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Seabourn Caribbean Holiday Cruisers Get Three Wishes
This year, Seabourn Pride and Seabourn Legend will offer holiday revelers their choice among three luxurious options: They can indulge in a traditional 16-day Seabourn Caribbean Holiday cruise that includes both Christmas and New Year's at special 50 percent savings, or they can celebrate either Christmas or New Year's separately, on one of two eight-day segments at savings of up to 34 percent. Both ships offer shorter cruises that begin or end at Caribbean island ports on December 26.
"We realize that there are travelers who want to cruise with us during the holidays, but who have also made other holiday plans with friends and family," said Seabourn president Deborah L. Natansohn. "These shorter cruises provide the option to enjoy a festive Seabourn cruise experience, including either the Christmas or the New Year's holiday, without requiring them to commit to both," she added.
Both all-suite ships will be sailing 16 days round trip from Ft. Lauderdale on December 18, 2005 to a bevy of inviting Caribbean island destinations. Seabourn Pride's itinerary will include visits to Cruz Bay, St. John and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Charlestown, Nevis and Fort de France, Martinique, before spending Christmas day at sea en route to Castries, St. Lucia on December 26, where guests who wish to celebrate New Year's elsewhere may disembark. Guests who wish to celebrate only New Year's on board can embark at Castries and join those continuing on to Antigua; Virgin Gorda; St. Barts; St. Martin and San Juan, ending their cruise at Ft. Lauderdale on January 3, 2006.
Seabourn Legend's December 18 itinerary also includes San Juan, Cruz Bay, Antigua and Martinique, but the mid-point port for embarking or disembarking on December 26 is Bridgetown, Barbados. Those embarking for New Year's only will join the full cruise guests and visit St. George's, Grenada; Virgin Gorda; St. Martin and St. Thomas en route back to Ft. Lauderdale, arriving January 3, 2006.
Fares for the 16-day round trip cruises feature Cruise Only Savings of 50 percent off brochure fares, and start from $6,538 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite. With Early Booking Savings of up to 34 percent, fares for the eight-day Holiday cruises start from $4,795 per person, double occupancy. For information, contact your travel agent.
Opera Company to Take Center Stage on Six Cruises
The acclaimed British repertory troupe, The Reduced Opera Company, will appear as a part of Seabourn Cruise Line's celebrated Dress Circle onboard enrichment program in 2005. A trio of singers: a soprano, a mezzo soprano and a tenor or baritone, will be performing a program of popular selections from classical and light opera on six select voyages aboard all three Seabourn yachts during the year. The cast, which may vary from cruise to cruise, is comprised of some of the most celebrated singers in international opera.
Charlotte Page has sung over thirty principal roles in opera for companies such as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden at the Savonlinna Festival, Finland, the Welsh National Opera and Opera Northern Ireland. She performed the title role in Lucia Di Lammermoor for Haddo House Opera. Internationally, she has appeared with Atelier Lyrique, Orleans and throughout France. She also starred as Christine in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre London for eighteen months.
Anne Williams-King, a Welsh soprano, has mastered a wide variety of roles and appeared with Lyric Opera Ottawa, Holland's Nationale Reisopera, as well as companies in Austria, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. Closer to home, she has performed with the English, Scottish and Welsh National Operas and in concerts at Royal Albert Hall, London Barbican and the Festival Hall London.
Tenor Bradley Daley is a regular soloist with the English National Opera in the London Coliseum and has toured around the United Kingdom, in Australia and in America as well as broadcasting on BBC television, radio and Channel 4.
Soprano Chloe Wright has worked with the Garden Opera, Pavillion Opera and Opera Holland Park and the Wexford Festival Opera. She spent two years singing the role of Musetta in Baz Luhrmann's production of La Boheme on Broadway, winning a Tony Honor for Excellence and a Drama League of America Outstanding Artist award.
Welsh brothers Mark and Wynne Evans both attended Guildhall School and went on to study at the National Opera Studio. Mark, a baritone, has performed with the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera and the Covent Garden Festival. Tenor Wynne has sung with the English and Welsh National Operas, Opera Holland Park and has worked as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has sung at the Royal Albert Hall and as a soloist at the opening nights of the BBC Proms.
During each cruise, the company will present two full performances of arias and selections entitled "Pure Opera." One of these will be introduced and complemented by a special "Night at the Opera" formal dinner in The Restaurant.
The Reduced Opera Company will perform aboard The Yachts of Seabourn on the following cruises:
With Special Savings of up to 50 percent, fares start from $2,998 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite. On select cruises, special Guarantee Rates of $2,495 are available.
Seabourn's "Chefs' Circle" Cruises for 2005 Announced
Chef/restaurateur Charlie Palmer and Seabourn Cruise Line have gathered some of the finest practitioners of the culinary arts in North America for the third annual "Chefs' Circle" series of cruises. The quartet of cuisiniers participating this year command kitchens located almost literally on the four corners of the continent.
