Home' The Australian Senior Traveller : April 2010 Contents 22 THE SENIOR TRAVELLER April, 2010
THE ULTIMATE CRUISE GUIDE
FOR a small ship there's little Seabourn
Odyssey can't provide.
According to Yachts of Seabourn chief
executive officer and president Pamela
Conover, it's up to the 350 crew members to
know the tastes and preferences of each of
the vessel's 450 passengers.
"If they want caviar omelettes for break-
fast they can," she said.
Built at a cost of $300 million, Seabourn
Odyssey has the largest spa complex on
water. If you don't feel like getting up from
your padded lounge to go to the spa, there
are complimentary 10-minute poolside
Just as it is every crew member's job to
know their passengers, it appears that pas-
sengers find plenty to fascinate them.
"Let me tell you the art of conversation
is not dead on this ship," captain Mark
Dexter joked. "I get to know everybody.
They can tell you how long I've been mar-
ried, what schools my kids go to."
Seabourn Odyssey has been deliberately
designed to make it feel more like a yacht
than a cruise ship.
Its size means it can navigate rivers,
share harbours with private yachts, and
dock in the heart of cities and towns off the
main tourist routes.
Passengers can choose between five
places to eat and can dine when and with
whom they choose, any time.
All this luxury doesn't come cheap, with
prices on the full world cruise starting at
US$53,745. But with plenty of people lining
up for this style of travel, Seabourn is
launching two new sister yachts by the end
of next year.
Attention to every little detail
Service with a
SILVERSEA Cruises and San Francisco-
based World Leaders Travel will host the
2010 World Leaders Symposium, a Black
Sea voyage aboard Silver Wind headlined
by former Secretary of State, Condoleezza
Rice, and other dignitaries.
Featured speakers include former
Secretary of Defense William Perry and
former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.
This one-of-a-kind event runs from
August 30 to September 15.
Focusing on the cultural, historical and
political highlights of the Black Sea region,
the symposium begins with three nights at
Moscow's Ritz-Carlton including a gala din-
ner with Gorbachev.
Meanwhile, sister ship, the 382-guest
Silver Shadow, will offer Silversea's first-
ever 30-day circumnavigation of Australia
next January. The cruise will take in the
state capitals as well as Port Douglas,
Cooktown, Broome, Exmouth, Albany, Port
Lincoln, Kangaroo Island and Geelong.
(02) 9255-0600, www.silversea.com
IF YOU'RE celebrating a special occasion
or just wanting to spoil yourself on a
European trip, try MSC's two newest
queens of the Mediterranean, MSC
Fantasia and MSC Splendida, and the pri-
vate ambience of MSC Yacht Club.
This exclusive section at the front of
the ship offers 24-hour concierge and per-
sonalised butler service, exclusive check-
in, expansive suites, all-inclusive menus
including in-room mini bar and room
service, exclusive lounge with pool, bar
and all-day dining and beverages, reserved
access to MSC Aurea Spa and daily news-
paper and laundry service.
MSC's 11 luxurious ships explore the
Mediterranean year-round and seasonally
explore Northern Europe, South America,
the Caribbean and South Africa.
Bookings are now being taken for
Northern Europe cruising from May to
Custom made independent and group tours to Alaska
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Travel on Alaska Marine Ferries which are similar to
'Spirit of Tasmania'. Excellent alternative to large
Itineraries can include rail journeys such as: Alaska
Railroad, White Pass Railway and Rocky Mountaineer.
Incorporate stopovers in local towns, sail through
spectacular waterways not accessible to large cruise liners,
enjoy relaxed and informal atmosphere whilst on-board.
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