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Deluxe Cruises – Experience The Best of Egypt Aboard This Luxury Nile Cruise Ship

With its dazzling decor, old-world glamour and itinerary that takes in one of the most ancient and historically rich regions of the world, the S.S Sphinx offers you a truly luxurious experience along the Nile River. Launched by the award-winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruises group, the new cruise liner will take guests on a 12-day journey along the ancient river, its heritage sites and must-see destinations. Interested? Let’s introduce you to the S.S Sphinx and its luxury Nile River itinerary.

Step onboard the S.S Nile and you will be transported to the time of Egyptian queens and pharaohs. And while the times may have changed, the luxury features onboard the S.S Sphinx has not. Fitted out with locally sourced fabrics, artworks and hand-carved furnishings, the ship is designed with a mix of traditional and modern Egyptian decor in mind. With the use of deep colours, spellbinding patterns and ornate wood and marble finishings, the ship is truly part of the luxury cruise journey.

Holding 84 passengers, the S.S Sphinx contains 42 glorious light-filled rooms. All fitted with french-balconies, Egyptian cotton linens and private marble-finished bathrooms, the rooms are vary in size and features depending on your chosen suite. Guests can choose between the luxurious Suite, Royal Suite, Grand Suite, French Balcony and Deluxe French Balcony accommodation options, with each of the rooms offering a luxurious space to rest and recoup from the day’s adventures on the Nile.

If you’re wondering about food then we can ease your worries with the knowledge there are two restaurants on board, both taking in scenic views of the passing landscape from the top and lower decks. The cruise price includes a total of 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners, with meals being made with fresh ingredients that reflect the region’s local cuisine. Paired with local wines, beers, teas and coffees, you won’t be going hungry or thirsty while onboard.

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Deluxe Cruises – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings: 13 Ships Set To Be In Service Soon

With its three cruise brands now back in service, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans to have 13 ships sailing commercially by Dec. 1.

While Norwegian leads the way, with nine vessels slated to sail, Oceania and Regent are also speeding up its restart plans.

Here is the latest brand by brand update:

Norwegian Cruise Line
Status: Six ships currently in service; three more set to follow by Dec. 1
Ships: Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway currently in service; Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy set to follow
Regions: Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska and West Coast

After a 500-day operational pause, Norwegian Cruise Line resumed service in July with a series of Eastern Mediterranean cruises.

Currently, the brand has six vessels back in revenue operations, offering cruises in North America, the Caribbean and Europe.

With three more ships returning by Dec. 1, the company is set to return to additional destinations, including the West Coast – where the Norwegian Bliss is welcoming guests back on Oct. 24. Based in Los Angeles, the 4,200-guest ship offers a program of Mexican Riviera cruises through 2022.

While two other vessels are returning in 2021, the balance of the 17-ship fleet is slated to resume service next year.

Oceania Cruises
Status:
 Two ships currently in service
Ships: Marina and Riviera
Regions: Mediterranean and Atlantic

Oceania Cruises resumed revenue service in August with the Marina. The vessel welcomed passengers back in Denmark for a series of cruises to Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Greek Isles.

A second ship, the Riviera, joined the active lineup recently, offering additional itinerary choices in the Mediterranean.

In December, the upper-premium brand is also resuming service with the Insignia – which is set to offer a Panama Canal cruise before kicking off its epic six-month-long “Around the World in 180 Days” voyage.

Phased restart dates for the balance of the Oceania Cruises fleet continue next , with three more vessels resuming guest operations in 2022.

Regent Seven Seas
Status:
 Two ships currently in service
Ships: Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Explorer
Regions: Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Panama Canal

With two ships now in service, Regent Seven Seas Cruises plans to have its entire fleet back in action by early 2022.

The luxury brand first restarted revenue operations in September, with the 2019-built Seven Seas Splendor. After resuming its inaugural season in Northern Europe, the vessel is currently sailing in the Mediterranean ahead of a winter season in the Caribbean.

The Seven Seas Explorer joined the active lineup recently, offering additional voyages in Europe.

A third Regent ship returning in December. The vessel is slated to sail a Panama Canal cruise before beginning an epic World Cruise in January.

