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March 30, 2015

A World Cruise on an Ultra-Luxury Cruise Line, Seabourn Encore’s Inaugural Voyage Sells out in Two Days, Truffle Hunting in France, Inaugural Cruises & Why We Love Them. Regent Seven Seas Cruises Elevates Cuisine to an Art Form, Plus, Time Sensitive Offers Directly From the Ultra-Luxury Cruise Lines!


Dear Currents Readers,

Although I have yet to enjoy a world cruise, it certainly is on my list of cruise voyages. If you are considering a world cruise and would like to speak to an agent knowledgeable about the ultra-luxury lines with experience recommending which world cruise, and why, please contact me directly. I will put you in touch with an expert who knows the pros and cons of several different cruise lines’ world cruise voyages.

Warmest regards,
Heidi
 
Heidi Allison
Executive VP & Group Publisher,
Heidi@AllThingsCruise.com

P.S. We are interested and truly welcome and encourage feedback about our Currents newsletter from you, our loyal readers. We would love to hear about your cruise experiences.
 


World Cruises:
 
Did you know we keep a special area listing all of the World Cruise Voyages?
If you are wondering which ships are leaving and when for a world cruise voyage, please visit our World Cruise page here:
https://allthingscruise.com/world-cruise-lines/
 


Inagural Voyages:
 
Another area of interest may be the newest ships and a little about inaugural voyages here:
https://allthingscruise.com/newest-ships/
 
A few very interesting reasons to book an inaugural cruise….
 
Each Port is a Special Event – Each port is a new stop for a ship on an inaugural cruise so often its arrival becomes a local event. Hundreds of people turn up to watch the ship arrive to its new and or home port. Expect the locals to turn out to see the new ship, including politicians and local celebrities, often with music and other festivities. Not every port will do this but when they do it is a breathtaking festivity.
 
Inhabit a Beautiful Ship in Pristine Condition – We all love the feeling of enjoying something that's absolutely brand new. The vessel has seen no wear and tear. Every aspect of the ship is still in never-been-used, pristine condition.
 
Become a Part of History & Tradition – Everyone likes to be the first to experience something. It's human nature. Inaugural passengers can't help but feel a bit elite and a part of the ship's history. You will be able to say, "Oh, yes, I was on the maiden voyage."
 
Tender Loving Care is Abundant – The cruise lines understand the more positive word-of-mouth that's generated from this first cruise, the better the bookings will be on future voyages. This may mean the cruise line "woos" you with extra special food, entertainment and activities. Passengers on a maiden voyage may be offered perks that may not exist on future sailings.
 
Commemorative Items – There are often special inaugural events and keepsake items commemorating the voyage. When Cunard's Queen Mary 2 launched, she offered "Limited Edition" QM2 maiden-voyage commemorative items like playing cards, cups and saucers, T-shirts, stamps, painted ostrich eggs (!), baseball caps and key chains. These tokens are a great way to remember your voyage. Sometimes the lines even go a bit further, giving each cabin a very special present, usually engraved, worth $50 or more.
 


Luxury Cruise News:

Regent Seven Seas Cruises to introduce brand’s first culinary instruction center; new lounge for Seven Seas Explorer

Elevating cuisine to an art form, the Culinary Arts Kitchen will provide guests with all the ingredients to expand their culinary skills in a welcoming environment reminiscent of the most prestigious cooking schools in France in both layout and design. Eighteen individual cooking stations sit atop three long curved rows with white quartzite countertops and stainless steel accents to provide a look that elegantly complements the complex and richly flavored foods guests will prepare during the classes.

Guests attending classes in the Culinary Arts Kitchen will receive highly-individualized instruction, as each student will cook from their own personal workstation for authentic, hands-on training. The culinary workstations are fully equipped with top-of-the-line induction cooktops, stainless steel sinks and a comprehensive collection of additional cooking essentials.  More…………https://allthingscruise.com/regent-seven-seas-cruises-to-introduce-brands-first-culinary-instruction-center-new-lounge-for-seven-seas-explorer/
 

Truffle Hunting in France Highlights Bordeaux River Cruise
 
Truffles, the fruit of a fungus, are an acquired taste, which is much easier to acquire than the truffles themselves.
 
This is a truffle, says Edouard Aynaud, who knows where to find them.  These delicacies cost a pretty penny in restaurants, and finding their natural wooded whereabouts, hidden just below the surface of the ground, is a learned and lucrative craft.
 
