Wednesday, October 18, 2023

UnCruise Adventures

Prince William Sound, AK. Photo Credit: 12019/Pixabay




  • 7 - 14 Night Sailings
  • American Owned
  • Destinations in Alaska, British Columbia, Coastal Washington, Columbia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama & Snake Rivers
  • Expedition Voyages
  • Formerly American Safari Cruises
  • Founded in 2008
  • Headquartered in Everett, WA & Juneau, AK
  • Only 22 - 88 Guests
  • Operates 9 Ships
  • Ranked #8 "Best Adventure Cruise Line" with USA Today (2021)
  • Small Ship Adventure
  • Small Ship Cruise Line
  • Voted "Best Cruise Ships in the World" (2021) with Conde Nast Magazine



Machu Picchu, Peru. Photo Credit: LoggaWiggler/Pixabay




  • Active Traveler(s)
  • Adventure Cruising
  • Couples
  • Cruise Focused on Culture & Wildlife
  • Family
  • Intimate Atmosphere
  • Off the Beaten Path Experiences
  • Off the Grid Opportunity
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Private Charter
  • Small Group Tours
  • Solo Traveler
  • Upscale Cruise



Seattle, WA. Photo Credit: Paul Galasso/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • All outside cabins, wrap around decks for wildlife viewing.
  • Bridge has a satellite phone for emergency use only. Additional cost applies.
  • Considers April and May as "Alaska Awakening" with the active wildlife following a dormant winter.
  • Continental breakfast is served at 6AM and full breakfast around 7:30AM or 8AM.
  • Crew is trained in CPR and First Aid.
  • Dinner service tends to commence at 7 - 7:30PM.
  • Does not accept American Express credit card.
  • Drinking age onboard is 21.
  • Drones are not permitted.
  • Exception of a few excursions are not included in your cruise fare.
  • Each evening, a Expedition Team Member will present activity options for the following day, speak with you individually to best ensure the activity meets your physical abilities.
  • Every sailing has naturalists experts to educate about the area and the habitat.
  • Family Discoveries Program is designed for kids ages 8 - 13. 
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to your departure.
  • Flights independently booked must be received within 45 days prior to sailing.
  • Free time to explore towns and villages. 
  • Guided paddles experiences tends to be between 1 - 4 hours.
  • Hiking on your own in remote areas is not permitted.
  • La Pinta has no in cabin TV.
  • La Pinta is the only small ship with connecting cabins.
  • Limited quantity of wine can be brought onboard under licenses in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. Cork fee applies.
  • No formal attire required for events.
  • No motor coach tours, rushed sightseeing or shopping excursions at port.
  • No set schedule.
  • No two departures are ever exactly alike.
  • Offers activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling.
  • Offers a one-way sailings.
  • Only La Pinta and Wilderness Legacy offers individual in cabin safes.
  • Only the Wilderness Legacy offers a elevator.
  • Open seating dining.
  • Physician is only onboard with Belize, Costa Rica, Galapagos and Panama.
  • Provides local regional cuisine onboard.
  • Sails between 4 Hawaiian Islands: Molokai, Lana‘i, Maui, and the Big Island.
  • Soft sided, expandable luggage or duffle bags are recommended. Cabin luggage storage is limited.
  • Standard 110 volts outlets onboard.
  • Suggested gratuity is $35/PP daily.
  • Their Alaska season is from April - September.
  • Whale season in Alaska is April - June.
  • WiFi is only accessible in the public areas, not in cabins.



Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. Photo Credit: Penny/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 UnCruise Adventures 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. 



Juneau, AK. Photo Credit: 12019/Pixabay




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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

The Moorings

                                                                                                      Grenada. Photo Credit: Richard Todd/Pixabay




About The Moorings
  • Bareboat & Crewed Yacht Charters
  • Custom Built Fleet
  • Founded in 1969
  • Headquartered in Clearwater, FL
  • Operates 400+ Yachts
  • Part of Travelopia
  • Power Yacht Charters
  • RYA Motor Cruising Course (Agana, Croatia)
  • Sailing Charters
  • Sister Company is Sunsail
  • Skippered Sailing Vacations
  • Specializes in Catamarans & Monohulls
  • Vessels Range from 37' - 58'


                                                                                                                   St Lucia. Photo Credit: 31774/Pixabay




The Moorings Clientele
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Private Group Charter 
  • Solo Traveler
  • Yacht Enthusiasts


