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Crystal River Cruises New Savings Program!

It’s no secret that cruise lines and tour operators are going to have to put out some really good deals to lure people back into travel.  While 2020 may still be up in the air, there’s some good deals surfacing for 2021.  Crystal Cruises just put out a FANTASTIC opportunity!

Crystal River Cruises has a new Advance Purchase Savings program for select 2021 sailings where you could save up to 50% on a wide variety of European river cruises.

On over 60 sailings from March through December 2021, the promo offers a non-refundable fare of $3,699 per guest for the best available suite at the time of reservation, and the flexibility to change travel dates.

The key words here are NON-REFUNDABLE FULL PAYMENT which is fully due when you book.  So if you booked today, you’re total amount is due and it’s non refundable.  BUT, it is flexible so you can change to another date if you must.  Even with these terms, the deal is unbelievable!

Choose from 10 unique 7-night itineraries and explore the Danube and Rhine rivers on the Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel.

Example of a sailing: 

May 2, 2021 Budapest to Vilshofen Danube River sailing in a Deluxe Suite with Panoramic Balcony (S1) is $3,699 per person.

The normal rate per person is $7,799.

This savings program is capacity controlled and will be honored on a first-come first-serve basis.  It can end anytime.

Crystal River Cruises is:

  • All-Inclusive
  • Ultra Luxury
  • Europe’s only all-suite with Butler Service
  • Sailing with just 106 guests (most river cruise lines are anywhere from 140 to 190)

This is a fantastic opportunity to sail on Crystal for as low as $3,699 per person.  

Please call, text, Whatsapp Jerzy at 646-276-2727 with questions.

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Virgin Voyages Exciting New Cruise Line coming to Miami!

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
  • Private transfers
  • 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!

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Seabourn Journeys to some Spectacular Destinations

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
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write us or call 305-814-8184.

AmaWaterways newest river ship debuts on the Rhine River – AmaMora

The AmaMora launched this week on the Rhine River and will sail between Amsterdam and Basel.

AmaMora

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.

If you’ve got any questions, I’d love to be able to help.  Please feel free to send us a message here or call 305-814-8184.

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Seabourn announces two wellness cruises hosted by Dr. Andrew Weil

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

Seabourn Ovation
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

Seabourn Encore
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,” noted Richard 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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