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Cunard hosts first ever Transatlantic Fashion Week

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 2 - 2016


Yesterday Royal College of Art graduate, Sophie Schmidt, unveiled her latest creation worn by a Storm model on board the iconic Queen Mary 2 to kick off Cunard’s first ever ‘Transatlantic Fashion Week’ with Dame Zandra Rhodes.

Fashion royalty, including Colin McDowell MBE, Fern Mallis and Gail Sackloff OBE set off from the Port of Southampton on Queen Mary 2 for seven days of runway shows, glamorous dinners and exclusive unveilings before joining New York Fashion Week on September 8.

British Designer Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE, known for dressing some of the world’s best-known style icons including Freddie Mercury, Jackie Onassis and former Cunard passenger Elizabeth Taylor, will showcase her latest collection this week on board Queen Mary 2. The celebrated fashion designer is also joined by highly respected fashion historian and style commentator Colin McDowell MBE and New York Fashion Week Founder Fern Mallis for a series of inspirational talks during the voyage.

Passengers will attend exclusive first look runway shows featuring collections from the world’s most famous fashion college, the Royal College of Art’s 2016 graduates including:

  • Niels Gundtoft Hansen: innovative Danish designer whose final collection aims to create the perfect balance between the raw edge and romantic beauty of his home country
  • Stefanie Tschirky: born in a small village in Switzerland, Stefanie hopes one day to own her own design studio, with a focus on interdisciplinary design and art work
  • Sophie Schmidt: Sophie’s interest in design stemmed from her upbringing in a family of architects, and her collection is based on Anthroposophy – taking inspiration from life, the human body and soul to create a deeper meaning
  • Oksana Ani: Oksana has taken inspiration from science and technology to create her Fluid’Sense collection, creating the feeling of wearing liquid clothes
  • Laetitia Berthier: influenced by social codes, values and symbols of power within menswear across decades, Laetitia’s collection is inspired by her French heritage and the varied and diverse influences discovered during her studies

In addition to embracing new design talent, the first-ever fashion show at sea will introduce emerging new faces from of one London’s revolutionary modeling agencies, Storm.

Following a recent remastering in the region of $132 million, Queen Mary 2 marks 176 years of heritage, echoing the height of British elegance and luxury associated with Cunard’s iconic fleet. Cunard’s ‘Transatlantic Fashion Week’ will provide a rare and exclusive experience for guests set within an art deco inspired interior.

For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.

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Cunard launches Three For All sale

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 1 - 2016

Cunard today announced the Three for All sale on over 170 voyages sailing between May 2017 and January 2018 on all three Cunard Queens,  Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

The Three for All sale includes:

  • Free stateroom upgrades
  • Free gratuities
  • $150 reduced deposit

In addition, the Three for All promotion includes free drinks in Princess & Queens Grill Suites.

Princess & Queens Grill guests enjoy deluxe suite accommodations and a dedicated Grills concierge to orchestrate tee times, spa appointments, customized excursions and even impromptu cocktail parties with other guests. Queens Grill guests also enjoy the attentive service of a personal butler. All Grills guests also enjoy the comfort of intimate, sophisticated spaces reserved exclusively for them, dining tables reserved in the exclusive Queens Grill or Princess Grill restaurants.

Cunard’s Three for All promotion features iconic voyages on Cunard’s three Queens, including awe-inspiring voyages through the dramatic and historic coastlines of the Mediterranean, impressive sites of Northern Europe, and stunning landscapes of Iberia & Canary Islands. On board any of Cunard’s three Queens, guests are sure to delight in luxury on a grand scale, paired with diverse experiences and timeless British tradition.

Guests can reserve a voyage under Three for All from now through December 1, 2016 on Transatlantic Crossings, New England & Canada, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Iberia & Canary Island voyages.

Three for All applies to new bookings only. The offer features:


For more information about Three for All or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.

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Ciao! MSC Cruises names newest ship MSC Bellissima

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 1 - 2016

MSC Cruises – the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa – revealed today the name of its second STX France-built Meraviglia-generation ultramodern mega cruise ship. She will be called MSC Bellissima and will come into service in the Spring 2019.

“MSC Bellissima is a name that embodies the beauty and the magnificence of this entire next generation of MSC Cruises ultramodern mega-ships, so rich with new features and amenities for guests of all ages and interests,” said Gianni Onorato, chief executive officer of MSC Cruises. “We are so pleased to be able to make this announcement on the very day that her sister ship MSC Meraviglia is touched for the first time by water, a moment that symbolizes the real ‘birth’ of a ship.”

