Silver Cloud Expedition – Explore in Luxury

Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud underwent an extensive refurbishment this year and was transformed into the 16,800-ton, 254-guest Silver Cloud Expedition. When she joins the Silversea Expeditions fleet in November 2017, this “ice class” ship will become the most luxurious, spacious and comfortable in the expedition cruise sector.

One of the many benefits of the limited guest numbers onboard in the polar region is a pampering crew-to-guest ratio of nearly one-to-one. A fleet of 18 Zodiaks will whisk you to some of the world’s most pristine and memorable destinations for in-depth exploration. A team of nearly 20 experts in a variety of fields will give lectures and venture out to guide cruisers on special excursions.

Silver Cloud Expedition will feature broad sweeping decks, open spaces and plentiful amenities, including a swimming pool. After a day of adventure, unwind at the Zagara Spa, a soothing sanctuary offering treatments such as massages, facials, body wraps and more.  In this area you’ll also discover the men’s and women’s sauna and steam rooms. A full range of services is available at the beauty salon. State-of-the-art equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, free weights and more await you at the fitness center, where personal trainers are also available. Make time for shopping at the stunning boutiques with their modern design and exciting finds.

Delightful lounges provide a perfect backdrop to enjoy the views and great conversation with fellow travelers over cocktails.  Settle into a cozy chair at Connoisseur’s Corner and  savor a premium cigar along with a cognac in its club-like atmosphere. If you are seeking exceptional views head to Tor’s observation lounge, which serves as an ideal destination for scenic viewing due to its forward, top-of-the-ship, location. Presentations, lectures and video screenings are hosted at the multi-tiered Explorer Lounge. Dolce Vita serves complimentary cocktails and is a delightful venue for conversation, live music and dancing. The Panorama Lounge was thoughtfully designed to provide uninterrupted views of each day’s destination. Stop in and enjoy afternoon tea, listen to the pianist and marvel at the sunset. In the evenings complimentary drinks are served and you can trip the light fantastic to various music styles. The onboard entertainment lineup also includes soloists and shows.

The luxury expedition ship will also be the only one with multiple dining venues. La Dame by Relais & Châteaux will pamper your palate after an exciting day with exceptional French cuisine and fine wines to beautifully complement the tasting menu. In the evening cook your own meal of fish, meat or vegetables at The Grill on a lava stone sourced from volcanic rock and placed in an oven. During the day, this same hot spot is called the Pool Grill and serves as a rotisserie, salad and burger bar. Savor incredible Italian cuisine at La Terrazza.  Room service is also offered around the clock.

After an exhilarating day of touring, your large sumptuous suite welcomes you back. All suites boast butler service, luxurious twin or queen-sized beds, high-end toiletries, TV’s, plush bathrobe and slippers, 80 percent with veranda, plus much more.

Explore the world in unrivalled luxury on the unique and beautiful Silver Cloud Expedition. Discerning travelers and adventure-seekers will find it to be the journey of a lifetime.

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Meet the Viking Sun

Brightening up the high seas, you will sail in ultimate luxury on Viking Ocean Cruises’ beautiful 47,800-ton, 930-guest Viking Sun when she debuts in October 2017. Designed for ultimate comfort, she offers a sublime vacation ideal for travelers looking for the very finest.  All-inclusive cruises provide a shore excursion in each port, beer and wine with both lunch and dinner onboard, Wi-Fi, 24/7 room service and more.

Exciting destination-oriented itineraries were designed to allow longer days in fascinating ports and more overnight stays affording guests the opportunity to experience evening performances ashore or local nightlife. With her intimate size, she can access ports that many larger vessels simply cannot.

Elegant Amenities

Throughout the Viking Sun, amenities are provided to enhance the comfortable atmosphere and bolster enjoyment of your luxury cruise. Classic touches include a promenade deck encircling the ship and which is reminiscent of those found on ocean liners of the past. Located at the top of the ship, is the popular two-deck Explorer’s Lounge with its observation area that beckons you to sit and enjoy the views with your favorite beverage and companion. Adjacent to the Main Pool area, is the Wintergarden, a relaxing airy venue elegantly furnished and ideal for afternoon tea which is accompanied by a harpist. Choose from a wide selection of books at the Library and finally find time to read that bestseller.