Representing the burgeoning Pacific Northwest food scene is Rob Feenie, whose Relais Gourmands flagship Lumiere in Vancouver is unanimously cited on both sides of the border as one of Canada's finest restaurants. Chef Feenie will join Seabourn Spirit on a seven-day cruise departing Rome on August 28, visiting Capri and Taormina, Italy; Katakolon (Olympia), Itea (Delphi), Corinth Canal and Navplion (Mycenae), Greece.
One of the paragons of South Florida's red-hot culinary revolution, Robbin Haas has had a talented hand in many of the area's hottest properties including Baleen and Raku. His latest Latin-inspired eatery is Chispa, Spanish for "spark." Chef Haas sails on Seabourn Legend on August 28, from Rome to Monte Carlo via Porto Cervo, Sardinia; La Goulette, Tunisia; Palermo, Sorrento, Giannutri Island, Italy; and Nice, France.
Mary Sue Milliken, with her partner Susan Feniger, has provided great food and good fun at their Border Grills in Santa Monica and Las Vegas and the Pan-Latin Ciudad, in Los Angeles. They are also the Food Network's popular "Too Hot Tamales." Chef Milliken will join Seabourn Legend on October 2, from Monte Carlo to Barcelona with visits to Le Lavandou and Cannes, France; Menorca, Mallorca and Valencia, Spain.
Anne Desjardins created a charming small hotel and restaurant called L'Eau a la Bouche in the Laurentian village of Ste-Adele, Quebec. Her talent has earned it a coveted membership in Relais Gourmands. Chef Desjardins will join Seabourn Spirit on a November 25 cruise round trip from Singapore to Bangkok and Ko Kood, Thailand; Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Each of these guest chefs will give cooking demonstrations and tastings on board, and signature dishes from their repertoires will be served on a special dinner one night in the ship's open-seating Restaurant. With Early Booking Savings of up to 30 percent, fares for these Chefs' Circle cruises start from $4,287 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite.
Guests on any of these Chefs' Circle cruises will enjoy an array of thoughtful enhancements to shipboard and shoreside services called Signature Delights that add luxury and value for guests aboard the three 208-guest Yachts of Seabourn: Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. Signature Delights include complimentary service of spirits and wines including French champagne throughout every cruise, gourmet cuisine created by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, indulgent Pure Pampering therapeutic bathing selections from Molton Brown and an Exclusively Seabourn complimentary shoreside experience on every cruise.
Seabourn Spas Top 2005 Condé Nast Traveler Poll
The Spa at Seabourn, a full-service spa and well-being franchise located only aboard the three all-suite Yachts of Seabourn, was awarded the highest score for a shipboard spa in the 2005 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Poll.
The poll results, published in the magazine's April issue, reveal that voters cited the line's menu of European- and Asian-based treatments, as well as exceptional staff, service and accommodations, for raising the Seabourn spa experience above the line's competition. "We are naturally pleased to receive this score from Condé Nast readers," said Deborah L. Natansohn, Seabourn's president. "Our spas are intimate and personal, scaled to the size of our ships and our complement of guests," she continued. "It proves again that it's not how many guests you serve, but how you serve each guest that counts."
The Spa at Seabourn provides "Ceremonies," which are combinations of treatments to be enjoyed by guests on board, similar to what they experience at a spa ashore. The Ceremony of Tranquility, for instance, is a five-hour indulgence that combines Aroma Stone Therapy with Well-Being Massage, Traditional Manicure, an LT Oxygen Lifting Facial and an Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap for detoxification. The line's signature, free Massage MomentsSM service on deck introduces guests to the pleasures of massage, and may encourage a treatment appointment later.
Seabourn Creates 'Personal Shopper' Services
Ultra luxury cruise pioneer Seabourn Cruise Line has introduced an innovative new series of Seabourn's Personal ShopperSM shoreside services in prime shopping cities around the globe. The optional program will provide expert local guidance to sources of the finest quality merchandise for travelers when they visit appealing ports of call aboard the intimate, all-suite Yachts of Seabourn. Personal Shopper services can be booked in advance and are commissionable to travel agents.
Combining dedicated transportation with invaluable local shopping savvy, Seabourn's Personal Shopper takes the worry and hassle out of indulging in one of the favorite activities of many of the company's well-traveled clientele. It is not designed for garden-variety souvenir shopping, but rather for those seeking the shops, boutiques and ateliers of the finest local designers, craftsmen and artists.
"Shopping is an important part of a vacation to many of Seabourn's guests," noted Deborah L. Natansohn, Seabourn's president. "Whether for personal items or for gifts for loved ones at home, many travelers have a wish-list of things they'd like to pick up while they are in Florence or Copenhagen or Bangkok," she continued. "A taxi is fine if you know exactly what you want and where to get it, but we thought it would be nice to introduce our guests to a local shopping maven who can help them make the most of their time and direct them to the best things the place has to offer."
