Monday, October 23, 2023

Virgin Voyages

Fort-de-France, Martinique. Photo Credit: Scott S Bateman/Pixabay




  • 2 - 15 Day Sailings
  • Adults Only Cruise Line
  • Fleet of 3 Ships: Resilient LadyScarlet Lady Valiant Lady
  • Guests Capacity 2,700
  • Headquartered in Plantation, FL
  • Joint Venture between the Bain Capital & Virgin Group
  • Launched in 2021
  • Premium Cruise Line
  • Sails Caribbean, European Rivers, Mediterranean, Oceania & South Pacific & Transatlantic
  • Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, British Business Magnate & Commercial Astronaut Founded Virgin Group



Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo Credit: Ivan Ivankovic/Pixabay




Virgin Voyages Clientele
  • Adults Only Cruise
  • Adult by Design Entertainment
  • Age Requirement 18+
  • All Inclusive Cruiser(s)
  • Average Ages Onboard 30 - 60
  • Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties
  • Different Cruise Experience
  • Enjoys Boutique Hotel Atmosphere
  • Enjoys Edgy & Risqué Performances
  • Hip Ship Vibe
  • Menus by Michelin Starred Chefs
  • Milestone Celebration
  • Reunions
  • Solo Traveler
  • Super Yacht Atmosphere
  • "Young at Heart"


Melbourne, Australia. Photo Credit:  moerschy/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • Any special requests are required within 21 days prior to sailing.
  • Athletic Club features adult-size seesaws and more.
  • Attire onboard is casual.
  • Bookings within 44 days of the sailing require payment in full.
  • Cancellation policy varies by amount paid and date of request.
  • Caribbean sailing usually visits Havana (Cuba).
  • Complimentary WiFi.
  • Cruise fare includes dining, gratuities and onboard activities.
  • Cruise fare includes basic beverages: coffee, non-pressed juices, soda, sparkling water, still water and tea.
  • Departure ports in Australia, Florida, Greece, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain and United Arab Emirates.
  • Designing a new private destination, The Beach Club on the Bahamian Island of Bimini.
  • Dining and entertainment reservations can be booked 45 days prior to sailing via Sailor App.
  • Electronically controlled stateroom blackout shades.
  • Embarkation is around 2PM.
  • Embarkation lines tends to be long.
  • Every restaurant has a bar.
  • Excursions ("Shore Things") are can be booked 120 days prior to sailing via Sailor App.
  • Extended hours in ports on select sailings.
  • Features beer taproom, coffee bar, Champagne lounge, martini and cocktail bar.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to sailing.
  • Granted (2019) a 30 year berthing rights agreement at Miami Port.
  • Has no traditional Beverage Package, but prior to sailing, you may add money to your bar tab. Unused funds can not be applied to a future cruise or onboard charges.
  • Made to order food onboard.
  • Mega RockStar and RockStar Quarters may book dining and entertainment reservations 60 days prior to sailing.
  • No buffet dining.
  • No specific LGBTQIA events onboard.
  • Offers plenty of dining venues and specialty bars.
  • Onboard Scarlet Lady offers a tattoo studio, Squid Ink.
  • Open seating dining.
  • Overnight stays are available on select itineraries.
  • Passport viability 6 months beyond return. 
  • Popular cruise line amongst foodies and wellness cruisers.
  • Popular spots in the Caribbean, Europe and the South Pacific. 
  • Reduction in disposable plastics, no disposable water bottles or plastic straws onboard.
  • Requires a deposit of 20% of the cruise fare.
  • Reservation can be held for 24 hours without a deposit up to 45 days prior to sailing.
  • Sailor App is known to crash often.
  • Scarlet Lady offers a brunch at Razzle Dazzle with a Drag Show.
  • RockStar Suites onboard Scarlet Lady feature marble bathrooms, music rooms stocked with electric guitars, outdoor hot tubs and private terraces.
  • Scarlet Lady commenced from Miami Port in October 2021 sailing the Caribbean for 4 - 5 night sailings.
  • Spa and wellness experiences can only be booked once onboard.
  • Stateroom tablet may screencast a movie on the TV.
  • Tour of the Bridge is roughly 2.5 hours and costs $200/PP.
  • Unlimited fitness classes onboard.
  • Wearable wrist band made of recyclable ocean plastic is your onboard device for payment system and stateroom key.
  • Wellness area features alfresco yoga, boxing ring, gymnastics equipment and outdoor training area just to mention a few.



