Category: Wellness Cruises

AmaWaterways Expands Wellness Program Fleetwide

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AmaWaterways is expanding its Wellness Program, bringing activities to benefit the mind, body, and spirit to its entire fleet.

Making its way across the fleet in Europe and Southeast Asia in 2019, the Wellness Program is led by a dedicated Wellness Host on each ship who will lead guests in activities such as group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, stretching, and resistance band training, plus lectures and discussions on topics related to holistic wellness. On shore, guests can take part in active excursions like guided hiking, biking, and running outings.

“The Wellness Program is very close to my heart, as I believe so strongly in the importance of integrating regular exercise and healthy eating into our day-to-day lives, and it shouldn’t have to stop while having fun on vacation,” said Kristin Karst, executive v.p. and co-owner of AmaWaterways, in press materials.

The Wellness Program made its debut onboard AmaLyra in 2017 after years of AmaWaterways already offering complimentary bike rentals, fitness facilities and a walking track, plus a massage room and hydration station available 24 hours a day for the health-conscious travelers. This year, the Wellness Program added six new Wellness Hosts, and it will continue to expand in 2019 and beyond, according to Karst.

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Fitness and Fun on AmaWaterways

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Fitness is a lifestyle for some, so it’s important to keep up the workout routine even while on vacation.  AmaWaterways knows this, which is why it’s launching their Wellness Program on six ships this year.

AmaCerto, AmaPrima, AmaSonata, AmaLyra, AmaDante and AmaDolce will have new programs that have been put together by AmaWaterways’ certified Sports Scientist Selina.

The cruise line is trending up in 2018 and this is certainly one the ways it is setting itself apart from others.

The morning stretching sessions are among the most popular classes. Start the day feeling refreshed thanks to the workout on the sun deck the features breathtaking views.

Core strengthening classes in the late afternoon are also a terrific way to cap off a day of exploring new cities and villages.

Travelers can also bike and hike through these fun destinations to keep their exercise routine intact.

The program is designed to help guests stay active. It’s not about how intense the workout is, but rather the variety of fitness activities you do according to AmaWaterways’ certified Sports Scientist Selina.

Life on board AmaWaterways river cruise is about having fun though, so don’t be surprised if “Champagne Yoga” classes pop up as a surprise while you’re there.

Emerald Waterways Announces First Ocean Cruise

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Emerald Waterways is heading into the world of ocean cruising with the announcement of a brand-new yacht sailing itinerary along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

Set to launch in 2019, the Islands of Dalmatia cruise will be Emerald Waterways’ first ocean cruise. The itinerary invites guests aboard the 18-cabin MV Adriatic Princess II, a newly commissioned yacht designed to navigate the small ports of the Dalmatian Coast. Highlights of the 8-day itinerary include visits to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Sibenik, one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic Coast; and Krka National Park, known for its waterfalls and lavender fields.

The Islands of Dalmatia itinerary will sail April through October 2019, and Emerald Waterways is currently accepting pre-bookings with a refundable $250 deposit.

Seabourn Debuts Culinary Options Aboard Seabourn Ovation

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Luxury cruise line Seabourn is readying a menu of dining options on its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. Scheduled to launch in May 2018, the fifth ultra-luxury vessel in the Seabourn fleet will have five distinct restaurants, each serving gourmet dishes curated by expert chefs, including the Michelin-starred American Chef and restaurateur, Thomas Keller.

Here’s what’s on the menu for Seabourn Ovation:

New Artisan Gelato

The ship will offer the line’s new milk- and fruit-based gelato, which will be made fresh daily and served across the vessel. Guests can choose from flavors like Amarena Cherry, Amaretto, Dulce De Leche, and Cappuccino. The selection will also include fruit-based gelato flavors such as Blood Orange, Coconut, Wild Berry, Yuzu, Black Currant, and Black Cherry.