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Deluxe Cruises – Seabourn: Escape winter blues with new Canary Islands and Mediterranean cruises for 2022

Seabourn cruises offer guests the chance to escape to the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean in winter 2022. The ultra-luxury cruise line offers roundtrips from Lisbon for stunning 10 and 11-night itineraries.

eabourn is giving guests something to look forward to this winter, with Seabourn Encore offering an exciting series of new Canary Islands and Mediterranean itineraries, starting in February 2022.

These winter sunshine itineraries give you the opportunity to check out must-see UNESCO world heritage sites, thanks to Seabourn being the official cruise partner of the UN agency, as well as being able to absorb countless cultural and leisure experiences.

In April, Seabourn Encore will set sail on a 15-day Mediterranean and Greek Islands cruise. Guests will depart from Lisbon and arrive in Athens before the ship commences her summer programme.

Talented lyricist and author, Sir Tim Rice, will make an appearance onboard Seabourn Encore’s first return to service on 19 February 2022. Sir Tim will share his career highlights and stories live on stage alongside Seabourn singers and dancers.

What features are onboard Seabourn Encore?

Explore further with Seabourn Encore, which features 300 all-veranda suites. Seabourn Encore’s smaller size means you can slip into picturesque ports and hidden harbours. Moreover, dine in elegance with select menus onboard created under the guidance of chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller, and enjoy bistro-style dining and breakfasts al-fresco at the Patio.

Suites onboard typically include a spacious living area, queen-sized bed, walk-in wardrobe, interactive flat-screen television and fully stocked bar and refrigerator, the perfect base for your cruise adventure.

Onboard amenities include an extensive fitness centre, spa and wellness centre as well as the observation bar featuring stunning panoramic views.

The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are known for being a tropical escape for both sun-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

The group of islands comprise of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, Lanzarote, La Gomera, Fuerteventura, El Hierro and La Graciosa. All of which display amazing sights of nature, with authenticity remaining at the core of even the most built-up areas.

Gran Canaria

Famous for its picturesque beaches, Gran Canaria features Playa de las Canteras, over two miles of shoreline with peaceful aquamarine waters, and a stunning promenade as well as Playa de Maspalomas with scenic sand dunes and a 19th-century lighthouse.

Soak up the sun with Gran Canaria’s warm climate while relaxing on one of its stunning beaches, also ensure that you explore the culturally rich villages scattered across the island, such as Agaete and Teror.

For nature lovers, visit the botanic gardens, located in Tafira, very close to the capital, and immediately dive into the nature that Gran Canaria has to offer.

Gran Canaria is also a great shopping destination, with Sunday markets in Teror. It’s a duty-free island, so ensure you stock up on your favourites.

Tenerife

Tenerife features awe-inspiring landscapes, such as Parque del Teide, the biggest national park across the Canary Islands.

This contains the breathtaking Teide volcano, rising 12,200 feet high and boasting 20 different hiking trails. The trails take you on a journey to otherworldly rock formations and colourful lava deposits.

Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales swimming in the waters on the coast to tick off your animal-spotting bucket list.

To absorb the local culture and atmosphere, ensure you head to Santa Cruz Tenerife to chat with locals to learn even more about this amazing island. The Auditorio de Tenerife regularly features concerts and operas, at which you can sit back and be entertained by the local cultudre.

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Deluxe Cruises – Aurora Expeditions’ UK boss unveils educational plans for 2022

Aurora Expeditions’ new UK managing director aims to boost agents’ knowledge of the line’s product with a series of ship visits and a fam trip to Antarctica next year.

Speaking to Travel Weekly, five months into his new role at the expedition line, Dewing plans to host ship visits in Scotland and Ireland.

Industry veteran Jos Dewing previously spent 10 months as a consultant for SeaDream Yacht Club and held the chief executive role at Voyages to Antiquity for nearly five years prior that.

Looking ahead, he said: “In terms of the fam trip we’ll work with [trade] partners who need to understand us more because Aurora’s one of those products that needs to be experienced.

“The expert guides, the small [excursion] groups and extraordinary level of experiences – it really is something that if you can understand it, you can sell it far better.”

