Each year, in its annual Travel Dreams Survey, Virtuoso Life magazine asks savvy travelers to name the “experience of a lifetime.” Topping the ambitious list year after year: a World Cruise.
This doesn’t surprise any of us at Cruise Specialists. As North America’s go-to agency for World Cruises since 1987, we’ve sent more than 8,000 inquisitive travelers around the globe to pursue their ultimate dream.
I met with designer Adam D. Tihany in his New York studio to discuss what he’ll bring to the Seabourn’s twin ships, Seabourn Encore to launch in 2016 and Seabourn Ovation to launch in 2018.
First, it’s important to note that the ships’ designs will be evolutionary, not revolutionary. The new ships will build on the success of the Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest, which were introduced between 2009 and 2011. Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation will maintain Seabourn’s high ratio of space per guest and many of the same features as the existing vessels.
Earlier this week, I was in Vienna for the christening of a new river cruise vessel from a company that I knew little about. Scenic (formerly Scenic Tours) launched its new Scenic Jasper alongside the Danube River in the lovely Austrian city.
As is customary at such events, the godmother, Australian novelist and comedienne Kathy Lette, made a speech and cut a ribbon that sent a bottle of champagne smashing against the hull.
Cruise Specialists is known worldwide for its hosted World and Grand Voyages.
The secret to our success: fabulous hosts.
Since these seasoned travelers sail a good part of the year, they have an ever-expanding portfolio of experience and knowledge about the itineraries – which they delight in sharing with our clients.
Plus, with any hosted group voyage, you’ll enjoy the unique Cruise Specialists touches you’ve come to appreciate, such as assistance with pre-arranged dining reservations and stateroom special requests.
Spring has sprung, which means now is the perfect time to start thinking about where you want to spend your summer!
The Draw: Amazing wildlife, in-your-face glaciers, iceberg strewn bays and outsize adventures.
Ever since the gold rush, our largest state has attracted folks with a thirst for adventure. Today’s explorers will discover riches on a grand scale: towering Mt. McKinley (aka Denali), the highest peak in North America; some 100,000 glaciers – including more than 50 named glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve; a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites; a staggering array of creatures – from black bears and bald eagles to humongous whales; and some of the most incredible seafood on the planet.
As far as suites go, Oceania Cruises sets the bar higher than most with its exquisite Owner’s Suites aboard its two newest vessels, Marina and Riviera. Though spacious, they’re not the biggest suites afloat, nor are they the flashiest.
What they are, however, is a modern take on the opulent and grand suites of the glory days of transatlantic ocean travel – and they’re some of my favorite accommodations at sea.