All travel lovers have their own ideas about what the ultimate vacation would consist of.
Still, this one is hard to beat: a 26-day, around-the-world journey on a private luxury jet and in the company of Geoffrey Kent, the legendary founder of Abercrombie and Kent.
Kent designed the itinerary, which bypasses well-traveled destinations: don’t expect Paris or Hong Kong. Instead, the 50 lucky travelers who accompany Kent will visit places that don’t see a lot of tourists, from remote South Pacific Islands to the icy expanses of Greenland.
This past Saturday, I boarded the new Viking Star in Barcelona. I was only on for six days, disembarking in Lisbon. Viking Ocean Cruises had invited a couple dozen travel writers on this preview sailing as Viking Star makes her way to christening ceremonies in Bergen, Norway, on May 17.
Our group had time not only to explore the vessel but also to hear from Viking Ocean Cruises’ Chairman Torstein Hagen, who flew from his base in Basel, Switzerland, to spend a few hours with us.
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.