Next year, the line’s Greg Mortimer ship is scheduled to cruise around Ireland in May, depart Oban in May; and Aberdeen in June.

Dewing said he wanted to invite as many agents as possible on the 132-passenger vessel.

He confirmed that the line would resume operations on January 8, 2022, with a 12-day Spirit of Antarctica sailing departing from Punta Arenas, Chile.

Due to Chile’s high vaccination rate, Dewing explained that Aurora had chosen Chile as an embarkation port rather than other South American countries. Currently, 74.4% of Chile’s population has been fully jabbed.

On the recent red list reduction, Dewing added: “We did get to the point that we did not think that it was going to happen and then suddenly it happened. Now it’s full steam ahead.”

However, the Australian expedition line has decided the launch sister vessel – called Sylvia Earle – in spring 2022, according to Dewing. Sylvia Earle had been slated to launch in Antarctica next month.

“It is the right time to operate one ship in Antarctica,” Dewing explained, adding that the decision “made sense”. “Greg Mortimer is ready to operate now.”

Dewing said that the line works with between 60 and 80 UK agents but numbers were rising. “Cruise specialists are ramping up their focus on expedition cruise,” he said. “There are new names each week.

“There are agents that have clients who have been to Antarctica and want something more unique.

“Then we’ve got some polar partners who are knowledgeable about our business and can really develop it.”

Dewing said his three-person UK team – including UK and Europe business development manager James Turner and Karen Hollands, who oversees reservations and sales support – works with a “real mix” of agents.

He estimates that Aurora’s UK team has met with around 20 agencies this year. “Being there and being able to talk through things makes all the difference,” he added.

“This is a unique product and there’s real demand for it. We’ve doubled capacity as we have two new ships. We need to work with new partners and we want to grow the UK business.”

He added that the line is “perfectly placed” to meet strong demand. “We’re getting enquiries from new agents that we’ve not worked with and a wider range of destination enquiries,” he added.

“We [Aurora] were born in Antarctica but we’re getting a lot more interest in the niche destinations that we sell like the Russian Far East. Wrangel Island is one of those destinations for guests that have done a polar expedition like Antarctica or Svalbard and want even more wilderness.”

“We spend around three or four days circling Wrangel Island. It’s growing in popularity.”

Aurora has four departures between July and September in 2022 calling into Wrangel Island – around 60 miles north of Russia.

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Deluxe Cruises – How Much Does a Cruise Cost?

Don’t be blindsided by extra fees and expenses on your cruise. Read our guide and learn how much does a cruise cost, including drinks, packages, and activities.

A cruise holiday could be just the ticket when you’re looking to get away without all the fuss of buying airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and activities. In fact, cruising is so popular that over 13.7 million of us took a cruise from a US port in 2019. It’s often a one-stop shop for many travelers where you can book, sit back, and wait for your embarkation day.

A cruise vacation can be of great value as so much is often included in the cruise fare. You’ve got your accommodation, transport to each port, and meals sorted. To work out the real costs, however, you’ll need to dig a little deeper to figure out what else you’re getting for your money and what needs to be paid for on top of the base fare.

So, how much does a cruise cost exactly? Read on for our full guide on cruise expenses down to the drinks packages, shore excursions, and even gratuities as they can all add up during your cruise ship vacation.

How Much Does a Cruise Cost?

The average cruise cost is estimated to be $214.25 per person per day. That covers $152.12 for the base ticket price and $62.13 for onboard spending. Saying that, you can score a last-minute cruise on a budget cruise line like Carnival Cruise Line from approximately $50 per person per day or opt for an all-inclusive luxury experience for well over $1,000 per person per day with lines like Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Cruise prices can vary widely but before getting into the nitty-gritty of what you can expect to pay, here’s a general guide to get you started.

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Cunard and Princess Cruise ships leaving Southampton Port including Ventura and Queen Elizabeth

A number of stunning cruise ships are listed to depart from the Port of Southampton this week.

Although winter is slowly approaching, cruise liners continue to offer holidays of a lifetime for anyone wanting to get away.

