Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a Virgin Voyages cruise line boot camp. This is a training session informing travel advisors about all the ins and outs of their cruise line.
Virgin Voyages is a new cruise line brought to you by Richard Branson. And it looks fantastic! I was expecting just another addition to the cruise line roster. But Virgin Voyages is going to be a bit different!
Two things that tipped me off to this immediately are:
It’s adults 18 and over only. Leave the family at home for an adults only break. Or if you don’t have kids, you won’t have a ship overrun by children!
The new ships will do shorter itineraries. This is a big thing in my opinion. Most cruise lines that offer 4-5 night sailings are using much older vessels. With Virgin, you can do a cruise as short as 3 nights on a brand new cruise ship.
Here are some other key differences:
There is no main dining area. And, there are no buffets! There will be 20 eateries where you can pick and choose. No extra charge! It’s included in your cruise fare.
Beverages included like soda, coffee, tea’s, and juice. Alcohol is extra.
Gratuities are included. For everything. Your meals, drinks, cabin…
WiFi is included. Internet at sea can get pricey but it’s nice to not have to pay for this. There is a premium version they sell if you want to stream video. But having the free version to keep connected is great!
Skipping the Broadway shows for more contemporary and immersive entertainment.
Parties, parties parties. Pool parties. Night clubs.
DJ’s on board! From the likes of Diplo and Mark Ronson (both super famous DJ’s)
Exclusive beach club in Bimini. It’s a tranquil environment and magnificent!
All this and I haven’t yet mentioned the ship! Named the Scarlet Lady, it holds 2,770 passengers with 1,160 crew. It’s a high tech ship that’s sleek and modern.
Cabins transform from sleep mode to day mode giving you more space to live and sleep.
Rainshower with real glass doors (not the plasticky shower curtains).
Handmade hammock on your terrace for zen like relaxation.
Suites take it up a notch! Categorized as Rock Star and Mega Rock Star.
Rock Star Suites:
Your very own concierge agent called “Rockstar Agent”
Better and stronger WiFi
In room bar (the first round is on Virgin!)
Priority access to all restaurants
VIP access to the Beach Club
Mega Rock Star Suites:
Daily bar tab is on Virgin
Personalized bottomless bar
Thermal Suite daily access
Hair and makeup done daily
Prime location on deck 15 near Richard’s Rooftop (A chic top deck private club exclusively for suite guests)
Suites range from 570 SQFT to 2,147 SQFT
Virgin calls their guests “Sailors” and the travel agents who serve them “First Mates”.
Sailings start on April 1st of 2020 from Miami to the Caribbean on 4 night to 7 night sailings and in the Mediterranean during the summer months.
In 2021, Virgin will introduce their second ship. The ship is named Valiant Lady and will sail from Barcelona!
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 305-814-8184 or send questions or comments here!
In the old days of cruising, when I say this, I mean in the last decade or so, a cruises ship was the destination. You booked a cruise for all the activities on board (and the food). Sometimes, you didn’t even get off the ship at your ports of call. More and more, people craved something different from their cruise. Better food and more of an enriching experience.
After all, a ship can access some of the worlds most intriguing and unique ports of call. But sometimes a day is not enough to experience a destination. You need more time to explore.
Seabourn has taken this to a new level.
Seabourn is an ultra luxury cruise line that takes you to all 7 continents with top notch service and intimate ships.
They introduced 4 new Seabourn Journeys in 2020 to exceptional destinations in Europe. These are extensions that you can add to your cruise before or after your voyage. These are not your ordinary single day excursions from the ship. They can last from 6 to 13 days.
These journeys enable you to combine exceptional land and sea experiences seamlessly. They’re kept small, between 2 and 10 guests. This offers a more intimate and personalized adventure.
There are 14 options and most visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
UNESCO Banff National Park & The Rocky Mountaineer
UNESCO SOUTH AMERICA: RIO, IGUAZU FALLS & BUENOS AIRES
UNESCO Splendors Of Peru: Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu
UNESCO Sydney, The Red Centre & Great Barrier Reef
UNESCO Lakeside Gems Of The Swiss Alps
UNESCO Treasures Of Tuscany
UNESCO Cambodia: Phnom Penh & The Temples Of Angkor
UNESCO Treasure Of China: Beijing, Xi’an & Hong Kong
UNESCO India’s Golden Triangle: The Taj Mahal & Jaipur
UNESCO Imperial Heritage Of Europe
South Africa: Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari Lodge
South Pole Quest
The Denali Experience 2020
These are some fantastic pre and post cruise options. Many cruise lines offer extensions, although not all on this grand level. Whether you book your extension with the cruise line or set something up on your own, I always recommend adding a couple days before and or after.
