Regent Seven Seas Cruises :: Announces Cruises Featuring Havana, Cuba

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises has the distinction of being the only North American luxury cruise line to be granted permission to offer voyages to Cuba and has added Havana to two Caribbean voyages aboard Seven Seas Mariner in April 2017. The two voyages, 11 April 2017 and 18 April 2017, will both overnight in Havana, giving guests ample time to experience the rich culture and history of this iconic city while indulging in Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ all-inclusive luxury.

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The two voyages on Seven Seas Mariner featuring Havana are identical. Along with a visit to Cuba’s capital, they will both call on the brand new, upscale resort-style destination in Belize called Harvest Caye.

Kevin’s Tip:  Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world’s most inclusive luxury cruise line with a four ship fleet which visits more than 375 destinations around the globe. A leader in the luxury cruise segment, the line’s fares include all-suite accommodations, round-trip air fare, highly personalised service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, gratuities, ground transfers, and a pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge level suites and higher. Beginning in summer 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will also include Business Class air for all intercontinental flights.

Seven Seas Mariner Caribbean Cruises featuring Havana, Cuba:

11 April  / 18 April   Miami, United States of America
12 April / 19 April   Havana, Cuba
13 April / 20 April   Havana, Cuba
14 April / 21 April   At Sea
15 April / 22 April   Harvest Caye, Belize
16 April / 23 April   Costa Maya, Mexico
17 April / 24 April   At Sea
18 April / 25 April   Miami, United States of America

For these voyages, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will provide a selection of expertly crafted shore excursions as part of its free unlimited shore excursion program. All tours will offer guests an authentic Cuban experience which explores the people, music, art, history, and culture of the island and are in compliance with the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) regulations. To provide guests with even greater insights into Cuba and its people, guest scholars and expert lecturers will deliver compelling presentations about Cuba’s past, present, and future.

We’re excited to be the first luxury cruise line to offer voyages to Cuba, a destination our guests have dreamt of visiting. With our industry-leading all-inclusive luxury experience, guests will be able to enjoy the wonders of Havana with a robust selection of free, unlimited shore excursions, all of which meet the people-to-people guidelines established by OFAC.

Jason Montague, President and Chief Executive Officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The seven-night Caribbean cruises aboard Seven Seas Mariner featuring Havana, Cuba include air fare, unlimited shore excursions, WiFi, fine wine and spirits, along with a host of other amenities.

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Crystal AirCruises :: ‘Holidays Around the World’ Journey

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Crystal has unveiled an extraordinary itinerary which will make global luxury travellers start to look ahead to next year’s festivities. Crystal AirCruises’ Holidays Around the World journey offers 16 days of exceptionally luxurious exploration of far-off locales, departing from Los Angeles on 22 December 2017.  The private jet journey begins with Crystal AirCruises’ signature Launch Day & Bon Voyage dinner and accommodations at the Montage Beverly Hills. This magical holiday journey has been specially curated to cater to the spirit of wanderlust and warm-weather dream destinations which many travellers desire during the winter months, featuring two-night and three- night stays in Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Queenstown/Christchurch, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Jaipur, India; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Holidays Around the World Journey

The holiday season and Crystal AirCruises share the common spirit of dreaming big and fulfilling wishes, making this particular itinerary an ideal adventure for an extraordinary holiday next year, or as the grandest gift under the tree this year. Holiday voyages aboard our ocean ships have always been a special occasion for travellers seeking adventure along with the traditions of the season. A Crystal AirCruise takes holiday travel to a new level, with the opportunity to celebrate the season while discovering several new destinations aboard a luxury private jet, with the added gift of exclusive Christmas and New Year festivities that only Crystal can offer.

Edie Rodriguez, Crystal Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Kevin’s Tip:  As it expands its reach to all luxury travellers across the globe, Crystal evolves to The World’s Most Luxurious Hospitality and Lifestyle Brand Portfolio. Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having won World’s Best Cruise Ship in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the Best Luxury Cruise Line by travel professional organisation Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, and 2016).  The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Only Luxury River Cruise Line, Crystal AirCruises, and Crystal Exclusive Class with Crystal Residences.

