First call in India is to Mumbai (Bombay), a city with many wonderful buildings from the days of the British Raj

On Monday, Dec. 6, the Seabourn Spirit docked in Mumbai, India…formerly known as Bombay…a city of 20 million plus people. This is our first call in India (there will be two more) and for this we all had to obtain Indian visas in advance. No one could sail this itinerary if they did not have an Indian visa. We obtained our visas about six weeks in advance through a visa service and the fees were about $265 …

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The buildings of Dubai are as spectacular as you have heard…one more amazing than the other

This is will be my last article about Dubai…after all, I am already on the Seabourn Spirit but there is still a bit more that needs to be written about the fascinating city of Dubai. My first article told you a bit about old Dubai, including the museum, the gold souk and the history of the Creek. Then I wrote about the two new wonders of Dubai…the Burj Khalifa tower and the inside ski resort. Now I …

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Everything in Dubai is over the top, especially the Burj Khalifa

Yesterday we went to the top. Actually, to two tops. First, we went to the top of the tallest building in the world, the 160-story Burj Khalifa, which opened earlier this year in Dubai. Then we went to the top of a ski hill, certainly the only ski hill in the Mideast. And – typical of Dubai, where everything is the biggest, tallest, longest or whatever – both of these are in shopping malls. Yes, Dubai is …

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A full day of touring in Dubai, from old to ultra-new

Our 14-hour flight from Atlanta to Dubai last night went smoothly and we both managed to get some decent sleep. When we arrived just before 8 p.m., it was nice to have just a 10-minute taxi ride (35 dirham, about $10) to the Park Hyatt Hotel. I discovered the Park Hyatt online and am very glad that I did. It is an exquisite property: a low-rise hotel in the middle of a bustling metropolis. It is flanked …

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Seabourn announces new Southest Asia itineraries, adding Cambodia and more Indonesia

Responding to increasingly strong demand for some of its more exotic itineraries, The Yachts of Seabourn has announced some changes in the published itineraries of two of its intimate, award-winning yachts during the first quarter of 2012. The 208-guest Seabourn Pride, which had been scheduled to sail 12-day cruises of Vietnam and Thailand between Hong Kong and Bangkok, will instead sail between Hong Kong and Singapore on five 14-day voyages that will each include a call at …

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New Seabourn Quest will be delivered a bit early, so two pre-inaugural cruises are being offered

What happens when a ship is going to be ready in advance of its delivery date? Well, Seabourn decided to add a couple of extra “pre-inaugural” cruises and amp up the benefits for those already signed up for the formal “maiden voyage.” Here are the details: Construction of The Yachts of Seabourn’s third new ultra-luxury yacht, Seabourn Quest, is progressing well, and the company expects to take delivery of the vessel several weeks earlier than anticipated in …

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Twiggy will be the godmother for the new Seabourn Sojourn

Seabourn has announced that British supermodel Twiggy will be the Godmother of Seabourn Sojourn. She will name the yacht during a christening ceremony hosted on board on the River Thames on Friday, June 4. Twiggy exploded onto the international modelling scene as a London teenager in 1966. She went on to define the term ‘supermodel’ and to become the icon of 1960s style worldwide. In the early 1970s, she became an actress and singer, winning two coveted …

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Seabourn offers 2-for-1 cruise fares on all voyages through fall 2011

The Yachts of Seabourn has opened its 2011-12 cruise season for sale with two-for-one cruise fares plus value-priced air add-ons on all Seabourn voyages through fall 2011. Cruise fares start at $3,250 per person, and round-trip, add-on airfares from 40 North American gateways begin at $499 for economy and $1,999 for business class. A complete 24-month listing of itineraries and fares is available at www.seabourn.com. “With the addition of Seabourn Sojourn this June, and Seabourn Quest in …

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Seabourn announces 2-for-1 for one fares and great airfare deals…if you book by April 30

The Yachts of Seabourn has announced a compelling reason for luxury cruise aficionados to book 2010 voyages aboard the company’s fleet of five award-winning, all-suite vessels before the end of April – two-for-one, cruise-only savings on over 80 voyages in Europe and Asia, plus substantially reduced round trip add-on airfares from $499 for economy class and only $1,999 for business class, from 40 North American gateways. “These cruise savings alone represent a great value for a great …

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A very interesting offer for those of you who love Seabourn

– The Yachts of Seabourn is offering complimentary round trip business and economy airfare from 27 North American gateways to 52 European voyages in the summer of 2010. The featured cruises are aboard four of its intimate, all-suite yachts – Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Odyssey and the new Seabourn Sojourn, slated to debut in June 2010. To qualify, bookings must be made between January 4 and February 28, 2010.  I would  suggest checking with CruiseCompete to …

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