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Silversea Cruises previews new design for Silver Explorer

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 12 - 2017

Silversea’s luxury expedition ship Silver Explorer will welcome guests to a stylishly elevated onboard experience starting with her May 20 voyage, sailing from Lisbon to Honfleur.

A comprehensive stem-to-stern refurbishment is scheduled for the end of April and will take place during a nearly three-week dry dock in Las Palmas. Plans call for a complete renovation of Silver Explorer’s interior decoration, creating a revitalized atmosphere throughout the ship. As part of its $170 million fleet-wide refurbishment program, the company is making a significant investment to ensure that guests enjoy a renewed sense of luxury and comfort when sailing aboard Silver Explorer.

Highlights of the renovation include:

 Refreshed Public Spaces: The ship’s overall color scheme will shift to an elegant new palette of blue and beige tones, which guests will first notice in the remodeled reception area. The rich new look will be carried throughout the ship with the installation of attractive new carpets and wall treatments in the corridors, staircases and all public spaces.

In addition to new carpets and wall treatments, the Observation Lounge, Panorama Lounge and Connoisseur’s Corner will be updated with all-new furniture. The restaurant’s buffet counters, ceiling and walls will get a makeover and the furniture will be refashioned with new upholstery. The theater’s bar will be completely redesigned and its banquette seats refreshed with new upholstery. A new boutique will be built in the space previously occupied by the library, while the reference and entertainment materials from the library will be moved to the Observation Lounge. Also set for a spruce-up are the spa and fitness center, which will double in size by taking over the area occupied by the original boutique. Plus, the Outdoor Grill will be enhanced with a new awning.

 Elevated New Décor for Suites: The ship’s all-suite accommodations will be completely renovated with new carpets, wall treatments, curtains, and furniture, including mattresses, headboards, wardrobes, bedside tables, vanity desks, sofa beds, armchairs, flatscreen TVs and lighting fixtures. In all but the largest suites (i.e., Medallion Suites and higher), the bathrooms will be enhanced with new flooring, granite appointments and rainforest showers (replacing tub-and-shower combinations). Suites with verandas will be outfitted with new veranda furniture. And the eight Expedition Suites on Decks 3 and 4 will be converted into 16 Vista and View Suites, with most featuring a connecting door for the convenience of families and friends traveling together.

The remodeled Silver Explorer will accommodate 144 guests in all-inclusive luxury as she sails to the world’s most remote destinations — from the Arctic, Antarctica and Africa to the Americas, French Polynesia and the Russian Far East. Guests will enjoy sumptuous cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of shipboard amenities included in the fare, such as complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and at least one free hour of Wi-Fi per guest, per day.

In true Silversea Expeditions style, guests will be enriched by an onboard program of destination lectures, photo presentations and daily recaps. Exploratory Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore, led by experts in their field — marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists, are complimentary.

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SeaDream Yacht Club celebrates Christmas in the Caribbean

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 12 - 2017

This holiday season SeaDream Yacht Club’s encourages guests to give the gift of adventure and enjoy a Caribbean Christmas in style aboard SeaDream II as she sails roundtrip from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Escaping the winter cold to sail the Caribbean’s most secluded destinations on this intimate, 112-guest mega-yacht is the ideal time to experience SeaDream’s award-winning service and cuisine with sourced ingredients from local purveyors.  Rather than spending this holiday season hosting friends and family at home, SeaDream Yacht Club invites guests to relax and let their highly-trained chefs prepare seasonal fare and comforting dishes for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day including Tuna Tartar, Fillet of Turbot, Slowly Roasted Tom Turkey and Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt for dessert.

“Spending time with family and loved ones is what the holiday season should be about,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “Our amenities offered onboard and shoreside as well as our commitment to excellent service and exquisite cuisine has crafted an unforgettable experience full of rejuvenation and free from holiday stress.”

This roundtrip St. Thomas voyage aboard SeaDream II departs Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on December 21, 2017 for a seven day tour through boutique ports including, St. John, U.S.V.I; Saba, Netherlands Antilles; St. Barts, F.W.I.; Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Norman Island and Jost van Dyke, B.V.I before arriving back to St. Thomas on December 28, 2017. Whether partaking in shoreside excursions like a hiking to Caneel Bay in St. John or recharging at the Thai certified Spa onboard, there are plenty of options to keep busy or relax. With the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea, the SeaDream Spa ensures complete rejuvenation for its guests. SeaDream is equipped with all of the complimentary water sports equipment required for a proper yachtsman’s vacation including wave runners, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and more.

SeaDream Yacht Club voyages range from four to 13 days. The inclusive fare includes ocean view accommodations, gourmet meals, gratuities, wine with lunch and dinner and so much more. For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.SeaDream.com.

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Avalon Waterways expands Active Discovery Cruises on the Rhine

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 12 - 2017

Avalon Waterways invites travelers to the the world their way.  Expansive.  Unhindered.  Utterly unique.  And for those travelers who not only like to see new things, but also enjoy doing new things, Avalon is expanding its popular Active Discovery on the Danube cruises to include two NEW Active Discovery on the Rhine itineraries. On these highly unique vacations, travelers have the opportunity to bike, hike and explore their way through Europe. These are cruises focused on engaging in the unfamiliar.

