Update | Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Hello clients & friends,

I just attended a seminar presented by my local Regent Seven Cruises representative, and happy to report the latest.  By the way, to give you an idea of the kind of company they are, and continue to be, she’s been with them over 20 years.

See below offer, expiring 11/4/2016

A lot is included:

  • Business Class air included at no charge for all categories starting in mid 2017. 
  • Free unlimited internet 
  • Specialty restaurants at no extra charge
  • Most shore excursions are also included in the price. It’s just the super special ones (like helicopters in Alaska, etc, that have a supplement)
  • 3 nights free land on selected exotic programs
  • Unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits
  • Open bars and lounges plus in-suite mini bar replenished daily
  • Pre-paid gratuities
  • Improved entertainment & yes, more  

As a reminder:

  • 490-750 guests
  • 14 layer chocolate cake with your steak at Prime 7 
  • 24 hour room service
  • Canyon Ranch spa all ships
  • Versace china (new!)

A New Ship & Renovation of Fleet

  • Renovation of Seven Seas Navigator finished in Spring 2016 and the pictures I’ve seen show a very chic contemporary ship. Ces’t sexy. Good surgeon.
  • Renovation of Seven Seas Voyager happening this Fall 2016
  • Renovation of Seven Seas Mariner happening Spring 2017
  • Seven Seas Explorer just launched this summer with huge luxurious suites (it’s all suites & all balconies) and gourmet cooking classes (that’s a chargeable item) 
  • Future/2020 sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer

Partnerships

  • PBS, for instance cruise and attend lectures with Gwen Ifill and others.
  • Smithsonian. An onboard experience led by a wide range of experts from art historians to authors, and encourages participation.

Destination Highlights

  • Eight (8) Panama Canal cruises between 2017 and 2018
  • World Cruise in 2018 for  137 nights | Around the World from LA
  • In Alaska, pre and post cruise programs with the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train

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(and remember i’m on trip to Fiji leaving 10/23 returning 10/31)

$300 ship board credit for any 2017 Alaska or Mediterranean cruise made by Nov 4, 2016. 

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Seabourn in Alaska | 2017

Great news! One of the very top small luxury ship cruise lines – Seabourn – is returning to Alaska. Seabourn Sojourn is a great ship and you can read my review of her below.

Seabourn says about these new cruises:

Click Here for Seabourn’s 2017 Alaska Info

On Seabourn, you will experience all the iconic wonders of Alaska: the towering virgin forests along the Inside Passage, the thunderous calving of glaciers and impressive humpback whales breaching in the Kenai Fjords. You will stroll the plank catwalks of Ketchikan’s quirky Creek Street and marvel at the colorful, Russian-costumed New Archangel Dancers in Sitka. But with Seabourn, you will also step ashore in tiny Klemtu, British Columbia, where the Tlingit townspeople will great you face to face, proudly display their ceremonial finery and familiarize you with a heritage thousands of years old. They will glide up close to Misty Fjords’ glittering waterfalls in a Zodiac, and paddle a kayak on a wildlife-spotting expedition in breathtaking Tracy Arm. This is the Seabourn Difference, a uniquely human-scale experience that will transform their personal voyage into an unforgettable adventure in Seabourn’s Ultimate Alaska.

Our veteran Alaska expedition team will supplement Seabourn’s award-winning hospitality staff throughout the cruise, offering insights about the wildlife and destinations in lectures and on open, un-crowded decks. The optional Ventures by Seabourn™ Zodiac and kayak excursions, curated by Seabourn’s Manager of Expedition Operations and Planning, Robin West, will deploy right from the ship,

In addition, Seabourn’s skilled culinary staff will take full advantage of the region’s seasonal bounty of fresh produce and seafood to prepare exceptional meals meeting the exacting specifications of world-renowned American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller.

Each of our new 11-, 12- and 14-day cruises will include:

  • Amazing itineraries featuring marquee ports such as Juneau and Ketchikan
  • The hidden gems of the Alaska Inside Passage
  • Optional Ventures by Seabourn excursions
  • Guidance from our onboard Expeditions Team
  • Complimentary Seabourn All-Weather Jackets
  • Inspiring Seabourn Conversations with special onboard guest speakers
  • Opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and shore
  • “Caviar on the Ice” deck party and other special deck events

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– Crystal Cruises
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– Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

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Silversea | Le Champagne Review

My friends and I have been onboard Silversea’s Silver Shadow for just over a week and were finally able to dine at their Relais & Chateau restaurant, Le Champagne. This is a very coveted reservation as there are only 7 tables. Relais & Chateau of course is the highly respected French association of small luxury hotels and fine restaurants.

As connected as I like to think I am in the cruise industry we had to wait until we were onboard to book, but that wasn’t a problem due the extremely efficient and delightful restaurant manager Valentina. She’s the best of the top staff we’ve met.

This week the overall cuisine on the ship has been good and consistent. Only the fish broth the first night warranted a couple of strange expressions from my table mates, but fortunately that experience hasn’t repeated*.  The food in the main dining room isn’t particularly imaginative (based on my San Francisco standards) but certainly enjoyable, tasty and I’d still say gourmet.  My bigger concern has been with the service levels which are I’d say basic 40% of the time, good 40%, and excellent 20%.