The AmaMora launched this week on the Rhine River and will sail between Amsterdam and Basel.
It will sail on the “Enchanting Rhine” and “Captivating Rhine” itineraries which are 7 nights cruises that go between Amsterdam and Basel. And starting on Nov. 25, it will offer “Christmas Markets on the Rhine” sailings.
On board, you’ll find an all-day tapas menu and afternoon tea, as well as a 24-hour coffee station.
In addition to AmaWaterways’ signature exquisite, regionally inspired cuisine in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table.
Active leisure amenities include a Sun Deck walking track, pool with swim-up bar, fitness room and bicycles for in-port exploration.
Staterooms are equipped with everything you need for a relaxing vacation, including Entertainment-On-Demand with free high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi.
AmaWaterways has been busy building ships as there are 3 joining the fleet in 2019. Along with the AmaMora, the AmaMagna which recently launched on the Danube River, and AmaDouro which will sail on Portugal’s Douro River. This brings the total up to 23 river ships.
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Seabourn unveils a new wellness cruise for 2019 and 2020 in partnership with physician and best-selling author, Dr. Andrew Weil.
Each journey offers lectures, discussions, classes, and demonstrations led onboard by Dr. Weil and four other experts in integrative medicine as guests can enrich their lives for better mental and physical health.
19-Day Route To Ancient Wellness
Nov 13 – Dec 2, 2019
Departs : Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Arrives : Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Follow the ancient trading routes from Athens and Mycenae to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, threading Suez to Aqaba on the Red Sea and on to the source of pearls and frankincense in Arabia.
16-Day Wellness In Australia & New Zealand
Feb 21 – Mar 8, 2020
Departs : Auckland, New Zealand
Arrives : Sydney, Australia
Sail from the City of Sails to survey both islands of New Zealand from Tauranga to the Fjordlands. Then sail across to marvelous Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney’s lovely harbor.
“Wellness is a growing phenomenon – and rightly so – as people around the world seek to live better, healthier, and more mindfully for the benefit of their overall wellbeing,” notedRichard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “We have had great success with Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil on Seabourn voyages around the world, and we’re excited to follow up our past two wellness cruises with these new opportunities to learn from a group of highly regarded experts.”
There are only 2 family sailings and they will book up quickly! Call or email us for a quote or if you have questions!
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Silversea has added a second world cruise to their 2021 schedule. But this 2nd one is no ordinary world cruise.
It is the “The Uncharted World”, and it’s the first-ever expedition world cruise sailing from Antarctica to the Arctic. The 167 voyage starts in Ushuaia, Argentina and sails northbound to Tromso, Norway on July 16 visiting 107 ports in 30 countries.
Sail on the Silver Cloud, the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. With 18-brand new Zodiacs and a pole to pole expedition itinerary, Silver Cloud really does break the ice between expedition and luxury.
Some of the highlights of this unforgettable cruise:
French Polynesian Islands including Papeete, Bora Bora, the Cook Islands
Fiji and other South Pacific islands
Oceania, including Papua New Guinea
Kimberly coast in Australia
Sri Lanka and Cochin
“Building on our already remarkable World Cruise offering, Silversea will become the first ever cruise line to launch an Expedition World Cruise in 2021,” Silversea Cruises CEO Roberto Martinoli said. “This momentous voyage is the result of 10 years of experience and industry-leading knowledge—qualities which enable us to unlock remarkable travel experiences for our guests and have contributed to our reputation as the industry leader.”
Luxurious benefits that ensure you travel in comfort and that add an array of enriching cultural events make this voyage-of-a-lifetime an even more extraordinary experience.
Business Class Air*
Charter Flight from Santiago de Ushuaia
Bon Voyage reception and Overnight accommodation (pre-voyage)
Private transfer from airport to hotel, group transfer from hotel to pier and private transfer post cruise from pier to airport
$2,000 Onboard Spending Credit (per guest)
Exclusive World Cruise Events
Special Commemorative Expedition Gear Gifts
*Available from selected gateways/countries. Non-use air credit available for other countries **Limited internet access in Antarctica ***For USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia only
Reservations for both World Cruise and the Expedition World Cruise open in March and will be in high demand. To learn more and to get on a wait list, please call us at 305-814-8184 or email us here.
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