Gay Luxury Cruise | Greek Islands

Updated 21 August 2017

Originally posted Spring 2017 | I finally received almost all of what I needed from Silversea to get this big ol gay vacation going in Sept 2018.   Should be a lot of fun.  If you’re in San Francisco, Ray has promised to lead weekly exercise classes between now and next September so we’ll all look great in our new swimsuits.  If you’re not local, we’ll see about chapters in your town.  See below for inspiration (yes, i took this):

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Here’s what we have going:

Dates| 16 – 23 September, 2018

Itinerary | Click here for details.  It begins and ends in Athens (Piraeus) and visits the Greek Islands of Hydra, Mykonos, Kos, Santorini, and Volos. It also visits the famous ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus, via it’s port of Kusadasi, Turkey.  A preliminary list of shore excursions is here.

Cruise Line | Silversea

josh’s notes / one of the top 4 cruise lines. all small ships. all inclusive of wine, spirits (en-suite too),  espresso drinks, etc, gratuities, wifi (1 hr/day),  shuttles in most ports, butler service, 24 hour in-room dining

Demographics | For the most part Silversea attracts a very well heeled guest. Mostly American, but you’ll find Aussies, Brits, a few South Americans and scattered others.  You’ll usually see a couple to a few gay couples but we plan to upend that! The LGBT mix is American/non-American as well, and usually men.

Ship | Silver Whisper

  josh’s notes / 382 guests, 302 crew, built 2001, refurbished december 2016, 28k gross registered tons (that’s not big), 7 passenger decks, registry Bahamas, officers are mostly Italian and crew is from all over.

Pricing | The ship has generally 4 types of suites and they’re all referenced here.  1) without a veranda, 2) with a shared veranda (a little unusual), 3) with a private veranda and 4) big suites. 1-3 are all the same size at 287 Sq Ft plus veranda if applicable with another 58 Sq Ft. A deck plan with suite configurations is here.

Prices are per person, based on 2 to a suite, and include all taxes. Very easy.  There should also be a discount for those who have sailed with Silversea before. Currently (Aug 2017) AIR IS FREE and Business Class is only $1,198 round-trip, from many cities in the USA.

By booking with our group you receive a $150 per person ship board credit which can be used toward any shore excursion, spa treatment or boutique purchase.  We’ll also have a private cocktail party or two during the cruise to liven things up.   I’m planning on our exclusive amenities as well! Ideas welcome.

Book and pay by 8/30/2017 and receive a 10% discount. Should Silversea have any other promotions later on you would be eligible to add that to your booking, but the booking would have to be repriced at that time.

Single?   Silversea has a  good promotion now for a 25% supplement for your own suite.  Normally you’d pay double.  My guess is that this will not last. (I was right, it’s already gone up to 50%)

Trip insurance is optional and advisable. Ask for details.

Before & After | There are a million places to visit before and after but I’m thinking maybe some of us would want to spend time in famous gay Mykonos before. The ship does go there, but one day just isn’t enough. Let me know what you think.  I’ve been to Athens several times back in the day, and it’s worth a couple of days at least + there are many sites nearby you can do on day trips.   I’ve been friends with the sales manager of the 2 Starwood Luxury Collection hotels in Athens for 30 years and she’ll take great care of us.

More Infomation & To Book |  Just call or email with your questions and I’ll set you up.

Friends | By all means, invite everybody you know.  This group is starting in San Francisco but expect it to go nationwide and global.

Josh

legal disclaimer / i apologize if any of the above facts are alternative. it was not my intent and like somebody else we know, i’m not responsible.

 

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– Silversea
– Seabourn Cruise Line
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
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 josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
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four seasons preferred partner,

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 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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Virtuoso Voyager Club | Silversea Caribbean January 2016

Hello fellow clients and sailors!

I’m very pleased to let you know that I’m hosting another Voyager Club sailing, this time a 7 day ultra-luxury Caribbean cruise on Silversea, including an overnight in St Barths. This was the draw for me as I haven’t been, and keep hearing how it’s the best place in the area!

The only problem is that I’m getting into this hosting gig a little late and the ship is getting pretty full, with about 20 suites left.

If you’re interested please contact me right away. Below are the basic details, and/or click here for all details, including  photos, deck plans, etc.

Pictures from our 2011 Voyager Club sailing on Silversea can be found by clicking here.

Dates: January 29 thru  February for 8 days (7 nights)
Starts: Ft. Lauderdale
Ends: San Juan
Ports: Grand Turk (Turks & Caicos), Samana (Dom Rep), Road Town (BVIs), St Barths (overnight), Philipsburg (St Maarten)
Ship: Ultra-luxury Silversea’s Silver Wind, 298 guests, 210 crew, refurbished 2013 (built in ’95). This ship, sister to Silver Cloud, is also very similar to Seabourn’s original 3 ships.
Virtuoso Voyager Club: Complimentary amenities in our wonderful cruise program can be found here.

Prices, including our complimentary Voyager Club amenities, are as below, per person, and subject to change until booked:

Vista Suite, $3,560
Veranda Suite, $4,450
Midships Veranda Suite, $4,550
Medallion Suite, $6,050
Larger Suites are also available
availability subject to prior sale

To book or for more information, please send me an email or call.  Those contact details are below.