Cádiz, Spain. Photo Credit: Paul Edney/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 Virgin Voyages 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. 


Miami, FL. Photo Credit: yanivmatza/Pixabay




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Friday, October 20, 2023

Viking

Photo Credit: APB/Pixabay




  • Fleet 2 Expedition Ships, 11 Ocean Ships & 76 River Vessels
  • Founded 1997 in St Petersburg, Russia 
  • Marketing Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA
  • Operating Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland
  • Purchased KD River Cruises of Europe (2000)
  • Sails Caribbean, China, Europe, Egypt, North America, Russia, South America & Southeast Asia
  • Sails Rivers in China, Egypt, Europe, Russia & Southeast Asia
  • Viking Ocean Formed in 2013



Nuuk, Greenland. Photo Credit: Jimmi/Pixabay




  • Adults Only Cruise Line
  • Ages 18+
  • Average Age Onboard 55 - 75
  • Couples
  • Destination Focused Cruise
  • Enrichment Focused Cruise
  • High End Vibe
  • Milestone Celebrations
  • Multigeneral Groups
  • North Americans
  • Professionals
  • Retired
  • Secondary Education Achievement
  • World Cruise



Floralis Genérica (Plaza de las Naciones Unidas) Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, Buenos Aires. Photo Credit: 3345557/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • All outer gear and clothing are provided for Viking Expeditions sailings.
  • Approximately 14 - 45 days prior to sailing your travel documents are electronically provided.
  • Arctic and Antarctica requires a Medical Questionnaire signed by their physician per guests.
  • Automatic Service Gratuity ("hotel and dining charge") of $17/PP daily to final bill. Amount varies by stateroom category.
  • By 2013, spent $400 million in marketing via direct mailing, television, trade marketing and the web.
  • Complimentary WiFi.
  • Currency onboard is USD.
  • Dining and spa reservation access tends to vary by stateroom category booked.
  • Disembarkation time varies by port arrival and customs clearance.
  • Drinking age onboard is 21/+.
  • Evening attire is "elegant casual".
  • Embraces "no nickel-and-diming" philosophy.
  • Embarkation time varies by stateroom category booked.
  • Excursion reservation access tends to vary by stateroom category booked. Usually between 60 - 100 days prior to sailing.
  • Gratuity of 15% is added to bars and restaurant beverages.
  • In 2013, christened 10 ships in one day the 16 ships over 2 days in 2014 earning mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • No cork fee.
  • No imposed limits of beer, champagne, spirits or wine you may take onboard.
  • No traditional Loyalty Program.
  • Only cruise line in the world to offer a balcony on every ocean ship.
  • Smaller restaurants require reservations.
  • Stateroom cabins tends to have both 110 volt (SA) and 220 volt (European) outlets.
  • Viking Expeditions debuted in January 2022.
  • Viking Expeditions offers kayaks and military Pro Zodiacs.
  • Viking Expeditions sailing the Grand Journeys and Great Lakes itineraries offers 2 6 persons seat in water submarines.
  • Viking Ocean sails Americas, Asia, Australia, Baltic, Caribbean, Mediterranean, New Zealand and Northern Europe.
  • Viking Expeditions 378 guests and Viking Ocean 930 guests,
  • Viking Octantis sails to Antarctica and the Great Lakes. 
  • Viking Polaris sails to Antarctica and the Arctic.
  • In 2022, expanded Viking River in the USA along the Mississippi River.
  • Viking River lacks fitness centers.
  • Offers a 3.3% discount on payments made with eCheck, an electronic debit to your checking account.
  • Requires a Guest Information Form (GIF) completion per guests.
  • Requires passports validity of 6 months beyond return.
  • Select ships offer self service launderette.
  • Smoking is not permitted ashore on Antarctica and Svalbard.
  • Smoking is not permitted on the balcony or stateroom.
  • Viking Ocean offers production theatre shows and fresh popcorn.



