BILLING ITSELF AS “the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line,” Seabourn celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and remains highly popular with passengers seeking modern, understated elegance. Its far-flung all-inclusive cruises visit more than 170 UNESCO World Heritage sites from Australia and Asia to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Each of its ships accommodates just 458–600 guests, all staterooms are suites with spacious bathrooms and walk-in closets, most drinks are complimentary, gratuities are included, waiting lines are kept to a minimum, and service is intensively personalized — all in keeping with the founders’ intent to create a yacht-like atmosphere.
Starting this year, Seabourn enhances its spa and wellness offerings with a new program designed by Dr. Andrew Weil emphasizing yoga and meditation. It is also opening the doors to a new specialty restaurant, The Grill by Thomas Keller, featuring American dishes from the 1950s and 1960s (at no extra charge). On stage it will present new shows created by Tim Rice, composer of songs for Broadway’s Aladdin and The Lion King.
Meanwhile, Seabourn’s five-ship fleet continues to enhance its itineraries worldwide. Seabourn Odyssey heads to Europe this summer after 18 weeklong cruises in the Caribbean. Seabourn Quest spends autumn in Canada and New England before turning south to the Panama Canal, Antarctica and the Amazon. And after completing cruises in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific, a third ship, the year-old Seabourn Encore, sails the summer of 2019 in Europe and the Mediterranean.
For guests preferring longer voyages and more exotic ports of call, a fourth ship, Seabourn Sojourn, offers world cruises of up to 128 days that can be booked in shorter segments or as a single package. Sojourn’s next long sojourn begins Oct. 15 in Los Angeles, with notable ports of call across Oceania, Africa and Asia. Similar extended explorations aboard the aptly named Seabourn Sojourn are available for 2019.
The recent launch of Seabourn’s fifth ship, the 600-passenger Seabourn Ovation, enriches these options as the luxury cruise line enters its fourth decade. Boasting even more deck space and expanded public areas, Ovation will spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean and Europe before steering a course through the Middle East to India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. This winter, Ovation conducts five 14- night cruises between Singapore and Hong Kong, followed in March 2019 by voyages to Dubai and Athens, where a second European season begins in late April.
With a more full roster of familiar and exotic locations than ever before, Seabourn positions itself as a top choice for cruise passengers wanting to explore the world in truly exceptional style.
Since Cheval Blanc, an extraordinary, newly designed and refurbished 72-room hotel owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, launched in September 2021, it has been the talk of the town. Le Tout-Paris remarks about its WOW factor … and the hard-to-get reservations for the 30 seats at Plenitude, the intimate, first-floor gastronomic outlet headed by chef Arnaud Donckele, who earned three Michelin stars at Cheval Blanc Saint Tropez. Reservations are also recommended for Limbar, the ground-floor bakery/café/tea shop/bar where we watched Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric preparing desserts and an absolute must-have for dinner at Le Tout-Paris, the 7th-floor, all-day brasserie. This brightly colored space, with its raised seating and Fauve-like floor tiles and the adjacent Milanese restaurant, Langosteria, both have access to terraces facing the Seine River, with amazing views encompassing Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.
Nevada-based The Spa at Green Valley by Well & Being and The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being celebrate the start of 2022 with new health, wellness and spa treatments available through March 31. Both spas offer an array of treatments for guests wanting to relax and unwind before 2022 kicks into full gear.
To allow visitors to safely and responsibly enjoy their trip to Barbados, the island announced streamlined port entry protocols. Barbados’ Ministry of Health and Wellness released the following protocols for all travelers planning on coming to the island.
Go ahead, take a nice, deep breath. Because a Seabourn voyage is all about this moment you’ve come so far in life to embrace. It’s not an escape, it’s an arrival.
Mar Del Cabo launched a new luxury beach fishing experience with an interactive paella workshop for guests. The Los Cabos-based hotel offers guests an immersive experience that takes them through the journey of creating paella, starting with a fishing session.
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COJE Management Group raised the bar when it comes to cuisine and cocktails. The Boston-based group, founded by Chris Jamison and Mark Malatesta, offers guests the ultimate dining experience with old-world hospitality and an array of cuisines for every guest to enjoy. With culinary director Tom Berry incorporating the cuisines he encountered during his travels to South America, Cuba, Japan, Southeast Asia and France, each restaurant has distinguished itself as a must for anyone visiting Boston and each is designed exclusively in-house using inspiration from different regions and countries around the world.