Belize. Photo Credit: Michelle Raponi/Pixabay



Good to Know
  • Activities vary by destination and vessel.
  • All yachts are equipped with a VHF radio.
  • America cruises the Bahamas, Belize & Key West.
  • Boats feature 110 volt outlets in the Caribbean and 220 volts in the Mediterranean and exotic destinations.
  • Care Package consists of bagged ice, hand soap, dishwashing liquid, garbage bags, matches, paper towels, sponges and toilet paper.
  • Caribbean cruises Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, St Lucia, St Martin and St Thomas (USVI).
  • Casual attire onboard.
  • Catamarans range from 4 - 9 berths. 
  • Charter includes flash lights, galley supplies and linens.
  • Crewed charters provides a Captain's local knowledge and nautical skills.
  • Crewed charters provides gourmet chef meals tailored to your particular tastes.
  • Crewed charters includes beverages, meals, most mooring ball fees, snacks, water sports equipment (fishing rod, kayaks, snorkel fins) and WiFi.
  • Docking fees average between $3-4 a foot in the Caribbean.
  • Every charter requires a comprehensive destination chart briefing, personal boat briefing and dock assistance.
  • Exotic destination cruises are Seychelles, Tahiti and Thailand.
  • Fuel not included with yacht charters.
  • Mediterranean cruises are Croatia, Greece & Italy.
  • Minimum age requirement of 18/+ years to charter.
  • Mooring is at minimum 1 hour prior to sunset.
  • Night sailing is not permitted.
  • Not approved for a self charter, you may hire a Skipper for a Bareboat Charter.
  • Offers a complimentary Friendly Skipper Program.
  • Only service animals with paperwork are permitted.  Additional fee applies. 
  • Pack a windbreaker for cool or windy evenings.
  • Pack your own mask and snorkel.
  • Single cabin on a scheduled cruise is a option.
  • Smaller boats (34') tend to have shared bathrooms.
  • Tipping is suggested at 15-20%.
  • Your personal boating experience will determine whether your approved to charter. 




Key West, FL. Photo Credit: Michelle Raponi/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 The Moorings 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.  



Bora Bora. Photo Credit: Arvid Olson/Pixabay




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Monday, October 16, 2023

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

           San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: Andrew/Pixabay




  • 4 - 12 Night Voyages
  • Ervrima Began Sailing October 2022
  • Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Luxury SuperYacht 
  • Only 298 Guests
  • Sails Caribbean, Central America & Mediterranean
  • Small Ship



                                                                                                           Bermuda. Photo Credit: Larry White/Pixabay




  • All Inclusive Experience
  • Children Ages 6+ Months
  • Exemplary Service Seeker
  • Intimate Yacht
  • Laid Back Vibe
  • Luxury Traveler(s)
  • Michelin Star Quality Dining



Azores, Portugal. Photo Credit: Jacqueline Macou/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • Aft platform makes swimming and non-motorized water sports access easy.
  • Available cribs are limited.
  • Boutique, cigar bar, fitness center and spa services.
  • Bringing your own wine bottle onboard is subject to a $20 cork fee.
  • Children Programs are designed for 4 -12 year olds.
  • Children Programs are $45/PP in the afternoon and the evening session is $65/PP per session.
  • Complimentary WiFi.
  • Currency onboard is USD.
  • Departure ports: Barbados, Bermuda, Florida, Greece, Italy and Turkey.
  • Disembarkation day you will likely vacate your stateroom by 8AM.
  • Disembarkation commences between 8AM - 9:30AM.
  • Drinking age onboard is 18 for beer and wine. All other alcoholic beverages require the age of 21 to consume.
  • Dry cleaning, laundry service and pressing available.
  • Every Suite with a personal Concierge person. 
  • Ilma (Summer 2024) and Luminara (2025) will join the fleet in the future.
  • Intentions are to own a fleet of 5 ships.
  • Legally binding ceremonies are not performed on board.
  • Marriott Elite Members are recognized and rewarded throughout the voyage depending on status.
  • My Yacht Account is accessible 180 days prior to sailing.
  • No casino onboard.
  • No formal nights.
  • No theatre onboard.
  • No tipping required.
  • Ocean view accommodations.
  • Requires Marriott Titanium or Higher for complimentary benefits and perks onboard.
  • Reservations can be made 120 days prior to sailing  and final payment has been made.
  • Room Service available 24/7.
  • Self service launderette available.
  • Smoking in your stateroom is prohibited and subject to $1,000 fine.
  • The Marina features complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boards, sailboats, snorkel equipment and windsurf boards.
  • Vow Renewal or Wedding Package is officiated by the Captain.
  • Voyages 3/+ consecutive days at sea, the minimum age is 1 year old.
  • You may not bring your own liquor onboard.



