CERCLE DIPLOMATIQUE - issue 01/2016

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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.

Regent Seven Seas

Cruises

rssc.com

Oceania Cruises

oceaniakreuzfahrten.com

Hapag Lloyd

hl-cruises.de

Tui Cruises

tuicruises.com

Costa Kreuzfahrten

costakreuzfahrten.at

Seadream Yachtclub

seadream.de

Seereisen Center

seereisen-center.at

Seetour Austria / Ruefa

seetour-austria.at

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