Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Set to Open in April

Hyatt To Manage Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Baha Mar Convention Center And A Variety Of Food And Beverage Outlets As Part Of The Baha Mar Resort

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with CTF BM Operations Ltd. for the operation of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the Baha Mar Convention Center and a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, all of which will be part of the mixed-use Baha Mar Resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. The Baha Mar Resort will open in phases, with initial operations at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar expected to begin in late April 2017.Print

It is an honor to soon be part of the Baha Mar family, and Hyatt is thrilled to reaffirm its commitment to Baha Mar and to work together to create an exciting new destination in the Bahamas,” said Myles Mcgourty, Senior Vice President, Latin America And Caribbean, Hyatt. “Expanding Hyatt’s brand presence in the Caribbean is important to our global expansion strategy as we grow our World of Hyatt platform and bring more genuine experiences to our loyal guests in destinations where they want to travel. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will undoubtedly become one of the premier destinations in the Caribbean.”

The arrival journey is the first reveal of the extraordinary grandeur of the stunning Grand Hyatt, as guests are greeted by the wonder of the dancing fountains and a 40-foot water wall. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will also present an abundance of culinary delights featuring multiple food & beverage offerings that include restaurants, bars, and lounges (including a 200-seat main restaurant, a pool bar and grill and a jazz-themed lounge). In addition, the Baha Mar Casino will provide gaming enthusiasts with best-in-class table games, sports book, slots and mobile gaming. The spectacular views will ensure you will not miss the beauty of the ocean.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. (Photo: Business Wire)

Meetings, incentive events and conferences come to life at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, where the natural beauty of the landscape provokes ideas. The Baha Mar Convention Center will feature more than 85,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space. The Baha Mar Convention Center encompasses 34 divisible rooms, including three elegant ballrooms, a 2,000 seat entertainment venue and 16 breakout rooms, offering approximately 82,000 square feet of functional indoor meeting space. Whether you are hosting an elegant gala, an awards celebration or a business meeting, the property offers dynamic state-of-the- art spaces and cutting-edge technology to ensure your event makes a lasting impression. Continue reading

National Geographic Announces Five Days Of Supplementary SXSW Programming (AND Free Drinks!) At The “NAT Geo Further Base Camp”

Located One Block From the Convention Center on 6th Between Trinity and Neches, Nat Geo Further Base Camp Open Daily March 10-14

Lineup Includes Groundbreaking Augmented Reality; Interactive Robotic Art; Inspirational Talks and Interviews With Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jason Silva, Cory Richards, Steven Kolter, David Guttenfelder and Aaron Huey; Plus a Birthday Party and Pi Day Celebration for Albert Einstein

Live Musical Performances From R.LUM.R, Ponytrap and Little Hurricane

This year at SXSW, National Geographic presents Nat Geo Further Base Camp (Nat Geo Further Base Camp, 418 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701): an interactive hub open daily to festival attendees to explore their own genius through brain-boosting and mind-boggling activities. Nat Geo Further Base Camp comes to life in advance of the April 25 premiere of GENIUS, starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, Johnny Flynn as the younger Einstein and Emily Watson as his wife Elsa.

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National Geographic logo. (PRNewsFoto/National Geographic Society)

Beyond nonstop programming and content, Nat Geo Further Base Camp will offer premium Wi-Fi, charging stations and meeting spaces, in addition to a free premium bar available daily, featuring GENIUS-inspired cocktails.

Hosted by TV personality Jason J. Carter (“#SayWhat?!,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Base Camp will feature enhanced experiences inspired by the network’s highly anticipated global event series GENIUS from Academy Award winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Highlights of the five-day activation include:

  • See FURTHER: Experience the world’s first commercially available untethered augmented reality headset, the Microsoft Hololens, a cutting-edge blend of the digital and physical worlds that will bring the theory of relativity to life through powerful visualizations as if Einstein himself were there to explain it.
  • Sketch Like Einstein: Einstein’s iconic chalkboard will be transformed into a first-of-its-kind interactive robotic artist, sketching art from guest-submitted Twitter photos through a genius algorithm using Einstein’s words, symbols and equations as pixels.
  • Celebrate Pi Day and the Birth of a Genius: Fete the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein, whose birthday also happens to be Pi Day (March 14). Coincidence? We think not! Guests will help Einstein blow out all 138 candles, enjoy a cocktail menu inspired by the trials and tribulations of the iconic genius and snack on a pi-inspired dessert bar.

