Uniworld Trailblazes River Cruise Rail Journey Extension

Breitenstein Kalte Rinne viaduct
Breitenstein Kalte Rinne viaduct

Guests can go from sail to rail in Venice with Uniworld’s new train add-on for guests aboard S.S. La Venezia

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced a new luxury train journey available as an extension on select sailings of its Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy itinerary. Guests can now complete their voyage on the S.S. La Venezia and continue onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express train to Zurich, with three nights onboard the locomotive and one night accommodation in Zurich on arrival.

Uniworld has further announced that it will introduce two additional itineraries that incorporate cruise, land and train travel for 2021. In partnership with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, the two packages will travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.

“Like river cruising, luxury train travel is an opportunity to bring our guests to the heart of Europe and with a view that changes daily,” says Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld.

The 2021 itineraries include the 14-day Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice & the Swiss Alps and the 12-day Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps. Both itineraries provide guests with the opportunity to travel onboard the luxury train as it runs along the Lake of Zurich stopping in destinations such as the medieval town of Lienz, Lake Bled with a Pletna rowing trip to Bled Island and Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Excursion highlights on the train journey include a visit to Gutenberg Castle in Balzers, Liechtenstein and enjoying an evening with a private concert in the caves of Postojna.

The itineraries were created with sustainable tourism in mind, seeking to positively impact the destinations by bringing guests to eat at local restaurants and experience hidden-gem villages in addition to the popular cities.


New Itineraries, New Ships

Uniworld has also added two river cruise itineraries to its product line up for 2021: the 8-day Classic Germany & Amsterdam journey aboard the River Princess, and the 15-day Rhine, Maine & Danube Discovery itinerary that will travel from Amsterdam to Vienna.

The new developments come at a time of rapid expansion for the cruise company, with four new super ships being added to Uniworld’s fleet, bringing the total to 20 by the end of 2020. “In finishing 2019, we’re proud of the growth of the Uniworld brand and in 2020 we’re striving to exceed that in both bookings and delivering for our guests,” said Bettridge.

In 2021, Uniworld will provide guests with two ships to choose from for the popular 12-day Splendours of Egypt & The Nile itinerary: the River Tosca or S.S. Sphinx, in response to increasing demand for Egypt sailings.

Uniworld will also set sail in South America for the first time with two new itineraries throughout the Peruvian Amazon aboard the Aria Amazon, set to debut in September 2020.

The new, popular itineraries include the 15-day Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration that starts off with a land portion in Lima staying at a 5-star hotel, followed by the seven-night cruise through the Amazon rainforest and ends in the heartland of the Inca Empire with trips to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. The 11-day Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery takes guests to explore Lima, immerse in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and sail through the Amazon River roundtrip from Iquitos. On all sailings, guests are joined by native born-and-raised naturalist guides that assist in getting up close to native wildlife and meeting village locals.


The Details

Uniworld’s new Cruise & Rail 2021 itineraries go on sale in late February 2020. Just like the Uniworld experience, the train journeys are all-inclusive.

Uniworld is currently offering guests a choice of three offers when booking a 2021 river cruise:

  • Economy flights free, or
  • Business Class from $3,999 per person, or
  • No flights – save $1,000pp on a cruise

These offers are combinable with Uniworld’s River Heritage Club loyalty benefits, as well as available early payment discounts until 14 March.

Prices for the South American cruises start at $18,799 per person. Twin share and maiden voyages will depart on 23 September, 2020.



Voting is Open for the 2020 Gold List

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Luxury Travel Magazine is pleased to announce voting is now open for the 16th annual Gold List awards

The Gold List awards celebrates the best in luxury travel in Australia and around the globe, as voted by our readers. With voting now open, this is your opportunity to have your say and nominate the best five-stars resorts and hotels, luxury rail journeys, ocean cruises and high-end tour operators.


How to Vote

  • Start your voting process by clicking on the link below and remember to include the location of the property you nominate for your vote to count (eg. ‘Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’, not just ‘Sofitel’).
  • Please note that to be eligible to go in the draw to win one of three prizes below, you must fill out at least one category in the questionnaire, as well as Question 30, then continue to enter your name and email for the Prize Draw.
  • Voting closes 5pm, Friday 3rd April 2020. Winners will be announced Thursday 28th May 2019online and in the winter issue of Luxury Travel Magazine.

