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Emerald Waterways Announces First Ocean Cruise

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Emerald Waterways is heading into the world of ocean cruising with the announcement of a brand-new yacht sailing itinerary along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

Set to launch in 2019, the Islands of Dalmatia cruise will be Emerald Waterways’ first ocean cruise. The itinerary invites guests aboard the 18-cabin MV Adriatic Princess II, a newly commissioned yacht designed to navigate the small ports of the Dalmatian Coast. Highlights of the 8-day itinerary include visits to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Sibenik, one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic Coast; and Krka National Park, known for its waterfalls and lavender fields.

The Islands of Dalmatia itinerary will sail April through October 2019, and Emerald Waterways is currently accepting pre-bookings with a refundable $250 deposit.

Seabourn Debuts Culinary Options Aboard Seabourn Ovation

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Luxury cruise line Seabourn is readying a menu of dining options on its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. Scheduled to launch in May 2018, the fifth ultra-luxury vessel in the Seabourn fleet will have five distinct restaurants, each serving gourmet dishes curated by expert chefs, including the Michelin-starred American Chef and restaurateur, Thomas Keller.

Here’s what’s on the menu for Seabourn Ovation:

New Artisan Gelato

The ship will offer the line’s new milk- and fruit-based gelato, which will be made fresh daily and served across the vessel. Guests can choose from flavors like Amarena Cherry, Amaretto, Dulce De Leche, and Cappuccino. The selection will also include fruit-based gelato flavors such as Blood Orange, Coconut, Wild Berry, Yuzu, Black Currant, and Black Cherry.

The gelato menu will also have a local ingredient gelato as a “daily special” on voyages where the culinary team can procure the ingredients in select ports such as lemon when visiting the Amalfi Coast. Flavors will also include “no sugar added” gelato. The new gelato program will launch in April on Seabourn Encore and be available fleet wide by early 2019.
The Grill by Thomas Keller

Created via partnership with Thomas Keller, The Grill serves a classic menu with updated versions of iconic dishes in an ambiance inspired by the classic ’50s and ’60s American restaurant. Options include classic Caesar Salad; Lobster Thermidor; Medallions of Elysian Fields Farm Lamb; And Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart. The wine list, personally curated by Chef Keller, has more than 90 domestic and old-world labels, including many rare offerings. Advanced reservations are required for The Grill.


Sushi offers hot and cold items like Salmon Tataki; Black King Fish Sashimi; and Bbq Eel Maki. The sake menu offers a number of selections, many displayed against a lighted wall creating a work of art. Service is available through the day, including Bento boxes and select sushi features at lunch, with sushi chefs in action for all to see. This restaurant is only featured on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation.


The Restaurant

A fine-dining and open-seating gourmet experience, The Restaurant’s menus offer a wide variety of choices and dishes prepared to order by the line’s culinary team. Choose an appetizer, an entrée (or vegetarian option), and a dessert with selections such as Black Truffle Risotto & Poached Egg; Char Broiled Iberico Pork Chop; Crisp Polenta and Mushroom Cake; and Hot Coconut Soufflé. On select nights, The Restaurant offers a selection of dishes by Thomas Keller as well as favorites from Seabourn’s menu. The Restaurant also features a premium wine selection showcased in a glass wall.


The Colonnade

This casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating is the spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in an open-kitchen style and offered via table service or buffet. Guests can look on as Seabourn chefs create an ever-changing array of regionally themed, bistro-style experiences such as Dungeness Crab Cakes; Roast Prime Rib of Beef; Potato & Beaufort Cheese Torte; And Baked New York Cheese Cake. Special theme nights offer Chef Keller-influenced family-style dinners that pay homage to his American childhood.


The Patio

Relaxed, casual, and located by the pool, The Patio offers luncheon buffets and a full dinner menu with salads, pastas, soups, and grilled specialties, plus freshly baked gourmet pizza. Guests can order Chef Keller’s signature Napa Burger developed exclusively for Seabourn, or his artisanal Yountwurst hot-dog named for the hometown of The French Laundry and the original Bouchon.

In-Suite Dining

Seabourn Ovation offers a menu of gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner items around the clock, including course by course dinner from The Restaurant, to be enjoyed in suite or on the private veranda.


