Kurt von Schleicher
Cruise & Vacation Consultant

News & Notes

November 2018

Embark on a breathtaking Mediterranean getaway!

The Mediterranean, one of Europe’s most popular destinations that is known for its picturesque seascapes, continues to grow in popularity as a cruise destination. As a result, MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, has seen an increased demand from guests to discover destinations like Southern Italy. Next summer, MSC Fantasia will offer Naples as one of the main highlights of this itinerary. Not only is Naples itself rich in history, but it’s perfectly located for exploring some of Southern Italy’s most popular sites and attractions.

Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises commented, “We have enriched the itinerary for MSC Fantasia for next summer in response to the growing popularity of Southern Italy. This is the first time we have planned for a ship to be in Naples for a full day each week for the whole season. By arriving in the morning, we will give our guests plenty of time to go on full-day excursions and immerse themselves in the vibrant culture and beauty of this historic region. This will certainly be one of the highlights of this itinerary and we expect to see strong demand for this itinerary”.

Food Lover’s Fantasy

Naples is world-famous for its cuisine and will certainly delight the palate of any food lover! Renowned for using the most delicious and fresh ingredients, no visit to Naples would be complete without tasting the local pizza, sipping on arguably the best coffee in Italy, and of course, sampling the freshly caught seafood. Guests have the option to either book a guided tour of the city that will meet all their travelling needs, or simply set out on foot and stumble upon interesting sights around every corner.

Gorgeous Views of the Southern Italian Coast

Famed as a destination for chic celebrities and offering the most stunning sea views, guests can add a visit to the charming island of Capri, the breathtaking views of the deep blue waters off the town of Sorrento, or the magnificent archaeological site at Pompeii, the third most popular tourist attraction in Italy. One of the biggest draws for tourists to this region is one of the world’s most beautiful shorelines –the Amalfi Coast. MSC Cruises takes the stress out of the sightseeing and offers a full day excursion to the seaside town of Amalfi itself and the nearby village of Ravello - UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the jaw-dropping scenic views, the beautiful azure blue sea, the town of Amalfi appears to be growing straight out of the mountainside.

Sailing on MSC Fantasia is a Vacation Itself

MSC Fantasia is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of cruise guests, especially families. Boasting a diverse choice of sports and entertainment facilities; from tennis and basketball courts, a mini-golf course, a jogging track and gym to an aqua complex, Formula 1 simulator and 4D cinema, there is plenty to do and experience on board. For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the MSC Aurea Spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies. Finally, the onboard dining offers a range of Mediterranean and International cuisines serving tasty and authentic food with a mix of formal as well as more casual dining venues.

Don’t wait to explore the awe-inspiring sights of the Mediterranean and experience a luxurious vacation of a lifetime when you set sail with MSC Cruises. Contact your Vacation Consultant today and let us help you plan your next journey!

Have a rockin’ experience with Holland America Line

Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of rock history with the new Rolling Stone Rock Room coming December 2018 to two of Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships!

Feel a chill down your spine as you listen to the magnificence of a five-piece band playing live sets of your favorite classic rock hits.  In partnership with Rolling Stone, a new classic rock club was developed to feature nightly live performances inspired by the magazine’s top sales list, further adding to Holland America’s signature Music Walk experience.  Prepare yourself for an unparalleled musical experience and the perfect cherry-on-top for those of you who are rock fans. 

Rock and roll on the all new Nieuw Statendam ship

Launching December 2018, Holland America will be introducing their second Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam, sister to Koningsdam.  Her design is inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments, making her the perfect new home of Music Walk, an experience that features a variety of live musical venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard, B.B King’s Blues Club, and of course, the all new Rolling Stone Rock Room. 

Not only is Nieuw Statendam a spectacular musical experience, but also features 150 of the world’s top artists.  Designs from these artists are inspired by the colors, movement, and impact of sound.  Coupling her state-of-the-art architecture with the unrivaled experience of Music Walk, Nieuw Statendam offers you a musical experience that will enlighten all your senses. 

Begin your exceptional journey now!

Witness the magic of Music Walk live stages on Holland America’s Koningsdam or the brand new Nieuw Statendam. Contact your Vacation Consultant and get started on planning your next rock and roll adventure now!

New Insights Program for Alaska 2019 with Cunard

Luxury cruise line Cunard announced a culturally-rich onboard programming for 2019 voyages as the legendary brand returns to Alaska to offer its iconic experience in ‘The Last Frontier’.

Queen Elizabeth will sail four 10-night roundtrip Alaska voyages out of Vancouver departing May 21, 31, June 10 and 20, 2019 with port calls in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, and Victoria. Highlights include scenic cruising through the famous Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Hubbard Glacier.

“For our return to Alaska, Queen Elizabeth will bring Cunard’s iconic luxury experience to one of the most magnificent places in the world,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “More than our signature Gala evenings and award-winning White Star Service, our team has curated some of the most interesting and engaging speakers to join our Insights program in Alaska. Our guests will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding about Alaska and its breathtaking landscape, rich cultural heritage and local cuisine.”