Southampton and Portsmouth are both known for the beautiful ships that come and go each day, be that luxurious cruise liners or impressive military warships.

Cruise liners from P&O, Cunard and Royal Caribbean can be seen on the Solent regularly.

According to the shipping movement list many of the cruise companies have ships sailing in and out throughout the next week.

The shipping movements are listed online, and are subject to change, but give us an idea of the ideal time to spot a great cruise ship.

Below, HampshireLive has highlighted some of the cruise ships that will be sailing out of Southampton over the next few days.

Queen Mary 2

Cunard flagship liner Queen Mary 2 is listed to depart Southampton this week.

She measures in at 1,132ft in length, and can hold 2,691 guests, plus 1,250 crew members.

Onboard is a luxurious spa, enthralling entertainment venues and a vast library,

There are also 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and even a planetarium.

According to the shipping movements, she arrived in Southampton on Monday (October 11) at 7.30am, with a departure time set for 6pm on Tuesday evening (October 12).

Queen Elizabeth

This Cunard cruise ship will arrive in Southampton at 6.30am on Wednesday (October 13).

She is due to leave the port later that same day at 6pm where she will head for the city of Amsterdam.

Over the last few weeks, to follow coronavirus restrictions, Queen Elizabeth has been touring the UK but it looks like she is now travelling further afield.

The Queen Elizabeth made her debut in 2010, she is 964.5ft in length and can carry 2,081 guests.

Ventura

Ventura, part of the P&O Cruises fleet, can often be spotted in the Solent as she is a regular visitor to the city.

She began her service in April 2008 and was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

She has a capacity of 3,078 guests and 1,205 crew, and measures at 291.40m, 116,017 tons and has a whopping 14 guest decks.

She is due to arrive in Southampton on Thursday (October 14) and is listed to depart on the same day.

Sky Princess

The newest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet is due to make an appearance in Southampton

Built in 2019, Sky Princess was officially named by two pioneering women of the U.S. Space Progra – Captain Kay Hire, and engineer Poppy Northcutt.

There are a total of 1,830 guest cabins for the 3,660 visitors who may be onboard Sky Princess.

She will arrive in Southampton on Friday (October 15) and leave the same day. No timings have been confirmed yet.

Queen Victoria

Named after the former British monarch, Queen Victoria, the ship is a Vista-class cruise ship operated by the Cunard Line.

The vessel is of the same basic design as other Vista-class cruise ships including Queen Elizabeth.

Although she is one of the smaller ships in operation, she still boasts seven restaurants, thirteen bars, three swimming pools, a ballroom, and a theatre.

The shipping movements currently state she will arrive at the Hampshire port on Friday, and will spend the night in the Southampton before departing on Saturday (October 16).

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Seabourn Reveals 2022-2023 Caribbean, Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand and Asia Voyages

Seabourn has opened for sale voyages scheduled during fall, winter and spring 2022-2023 to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Asia and the Pacific and Indian Oceans. A range of itineraries is offered throughout each region during voyages of seven to 35 days. Key highlights include Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Ovation sailing to the Caribbean, Seabourn Encore traveling into Southeast Asia from the Mediterranean and Middle East, Seabourn Quest transiting the Panama Canal to explore the western coasts of Central America, and Seabourn Odyssey visiting Australia, New Zealand, and countries throughout the Pacific Rim.

“Our guests have asked us to release Seabourn itineraries earlier and earlier to plan future travel,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn. “We are excited to have our 2022 and 2023 cruise offerings for guests to book and experience ‘the Seabourn Difference’ from the Caribbean to the Panama Canal and Australia to Asia. Every year brings new routes and destinations for our guests to experience the exclusive travel opportunities that we offer.”

Seabourn’s seasonal itineraries are designed to appeal to travelers of every kind, with a variety of onshore outings available to experience at every port. True maiden ports on the schedule include Port Royal, Jamaica, and Tioman Island, Malaysia, while those the line hasn’t visited in at least five years include Hillsborough, Carriacou, Grenada; San Juan de Sur, Nicaragua; Quepos, Costa Rica; Baubau, Butung, Indonesia; and Tsuruga, Toyama, Sakata, Ishinomaki, Hitachinaka, and Miyako, Japan.

