Friday, September 29, 2023

Quark Expeditions

Falkland Islands. Photo Credit: Andrea Spallanzani/Pixabay




  • 1st Consumer Led Expedition to the North Pole
  • Apart of TUI Travel PLC Group (UK)
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Expert Guided Expeditions
  • Founded in 1985
  • Offers Cruise & Land Based Expeditions
  • Purpose Built Expedition Ships & Icebreakers
  • Small Ships
  • Specializes in Antarctic & Canadian Arctic Region


Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes & Chilean Antarctica. Chile. Photo Credit: marti20/Pixabay




  • Adventure Interests
  • Average Age 50+
  • Couples
  • Only Between 128 - 199 Guests
  • Remote Areas
  • Small Friend & Family Groups
  • Unique Experiences



South Georgia. Sybille H/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • Breakfast and lunch is buffet style service.
  • Dinner a la carte menus change daily.
  • Dinner includes beer, soft drinks and wine. Additional costs applies for liquor.
  • Final Documents are sent via email 30 days prior to embarkation.
  • Gratuity is between $15/PP - $20/PP daily in USD.
  • In the event, of an emergency adequate medical facilities may take up to 72 hours before arrival.
  • Laundry service available for a fee. Returned in 24 - 48 hours.
  • Marriage Ceremonies onboard are not legally binding and require 30 days advance notice prior to embarking.
  • Minimum requirement for all passengers to purchase medical insurance coverage of $50,000/PP. 
  • No nightclubs onboard.
  • Not ideal for guest(s) with mobility issues.
  • Pack spare spare batteries, SP cards and method to back up your photographs.
  • Provides a complimentary Quark Expeditions Parka.
  • Satellite WiFi is used and can be spotty in remote areas.
  • Ship Book will specify the stateroom electrical plugs.
  • Travel with soft sided luggage is recommended.
  • Your size for the Quark Expeditions Parka is a requirement prior to embarkation.
  • Zodiac transfers require boots, waterproof jacket and pants.


Photo Credit: 358611/Pixabay



We're always happy to work with you to extend your experience on a pre and/or post cruise stay, as well.


Now, for the Do-It-Yourself Travelers, you may book your Quark Expeditions next sailing directly on our website, Louvet Travel. Receiving all the personalized care that our valued Clients experience! Truly your one source for all your questions. 



Svalbard, Norway. Photo Credit: Hal Tearse/Pixabay




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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Princess Cruises

Auckland, New Zealand (Dawn Princess). Photo Credit: Arvid Olson/Pixabay




  • 2nd Largest Cruise Line by Net Revenue
  • 3 -6 Day Getaways
  • 111 Day World Cruise
  • American Cruise Line
  • Featured in the Popular 1977 TV Series "The Love Boat"
  • Founded in 1965
  • Headquarters in Santa Clarita, California
  • Home Ports in Barcelona (ES), Civitavecchia (IT), Copenhagen (DK), Ft Lauderdale (FL), Galveston (TX), Honolulu (HI), Los Angelos (CA), New York City (NY), Piraeus (GR), Quebec (CN), San Diego (CA), San Fransisco (CA), Seattle (WA), Southampton (UK), Vancouver (CN) & Whittler (AK)
  • Incorporated in Bermuda
  • Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
  • Partnership with Discovery
  • Premiere Cruise Line
  • Sails Alaska, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, California & Pacific Coast, Canada & New England, Caribbean & Europe
  • Visits 380+ Ports


Photo Credit: Shirley McWhite/Pixabay




Princess Cruises Clientele
  • 6+ Months of Age
  • Average Age Onboard 50+
  • Couples
  • Enjoy Casual Environment
  • Global Circling Itineraries
  • Kids Programs (3 - 17)
  • Milestone Celebrations
  • Multigenerational Families
  • "Old School" Cruiser
  • Retirees
  • Seek Upscale & Refined