Cocktail Hour

Seabourn Ovation will have seven lounges and bars with an accessible open-bar policy. Select venues also offer craft cocktails created exclusively for Seabourn by mixologist Brian van Flandern. Every evening guests will find tapas served in the Observation Bar and a selection of canapes in The Club.

Seabourn Square

Seabourn Square offers freshly baked breakfast treats and afternoon snacks. The baristas onboard also roast coffee fresh each day and prepare a variety of coffee and tea selections.

Afternoon Tea

Served daily in The Observation Bar, Afternoon Tea is welcome ritual for many guests and includes light bites such as scones and fresh baked cookies.

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Let Our Group Handle Your Group Travel Needs

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Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or incentive trip, a destination wedding, family reunion, bachelor party or girls’ getaway weekend, our Group Specialists can customize a deluxe itinerary including flights from multiple departure cities, transfers, tours and activities. Add our deluxe hotels and tours to a pre- or post-cruise itinerary in many port cities.

We offer a variety of hotels, condos, all-inclusive resorts, villas and homes at some of the world’s finest destinations. We can also book tours for groups who are doing a pre- or post-cruise in one of our destinations, or in conjunction with one of our specialty products, like Paul Gauguin, Blue Lagoon, and Mooring Yachts in the Caribbean and Mexico, Endless Blue Yachts in the Mediterranean, and Orion Adventures Down Under. The options are endless.


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  • Customized group packages that deliver the best values and itineraries designed to meet your exact needs.
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  • Customer Service assistance throughout your entire trip.
  • A dedicated team of Group Specialists to ensure a seamless process, from the initial quote through post-trip.
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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to Launch in 2019

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(Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Hotels)

A new ultra-luxury, small-ship venture is on the horizon. In late 2019, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a new luxury yachting and cruising brand, will launch with the first of three 298-passenger ultra-luxury yachts. A second yacht will set sail in the first quarter of 2021, a third in early 2022.

The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement. General reservations will open in May 2018.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world.  This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.

Look for itineraries that combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. The first ship’s itineraries are expected to be seven- to 10-day voyages and mostly point-to-point.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 623-foot-long vessels will be able to call at ports that larger ships can’t. The first ship, depending on the season, is expected to cruise the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Whether the yacht is calling at Capri or Portofino in Italy, St. Barths in the Caribbean or the old town of Cartagena, the new brand says its guests will enjoy a relaxed pace that includes both overnight and day-time ports of call and a uniquely curated destination experience.

Love is an adventure on our Romantic Routes

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Cupid has drawn back her bow and it’s heading straight to you with lots of Romantic Routes from Island Routes Adventures. 14th February is around the corner and while chocolates and champagne is always appreciated; adding adventure to the Valentine’s Day agenda creates an unforgettable experience of love.

Island Routes Northern Site Buggy Adventure

Let yourself explore the extent of your love on a two hour guided tour of St. Lucia’s rugged but picturesque Northern coastline in the Island Buggies Northern Adventure or on a six-hour guided tour that takes you from the North of the Island all the way to the Western Town of Soufriere to see its fascinating and famous features up close on the Island Buggies Soufriere Safari in St. Lucia.  You can take the wheel and take charge of your adventure while being ensconced in the unparalleled beauty of St. Lucia.


Dune Buggy Safari

Or you can choose to get down and dirty with the Dune Buggy Safari adventure in Jamaica or on the Couples ATV Ride in Antigua. Both adventures offer you a trip to the islands’ lush and natural hinterlands where you can enjoy the dirt tracks, animal trails, scenic vistas and each other with very little distraction.  In Antigua these trails take you through old cane roads, rural lands and the historical Monks Hill. In Jamaica, this journey gives you glimpses of the verdant countryside and amazing coastline.

