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Exciting new explorer ship with underwater observation lounge joining Ponant fleet

Ponant is coming out with a brand new explorer class ship this month, the Le Laperouse.  

Ponant is a small ship luxury cruise line with a French touch.  They offer cultural and relaxation cruises all over the world, including expedition sailings to some of the most remote locations including the Arctic & Antarctic.

The Le Laperouse is the first of 6 Explorer Class expedition ships that Ponant will be introducing to it’s fleet.  Named after French explorer Jean-Francois de La Perouse, Ponant is the only cruise line that flies the French flag.  

The ship is able to sail to the Polar Regions as well as all over the world.  The le laperouse gets you to places that larger ships cannot.

Expedition sailings don’t just mean the polar regions.  You’ll be able to take an expedition type cruise through tropical regions as well.  And you’ll see it in a totally different way.

Sailing on the Le Laperouse is like sailing on your own “private yacht” with only 92 staterooms.  All with private balconies. Rooms range from 205 sq ft for the Deluxe Staterooms to 485 sq ft. for the Owners Suite.

There are 2 restaurants on board featuring French-inspired cuisine.  Ponant has partnered with world-renowned superchef Alain Ducasse to add liveliness to its culinary offerings.

Prepare for spectacular service as there are 110 crew members on each sailing.

The interior of the ship is elegant in design with many areas that open to the outdoors.

Certified “clean ship” with zero impact wastewater treatment, and low emission engines.

A unique feature of the ship is a multi-sensorial underwater lounge called the Blue Eye.  Located beneath the water line, here you’ll be able to lounge while seeing and hearing the passing marine life.  This is a world’s first and it looks totally amazing!

There’s an infinity pool at the back of the ship with a multi use Modulable marina which can be used for sunbathing, a water sports platform, or other uses.

This is 5 star luxury expedition sailing to all corners of the world.

If you have any questions about the le laperouse or the cruise line Ponant, please feel free to call us or send us a message here.

Wine River Cruise in the U.S. on the Columbia and Snake River

When you hear the words “wine river cruise”, you automatically think France’s Bordeaux region, Burgundy and Provence in the south of France, a Rhine or Danube river cruise with their hillside vineyards.

These certainly are great experiences and I am a huge fan of a European river cruise.  If you have not yet done one, put it on your bucket list as they are an unforgettable vacation.

Columbia River, Mount Hood

BUT, you don’t have to go that far to enjoy a wine themed river cruise.  There’s a spectacular one right in our backyard!  Uncruise has a wine cruise that sails the Columbia River and the Snake River.  Cruise in the footsteps of two legendary explorers, Lewis and Clark.

The areas along the Columbia and Snake rivers are like California’s Sonoma Valley winemaking region.  It is a blossoming wine region and the quality of wine is astounding!  There are new award-winning wineries opening all the time.

Fields of Grapes

Uncruise has a wine themed river cruise called Rivers of Wine and it’s a 7-night cruise aboard the S.S. Legacy that starts and ends in Portland, Oregon.  Portland is a vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest with magnificent coffee shops, brunch spots, food trucks, microbreweries, book stores and some amazing natural scenery of the Willamette River and Mount Hood.  Worth a visit!

Grapes before wine

Highlights of the “Rivers of Wine” cruise:

  • Sommelier and guest wine expert join you on board for the week
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • 5 Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley (An AVA basically requires that 85% or more of the wine is derived from grapes grown within the boundaries of the area)
  • Lunch at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
  • Maryhill Museum and Winery tour and tasting
  • Explore Palouse Falls canyon and Multnomah Falls
  • Discover Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Watch for Wildlife along the way
Palouse Falls, WA

The S.S. Legacy is a beautiful ship that’s a replica of a turn of the century coastal gold rush steamer.  Featuring elegant carved wooden cabinetry, a well-stocked whiskey saloon, and spacious Owner’s Suite.

Ship – S.S. Legacy

Visits to:

  • Hood River Springhouse Cellar Winery, Columbia River Gorge (show pics)
  • Hood Winery, Columbia River Gorge
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Basel Cellars Estate Winery, Walla, Walla Washington
  • Dunham Cellars, Walla Walla – Small unique winery
  • The town of Walla Walla is wonderful!  You’ll want to do a walking tour.
  • Palouse Falls
  • Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center – a great place to taste wines from the region
  • Terra Blanca Winery & Vineyard, Red Mountain.  One of the largest wineries in the area.  You’ll get to go down to the barrel caves.
  • The Dalles & Willamette Valley
  • Hawks View Cellars
  • Ponzi Vineyards
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate

Uncruise is an adventure cruise line that’s been in the adventure travel business since 1996.  They specialize in soft adventure travel…  With activities like kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, hiking and more.  Nothing too extreme, but active adventure is the name of the game.

The Rivers of Wine itinerary, is an exception.  It’s more about the wine than the activities.  You will still be able to do some hiking, but mostly hiking through vineyards and wineries.  If you want to sail the Columbia and Snake rivers but prefer a bit more adventure and activity, Uncruise does have itinerary options for that as well.

If you’ve sailed or toured this region before, please let us know what your experiences were below.  We’d love to hear about it!

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

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

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– 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.