Desire Barcelona - Rome Cruise 2018

The only way to get away!

Desire’s couples-only, conceptual cruise, where clothing is optional, and the ports of call are awesome, sets sail Barcelona to Rome this April 2018. Aboard this sensual sanctuary at sea you and yours will redefine eroticism, in exotic destinations, while being led on a journey of fantasy and reverie…

Romance and sensuality are in every detail of the cobblestone alleyways, elegant esplanades, cliff-side footpaths, waterfront promenades, and roads made of marble. When we walk through the cities, towns, and villages of Europe, it’s almost as if we’re strolling hand-in-hand on a spectacular voyage through time.

Desire Barcelona Rome Cruise

When you book a stateroom, you’ll love the polished style and stellar service in your own private retreat.

You’ll appreciate the finer touches included in every stateroom, but it takes more than a beautiful room to elevate a voyage from good to great.

• Completely refurbished with fresh contemporary décor in 2016
• Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
• Some staterooms feature sofa bed
• 40” flat-screen TV
• Refrigerator with mini-bar
• Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
• Direct-dial telephone with voice mail
• Writing desk
• In-room safe
• Hand-held hairdryer
• USB ports under bedside reading lamps


Guest Decks: Eight
Cruising Speed: 18.5 knots
Refurbished: 2016
Electric Current: 110/220 AC
Officers and Crew: 408 International Off­icers, Crew and Staff
Ship’s Registry: Malta
Spectacular Staterooms & Suites
6 Distinctive Dining Options
2 Specialty Restaurants
Bars, Lounges & Gathering Spots
Provocative Daytime & Evening Entertainment (use your imagine on this)
Spa, Salon & Fitness Center
Onboard Shopping
Casino (7 come 11)
Technological Inspiration

Up on Deck 10 try the Aqualine.
Get a taste of Italy even before you dock there!

You’ll love the contemporary, inventive Italian cuisine at Aqualina, featuring some of Italy’s most famous dishes. Starters include beef tenderloin Carpaccio with orange oil, lobster ravioli, and seared tuna wrapped in veal, followed by second courses such as sweet pea and fennel soup or delicious salads of watermelon and tomato or arugula and radicchio with prosciutto chips. Main courses include forest mushroom risotto, a perfectly grilled veal chop, a Venetian seafood platter or delicate dover sole. Save room for Azamara’s famous desserts like Masala custard, lemon soufflé, tiramisu and chocolate torte. Hours: 6 PM – 9:30 PM Location: Aft - Port - Deck 10

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On Deck number Nine find:
The Spa to transport you to a whole new world with treatments inspired by rituals from exotic cultures world over.
You'll also find a hair salon, the Sanctum Terrace with a Thalassotherapy pool (who?), and an assortment of the finest spa products.
The Sanctum Spa also includes a nail bar and pedicure area, and dedicated stations for barber services, teeth whitening, and hair services, along with the Medi-spa and acupuncture clinic.

Also on Deck number Nine. number Nine, the fitness center. Keep up your fitness routine or embark on a new one in this onboard Fitness Center.
Take part in yoga at sunset or toning Pilates (Pilates is a physical fitness system of stretching movements developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Do not confuse with that old Romaan senator who couldn't wash his hands even if he used all the seven seas); the onboard wellness consultant is there to assist you every step.

Also While spending daytime sun-drenched and relaxed by the pool, don’t think of missing Azamara’s famous White Night party held at least once on every cruise (weather permitting).
Colorful décor and linen-draped tables, a fabulous buffet feast, and boutique wines on the house make this an event like no other.
Not to forget the fun and fast-paced show the entertainment team puts on.

Friendly Pool Bar serves refreshments while enjoying the Pool during the day, and cocktails of your choice in the evening.

More on Deck Nine:
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 for two or a lively meal for six with flexible seating options.
Choices change daily and include fresh sushi, stir-frys and pastas, salads, smoked lox and other cold fish, a carving station and sumptuous desserts.
There’s more: Don’t miss our themed buffets! Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, and other regional cuisine. Our international crew takes pride in their native cuisine and it shows.
Early Riser: 6:30 AM – 7 AM (ain't too many people in this spot!) | Buffet Breakfast: 7 AM – 10 AM
Late Risers' Lite Breakfast: 10 AM – 11 AM | Lunch Buffet: 12 PM – 2:30 PM
Afternoon Tea: 3:30 – 4:30 PM (port days) | Casual Dinner: 6 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Aft - Deck 9

Deck 11 is all the way up there. A sundeck.

Desire Barcelona Rome Cruise

See sights like these on the Desire Cruise.

Exotic places. Exotic things.

In the floating hotel your vacation is structured like this: You get onboard; you unpack; you never change rooms again; and yet you go different places. Effortlessly.

On some cruises food is mediocre; on the Desire Cruise, food is divine.

On other cruises ports have nothing in them worth seeing. Not the case here my dear!
Look at that itinerary on the right.

