Menage A Med Luxury Clothing-optional, Couples only Luxury Cruise 2013

Menage A Med Luxury Clothing-optional, Couples only Luxury Cruise 2013
September 14-21,  2013    Istanbul to Athens

Imagine yourself and a few friends on your very own yacht in the Mediterranean on the m/v Tere Moana by Pual Gauguin.   Well, imagine no more.  Join this fabulous luxury experience September 2013, a perfect time for sailing in the Mediterranean.

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Cruising on the the m/v Tere Moana by Paul Gauguin is different from big ship cruising. Their philosophy of casual perfection runs through everything they do. With only 45 couples being pampered by an award-winning staff and crew, the level of attention and service they pay to each guest makes yachting aboard The Tere Moana by Paul Gauguin feel as if you are on your own private yacht. Be as active or as relaxed as you like and take in the ultimate in luxury, privacy and pampering. Hosted by Jonathan & Lori from Shoes Only Travel.    ALERT: This cruise is targeted for hedonistic, like-minded couples as well as Au Naturel couples who enjoy clothing optional voyages.

We’ve  sailed on this itinerary and September is perfect sailing weather to exciting ports of call, too.

Itinerary September 2013
Where do you fly into: Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (IST)
The yacht sails on Saturday September 14, 2013 at 5 PM. It is strongly recommended that you book your flights to arrive no later than Friday 9/13/13 so you do not miss the ship due to flight delays.

Where do you fly out of: Athens International Airport (ATH)
The Yacht arrives in Athens on Saturday September 21, 2013 at 8:00AM and you should not book a flight prior to 11:00AM

Date                                      Destination
Saturday – 9/14          Istanbul, Turkey – Embarkation  5 PM
Sunday – 9/15            Limnos, Greece
Monday – 9/16            Mykonos, Greece
Tuesday – 9/17           Mykonos, Greece
Wednesday – 9/18      Naxos, Greece
Thursday – 9/19          Paros, Greece
Friday – 9/20               Milos, Greece
Saturday – 9/21          Athens, Greece  -  Arrive 6 AM
Itinerary subject to change.

Deck Plan
Paul Gauguin Cruise Lines that operates the award winning 5-Star Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia will be bringing the all-new Tere Moana into service in 2013. This totally redone yacht will be plying the waters of the Caribbean in the winter and the Med in the summer and fall.  The designs of the interior are being completed now and a rendering of the staterooms, restaurant and bar will be announced soon.  Name:  m/v Tere Moana (Tahitian for Ocean Traveler)

Deck 5

Deck 4

Deck 3

Cabin Choices (USD $ per person/cabin)
This is a private charter just for this special group, a takeover for Au Naturel & hedonistic couples. A host of special amenities, parties, entertainers and events are included. All for rates below the brochure tariffs of the cruise line.    Airfare, transfers, Port Charges taxes and Fees of $495/person extra.  Deposit is $500/person and refundable up to July 14, 2012.  Subject to $50/person Castaways cancel fee for any cancellation.
ALERT:  The Early Booking and Invitation Rates will disappear as cabins are sold.

Cabin             Public Rate  Early Booking      Invitation Rate
Deck 5              $5,950        $5,450                $5,250                 205 Sq Ft
Deck 4                5,350          4,850                  4,250                 194 Sq Ft
Deck 3                4,950          4,550                  3,950                 194 Sq Ft
Per Person/Double Occupancy, Couples only.  Port charges and fees $495/person extra.

  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • DVD/CD players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing-table, Hairdryer and Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • Wifi

All Inclusive Features
* Spacious, oceanview accommodations
* All shipboard meals, in your choice of two venues:
o La Veranda
o L’Etoile
* Complimentary 24 hour room service
* Complimentary beverages, including top-shelf spirits, select wines, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
* Mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
* All onboard gratuities included

Staterooms

* Luxury European linens, feature-down duvets and robes
* Spacious bath with luxurious bath products and hair dryer
* King-size bed
* Welcome fruit and flower arrangement