“Our NEW Active Discovery on the Rhine cruises (8 days from Amsterdam to Frankfurt or the reverse) introduce travelers to the people and places of Europe in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways.  “They can bike along the Rhine River, take a running tour of Amsterdam or hike on incredible trails.  They can also immerse themselves in history and culture in each port with excursions to historic castles, a culinary tour or painting class. Avalon travelers can even dress up in real Roman attire and participate in a reenactment of the Roman Games, tour an extinct volcano and a coal mine – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

For the second year, Avalon Waterways is also offering travelers Active Discovery on the Danube cruises (9 days from Budapest to Linz or the reverse) which include opportunities to bike, hike, and canoe along the Danube River. Learn some of the local language—and then go try it in a café or pub … Explore an ice cave, take an archery lesson, descend into an underground salt mine…or ascend a mountain during a guided climb. Conduct an orchestra, compose a waltz, play nine holes of golf or help a farmer in his apricot orchard.

“On both our Rhine and Danube River Active Discovery itineraries, every port gives travelers a world of possibilities as they interact with the locals and choose from a plethora of dynamic activities – a vast majority of which are included – that most appeal to them. It’s the Old World in a whole new way,” said Burke.

Avalon Waterways’ Active Discovery cruises are priced from $3,249.

SEE THE WORLD FOR LESS SALES EVENT:  Those booking a 2018 river cruise with Avalon Waterways can take advantage of $299 Airfare* or Save Up To $1,500** per couple when booking early.  For details, click here.

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Norwegian offers Free at Sea savings!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 11 - 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line is putting a spring in the step of guests this season with the line’s Free at Sea promotion, going on now through May 1, that provides cruisers with up to five free onboard amenity offers. Plus, Norwegian will celebrate Tax Day this year with a Tax-Free Spree offering those who wish to cruise into savings complimentary government taxes, fees and port expenses on select itineraries^*. Norwegian is providing further spring savings with 50 percent reduced deposits for those who book a new cruise vacation in select categories* now through April 18.

Norwegian’s popular Free at Sea promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five incredible onboard amenity offers**, including free unlimited open bar, free Specialty Dining, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free WiFi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests seeking ultimate luxury at sea are invited to book a sailing in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® and enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruise.

Those looking to explore the island state of Hawaii can say aloha to a one-of-a-kind cruise vacation aboard the recently renovated Pride of America, the only ship to sail roundtrip from Honolulu year-round, with her own exclusive Free at Sea offer^. Guests who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through May 1 aboard Pride of America in any stateroom^ category have the freedom to select one of five offers to enrich their cruising experience, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay*** with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free Specialty Dining Package**, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing third and fourth guests in each stateroom sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers†.

Norwegian Sky, Norwegian’s all-inclusive ship, is offering a special promotion for those looking to immerse themselves in culture and history with one of Norwegian’s new cruises to Cuba.  Guests can take advantage of Norwegian’s Havana Nights offer and enjoy $50 in free onboard spending money when they book a new cruise vacation to Cuba now through May 1 on select sail dates in 2017. Those who act fast and take advantage of Norwegian’s Havana Nights can also enjoy 50 percent reduced deposits* now through April 18. Norwegian Sky’s four-day cruises to Cuba offer guests the opportunity for a quick getaway packed with so much to do in a short time period—guests can enjoy the vibrant culture of Havana with an overnight stay in the capital city, as Norwegian will offer a selection of 15 half and full-day OFAC-compliant shore excursions, where guests aboard Norwegian Sky will have the opportunity to have a farm to table dining experience, explore the flora and fauna of Soroa, see modern Havana in an American classic car and much more. Plus, this itinerary offers the opportunity for a quintessential beach day at the recently enhanced Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas. Along with the freedom and flexibility that only Norwegian Cruise Line can provide, guests sailing on Norwegian Sky will also enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages as a part of the ship’s all-inclusive program.

Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 14 ships.  To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Seabourn offers Extraordinary Savings event!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 10 - 2017

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has unveiled the Extraordinary Opportunity Event, offering exceptional savings and value-added enticements on select cruises from its award-winning fleet of intimate, all-suite ships. The savings are currently available for booking through June 13, 2017, for voyages sailing from June 2017 through May 2018.

The Extraordinary Opportunity Event features significant benefits on select voyages for travelers to experience ultra-luxury cruising aboard the line’s award-winning fleet. Added values and benefits vary on select voyages, which include:

  • Complimentary Three Veranda Suite category upgrade
  • Complimentary Veranda for Ocean view category upgrade
  • Premium suite shipboard credit of $1,000 per suite ($500 per person)
  • Shipboard credit offer of $400 per suite ($200 per person)
  • Air credit per person for round-trip flights booked through Seabourn’s Flight Ease program

“For travelers who are planning a vacation either later this year or in 2018, our Extraordinary Opportunity Event entices with excellent values and amenities so that they can experience an unforgettable vacation on the newest and finest ultra-luxury ships at sea,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “With four ships under operation and our newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, set to sail in spring 2018, guests will have many opportunities to take advantage of these special offers while choosing from hundreds of ports on all seven continents with Seabourn.”

