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 […]

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Silversea Alaska | Day One

John, Loki and I were up this morning at 5AM. Normal schedule. He’s off to work and the dog needed to be walked. But instead of the usual trip to Duboce Park or Martha and Brothers I took Loki to the Palace of the Legion of Honor hoping to see Silver Shadow sail through the Golden Gate.  Did that last time when Queen Elizabeth 2 pulled in here in first (only?) time back about 10 years ago.

The ship was early so we missed her. But it’s so gorgeous out there we had a good time and Loki enjoyed running around the golf course, illegal may it have been.  Off to Peets on Cole Street and here I am back at home office in Noe Valley.

Forecast is for a cloudy and cool day, and I need to get last minute things done so am signing off. Next post from Oregon? Alaska? Don’t know.

Josh

Follow Josh, John and friends on their cruise to Alaska from San Francisco. May 4 – 14, 20015. Here’s the itinerary.

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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

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, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

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

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Virtuoso Traveler’s Guide to Exotic Lands

please click here for the this exotic vacation planner.

Topics cover Asia, Africa & Middle East, and Around the Globe.

Enjoy,
Josh

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

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.

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
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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 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

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Speak with B&R Regional Experts (luxury biking)

It’s once again time for many of Butterfield & Robinson’s Regional Directors to descend upon Toronto HQ for our annual planning conference! These über-travellers are the discerning minds behind every B&R trip; unearthing the best routes, out-of-the-way restaurants and exclusive events that make our trips unique.

josh friedman luxury travel at casto
in san francisco’s financial district
415.248.5079 | joshfriedmantravel.com
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How it all works Only b&n Custom trips Places to go Way to go Dates
Butterfield Guides in Piemonte; tapas in Catalonia
Dear ReaderWho best to answer questions about your next B&R trip than the regional expert? Below is who will be visiting from Jan 31-Feb 4. If you would like to speak to one of them, please call or email me and I will be more than happy to set up a time. If you typically confirm your B&R trips with a travel professional, we’re happy to set up a conference call.

Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast | Courtney Mundy
Provence and Jordan | Thilo Erhardt
Burgundy and Morocco | Olivier Maillard
Bordeaux to Dordogne and Prague to Vienna | Lewis Evans
Verona to Venice | Paolo Mularoni
Berlin to Dresden | Alex Graefe
Catalonia and Argentina | Nancy Towns
Turquiose Coast and Dalmatian Coast | Sakis Mitsoulis
Vienna to Budapest | Tibor Barna
Quebec | Kyl Chhatwal

Of course B&R offers trips in plenty of other regions too! If you have questions about a place not listed above, we have very knowledgeable Travel Advisors you can reach at 1.866.551.9090 or contact your travel professional (josh at 415.248.5079)

I look forward to hearing from you.

P.S. Ask about our new Avid Biking departures in Catalonia, Burgundy, Provence and Puglia! Plus visit us online for more ideas www.butterfield.com.

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Seabourn Sojourn Review | Still the Best of the Best

November 17, 2010 

One day when I walked into my office at Seabourn in the early 90s I found out that we had been voted the world’s best small cruise line by the readers of Conde Nast.  And I have a blue t-shirt to prove it! Then a year later, it happened all over again. Fast forward 16 years and now instead of a Seabourn employee I’m a luxury cruise specialist [aka travel agent] sailing along the Great Bahama Banks aboard Seabourn’s inaugural North America sailing of the Sojourn

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Wow! It’s still the best of the best. I’ve been aboard many luxury ships from several lines since my Seabourn days and absolutely nothing compares with Seabourn Sojourn. [or presumably her sister ship, Odyssey, who premiered last year.]  The ship itself is fabulous – absolutely stunning. And the service, which without the hardware would be just expensive steel, hearkens back to Seabourn’s first days when they were the only game in town, and were winning awards right and left. 

sojourn poolIf you follow my blog posts, you’ll know that I am insistent that service levels are impeccable, for without service there is no such thing as a luxury experience. I don’t care how much money a company has thrown at the hardware. Seabourn has more than doubled the number of beds in their fleet over the last 18 months, and the service levels are off the charts. Your every need is anticipated. One barely has to turn his head in any of their dining venues to find a waiter. And when you find your waiter the attitude and friendliness is uniformly delightful. It’s obvious they love their jobs and fortunately the guest (you?) are the beneficiary. 

seabourn sojourn restaurant 2The ship is beyond spectacular. Beauty and style rests in the eye of the beholder, so I won’t say that this ship is “the most beautiful” as I don’t know what my readers’ tastes are. But if you like contemporary without being off the wall modern, and if you like a standardized aesthetic across the ship, subtle tones and clean lines – I think you’ll adore this vacation experience. 

Couple the ship itself, the officers and crew, any one of a million itineraries and the exclusive benefits* of booking with Josh Friedman Luxury Travel and you have a heck of an incredible, affordable and memorable  vacation. 

For more photos, please visit my Flickr page at www.flickr.com/joshfriedmantravel
For more information on Seabourn, including current online brochures and promotions visit www.joshfriedmantravel.com/seabourn

Honeymoons, anniversaries, romantic getaways, summer family vacations, business meetings and incentive groups all have a home on Seabourn Cruise Line.
Book your next Seabourn cruise and get exclusive benefits with us. You cannot find a lower price anywhere over what we offer.  And sail Seabourn for Free. Just bring along 7 of your friends. That easy.

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel, in association with Casto Travel in San Francisco’s Financial District, is a member of Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club of top producing travel agencies. We’re also a member of Virtuoso, offering you additional cruise amenities typically including an onboard host, cocktail reception and a complimentary exclusive shore event  through Voyager Club. Lowest rates are guaranteed, as is our highest level of service during your booking process.  Reach us at 415.248.5079, 800.433.5777 or seabourn@joshfriedmantravel.com.    Sign Up For Exclusive Offers!