Antartica. Photo Credit: jodeng/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 Viking ExpeditionsViking Ocean & Viking River 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. 




Cozumel, Mexico. Photo Credit: Michelle Raponi/Pixabay




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Thursday, October 19, 2023

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Moselle River. Photo Credit: Anja/Pixabay




  • 8 - 25 Day Cruises
  • Acquired (2004) by The Travel Corporation (TTC)
  • Average Guests Capacity of 120
  • Countries Visits: Africa, Europe, Asia, South America & United Kingdom
  • Fleet of 21 River Cruise Ships
  • Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA
  • Cruise Rivers of China, Egypt, Europe, Russia & South America
  • Operational Offices in China, France, Netherlands & Switzerland
  • Partnered (2017) with R Family Vacations
  • Partnered with Tour Operator, Butterfield & Robinson
  • River Cruises in Central Europe (DanubeMainMoselle & Rhine), Egypt (Nile), France         (DordogneGaronneRhôneSaône & Seine), India (Ganges), Italy (Venice Lagoon), Portugal & Spain (Douro), South America (Maranon & Ucayali)



Nile River. Photo Credit: WaSZI/Pixabay




  • Active Traveler(s)
  • Attentive Service Seeker
  • Boutique Atmosphere
  • Children Ages 4/+
  • Christmas Market Cruise
  • Couples
  • Cycle Enthusiasts
  • Families
  • Garden Clubs
  • Jewish Heritage Theme Cruise
  • LGBTQ+ River Cruise (Limited)
  • River Cruise
  • Solo Traveler
  • Wine Lover(s)


Mekong River. Photo Credit: Richard Mcall/Pixabay




Good to Know
  • After dinner entertainment usually consists of local performers. Varies by destination sailings.
  • Attire tends to differ by destinations.
  • Beverage policy known to vary in Asia, India, Egypt and Peru.
  • Complimentary QuietVox audio headsets are available during excursions for hearing purposes.
  • Complimentary WiFi access. Service interruption occurs in remote areas.
  • Disembarkation you usually vacate your stateroom by 8AM.
  • Each excursion group has a English-speaking guide.  
  • Either Self Serve Launderette or Laundry Service for an additional fee is available. Varies by ship. 
  • Embarkation day staterooms are usually ready after 3PM. 
  • Fun onboard entertainment and wellness classes.
  • Gratuities are included in your cruise fare.
  • Groups of 10/+ benefit from an exclusive Special Group Discount and additional savings.
  • Later flights on disembarkation day, guests may wait in public areas until 1PM.
  • No refunds for excursion cancellations made within 24 hours of the tour start time.
  • Offers Bucket List Savings ranging from $2,000 - $3,000/PP depending on sailing.
  • Offers a Cruise & Rail Program.
  • Only S.S. CatherineS.S. La Venezia and the S.S. Maria Theresa.
  • Optional excursions require a minimum of participants to operate.
  • Peru sailings children must be 7/+.
  • Select sailings with no Single Supplement fee.
  • Ships with 220 voltage a European standard. Adaptor required for USA travelers.
  • Should you hold multiple citizenships, only provide the country whose passport you intend to use for the trip.
  • Unlimited premium drinks and unique local experiences.
  • Youths 18/- must be accompanied by a guardian/parent and booked in a cabin with person 21/+ with Asia, Egypt, Europe or India sailings.
  • Youths 21/- must be accompanied by a guardian/parent and booked in a cabin with person 25/+ with Peru sailings.



Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru. Photo Credit: araqpacha/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 Uniworld Boutique River 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. 



Venice, Italy. Photo Credit: Neil Morrell/Pixabay




Ready to embark on custom and 
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