Luxury Caribbean Cruises on the Viking Star

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While you may have visited the Caribbean many times to enjoy its many delightful offerings, wait until you experience it on the beautiful 930-guest, all-veranda Viking Star. Christened in May 2015, Viking Ocean Cruises’ stunning luxury ship arrived in North America in September for the first time and will be taking discerning cruisers to this magnificent destination in the utmost of splendor.

Viking Ocean Cruises (sister company to Viking River Cruises) has introduced a variety of Caribbean sailings in 2016 and 2017. The luxury cruise line designs its itineraries for maximum time in port, some with late evenings or overnights, allowing guests to experience evening performances and local nightlife. Enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive cruise that provides an exceptional vacation experience, with shore excursions in each port, all onboard meals and more included in the fare. You’ll appreciate the many complimentary amenities, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi service and 24-hour room service.

Delightful Destinations

Let the spectacular Viking Star take you in luxurious comfort to the Caribbean’s magical West Indies. Sail roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the ship’s winter homeport. Immerse yourself in the fascinating British, Dutch and French cultures of the Lesser Antilles on these voyages. Discover historic settlement towns on Barbados and St. Lucia, explore Guadeloupe’s majestic rainforest and such history-rich Caribbean gems as Antigua, Tortola, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, with its world-famous shops.

Designed for guests to better explore their destinations, these Caribbean cruises will offer travelers experiences sure to broaden their horizons both on board and landside. Viking Ocean Cruises’ “Inclusive Cruising” provides shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, premium dining reservations, self-service laundry and access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa.

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Step aboard Viking Star and you will be transported to a world of understated elegance. Huge windows and skylights add to an open feel – perfect for the Caribbean — and a stunning wraparound Promenade Deck is reminiscent of those on ocean liners of the past. Showcased on the ship is a glass-backed Infinity Pool off the stern, boasting unobstructed views, affording guests the unique feeling of swimming “surrounded by their destination.”

The Atrium is at the center of what is known as The Viking Living Room — a multipurpose space with living room-like seating areas with comfortable chairs and sofas and bookshelves. Soak up the sun at the Main Pool, with its glass magrodome which can be closed during inclement weather.

Relax with friends at The Explorers’ Lounge showcasing panoramic views and ideal for pre-dinner cocktails. Adjacent to the Main Pool area, is the Wintergarden, a relaxing airy venue with elegant furnishings, ideal for afternoon tea accompanied by a harpist or read a bestseller from the Library. Reserve holistic wellness treatments at the acclaimed LivNordic Spa, considered one of the best at sea, highlighted by a Snow Grotto. Exciting entertainment includes a myriad of production shows, movies and enriching lectures at the Star Theater. Some evenings, local performers may come onboard adding to the cultural experience. Viking’s own troupe of singers and dancers also put on shows here. Cabaret-style shows are held in various other venues.

Aquavit_terraceExquisite dining is featured at a host of restaurants, including alfresco venues, ranging from casual cafés and pool grills to boasting wine-pairing menus for foodies and regional specialties. Savor exquisite cuisine designed for discerning palates. Highlighting many meals are regional favorites that offer further insight into the culture of the destinations visited as each has its own flavors. American classics and healthy options are also served. Indulge your senses at The Restaurant, a refined venue for fabulous dinners. Spectacular walls lined with floor-to-ceiling windows that can open for a delightful alfresco atmosphere. Located in the middle is a bar that is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails. The World Café serves international cuisine and local favorites. Intimate dining is at The Chef’s Table, with a multi-course tasting menu and wine parings. Head to Manfredi’s for freshly prepared pastas and other Italian specialties. The Kitchen Table is the place for market to table regional specialties. Mamsen’s serves unforgettable Norwegian deli-style fare and the casual Pool Grill serves gourmet burgers. Dine at the Observation Lounge, which opens to the Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship for grill fare and al fresco dining.