Seabourn’s Extraordinary Opportunity Event applies to select worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Atlantic Crossings, Arabia & India, Asia, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, and more. Please visit Seabourn’s website for a complete listing of voyages, savings and amenities.

Guests who sail on Seabourn will continue to find innovation across the entire fleet, which includes partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals whose dedication to superior quality, exceptional service and consistent customer satisfaction matches Seabourn. Key partner programs include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’, the new production show created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, a signature restaurant with a menu and ambiance inspired by the classic American chophouse. All partner programs are currently available on Seabourn Encore and are scheduled to be implemented fleetwide in 2017, and will be on the new Seabourn Ovation when it is launched in 2018. Additional details about Seabourn’s partnerships are available on the line’s website.

As the newest ultra-luxury fleet in the industry, Seabourn’s intimate ships offer key elements that set the line 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 service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home onboard. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways. Travelers who covet outdoor adventures will also find the Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge excursion program on many itineraries, including Alaska, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Guests may book these tours in advance on Seabourn’s website.

Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply. For more details about the award-winning Seabourn fleet, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn cruising options, contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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Princess Cruises elevates Sabatini’s dining experience

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 7 - 2017

Celebrating the cruise line’s Italian heritage, specialty restaurant Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria has been delighting millions of Princess Cruises guests with traditional and innovative cuisine since it first debuted aboard Grand Princess in 1998. Nearly 20 years later, Princess Cruises today unveiled a fleetwide enhancement to its signature restaurant in collaboration with acclaimed Italian Chef Angelo Auriana.

Introducing a fresh new design and menu featuring antipasti and handmade pasta dishes from Chef Auriana, as well as family recipes curated from Italian Princess executive chefs across the fleet, the transformed Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria debuts aboard Caribbean Princess following a multi-million-dollar drydock. Recognized as one of the “Best Specialty Restaurants at Sea,” the Sabatini locations on Caribbean Princess and Grand Princess will offer the new inspired menu this April, with the newly refreshed menu coming across the fleet in the coming months.

Chef Auriana, Executive Chef and partner at the authentic Italian restaurants, The Factory Kitchen and Officine BRERA, in Los Angeles, is inspired by fresh Northern Italian flavors and childhood roots from his hometown of Bergamo.

“Sabatini’s has always been a Princess guest favorite and this new collaboration with Chef Auriana elevates our Italian heritage, continuing our fresh approach to authentic Italian dining,” said Mario Siebaldi, Princess Cruises senior vice president guest operations. “Also featuring a beautifully transformed ambience, the new Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria will delight new and returning guests alike.”

Chef Auriana relies on using old world grains like buckwheat and durum that gives semolina the signature pale yellow color and high-protein strength necessary to hold the shape of house made pasta. Non-traditional ingredients—like mint and marjoram—are also infused to showcase Chef Auriana’s contemporary flair.

Offerings include:

  • Picagge – marjoram-infused long pasta, white prawns, clams, artichoke pesto, ligurian olive oil
  • Tortelloni – mint-speckled pasta, roasted lamb, pecorino crosta nera, cacio e pepe sauce, broccoli rabe
  • Pappardelle – wide ribbon pasta, celeriac, nebbiolo-braised beef cheek
  • Risotto – vialone nano rice, beets dolce latte, gorgonzola, pistachios
  • Torchietti – whole wheat pasta, foraged mushrooms, rosemary oil

“In my hometown of Bergamo, Italy, I was born with an appreciation for the beautiful flavors of Northern Italy that I love to incorporate into my cooking,” said Chef Auriana. “Now I’m pleased to share that appreciation through delicious new Sabatini’s menu items made fresh daily and served exclusively onboard Princess.”

More Princess chefs hail from Italy than any other country and their family favorite recipes are featured on the new menu, including:

  • Roman Seafood al Cartoccio – grouper, shrimp, black mussels, scallops, potato, artichoke
  • Porchetta – rolled pork belly toscana, fennel seeds, potatoes, spinach, roasted tomato
  • Breaded Veal Vallet – marjoram roasted potatoes & artichokes, sun-dried tomato, provolone

The re-envisioned Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria features a new interior design that reinforces the fresh dining experiences that await guests. A contemporary look reflects the innovative efforts of the Princess culinary staff, while rustic touches serve as a reminder of the traditional Italian specialties that always have been a Sabatini’s hallmark.

A superb all Italian wine menu, iconic Italian cocktails and Limoncello liqueurs are available to complement the menu. A $25 per person cover charge includes a four-course dinner, plus dessert.

Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria will soon feature pasta making classes for guests, with more details coming soon.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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