See Avinguda del Tibidabo
On both sides of this avenue there is a Modernist urban development from the beginning of this century, which was created by a chemist.
There are some very interesting villas by several different architects. The so-called "Tramvia Blau" (blue tram) goes up this avenue and is the only one of its kind left in Spain.
There affords a magnificent view over Barcelona.
A visit to the Market of la Boqueria in Barcelona is advisable to enjoy an incredible contrast between colours and activity, ideal to discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients.
The best products from Catalonia in one place: fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood, tapas bars like El Quim and others
The first mention of the Boqueria market of Barcelona dates from 1217, when tables were installed near the old door of the city to sell meat. From December 1470, a market selling pigs occurred at this site. At this time, the Market had the name Mercat Bornet or was (until 1794) simply known as Mercat de la Palla (Straw Market).

port of call Desire Barcelona Rome Cruise


1 4/28/18
Barcelona, Spain

Dynamic Barcelona is all about architecture, from the magnificent medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter to the Modernist the masterpiece is the amazing Church of the Sagrada Familia, colossal. Though construction began in 1882 still unfinished.
A case of siesta, fiesta, mañana.
A contemporary contribution to the scene is the post-modernist National Theater of Catalonia, an imaginative combination of classical and modern design, with a greenhouse-like lobby.
see port of call on the Desire Barcelona Rome Cruise
More About Barcelona by clicking on image above
2 04/29/18

A trip to Sète is the perfect opportunity to embrace the concept of faire rien (or to “do sweet nothing”) that’s practiced in sunny southern France. A day spent doing nothing—and yet, everything—may be just what le docteur ordered.
Take a walk along the canals of the Venice of Languedoc to see fishermen and townsfolk on their homemade boats going to and from the market. From late spring to early autumn, the canals turn into friendly battlegrounds for water jousting competitions, a very passionate tradition in Sète’s culture that date back to 1666.
Here, rival teams row towards one another and attempt to knock each other into the canal using a long wooden lance, while hundreds of spectators cheer them on. In fact, our very own Captain Carl has participated in one of these competitions much to the delight of our guests…and to the dismay of Captain Carl when he fell in the water!
Naturally after all that cheering, sustenance is needed. Settle in at one of the restaurants along the Quai de le Résistance or Quai Général Durand for a meal of the freshest seafood of oysters, clams, and mussels you can possibly imagine plus a front row seat to the full spectacle of Sète life. How’s that for fun?

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While cruising around from place to exciting place stay in one of these staterooms.
3 04/30/18
Provence (Marseille), France
An intriguing mix of modern industry and ancient grandeur, the 2,600-year-old port of Marseille can seem as if you’re on a round-the-world journey just by walking through the streets. For example, the colorful market will have you feeling like you’ve been whisked away to North Africa, before the fragrant scent of bouillabaisse brings you firmly back to France.
Watch fishermen auction off the catch of the day in le Vieux Port area or visit the Musée des Civilisatons de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée for insight into the history and culture of Marseille.
Or better yet do one of the belly dance bars as I did, with Arabic music. A trip.
Wander the charming labyrinth of narrow lanes and interesting shops in La Panier, the city’s oldest neighborhood. Stock up on Savon de Marseille (locally made soap), or perhaps purchase a complete set of santons, hand-carved nativity figures sold by talented artisans.
And don’t forget to indulge in a glass of pastis—an alcoholic beverage made with aniseed and spice that turns an enticing shade of yellow once water is added. And then mix to your taste (the traditional method is one part pastis to five parts water). Et voilà!

click on the image above for more about Marseille
4 05/01/18
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo is a place with a reputation that’s far bigger than its small size. It’s the kind of place where professional athletes, royals, socialites, and Bond villains (or the actors who play them) rub elbows while searching for elusive lady luck. Come prepared to be amazed by the opulence, by the breathtaking beautiful surroundings, and for some of the finest people watching this side of the Atlantic.
The Grand Casino is not to be missed, even for non-gamblers. Let it ride, bet it all on black or red, or simply marvel at the decadence of your luxurious surroundings.
Not into burning money? How about burning rubber? The prestigious Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix race has been held here since 1929. Get the authentic experience by renting a performance car to take you for a spin around the route, if you’re not here to see the real thing.
Or put on a rubber.
After your thrill ride, take a walk through the medieval village, known as The Rock not rock-n-roll in the heart of Monte-Carlo. And if you happen to end up in France, don’t worry. Simply cross the street and you’ll be back across the border faster than you can say jackpot or Jack Sprat.
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5 05/02/18
Portofino, Italy
Picture a tiny town of pastel houses lining the shore of a small harbor full of sleek yachts, crowned by a castle and backed by verdant hills dotted with villas.
Strawberry fields forever.
Throw in charming waterside restaurants specializing in seafood, and a national park with miles of hiking trails among chestnut and olive groves, where you can work off the pasta that in Italy is just the first course, between the antipasto and the main.
Now you know why this quaint little fishing village became a playground of the rich and famous, and why you should consider joining them now.
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6 05/03/18
Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Florence—sublime birthplace of the Renaissance, its historic center full to bursting with elegant squares, imposing palaces, magnificent churches, and museums with such an abundance of riches it could make an art lover jump for joy.
The list of illustrious names connected with this city is mind-boggling: Botticelli, Dante (author of the Divine Comedy), Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo (the telescope guy). Other colorful and fascinating characters were of dubious reputation: Machiavelli, and the religious extremist Savonarola (not samonela, an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence. He was known for his prophecies of the destruction of secular art and culture, and his calls for Christian renewal. He denounced clerical corruption, despotic rule and the exploitation of the poor. No he was not a happy dude1. Although he raised some valid points. For many years, the city was ruled by the powerful Medici family (Their wealth and influence initially derived from the textile trade) , patrons of the arts and bankers to the papacy, whose line included six kings and three popes. The three Popes of the Catholic Church were Pope Leo X, Pope Clement VII, and Pope Leo XI.
1 he could have used this cruise and chill-out.
7 05/04/18
Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy
One good day deserves another. Have a second day in this town. And also see the tower. It leans.
8 05/05/18
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Rome has something special to offer to all visitors, no matter their interests and tastes. Whether you daydream about fighting with gladiators in the Coliseum, debating with togaed senators in the Forum, tossing a coin in a fabled fountain, or being awestruck by the magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s masterpieces, Rome seems to live up to its sobriquet as the Eternal City.
Or sipping a cold Chinotto on the terrace of an outdoor cafe. When you need sustenance, today’s Rome will provide delizioso pasta e vino. Or perhaps you draw strength from a little retail therapy—the Italians are also renowned for their sense of style.