Holistic wellness treatments await you in the acclaimed LivNordic Spa, considered one of the best at sea. The Snow Grotto, part of the thermal suite, is based on the Scandinavian ritual of alternating hot and cold therapies. Enjoy conversation and cocktails at The Atrium which is the center of the Viking Living Room — a multipurpose space with living room-like seating areas, comfortable chairs, sofas and bookshelves.

Showcased on the ship is a spectacular glass-backed Infinity Pool off the stern, boasting unobstructed views. Located on the top deck is the Main Pool, with a glass magrodome that can be closed during inclement weather. The ship offers a host of delightful spaces in which to relax. The Explorers’ Lounge boasts panoramic views and is a favorite spot for pre-dinner drinks.

Delicious Dining

Viking Sun features several dining options, including the most al fresco venues at sea. Dining choices range from casual cafés and poolside grills to fabulous wine-pairing menus and regional specialties. American classics are always available.  Exquisite culinary venues include The Restaurant, serving delicious dinners with entrées that change nightly, such as classic French, Italian or modern California. Every table offers seaside views enhancing the delightful experience. Intimate dinners at The Chef’s Table will delight connoisseurs as they will be indulged with a five-course degustation menu accompanied by complimentary wine-pairings for each course served.

Casual choices include the World Café, serving international cuisine and local favorites. Head to Manfredi’s, where you won’t be able to resist freshly prepared pastas and other mouthwatering Italian specialties. The Kitchen Table is the place for market-to-table regional specialties. Al fresco dining is also offered at Aquavit Terrace. Savor Norwegian deli-style fare at Mamsen’s for a delicious treat. The ultra-casual  Pool Grill is a convenient place to stop for made-to-order burgers, vegetarian options, grilled fish and chicken sandwiches. Room service is also on the menu 24/7.

Luxurious Accommodations

Intimate, elegant and state-of-the-art, the ships’ spacious staterooms are ultra-comfortable and all with a private veranda. Every stateroom has a modern Scandinavian design. Fourteen two-room suites range from 720-  to 1,448-square-feet for the expansive and stunning Owner’s Suite showcasing sweeping views from private wrap-around balconies. If you are looking for something ultra-special, this sumptuous setting even has its own sauna and wine cabinet.

Entertainment

Specially themed shows reflecting the destinations visited are offered in The Theater, which also has its own convenient bar. Catch a film at the two movie houses showing first-run films and classics. Entertainment also includes fascinating onboard lectures and port talks covering such topics as history, art and culture.  Some evenings, local performers may come onboard adding to the cultural experience.

Experience the luxurious elegant Viking Sun and brighten your cruise vacation.

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Luxury River Cruises to Europe’s Christmas Markets

Looking for something different to do this holiday season? Believe it or not, it is already that time of year to make your plans. Consider a luxury Christmas Market River Cruise in Europe for a truly festive experience, even for the most seasoned travelers, who are sure to revel in this unique vacation choice. No need to stay home when you can journey to culture-rich and historic destinations on a beautiful river ship – and get pampered along the way.

Immerse yourself in a magical world of twinkling lights in towns and cities aglow with twinkling and colorful decorations. The captivating scents of gingerbread and other delightful goodies will greet you as your voyage takes you along such storied waterways as the Danube, Rhine and Seine rivers. Meander along in serene comfort to small villages and large towns of Austria, Germany and France, depending on which ship you are on. Some itineraries may also include The Netherlands and Hungary. Typically offered from November through December, they offer a festivity-filled holiday travel experience like no other.

Perfect for a multi-generational winter getaway, spend quality time with your extended family on a delightful Christmas market river cruise that is fun, special and memorable. Catch-up with loved ones as you completely relax, without cooking, cleaning or having to play host. Instead, you will be pampered by an attentive English-speaking staff. Glide along in splendor as you savor exquisite cuisine, retreat to generous stunning accommodations – most with a veranda and enjoy delightful amenities, including soothing spa services.

Onboard your luxury river boat, holiday lights and a convivial atmosphere will enhance your journey. Take specially designed tours; enjoy organ recitals, cocktail parties and local celebrations that have been practiced for centuries. Mouthwatering cuisine, including regional classics and once-a-year delights will add to the joyful environment.

Historic Markets

History will come alive as you explore historic cobblestone squares, a centuries old gathering spot for residents. Locals would come here to purchase ingredients for their holiday meals and special treats, as well as warm up with delicious hot-spiced wine while musicians played. You’ll experience the same ambiance and ancient holiday traditions as the locals while getting a precious glimpse into their culture.