Viking Launches Expedition Voyages

Viking Expedition Cruises

Viking Expeditions will hit the high seas from January 2022 with its ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, reaching destinations such as Antartica, North America’s Great Lakes and the Arctic

River and ocean cruise line Viking has announced it is expanding into expedition cruising with its first voyages, to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes, taking place in January 2022 on Viking Octantis. A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic. The Great Lakes itinerary will see guests visitinh the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian province of Ontario.


The Ships

The new Polar Class 6 Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris will host 378 guests in 189 staterooms. Customised to navigate the planet’s most remote environments, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris will offer the same amenities as Viking’s ocean and river ships, with modern Scandinavian design throughout, with elegant touches, intimate spaces and panoramic views from any location on the ship.

Highlights of the Viking Expedition ships include The Hangar, an enclosed in-ship marina; access to expedition equipment including two six-guest submarines, a fleet of two-seater Arctic-tested kayaks and Viking Expedition Kits and 270-degree views from the Aula enclosed stern terrace, with access to the outdoor lounge area – the Finse Terrace. The bow of each ship features a two-deck Explorer’s Lounge with double-height windows. Guests will also be able to visit the Laboratory under supervised access to learn more about the experiments conducted by researchers from Viking’s partner institutes. Three temperate-controlled pools will be available aboard each ship as well as a Nordic Spa and fitness centre.

Guests can choose from six stateroom categories that range from 20.6 square metres to 113.6 square metres. All staterooms feature a king-size bed and large bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor and anti-fog mirror. All staterooms provide guests with exterior views through a Nordic balcony’s floor-to-ceiling, distortion-free glass. Every stateroom is also equipped with a unique floor-to-ceiling drying closet that circulates warm air to dry and store clothing and expedition gear.

Guests of the luxurious Nordic Junior Suites (30 square metres) and Explorer Suites (53.9 square metres) will have an expanded bathroom with extended shower and double sinks, welcome champagne, a fully-stocked mini-bar replenished daily, complimentary laundry and shoeshine services, priority restaurant reservations and more. The Explorer Suites will feature two separate rooms, a Nordic Balcony and a full outdoor veranda.

As for the cream of the crop, each ship will feature one 113.6 square-metre Owner’s Suite with two separate rooms – a living room with six-seat dining table and a bedroom – as well as a 73.6 square foot private garden with a traditional Norwegian badestamp (wood-sided hot tub) and outdoor dining table.

The Restaurant will offer fine dining featuring regional cuisine and always-available classics. The casual World Café will be a “market” concept that offers live cooking, an open kitchen, bakery, grill and premium seafood and sushi choices, as well as a wide range of international flavours. Mamsen’s will serve Scandinavian-inspired fare while Manfredi’s is to offer Italian cuisine. Guests will also have complimentary 24-hour room service.

The onboard expedition program is designed to prepare guests for their onshore experiences, with more than 25 experts accompanying each journey. On board, guests can enjoy daily briefings and world-class lectures about their destination, engage with working scientists in The Laboratory or participate directly in citizen science programs. On shore, guests can assist in fieldwork or interact through experiential activities during landings.

Viking’s expedition ships minimise environmental impact through features such as the straight bow that reduces fuel consumption and a positioning system that enables the ship to hover over the seabed without anchoring.


The 2022-2023 Voyages

To develop the new expedition voyages, Viking has partnered scientific institutions such as the Scott Polar Research institute at the University of Cambridge, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Highlights of the inaugural polar voyages taking place between 2022 and 2023 include heading into the heart of the Antarctic peninsula on a 13-day Buenos Aires to Ushuaia trip, or 19-day Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro trip; exploring Norway’s Svalbard archipelago on a 13-day roundtrip from Tromsø and combining both the Artic and Antarctic regions on an 44-day itinerary from Tromsø to Ushuaia, visiting the Shetland Islands and Ireland’s shores as well as Rio de Janeiro, for a whopping AUD$47,995 per person, twin share.

