What’s Your Cruise Style?
Whether you are a passionate art lover or a passionate food lover, there is a cruise ship to fit your style. Cruise specialists make sure they choose the right cruise line and cruise ship for their clients. This is the only way to guarantee clients will have the best cruise experiences, based on their interests.
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For the DIVA, Seabourn Cruise Line fits the bill, especially the Seabourn Quest. Like her sister ships, the Seabourn Odyssey and Sojourn, the all-suite Quest is bigger with highest space-to-guest ratio of any luxury cruise ship. Pampering is the name of the game, with mineral water spritzes and chilled towels poolside and Charlie Palmer himself masterminding the food. At 11,400 square feet, the spa is cruising’s largest, with indoor & outdoor space on two decks; private spa cabanas; a salt-inhalation steam room; and a Kneipp pool.
90% of the cabins have verandas, but the Wintergarden suites hold the first private glassed-in solariums on a cruise ship, complete with soaking tubs and daybeds. In warmer climates, the captain deploys an in-ocean “marina” with water skis and kayaks for your use.
For the ECOLOGIST, Viking Prestige sails the Danube River, Budapest to Nuremberg, year round. The first of what will be 10 new builds, the Prestige takes environmental responsibility to the next level with a streamlined design that makes cruising more energy-efficient. Also hybrid propulsion systems that lower emission by 20%, you get a whisper-quiet ride.
Cabins on the two top decks have French balconies, floor-to-ceiling TV’s and more room than you’d imagine on a riverboat. In the suites, you will find walk-in closets and soaking tubs. All room categories include free Wi-Fi. The aquavit Lounge is alfresco at the bow, so passengers can dine in the warm summer air as the scenery rolls by (many ingredients are sourced locally in port).
For the FAMILY, Disney is always a leader and the Dream is pure magic! This is the line’s 4th launch and they haven’t missed the boat yet! Hallway art seems to “come alive” as you pass it, thanks to subtle LCD screens; interior rooms have over-bed virtual “portholes” (flat-screens that project live views of what the ship is passing). The first aquatic roller coast on the ocean is likely to wow even the most jaded water-park fanatic. Climb the steps on deck 12, hop on an inner tube, and your ride will take you through clear pipelines that jut 12 feet out over the ocean and rise 46 feet above the deck!
The adults-only Remy restaurant is inspired by the film Ratatouille and has strict jackets-required dress code. It is definitely worth the primping, because you will feast on Taittinger champagne cocktails, nine-courses (lobster with vanilla sauce, Australian Wagyu beef) and all the trimmings, from Frette linens to Christofle flatware. The kids love the Animator’s Palate restaurant, where Finding Nemo’s Crush plays host in a space decked out like an artists studio.
For the ARTS, Celebrity cruise lines has long been known for ships with multimillion-dollar art collections, but the Silhouette might as well be MoMA; the works onboard nclude scultures by Anish Kapoor, paintings by James Aldridge, Richard Serra, and Damien Hirst (dive into the collection with a guided IPad tour). Thanks to a partnership with South Florida’s ArtCenter, the hands-on studio offers classes in everything from watercolor painting to jewelry design. Guest lections abound.
You can borrow up-to-the-minute Apple products from the ILounge to use in the Hideaway, a cyber hot spot outfitted like a tree house, shop in the Bulgari boutique, drink any of 60 international brews-yet get the picture.
For the TRADITIONALIST, Uniworld’s Antoinette is inspired by Versailles, has 80 stateroos and suites with French toile de Jouy fabrics and custom Savoir beds. Add to that Brazilian-marble walls, a 19th-century Venetian mirror in the reception area, and a 10-foot sapphire-blue Baccarat chandelier that once hung in Central Park’s Tavern on the Green, and this floating Provencal Inn takes the cake. Not surprisingly, the food director, Bernhard Zom, is a Francophile, so you can expect delish dishes such as cassoulet and crepes with forest mushrooms (all accompanied by a fine white Burgundy-of course).
For the FOODIE, Oceania Cruises Marina has a residential design and serious approach to food and is the most sophisticated ship in the fleet. Gourmands love that it’s home to Jacques Pepin’s first restaurant anywhere, serving up such classics as coquilles St. Jacques and Dover sole. An evening at La Reserve wine bar is a special occasional; with meals arriving on striking walnut slab tables with course-by-course pairings.
The culinary center is Julia Child-worthy, with 24 workstations that include chef’s knives, countertop grills and gas burners. The line’s Culinary Institute of America-trained cooking instructor, Kathryn Kelly, leads the classes and guest chefs often make appearances. Next year (2012) you will be able to buy ingredients on shore excursions and head back to class to whip them up.
For the ADVENTURER, Orion II Expedition fills the bill. This all-outside-cabin yacht mixes high-end luxury and serious adventurer, with recent $19 million facelift you will see teak flooring and marble-lined bathrooms. But the draw here is the nicely fitted 9 Zodiac’s and the ability to access smaller, lesser-known ports, which gives you the opportunity to meet indigenous residents. For instance, in Russia’s Far East, you’ll hike along volcanoes in the “northern Ring of Fire”, upon landing in Borneo, visit Tanjung Putting National Park’s Camp Leakey (protected orangutans). Passengers follow Galdikas into the tropical rain forest to see parts of the camp that aren’t open to other visitors, including feeding stations and the infant-orangutan care facility.
Chefs cull ingredients fro dinner from local markets, from braised beef shin in Japan to Cambodian sea bass. Another perk, the ship’s intimate size means you’ll find uninterrupted repose on the teak steamer chairs lining the sundeck.
For the MINIMALIST, the Avalon Panorama, a brand new spanking river-cruising vessel with an oceangoing soul, thanks to generously sized cabins and thoughtful touches like sliding glass doors that turn your room into a balcony of sorts. Book one of the 64 clean-lined, 200-square-foot Panorama suites with modern interiors in a palette of crimson and white. Even the simplest cabin categories are stocked with Egyptian-cotton linens and L’Occitane amenities. The main lounge and boite have floor-to-ceiling windows, which means you don’t have to abandon your cocktail and run out to the deck to see-or risk missing-the castle looming on the riverbank. Insider tours of a Benedictine abbey in Austria; a giant chess et and a putting green are waiting for you on the top deck.