Along the way, guests will be treated to all-inclusive Crystal Experiences which reflect the natural and cultural allures of each destination. Experiences for intrepid adventurers, history buffs, and foodies are in store for gallivanting holiday travellers in 2017, while Crystal AirCruises’ Design Your Time option allows for a fully customised holiday. Among the events and exclusive experiences planned by Crystal’s expert destination team:

Bora Bora/Papeete, French Polynesia (Accommodations at Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa) – An exclusive holiday dinner and celebration kicks off the island visit. During their stay, guests will dive into the tropics with lagoon discoveries, soar over island peaks by helicopter, and indulge in world-class cuisine and Polynesian culture at hot spots like Maikai Bora Bora.

Queenstown/Christchurch, New Zealand (Accommodations at Hotel St. Moritz) – Highlighting the adventurous outdoor lifestyle of New Zealand, Crystal guests will enjoy a welcome reception at Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre, then explore Fiordland National Park by helicopter and 4×4, and ride horseback through Doonholme Farm. A master culinary class in Central Otago Wine Region and a boutique experience at Chard Farm Vineyards will showcase the flavours and vintages of the region.

Sydney, Australia (Accommodations at Sheraton on the Park) – Considered one of the world’s great cities for its nightlife, food scene, and world-class shopping, Sydney is also an outdoorsman’s paradise. Crystal guests will be treated to VIP positioning for the ultimate New Year’s Eve soiree and fireworks extravaganza over Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge.

Jaipur, India (Accommodations at Oberoi Rajvilas) – During a full day at the Taj Mahal, guests will explore the pink city. Here guests can take in superb views of the city and historic palaces, or take a Personal Connections experience joining the locals as they start their day with a morning Aarti (devotion the Gods). Old World meets exotic adventure with sunrise yoga led by an acclaimed Guru and a Hindu art ceremony.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Accommodations at The Emirates Palace Hotel) – From sparkling skyscrapers which rise along the Gulf to the Bedouin camel herds in the surrounding desert, Crystal guests can immerse themselves in the exotic thrills of one of the United Arab Emirate’s most famous gems. Travellers can live out high-speed dreams with a Formula 1 racing experience at Yas Marina, plus privileged access to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and an exclusive 1001 Arabian Nights Bedouin camp dinner reception.

Throughout the journey, guests’ every wish will be attended to by Crystal’s own expert crew, destination specialists, and concierge. The luxuriously designed aircraft is larger and newer than any global jet tour travel option, appointed with features rarely found in even the most luxurious private jets. The Crystal Exclusive Class seats are designed for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort and convert to 180-degree lie-flat beds. The expansive social lounge with stand-up bar and dedicated table seating fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travellers. Cuisine will be prepared by a dedicated executive chef in two state-of-the-art galleys and paired with an elegant premium wine list.

Guests will also enjoy comforts and conveniences including Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, Apple iPads, complimentary global WiFi, interactive TVs with on-demand programming and music library, individual USB ports and power outlets, and a live cockpit-to-ground listening channel. Additionally, spacious lavatories appointed with luxury amenities offer more than the comforts of home during the global journeys.

Crystal AirCruises’ 2017 Holidays Around the World itinerary is available for booking, with fares starting at $78,600 per guest. Reservations for Crystal AirCruises’ global itineraries for 2017 and 2018 are available for booking now. Aircraft operated for Crystal AirCruises by Comlux Aruba NV.

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Seabourn :: Takes Delivery Of Seabourn Encore, Newest Ultra-luxury Ship

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Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, took delivery of its newest all-suite vessel, Seabourn Encore, today during an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.

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Seabourn Encore

We have been looking forward to this day for over two years. Seabourn Encore has become a stunning ship that will set a new standard in ultra-luxury cruising. I am very proud of our partnership with Fincantieri, and it has been a great pleasure to work together to transform raw materials into this incredible vessel that will make a great addition to the Seabourn fleet.

Richard Meadows, President of Seabourn

Kevin’s Tip:  Seabourn is consistently ranked among the world’s top travel choices by professional critics and the discerning readers of prestigious travel publications such as Departures, Travel + Leisure, and Condé Nast Traveler.  Its stylish, distinctive cruising vacations are renowned for: intimate ships with no more than 300 suites; unique itineraries visiting must-see cities and hidden gems where larger ships cannot follow; intuitive and gracious service provided by a staff passionate about pleasing their guests; spacious all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views – many with verandas; gourmet dining experiences as fine as the best restaurants anywhere; and open bars throughout the ship and fine wines poured with lunch and dinner.

The jewel we deliver today is the first built for Seabourn, and dry dock works for the second vessel of this new and prestigious client will start in the next few days in our shipyard in Sestri Ponente. I say this with a certain pride and a lot of satisfaction, because Seabourn represents the top range offer of the Carnival Group and Fincantieri is now identified as an absolute reference point from the market, able to offer tailor-made products to an ever wider range of customers. This gratifying result became possible thanks to the strategy stubbornly followed in the last years that has allowed us to be in the best conditions to seize the opportunities offered by the market.

Giuseppe Bono, Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri

Guests of Seabourn Encore will be treated to the line’s extraordinary levels of personalised service, with a high staff to guest ratio. The ship carries 600 guests, based on double occupancy, who reside in 300 elegantly appointed suites, each with a private verandah.

Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany who intended Seabourn Encore “to feel more like a luxury yacht,” the vessel features modern design elements and innovations in keeping with Seabourn’s reputation for understated elegance, as well as one additional deck and new expanded public areas. The ship expands and builds on the line’s award-winning and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionised ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011. New features include The Retreat, a sanctuary designed for guests to relax in private cabanas, with a Spa Treatment Cabana for personalised spa services.

In addition, guests will enjoy superb cuisine, including The Grill by Thomas Keller, the new signature restaurant from three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller which was introduced on Seabourn Quest earlier this year and will be expanded to the entire Seabourn fleet.  A new restaurant for Seabourn, Sushi, makes its debut as a destination for foodies, with a unique look and feel and high-quality dishes served throughout the day.

A new production show, ‘An Evening with Tim Rice,’ created exclusively for Seabourn in association with Belinda King Creative Productions, will open on board Seabourn Encore in January 2017 when she sails from Singapore on her inaugural voyage. The new Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil mindful living program also debuts on Seabourn Encore in January. Both Tim Rice and Dr. Weil will sail on the inaugural voyage.

Encore will be officially christened at a ceremony in Singapore on 07 January 2017. International recording artist and world’s best-selling Soprano, Sarah Brightman, will be godmother of Seabourn Encore and officially name the ship during the celebration. The vessel will then depart on its Inaugural Voyage.

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Celebrity Cruises :: Construction Begins on First Ship of a New Modern Luxury Class

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The next generation of cruise ships moves from concept to construction as the first piece of steel is cut at the STX France shipyard for Celebrity Cruises’ newest – and boldest – ship.

The ship will be called Celebrity Edge, befitting the many daring design advances and innovations of Celebrity Cruises’ first new ship class since 2008. The modern luxury cruise line is also announcing the name of Edge’s sister ship, Celebrity Beyond, signalling the incredible experience guests can expect on board Celebrity Edge and the entire Edge Class, changing the way travellers see the world.

Edge Class is destined to be a trailblazer in modern luxury travel.  The new ships will be on the cutting edge of innovation and the leading edge of design, so the ship names are spot on and offer a sense of how Celebrity Cruises is looking into the future.

Richard D Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd

Kevin’s Tip:  What sets Celebrity Cruises apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience which embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous – high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service, and exceptional cuisine

We set the bar high for the architects and designers on Edge Class, and we were rewarded with a stunning design. Cutting the ship’s first piece of steel is the traditional first step in the shipbuilding process, and I’m excited to see our dreams turn into reality over the next 24 months. We are excited to reveal more details soon, and travellers, trade partners, and enthusiasts alike will not be disappointed – this ship is going to be amazing.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Celebrity Cruises

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From left:  Jean-Yves Jaouen, Operations Senior Vice President; Harri Kulovaara, Executive Vice President New Build and Innovation; Richard D Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd; Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises President and Chief Executive Officer; and Laurent Castaing, General Manager, STX France

Everyone involved in Edge has embraced the challenge of making this new class of ships dramatic and special, and we take great pride in helping Celebrity Cruises take such a remarkable step forward in ship design.

Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France

The company expects delivery of Celebrity Edge in Fall 2018. Celebrity Beyond is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2020, and the third and fourth Edge Class ships in Fall 2021 and Fall 2022, respectively.

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Secrets Resorts & Spas :: Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa Opens; Marks New Destination for AMResorts

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As AMResorts continues to expand the Secrets Resorts & Spas brand, Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa officially opened its doors to the first guests of the adults-only resort on 23 November 2016.  Rachel and Joseph Giordano from Roseland, New Jersey were greeted by resort staff and participated in the resort’s officialy ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Pictured from left to right:  Luis Nuñez, Regional Commercial Director, Dominican Republic; Lionel Gomez, General Manager, Secrets Cap Cana; Rachel and Joseph Giordano; Gonzalo del Peón, President AMResorts; Javier Estelrich, Regional Vice President of Operations, Dominican Republic

The debut of the 457-room resort, located within the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, marks a new destination for the AMResorts Collection and the fifteenth property in the Secrets Resorts & Spas portfolio.

Kevin’s Tip:  Dive deep into a romantic retreat at Secrets Resorts & Spas, where adults escape the everyday amid the natural allure of the Caribbean. Secrets Resorts & Spas has redefined the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury so world class amenities and unsurpassed personal service are yours as often as you desire. Embark on your secluded getaway in some of the most coveted locations in the world, and discover the unique sophistication found only at a Secrets resort.

The distinct haven along the white sands of Juanillo Beach epitomises sophistication.  In addition to offering guests its signature Unlimited-Luxury concept, where everything is included, adults can expect elegant accommodations, including bungalow-style and swim-out suites, romantic inclusions, such as Make A Secret extras and complimentary newlywed and anniversary packages, an expansive infinity pool, eight gourmet restaurants, and more.  The world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia completes the indulgence.

Guests at Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa can also enjoy access to the high-end surroundings, including a championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, marina, stables, an equestrian centre with polo fields, and world-class fishery.  The Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience allows guests to customise their vacations with even more dining, drinks, and live entertainment options from nine open Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas properties in the region.

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Dreams Resorts & Spas :: Dominicus La Romana Welcomes First Guests

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Dreams Dominicus La Romana officially opened its doors to the first guests of the family-friendly resort on 18 November 2016.  Roger and Beverly Wilson, with their children Taylor and Joshua, from Westchester, Pennsylvania, were greeted by resort staff and participated in the resort’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Pictured from left to right:  Luis Nuñez, Regional Commercial Director, Dominican Republic; Javier Tejada, Director General, United Capital (Owner); First guests Roger and Beverly Wilson with their children Taylor and Joshua; Fabrizio Frias, General Manager, Dreams Dominicus La Romana; and Javier Estelrich, Regional Vice President of Operations, Dominican Republic

Set on a picturesque beach in Bayahide, the 391-suite resort is ideal for a luxurious family vacation or intimate romantic getaway.  Its surroundings pay tribute to the lush La Romana landscape while offering guests elegant accommodations and ultimate rest and relaxation with the resort’s signature Unlimited-Luxury offering.  Guests can enjoy eight gourmet dining venues, 24-hour room service, a daily refreshed mini-bar, endless night and day activities, and more, all included with the exclusive vacation concept.

Kevin’s Tip:  Dreams Resorts & Spas offer a high level of luxury for couples and couples with children, in ideal beach-front settings.  Spacious rooms and suites, graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped, provide a picture-perfect vacation experience with welcoming service and romantic inclusions.  Beautiful and exciting destinations provide a lovely setting for a wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway, or family vacation.  Best of all, most every amenity is included as part of Unlimited-Luxury.

Dreams Dominicus La Romana provides guests with a host of activities to keep everyone entertained throughout their trips.  With three pools and sun decks, visitors can spend a day soaking up the sun or enjoying outdoor recreation with tennis, aerobics, games, and beach volleyball, to name a few.  The top championship golf courses in the Caribbean are just minutes away, including Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, The Links, and La Estancia, all designed by world-famous golf course designer, Peter Dye.  The kids are kept busy with fun-filled events through dedicated groups – the Explorer’s Club for Kids (ages 3 to 12) and the Core Zone Teens Club (ages 13 to 17).

