Star Clippers offers sophisticated travelers the ultimate vacation alternative - a tall ship genuine sailing experience aboard authentic re-creations of the classic clipper ships that ruled the waves during the 19th century.
Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, the Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer, and in late 2018 a fourth brand-new clipper ship will join the fleet--the Flying Clipper. These majestic ships visit quaint ports often untouched by larger cruise ships, and offer guests the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht. The ships are under full wind power and sail as much as possible. Glorious masts and billowing sails make it clear from the start that you are embarking on a special voyage.
On Star Clippers you are encouraged to help raise the sails, learn how to tie knots, visit the open bridge, lay in the bowsprit net-suspended above the rushing sea, and most unique of all, climb the mast to the Crow’s Nest for a stunning panoramic view. Or just relax in casual elegance and enjoy sailing the high seas.
During the winter and spring months, the Royal Clipper and Star Flyer sail throughout the tropical Caribbean and Panama Canal. The ships reposition to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall seasons, sailing breathtaking itineraries to the Eastern and Western Med. Star Clipper will spend November through April in exotic Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, followed by journeys from the forested volcanic island of Bali, sailing throughout Indonesia in Summer 2018 from May to October.
The new AmaMagna, debuting in May 2019 on the Danube, provides a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on river cruising. Nearly twice the width of traditional European river ships, AmaMagna is a distinctive evolution of AmaWaterways’ European river fleet, with a daring design that transcends her grand dimensions. More onboard dining venues, health and wellness amenities and leisure activities (such as water sports and golf) align perfectly with more personal space — most accommodations are suites measuring 355 square feet and include full balconies. We’ll reserve your spot to cross the timeless treasures of the Danube aboard a new vessel that represents a new chapter in river cruising.
Where Can AmaMagna Take You?
Embark on a magnificent journey with AmaMagna that transports you to the heart of fascinating destinations along the legendary Danube. Experience the wonder of timeless cities such as Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Indulge in the flavors of Austria’s renowned Wachau Valley wine region. Take in breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage sites and let Europe’s world-famous Christmas markets cast their magical spell on you. No matter which itinerary we arrange for you, you’ll surely be romanced by the storied Danube.
A Debut Like No Other
Join the excitement as we count down to the much-anticipated launch of a ship that is years in the making. When AmaMagna embarks on her maiden voyage in May 2019, the travel world will be watching, so don’t miss this incredible debut. Until then, you can view the video below to see the construction of AmaMagna from her origins in Belgrade, Serbia, to her anticipated freighter transport across the Black Sea to Holland.
Summer’s in bloom now, but fall is fast approaching. Extend the joys of winter getaways, fun and exploration through the end of the year aboard one of Silversea’s intimate ships. Enjoy the head-to-toe pampering of a butler and the friendly camaraderie of like-minded guests in the open bars and lounges. Discover the inimitable pleasures of Silversea, now irresistibly priced to go.
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Only Silversea luxury cruises allows you to uncover sacred traditions and ancient cultures as never before. Hear the roar of the red dragon in China, find peace in land of the rising sun in Japan or picture yourself kayaking your way through Ha Long Bay; Asia is so much more than a sum of her parts. Question everything that has gone before, and prepare yourself for a very different Asia luxury cruise. Soulful, spiritual, fascinating and humble, see far more in the Far East with Silversea.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Belmond Hotel Caruso is suspended in a heavenly realm, somewhere between the sea and the sky. Set into the cliff edge, around 350m above sea level over tiered groves of lemons and olive vines, it’s your private balcony over the Mediterranean.
Sat on a limestone throne at the peaceful pinnacle of Ravello, Belmond Hotel Caruso gazes out over the Tyrrhenian Sea. The hotel was originally built in the 11th century by a wealthy family, shipwrecked on their journey to Constantinople. It was once called Palazzo d’Afflitto—the Palace of the Afflicted.
Today, the name could not be further from the truth. Belmond Hotel Caruso boasts all the worldly luxuries anyone could desire. Vibrant frescoed salons play neighbour to stone vaults adorned with arches and chandeliers. Marbled hallways lead to rooms brimming with antiques and paintings by old masters. In each nook visitors will uncover a new and intriguing part of the hotel’s history.
Inside, our 51 rooms have been lovingly restored to their ancient Neapolitan glory. Expect hand-crafted terracotta floors and Naples-yellow walls adorned with neo-classical antiques. Fresh flowers and stunning coastline vistas complete the experience.
Join head gardener Gaetano and explore our verdant grounds, over 100 years in the making. Meander down the rose arbour to our infinity pool. Its an architectural triumph that seemingly extends straight into the ocean. Re-energise with one of our personal trainers; the panoramic sea view from our gym adds a nice distraction.
Shopaholics, meanwhile, will enjoy our in-house boutique. Goods have all been hand-picked or exclusively designed for the hotel. Later, liberate mind, body and soul at our Wellness Centre. We recommend the signature ‘Ritual of Happiness’ treatment, complete with a foot bath, body exfoliation and alfresco massage.
From Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello is yours to explore. Spend an afternoon wandering the lush lemon terraces. Perhaps find a bird’s eye view over the Amalfi Coast by helicopter. Take our traditional wooden boat, Ercole, to Positano, or drive to Roman Pompeii. Whatever your heart desires, our concierge will happily arrange.
Come evening, chef Mimmo di Raffaele injects modern flair into traditional Italian dishes at Belvedere Restaurant. Each creation uses world-class local produce. What better way to cap off the night than at our atmospheric Cocktail and Piano Bar? With innovative cocktails, wines, champagne and local prosecco, it’s the destination of choice for Amalfi Coast nightlife.
It’s testament to Belmond Hotel Caruso that when guests come to depart they have a tear in their eye. The only affliction here is ever having to leave our piece of paradise.
Check In Time: 2:00 PM
Check Out Time: 12:00 PM
Please allow us to introduce our new addition, and our first property in the Czech Republic: Historical Smetana Hotel in Old Prague with the best views of Charles Bridge and Prague Castle a hotel can offer!
Smetana Hotel was the former Pachtuv Palace which hosted many famous personalities such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Richard Wagner. In 2002 Pachtuv Palace underwent extensive re-habilitation to bring all its glory back to this unique landmark property. Re-branded as an Independent Luxury Boutique Hotel in 2015 the Pachtuv Palace hotel is now owned and operated by Ott family.
The hotel is the perfect complement to a fairy-tale day out in the old town, with romantic touches including four-poster beds, flowers and stunning views and scenery. The spacious and individually-designed suites, many with a view of Prague Castle are perfect for honeymooners and romantics alike as well as for families enjoying the advantage of the Family Suites.
Food & Drinks:
. Restaurant Smetana: Great food comes from authentic and old-bohemian recipes. What sets the cuisine apart from the others? A diversity among all their cooks. Each comes from a different region of Czech Republic. This means that their homemade recipes differ. And so, they used this advantage to combine all of their gourmet experiences and discoveries during their childhood, to create the unique and authentic Restaurant Smetana menu.
. Bistro Bohemian Rhapsody Prague: a fine cuisine complimented by a truly picturesque view of the river bank. The bistro is for those that like the finer things in life. A popular meeting place in the heart of old town, the cafe serves a wide variety of gourmet dishes, classic breakfasts, (their eggs benedict is divine!) freshly baked goods and of course a wide selection of beverages. Bistro Bohemian Rhapsody Prague is proudly furnished by furniture from the famed hotel Lutetia in Paris, with the current bar being our center piece.
. Chapel Cigar Club: Chapel Cigar Club is a perfect getaway from the rush of the city. Hidden in Pachtuv Palace's chapel from 1628 the club boasts an impressive selection of cigars, fine beverages and carefully selected wine collection. This unique place has been created for all connoisseurs of pleasures of life no matter the gender
. Wines: Wine is their passion and they have worked hard to ensure that the wines that they keep within the cellars are the best possible. They offer a tremendous range of quality products, from casual table wines to rare and exquisite selections that are pleasure to come across.
For reservations and additional information, contact us. It would be our pleasure to serve you.
When you envision your vacation, you rarely imagine it in the rain, but a brief downpour during our walking tour of Bruges, Belgium, didn't dampen our spirits. We had just finished exploring the city's architectural and historical gems when our local guide handed out over-sized AmaWaterways umbrellas, pointing out cafes on the main shopping street where our small group could escape the rain.
My husband and I stumbled into a cozy restaurant. Chatting with locals, we ordered what turned out to be the best mussels we had ever tasted – accompanied by Belgian beer, of course. Just as it was time to rejoin our group, the sun added a glimmer to the rooftops of the medieval buildings, cobblestone streets and winding canals that created the sensation of stepping into a fairy tale.
It was an unexpectedly charming day, but also perfectly befitting our seamless, eight-day voyage with AmaWaterways – an ideal balance of complementary guided activities and free time to seek out local experiences, and we never had to worry about a single detail. Our 164-passenger ship sailed smoothly as we slept and docked close to city centers and villages waiting to be explored. Though we gravitated toward active excursions, others expressed appreciation over small-group options that appealed to gentle walkers, as well as to “late-starters” who preferred to remain on board a little longer.
For us, a true highlight was the 80-acre Keukenhof gardens in the western Netherlands, where we meandered through the gardens and pavilions with seven million tulips and hyacinths in bloom. We especially enjoyed having access to AmaWaterways, collection of two dozen bicycles, which we used to traverse the historic Dutch town of Willemstad on our own.
As we mingled with other guests, we heard tales of other enchanting European river cruise excursions, from strolling the sloping hills and cobblestone streets of Budapest on a Danube cruise to sipping crisp Alsatian wines in the French village of Colmar on a Rhine cruise.
Indulgent bliss followed us back on board, where our chef made meals decadent and varied, and we could choose among multiple dining venues. At The Chef's Table restaurant, complimentary to guests, we watched the chef in dazzling action from our 24-seat table. He plated specialties such as marinated salmon accented with a lemon, pepper and mango salsa, followed by a perfectly grilled beef tenderloin and porcini potato, each course paired with an exquisite wine. We somehow manged to save room for a chocolate tart with a millefeuille of red currant and mascarpone.
