Seabourn Sojourn | San Francisco Visit

Seabourn Sojourn was in San Francisco and she is as spectacular as ever.  Catch up on my earlier reviews.

Seabourn Sojourn review | July 2013

Seabourn Sojourn
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Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Enjoy this pictures from my visit on board Regent Seven Seas Navigator while she was visiting San Francisco.  My clients like on of the line’s original ships, not  to mention our brand new cruise terminal.

Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Seabourn Ovation | A Preview Video

Seabourn Ovation:  What’s coming is more of a good thing.

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– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– AmaWaterways
 

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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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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):

Seabourn-Sojourn_0057

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
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– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– AmaWaterways

 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

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

 

 

Cooking with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

From our kitchen to yours, we will share a delectable recipe from Culinary Arts Kitchen Executive Chef Kathryn Kelly each month on Luxury Goes Exploring™. Today, we are inspired by the warm Aegean weather of Greece and opting for a fresh Greek Summer Salad with Grilled Halloumi – a tasty addition to any meal. This salad […]

via Recipe: Greek Summer Salad with Grilled Halloumi —

Crystal Cruises Yacht |Caribbean 

Year round in the Caribbean starting November 2017. This will be a great vacation for Millenials and even older folks in their 40s. Baby Boomers too.

Apparently promotional offers from just $2,995 each . Wow!

Call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Virtuoso Voyages.

 

Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn Cruise Line
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

 

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,
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

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

Regent Seven Seas Voyager Renovation Complete

Seven Seas Voyager’s bow-to-stern refurbishment has been complete, giving her a luxurious new décor and a new collection of spectacular production shows for the Constellation Theater.  Seven Seas V…

Source: Seven Seas Voyager Emerges from Luxurious Renovation

 

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

 

Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

 

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,
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

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

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

Promotions | Book Now
(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. 

f o r   m o r e   i n f o r m a t i o n   &   t o   b o o k

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

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

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

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Maui | Four Seasons at Wailea

Aloha and Good Afternoon!

Day Two of our trip to Maui is nearing cocktail hour. But more about that in tomorrow’s post. If you missed Day One, click here.

Yesterday started off with drive in nearby Kihei to try a local breakfast and meet the townspeople. Kihei is a fun basic surf town with a very beautiful beach, grocery stores, surf shops and a few good restaurants.   In the past we’ve enjoyed the 808 Bistro for breakfast, but i’m going back anytime soon. Looking forward to trying the Kihei Caffe before we leave. That was always fun.

We enjoyed another tasty lunch in our (complimentary) cabana at the Hotel Wailea before heading off to the Four Seasons.  Forgot to mention in yesterday’s post that the bathrooms in our suite (they’re all suites) were pretty breathtaking and sexy.  A huge shower with no doors sits adjacent to a nice big white freestanding tub, all right off the bedroom.

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea never disappoints, but not sure why they replaced their L’Occitane amenities with what appears to me to be an off brand made in China. Need to investigate. Beyond that, the service levels at this hotel are really unparalleled anywhere in the world. Not sure how or why that is but everybody is amazing here.

The rooms are now going through a major refresh with about 12% of the rooms closed. We’re in a new one and it’s very nice.  Classic luxury like you’d expect.  A little Italian modern thrown in with some subtle Hawaiian patterns in the carpet and a beautiful hard wood floor in the foyer. The views in this hotel will not win any prizes so as long as you know not to expect much in that department you’ll be fine.

We ended the day with mai tais in the incomparable lobby bar with dinner overlooking the beach at Ferraro’s, the resort’s Italian restaurant and just a wonderful place to hang out. Atmosphere is relaxed but classy. Live music is always welcome. It was dark but the moon lightly lit up the horizon and my caccia e pepe was fine, but maybe not like you’re in Rome.

 

f o r   m o r e   i n f o r m a t i o n   &   t o   b o o k

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

facebook  twitter  flickr  you tube
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.

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

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

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Silversea to Refurbish Fleet

Silversea has posted on their website a major refurbishment of their fleet, worth $170 million.  In 2016, Silver Whisper, Silver Wind and Silver Discover will see changes, with other ships being beautified in 2017. Always good to get a lift.

For more details, visit Silversea’s site.

And call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Virtuoso Travel’s Voyager Club (Virtuoso Voyages).

Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

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,
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

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco