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SAVOIR VIVRE CRUISE TRAVEL TUI CRUISES HAPAG-LLOYD Atemberaubende Destinationen wie das antarktische Eismeer stehen am Routenplan der Hapag-Lloyd Expeditionsschiffe MS Hanseatic und MS Bremen. Breathtaking destinations such as the Arctic Sea of Ice are on the route plan of the Hapag-Lloyd expedition-ships MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen. INFO „Premium Alles Inklusive“ gilt auf den Schiffen des Hamburger Kreuzfahrtunternehmens - für den 25 Meter Pool ebenso wie beim 5-Gänge- Menü oder an der Bar. “Premium All Inclusive“ on the ships of the Hamburg-based cruise travel company - to experience in the 25 meter pool as well as at the 5 course-menu or at the bar. the ships, which normally sailed the North Atlantic route, lying unused in the roads during the stormy winter months, he came up with the the concept of a two-month pleasure trip for the luxurious fast steamer. A visit to the Pyramids of Gizeh on a donkey was on the itinerary, an extremely ambitious venture at the time, as was a visit to Jerusalem or Damascus. Ballin was an eloquent host, heading a crew of 245 men who catered to the needs of 174 wealthy passengers. The trip cost 2,400 gold marks – nearly €43,000 today. Obviously not only a very successful, but also an extremely exclusive start to this new way of travelling. Private balcony on the world‘s oceans Although cruises have changed from being an amusement for a handful of millionaires in the 19th century to being enjoyed by millions of people now – they can still be a very exclusive undertaking. And as in all booming travel segments, the players in the luxury sector are outdoing themselves to provide the best service: the Regent suites on the Seven Seas Explorer, which left Monte Carlo in July 2016 on her maiden voyage, boast 360 m² and have COSTA Erst die grandiose Kulisse des Geiranger-Fjord, dann auf dem Panoramadeck das luxuriöse neue Samsara Spa der Costa Schiffe genießen. Enjoy the magnificent location of the Geiranger Fjord first, then the panorama deck of the luxurious new Samsara Spa of Costa ships. their own spa and two marble baths. Although the impressive ratio of 1.4 crew members per passenger on “Augusta Victoria” can no longer be achieved, it is still possible on the new flagship of the Regent Seven Seas fleet, which has 542 crew members catering to roughly 750 guests, to be served by a butler on the suite‘s 89 m2 private terrace at any time of the day while the rocky coast of Majorca passes by. All-inclusive luxury Haute cuisine also knows no limits on the high seas. Renowned top chefs have been working in the kitchen decks of the world‘s seas for a while now. Jacques Pépin created the dishes for Oceania Cruises, which unshamedly strives to be the best on the high seas. “Duck à l’Orange with Braised Red Cabbage and Almond Potato Croquette” or “Nine Minute Baked Chocolate Cake with Raspberries and Vanilla Ice Cream” - the culinary highlights are the trademark of the Miami-based shipping company. The best thing here: passengers on the Oceania fleet, which is reminiscent of a casual country club, can savour Jacques Pépin‘s creations, with free seating and at no extra charge. To swim the lengths of the 25-metre pool while the seagulls and the high mountains of the Norwegian coast pass by the ship – this is now possible on board, too. The large pool on “Mein Schiff 4”, the saunas and others sports facilities contributed to Tui Cruises Liner winning the sought-after Cruise Ship Guide Award 2015 in the Sports and Spa category. One of the factors that impressed the jury: nearly all of the facilities are free. The Hamburgbased cruise company also follows an allinclusive strategy: their “Premium all-inclusive” concept provides stress-free luxury on board. Body and soul time An Ayurveda or bamboo massage, a Turkish steam bath and tepidarium with a panoramic view from the highest decks. PHOTOS: OCEANIA CRUISES (1), COSTA CROCIERE, HAPAG-LLOYD CRUISES (2), TUI CRUISES/MATHIAS KOKARTIS (2), REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES Guests can take all the time they need in the new, luxurious Samsara Spas on Costa‘s cruise ships. The Costa Diadema boasts a spa temple stretching 6,200 m² with an oriental touch. Guests can also choose to stay in one of the spacious Samsara cabins. Even the greatest luxury on a cruise ship can be topped. “It’s yachting not cruising” is Seadream‘s motto. 95 crew members cater to no more than 112 guests on the sparkling white-navy blue yachts. Every Seadream Caribbean trip ends with the Gourmet Barbecue with champagne and caviar on a snow-white beach. “A celebration of the yachting experience in every deliciously decadent bite.” 125 years after Augusta Victoria‘s “excursion” Hapag-Lloyd has also remained faithful to exclusive travel experiences, 125 years after “Augusta Victoria” went on her first voyage. A colony of walruses relaxing in the sun on the beach on Apollonov Island, a tiny Arctic island on the edge of Franz Joseph Land, and not even a rubber dinghy approaching them nor a young polar bear suddenly arriving on the scene can make them lose their cool. Scenes, which could easily be in an elaborate production of an animal documentary – but instead passengers on the MS Bremen are close to the action. Apart from the Bremen and Hanseatic, two expedition ships that sail to fascinating destinations such as Kamchatka or the Antarctic mainland, the shipping company from Hamburg also operates MS Europa and MS Europa II, which are regarded as one of the 300 most luxurious cruise ships sailing the world‘s seas and are regularly awarded the best rating of 5-star plus by the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, this industry‘s reference work. How many stars does a person need to be happy? Sometimes the starry night sky above the panoramic deck is simply enough, the stars then shine in abundance. Even Voltaire knew that the superfluous is a very necessary thing - and nothing has changed since “Augusta Victoria” set sail on her first cruise. 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