Travelers looking for outdoor adventures will also find the Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge expedition-style excursion program in select destinations, including Australia and New Zealand voyages. Seabourn voyages on sale for fall, winter, and spring 2022-2023 include:

Caribbean: For the first time, Seabourn Ovation will cruise the Caribbean from December 2022 to April 2023 with three seven-day sailings round trip to Barbados, as well as 10 seven-day voyages between Barbados and St. Maarten. The ship will offer a 10-day Antillean Holiday cruise starting Dec. 17, 2022, and visiting the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and more, followed by an 11-day Caribbean New Year voyage starting Dec. 27 and featuring Martinique, Antigua, Barbuda and more. The ship’s Caribbean season will wrap up in April with an eight-day Atlantic Sunrises cruise between Barbados & Miami.

Following a 12-day Autumn Atlantic Sojourn crossing the ocean from Lisbon to Miami, Seabourn Sojourn will sail the Caribbean from November 2022 to January 2023, offering three 11-day Gems of the Leeward Islands voyages and one 16-day Holiday Caribbean Sojourn, all heading round trip out of Miami to visit island destinations such as San Juan, St. Barts, the hidden harbors of Guadeloupe and Jost Van Dyke, and more.

Immersive experiences scheduled include the line’s Caviar in the Surf with uniformed crew plunging into the crystal-blue Caribbean Sea to offer iced champagne and caviar served via surfboard bar, as well as fun-filled Marina Day, with complimentary watersports from a beach or the retractable Marina platform on the stern of each ship.

Panama Canal: Seabourn Quest will explore the Panama Canal, sailing four 14-day Panama Canal Quest voyages between Miami and Fuerte Amador (Panama City) during November and December 2022. Beyond its remarkable transit of twisting waterways that were carved through jungle wilderness, the voyages will offer guests opportunities to discover remnants of ancient Mayan civilizations, cultures that outlived their colonial beginnings in Mexico and Costa Rica, and tropical destinations in Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and more.

Australia & New Zealand: Seabourn Odyssey will sail the coasts of Australia and New Zealand during peak whale-watching season from December 2022 to March 2023, with five 16-day voyages between Sydney and Auckland taking in Fjordland National Park, Kalkoura on New Zealand’s South Island, and more. There will also be a single 14-day New Zealand Yacht Harbors voyage focused on great yacht harbors like Timaru, Lyttelton (Christchurch), and New Plymouth, and a 16-day Queensland Coast & Orchard Isles voyage that will head toward Indonesia.

Travelers will have the option of keeping their adventure going with a pre- or post-cruise Seabourn Journey to The Red Center & Great Barrier Reef, with exploration of Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct and Botanical Garden, as well as a private tour of the Sydney Opera House; a flight to Australia’s Red Center region to tour the 500-million-year-old red rock domes of Kata Tjuta and The Olgas; a cruise on the Daintree River and guided forest walk to the Botanical Ark in UNESCO World Heritage Daintree National Park; and a full day of snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef from a luxury catamaran.

Asia: Following its season in Australia and New Zealand, Seabourn Odyssey will spend spring 2023 in Asia, sailing through Indonesia and the Philippines, and along the coasts of China, Japan and Taiwan with voyages ranging from 14 to 35 days. The 14-day Gems of Indonesia & South China Sea from Bali to Hong Kong will provide an in-depth exploration of Indonesia and Philippines, while the 14-day China & Gems of Japan from Hong Kong to Kobe will feature an overnight in Shanghai, calls in Japan and Taiwan, and a highlight visit to Okinawa, known as “the Japanese Hawaii.”

The 14-day Island Jewels of Japan will circumnavigate the country, traveling from Kobe to Yokohama with featured destinations including “Japan’s Venice” Ishinomaki, where tens of thousands of Jewish refugees fled during World War II. And don’t miss The Kuroshio Route, Seabourn Odyssey’s 21-day cruise from Yokohama to Vancouver with an overnight in Petropavlovsk in Russia before crossing the north Pacific to Alaska.