Royal Princess. Photo Credit: Hans Toom/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • A $15 cork fee applies for your own Champagne or wine opened at the bar or restaurant.
  • A 18% gratuity is added to bar bills, dining room wine and spa services.
  • Active Carnival Corporation Shareholder(s) with a minimum of 100 shares receive onboard credits $50 - $250. Varies by sailing duration and must be requested prior to sailing.
  • All staterooms include a refrigerator and safe.
  • Automatic gratuity is added roughly $16/PP - $18/PP.
  • Beverage Packages range from $14.99/PP - $84.99/PP daily.
  • Broadway shows, comedy acts and live music entertainment.
  • Casino chips and tokens are limited to $3,000 USD per day, up to a total limit of $21,000 USD per person/cruise.
  • Chef's Table experience costs $95/PP - $115/PP.
  • Children are not permitted in the casino or night club after 11PM.
  • Dance classes, culinary demonstrations and wine tastings are popular.  
  • Deep ties with Alaska sailings.
  • Drinking age onboard is 21.
  • Every stateroom room offers a sharp container for blades, lancets or needles.
  • Features Youth Centers and Teen Lounges.
  • Known for karaoke nights and hosting "The Voice of the Ocean".
  • Laundry Service ($) is returned within 48 hours. Complimentary service for Elite Captains Circle and Suites.
  • Movies under the stars is with a blanket and popcorn.
  • Non suite passengers may ask for a robe, just ask your stateroom attendant.
  • Not recommended for dialysis patients.
  • Not considered a floating amusement park.
  • Offers when you want dining.
  • Often compare to Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line (HAL).
  • Operates their own tourism buses, lodging and rails in Alaska.
  • Oxygen supplement requires advance written notice and form completion.
  • Partnered to offer Discovery Exclusive Tours and local connections.
  • Passports requires a six month validity upon return.
  • Private vehicles and drivers available on a half or full-day basis. 
  • Recommends 2 weeks worth of medication beyond your scheduled return.
  • Sails up to 8 ships during Alaskas summer months.
  • Self service launderettes offer dryers ($3), iron, ironing board and washers ($). Vending machine dispense products ($1.50). 
  • Ships range from 672 - 3,560 passengers.
  • Ships tend not to be a flashy or large compared to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) or Royal Caribbean (RCI). 
  • Ships offer 1 - 3 main dining rooms.
  • Sit down dining for breakfast and lunch.
  • Smoking in your stateroom is fined $250 per occurrence. Smoke in designated areas.
  • Specialty dining charges apply.
  • Specialty restaurants usually serves lunch at no additional costs.
  • Stateroom options are interior (windowless), ocean view and balconies.
  • Stanley (bear) usually debuts on sea days.
  • Tends to lack large staterooms.
  • The Medallion is a quarter-size device that never needs to be turned on or off.
  • Visits 100+ UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Weddings are officiated by the Captain onboard in a chapel.
  • With the exception of sailing in Japan (20) the casino gambling age requirement is 18.
  • With the exception of select Australian sailings currency is USD.
  • Women at 24th week of pregnancy are not to sail.
  • You may bring 1 bottle of Champagne or wine per person onboard.



Regal Princess. Photo Credit: Lothar Baxmann/Pixabay



We're always happy to work with you to extend your experience on a pre and/or post cruise stay, as well.


Now, for the Do-It-Yourself Travelers, you may book your Princess Cruises next sailing directly on our website, Louvet Travel. Receiving all the personalized care that our valued Clients experience! Truly your one source for all your questions. 


Emerald Princess. Photo Credit: Ross/Pixabay


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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

PONANT

Photo Credit: Clara TCHOUBÉ/Pixabay




About PONANT
  • 11 Fleet Ships
  • Founded by French Merchant Navy
  • French Cruise Line
  • Luxury Small Ships
  • PONANT Foundation Conserves the Oceans
  • Tropical Expeditions
  • Worldwide Itineraries: Africa, Middle East & Indian Ocean, Alaska,  Antarctica, Asia, Atlantic Coast, Caribbean, Central America, North America, Northern Europe & Scandinavia, Ocean Voyages, Oceania & Pacific Islands, Red Sea, South America, The Artic, The Mediterranean, & Transatlantic



Sitka, Alaska. Photo Credit: Dawn Shuler/Pixabay




PONANT Clientele
  • Affluent Traveler(s)
  • Children Ages 4+
  • Couples
  • Enjoy Theme Sailings: Art & Museums, Gastronomy & Wine, Event, Golf, Loyalty, Media, Music, Polar Expedition, Smithsonian Journeys, Theatre & Literature
  • Enjoy French Flair
  • Exclusive Loyalty Cruises
  • Social Atmosphere
  • Solo Traveler (No Single Supplement)
  • Sophisticated Atmosphere


