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.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
While travel looks a bit different this year, TripAdvisor still named the top beaches in the world in anticipation of 2020 spring and summer travel. As people take to their cars to visit U. S. locales this summer, what is the top beach in the United States? According to the travel platform, Siesta Beach, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, in Sarasota County. On an international scale, Siesta Beach ranked No. 11.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Travelers interested in the trend of forest bathing have a new resource at their disposal. Forest Bathing Finder is an all-in-one website that connects forest bathing walkers with trained guides. Forest bathing guides list qualifications and venues, routes, walks and payment requirements for browsing forest bathers to then peruse.
Phase 2 of The Bahamas’ Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan begins today, July 1, and will allow for the resumption of international travel to The Bahamas, with the exception of travelers from China, Iran, Italy and France.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
On June 24, Lufthansa resumed three weekly flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Munich (MUC). The flights operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday on an Airbus A350-900 offering business, premium-economy and economy cabins.