Happy August! Now that summer is winding down, we’re thinking about back-to-school—and specifically, to college. This month, we’re talking about a new trend we’ve been seeing lately: Families taking special trips with their college-bound kids. And speaking of bonding travel, we’re also highlighting our recent retreat in Puerto Rico—including our top hosting tips. And finally, rounding out this edition is a great Q&A with Qatar Airways, which was recently honored with the distinction of “World’s Best Airline.” We hope the rest of your summer is fun and relaxing!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Cruising has never been more popular (or exciting!), with a record 28 million cruisers expected in 2018. New ships, new offerings, and new age groups are pushing the interest in setting sail. Are you ready?
Calling all younger cruisers. Uniworld is launching “U by Uniworld” river cruises for ages 21-45 only. Creative itineraries hit some of Europe’s most popular cities and include pub crawls, paragliding, and music festivals.
Lindblad Expeditions is adding smart fun to family cruising through its partnership with National Geographic. On special trips to Galapagos and Alaska, kids and teens choose cool activities from earning a Zodiac “driver’s license” to unique “in the field” wildlife programs.
Family accommodations reach next-level heights with the Ultimate Family Suite on board Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. The two-story suite has built-in thrills for everyone from an in-suite slide, private 3D cinema, whirlpool, and table tennis on the wrap-around balcony. A personal Royal Genie is also on hand to tend to every need.
LUXURY EXPEDITION BOOM
Rugged expedition cruising has been around for decades. But in the next two years, an incredible 15 new luxury expedition ships are being built to take you to places on earth where there are no ports or terminals.
Ponant is introducing Blue Eye, a first-ever underwater feature to heighten the experience of the ocean. This multi-sensory underwater lounge onboard Le Lapérouse enables passengers to see, hear, and practically feel deep sea marine life.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is launching a revolutionary, five-star expedition ship to Antarctica, which will operate mostly on marine gas. Not only is it good for the fragile environment, but passengers can experience the pristine silence of Antarctica from the privacy of their balconies.
Crystal Cruises enters the expedition market next year with a 200-passenger luxury ship which will feature two helicopters, two mini subs, jet skis, snorkeling, and six eateries.
Silversea, pioneers in luxury expeditions, will launch the Couture Collection this year. This series adds ultra-exclusive immersive adventures to pre- and post-cruising in remote regions of the globe. Imagine trekking with mountain gorillas in Rwanda or photographing Emperor Penguins in East Antarctica.
FEASTING AT SEA
Culinary offerings at sea get even more indulgent in 2018, with new and exotic taste sensations.
Oceania Cruises, masters in epicurean experiences, team with Master Chef Jacques Pepin to unveil “La Cuisine Bourgeoise,” a seven-course food and wine experience, featuring some of Pepin’s favorites.
Celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi, known for Hawaiian fusion cuisine, will launch his first restaurant at sea onboard the MSC Seaside.
To plan your perfect cruise, contact our specialists at Cruises@f1s.com.