To stay on top of what’s hot in the luxury travel world, Cruise Specialists travel advisors and operations team members recently attended Virtuoso Week, the largest luxury travel show in the world. Virtuoso Travel Week is held each summer in Las Vegas, NV and brings together the top Virtuoso consultants and luxury travel suppliers from around the world to help the travel pros learn about and shop for new travel experiences for their clients. Virtuoso supplier partners use the event to share the latest news on their exciting new products and services.
River cruising has been around for decades, or even centuries, but now it is finally getting the attention it deserves. It used to struggle to attract ocean-going mariners who enjoyed their roomy accommodations, Broadway shows, culinary splendor and personalized service, but now river cruising of today is full of new ships, new designs, and new innovations.
“Personally, I’m a huge fan of river cruising now that I can eat great meals, sit on my balcony, walk, bike or run along the banks and into the towns,” described Cruise Specialists vice president Greg Nacco.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering river cruise adventures in Asia sailing in 2013. Guests will be able to explore China, Vietnam and Cambodia on combination land/sea itineraries ranging from 10-18 days.
These all-inclusive adventures include a luxury cruise on the Yangtze River or Mekong River, and on-shore excursions to notable and exciting cities and landmarks across Asia. Visit The Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Angkor Wat temple, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tibet, Xi’an, Three Gorges, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phnom Penh.
In addition to the ever-expanding menu of dining options and activities offered onboard a Seabourn sailing, passengers can now choose from a new menu of Seabourn Club amenities and discounts after their first sailing with the cruise line. Seabourn has enhanced their guest loyalty program “Seabourn Club” to start rewarding their passengers sooner, and increase the amenities and discounts the more they sail. The benefits still include the popular milestone award of a complimentary cruise after sailing 140 days.
Cruise Specialists has been planning reunion cruise trips for the NNCA (Navy Nurse Corps Association) since 2002. The Cruise Specialists team of Lynne Cox, Laura Rebman and founder Janet Lanterman organized and escorted the NNCA group’s first cruise to Alaska in 2002 with 900 NNCA members onboard. Since then, Cruise Specialists has planned numerous large group cruises for the association. The Navy nurses most recently set sail on a Holland America Western Caribbean cruise in March 2012 and presented a beautiful plaque to the Cruise Specialists team for all their hard work over the years!
Taking a cruise with a knowledgeable cruise escort is just like having a friend onboard your same cruise – except this savvy friend just happens to know everything there is to know about your particular journey and cruising in general. Here are five reasons to love our Cruise Specialists escorts:
1. Serve as Onboard Travel Contact. Our cruise escorts are an extension of your trusted travel specialist and are available to answer your questions about the ship, itinerary, crew or activities. They will typically host regular chat times at designated times and locations on the ship where our clients can stop by to visit and pick their brain. How many other travelers are able to say that they brought their travel professional onboard the cruise with them?
During the first few weeks of January, a wave of ships will soon be departing from a variety of ports to take eager passengers on an adventure of a lifetime around the world. As most people are preparing for the busy holiday season, some of our Cruise Specialists travelers are also busy preparing for their long awaited world cruise.
Chris Parker, vice president of sister company All Aboard Travel recently returned from an Avalon river cruise on the Seine River (Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches itinerary). Here is his personal account:
I recently experienced an Avalon Waterways river cruise on the Avalon Creativity cruising the Seine River. It was amazing to experience France’s beautiful countrysides, meet fascinating people, enjoy fantastic cuisine and excellent service and take in all the great history this itinerary provided.
Cruise Specialists recently attended the travel industry’s most prestigious conference, Virtuoso’s Travel Mart, which took place August 14-19 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the five-day conference, advisors from Cruise Specialists joined nearly 1,700 other elite travel advisors and more than 1,600 executives and representatives from some of the world’s best travel companies, all of whom belong to the Virtuoso® luxury travel network. In total, the conference attracted approximately 3,700 attendees – the largest turnout in the conference’s 23-year history – from 90 countries around the globe.