Cruises no longer follow the cookie-cutter mold—they now offer themes, as well as special tours to fit every personality. Whether your clients like to sleep in, are practicing or novice yogis, or are wine enthusiasts, we found a cruise to fit their personality and lifestyle.
Travelers who’d rather sleep in while on vacation, don’t have to worry about missing out on the fun while on board Crystal Cruises, which now offers new tour options for late-risers.
With many of the line’s excursions starting at 8 a.m., the new Late-Risers Adventures will begin closer to 11 a.m. or noon, depending on the itinerary, allowing late-risers to partake. The excursion start times complement the line’s late-risers breakfasts, served from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. aboard the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.
“The Late-Risers Adventures allow guests who prefer more sleep in the morning, are perhaps still adjusting to a time change, or simply like to enjoy a long, leisurely breakfast, to keep their preferred schedule without missing out on any of the insightful, expertly crafted Crystal Adventures in a select destination,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal Cruises’ president.
The later excursions will be offered starting with Crystal Serenity’s Sept. 19 Boston-Quebec sailing, and on Crystal Symphony’s Sept. 27 Hamburg-Lisbon sailing. The Late-Risers Adventures will be available on select Crystal itineraries across the globe ranging from 5- to 108-day sailings. For more information, call (8o0) 446-6620, or visit crystalcruises.com or crystalcruises.com/agent.
Star Clippers is now offering six yoga-themed itineraries for 2015 with onboard world-class yoga instructors.
All classes are complimentary and will take place on deck at sunrise and sunset. The instructors will give lectures on the philosophy of yoga, as well as give yogis advice they can take with them when practicing at home; classes will fit all skill levels from beginners to advanced yogis.
“We continue to look for unique experiences to offer our health-minded guests, and the yoga classes have been met with enthusiasm,” says Mikael Krafft, owner and president of Star Clippers. “You can’t ask for a more relaxing yoga environment than on the open deck of a Star Clippers ship surrounded by the sea and sails.”
The yoga-themed itineraries will take place on Star Clipper’s Jan. 24 and 31 Caribbean sailings; Royal Clipper’s May 16 and 23 Western Mediterranean cruises; and Star Flyer’s Aug. 1 and 8 Baleaic Islands itineraries. Classes and lectures are optional and will be conducted in English. Additional ship activities will also be offered as part of the standard daily program. Health-conscious cruisers will enjoy Star Clippers’ healthy menu options and active shore excursions including watersports and bike tours. Rates for the Caribbean sailings start at $1,993, the Western Mediterranean sailings start at $1,740, and $1,575 for the Balearic Islands voyages (all prices are pp dbl). For more information, call (800) 442-0556 or visit starclippers.com or starclippers.com/us-dom/travel-agent.
Wine enthusiasts can sail away on any of three themed sailings along the Mediterranean with MSC Cruises’ On the Wine Routes cruises.
Starting this November, the MSC Splendida will host On the Wine Routes departures designed to provide immersive wine experiences in Provence, Barcelona and Civitavecchia. On the Wine Routes itineraries include city tours, tastings of local wines, and insights by Masters of Wine experts on the art, science and business of wine. The package also includes one excursion to a wine producer or cellar in France, Spain, or Italy; and a high-quality beverage package of superior wines served with onboard meals, as well as a bottle of fine sparkling wine on Gala Night.
The 8-day itinerary departs from Genoa, Italy on Nov. 2 and 9, with calls in Naples and Messina, Italy; Tunis, Tunisia; Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France. The Dec. 14 sailing stops in Civitavecchia, near Rome, and Palermo, Sicily in Italy, as well as Tunis, Barcelona, and Marseille. On the Wine Routes sailing packages start at $583 pp. For more information, call (877) 665-4655 or visit msccruisesusa.com.