Explore Genius: Hear from the forces behind Nat Geo’s commitment to content that pushes the boundaries of human curiosity, including:

  • Entertainment Weekly chat with GENIUS executive producer and director Ron Howard, executive producer Brian Grazer, actor Johnny Flynn (young Einstein) and actress Samantha Colley (Mileva Maric);
  • Live recording of StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson;
  • Breakthrough panel on cyberterror with security expert and author Jayson Street, social psychologist Nafees Hamid, Breakthrough series producer and showrunner Kurt Sayenga and director and producer Steven Hoggard, moderated by Jason Silva (Breakthrough, premiering May 2, is Nat Geo’s anthology series that shines a light on the world’s leading scientists and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond);
  • Origins panel with modern-day philosopher Jason Silva and author, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Kotler (new series Origins, premiering March 6, is a full-sensory, time-travel adventure that delves deep into history to find the pivotal “origin” moments that made the world modern);
  • Daily recording of podcasts from The Verge reporting on the festival’s hottest news, including special SXSW recordings of “The Vergecast”, “Decode,” “Too Embarrassed to Ask” and “Recode Decode” with SXSW Hall of Fame inductee Kara Swisher; and
  • Various musical performances highlighting genius in its many forms including LUM.R., Ponytrap and Little Hurricane.
  • Chasing Genius With Nerd Night: For the third year in a row, National Geographic partners with the popular Nerd Nite at SXSW. This year’s presentation will feature speakers including National Geographic Explorer and submarine pilot Erika Bergman, science and tech journalist Seth Porges and MIT researcher Adam Haar Horowitz. It is themed to Chasing Genius, a new platform being unveiled by National Geographic ahead of SXSW.
  • Travel Further: Win a 10-day National Geographic Expeditions trip for two to the Galapagos Islands by visiting Base Camp to learn about the Nat Geo Further Photo Contest.

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Havana, Cuba, To Be Featured on Select Carnival Paradise Cruises from Tampa Beginning in June 2017

Following the history-making launch of cruises from the U.S. to Cuba on Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand last year, the company’s namesake and largest cruise brand — Carnival Cruise Line — has now received approval to sail to Cuba. The Cuban capital of Havana will be added to select Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa beginning in June 2017.

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Carnival Cruise Lines’ new 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze in Venice waiting to set sail on its inaugural cruise. Photo by Radu Ursu.

The overnight visits to Havana will be featured on 12 four- and five-day cruises aboard Carnival Paradise departing from the Port of Tampa starting June 29, 2017, providing vacationers with a rare and exciting opportunity to explore this fascinating and previously off-limits destination.

Four-day cruises will depart June 29, July 13, August 24, September 7 and 21, and October 5 and 19, 2017 as well as May 3, 2018 and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana. Five-day voyages will depart August 14 and 28, September 25 and October 9, 2017, and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana as well as a stop in either Cozumel or Key West.

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Carnival Paradise guests will be able to choose from a range of exciting shore excursion experiences that showcase Cuba’s vibrant culture and majestic beauty, along with the island’s warm and friendly people and centuries-old architectural landmarks.

Cuba is an island jewel unique from anywhere else in the Caribbean and we are thrilled to have this rare opportunity to take our guests to this fascinating destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The opportunity to visit Havana, combined with the fun, relaxed ambiance and wide variety of amenities and features offered on Carnival Paradise, will make for a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience,” she added.

Aboard Carnival Paradise, guests can enjoy an array of amenities and a full schedule of daytime activities and nighttime entertainment. A variety of dining options includes two full-service main dining rooms and expansive poolside choices. The ship also features a 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health and wellness facility and an exclusive Serenity adults-only retreat. Popular family-friendly programming includes Seuss at Sea in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and featuring the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends and fun, supervised activities for kids in three age groups. Four swimming pools and an 115-foot-long water slide are additional features.