Sicily, Italy. Photo Credit: Eszter Miller/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 The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 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. 



Barcelona, Spain. Photo Credit: Joaquin Aranoa/Pixabay



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Friday, October 13, 2023

Tauck Cruises

Prague, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Martin Vaclavik/Pixabay




  • 84 - 130 Guests Onboard
  • Family Operated & Owned
  • Headquartered in Wilton, CT
  • Operates 9 Riverboats Owned by Scylla
  • Operates 31 Small Ships
  • Operator of Guided Cruises & Tours
  • Partnered with Kenneth "Ken" Lauren Burns, American Filmmaker
  • Ports of Call: Antarctica, Asia, Europe, Latin America & North America
  • River Cruises
  • Sails Danube, Rhine, Rhone & Seine
  • Upscale Accommodations


Bratislava (Danube River), Slovakia. Photo Credit: Andrea/Pixabay




Tauck Cruises Clientele
  • Active Traveler(s)
  • Affluent Traveler(s)
  • Ages 40/+, Averages 65/+ Onboard
  • Couples
  • Elegant & Upscale Decor
  • Enjoy Off Site Meals
  • Enjoy Special Events
  • Enrichment Lecturers
  • Exclusive Cultural Experiences
  • Families
  • Family Riverboat Adventures
  • Intimate Riverboat Journey Cruisers
  • Multi Country Experiences
  • Port Intensive Itinerary
  • Small Groups (Roughly 24/-)
  • Quality Seekers
  • Solo Female Traveler
  • Theme Itinerary: Christmas Markets along the Danube, Christmas Markets along the Rhine, Musical Magic along the Blue Danube & Taste of France



Roussillon, France. Photo Credit: jacqueline macou/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • Accrued frequent flyer miles cannot be used toward their airfare or used for class upgrades.
  • Adding 6 new itineraries to their 2024 portfolio of European river cruises ($4,990+/PP).
  • Airfare purchased through them does qualify you to earn additional miles.
  • All onboard beverages and onshore excursions included.
  • Beyond Bridges sailing itineraries do not tend to cater to young children's interest, patience or stamina.
  • Category 3 - Category 6 Cabins are designed to accommodate 2 guests.
  • Category 7 Suites offers daily complimentary American in-room breakfast if desired.
  • Category 7 Suites are equipped with an iron and an ironing board.
  • Category 7 Suites are designed to accommodate up to 4 guests.
  • Children 3/+ are welcome on Tauck Bridges itineraries.
  • Children 11/- are eligible for the special rates on all of family adventure sailings.
  • Complimentary internet service.
  • Complimentary snacks served daily from 10AM -12AM.
  • Complimentary transfers include Tauck approved pre and post stay hotels to embarkation location.
  • Complimentary use of bicycles for onshore excursions.
  • Excursions are included in the cruise fare.
  • Families booking Bridges Family Adventure sailing require 8 guest minimum traveling together on the same departure to qualify for the 9th guest free.
  • Gratuities for bellmen, doormen, dining room servers, luggage handling and ship staff are included in the cruise fare.
  • June tends to be their peak season.
  • Individual stateroom air-conditioning.
  • Low guests capacity onboard results under crowded lounges and restaurants.
  • Mini bar is replenished daily with soft drinks and water.
  • Minimum age for our Tauck Bridges African Safaris is 5/+.
  • Minimum age for Tauck Bridges River Cruises is 4/+.
  • Minimum age for Tauck Bridges Galápagos Cruise is 6 /+.
  • No hidden expenses.
  • On riverboats only the Cruise Director and Guides are Tauck employees. The riverboats are owned by Swiss company. Scylla.
  • Open seating dining.
  • Select itinerary may include a pre or post cruise stay.
  • Stateroom voltage is 110 (USA) and 220 (European) outlets.
  • Stateroom with terry cloth robes use.
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages: beer, premium spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, water and wine.
  • Welcome Dinner, Gala Dinner and offshore special events require dressy attire.



Salamanca Cathedral, Salamanca, Spain. Photo Credit: Helger/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 Tauck 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. 




Kraków, Poland. Photo Credit: Roman Polyanyk/Pixabay




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