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Vroom, Vroom…Cruising to Monaco


Every once in a while we come across a cruise that prompts this response:

"Now THAT would be cool."

As anybody who has been in our garage knows, we have an affinity for sports cars. Not for under the hood and overhead cams…just for the style. In car racing, nothing is more stylish than Formula One.

Enter Windstar Cruises. Enter the French Riviera. Enter Formula One.

Next May (just so there's lots of time to plan this one), Windstar is taking guests on a Yachting the Riviera voyage that includes the Grand Prix of Monaco. It was won this year by Mark Webber of Australia but you already knew that, didn't you?

The cruise part of the experience is on the Wind Surf, the largest of Windstar's three "yachts" with 312 passengers. The ship departs from Nice, a city that in our opinion lives up to its name, and sails straight to Monte Carlo — it's not that far — in time for Saturday's Grand Prix preliminaries.

The package is kind of like a shore excursion. It includes preferred seating for the preliminaries and the race (Sunday), dinner at the Cafe de Paris in the heart of Monaco, a gala at Monte Carlo's famous Grand Casino, Sunday brunch at the track and a special pre-Monaco Grand Prix dinner on the ship in Cannes.

The race tickets are in Section K, which means something to race aficionados because it overlooks Tabac Corner, a challenging section of the race — see the view from the photo.

It's not for the faint of heart or the faint of wallet – this "shore excursion" costs $2,299 per person, if you book by October.

But that is cool.

When it's over, participants can de-brief by visiting Portofino, Italy, and the Cinque Terre.

Celebrity Summit
7 nights
December 22, 2012
San Juan (return): St. Croix, St. Kitts, Roseau, Grenada, St. Thomas
Inside: $799
Cost per day: $114

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