The cuisine at Le Champagne did not disappoint. Starting off with 4 excellent mini “amuse bouches” from a mushroom soup to seared scallop to lobster to pate de fois gras cone, the tone was set for a special dining experience. I won’t go into all the details of the menu here, but each course was artfully prepared and paired with a good decent wine. Should the diner wish to arrange a premium wine pairing, this needs to be arranged in advance with the restaurant manager and I understand costs $300. My venison was a large portion served with a raspberry coulis and dessert was a Grand Marnier souffle which was excellent. An Illy Cafe Americano followed which was perfect and which is fortunately available throughout the ship.

The small dining room is adjacent to the much larger La Terrazza, the evening “specialty” Italian restaurant which is reviewed here (following soon.)

Service in Le Champagne however was not in line with the quality of the food, and was no better than in the main restaurant, distracting from the full sensory appreciation of the evening.

Afterwards we retired to The Bar (Deck 5) for a fabulous Espresso Martini. Not sure who invented this but it’s killer.

Good Night!

* This is in comparison to my earlier Silversea experience on the Silver Cloud in the Caribbean a few years ago where I found the food quality to be inconsistent. (Silver Cloud review from 2011 here.) But service and food can vary a fair bit within the same cruise line and from cruise to cruise and ship to ship.

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

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SIlversea Alaska | Day 8

Since my last post we’re toured Alaska!  And got to know the ship – Silver Shadow – a lot better. I’ll likely review the ship when the cruise is over, but overall it’s been very nice. Is it similar to or better than Regent, Seabourn, Crystal? Everybody wants to know and yes I have my opinion so stay tuned.

What’s my favorite port so far between Wrangell, Sitka, Juneau and today in Skagway? They are truly all amazing in some way or another.  Alaska is gorgeous, spectacular and “you name the superlative.” Every minute of every day is a visual fantasy.

Our excursion today to the Denver Glacier to see the dog mushing camping was one of those unique life experiences, and gone in flash. The helicopter ride to the glacier through the snow covered canyons and “ice falls” was more than spectacular. And arriving at a dog camp on top of the glacier was equally as stunning. Maybe it’s like arriving in Venice at 6AM when the town is still asleep (another of my incredible life experiences) or hiking the Kalalau trail in Kauai, Hawaii with the breathtaking vistas of the cliffs. DSC_0260_0285

Wrangell, our first stop, is a small, unassuming and non-touristy spot which offered a look at the real small town Alaska experience. And from there we hopped on a speed boat for a ride up the Stikine river which was our first experience with the ooohs and aaahs of Alaska. With 360 degree views of snow capped mountains, a wonderful and authentic experience.

Sitka is a bit more touristy but it’s still just a “bigger” small city. Our kayaking tour was cancelled (I think the guide was probably hungover) so we enjoyed a short visit to the Alaska Raptor Center. The walk there from the ship took of through a residential area where we experienced several bald eagles flying directly overhead to their perches in the tall evergreens above. Their wingspans are massive and they certainly glide effortlessly.

Juneau’s setting is rather breathtaking,  like I said before, as is all of Alaska. The town itself while the state capitol is not particularly nice and I thought the Mendenhall Glacier (accessible easily by the Blue Bus) was fairly boring. What I would do again is take the cable car to the top of the mountain. It’s base in on the pier so it’s right there, the views are wonderful and there are several hiking trails.  And you can go up and down as many times as you want for the price of 1 ticket.

josh friedman luxury travel
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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

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Silversea Alaska | The Journey Begins

John, Ray, Sharon, Steve, Paul & I are all in San Francisco now as we await the arrival of our wheels to Alaska on Monday.

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The wheels happen to be Silver Shadow, the 382 guest ultra luxury ship from Silversea Cruises.  I sailed with Silversea’s first ship, Silver Cloud, a few years ago and had a great time in the Caribbean. This should be a very different experience with a lot of time to relax and to watch the scenery I’m hoping to be spectacular.  And instead of snorkeling off the ship we’ll be helicoptering over glaciers!

Stay tuned for more.

Josh

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in san francisco
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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

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Last Minute Alaska Small Ship Luxury Cruise from San Francisco

Do you live in or around San Francisco or Northern California? Or maybe you’re in L.A., San Diego, Orange County, Portland or Seattle?

Join our small group in about 6 weeks – on May 4, for a 10 day small ship luxury cruise from San Francisco to Alaska. The cruise ends in Vancouver, BC on May 14.

Silversea, a top T+L and Conde Nast prize winner, is a luxury all-inclusive cruise line. Cocktails, wine and gratuities always included. Silver Shadow is an all-suite ship.  Just over 28,000 tons (which is small) she carries 295 guests with 382 crew.

Pricing starts at $4,550 each based on double occupancy, subject to prior sale. And there is a $500 per suite ship board credit. Possible other amenities as well. Please call us at 415.987.0372 or click here for more information,  We hope you join us!

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service.

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– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– Silversea

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Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn

and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read my review of Oceania’s Marina
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman  is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service.  Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

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LGBT Gay Friendly Luxury Alaska Cruise*New Itinerary

Silversea Cruises has announced a slightly revised itinerary on the Silver Shadow sailing San Francisco to Vancouver, via Alaska in May of 2014.

Due to operational concerns the 10 day itinerary will add Rangell and Sitka, while removing Prince Rupert and Victoria.  The ship’s stay in Juneau will also be lengthened.  What does all this mean? It means it doesn’t really matter and we’ll have  great time wherever we go. And Rangell looks beautiful. If only we could visit Wasilla!

Click here for our event flyer to learn more about our group. Just ignore the old itinerary please. Our original blog post is here.

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Oceania Alaska Adventure 2015

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an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency

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Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read my review of Oceania’s Marina
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals. His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays. He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own