Discover treasures at the many Christmas markets, featuring everything from hand-carved nutcrackers to beautiful hand-blown tree ornaments, the perfect souvenir. Savor decadent brandy-filled chocolates, fruitcakes and gingerbread, including Germany’s classic heart-shaped gems. Warm up with glühwein, the area’s traditional mulled wine, which is available with or without alcohol as you share the holiday spirit with the locals.

Hand-made crafts are featured at Budapest’s famous Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square where you may treat your palates to such traditional Hungarian foods as kinder lanugos, a bread-like dough with various toppings and rites, a world-famous mouthwatering strudel dating back to the 19th century. Your taste buds will sing with delight as you nibble on Flooding, a traditional Jewish cake layered with poppy seeds, walnuts and a plum preserve filling. Musical events are often held here and puppet shows on weekends, adding to the jubilant atmosphere.

A unique beauty, Nuremberg’s world-famous Christkindlesmarkt is one of Central Europe’s oldest and largest, housing more than 200 wooden candy cane striped stalls, filled with goodies. Beautiful hand-painted ornaments and toys provide the perfect souvenir for friends and family. Make memories on a carousel ride and enjoy the sounds of brass quintets. Highlights also include “Nuremberg Plum People,” tiny puppets handmade of prunes, figs and walnuts, with faces painted and exquisite gold foil angels traditionally made to place on top of the Christmas tree.

Also famous is Cologne’s oldest market, Neumarkt, located in the main shopping area. Modern and elegant, the Floating Christmas Market is house on a riverboat on the Rhine with pagoda tents and roof peaks reminiscent of sails on a ship. Dating back to the 15th century, Christkindlmarkt in Salzburg is one of the oldest in Europe. It has a lovely intimate ambiance as one of the smaller markets, and is situated under a floodlit baroque stage providing a stunning effect.

Let this be the year you experience a remarkable luxury Christmas Market River Cruise. Celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events on this exceptional European vacation.

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Crystal Bach Debuts – All-Suite, All-Luxury

Accommodating just 106 guests, Crystal Bach debuted in August 2017, joining the elegant fleet of Crystal River Cruises. This beautiful “river yacht” is certain to impress discerning travelers seeking a special vacation experience, with luxurious amenities and stunning décor designed for ultimate comfort. From the moment you step aboard, your every whim will be met and exceeded by English-speaking staff.

Crystal Bach is the first of the line’s Rhine Class of upscale river ships and are the first in Europe that are both all-suite and all-balcony, offering butler service in each suite. Thoughtfully appointed for those who love luxury travel, she will guide you in splendor along the Rhine River. Her twin, Crystal Mahler, is scheduled to debut late in 2017, followed by sisters Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, slated to arrive in 2018.

Public areas, including dining venues, are all situated on one level for convenient access, including a spa, the TechnoGym, a library, a dedicated area for yoga enthusiasts and the central, glass-domed atrium area, where you can enjoy music and dancing. Relax and marvel at the passing views over drinks at the al fresco bar on the on the Sun Deck in the epitome of comfort.

Enjoy a myriad of complimentary amenities, including free fine wines, open bar service, prepaid gratuities and more. Enhance your luxury river cruise with such all-inclusive amenities as an in-room mini-bar, unlimited beverages, stellar cuisine at the specialty restaurants, 24/7 room service in addition to personalized butler service. Crystal Complimentary Adventures® in each port of call provide a fascinating insight into your destination.

Indulge in a soothing session at the spa and maintain your workout regimen at the gym with state-of-the-art equipment. Yoga enthusiasts have a dedicated area just for them. Take a dip in the indoor pool below a skylight. During the day, culturally immersive shore excursions will enhance your experience.

Innovative features adding to the uniqueness of Crystal Bach include river-view suites with plush king-sized (a first for the industry) beds facing the Panoramic Balcony-Windows, so you never have to miss any of the spectacular scenery on your itinerary.

High-tech features will enhance your experience as you explore exciting destinations, such as complimentary Nordic Walking Poles, electric bikes and GPS Whisper Guides. Personal watercrafts and kayaks are also available for you while in port. Every detail has been generously considered to provide a superb luxury river cruise.    `

Crystal’s award-winning cuisine lets you savor culinary excellence on Crystal Bach, where chefs create local favorite dishes along with classics, showcasing a modern flair. From the high-styled elegance in  the stunning main restaurant to amazing decadent gourmet dinners in a private room, your sophisticated palate will be thrilled.