The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The new voyages can currently be booked via travel agents or by calling 1-800-CARNIVAL. The cruises will also be available on carnival.com. Please note that a passport is required for cruises that call in Cuba. Additional information on all special requirements for these voyages can be found on carnival.com.

Carnival Cruise Line Expands ‘Carnival Journeys’ Program With 13 Additional Voyages Departing In 2018-19

12- to 14-Day Voyages Visit Spectacular Destinations Throughout Central and South America, Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal

Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival Journeys enrichment cruise series with 13 new 12- to 14-day seagoing adventures departing from homeports along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico in 2018 and 2019.

The new voyages are in addition to a number of previously announced nine-to 15-day Carnival Journeys cruises departing in 2017-18.carnival-journeys

In addition to visiting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises can participate in unique onboard activities where they can sample local cuisine and enjoy entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Activities focusing on a broad range of topics – everything from photography and cooking to arts and crafts and social media – along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day,” are also offered.

Our Carnival Journeys cruises have proven enormously popular with guests who enjoy both unforgettable landside experiences and one-of-a-kind onboard enrichment activities that this unique program offers,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival president. “We’re thrilled to expand Carnival Journeys with these 13 new voyages that showcase some of the world’s most captivating destinations,” she added.

The 13 new Carnival Journeys voyages include:

  • Carnival Splendor: a 14-day Alaska cruise round-trip from Long Beach Aug. 25 to Sept. 8, 2018, visiting Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, as well as Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Carnival Breeze: a 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage departing Galveston Sept. 16 and arriving in Port Canaveral Sept. 30, 2018, calling at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and St Maarten.
  • Carnival Splendor: three 14-day Hawaii cruises round-trip from Long Beach departing Oct. 13, 2018, Dec. 1, 2018, and Jan. 12, 2019, visiting Maui (Kahului), Honolulu, Kona and Hilo.
  • Carnival Freedom: a 14-day Panama Canal voyage round-trip from Galveston Oct. 27-Nov. 10, 2018, visiting Montego Bay, Aruba, Curacao, and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Limon (Costa Rica) and Cozumel.
  • Carnival Breeze: a 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage operating round-trip from Port Canaveral Nov. 3-17, 2018, with stops at St Thomas, Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, Tortola, and San Juan.
  • Carnival Pride: a 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise round-trip from Baltimore Nov. 4-18, 2018, calling at Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Maarten.
  • Carnival Ecstasy: a 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise round trip from Charleston Nov. 10-22, 2018, featuring Amber Cove, Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten and San Juan.
  • Carnival Miracle: a 14-day Panama Canal voyage round-trip from Tampa Dec. 2-16, 2018, visiting Cozumel and Limon prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Ocho Rios.
  • Carnival Pride: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage round-trip from Baltimore Jan. 6-20, 2019, visiting St Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica, St. Maarten, San Juan and Grand Turk.
  • Carnival Sunshine: a 13-day Southern Caribbean cruise round-trip from Port Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 12-25, 2019, calling at Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic).
  • Carnival Freedom: a 14-day Southern Caribbean sailing round-trip from Galveston Jan 19-Feb. 2, 2019, featuring Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Limon and Cozumel.

Carnival Journeys activities are tailored to each itinerary in the areas of dining, entertainment, team member connections and enrichment, all infused with the line’s spirited brand of fun. These experiences include: Continue reading

Pendry Hotels Announces The Grand Debut Of The Pendry San Diego

Highly Anticipated New Luxury Brand Launch Sets the Stage with Premiere Opening in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

Pendry Hotels has announced the grand opening of its first hotel in San Diego’s renowned downtown Gaslamp Quarter. A new luxury brand from Montage International, in partnership with The Robert Green Development Company, The Pendry is a refreshing take on the hospitality establishment that blends thoughtful and gracious service with a new approach to inspired design and authentic programming that appeals to today’s luxury guest. Pendry San Diego features 317 guest rooms, three dining concepts, three bars, Spa Pendry, private meeting and event spaces and a vibrant lobby experience.

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Pendry San Diego is located at 550 J Street, San Diego, in the epicenter of the city’s historic and energetic Gaslamp Quarter, blocks from Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, and the San Diego Convention Center; and is the debut property from Pendry Hotels, a new luxury hospitality brand from Montage International. Located in the city’s renowned Gaslamp Quarter, Pendry San Diego strikes a balance between modern and traditional, pairing classic Southern California influence with luxury amenities. Boasting six unique restaurants and bars and highlighting some of the city’s most talented chefs, Pendry San Diego is the city’s most anticipated new hospitality and lifestyle offering. (For more information, follow @pendryhotels or visit www.pendryhotels.com.)

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Pendry San Diego. Photo Credit: Christian Horan

We are thrilled to debut the first Pendry hotel, Pendry San Diego, in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, founder, chairman, and CEO, Montage International. “San Diego is the ideal city for us to launch the brand and we look forward to welcoming guests and locals alike to experience all that the hotel has to offer.”

From its early inception, The Pendry vision has been clear,” said Michael Fuerstman, creative director and co-founder, Pendry Hotels. “We wanted to take our extensive experience in hospitality and combine it with our vision of modern-day luxury and style; one that is rooted in local culture, beautiful design, international inspiration and authentic service. It’s a hotel experience that should feel organic and luxurious at the same time and the San Diego property will bring that vision to life beautifully. We are very excited to open our doors in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter where we think locals and travelers will embrace and appreciate the Pendry point of view.

Pendry San Diego offers a dynamic hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialize and dine in one central location. Rooms are beautifully appointed with custom furnishings, luxurious bathrooms, and a sophisticated yet understated design nod to the city’s beach and surf culture. 36 suites offer stunning views of the city skyline and harbor, the historic streets of the Gaslamp Quarter or direct access to The Pool House outdoor deck. Guests and locals will enjoy a Tom Adler curated pop-up art gallery highlighting Ron Church surf photography. Each space within the hotel is rooted in design, culture and an inspired aesthetic that speaks to San Diego’s unique coastal voice and rapidly growing influence in arts, food, craft beer, and technology.

Pendry San Diego is home to the following restaurants, bars, nightlife, retail and wellness concepts:provisional-kitchen-at-the-pentry-san-diegoprovisional1

Provisional Kitchen, Café & Mercantile Designed in partnership with Raan and Lindsay Parton from Los Angeles’ Alchemy Works retail concept, Provisional is a restaurant and marketplace featuring seasonal fare and gourmet takeaway offerings from Executive Chef Chris Osbourne. The communal dining space features a Vittoria Coffee espresso bar, sky-high ceilings, bistro tables and a retail marketplace set within a greenhouse. The marketplace features a curated collection of items including homeware, ceramics, apothecary items, pantry staples, and jewelry.

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Nason’s Beer Hall

Nason’s Beer Hall A new addition to the famous San Diego craft beer scene, Nason’s is a California coastal establishment featuring local and international beers, global comfort food, and vintage bar games. Its name pays homage to Nason & Co. Farmer’s Market, formerly located in the current location of the beer hall in the early 1900’s. Continue reading

Crescent Hotels & Resorts Announces The Launch of The Duke Hotel Newport Beach

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach has joined the Newport Beach market as an upscale, lifestyle hotel. Formerly known as the Fairmont Newport Beach, the property will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation and convert to the Renaissance Newport Beach in early 2018. The Duke Hotel Newport Beach will begin accepting reservations as a Marriott affiliated “White Label” hotel effective March 2017. Prior to March 2017 guests can enjoy all the benefits and royal amenities of The Duke Hotel Newport Beach by calling (949) 955-5632 for reservations.the-duke-hotel-newport-beach-logo

Adjacent to the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), The Duke Hotel Newport Beach is an upscale property with an unparalleled location that is convenient for business travel and leisure getaways. The hotel features 444 luxury guest rooms including 54 suites, rooftop pool with cabanas, an 8,000-square-foot spa, bocce court, tennis/sports courts, wedding gazebo, fitness center, restaurant, full bar, and 42,000 square feet of meeting space including 27,000 square feet of outdoor function space.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized and award-winning Marriott operator of hotels, resorts & conference centers throughout the United States and Canada, has been selected as the manager. The Duke and the upcoming Renaissance Newport Beach will be positioned and operated under Crescent’s Lifestyle division, “Latitudes, Lifestyles by Crescent.”

