Two new Venues Aboard Seven Seas Explorer

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In February we were thrilled to begin booking for the first Regent Seven Seas Explorer sailings in 2016! Our excitement continues to unfold as they release new details about the ship which is taking “the most inclusive luxury experience” to a new level!

CULINARY ARTS KITCHEN

culinary kitchen of the seven seas explorer

For the first time on any of its ships, Regent has created a brand new culinary instruction center, which will be used for a over a dozen classes and can hold up to 18 future chefs at a time.

What is the Virtuoso Voyage Club?

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Virtuoso is what’s called a “travel consortia”, something very similar to a special club for top travel agencies.  Virtuoso membership is by invitation only and represents the top 5% of luxury travel agencies worldwide.

Cruise Specialists is very proud of our decades long Virtuoso membership.

What is really significant for Cruise Specialists clients are the complimentary Virtuoso Voyager Club benefits we can provide you at no charge because we belong to Virtuoso.

Announcing Seabourn Encore 2016-2017 Voyages

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Earlier this month we introduced you to the Seabourn Encore which is one of the new luxury ships that will begin sailing in 2016!

Today we are thrilled to share with you a first look at their planned itineraries!

seabourn encore maiden voyages

ANNOUNCED VOYAGES

Following are a few of the great new sailings that the Encore will be taking!

Don’t forget our team can always provide you with more details and more sailings when you reach out via the contact form or via phone.

What to expect on a Transatlantic Cruise

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Less than a century ago, ocean liners were the only way to travel between the United States and Europe. During the early 20th century, ship lines like White Star and Cunard competed for the honor of having the fastest and most elegant ships at sea.

Cunard Transatlantic Cruise

 

Today, when you can reach London from New York City in less than six hours by air, a six-day Transatlantic voyage is a luxury, a once-in-a lifetime experience, not just a mode of transportation.

Viking River Cruise On The Mississippi

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The Vikings are on the move again.

Last week, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and officials from the Port of New Orleans announced that Viking River Cruises will be coming to the Mississippi.

Operating from New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, Viking will introduce six new vessels to cruise through America’s heartland beginning in 2017.

Will Viking's Mississippi vessels resemble its European vessels? Veranda Suite 308 on Viking Aegir features two rooms, including a spacious sitting room, which, like the bedroom, features a large, flat-panel television. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Will Viking’s Mississippi vessels resemble its European vessels? Veranda Suite 308 on Viking Aegir features two rooms, including a spacious sitting room, which, like the bedroom, features a large, flat-panel television. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

What is a “Hosted” Cruise?

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We like to say that our hosted cruises tours are like two fabulous vacations in one.

In addition to exploring some of the most fascinating destinations on earth, you get to travel among friends with a fun-loving host, enjoying the camaraderie of folks as passionate about travel as you are.

Steve&Wendy

Hosts Steve and Wendy Bodenheimer here on a wildlife shore excursion in Cailao, Peru.

 

Key Differences Between Crystal Cruises & Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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In my last post, I looked at key differences between Silversea Cruises and Seabourn Cruises, both small ship luxury.

This week, let’s look at larger luxury cruises: Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

MAR Ship Kotor 3443Seven Seas Mariner in Kotor, Montenegro. photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas

 

What differentiates these two cruise lines from one another?

Meet World Cruisers Ran and Scott

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Think a world cruise is only for those who’ve retired?

Ran and Scott would disagree!!

RyanandScott

The two friends met during their time at Ohio State and realized each was not only excited about travel, but determined to make it part of their lives!

The Cruise Specialists team met Ran and Scott during our send off dinner in Fort Lauderdale for the Holland America Line 2015 Grand World Voyage. We’re excited to share more of their thoughts and adventures once the trip is complete!

Lowering Single Supplement Charges

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Cruise fares are priced based on the assumption that each cabin will be occupied by two passengers.

So, for example, if the cruise fare for each person in a cabin is $10,000 then the cruise line pricing assumes they will be paid $20,000 in total fares for the cabin.

Since cabins occupied by only one passenger do not bring in as much revenue, cruise lines levy a “single supplement” charge to make up for some of the lost revenue the additional passenger would have paid.

Understanding “pre-paid gratuities”

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Gratuity is a fancy sounding term that cruise lines use for tips.

Just like in restaurants and hotels, guests on many cruises are generally expected to leave tips for certain cruise staff members serving them.

Prepaid gratuities means that we {Cruise Specialists} have negotiated a special offer for you and you are not expected nor will you be charged for tips.

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