Intimate, elegant and state-of-the-art, the ships’ spacious staterooms are ultra-comfortable and all with a private veranda. Indulge in the ultra-luxury Owner’s Suite complete with its own sauna and wine cabinet. There are five stateroom categories, with extraordinary amenities including kind-size beds, luxurious linens, high end toiletries, large showers and interactive LCD TVs with movies-on-demand.

See the Caribbean as you never have before, on the stunning and luxurious Viking Star.

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New Ship for Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

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Discerning travelers who expect the very best are sure to find it when they experience the elegance of a vacation with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. The luxury line is introducing a breathtaking new ship in 2017. Already referred to as the “most beautiful ship sailing the Seine,” the 128-guest S.S. Joie de Vivre will make her debut in France in March 2017. With a name that translates to “joy of living,” she will reflect the destination’s philosophy of enjoying life to the fullest through fabulous food, wine, music and art.

Modern conveniences will be coupled with antiques on the S.S. Joie de Vivre, with French-inspired handmade furniture boasting exquisite fabrics and rich accents. Privileged cruisers will relish the benefits of Uniworld’s acclaimed all-inclusive experience such as 24-hour in-suite butler service, sumptuous local cuisine, stunning accommodations, attentive pampering in elegant surroundings plus much more. Journey through this culturally – rich region on a luxury ship that highlights the history, art, fine dining and architecture of France. Feel pampered and special from the moment you board.

Showcased in the ship’s Salon de Beaux-Arts lounge will be a collection of fine art and antiques curated from such legendary auction houses as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Sure to be a popular spot, Le Club l’Esprit will boast a cinema and a surrounding pool with a hydraulic floor which can lobbytransform into a dance floor or outdoor venue to watch movies at night. Dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle and La Cave de Vins for wine-pairing dinners.

Journey along the romantic Seine through Northern France’s legendary countryside and gain an understanding of the allure it held for such artists as Van Gogh and Monet. History buffs and war veterans will want to explore the historic beaches of Normandy. Travel along the Alabaster Coast to the UNESCO-designated Le Havre and be awe-struck at the majestic beauty of the landscapes and cliffs of Étretat.

Sail in elegance along the Seine River on the stunning S.S. Joie de Vivre, which will provide every possible comfort for its guests. She will become Uniworld’s first Super Ship to offer the convenience of docking right in the heart of Paris.

Unrivalled luxurious accommodations are provided in your choice of 54 spectacular staterooms, eight Junior Suites and two Royal Suites. Each suite was designed with its own special signature style and boasts enhanced amenities and services, including highly-trained butlers and concierge services. Feel like royalty when you sleep on bespoke Savoir of England beds, complete with unique headboards.

Surround yourself with luxury on the S.S. Joie de Vivre, she’s sure to become a favorite of sophisticated cruisers. Be among the first to appreciate all she has to offer in this history- and culturally-rich part of the world.

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Luxury Christmas Market River Cruises

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Welcome to a Christmas Market river cruise! Twinkling lights wherever you look, towns and cities aglow, the delightful scent of gingerbread in the air and a festive ambiance at every turn. Before you know it, the holidays will be here and you could be spending them in Europe on a special vacation as you journey in luxury to historic and culture-rich destinations.

Immerse yourself in the magnificence of an old-world holiday as you cruise majestic and storied waterways, including the Danube, Rhine and Seine rivers. Meaningful excursions, mouthwatering cuisine, including regional favorites and once-a-year delights will make your vacation festive and memorable.

Ideal for a multi-generational winter getaway, a festive Christmas market river cruise is not only fun, interesting and unique, but hassle-free! Relax and revel in the holidays without cooking, shopping at crowded stores or playing host. Simply glide from one incredible destination to another while being pampered along the way with attentive service, exquisite cuisine and spacious well appointed accommodations – most with a veranda. Imagine Magnificent City Hall, Belgium during Christmashaving everything done for you, while you are served special holiday dinners in beautifully decorated settings.

Onboard your luxury river boat, holiday lights and a convivial atmosphere will enhance your travels. Take special tours; enjoy music recitals, cocktail parties and celebrations reminiscent of days gone by.