The announcement was made earlier today at STX France’s shipyard in Saint Nazaire, as the Company celebrated the float out of MSC Cruises’ first next-generation ultramodern mega-ship, MSC Meraviglia, due to come into service in June 2017. The ceremony was attended by, amongst others, esteemed MSC Cruises and STX France guests, Senator of Pays de la Loire Region, Bruno Retailleau, General Council President of Loire Atlantique, Philippe Grosvalet and the Mayor of Saint-Nazaire, David Samzun.

“Since we opened sales last year for MSC Meraviglia’s inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean, from the very beginning demand has been extremely encouraging,” said Onorato. “This make us believe that this is a generation of ships with a bright future ahead, that has already caught the attention of vacationers from all markets.”

 “We are extremely proud to design and build MSC Cruises’ next generations of cruise ships,” said Laurent Castaing, president of STX France. “We are aware and thankful for the trust this amazing company has in our innovation ability. It’s been more than 12 years that our industrial partnership has started, and we are always excited by the challenges of fulfilling MSC ambitions.”

The float out is a key milestone in the construction of a ship: the dry dock is flooded, the ship is moved to a wet dock, where she then enters the final phase of her construction. Today’s event presented a unique opportunity to showcase guests and global media alike the cutting edge design that makes the Meraviglia generation of MSC Cruises ultramodern mega-ships uniquely innovative, and a true destination in itself. This includes, amongst her many on-board features, the specially designed Carousel Lounge where Cirque du Soleil artists will perform shows created exclusively for MSC Cruises guests; a 315 foot long Mediterranean-style promenade with a 262 foot LED sky that runs through the center of the ship; and an enhanced MSC Yacht Club, MSC Cruises’ exclusive ship within a ship luxury concept, with its own private facilities spanning three decks.

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Silversea rolls out $499 air offer for Silver Discoverer expedition cruises

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 25 - 2016

Luxury expedition cruise operator Silversea is introducing a $499 roundtrip economy air add-on from more than 50 gateways in the U.S. and Canada. The special air offer is available on six Silver Discoverer voyages sailing in October, November and December to Asia and the Indian Ocean.

Silver DiscovererAboard the small-sized, all-suite Silver Discoverer, guests will be able to explore some of the world’s most remote and remarkable regions, while enjoying an enriching onboard program of destination lectures, photo presentations, and daily recaps. Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore will be led by experts in their field — marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists. Guests will also enjoy such Silversea hallmarks as the pampering attention of a butler, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, complimentary wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and free Wi-Fi.

“These new $499 air add-ons offer extraordinary value for travelers looking to book passage to dream destinations located in some of the most remote corners of Asia Pacific,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s managing director for the Americas.

Following are the Silver Discoverer expedition cruises featuring the air add-on offer:

Australia (Great Barrier Reef) & Indonesia

Voyage 9622: Cairns to Balikpapan, 14 Days, Oct. 4 – 18

This cultural and wildlife journey offers the chance to witness amazing Aboriginal rock art, explore the tribal heritage of Tana Toraja during an overnight land tour, and dive or snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 400 colorful corals, and hundreds of species of marine birds.


Voyage 9623: Balikpapan to Singapore, 11 Days, Oct. 18 – 29

Highlights include Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas as a guest lecturer. Famous for her work with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in their natural habitat, she will lead a private tour to Camp Leakey and the Orangutan Care Center, where guests can experience close-up encounters with these amazing animals.

Indonesia & Myanmar

Voyage 9624: Singapore to Phuket, 11 Days, Nov. 10 – 21

This voyage to Sumatra and the Mergui Archipelago will cruise the Andaman Sea, entering a part of the world that has rarely been explored. Sea gypsies, a people who live off, and on, the sea, may be spotted. Other high points include visiting a hilltop Buddhist monastery and viewing orangutans on a forest walk.

Andaman Islands & Myanmar

Voyage 9625: Phuket to Phuket, 11 Days, Nov. 21 – Dec. 2

From the dense forests of Mount Harriet National Park to the pristine beaches of Henry Lawrence Island, the Andaman Islands are a paradise for nature lovers, perfectly complemented by the rich cultural heritage to be discovered in Yangon, where one can witness such impressive sights as the giant reclining Buddha.

