Cruising to the top

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by Gloria Stuart Apr 2015

Plan an extravagant summer vacation sailing the seas.

Silversea Cruises.

Treat yourself this summer and head to the Mediterranean on the ultra-luxurious Silversea Cruises. An enticing new program, Silver Shore Select, includes shore excursions on any of the line’s 52 Mediterranean cruises this year. Explore the ancient Acropolis of Athens, stroll back through time along the marbled lanes of Ephesus, or discover Renaissance treasures of Florence. These small-group excursions are a fabulous addition to the dozens of amenities already offered, including personal butler service

Call: 888.978.4070

Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic

Explore the pristine islands of the Galápagos on an expedition with Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic – 10 days of exploration into the land of Darwin with expert guides specializing in marine biology, ornithology and evolutionary biology. Enjoy walks among the undisturbed wildlife. Book by June 30 and receive free round-trip air from Miami to Galápagos on select departures

Call: 800.397.3348

Belmond Afloat

Belmond Afloat in France, a fleet of five luxury barges or péniche-hôtels, has launched a new wine academy for 2015. The academy will be led by resident expert Pascal Wagner, who is often referred to as a “walking encyclopedia of oenology.” Wine academy activities will take place on three days throughout a six-night cruise and includes experiences such as a blind tasting at Château de Pommard and an optional hot-air balloon flight over some of the region’s finest vines

Call: 800.237.1236

Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent has devoted an entire European River Cruise Journey for classical music enthusiasts on its cruise titled, “Heart of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube.” Along with a private tour of medieval moated Castle Schloss Mespelbrunn in the Spessart Forest, guests will experience a “Sound of Vienna” concert in the Kursalon, where Johann Strauss II led an orchestra

Call: 800.554.7092

Crystal Serenity’s “Epicurean Escapade”

In celebration of Crystal Cruises’ 25th Anniversary in 2015, renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa will board Crystal Serenity’s “Epicurean Escapade” sailing through western Europe. From Lisbon to London, guests will experience the opportunity to taste Matsuhisa’s classic “Omakase” (chef’s choice) dinner and participate first-hand in tailored cooking demonstrations and sake tasting events with sake master Fumio Hazu

Call: 888.722.0021