Luxury Christmas market cruises are offered by several lines – most all-inclusive. AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, CroisiEurope, Emerald Waterways, Scenic, Tauck, Uniworld and Viking River Cruises all offer these unique voyages. Meander from large towns to small villages in Austria and Germany, as well as France. Some itineraries may also include The Netherlands and Hungary. Typically offered from November through December, they offer a festivity-filled holiday vacation experience like no other.

Favorite Christmas Markets

Night Lights Of The City On Christmas Night In PoznanJourney back in time to when people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy ingredients for their holiday treats, stayed warm with hot-spiced wine as people played musical instruments and participate in age-old holiday traditions as the locals do. Discover treasures at the markets, which offer 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 delights. Warm up with some with glühwein, the area’s traditional mulled wine, with or without alcohol. Be part of the extraordinary experience and share the holiday joy with the locals.

Filled with hand-made crafts, the Budapest Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square is where a fair and festival are held and you can enjoy such traditional Hungarian foods as kenyér lángos, a bread – like dough with various toppings and rétes, the famous delicious strudel dating back to the 19th century and flódni – a traditional Jewish cake layered with poppy seeds, walnuts and a plum preserve filling. Musical events are often held here along with puppet shows on weekends, adding to the merry atmosphere.

Unrivalled for its beauty, tradition and ambiance, Nuremberg’s worldfamous Christkindlesmarkt is one of Central Europe’s oldest and largest holiday markets. Home to about 200 wooden candy cane striped stalls you’ll discover fabulous goodies. Brimming with hand-painted ornaments and toys, you can also ride a carousel and enjoy the joyful sounds of brass quintets. Highlights also include “Nuremberg Plum People,” tiny puppets made of prunes, figs and walnuts, with faces painted on them and  gold foil angels, traditionally made to top the Christmas tree.

Boasting several Christmas markets, Cologne’s oldest is Neumarkt, located in the main shopping area. Modern and elegant, the Floating Christmas Rathaus and christmas market in ViennaMarket is housed 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. Smaller than many with an intimate feel, the historic market features stalls situated under a floodlit baroque stage providing a lovely effect.

Journey along these storied waterways and feel like a child again as you take part in a magical time of year and celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events as you experience the wonder of Christmas like you never have before.

For more information on luxury Christmas Market River Cruises and our cruise deals, visit us at LuxuryTravelTeam.com or call our luxury travel experts at 1-866-738-2470.

The World’s Most Luxurious Ship Debuts- Seven Seas Explorer!

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Exuding elegance at every corner the palatial 55,254-ton, 750-guest Seven Seas Explorer made her debut in July 2016 in Monte Carlo amongst glamour, glitz and royalty. Christened by godmother Her Serene Highness Charlene of Monaco, it is no wonder that Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new masterpiece is described as the “world’s most luxurious ship.”

Over-the-top opulence on the all-suite, all-balcony breathtaking ship is ideal for those who desire only the best. Extravagantly designed lounges and theaters, five lavish gourmet restaurants and an unprecedented level of personalized service will impress even the most discerning travelers. Every precise detail was thought of, including nearly an acre of marble throughout the ship, some of which is Carrera from Italy; Murano glass, 158 dazzling crystal chandeliers and bespoke Versace place settings in the signature Compass Rose restaurant. Experience an unparalleled luxury cruise on this Regent Suite _ Master Bedroom (1)new ship, which boasts one of the highest space ratios in the industry for ultimate pampering. Her opulent suites boast some of the largest verandas at sea.

Spa-lovers will find an array of treatments offered at the lavish new Canyon Ranch SpaClub, making its debut on Seven Seas Explorer. Rejuvenate your senses with an Arctic-inspired massage using berry and evergreen oils or spend some time in the state-of-the-art infrared sauna. Also, featured here, is a beautiful infinity-edge plunge pool at the ship’s stern providing incredible views.