Myanmar, Andaman Islands & Sri Lanka

Voyage 9626: Phuket to Maldives, 15 Days, Dec. 2 – 17

This intriguing itinerary weaves together the enchanting parks, temples, and pagodas of Myanmar, the natural wonders of the Andaman Islands, and the historical and wildlife treasures of Sri Lanka, which include a wildlife sanctuary featuring one of the highest densities of leopards in the world.

Maldives, Seychelles (Aldabra) & Africa

Voyage 9627: Maldives to Dar es Salaam, 17 Days, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3
A high point of this itinerary is a rare visit to the remote coral atoll of Aldabra. Virtually untouched by humans and teeming with marine life, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s largest atolls, and a pristine home to thousands of giant tortoises.

The $499 air add-on offer is valid on new cruise bookings for the featured sailings made on or after April 21, 2016. It is a capacity-controlled program, airline and routing are at the discretion of Silversea, and the program may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice.

For more information on Silver Discoverer expedition voyages, visit Silversea.com/ships/silver-discoverer

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Bon Voyage! Live updates from Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 25 - 2016

Follow ExpertCruiser on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as we sail on April 27 around the Mediterranean onboard Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam. Get the scoop on HAL’s new Pinnacle Class vessel.  Stay tuned!!!

Koningsdam Aerial Venice

Koningsdam Aerial Venice

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Seabourn welcomes UNESCO World Heritage Experts on board through 2016

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 25 - 2016

As part of its continuing partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is welcoming its next group of prominent speakers as a part of its multi-faceted Seabourn Conversations enrichment and special guest entertainment program. Conversation topics will include culture, heritage, history, and the importance of sustainable tourism in preserving World Heritage Sites across the globe.

UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. Among those sharing their insights on board Seabourn vessels over the 2016 spring and summer cruise seasons will be a number of UNESCO advisors and consultants.

“UNESCO’s vital role in encouraging cultural understanding and preservation always makes for fascinating conversation on Seabourn, and the seasons ahead will continue the tradition,” said John Delaney, senior vice president, global marketing and sales for Seabourn. “The significance of educational experiences continues to grow and inspire, and we’re always excited to welcome those who lend their expertise to UNESCO to engage our guests about such important topics as sustainable tourism, culture and heritage.”

Speakers scheduled to take part in upcoming Seabourn Conversations include:

  • Dr. Catherine Hickson, (Seabourn Odyssey, May 28 & June 4), a renowned Canadian geologist who has campaigned for the inclusion of volcanic locations as part of the emerging UNESCO GeoPark system. A global consultant for geological projects, Dr. Hickson stresses the relationships between geology and human history.
  • Alessandra Borchi, (Seabourn Odyssey, May 30, and Seabourn Quest, November 4), the 2013 lead UNESCO advisor in Afghanistan, a global monitoring agent for UNESCO World Heritage threatened sites, and currently offering her expertise to the Executive Office for Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO.
  • Dr. Ege Yildirim, (Seabourn Odyssey, June 25), an urban planner specializing in heritage conservation who has worked at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage, as secretary of the Turkish Conservation and Restoration Specialists Association, and has served on national delegations of the UAE and Turkey for the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. A prolific author and renowned artist, Dr. Yildirim’s attention to the symbolic aesthetics of heritage is central to her work with UNESCO.
  • Ray Bondin, (Seabourn Sojourn, July 14), manager of the EU and International Programmes Office at Heritage Malta, who is involved in research, improvements and conservation of UNESCO sites on Malta and is Honorary Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Malta to UNESCO. His work in Gozo, Sicily, and mainland Italy are foundational to the region’s heritage preservation.
  • Peter Stott, (Seabourn Quest, September 11), an industrial historian, archeologist and architect, as well as an expert on the architecture of Quebec City World Heritage Site and author of the history of the U.S. National Park Service. Based in Boston, Dr. Stott imagines the importance of inclusion of North American heritage sites of the future.

To view the full list of scheduled UNESCO guest speakers, click here.

Seabourn’s ships circle the globe throughout the year and include more than 150 designated World Heritage Sites in its itineraries. Through its partnership with UNESCO, Seabourn offers deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. The line has created special World Heritage Discovery Tours with exclusive and enhanced content developed in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage site managers and tour experts. Fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites include a small donation to UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund.

Seabourn’s intimate, award-winning ships offer key elements that set Seabourn apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas; superb dining in a choice of venues; open bars throughout the ship; fine wines poured at lunch and dinner; award-winning personalized service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. All-inclusive fares offer tremendous value for one of the world’s finest travel experiences.

For reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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