In North America, voyages start from AUD$8,395 per person, twin share, and include visits to Lake Superior and Lake Huron travelling from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Milwaukee over eight days; Georgian Bay’s granite islands and Thunder Bay’s cliffs on an eight-day Great Lakes Explorer voyage; Niagara Falls and cultural attractions in Detroit, Toronto and Milwaukee on a third eight-day voyage from Toronto to Milwaukee; and the coasts of New England and Nova Scotia on a 13-day New York to Toronto voyage.

Viking Cruises is offering savings of up to $2,000 per couple with Viking’s Inaugural Offer on 2022 & 2023 Viking Expedition itineraries for those who book before 31 March 2020. Conditions apply.



SeaDream Releases Megayacht Wine Voyage in the Med

SeaDream II
SeaDream II

The 7-Day luxury wine voyage from Malaga to Nice will see guests immersed in the world of wine, all from the luxury of a mega-yacht

Wine lovers, listen up. SeaDream Yacht Club has released a voyage from Malaga to Nice centred entirely on the wonderful world of wine. The seven-day voyage aboard a luxurious mega yacht will take guests to ports in the Mediterranean, visiting world-renowned wineries where they can improve their knowledge of the reds, whites and champagnes of the Mediterranean coast. 

Guests will be immersed into the world of wine as they explore the flavours and rich history from some of the world’s most renowned wineries in France and Spain, with behind-the-scenes guided tours of historic wine destinations, tastings, Signature Chef Walks through local villages, and more. Each SeaDream Wine Voyage is hosted by a particular winery and a representative from that winery hosts wine tastings and a WineMaker’s Dinner onboard, with tastings throughout the cruise.

The intimate size of SeaDream’s vessels means they can call upon the small ports, harbours and yachting playgrounds that larger ships cannot reach. In this case, the journey begins in Malaga, Spain, one of Europe’s cultural capitals and the birth city of internationally acclaimed painter Pablo Picasso. Then it’s onto Dénia, Spain, home to a castle overlooking the city, which is now an archaeological museum with guided tours. The vessel also calls into the French resort town of Saint-Tropez, long a holiday hot spot for the glitterati, not far from Provence’s magical hilltop villagesThe cruise concludes at the well-known coastal hub of Nice, France. 

The Malaga to Nice wine voyage will take place from May 9, 2020 to May 16, 2020. Prices start from $4,499 USD per person.



Virgin Voyages to Launch Second Ship, ‘Valiant Lady’

Valiant Lady Rendering
Valiant Lady Rendering

‘Valiant Lady’ will be Virgin Voyages’ second ship, transporting ‘sailors’ to top destinations in the western Mediterranean

Virgin Voyages has announced its second ship will be called ‘Valiant Lady’ and she will sail seven-night Mediterranean itineraries out of Barcelona, Spain when she debuts in May 2021. Bookings for the three feature itineraries – that all offer overnight and late-night stops across destinations in France, Italy and Spain – will open December 19, 2019.

“We are thrilled to unveil the name of our second ship – Valiant Lady – and to deliver on our commitment to offer travellers a sea change in how they can experience cruising in this fantastic part of the world,” said Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages.

As the sister ship to Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady’s name was inspired by the Latin word ‘valere’ and from the French origin, vaillant, meaning bold, strong and courageous. While historically, the image of women only graced the bows of ships to bring protection to a vessel, ‘Valiant Lady’ embodies the idea that women design, captain, lead and champion change in the maritime industry.

Valiant Lady will continue Virgin Voyages’ ‘Scarlet Squad’ program aimed at recruiting, supporting and mentoring female shipboard talent, and growing opportunities to access leadership roles in onboard areas such as marine, technical and hotel management that statistically show low numbers of female leadership.

Valiant Lady will dock just steps from the tourist strip of Las Ramblas at the World Trade Center Barcelona, positioning passengers as close to the heart of the city as possible. The location gives walking access to the neighbourhoods of Poble Sec, el Raval, Barri Gotic, Port Vell and the urban beach of La Barceloneta. The vessel will sail three different itineraries with various ports of call:

  • Itinerary 1 includes Barcelona, Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Marseille and Olbia
  • Itinerary 2 features Barcelona, Ibiza, Toulon, Ajaccio, Marina di Carrara and Cagliari
  • Itinerary 3 is mostly a Spanish immersion, stopping by Barcelona, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and the British port of Gibraltar

Passengers will have later stays in ports than previous itineraries, with more time to take in what each destination has to offer. Every sailing features a Friday overnight stay in Ibiza where visitors can enjoy beach clubs, bohemian markets, spas, sunsets, or a late night out.