Premiering on Seven Seas Explorer is the ultra-opulent 4,500-square-foot Regent Suite which spans the entire width of the ship. Feel like royalty if you’re one of the privileged few to stay in this unique accommodation. Enjoy such exclusive amenities as a $250,000 custom-designed Steinway Arabesque grand piano and sleep like a baby on the finest bed — a Savoir No. 1. Boasting two bedrooms, a wrap around balcony, huge living room with a vista garden and floor-to-ceiling windows, among other thoughtful amenities, you may wish you could stay on indefinitely. Imagine receiving soothing unlimited treatments in your own en-suite spa room – as you can – because that is also featured – complimentary. Take a few moments to unwind in your suite’s sauna and steam room.

Evening entertainment includes four shows in the two-deck Constellation Theatre: Peggy Lee, featuring her 1950s hits; My Revolution, with 1960s music; a Parisian-style burlesque show and A Day In Hollywood, based on the Tony Award-winning musical.

Enticing foodies is the Culinary Arts Kitchen, with cutting-edge workstations, cooking classes and a Downton Abbey-inspired afternoon tea class.

Indulge in all-inclusive luxury cruising on the unrivaled Seven Seas Explorer. Currently sailing in the romantic Mediterranean, in December, she will cross the Atlantic to Florida where she will sail roundtrip from Miami to the Caribbean.

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Star Pride more Luxurious than Ever!

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Star Pride’s understated elegance is even more evident on the 212-guest, all-suite, ship after her extensive multi-million dollar refurbishment. Remodeled and stunning, she offers luxury cruisers much to enjoy during their “private yacht-style” vacation with Windstar Cruises. Many upgrades include remodeled suites, public areas and outside decks.

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Enhanced suites include the rebuilding of two Owner’s Suites now boasting a new indoor/outdoor floor plan and new interior designs. Private decks have also been added so you can now enjoy unique views over the ship’s bow.

Luxurious guest suites have gotten a makeover with high-end décor including coffee tables and new TVs. Convenient and comfortable sofa beds are found in the living rooms of select suites offering accommodations for triples.

Public Spaces

No detail was overlooked in the upgrading of Star Pride, even guest stairways and hallways are now graced with Windstar’s lovely blues and earth tones, continuing the nautical theme throughout. Stroll along freshly tiled and carpeted areas, bringing a delightful contemporary look to the elegant ship.

  • The Lounge – Guests will now be able to enjoy a newly created space for entertainment, meetings and small gatherings. New furniture, flooring, a lighting and sound system make it a popular spot.
  • Veranda: Dine in this popular restaurant now featuring alfresco seating in a new courtyard, boasting a lovely garden wall.
  • Amphora Restaurant: Redesigned, enjoy delicious cuisine in its lovely new seating arrangement boasting new floor and lighting.
  • Star Deck: Additional space was added to this top outdoor deck allowing guests more room to stroll along and enjoy the views from comfortable new deck chairs. Expanded by four feet on each side, there is also a new counter-current pool and whirlpool
  • Library: Catch up with your reading surrounded by new soft colors, artwork and furnishings at the updated Library.
  • Star Screening Room: Make yourself comfortable in this intimate venue and watch the latest movies and play video games.
  • Fitness Center: Work out in a wellness inspired atmosphere showcasing, among other things, new wall coverings, window treatments and more.

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Discerning travelers who want to see the world in private yacht-style splendor will enjoy the remodeled and luxurious Star Pride for the ideal “away from it all” vacation. Pampering begins the moment you board and you are surrounded in the finest of everything, from Egyptian cotton linens to exquisite culinary delights.

Feel like a VIP when you arrive in the Yacht Club and make an appearance at the chic lounges and Casino. Enjoy a workout in the Fitness Center and melt all your cares away with a relaxing treatment at the peaceful WindSpa.

Sail on the Star Pride in the Mediterranean until fall, when she will cruise in the Caribbean.

For more information on Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride and our cruise deals, visit us at LuxuryTravelTeam.com or call our luxury travel experts at 1-866-738-2470.