Personal touches and memorable moments extended throughout our trip. Before dinner each evening, Rolf, our multilingual cruise manager, briefed us on the history , culture and customs of upcoming destinations. We felt taken care of – by him, the well-trained crew and the knowledgeable local guides – all of whom not only met our needs but also anticipated them. At breakfast, I even teased one server that she was spoiling my husband by bringing him oatmeal already topped with brown sugar.
Each evening, we retired to our twin-balconied stateroom that had all the amenities of a five-star hotel, including a marble bathroom with multijet shower-heads. Passing up the television shows and movies on the high-tech infotainment system, my husband spent every night glued to the closed-circuit bow camera so he didn't miss any of the picturesque view on shore.
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Taj Lake Palace is located in the middle of the Lake Pichola and is a 45 minutes drive from Udaipur Maharana Pratap airport. The Lake Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, arising out of the Turquoise Waters of the Pichola like an elegant fantasy in white marble.
The Lake palace was built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acres of rock. It is a magical palace and its image in the middle of the lake is like a leaf straight out of a fairy tale book with an excellent taste of intricate craftsmanship and the ethnic themes using the textiles and handicrafts all over highlight the beauty that is simply beyond compare the lake around makes a pleasant murmur with its rippling waves and lapping that adds to the mesmerizing moments.
AmaMagna is currently sailing the Dutch waterways from Rotterdam to Gendt, Holland. There she will dry dock and outfitted with contemporary elegant décor under the guidance of co-owners Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst who stay involved in the design process to the very last detail. Stay tuned for more updates on the new and beautiful Amawaterways new ship.
If there were a style of travel designed specially for the solo traveler, it would be river cruising. With fewer passengers onboard than a typical ocean cruise, guests wishing to travel by themselves are never 'one of a crowd' on a river cruise.
This is particularly true on the rivers of America. American Queen Steamboat Company offers cabins designed for single-occupancy many of its three of its ships, including the venerable American Queen; the graceful American Empress on the Columbia and Snake Rivers; and the brand-new American Duchess, which debuted just this past month on the Mighty Mississippi.
The chief benefit of having a cabin designed expressly for single occupancy is that guests booking these staterooms can avoid the dreaded "single supplement" for double-occupancy cabins. On some lines, this can run as high as 200 percent of the cruise fare – often prohibitively expensive for the solo traveler.
Some ships even offer more variety when it comes to solo cabins. The American Queen, for example, offers solo travelers the choice of either inside or outside staterooms; the latter of which come equipped with a proper veranda. A total of 10 staterooms are available for solo travelers.
On American Empress, every stateroom features river views, and although there's only one single occupancy stateroom onboard, it comes with a full step-out veranda.
While American Duchess lacks purpose-built staterooms for solo travelers, this all-suite ship spares nothing on luxury. The line frequently runs specials aimed at solo travelers, with incentives and offers that make these lavish double-occupancy rooms worth the price of admission.
Solo travelers can book any category of cabin; you're by no means relegated to reserving a designated single-occupancy stateroom. It's good to be aware, though, that the top-of-the-line staterooms and suites may come with a supplementary fare.
Regardless of which ship you sail on, the experience as a solo traveler remains the same. The ship's welcoming and friendly crew always do their best to ensure that you're looked after and having a good time. Indeed, we've never felt alone or relegated to solitary status on any of our voyages with American Queen Steamboat Company.
Additionally, you can elect to be seated with other people during meals, or choose to dine alone, if that is your preference. Many of the tables in the lavish dining rooms of each ship are designed for larger groups; conversation at a large table of six or eight makes for an enjoyable evening, and is a great way to make fast friends.
In some ways, solo river cruising is even more enjoyable than sailing with a friend or a partner. By cruising by yourself, you can indulge every interest or whim without opposition. If you want to go to the wine tastings in the Columbia Valley, so be it. If your typical excursion runs more towards history and transportation, you can do that, too. Solo travel is uncompromising; a welcome chance to cater to your own interests and meet new people along the way.
In terms of itinerary, there is no right or wrong voyage for the solo traveler to take. The Mississippi, along with the Columbia and Snake Rivers, are all enjoyable on their own merits. You'll also find that, unlike big-ship cruises, people on river cruises are there because they're genuinely interested in the destination, and in the novelty of sailing down America's most famous rivers onboard classically-designed, elegant ships staffed by crews of locals who know these regions like the backs of their hands.
Of course, just because you're cruising solo doesn't have to mean that you're single – that's an old stereotype. People who are happily married can take vacations independently of each other, and in many cases, this can be for the best, particularly if travel doesn't suit your partner for whatever reason.
The only final word of advice for solo travelers: enjoy yourself. Do as much or as little as you want. Meet your fellow shipmates at activities like trivia or cocktail hour, both of which serve as excellent icebreakers. The more you travel by yourself with American Queen Steamboat Company, the more you'll realize you're far from alone.
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