Toronto, Canada. Photo Credit: Gerald Friedrich/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • Animals are not permitted onboard.
  • Booking in advance offers up to 30% savings (PONANT Bonus).
  • Both USD and EURO currency is accepted.
  • Complimentary room service.
  • Crew generally speaks English and French.
  • Cruise fare includes (1) port excursion stateroom, meals, open bar, port taxes and WiFi access.
  • Individual safe in each stateroom.
  • Laundry service requires 24 - 48 hours for a turnaround return.
  • Le Commandant Charcot offers a Cigar Lounge.
  • Le Ponant does not have a fitness center onboard.
  • Onboard power is in both European standard (200 volt AC) and North America standard (110 volt AC).
  • Only accepts American Express, EuroCard/Master Card and Visa cards.
  • Select premium alcoholic beverages are excluded from the complimentary open bar.
  • Select ships offer interconnecting staterooms.
  • Stateroom includes bathrobes and slippers.
  • Up to 3 months of pregnancy at disembarkation is permitted.
  • Your passport is held upon embarkation and returned the evening before disembarkation.



Dublin, Ireland. Photo Credit: Mike Schönhoff/Pixabay


We're always happy to work with you to extend your experience on a pre and/or post cruise stay, as well.


Now, for the Do-It-Yourself Travelers, you may book your PONANT next sailing directly on our website, Louvet Travel. Receiving all the personalized care that our valued Clients experience! Truly your one source for all your questions. 


Antartica. Photo Credit: Clara TCHOUBÉ/Pixabay




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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Photo Credit: pixelia/Pixabay




  • 1 Ship Fleet
  • 330 Guest Capacity
  • Bora Bora Private Beach Access
  • Crew to Guest Ratio of 1:1.5
  • Exclusive Retreat off the Coast of Taha’a (Motu Mahana)
  • Formerly Operated under Regent Seven Seas Cruises (1998–2010)
  • Formerly Owned by Beachcomber Croisieres Limited
  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Owned by French Company, Compagnie du Ponant
  • Sails French PolynesiaSouth Pacific and Tahiti
  • Small Ships Designed for Shallow Sailings



Cook Islands. Photo Credit: Julius Silver/Pixabay




  • 5 Star Experiences
  • Affluent Traveler(s)
  • Average Age 55 - 60 Onboard
  • Couples
  • Enjoy Local Naturalists Presentations
  • French Polynesia Bucket List
  • Honeymooners
  • Seek 7 -14 Night Sailings


Photo Credit: Michele Hardy/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • Afternoon tea is served in Le Grill daily from 4PM - 5PM along with biscuits and scones.
  • Ambassadors of the Environment Program is tailored for families with children (9 - 17).
  • Announcements onboard are in English followed by French language.
  • Aside from the holidays, children onboard are rare.
  • Cocktails, juices, soft drinks, spirits and wines are included in the cruise fares.
  • Complimentary Blessing Ceremony for anniversary or honeymoon guests.
  • Complimentary kayaking, paddle boarding and Zodiacs.
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard.
  • Country Club attire onboard.
  • DEET spray is a necessity in lush tropical areas ashore.
  • Library is open 24/7 onboard. 
  • Limited onboard activities while in port.
  • Meals are served in 3 restaurants.
  • m/s Paul Gauguin last renovation was in 2019.
  • Offers Tahitian Wedding Ceremonies.
  • Partnered with highly rated local guides and tour operators.
  • Complimentary Room Service is available 24/7.
  • Scuba Program onboard: certification courses, referral and refresher.



Photo Credit: Opick Mataram Web/Pixabay



We're always happy to work with you to extend your experience on a pre and/or post cruise stay, as well.


By the way, our signature collection of Hosted Sailing provides our Clients:

  • Welcome Reception - A great sip and mingle event
  • Private Car & Driver - Enjoy a in depth sightseeing with your own personal guide
  • Shore Excursions - Enjoy our speciality planned excursion
  • Shipboard Credit


Our Hosted Sailings are available with select cruise linesdates may vary.


Now, for the Do-It-Yourself Travelers, you may book your Paul Gauguin Cruises next sailing directly on our website, Louvet Travel. Receiving all the personalized care that our valued Clients experience! Truly your one source for all your questions. 


BorobudurTemple, Muntilan, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Maulana Iskak/Pixabay




Ready to embark on custom and 
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