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U by Uniworld’s fresh new take along the Mekong River

Announcing: U by Uniworld Mekong River journey.  As a new river cruise line that’s set to embark in 2018, U by Uniworld caters to a energetic crowd focusing on a more modern and active itinerary keeping the same luxuries expected from river cruising.

U by Uniworld currently sails the Seine, Rhine, Main, and Danube river.

Their next river cruise will be sailing the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Sailing on the Mekong river through Vietnam and Cambodia is one of the worlds most humbling and memorable experiences.  The native people you meet along the way lead the simplest way of life, filled with kindness and love.  You’ll learn their unbelievable recent history and witness their ancient culture.

Not much detail has come out other than the river ship will be called The M and it will launch on the Mekong River in 2020/2021.  Stayed tuned for more details.

U by Uniworld was originally created for the 21 to 45 year old traveler.  This has been changed to include all travelers.  Their European sailings are floating hotels with a restaurant, bar, yoga studio, gym, coffee house, rooftop lounge and nightclub all on board.  Read more here.

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Energy and nightlife on a European river cruise

The Europe river cruise market is about to get infused with some energy!  U by Uniworld is a cruise line that was originally targeted towards younger travelers ranging from 21-45.  This was however recently changed to include ALL TRAVELERS who wanted to experience the rivers, but at the same time, add some spice to their experience.

In the past, river cruising was more geared towards a more mature crowd.  But that’s quickly changing.  Younger people, including millennial travelers, love the idea of being dropped into the center of major cities in Europe to experience the food, culture, nightlife, and way of life.

The difference between a river cruise and a land tour is that you’ll unpack just once, and travel between one destination and another in style and comfort.  Dock right in the center of the city and start exploring!

There are no long bus rides from one city to the next.  The ships are floating hotels with a restaurant, bar, yoga studio, gym, coffee house, rooftop lounge and nightclub all on board.

There are currently itineraries that visit 27 cities on 4 rivers (Seine River, Rhine River, Main River, and Danube River).
Some of the highlights include:
  • Paris, France
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Budapest, Hungary

Cruises range from 7 nights or a longer “super cruise” that’s 14 or 21 nights.  There are 9 river cruises to choose from.

U by Uniworld has 2 river ships in their fleet.  Both are stylish with ultra modern amenities.  The B, sails on France’s Seine.  The A, sails the Rhine, Main, and Danube.

Who is the U by Uniworld traveler?

  • Anyone looking for more nightlife and energy in their European river cruise
  • Group of friends
  • Anniversary celebration
  • Young couples
  • Solo travelers
  • Honeymoon vacation
  • Babymoon last hurrah
  • Birthday celebration
  • Just because you need a much needed break!

U by Uniworld is owned and operated by Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, a luxury river cruise line that has been in operation since 1976.  Uniworld is very highly rated and reviewed.  They’re one of the BEST on the European rivers.

If you have any questions about U by Uniworld, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.


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Legendary World Cruise Exploring all 7 Continents with Silversea

Silversea has just announced the itinerary for their 2020 World Cruise and it is truly legendary!

It’s a historic sailing in that it’s the first world cruise that let’s you set foot on all 7 continents, all on the same ship!

This remarkable voyage can be booked as the full 140 day cruise visiting 62 ports in 32 countries, but can also be broken down into 9 shorter routes.

The full world cruise starts in Ft. Lauderdale on January 6 to Amsterdam on May 25, 2020 aboard the luxurious Silver Whisper.

There are 137 Land Programs that you can take advantage of!  The world cruise can be customized as you can extend your stay in a number of ports.

13 overnights in some of the most magnificent cities.

Land programs can be pre-, post, or even mid-cruise.

PORTS OF CALL:

The 9 Routes that make up the Full World Cruise:

– January 6 to 27 from Ft. Lauderdale to Buenos Aires:

  • Your journey begins in the sun splashed Caribbean with port stops in San Juan, Bridgetown, and Devil’s Island.
  • Sail south to Brazil and see Fortaleza, Natal, Salvador de Bahia, and the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Continue further south to Punta del Este and to the glamorous & gritty Buenos Aires.

– January 27 to February 15 from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso:

  • Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Stanley (Falkland Islands, Malvinas),
  • Sail the Drake Passage to the Arctic Peninsula and make your way to Ushuaia.
  • Cruise through Chilean Fjords and Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, and finally Valparaiso.

– February 15 to March 1 from Valparaiso to Papeete, Tahiti:

  • Depart Valparaiso and move west to Robinson Crusoe Island, Easter Island, Adamstown (Pitcairn Island), Mangareva (Gambier Islands),
  • Arrive in the tropical paradise of Papeete, Tahiti

Would you like to see the full itinerary and more detail?