All Virgin Voyages ships have been designed by a creative collection of people who have designed some of the world’s most famous boutique hotel brands. The collective includes names like Design Research Studio (Tom Dixon), Roman & Williams and Concrete Amsterdam.



World’s Most Eco-Friendly Residence at Sea to Debut in 2023

Storylines Vessel Rendering

Storylines’s luxury eco-friendly ship will take residents around the world for culturally immersive experiences

Storylines is now taking pre-sale deposits for its first new-build ship, a sleek and luxurious vessel that uses clean LNG fuel. Scheduled to debut in 2023, Storylines is reimagining the cruise ship experience, building a residential community at sea that provides each member with the opportunity to live as part- or full-time owners.  

“We’re thrilled to finally be able to release the design of our new ship,” said Storylines Co-Founder Alister Punton. “The Storylines mission is to deliver a sustainable, responsible, and thoughtful lifestyle for our residents, and we are so proud to introduce what we see as the first-of-its-kind experience in the market. This new vessel is designed to cater to the unique community we are offering and every aspect of the ship from the room layout to the culinary offerings and the spa to the itinerary has been thoughtfully planned out.”    

Storylines’ commitment to quality lifestyle gives access to historic and exotic locations as well as unique, hard-to-find cultural events. Residents will be able to experience monumental sporting events like the Olympics and America’s Cup or chase vibrant cultural festivals around the world such as Midsummer celebrations in Sweden and Carnival in Trinidad from the comforts of their home-at-sea.

With an average of three to five days in each port, adventure-seeking experiences are integrated into curated itineraries with immersive shore excursions. Additionally, Storylines will bring each destination to life onboard with enriching educational and entertainment experiences, spa services that feature local elements, and a signature Chef’s Table Market Gallery that will use regional ingredients to create culinary offerings inspired by each port of call.

“Our aim is to disrupt and revolutionise travel and lifestyle options for citizens-of-the-world who appreciate adventure,” noted Co-Founder Shannon Lee. “Our goal is to attract like-minded residents who, at varying stages of their lives—whether early retirement, digital nomads or families that are looking for new ways to enhance their lifestyle—to integrate global travel and cultural immersion as part of their life’s journey.”

The ship features 627 fully furnished residences with units from 237 square feet to 2411 square feet, and price points ranging from USD $352,235 to more than USD $8 million for a premium two-level penthouse suite for up to six residents. When not in residence, owners have the option to make their unit available through the Storylines rental management program.

Positioned to be the world’s greenest cruise ship, Storylines’ commitment to balancing sustainable practices with quality lifestyle and comfort for residents can be seen in the ship’s unique design features that include:

  • Green LNG powered with onboard power generation
  • Water-level guest marina
  • Expansive unit layouts with majority balcony residences
  • Large public and private areas

Additional onboard amenities feature a micro-brewery, art studio, hydroponic farm, smoothie bar, 20 restaurants, 45 resident lounges, three pools and a 5400 square-foot garden farm.



A Private Vanuatuan Island will be the World’s First Carbon Neutral Cruise Destination

Vanuatuan culture | Photo ©David Kirkland

The new island destination will be targeted at Australian travellers, and created in close collaboration with Vanuatu authorities and local communities

Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley and Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwa, have announced the cruise line will be creating the world’s first carbon-neutral cruise destination. Perfect Day at Lelepa in Vanuatu will also be the first private island destination designed for cruising in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Perfect Day at Lelepa will be created in partnership with the community of Vanuatu to showcase the distinct natural ecological beauty and diverse local culture of the island nation as well as provide employment and education opportunities, according to Salwai and Bayley.

“Anyone who has encountered the tremendous natural beauty of Lelepa can understand why it is the perfect setting for ‘Perfect Day.’ Our guests who travel to the South Pacific are seeking authentic adventures and genuine relaxation, and they will find both here,” stated Bayley on announcing the project.

The island’s carbon-neutral status will come following an audit and certification by an independent third-party expert, with the island to be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems. 

