Crystal RIVER Cruising

Crystal Cruises now Offering River Cruises – Open for booking on November 30, 2015!

Inaugural sailings only available for Crystal Society members for the first 2 weeks.

Dear clients and friends,

I met virtually this morning with Crystal Cruises as they reviewed their entry into European river cruising.  All the details are not in including what Virtuoso Voyager Club benefits may be offered for the best in personal service and exclusive amenities, but please stay tuned. And email or call for more information.

Their first cruise is July 13, 2016 on the Danube on Crystal Mozart,. The first ship is the only one that is not a ‘new-build’ but I understand a fabulous ship.  It was the Mozart and guest capacity has been reduced and cabins enlarged.  Will now be 160 guests and  90 crew. This is the only ship without an elevator so keep that in mind for guests with physical challenges.

Itineraries | Danube’s Capitals and Wachau Valley, 10 nights (vs. the usual 7 on others) includes Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. Sailing round-trip from Vienna includes actual cruising time (a difference from others) plus extra time in port e.g. 1 1/2 days in Budapest for instance;  2 for 1 fares from $3,645 each.

Crystal Mozart is also doing  also 11 night cruises round-trip from Vienna to Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia & Slovakia (Countries of Eastern Danube). This is combinable with the 10 night sailing for a 21 night cruise.

The NEW ships welcome 140 guests only in 70 suites, no smaller than 250 square feet.

Ship #2 / The NEW Crystal Bach / 14 nights Rhine and Mosel including winter Christmas Market cruises with late stays to enjoy the ‘magic of the evening markets’

Ship #3  / NEW Crystal Mahler / Grand Europe  /16 night Amsterdam to Budapest or VV / starting August 29,  2017. Overnights in Amsterdam, Passau, Vienna & Budapest.  Dozens and dozens of locks on this cruise so Crystal’s 16 nights gives them flexibility over the usual 14 night for this cruise.

Ship #4 / NEW Crystal Ravel / Wine Region / 7 nights round-trip from Bordeaux starting  August 8, 2017.

Ship #5 / NEW Crystal Debussy /  On the Seine from Paris to Normandy for 5, 7 and 10 night cruises starting  June 4, 2017.  Overnights in Paris and 1 1/2 nights in Rouen and a visit to the port of Honfleur (near the Normandy beaches) on their 10 night cruises.

the Crystal difference

  • all gratuities included including those for butlers and  shore excursion staff
  • largest kitchen of any ship / allows prefect meals from scratch
  • complimentary high end (e.g. Michelin) restaurant experience once during cruise
  • premium drinks all day
  • more overnight stays
  • optional tours offering untouristic itineraries
  • complimentary airport transfers
  • 24/7 room service; complimentary wifi (limited); king beds(on new vessels
  • shore excursions /choice of tours and complimentary wifi on busses

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Viking Cruises Update

Here’s a quick overview and update from our rep Rob with Viking Cruises

What’s Included | That’s Not Common For a Cruise
Wifi
Shore Excursions
Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks with meals

What’s Not
Speciality Shore Excursions
Cocktails, i.e. your martini before dinner or Bloody Mary with dinner
Gratuities

Where | Rivers (partial)
Rhine, Main, Danube, Yangtze, Nile, Douro

Where | Countries (partial)
Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Egypt, Portugal, France, China

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.

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

River Cruises from Venice on the Po River

Uniworld Cruises is now offering something I’ve never seen before. A 7 night round-trip river cruise from Venice. After crossing a bit of the Adriatic (or greater Venice Lagoon I’d say) you go inland. From various little cities you’ve never heard of, they offer land excursions by bus (included in fare) to Verona, Bologna, Ravenna & Padua (Padova).

I’d like to try this to see how it flows (no pun intended), but certainly these top tier towns not normally visited sounds interesting to me.

Here’s their own info:

Spend seven nights onboard Uniworld’s luxurious River Countess, your floating boutique hotel while you take in the best sights of Venice and its surroundings. You’ll discover one of the world’s most entrancing cities, Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic,” in all its water-bound splendor. Cruise the storied Grand Canal, pause at the Bridge of Sighs, and follow the footsteps of the doges through their historic palace. Discover the glorious, surprisingly modern, frescoes of Giotto in 13th-century Padua. Uncover ancient mosaics in Ravenna, the last capital of Byzantine Empire in Italy. Savor Bologna, home of the first university in Europe and the culinary capital of northern Italy. Find romance in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, and we’ll introduce you to Italy’s distinctive culinary delights by teaching you some of the tricks of the trade during a pasta-making workshop in Bologna, the culinary capital of northern Italy.

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

 

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Viking River Cruises’ New Ships

Aquavit Terrace by Viking River Cruises
Aquavit Terrace, a photo by Viking River Cruises on Flickr.

enjoy the video by clicking through. Their “Longships” are pretty nice. Actually they’re beautiful. I’m hoping the service levels are up there.. we’ll see.

Coffee,Pastries,Chocolates – a Viennese favorite | Viking River Cruises

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When you come to Vienna with Viking, a delightful treat awaits you. As you stroll through the historic streets, you will discover welcoming cafés on every corner. Enjoy steaming, freshly prepared coffee, delectable pastries and handmade chocolates—a Viennese favorite for more than 220 years. >VIEW VIDEO
2-for-1 cruise plus up to $500 per person off air!*
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Offers apply to new bookings only as of September 27, 2011. Air prices are per person, based on the air departure date and include transfers plus all government taxes and fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until full payment of air is received. Additional airline-imposed baggage charges may apply; click here to learn more about airline baggage allowances and fees.

*2012 EBD: 2-FOR-1 cruise pricing plus special savings on roundtrip international airfare. Offer is per person on 2012 departures and is considered a single offer. Grand European Tour & Romantic Danube itineraries receive $300 off per person airfare; Danube Waltz itinerary receives $500 off per person on airfare. International air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. Must request offer 2012 EBD and book and pay in full by September 30, 2011.

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