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach aligns well with Crescent due to our extensive experience in repositioning unique and complex lifestyle hotels,” said Michael George, Chief Executive Office of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Our unique approach as an elite Marriott International hotel manager, combined with our experience operating in southern California, will maximize the potential of this great hotel.”

Existing Fairmont Newport Beach reservations are intact at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach. Customers may book new reservations by visiting http://www.marriott.com/npbbr, or calling (949) 955-5632.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, nationally recognized, top-3 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 100 hotels, resorts & conference centers in the US and Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent lifestyle hotels and resorts. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms, and major developers. For more information, please visit www.chrco.com or connect with Crescent on LinkedIn.

Explore Hidden Glacier Bay Aboard Seabourn Sojourn During The 2017 Cruise Season In Alaska

Guests Will See This Vast Icy Wonder Up Close On Select 11-Day Sailings

There are so many natural wonders for guests to behold on a Seabourn cruise to Alaska, but nothing quite like the mysterious and exotic Glacier Bay. As the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line returns to The Last Frontier starting this May, Seabourn will provide a select number of opportunities for guests to witness the icy beauty of the remote 3.3 million-acre wilderness area with five separate sailings into Glacier Bay aboard Seabourn Sojourn over the 2017 season ahead. With no roads leading into the park, air and water are the only ways to explore Glacier Bay. As such, a cruise ship is an ideal way to visit one of the world’s largest international protected areas.

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This May, Seabourn returns to Alaska offering a select number of opportunities for guests to witness the icy beauty of the remote 3.3 million-acre wilderness area

A U.S. National Park and Preserve that is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay is located along the Inside Passage on the southeastern coast of Alaska. The park encompasses 5,130 square miles of wilderness dotted with vast waterways, dynamic glaciers, emerald rainforests, striking coastlines, deep sheltered fjords, and snow-capped peaks. A vibrant ecosystem made up of terrestrial and marine species, the abundant wildlife includes grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, numerous bird species, sea lions, harbor porpoises, orcas, humpback whales and many more. Glaciers are geared for dramatic displays of ice and iceberg formation, including calving of icebergs into the bay – a wonder of sight, sound, and splash that is not to be missed.seabourn_logo2016_black

Whatever the region we’re exploring, Seabourn always strives to offer the most enriching experiences to our guests,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Taking them to see the wonders of Glacier Bay is a fitting way to return to Alaska for the first time in a decade-and-a-half.”

Seabourn Sojourn’s 2017 cruise schedule offering access to Glacier Bay includes:

21-Day Kuroshio Route & Alaska: Kobe, Japan to Seattle (May 11-27)

11-Day Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn: Vancouver to Seward (Jun 1-12. Additional itineraries include Jun 26-Jul 7; Jul 21-Aug 1; and Aug 15-26)

Whatever the itinerary, Seabourn guests are guaranteed adventure in Alaska with new optional shore excursions and Ventures by Seabourn guided kayak and Zodiac tours led by teams of scientists, scholars and naturalists that bring the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska and British Columbia alive. The up-close explorations will be featured on Seabourn Sojourn’s full series of 11-14 day itineraries sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Anchorage (Seward), Alaska. A glimpse of the Ventures by Seabourn tours in Alaska can be viewed here.

Seabourn‘s ships circle the globe throughout the year and include more than 150 designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in its itineraries. Through its multi-year partnership with UNESCO, Seabourn offers deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. The line has created special World Heritage Discovery Tours with exclusive and enhanced content developed in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage site managers and tour experts. Fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites include a small donation to UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund.

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Seabourn Odyssey at Sea

Seabourn Sojourn‘s season in Alaska launches with the 11-DAY Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn, departing from Vancouver, B.C., on Jun. 1, 2017, and is priced from $4,999 per person.

For reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com. A dedicated shore excursion call center is available for guests at 1-800-984-3225.