Activities and Entertainment
* La Boutique duty-free shop
* Luxurious onboard spa
* Starlit movies on deck
* Fitness center
* Presentations by lecturers and naturalists
* Onboard watersports marina

Included Items:

  • Spacious, oceanview accommodations
  • All shipboard meals, in your choice of two venues:
    • La Veranda
    • L’Etoile
  • Complimentary 24 hour room service
  • Complimentary beverages, including top-shelf spirits, select wines, soft drinks, bottled water and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • Mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
  • All onboard gratuities included
  • Water “toys” from the yacht’s marina including wave runners, glass bottom kayaks, Hobie cats®, snorkel gear, water skiing, wake boards, swim platform, banana boat and floating island  (all for your use on the beach and in the marina of your yacht, of course no charge)
  • Mountain bikes for shore side exploration
  • Activities with the crew (shore side casuals) – bike, hike, kayak, and snorkel with one of the crew or go shopping with the Chef
  • Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Fitness Center
  • Special movies shown both in the Main Salon and under the stars by the pool
  • WiFi
  • Nude beaches
  • Exotic theme parties at night
  • Superb 5-Star Dining
  • An entire play Deck under the stars
  • On Site DJ to keep the party rocking
  • Tips
  • Port charges and fees $495/person extra.

Payment Schedule
Prices are land only, per person, double occupancy
All payments are non-refundable after July 14, 2012
Trip insurance is available and strongly recommended
Port Charges taxes and Fees of $495/person extra
A $50/person Castaways cancellation fee applies to any cancellation regardless of date.

Fully refundable (until July 14, 2012) holding deposit of $500pp due at booking. A $50/person Castaways cancellation fee applies to any cancellation regardless of date.
First deposit 1/3 (including credit for holding deposit) plus trip insurance if selected due July 15, 2012 o At this point all payments past and future become non-refundable
Second deposit 1/3 due November 15, 2012
Final payment 1/3 due March 15, 2013
Trip Insurance – Please request a quote

Terms & Conditions
All payments are non-refundable (after July 14, 2012), trip insurance is strongly advised. If you wish to cancel, we will consider your request and may refund some of your payments (trip insurance does not get refunded), minus a processing fee, at our sole discretion taking into account many factors including when you are canceling. We also may offer you, again at our sole discretion the ability to transfer your payments to one of our future cruises, minus a transfer fee to be determined by us at the time.   All payments are non refundable after July 14, 2012, trip insurance is strongly recommended.  A $50/person Castaways cancellation fee applies to any cancellation regardless of date.

Cancellation Penalties
Cancellation penalties up to 100% apply to all transactions after July 14, 2012 plus a $50/person fee applies from Castaways Travel.

Optional Travel Insurance
This is a privately chartered cruise and travel insurance, although not mandatory, is highly recommended and averages 5-6% of vacation value you declare.  Varies by age of insured. Available to residents of USA and Canada.  Example:   $5,000 vacation value is approx. $250 for insurance.    It’s worth it for peace of mind and protection of your investment.  See:  Comprehensive Optional Travel Protection Insurance

Cancellation penalty applies 100% to payments described above in Payment Schedule and are not refundable.  A $50/person cancellation fee always applies to any cancellations in addition to all penalties above.   Contact Castaways Travel to choose your travel protection insurance coverage.

Detailed ItineraryISTANBUL
Istanbul is truly a world city, a city that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.  The Ménage a Med trip starts in this exciting city.   You should arrive at least 2-3 days early so that you can explore this magnificent city. A host hotel will be announced for our group in the coming months.  As Byzantium, Constantinople and finally, İstanbul, it has been the capital of three Empires, each leaving their mark in the form of stunning palaces, castles, mosques, churches and monuments. The legacy of its chequered past can be seen on every turn of the modern city. It is a city of contrasts, bustling with the cacophony of 21st century life, and is yet achingly beautiful. It is set in a stunning location, surrounded by water, which is the narrow strait of the Bosphorus and the serene sea of Marmara separating Europe from Asia. İstanbul has a foot in each, celebrating the best of both heritages.  Istanbul’s most famous sites – The Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Cami, Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia), Topkapı Sarayı (Palace) and the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı) – are all within a 30-minute walk of each other.