Thanks very much,

Josh

Included in this Cruise

  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers, acclaimed chefs and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship

Silver Privilege Fares: book early for the best fares and availability; Silver Privilege Fares are structured to reward guests who book early with the best possible fare and the privilege of being able to select their desired suite when the best inventory is available. All Silver Privilege Fares shown are cruise-only per guest unless otherwise noted, based on double-occupancy. Availability of all suite categories cannot be guaranteed. Fares for single guests are available upon request. Additional restrictions may apply.
Silversea Fare Guarantee Programme: Silversea’s Fare Guarantee Programme provides guests with the peace of mind in knowing that when they plan ahead and book early, not only will they be able to reserve their desired suite, but they can also benefit from any future reduction in the Silver Privilege Fares for their voyage, upon request. All voyages are eligible.

See Terms and Conditions

Voyager Club Benefits

All Virtuoso Guests Receive

  • Welcome Reception
  • Onboard Host
  • One of the following 3 options:
  • 1) Island Sights with Lunch at Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France – 2016 | Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy | 03 Feb 2016
  • 2) $175 USD Credit Toward Purchase of Virtuoso Product  This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date. May be applied by your Virtuoso travel advisor toward the purchase of private shore excursion created by a Virtuoso On Site or another Virtuoso preferred product in conjunction with this cruise.
  • 3) $150 USD Shipboard Credit This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date. Onboard credit applied to your shipboard account. Restrictions Apply. Please see Terms and Conditions for Details of Restrictions.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Virtuoso Travel’s Voyager Club.

 Top Producer with & Knowledgeable Person for All Luxury Lines:
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– Silversea

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
twitter  flickr  facebook   you tube  tripadvisor

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.

This is an LGBT friendly group.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40
Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

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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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Wanderlust Wednesday: Pride in Rio de Janeiro

When I go to Rio, I imagine going during a big ol festival like Pride or Carnevale would be fun. Who wants a quiet Rio?

Preferred Pride Blog

coverCopacabana Beach courtesy of Prilla Lopes via flickr

Summer may be over and done but Pride season celebrations hold strong around the globe. Next week the Pride festivities hit Rio de Janeiro with the city’s 19th Annual LGBT Parade in Copacabana on November 16.

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Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.  To receive our periodic destination and/or promotional emails, click here.

 

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 |
joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency

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four seasons preferred partner,

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

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Friday @ Five: Hotel Nikko San Francisco

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Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.  To receive our periodic destination and/or promotional emails, click here.

 

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
twitter  flickr  facebook   you tube  tripadvisor

four seasons preferred partner,
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

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

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LGBT Gay Friendly Luxury Alaska Cruise on Silversea

Sail with Josh, John & friends as we host a small group from San Francisco to Vancouver! This time it will be 10 days to Alaska on Silversea’s Silver Shadow, May 4-14, 2015.  Or join 18 days earlier in Ft. Lauderdale and make this a 28 day odyssey through the Panama Canal. Both sailings offer savings for Venetian Society members.   More details here.

Our last three cruises were on Seabourn Sojourn in July 2013 (Baltic)Seabourn Spirit in February 2012 (Caribbean), and Silver Cloud in February 2011, also Caribbean.

 

Silver Shadow Veranda Suite
Veranda Suite | Silver Shadow

It will be a great time with a bon voyage celebration in San Francisco a few weeks before the cruise so we can get to meet each other. And depending on interest I’m hoping to offer some exclusive shore excursions, group dinners and of course good drink, food and company every night .

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 she carries 295 guests with 382 crew, a 1.29 ratio.

Our adventure will sail from San Francisco to Vancouver BC with stops in Astoria (Oregon), Wrangell, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. The last day will be spent cruising the Inside Passage.

Pricing starts at under $4,000 each based on double occupancy, subject to prior sale. 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 & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso. Several hotels available prior to sailing offering our exclusive amenities.

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
twitter  flickr  facebook 

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.

an independent affiliate of travel experts, a virtuoso agency
4083 24th  st., #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40.

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

LGBT and Honeymoon Planning for All | Press Release

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2013
San Francisco

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel, in celebration of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage equality earlier this year, and the recent ruling allowing gay marriage in everybody’s favorite East Coast state – New Jersey –  announces complimentary champagne for all honeymooners.

Actually, with our connections, we are typically able to offer that along with VIP treatment, complimentary upgrades, and a food & beverage or spa credit. too all our travelers. But we’re going to do something extra special for all honeymooners who book with us through the end of 2013.

We applaud the courageous stand many politicians and judges are taking in applying basic rights for all Americans.  Progress is not made by staying on the sidelines and waiting for somebody else to do what it takes.

Many gay travelers ask me if a hotel I’m recommending, or if one they’ve heard of, is gay friendly.   I can pretty much say that every hotel I’ve ever worked with is gay friendly.  It’s not so hard to believe since I work exclusively with 5 star hotels, and that sector of the hospitality business is overall very gay or gay friendly.  And that’s whether you’re in  Maui, New York,  Cologne, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Florence, Rome, Athens, Tahiti, Fiji, Lisbon, Madrid, Anguilla or South Africa.

So if you’re ready to celebrate your honeymoon in style, I’d be honored to help plan.

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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

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
with travel experts, a virtuoso member agency

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affiliated with travel experts, a virtuoso agency and four seasons preferred partner,
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