details.
Smoking policy
Smoking is not permitted in any of the staterooms or public spaces, including all restaurants and corridors. Smoking is permitted on the outside decks in designated smoking areas only.
Solo travelers
Traveling solo? Be sure to attend the Solos Welcome on the first day. Here you will meet your Olivia Solos Coordinators who will share your solos program for the week. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including special designated solos excursions in each port of call. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section for the nightly shows. You can start to meet other solos and travelers online in the Olivia’s Gems of the Italian & French Riviera Luxury Cruise 2019 Facebook Group.
Excursions
Exploring our ports of call will be the highlight of your cruise. Azamara takes great pride in offering the best shore excursion options for our guests. Excursions will be available to book approximately 30 days prior to the cruise. We will notify you via email when excursions are available for online booking.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
For those going directly to the airport we recommend purchasing a transfer on board. The Nice International Airport (NCE) is approximately 30 minutes away from the Monte Carlo cruise ship terminal. We suggest you book your flight after 12 pm to allow enough time to transfer to the airport.

Didn’t find what you are looking for? Check out our Olivia travel FAQ, email us at guestservices@olivia.com, or call us at 800-631-6277 (inside the U.S. & Canada) or 415-962-5700 (Outside the U.S. & Canada) and select option 2.

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