The gelato menu will also have a local ingredient gelato as a “daily special” on voyages where the culinary team can procure the ingredients in select ports such as lemon when visiting the Amalfi Coast. Flavors will also include “no sugar added” gelato. The new gelato program will launch in April on Seabourn Encore and be available fleet wide by early 2019.
The Grill by Thomas Keller

Created via partnership with Thomas Keller, The Grill serves a classic menu with updated versions of iconic dishes in an ambiance inspired by the classic ’50s and ’60s American restaurant. Options include classic Caesar Salad; Lobster Thermidor; Medallions of Elysian Fields Farm Lamb; And Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart. The wine list, personally curated by Chef Keller, has more than 90 domestic and old-world labels, including many rare offerings. Advanced reservations are required for The Grill.

Sushi

Sushi offers hot and cold items like Salmon Tataki; Black King Fish Sashimi; and Bbq Eel Maki. The sake menu offers a number of selections, many displayed against a lighted wall creating a work of art. Service is available through the day, including Bento boxes and select sushi features at lunch, with sushi chefs in action for all to see. This restaurant is only featured on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation.

 

The Restaurant

A fine-dining and open-seating gourmet experience, The Restaurant’s menus offer a wide variety of choices and dishes prepared to order by the line’s culinary team. Choose an appetizer, an entrée (or vegetarian option), and a dessert with selections such as Black Truffle Risotto & Poached Egg; Char Broiled Iberico Pork Chop; Crisp Polenta and Mushroom Cake; and Hot Coconut Soufflé. On select nights, The Restaurant offers a selection of dishes by Thomas Keller as well as favorites from Seabourn’s menu. The Restaurant also features a premium wine selection showcased in a glass wall.

 

The Colonnade

This casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating is the spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in an open-kitchen style and offered via table service or buffet. Guests can look on as Seabourn chefs create an ever-changing array of regionally themed, bistro-style experiences such as Dungeness Crab Cakes; Roast Prime Rib of Beef; Potato & Beaufort Cheese Torte; And Baked New York Cheese Cake. Special theme nights offer Chef Keller-influenced family-style dinners that pay homage to his American childhood.

 

The Patio

Relaxed, casual, and located by the pool, The Patio offers luncheon buffets and a full dinner menu with salads, pastas, soups, and grilled specialties, plus freshly baked gourmet pizza. Guests can order Chef Keller’s signature Napa Burger developed exclusively for Seabourn, or his artisanal Yountwurst hot-dog named for the hometown of The French Laundry and the original Bouchon.

In-Suite Dining

Seabourn Ovation offers a menu of gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner items around the clock, including course by course dinner from The Restaurant, to be enjoyed in suite or on the private veranda.

 

Cocktail Hour

Seabourn Ovation will have seven lounges and bars with an accessible open-bar policy. Select venues also offer craft cocktails created exclusively for Seabourn by mixologist Brian van Flandern. Every evening guests will find tapas served in the Observation Bar and a selection of canapes in The Club.

Seabourn Square

Seabourn Square offers freshly baked breakfast treats and afternoon snacks. The baristas onboard also roast coffee fresh each day and prepare a variety of coffee and tea selections.

Afternoon Tea

Served daily in The Observation Bar, Afternoon Tea is welcome ritual for many guests and includes light bites such as scones and fresh baked cookies.

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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to Launch in 2019

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A new ultra-luxury, small-ship venture is on the horizon. In late 2019, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a new luxury yachting and cruising brand, will launch with the first of three 298-passenger ultra-luxury yachts. A second yacht will set sail in the first quarter of 2021, a third in early 2022.

The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement. General reservations will open in May 2018.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world.  This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.

Look for itineraries that combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. The first ship’s itineraries are expected to be seven- to 10-day voyages and mostly point-to-point.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 623-foot-long vessels will be able to call at ports that larger ships can’t. The first ship, depending on the season, is expected to cruise the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Whether the yacht is calling at Capri or Portofino in Italy, St. Barths in the Caribbean or the old town of Cartagena, the new brand says its guests will enjoy a relaxed pace that includes both overnight and day-time ports of call and a uniquely curated destination experience.