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While kids are at play, adults can enjoy time alone at Bordeaux, the resort’s adults-only gourmet restaurant, serving elegant French cuisine, and at the sophisticated night club, Desires Music Lounge.  Additionally, in the ultra-luxe Preferred Club, guests can find a serene escape in its exclusive adults-only area.  The ultimate relaxation can be found in the Dreams Spa by Pevonia with over 10,000 square feet of peaceful treatment spaces, gardens, and hydrotherapy areas.  Chooses from a full menu of body treatments and massages to revive the mind, body, and soul.

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Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises :: Crystal Esprit to Sail in Exotic West Indies for 2017 and 2018

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Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises is redeploying its ultra-luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, to the islands of the West Indies beginning in November of 2017 and all of 2018. The relocation is the result of overwhelming feedback from Crystal’s savvy guests and valued travel partners seeking the intimate 62-guest yachting experience in closer proximity to major travel hubs.

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Crystal Esprit

Kevin’s Tip:  As it expands its reach to all luxury travellers across the globe, Crystal evolves to The World’s Most Luxurious Hospitality and Lifestyle Brand Portfolio. Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned ‘World’s Best Cruise Ship’ in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted ‘World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line’ by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the ‘Best Luxury Cruise Line’ by travel professional organisation Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, and 2016).  The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Only Luxury River Cruise Line, Crystal AirCruises, and Crystal Exclusive Class with Crystal Residences.

Beyond putting the luxury yachting experience within greater geographical reach for travellers, the shift will also focus on conveniently timed itineraries. Sailing round-trip on Sundays from Marigot Bay, St Martin, two distinct seven-day routes will alternate for easily combinable extended vacations. The ports of call are decidedly in line with access unique to a boutique yachting experience, with visits to the idyllic harbours of destinations long favoured by travellers.

The decision to reposition Crystal Esprit to the West Indies is one that was made with our guests’ expressed wishes in mind, as more luxury travellers seek curated adventure with the seamless ease and convenience that Crystal’s attention to detail provides. While long coveted by celebrities and other selective travellers, the West Indies remain largely exclusive, hidden gems that will almost certainly top Crystal guests’ bucket lists.

Edie Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer and President, Crystal

As Crystal Esprit’s newly unveiled itineraries focus heavily on the glamourous and laid back yachting lifestyle, the tropical locations will also allow travellers to take full advantage of the active pursuits and abundant water sports amenities in the yacht’s high-tech private marina, including the first submarine in the cruise industry. Crystal Esprit’s new West Indies itineraries include:

  • British Virgin Islands and Saint-Barthélemy Yachting Escape:  Marigot Bay, St Martin; Gustavia, St Barthélemy; Anegada, British Virgin Islands; Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands (overnight); Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands; Great Harbor, British Virgin Islands (overnight); Salt Island, British Virgin Islands; Tortola/Road Town, British Virgin Islands; Peter Island, British Virgin Islands (overnight); The Indians, British Virgin Islands; Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; and Gorda Sound, British Virgin Islands (overnight)
  • West Indies Yachting Explorer:  Marigot Bay, St Martin (overnight); Sandy Ground, Anguilla; Saba, Netherlands Antilles; Falmouth Harbor, Antigua & Barbuda; Nevis; Gustavia, St. Barthélemy (overnight); and Orient Bay, St Martin

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Crystal Esprit Marina

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises :: Introduces New Culinary Arts Classes and Gourmet Explorer Tours For Seven Seas Explorer’s Inaugural Caribbean Season

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This December, the most luxurious ship ever built, Seven Seas Explorer, will make its North American debut in the cruise capital of the world, Miami, and set sail for its inaugural Caribbean season. For the 10-night and 14-night Caribbean sailings this winter and spring, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is developing new classes for the Culinary Arts Center onboard and new Gourmet Explorer Tours at select ports of call.

Kevin’s TipRegent Seven Seas Cruises is the world’s most inclusive luxury cruise line with a four ship fleet which visits more than 375 destinations around the globe. The line’s newest ship, Seven Seas Explorer, entered service on July 20, 2016 and has been recognised as the most luxurious ship ever built. A leader in the luxury cruise segment, fares include all-suite accommodations, round-trip air, highly personalised service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, gratuities, ground transfers, and a pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge level suites and higher. Beginning in summer 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will also include Business Class air for all intercontinental flights.