Seabourn Encore will explore a different side of Asia, spending December 2022 to April 2023 traveling from Athens to Hong Kong. Offerings en route will include a 17-day Holy Land & Arabian Gems cruise from Athens to Dubai with highlight stops including Petra, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Muscat; and a 16-day Pearls of Arabia & India, from Dubai to Singapore, including an overnight stay in Mumbai. The ship will then offer the line’s 14-day Vietnam, Thailand & Cambodia voyages between Singapore and Hong Kong, which will alternate with a 16-day voyage visiting the Philippines, China and Malaysia.

These popular sailings feature visits to Halong Bay in Vietnam and overnight stays in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Manila, and Bangkok, as well as optional overland tours from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh City, and to Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument by land area. Seabourn Encore will finish up in Asia with a 19-day Jewels of India & Arabia cruise between Singapore and Dubai, and a 17-day Arabia, Egypt & the Holy Land cruise back to Athens.

Guests can take advantage of promotions to receive additional savings, including the line’s “Early Bonus Savings” offering guests who book select 2022-2023 sailings and pay in full by June 30, 2021 an additional 10 percent savings off the base cruise fare. Early bonus savings can also be combined with other promotions, such as Seabourn Club Savings, which provides an extra 5 percent savings to Seabourn Club members on select voyages.

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Insider Hotels: London’s Historic Dorchester Celebrates 90 Years with New Rooftop Dining

Celebrating 90 years on April 20, The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection’s flagship hotel now has a new rooftop dining experience and other new feature, The Mayfair grand-dame opened her doors on April 20, 1931, and instantly became a favorite destination for royals, celebrities, writers, artists, leading politicians and the jet-set.

The Dorchester is a timeless legend and in its 90 years, has played host to countless all-night soirees for the London elite and counted some of the world’s most celebrated names as guests, including Queen Elizabeth II, John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, General Dwight David Eisenhower and many more.

The Dorchester is a treasure trove of historic and glamourous happenings. It is where Prince Philip had his stag night. It served as home base for General Eisenhower while he planned the Normandy Invasion during World War II. The storied walls served as inspiration for film director Alfred Hitchcock. And it was the site of the Foyles Literary Luncheons in which 2,000 aristocrats, poets, and authors met monthly in The Dorchester’s banquet room.

The Dorchester has always had a clientele of luminaries. If the walls could talk, they’d have endless anecdotes of elegant society balls, insights into conversations between the world’s most powerful leaders, and a look into the literary genius of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and more. The Dorchester has come to define its Mayfair destination and that legacy lives on today.

The Dorchester is celebrating this banner anniversary with its first-ever rooftop bar and restaurant concept. With views over Hyde Park and East London, The Dorchester Rooftop will showcase a series of culinary pop-ups overseen by Executive Chef Mario Perera. Throughout the spring and summer, guests can expect seasonal and fresh menus in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere that plays homage to the hotel’s history of being a London hotspot and one of the world’s most iconic hotels. In addition to this new rooftop offering, The Dorchester has opened two other alfresco dining options—The Spring Garden and The Dorchester Terrace. What better place raise to reminisce on the hotel’s glamorous past, toast to the future, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon, than alfresco at The Dorchester?

The Dorchester Rooftop: London’s newest rooftop dining experience is unlike anything else in Mayfair. Views over the charming winding streets, lush treetops of Hyde Park, and out to East London are showstopping. At the helm is Executive Chef Mario Perera, who will create a series of culinary pop-ups inspired by local British flavors and bounty. With rotating seasonal menus, live music daily and expertly crafted cocktails, The Dorchester Rooftop is the perfect evening or weekend spot to reunite with friends, cheers to London lockdown being lifted, and enjoy a truly magical setting.

The Dorchester Terrace & Garden: Located on the hotel’s famous forecourt and on the steps of Mayfair, The Dorchester Terrace & Garden is offers light bites and experimental cocktails before guests head up to the rooftop. Here they can expect an all-new cocktail menu crafted by leading bartender and mixologist legend Giuliano Morandin, who is celebrating 40 years of being part of The Dorchester family.  Highlights include Negronis, spritzes, and light Italian bites.