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A spa suite shown above.

Love the feeling of being at the spa but never want to leave?
With these new Club Spa Suites, you won’t have to. Located next to the tranquil Sanctum Spa, these newest suites are the ultimate in contemporary design, comfort and pampering.
With easy access to the Spa, open decks, swimming pool, the Desire Cruise's great restaurants—as well as Desire's newest venue, The Living Room, the Club Spa Suites surround you with organic, elegant décor, and the finest, most soothing amenities.
Suites feature comfortable sitting area, daily delivery of healthy snacks, Frette plush robes and slippers, and in-room spa music. For the ultimate in serene surroundings, the spacious glass-enclosed spa soaking tub and separate rain shower bring the outside in, with views to the endless seas beyond. Unique spa amenities are included, such as a spa credit to be used for spa treatments of your choice. The perfect place to get away from it all. Without being far from anything.

Desire Barcelona Rome Cruisethe ocean view stateroom also offers:
• Luxurious cotton bed linens with duvet | • Terry bathrobes and slippers | • 24-hour room service | • Welcome fruit basket at embarkation | • Fresh-cut flowers | • Tote bag | • Use of umbrella and binoculars | • Shoe shine-service | • Turndown treats | • Daily news bulletin |

Club Continent Suites off all the above plus:
• Complimentary Internet (235 minutes) | • Complimentary specialty dining

Club Spa Suite all that plus $200 USD Spa credit

Club World Owners Suite:
all above plus:
Our largest suites have been transformed to feature contemporary design elements that create an elegant and organic feel. The design draws inspiration from nature—a sandy cliff, flowing river beds, exquisite white sand beaches, and rustling grasses. These luxurious accommodations feature a large living room with a separate bedroom, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to your own private veranda, marble master bath, large flat-screen television, refrigerator with mini-bar, and many other amenities. Enjoy everything our Club Owner’s Suites have to offer, and of course, all of the pampering that comes with them.
With any suite a bevrage package may be purchased when boarding in Barcelona.
Spirits: Absolut, Ketel One, Stolichnaya, Canadian Club, Crown Royal, Jameson, Johnnie Walker Red Label, Captain Morgan, Myers’s Original Dark, Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, Disaronno Amaretto, Kahlúa, Southern Comfort, and more…
Beer: Boddingtons Pub Ale, Bohemia, Buckler, Carlsberg, Corona, Dos Equis, Grolsch, Guinness, Heineken, Leffe, Murphy’s Irish Stout, Newcastle, O’Doul’s, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Red Stripe, Smirnoff Ice, Stella Artois, Strongbow, Warsteiner

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USD per couple for entire cruise all-inclusive: stateroom, food, drinks, activities
6 Club World Owners Suite $22,260
4 Club Ocean Suite $20,250
2 Club Spa Suite $13,830
34 Club Continent Suite $9,230
191 Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom $7,200
72 Club Ocean Stateroom $6,340
26 Club Interior Stateroom $5,420
Taxes and Port fees per person: in addition to above$350USD in Staterooms | $400USD in Suites

Early booking discounts
Club Veranda Stateroom $900USD
Club Ocean Stateroom $500USD
Club Interior Stateroom $400USD
these limited offer discounts subject to removal

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Marseille, a port city in southern France, has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks back in 600 B.C.
At its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a Romanesque-Byzantine church.
Consider doing:
Hôtel de Cabre: one of the oldest houses in Marseille
The Terrasses du Port (Shopping Centre)
The colourful markets (like Noailles market) that will make you feel like you are in Africa, to the Calanques (a natural area of big cliffs falling into the sea

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