Enticing offerings include Crystal’s farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant – the main dining room, the relaxed Bistro Café and the exclusive Vintage Room. A new and exciting selection of delectable vegetarian dishes is also offered, created with the same authentic and fresh ingredients featured throughout the ship.

When Crystal Bach overnights in port, guests are afforded the wonderful opportunity to dine on exceptional complimentary meals at Michelin-starred restaurants ashore  in select cities.

Beautifully designed accommodations are serene and comfortable, a walk-in closet, opulent bathrooms with double vanities and Crystal’s renowned butler service. Elegant suites range from 220- to 750-square-feet.

The largest of the suites is the stunning 759-square-foot  two-Bedroom Crystal Suite, featuring a walk-in closet, an entry vestibule, fireplace, guest powder room, sofa, dining table with seating for four and more.

Sleep well after your day of exploration on plush king-sized beds facing Panoramic Balcony-Windows™ and dressed with sumptuous Egyptian cotton linens. Walk-in closets, dual vanity in the bathrooms (in most categories), plush designer robes and slippers, wall-mounted HD TVs and high-end coffee machines are also included for your pleasure.

Round out your exciting day dancing at the Palm Court or having drinks with friends al fresco on deck. Continuing the Crystal tradition of ultimate signature service, fine cuisine, high-end quality and choice, Crystal Bach delivers an exceptional river cruise for those who desire the very best.

During her inaugural year, Crystal Bach will sail on predominately Rhine River, calling on modern destinations and medieval towns in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises — All-Inclusive, Ultra-Luxury

Luxury travelers return time and again to award-winning Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The sophisticated all-suite ships – Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner, are all more exquisite as they’ve just completed a $125 million dollar refurbishment.  The proverbial jewel in the crown, the all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Explorer, is recognized as the most luxurious cruise ship ever built. Experience her for yourself and you are sure to agree.

With no more than 375 suites, Regent’s ships offer a delightfully intimate ambiance ensuring a relaxing  voyage. Featuring one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios at sea, you can look forward to the pinnacle in service synonymous with the luxury line. Indulge in a cruise vacation as it was meant to be. Each whim and wish is fulfilled by an attentive staff while you enjoy an all-inclusive adventure. Sought-after amenities included in the fare are beverages, gratuities, unlimited shore excursions, WiFi, air from select cities, the fabulous onboard specialty restaurants and much more.

Participate in a host of activities such as wine tastings, ballroom dance class, interesting lectures by experts on a bevy of topics and games. Every ship has the world renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, where you can refresh your mind and body with legendary treatments or maintain your fitness regimen at the gym. Your inner gourmet chef can hone their skills at The Culinary Arts Kitchen exclusively aboard Seven Seas Explorer. This high-tech area boasts 18 workstations with top-of-the-line equipment and guest will receive highly-individualized hands-on instruction.

Each ship features elegant all-suite accommodations ranging from 300- to 4,443-square feet, with custom-designed furnishings adding to the rich décor, as well as private teak balconies. Stay in a luxurious Serene Suite – your haven of tranquility – with high-end appointments including stunning marble bathrooms and sumptuous “Slumber Beds,” dressed in fine linens and a plush duvet. A lovely sitting area provides ample space, opportunity and desire to catch up on your reading or simply enjoy the spectacular passing vistas.

Dine on the finest and most delectable cuisine at sea in a variety of noteworthy restaurants, including Pacific Rim for Pan-Asian fare, Prime 7, a classic American steakhouse and Regent’s flagship restaurant, Compass Rose, with delectable European-inspired specialties. Canyon Ranch SpaClub® cuisine is also served onboard. Casual venues are available, including the al fresco Pool Grill. Of course, if you just want to relax in the comfort of your suite, convenient Room Service is offered 24/7. Order in and have an elegant meal served course-by-course from the Compass Rose menu, complete with a white tablecloth, sparkling silverware and china.

Conversation and cocktails, a bustling casino, live music for dancing, production shows and a piano bar are featured to round out evening entertainment.

Embark on a memorable luxury voyage with Regent Seven Seas Cruises to some of the globe’s most iconic destinations, including renowned world cruises. Guests will relish the environ of understated elegance surrounding them. Throughout your voyage, enjoy the ultimate all-inclusive, ultra-luxury vacation and unparalleled hospitality. If you love the finer things in life, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is perfect for you.

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