– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
Well, it has been a while since I have had anything to say about the new Seabourn Venture (other than the delay of its Maiden Voyage due to Covid-19). In fact, it was way back on December 4, 2019 when her keel was laid! Seabourn Venture Expedition Ship and Program: Everything You Want to Know! (Update I)
Seabourn Venture remains to many the ugly duckling that a ship under construction looks like, but as you can see she is has hit the water and is on the move! More specifically she is currently being towed the 1,200 nautical miles from the T. Mariotti San Giorgio di Nogaro shipyard east of Venice, Italy around the boot of Italy to its Genoa shipyard.
She has her nine full decks installed along with her engine rooms nearly complete with engines and generators installed. Her smaller tenth deck will be built and installed in Genoa.
While she may not be much to look at from most perspectives, the one feature that really stands out to me is the amount of open deck and the size of the balconies. No, it is not the really cool toys (like two six-person submarines) or the luxury suites and public areas that no other PC6 Polar Class expedition ship can offer.
Having experienced Antarctica, the Amazon, Alaska, the Great Barrier Reef, the Norwegian Fjords, Iceland and more, the thing that just grabs my soul is the time on deck; sometimes with a truly expert Expedition Team member (and I’ve been with no so expert teams. Ugh.) and sometimes just quietly by myself.
Oh, and of course, all you need to hear is “Whale!” and the decks become filled. Need I mention the Northern Lights? That is, of course, if there are enough open decks.
And, of course, as you know I am a big (OK: Huge) fan of sitting in the hot tub on the bow of the Seabourn ships. Now, however, I can look forward to hanging on to the Infinity Edge of the Seabourn Venture’s pool.
Take a look at the Seabourn Venture’s expeditions…and while you are doing so: Imagine yourself on deck!
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