Limnos
Limnos with one of the prettiest harbors in Greece, beautiful beaches and picturesque, traditional villages untouched by modern-day tourism, hardly fits with any Greek Island stereotypes. It lies low with gently rolling hills, a lush green carpet in the spring that becomes crackling yellow-brown in the summer. The landscape is dotted with fields of grain, quirky scarecrows and beehives.  Limnos was famous since antiquity for its vineyards; Aristotle wrote about the traditional red wine of the island, produced from a very ancient and unique variety of grape that he called Limnio (locally referred as Kalambaki).

Mykonos
Start the party because Mykonos is party central. Our plan is to arrive offshore and anchor at the famous paradise beach where we will head ashore on our Zodiacs and spend the day on one of the wildest and party focused nude beaches in the world. As the sun sets we will reposition to old town where we can head ashore late in the evening to party until dawn.  When you finally awake the next day you will find that we have repositioned yet again this time anchored off of Super Paradise where you can crawl ashore for another day in the sun, nude of course.

Naxos
Naxos Island is the largest and most fertile of the Cyclades. Due to its important agricultural production, it was one of the latest to open itself to tourism. For that reason, it has kept its authentic beauty which attracts every year more and more visitors. Naxos has a great variety of things to offer to the visitor: impressive mountainous landscapes with many isolated traditional villages, some of Europe’s most beautiful golden sandy beaches, a charming capital with its Venetian quarter, picturesque fishing villages, many Byzantine churches, ruins and active night life.  Naxos is world famous for its endless golden sandy beaches with crystal waters situated in the western coast. Some of these beaches has kept their natural beauty and are considered as some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

Paros
In Lonely Planet’s Greece Guide they call Paros a sort of ‘poor man’s Mykonos’. It’s an island for people who crave style. In Paros you have the island for every man. Rich and poor, from the most culturally aware to the most hedonistic bimbos and jocks, from hippy to computer nerd and from foreigners to Greeks, they all come to Paros in the summertime. Why? Well for one reason just about every ferry stops here. For another reason, once people stop here some people do not want to leave.There are plenty of beautiful beaches of all different sizes and shapes. There are all sorts of water activities from kayaking to windsurfing and sailing. There are yoga classes, Zen Meditation, dancing lessons and horseback riding on the beaches and hills. There are great restaurants and plenty of nightlife including bars that may make you feel like you never left Daytona Beach. And there are hordes of people to interact with. Paros is ‘the real thing’ as they say.Cap’n barefoot unhesitatingly rates it one of his favorite naturist beaches. On the basis of a recent visit last September many of his contributors think this is among the best beaches in the Cyclades; one said it was reminiscent of the South Seas, another claimed to be in heaven there. The water is clean, you can walk along the beach. Nudity is rampant and encouraged.

Milos
The Greek island of Milos in the Cyclades is a surprise for the traveler adventurous enough to take a detour from Santorini, Mykonos and the other popular islands. Milos, like Santorini is an island that is not only rich in minerals but also in the things that travelers come to Greece looking for: beautiful beaches, history, white-washed Cycladic villages, excellent food and good-hearted people. Milos makes a perfect holiday destination for those who want to experience Greece in all its beauty, without the crowds that are found in the more popular Cyclades Islands.
Athens
Maybe the perfect city to end this adventure and spend a few days.  Athens. The city with the most glorious history in the world, a city worshiped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times. The most important civilization of ancient world flourished in Athens and relives through some of the world’s most formidable edifices. 

Who hasn’t heard of the Acropolis of Athens? Photos and history of the most famous archaeological monument in Europe have made the world tour causing feelings of admiration by thousands of people. Acropolis is nominated to be one of the 7 wonders of modern world. In fact the trademark of Athens is one of the favorites. The Holy Rock of Acropolis dates back to the 5th BC, the famous Golden Age of Periklis. Athens met times of bloom and decline, but still shines under the Attic sky gazing the future. Still sparkling like the marbles of Parthenon and the limpid white of Pentelic marble.