The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means summer vacation season—our favorite time of year—is right around the corner. If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, we tapped our trusted advisors to tell us their top destinations for summer 2019. Also in this edition, we talked to our clients, the talented Carpenter family (they’re on the road a whopping 300 days a year!), who tell us how they combine work and leisure, as well as their favorite classical music spots around the world. And finally, we’re bringing you some of the culinary must-try’s in Cape Town’s amazing food scene.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Ever since we launched our cruise division in the fall, first-time bookers have been flocking. If you’ve never cruised before, the timing is perfect to contact us.
We’re in the middle of “Wave Season,” when cruise lines offer their best and widest offers. The variety, pricing, and experiences have never been more enticing.
Talk about cruising reaching new heights! In November Crystal Cruises introduced its next-level offering: Crystal Aircruises. Passengers climb aboard a luxury Boeing 777 for a cruise experience in the sky. The all-inclusive, around-the-world trips range from 15 to 29 days.
Expedition and adventure cruising is on the rise. Ponant, the leader in polar expeditions, is introducing a new itinerary this year on its 5-star ships. The “Ultima Thule” departs August 21 for a 16-night voyage along the Canadian High Arctic, to see narwhals and the Northern Lights, and visit with Inuit villagers in Greenland.
Cuba is the hottest new destination for cruisers. Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas has a five-day Cuba cruise departing Miami on April 19, as well as a seven-day cruise from Tampa departing April 30 and a five-day cruise leaving Tampa on May 20. Azamara Club Cruises will overnight in Havana on a 12-day Azamara Quest departure from Miami on March 21. Oceania Cruises will explore Havana on March 9 as part of a 14-day Caribbean cruise.
River cruising is gaining steam including inside the US. American Queen Steamboat Company is launching a second boat on the Mississippi River this year. Avalon Waterways is introducing a Danube cruise that includes cooking and ballroom dancing classes in Vienna, biking in Budapest, and hiking along a World War ll smugglers route in Germany.
Local and gourmet offerings are also taking more of a starring role in 2017. Seabourn is expanding its partnership with celebrity chef Thomas Keller to add The Grill by Thomas Keller to a second ship in its fleet, Seabourn Encore, in 2017. Princess Cruises just announced it is working with three-Michelin star Chef Emmanuel Renaut to develop the cruise line’s next specialty restaurant concept. In April, “La Mer – A French Bistro by Emmanuel Renaut” will debut aboard Majestic Princess.