Luxury Transfer Packages, Jamaica

Whether you are just beginning or just ending your journey; a luxury private car transfer adds that extra special touch of romance. After all, what more can a girl or guy ask for than to be given the royal treatment on Valentine’s Day? Imagine being fast tracked through immigration and customs so that your holiday can start without delay, being whisked away by your personal butler-trained chauffeur in a full catered Audi A6 that takes you right to the lobby of your hotel. On the other hand if your are heading home; You can seal your vacation memories with a stamp of love by departing in style via our Luxury VIP Transfers. Not only will you arrive at the airport relaxed and refreshed but you can also have the luxury of awaiting your flight in the VIP Lounge.  For a bit extra, you can also customize your experience to suit your needs. Should champagne, chocolates or roses be needed, Island Routes will be happy to oblige.

Private Castaway Getaway

One of the best things about being in the Bahamas is that there are so many islands on which to play.  If you are there on this special day, decide to be a castaway. Island Routes Private Castaway Getaway is the perfect opportunity for you to live that Robin Crusoe dream with the one you love.  On our Private Castaway Getaway being deserted bad at all as it comes with a packed gourmet picnic basket, beach chairs, beach umbrella and perfect company.

Catamaran Cruises

Island Routes is the number one stop for choice catamaran cruises of the Caribbean. Our custom built Catamarans in Jamaica offer a uniquely luxurious experience on the Caribbean Seas that comes complete with an all-inclusive bar, appetizers and a dedicated D.J. You will want to have the experience of rocking to the rhythm of love on the Island Routes Lover’s Rock Catamaran Cruise especially for Valentine’s and so we are offering a buy one get one free deal on the Lover’s Rock Catamaran Cruise.

Evening Party Cruises

Not in Jamaica?  You can still toast to and cherish magical catamaran memories on the Evening Party Cruise or the Lovers Rock Sunset cruise in Saint Lucia, the Twilight Sunset Catamaran Cruise in Turks & Caicos or the Sunset Cruise, Antigua.

Heritage Horseback Beach Ride

Fancy a Heritage Horseback Beach Ride with your honey? We thought that you would too.  This adventure takes your clients on a fascinating trip through the annals of Jamaica’s history and then back to the present with a splash and plunge onto the Caribbean Sea on horseback. Original and fun and makes for great Jamaican vacation memories.


Great Things To Do During Your Cruise Vacation

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1. Dine amid the amazing ruins of Ephesus when Windstar calls at Kusadasi, Turkey, staging a sunset al fresco dinner with a trio from the Aegean Chamber Orchestra.
2. Release your inner artist with a stroll in Claude Monet’s oft-painted lily pond gardens via a Giverny tour on Peter Deilmann’s Cezanne cruises on the Seine.
3. Pack up the kids and sail the Mediterranean with Mickey next summer on Disney Magic’s first ever cruises in Europe.
4. Score a strike at sea with Norwegian Cruise Lines, bowling over the competition with it’s four-lane, 10-pin alley aboard the new Norwegian Pearl.
5. Become an art connoisseur with Holland America’s new ipod tours – complete with artist interviews – of the line’s outstanding fleetwide collection of art and antiques.
6. Chill in celebrity’s way cool Martini Bar on the made-over century – the first “ice bar” concept at sea.
7. Ring in 2007 Asian-style aboard Royal Caribbean’s new Rhapsody of the Seas, cruising into Hong Kong to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
8. Get your crazy-for-country fix aboard Carnival Liberty when Tim McGraw boards Carnival’s newest vessel for January’s Country Cruise Getaway to the Bahamas.
9. Tour Germany’s glass-blowing bastion of Wertheim, attend glassblowing demonstrations on board, and become an expert via Viking Sky’s European Adventure itinerary.
10. Pamper your pet with gourmet goodies and fleece blankets on transatlantic sailings, courtesy of Cunard’s Pets on Deck program on the Queen Mary 2.
11. Enjoy the scenic splendors of the Canadian Rockies in solid comfort on the Rocky Mountaineer train by adding a cruise tour to a far-north Princess cruise.
12. Barge through the homeland with an endless supply of homemade cookies aboard River Barge Excursions’ River Explorer, the only hotel barge traveling America’s inland waterways.
13. Sign up for the first cruise ship to treat passengers to Alaska’s Stikine River, a fresh offering from Empress of the North, now a part of Majestic American Line.
14. Learn to dance like a star with lessons aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, introducing Big Band & Ballroom Dance to their roster to theme cruises.


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