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Popular Yachts / July 16, 2020

Over the past three years, Windstar features invested millions of dollars refitting the 3 nearly identical, 212-passenger vessels that have been previously area of the Seabourn fleet; they joined Windstar's three motor-sailing ships, Wind celebrity, Wind Spirit and Wind Surf. The new threesome has actually all-suite accommodation; 36 suites have French-style balconies while the top four have personal verandahs. All have full-size baths also baths. Cruising with Windstar is approximately "everyday style" – there are no formal evenings – and checking out small ports in the Mediterranean, Northern European countries, Tahiti, Costa Rica plus the Caribbean. The boats' marina systems are stocked with waterskis, kayaks and sailing dinghies. Fares are reasonable not all-inclusive.


Uber-luxury line RSSC's 750-passenger all-suite, all-balcony leading sets sail within the Mediterranean this July. Outstanding features through the luxurious 271-square-metre, two-bedroom Regent Suite (the others guarantee become pretty impressive too); seven restaurants; eight taverns and lounges; and a crew-to-guest proportion 1 to 1.38. Two new restaurants, Pacific Rim and Chartreuse, may be added to Regent favourites Prime 7 and Compass Rose; another first when it comes to cruise line could be the Culinary Arts Kitchen. Classes will cost additional, but all trips come inside fare – as tend to be beverages, gratuities, transfers and internet access. The new ship features set these types of increased bar that RSSC happens to be investing $US125 million on upgrading its three fleetmates.


Silversea's latest ship, Silver Muse, will be christened in April 2017. It joins four "classic" ships (Silver Shadow, Whisper, Spirit and Wind – Silver Cloud will be converted to an expedition ship in 2017) together with existing three expedition vessels. Silver Muse could be the range's first new ship since Silver Spirit established in 2009, and will be the same design but slightly bigger; at the most 596 friends will likely be cared for by 411 crew. The ship need eight dining venues, including two brand new people: the poolside Regina Margherita pizzeria and Atlantide, a seafood and steak restaurant. It will invest its inaugural period cruising in the Mediterranean, after that relocate to the Caribbean.


There's enormous curiosity about Seabourn Encore – its maiden voyage sold out within two days and a lot of of its cruises in Australian seas between January and March 2017 are waitlist only. The 600-passenger Encore could be the to begin an identical set: Seabourn Ovation is planned to start in 2018. Their particular styles tend to be a long type of the line's Odyssey-class vessels (Seabourn Odyssey, journey and Sojourn); obtained an extra deck and carry 150 more guests, but offer a similarly high ratio of room per guest and nearly one-to-one crew to visitor ratio. Highlights consist of "gentler" nautical-themed decor, a round Seabourn Square area and new restaurants plus trademark Seabourn venues.