– March 1 to March 20 from Papeete, Tahiti to Sydney, Australia:

  • Explore the French Polynesian islands or Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora and Aitutaki in Cook Islands,
  • Cross the International Date Line and reach the Tonga Islands of Nuku’alofa, Neiafu, Ovaka,
  • Continue west to Lautoka in Fiji, Champagne Beach and Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, Lifou in New Caledonia,
  • Arrive down under in Sydney, Australia

– March 20 to April 7 from Sydney, Australia to Singapore:

  • Cruise around Australia with port stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Albany, Fremantle (Perth)
  • Sail north from Australia to Bali and Semarang in Indonesia
  • Continue north and arrive in Singapore

– April 7 to April 18 from Singapore to Mumbai:

  • After 2 days in Singapore sail north to the modern and vibrant city of Phuket in Thailand,
  • Sail west to Colombo in Sri Lanka,
  • Arrive in India with stops in Cochin and Mumbai

– April 18 to May 6 from Mumbai to Rome:

  • Many bucket list experiences on this leg take you from Mumbai to Muscat and Salalah in Oman,
  • Sail the Red Sea to Jordan and Egypt
  • Through the Suez Canal to Italy with ports of call in Taormina, Sorrento, and Civitavecchia (Rome)

– May 6 to May 15 from Rome to Dublin:

  • Set off from Rome towards Barcelona, Spain
  • Sail north on the Atlantic stopping in Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal to Dublin, Ireland

– May 15 to May 25 from Dublin to Amsterdam:

  • The last leg of your world journey takes you through Northern Europe from Dublin to Belfast and Scotland
  • The stunning city of Bergen and scenic Flam in Norway
  • Your World Cruise sails to it’s conclusion in Amsterdam on May 25

 

THE BENEFITS OF THE FULL WORLD CRUISE:

  • Roundtrip Business Class Air*
  • Private transfers
  • Bon voyage dinner & overnight hotel stay prior to departure
  • Silver Shore baggage valet between home and ship in Fort Lauderdale and Amsterdam
  • Exclusive World Cruise events
  • Bespoke Silversea experiences
  • $4,000 onboard spending credit per suite (double occupancy)
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Expedition parka
  • Laundry service
  • Medical services
  • Visa package**

Silversea Cruises is an All-Inclusive luxury cruise line that sails to more than 800 destinations across all 7 continents.  Upscale yet you can expect a casual atmosphere.

FEATURES OF SAILING WITH SILVERSEA:

  • Luxury Accomodations – Guests are indulged with all ocean-view spacious suites with marble bathrooms, plus private teak verandas on more than 85 percent of the suites.
  • Butler Service – Personal service includes butler service for all guests and the highest crew-to-guest ratio.
  • Gourmet Dining – An exclusive partnership with Relais & Châteaux ensures an incredible dining experience with multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, and open-seating dining.
  • Italian Heritage & Hospitality – Small touches infuse the upscale Italian lifestyle with Illy Coffee, Pratesi fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Bulgari and Ferragamo bath amenities, and Italian marble bathrooms.
  • All-Inclusive Fares – Silversea’s all-inclusive fares include gourmet dining, wines, champagnes, spirits, beers, specialty coffees, soft drinks, in-suite dining and stocked suite refrigerator and bar, 24-hour room service, transportation into town in most ports, and gratuities.
  • Free WiFi – Every Silversea ship on every voyage offers one hour of complimentary WiFi Internet access per guest per day, and unlimited WiFi for guests sailing in select suite categories.
  • Solo Traveler Friendly – Single supplements begin as low as 125% for guests seeking to travel on their own. Every voyage includes a champagne Welcome Reception, to make it easier to meet and mingle with solo travelers, and on select voyages, Gentlemen Hosts are also available as dance partners or dinner companions.

Fares start at $62,000 per person.  This is truly a bucket list journey.  You can be the 1% of the 1% by vising all 7 continents.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or send us a question request.

Exploring the world by river and ocean, a marriage made in heaven

Are you a cruise enthusiast who loves taking both ocean cruise and river cruises? One year you take an ocean cruise and the following year you glide the rivers?

If you are, there’s finally a way that you can get the most from both! Viking Cruises is marrying the two and releasing 3 new itineraries that combine an ocean and river cruise. Ahh, It’s like peanut butter and chocolate joining forces!

Viking Longship Kvasir along the Rhine River
Viking Longship Kvasir along the Rhine River near the town of Kaub with Pfalsgafenstein Castle on the riverbank and Gutenfels Castle above on the hillside.

 

There’s 15, 18 and 22 day journeys to choose from that are part of the Ocean & River Voyages:

  • 15 day – Rhine & Viking Shores & Fjords which combines a Rhine river cruise with a North Sea sailing. This itinerary goes from Basel to Bergen (or vice versa) and has sailings available in June 2018 & 2019.
  • 18 day – Rhine and Amsterdam to Catalonia joins a Rhine cruise with a sailing along the Atlantic Ocean. Here you’ll sail from Basel to Barcelona beginning on September 29, 2018
  • 22 day – Grand European & Viking Fjords combines a Danube, Rhine and Main with a North Sea sailing. This itinerary sails May 26, 2019.

Viking is an award winning river cruise line with sailings across the world. As the newer entry into cruising, Viking Oceans is already winning awards as the #1 Ocean Cruise Line for 2017 by Travel and Leisure in the mid size category and #1 by Cruise Critic as Best Overall Cruise in 2018.

It’s only a matter of time before others join Viking in melding an Ocean and River cruise together. But for now, if you like the idea of doing a river cruise along with an ocean cruise, time to get on board soon because these sailings are very limited…

We’d love to help answer any questions you might have. Give us a call or submit a quote request and we’ll get back to you right away.