Cunard’s new Alaska Insights programming will include:

  • Rachel Cartwright, an award-winning naturalist with 20 years’ experience in Alaska. Author of “Alaska Cruise Companion: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Inside Passage” and renowned expert on the behaviors of humpback whale mothers and their calves. Dr. Cartwright will offer presentations on the Alaskan ecosystem including whales, marine life, and glaciers. Dr. Cartwright will also offer expert commentary live from the bridge during scenic cruising throughout the Inside Passage on all 2019 Alaska itineraries.
  • Alaska Native Voices along with members of the Huna Tinglet tribe, a group native to Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, will offer lectures and workshops about their history, culture, and storytelling while cruising the Alaskan coastline. On all 2019 Alaska voyage, guests will have more opportunity to learn about Alaska’s indigenous people at an information center hosted by cultural heritage guides onboard Queen Elizabeth.
  • LaDonna Rose Gundersen, commercial fisherwoman and cookbook author, will be sharing her experiences and expertise with guests onboard the May 20, 2019 Alaska voyage (Q915B). A fisherwoman in Alaska for more than two decades, Gundersen has made a career out of catching and cooking delicious salmon and other fish using simple ingredients while at sea. She will be joined by her husband Ole Gundersen, a fellow fisherman and accomplished photographer known for his images inspired by life in Alaska.

Other festivities onboard Queen Elizabeth during her time in Alaska will include:

  • Live bridge commentary to narrate scenic cruising areas
  • Dedicated Alaska in-room entertainment, including Emmy Award-winning documentary series “The Ketchikan Story”
  • Complimentary blankets and hot cocoa on deck for taking in the beauty of the Alaska coastline

Cunard will also offer Rocky Mountaineer rail pre- and post- voyage tours, which include either three- or five- nights’ accommodation and two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery including the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, winding river canyons, mountain passes, and remarkable tunnels.

Don’t miss out, contact your Vacation Consultant today to find out more about Cunard’s new Alaska Insights program!

Towering Peaks, Tremendous Value

Settle in and prepare to be amazed as you carve your way through the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train. Ride along miles of train tracks through the Canadian wilderness and take in views of the pristine countryside, all from the comfort of your spacious seat. Sky-high peaks, fine dining, roaming wildlife, impeccable service—a journey through the Canadian Rocky Mountains by rail is quite simply, unforgettable. The views are enough to keep you enthralled, but beyond that, there’s the chance to make new friends and connect with your travelling companions as you take in this memorable trip of a lifetime.

Now Extended! Book a 2019 qualifying package by December 21, 2018 of 8 days or more, or a package of 5-7 days, and receive the following Expedia® Extras*:

Expedia® Extras*

  • Up to $400 credit per couple on packages of 5-7 days
  • Up to $600 credit per couple on packages of 8 days or more

Per couple credit can be used towards extra hotel nights, sightseeing, and even more exploration! A journey through the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer is a feast for the senses and an unparalleled experience that should be on every traveler’s must-do list. Contact your Vacation Consultant today to reserve this unique experience!

* Terms & Conditions: Offer applies only to new 2019 bookings made by December 21, 2018 for qualifying Rocky Mountaineer packages booked in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service for travel during the 2019 Rocky Mountaineer season on selected dates. Added value credit (“Credit”) must be requested at the time of booking and will not be automatically allocated or retroactively added. Guest’s selection of specific Credit must be made at the time of booking and an amendment fee of $40 USD per booking will be charged for changes after the booking has been confirmed. Deposits are required at the time of booking and full payment of the balance must be made by Friday, January 18, 2019. Offer applies to single, double, triple or quad package prices and amount of Credit varies by duration of package: maximum Credit of $300 USD per adult ($600 USD per couple) for qualifying packages of eight days or more, qualifying packages of 5–7 days will receive $200 USD per adult ($400 USD per couple). Credit can only be used towards the purchase of specified additional services offered by Rocky Mountaineer and cannot be used against the price of the purchased package or to upgrade rail service. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer, is not applicable to child prices, 2 or 3-day rail-only bookings or group tour bookings, has no cash value, is non-transferable and cannot be deferred to a later trip. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified, withdrawn or amended without prior notice. Additional conditions apply.

Tour Peru and say adios to the ordinary

If you are looking to tap into your adventurous spirit, Globus goes beyond Europe, to the Exotic locales of South America. A top-selling destination for Globus, Peru offers a diverse selection of inclusions that take in the bright lights of Lima, the mosaic of colors in the Sacred Valley, and the enigmatic Nazca lines. Travelers will experience the best of both worlds: popular attractions and local cultures. With Globus, your visit to Peru is filled with colorful experiences with VIP access and inclusions like no other.

Globus offers two top-selling tours to Peru—the eight-day Peru Splendors and the 12-day The Legacy of the Incas. You will experience the magic of the legendary Machu Picchu, but you will also have an opportunity to learn about Peruvian life. Experience a Mother Earth ceremony performed by a local shaman, stop at a local Peruvian food market, and visit a home to meet some of the locals and experience their way of life.

Peru also offers plenty of puzzles to ponder. Study the Egyptian-like tombs of Chiclayo. Contemplate the Pyramids of Trujillo. Investigate the agricultural terraces of the Colca Canyon. You’ll soon realize the most pressing question really isn’t who did it, but how?

With Globus, you’ll go deeper into the places that make Peru so intriguing. Along the way, legends will come to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge from your expert guides, VIP access, and hand-picked local experiences.  Don’t just dream about the mysteries of Peru, step right into them.

Dreaming of an exciting getaway in 2019? Whether you’re at the beginning of your bucket list or at the end, Globus has compiled a captivating collection of vacations for you.

Book a Peru tour with Globus by November 27th, 2018 and receive the Expedia® Extras*:

Expedia® Extras*

  • Save 10%

What are you waiting for? Contact your Vacation Consultant today to learn more about exploring the best Peru has to offer with Globus!

*Additional restrictions apply. Contact your Vacation Consultant today for full terms and conditions.

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Kurt von Schleicher
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