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Coastline to Canals

Cruising with Poplar Grove - A Poplar Grove Wine Club Members’ Exclusive Offer 

Date posted: Dec 3, 2018

According to Tony Holler, our new president, Ingo Grady, …"is one of the most experienced industry veterans and well-acquainted with the international luxury wine community". Ingo and his wife Patti also have a passion for organizing wine and food-focused cruises in collaboration with Oceania Cruise Lines. They are currently planning an epic 10-day voyage on the Nautica, sailing from Barcelona to Nice from October 28 to November 7, 2019. We would like to extend a special invitation to Friends of the Winery to join them on this exclusive journey.

Ingo says, “Oceania has its finger on a generational pulse. They offer individualized service at a very high level, but in a country club manner. It’s not ostentatious. It’s a comfort niche. And, compared to other cruise lines, Oceania’s adult-only offerings are leaps ahead in terms of service and elegance.”

Oceania truly is the foodie and wine lover’s cruise line, with small ships that can tuck away in ports that others can’t get into. 

The ship’s culinary centre and signature restaurants are custom-made for guests who wish to live in the moment while embracing life’s greatest pleasures: culture, art, music, food, wine and, most importantly, friendship.

Ingo explains, “Imagine sailing from one destination to another, all without suffering the predictable stresses of a European vacation - following maps, looking after your luggage, wondering if you are being ripped off along the way. Instead we’ll be able to focus on relaxation, on one another.”

In addition to the impressive Coastlines to Canals itinerary (see below), Ingo and ExpediaCruiseShip Centers (Kelowna) have assembled an exclusive cruise package that includes wine education, a Poplar Grove vintner’s dinner onboard the ship, plus a special hosted visit and traditional Tuscan lunch at the new Antinori winery in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region; experience a part of Tuscany that most will never see!


The Program

Day     Port                  Arrive       Depart

Oct 28  Barcelona, Spain 1 pm (Embark) / 6 pm
Oct 29 Monte Carlo, Monaco Noon 10 pm
Oct 30 Florence/Pisa/Tuscany, Italy 8 am / 8 pm
Oct 31 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 8 am / 8 pm
Nov 01 Naples/Pompeii, Italy 8 am / 6 pm
Nov 02 Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Nov 03 Kotor, Montenegro 8 am / 4 pm
Nov 04 Zadar, Croatia 10 am / 7 pm
Nov 05 Koper, Slovenia 8 am/ 11 pm
Nov 06 Venice, Italy 8 am
Nov 07 Venice, Italy 8 am (Disembark)

From personal experience, here are the top reasons for having chosen Oceania Cruise Lines as our preferred cruise partner

Best Value in Upscale Cruising

  • Award-Winning Mid-Size Nautica catering to just 824 guests
  • Spectacular port-intensive voyages featuring overnight visits and extended evening port stays
  • Exceptional personalized service
  • Acclaimed Canyon Ranch® Spa
  • The Finest Cuisine at Sea™ - a variety of distinctive open-seating signature restaurants, all at no additional charge
  • Country Club casual yet elegant ambiance

Special Offers

  • Roundtrip Airfare from Vancouver included
  • Free Pre-Paid Gratuities and Unlimited Internet Package
  • Welcome reception with wine and canapés
  • A Day in Tuscany with Marchesi Antinori – the ultimate shore excursion
  • Free welcome bottle of wine on boarding
  • Perfect Pairings at Toscana - multi-course dinner featuring Poplar Grove wines


Extraordinary value fares, from $ 3,999 CAD per guest

Penthouse 2 $7,599
Penthouse 3 $7,499
A1 Concierge Level $6,449
A2 Concierge Level $6,349

A3 Concierge Level $6,199
B1 Veranda $5,949
B2 Veranda $5,799
C1 Deluxe Ocean View $4,899

C2 Deluxe Ocean View $4,799
E Ocean View $4,399
F Inside Stateroom $4,299
G Inside Stateroom $3,999

All it takes to reserve your stateroom is a deposit of $1,000 CAD per person. Final payment is due July 15, 2019. Prices quoted include cruise, tax, airfare from Vancouver* and are per person based on double-occupancy. 

Join the Tour

Contact Cheryl Rosborough at ExpediaCruiseShip Centers (Kelowna): 

P: 1-250-763-2900 / 1-800-463-7447
Email: crosborough@cruiseshipcenters.com

Email wineclub@poplargrove.ca to request an emailed package with this information.


*Premium Economy and Business rates available upon request; additional gateways available upon request; round trip transfers $280 per person.