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Culinary Arts Kitchen aboard Seven Seas Explorer

Already a resounding guest favourite, the Culinary Arts Kitchen provides guests with all the ingredients needed to expand their culinary skills. Positioned on deck 11, with incredible ocean views, the Culinary Arts Kitchen is designed in much the same manner as the most prestigious cooking schools in France. Guests attending classes receive highly personalised instruction and hands-on training at 18 individual cooking stations fully equipped with top-of-the-line induction cooktops, stainless steel sinks, and a comprehensive collection of essential cooking utensils. The new classes for the Caribbean season include:

  • Fiesta on the High Seas: This class is designed for lovers of Mexican cuisine. Guests will make tortillas from scratch and master the art of grilling the perfect carne asada. To finish off the meal, guests will learn to prepare chocolate pepita shortbread using a special recipe developed by Chef Kathryn Kelly, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ director of culinary enrichment.
  • Caribe!: This class celebrates the spices, ingredients, and distinctive flavours of the Caribbean. Guests will produce delicious local specialties, such as Bermudian Ginger Beer, which they can replicate at home to bring back fond memories of their journey across the Caribbean.
  • Who Doesn’t Love Brunch?: Guests will learn some new tasty recipes to spice up their brunch repertoire and master the technique of infusing sugars to create trendy brunch cocktails.
  • Viva Espana: Guests will learn how to prepare traditional Spanish tapas and authentic sangria during this class. The master instructor at the Culinary Arts Kitchen will also host a paella demonstration, including how to make aioli from scratch.
  • Opa! Modern Healthy Greek: Crete is regarded as the birthplace of the Mediterranean diet and this class explores a variety of dishes which have led to the healthy and long lives enjoyed by residents of this region.

Further enhancing the curriculum offered at the Culinary Arts Kitchen, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is developing new Gourmet Explorer Tours for the Caribbean season which allow guests to explore the destinations through its epicurean offerings. Tours are accompanied by the chef instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen along with a local guide, often a chef, with intimate knowledge of the region’s agriculture, wine, and cuisine, to add an extra layer of authenticity to this immersive culinary experience. New tours for the Caribbean season include:

  • St Lucia Spices Cooking Studio: St Lucia is one of the most revered spice islands of the Caribbean and, on this exclusive Gourmet Explorer Tour, guests will learn why. Guests will taste the subtleties of St Lucian cuisine with dishes served al fresco on a terrace with stunning views of the sea. Following lunch, guests visit the bustling open-air Castries Market, where farmers have sold locally grown fruits, vegetables, and spices for nearly 100 years.
  • Tortola Biodynamic Farm and Island Inspired Beach Lunch: Guests will travel to the bio-dynamic Good Moon Farm where they will walk amongst the seasonal produce while soaking in the incredible vista views. Guests will transfer to Trellis Bay where the owner of Good Moon Farms, local legend Aragorn, and his culinary team will prepare a delicious beach-side lunch featuring Rasta-style fruit smoothies, fish, and grilled vegetables, and a dessert dish of mango, guava, berries, or fig bananas.
  • St John’s Market Visit and Cooking Demonstration: The journey begins with a chef-led tour through the colourful market located in the center of downtown St John’s. Guests will be able to see and taste the island’s local fruits, including the famous Antiguan black pineapple. After working up an appetite, guests will arrive at a charming retreat owned by renowned local chef, Chef Jacquie. She will teach guests how to make the island’s signature dish, a cornmeal dish similar to polenta, called fungie.

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St John’s Market

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the only line to offer free unlimited shore excursions in every port-of-call in every destination. Gourmet Explorer Tours are offered as part of the Regent Choice shore excursion program, designed for intrepid guests wishing to delve deeper into a region’s culture and history. The Gourmet Explorer Tours for the upcoming Caribbean season are priced at nominal $109 per person, while the classes at the Culinary Arts Kitchen are available for $89 per person.