Searching in the wilds of Europe for free truffles is a highly elusive activity. Read More……….
https://allthingscruise.com/truffle-hunting-in-france-highlights-bordeaux-river-cruise/
 

Seabourn Encore’s inaugural voyage sells out in two days

The highly anticipated Seabourn Encore, Seabourn’s newest, ultra-luxury ship launching in 2016, is proving to be in very high demand. Just two days after open bookings were announced for her maiden season, Seabourn Encore‘s 10-day inaugural voyage has already sold out and is waitlist only. More….
https://allthingscruise.com/seabourn-encores-inaugural-voyage-sells-out-in-two-days/
 
Which of the ultra-luxury cruise lines are all-inclusive? What do the lines offer to keep your experience over the top?
https://allthingscruise.com/all-inclusive/
 


Ultra-Luxury Cruise Line Time Sensitive Offers:

Crystal Cruises: Crystal Cruises' 25th Anniversary Celebration Sales Event offers $1,400 in shipboard credits when you travel in a Verandah Stateroom or Penthouse Suite. Offer ends April 10, 2015. For details click here.

Paul Gauguin Cruises-For a limited time Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering a Tahiti Special Hotel and Cruise Package. Stay 2 nights at a lagoon-view room at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa in Papeete then cruise for 7 days on the Tahiti and Society Islands Cruise. Plus all cruises aboard the ms Paul Gauguin include airfare from LAX. For details click here.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: For a limited time, during their "Why Choose" promotion, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering up to $1,000 per suite shipboard credit, FREE Unlimited WiFi, and Business Class Air from $999 on select sailings. Cruise Fares are subject to change April 1, 2015. For details click here.

Silversea Cruises: For a limited time sailings aboard the Silver Galapagos include flights to and from the mainland to the Galapagos, transfers, pre and post cruise hotel stays, evening tour of Quito's historic city highlights and park entrance fees. For details click here.

River Cruise Line Time Sensitive Offers:

AmaWaterways: In honor of 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent Van Gogh, AmaWaterways is offering savings of up to $2000 on select Paris and Normandy cruises that visit many scenes of Van Gogh's painting as well as Auberge Ravoux, his former home. Offer ends March 31, 2015. For details click here.

Avalon Waterways: For a limited time Avalon Waterways is offering 10% savings off select 2016 Europe River Cruises. This offer ends April 7, 2015.
For details click here.

Scenic Cruises: For a limited time Scenic Cruises is offering Free Airfare to France on select 2015 France River Cruises. Offer ends March 31, 2015. For details click here.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: For a limited time Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering savings of up to $600 per couple on select river cruise through China when you book and deposit by March 31, 2015. For details and sailings click here.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering great early booking savings on select holiday sailings. Couples save up to $2,000 with full payment at time of reservation (offer ends March 31, 2015) or couples save up to $500 with deposit at reservation (offer ends April 30, 2015). For details click here.

Viking River Cruises: Viking River Cruises is offering 2 for 1 cruises and 2 for 1 air fare on select 2015 sailings when you book and pay deposit by March 31, 2015. For details click here.

Small Ship Cruise Line Time Sensitive Offers:

Voyages of Discovery: Voyages of Discovery is offering special fares that include air and transfers on select 2015 sailings. Offer ends April 19, 2015. For details click here.

Expedition Cruise Line Time Sensitive Offers:

Lindblad Expeditions: For a limited time Lindblad Expeditions is offering free airfare on select Alaska sailings departing in May and June 2015. Offer ends March 31, 2015. For details click here.

Un-Cruise Adventures: Un-Cruise Adventures is offering Adventures Savings of $400 per couple on Hawaiian Island departing January -April and November -December 2015. Valid only on new reservations booked by March 27, 2015. For details click here.

Un-Cruise Adventures: Un-Cruise Adventures is offering savings of up to $400 per couple on select 2015 voyages. The New Adventure Savings promotion ends March 27, 2015. For more information click here.

Sailing Vessels/Yacht Time Sensitive Offers:

Star Clippers: For a limited time Star Clippers is offering solo travelers to sail with no single supplement on select sailings. Offer ends March 31, 2015. For more information click here.

Star Clippers: With Star Clippers new family program Kids Sail FREE on select summer sailings plus parents receive $500 family flight credit. For details click here
 



More Information About the Lines:

Everything you need to know about the various cruise lines and their ships: 
https://www.cruisecompete.com/lines/cruise_lines.html

Which lines are all-inclusive? What do the lines offer to keep your experience over the top?
https://allthingscruise.com/all-inclusive/
 



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