In Florence, for example, a shopper could probably locate the flagship stores of Ferragamo or Gucci, but with Seabourn's Personal Shopper, selections in their sizes can be ready and waiting when the shoppers arrive at top-line stores, for their consideration. Also, individuals on their own might well miss the nearby frescoed chapel that houses a chemist's founded by monks in the 16th century, which offers exquisite perfumes and essences created for Caterina de' Medici and lotions and soaps in elegant packaging. In Istanbul, there's no shortage of advice on shopping from strangers in the street, but will they really direct you to the finest antique shops in the Cukurcuma or Horhor areas?
Seabourn's Personal Shopper tours provide transportation by luxury private car and the services of a knowledgeable, English-speaking shopping specialist. They can be arranged as half-day or full-day events, and tailored to the interests and wishes of the shoppers. Full days include reservations for luncheon in a favorite local restaurant.
Seabourn's Personal Shopper programs are currently offered in Florence, Rome, in several ports on the Cote D'Azur including Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo, in Athens, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Bangkok, Hong Kong and St. Petersburg, Russia. Others are planned. Prices range from $295 to $895, depending on the location and duration.
Seabourn Spirit Again Tops Condé Nast Traveler Poll
The intimate, all-suite Seabourn Spirit is once again the highest-rated cruise ship in the world in the 2005 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Poll. The ultra luxury ship was awarded the same title in the 2003 poll. Spirit's overall score of 97.7 was bolstered by perfect scores of 100 in the categories of "Itineraries" and "Crew/Service." In addition, the magazine's readers rated the ship's value as "Excellent."
Spirit's identical sisters, Seabourn Pride and Seabourn Legend, shared the spotlight with admirable scores in their own rights. Pride earned a perfect 100 for "Crew/Service" and Legend took the top spot in the small ship category for "Food/Dining," barely edging ahead of second-place Spirit by two-tenths of a point.
"We are very proud of the recognition our ships' staffs have earned from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler," said Deborah L. Natansohn, Seabourn's president. "We concentrate on the guests' experience, and on delivering service, style and value," she continued. "That's clearly what Condé Nast Traveler's readers appreciate."
The latest win is added to a list of honors the ultra luxury line has received in the past months. Seabourn was the highest-rated cruise line in a recent Luxury Poll of readers of Departures, a travel magazine published exclusively for American Express Platinum and Centurion cardmembers. The line also scored overseas, taking top honors from the readers of the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph and the Swiss Travel Star Gold award, based on a survey of Swiss travel agencies. In addition, Seabourn earned the coveted Five Star Diamond Award from the American Institute of Hospitality Sciences for the eleventh consecutive year.
Seabourn Brings Guest Registration to the Web
Ultra luxury cruise pioneer Seabourn Cruise Line has added an interactive Guest Registration Form to its content-rich website located at http://www.seabourn.com/ .
Booked guests can now submit required information and requests to the company by filling out a secure form that ensures accuracy and facilitates efficient processing of final cruise documentation for their vacations aboard the three intimate, all-suite Yachts of Seabourn.
According to Deborah L. Natansohn, Seabourn's president, "Seabourn's Guest Registration Form is a multi-purpose tool that not only gathers information required by authorities for embarking guests, but also allows guests to let us know how they'd like their beds arranged and what they want stocked in their in-suite bars. Using the online form assures faster, more accurate processing and that will add up to better service."
Links to the Guest Registration Form are located on several pull-down menus on Seabourn's website. Visitors click on the link and log in using their booking number, name and cruise departure information. The initial pages of the secure form will already contain basic information such as the names of guests and the beginning and ending ports and dates of the cruise. The rest of the form consists of fields for entering official identity information such as passport numbers, citizenship, birth dates, addresses and emergency contacts for all guests on the booking. These pages are followed by a form for customized requests including a menu of spirits and wines that can be requested for the in-suite bar setup and whether the guests prefer a queen-size bed or two twin beds. Specialized requests, such as birthdays or other milestone dates guests will be celebrating while on board, food or other allergies or physical disabilities, are still best arranged by telephone with Seabourn's staff.
Once the forms are completed, the information is displayed for final review and any necessary changes before being submitted. After submission, the information is harvested by Seabourn's reservation system and linked to the bookings. Guests will receive email confirmation within minutes that their form has been successfully received.
A hard copy of the Guest Registration Form can also be downloaded from the website, or, for agents or guests who do not have access to the Internet, the form is still being included in the preliminary documents sent approximately 90 days prior to departure. These can be filled out manually and faxed to the company's headquarters. But for convenience and improved accuracy, the company is encouraging travel agents and guests to utilize the online form whenever possible.
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