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GayTravel.com Recognises Royal Caribbean International as ‘Gay Travel Approved’

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Royal Caribbean International is the first and only cruise line to receive the sought-after distinction of being Gay Travel Approved by GayTravel.com.  The global cruise line, a leading innovator of adventurous vacation experiences, has shown an on-going commitment to the LGBT community demonstrating a spirit of diversity and inclusion on all of its 25 ships which visit exciting destinations around the world.

While I marvel at all the incredible and innovative features Royal Caribbean has to offer, what is most impressive is how they foster positive and memorable experiences that reach beyond the decks of their ships.  Royal Caribbean has the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that LGBT travellers recognise and appreciate.

Steve Rohrlick, Chief Executive Officer, GayTravel.com

Kevin’s Tip:  Royal Caribbean International is known for driving innovation at sea and has continuously redefined cruise vacationing since its launch in 1969.  Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel and pushes the envelope of what is possible on a cruise ship. On board, the global cruise line has debuted countless industry firsts – such as rock climbing, ice skating, and surfing at sea – to capture the imagination of families and adventurous vacationers alike.  Throughout, guests sail on exciting itineraries to some of the world’s most popular destinations and enjoy Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging service.

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Flow Rider and Perfect Storm aboard Liberty of the Seas

The Gay Travel Approved Seal of Excellence is awarded to travel partners around the world who offer a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT travellers by GayTravel.com for more than 20 years.  The recognition is reserved for travel partners who a panel of experts, editors, tastemakers, and Gay Travel Gurus deem deserving of a higher level of recognition by the LGBT community for their contribution to the overall vacation experience.

Royal Caribbean has always been known and recognised for extraordinary service that is warm and attentive and remains committed to creating a diverse, welcoming environment on each and every one of our ships.  To take our efforts to the next level, we recently introduced a new Diversity and Inclusion department and one of its first priorities is to focus on continued training and education for our international crew members across the fleet.

Grant Van Ulbrich, Director Diversity and Inclusion, Royal Caribbean International

The welcoming environment the cruise line has created on board is what keeps guests sailing again and again.

GayTravel.com encourages its readers to offer recommendations for Gay Travel Approved travel destinations, accommodations, cruises, tours, events, restaurants, and venues by emailing recommendations@gaytravel.com.

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Emerald Waterways :: 8-day LGBT Danube Explorer

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Join Emerald Waterways’ FIRST Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender river cruise, the LGBT Danube Explorer.  An exciting way to experience the beauty of the Danube on a seven-night stay on-board an Emerald Star-Ship, complete with a heated indoor pool and evening cinema.

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Emerald Waterways

Departing 29 July 29 2017,  all transfers and tips are included, as well as meals and a FREE Premium Drinks Package^ (worth up to $250.00), entitling you to unlimited free drinks on-board throughout your trip.

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Immerse yourself in your own personal exploration of eastern Europe as you visit destinations steeped in history and tradition while enjoying fantastic on-board entertainment and activities.

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8-day Emerald Waterways LGBT Danube Explorer

Available from CAD $3,045.00* per person, this wonderfully unique adventure offers a diverse insight into many cultures as part of an inclusive community and is sure to be an experience you will remember for years to come.

What is included:

  • Seven (7) nights in a stateroom or suite of your choice, all with a river view
  • Six (6) shore excursions, including visits to three (3) UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Two (2) EmeraldPLUS activities, including a home-hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family
  • Two (2) EmeraldACTIVE activities
  • 20 on-board meals
  • FREE Premium Drinks Package^ (value up to $250.00)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Complimentary bottled water in your suite or stateroom, re-stocked daily
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
  • Complimentary bicycles on-board
  • All port charges included
  • All transfers within Europe
  • All tips included

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*Terms and Conditions

All cruises are subject to availability.  The prices shown are correct at time of going to print (October 2016) with all prices and upgrades per person based on double occupancy (excluding ES Single Stateroom) and in Canadian dollars.  Please call for single supplements.  Supplements apply for upgraded accommodation.

^The FREE Premium Drinks Package does not include Champagne, wine by the bottle, and cabin mini-bar and has a value up to $250.00 per person. The necessary deposit at the time of booking is CAD $250.00 per person with full payment required within 90 days of departure.