The Spring Garden: Nestled underneath The Dorchester’s plane tree, The Spring Garden has two private garden globes with views of the cobblestone Mayfair streets and The Dorchester’s grand entrance. Each globe seats five guests and is the perfect place for friends looking for a celebratory lunch or dinner experience. In partnership with Veuve Cliquot, Perera has curated a three-course spring inspired menu featuring Cornish seafood, Wye valley asparagus with truffle duck egg, West Country lamb, among other modern-British dishes.

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AmaWaterways Opens Reservations for 2023 River Cruises After Record March Bookings

eading river cruise line AmaWaterways said its 2023 Europe river cruise itineraries are now open for individual and group bookings, a full seven months in advance of previous years. A record level of bookings in March further confirms the extremely strong pent-up demand for intimate river cruise vacations leading AmaWaterways to offer guests earlier than usual access to new itineraries ranging from five to 46 nights. Guests interested in locking in the best balcony staterooms and suites by June 30, 2021, will receive 5 percent cruise savings on 2023 Europe sailings.

“Reservations for our 2022 season are the strongest we have ever seen. We have already received such incredible group and charter interest for our 2023 itineraries that we decided to move ahead quickly and open up these cruises for individual bookings,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “I am excited about our new classical music cruises, five-night Danube itineraries and Seven River Journeys, which have just been announced. Each offers an innovative twist on traditional river cruising with unique and inspiring experiences sure to please new and returning guests.”

New itineraries for 2023 include a series of five-night Majestic Capitals of the Danube cruises visiting Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna with optional new land packages in Kraków, Poland or Salzburg, Austria and seven-night Celebration of Classical Music: The Danube cruises between Budapest and Vienna with concert experiences added to the program of included excursions.

AmaWaterways also announced two epic Seven River Journeys through 14 countries for spring and summer 2023. Following overwhelming pre-launch demand, the Summer Edition has very limited availability, but the Spring Edition, sailing from April 20 to June 4, 2023, which concludes with two weeks on the luxurious AmaMagna, is now open for reservations.

In addition to these immersive new experiences, guests have a variety of other ways to delve into Europe’s rich history, wonderful wines and remarkable architecture while being pampered by spacious staterooms and attentive onboard service. There are 10 different itineraries exploring the iconic cities and charming villages along the Rhine, Moselle and Main rivers in addition to the Enticing Douro and Flavors of Portugal & Spain itineraries, through the landscapes of Portugal.

With five ships in France, each with a different itinerary, AmaWaterways gives guests the opportunity to combine cruises and explore the four culinary corners of the country cruising through the Bordeaux, Normandy, Burgundy and Provence regions. With the rising trend of longer vacations and slower travel, guests can customize their travels by combining multiple itineraries and save 10 percent on the second or third river cruise or add on a land package pre- or post-cruise to extend their European journey. Newly introduced pre-and post-cruise land packages available to book for 2023 include a three-night St. Malo package with the Impressions of the Seine & Paris itinerary and a three-night Geneva, Switzerland, and three-night French Riviera (Nice and Monaco) with the Essence of Burgundy & Provence itinerary.

Known for its variety of included excursions, personalized onboard service and high-end dining options, AmaWaterways is positioning its 2023 sailings as unforgettable journeys for returning guests and many new-to-river cruisers. Whether guests are looking for a short break to soak in the festive holiday season or an extended journey of discovery to celebrate a milestone event, AmaWaterways has the right trip in 2023.

“I am very optimistic on the future of river cruising and as a pioneer in this sector, we are always looking for new ways to surprise and delight our guests while working closely with the local communities to offer unique experiences that AmaWaterways is known for,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “Whether looking for a traditional seven-night sailing, a shorter five-night itinerary or an immersive journey spanning multiple rivers and discovering lesser-known destinations, our 2023 offerings meet the needs of every type of traveler.”

Travelers with pent-up wanderlust who are eager to plan their future vacation can secure their preferred itinerary and stateroom while taking advantage of AmaWaterways’ Early Booking Reward. Guests who reserve their 2023 Europe cruise by June 30, 2021, will receive 5 percent cruise savings on balcony staterooms and suites.

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