Perfect Day at Lelepa is the second island destination to be created by Royal Caribbean purely for use by its passengers, however the South Pacific island is set to have a drastically different look and feel from adventure park and accommodation spot Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas. The new destination will be aimed at Australian travellers with plenty of nature-focused activities such as hiking trails and snorkelling expected to be on offer on the island’s opening.

“…our guests around the world all have different definitions for their perfect day — and all of them are right. Our designers and nature have created the ideal South Pacific experience and we expect the results will be stunning,” added Bayley. 

Opening dates and more details to follow.



Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to Join Crystal Endeavor 2020 Voyage

Crystal Endeavor Cuisine
Crystal Endeavor Cuisine

Three limited-availability omakase, or chef’s choice, dinners will be available during the voyage along with opportunities to mingle with Nobu through a cooking demo and cookbook signing

Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises has just announced guests aboard Crystal Endeavor’s Indonesian Immersive & Great Barrier Reef remote expedition, departing 15th October 2020, will enjoy some of the world’s most celebrated cuisine, created and prepared by Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The global celebrity chef – whose only sea-going restaurants have been featured aboard Crystal ships since 2003 – will join the 16-day voyage to host an array of special events and dining experiences as Crystal Endeavor explores the great southern islands of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef and Indonesia’s tropics.

Three limited-availability omakase, or chef’s choice, dinners will be available during the voyage. Two of them, hosted in Umi Uma for 30 guests each, will feature a menu of Nobu’s specialties selected and prepared by him and his chefs and include a signed cookbook by the acclaimed chef. Another, extravagant Omakase Sushi Bar & Ultimate Vintage Connoisseur Wine Dinner, limited to just nine guests in the expedition yacht’s Vintage Room, will offer a multicourse feast. Each dish will be paired with specially selected sake and wines and the dinner will be hosted by Nobu, Sake Master Hazu and Crystal’s own head sommelier.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Nobu back as he sails for the first time aboard Crystal Endeavor,” said Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s senior vice president of hotel operations. “A highlight of every Crystal Ocean voyage, and now expedition voyages, is the phenomenal cuisine served in Umi Uma on board, and it’s an even greater pleasure to have the master himself join our guests for these special occasions. Not only famous for his innovative approach to classic dishes, Nobu is known for his warm and engaging character, which makes every guest feel at home even as they learn and dine alongside a master.”

In addition to the dining experiences, guests will have a number of opportunities to mingle with Nobu. The chef will conduct a cooking demo and host a cookbook signing and photo session during the cruise, while Sake Master Hazu complements the programming with a sake tasting. Guests can also learn a unique style of floral design that incorporates western and Japanese design concepts with Nicolai Bergmann, one of today’s most renowned floral artists.

Nobu’s signature Japanese-Peruvian fusion fare is served as part of the all-inclusive Crystal Experience aboard Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and will debut aboard Crystal Endeavor when the German-built expedition yacht launches in August 2020. All Umi Uma & Sushi Bar chefs are personally trained by Nobu himself in his restaurants around the world, and the master chef frequently sails on Crystal voyages for special events and ongoing refinement of cooking techniques.

The hosted omakase dinners in Umi Uma will be offered for US$200 per guest, while the omakase Ultimate Vintage Room experience will be offered for US$1,000 per guest. All other programming and events are inclusive.



First Sports and Wellness Cruise Ship to Launch in 2021

Blue World Voyages | Sports Deck
Blue World Voyages | Sports Deck

The stereotype that cruising is all about excess and overindulgence is soon to become a thing of the past

New cruise line Blue World Voyages will launch in 2021 as the world’s first cruise line fully dedicated to active, athletic and healthy lifestyles, bringing ‘active lifestyle cruising’ to the global market.

The 525-guest sports and wellness-centered ship responds to rocketing demand by travellers for active holidays, with wellness tourism growing by 6.5 per cent annually – more than double the growth rate of general tourism – and a global wellness industry valued at $4.2 trillion.

“Blue World Voyages was created for health-conscious individuals, sports and fitness enthusiasts, and those in search of personal improvement,” said Gene Meehan, chairman and founder, Blue World Voyages. “Our focus on active lifestyle cruising is not an option or an add-on; it forms the core of our overall cruise travel experience, deeply embedded in every aspect of the product, from ship design and onboard programs to dining options and itineraries.”

The inaugural ship will be the first to dedicate one entire deck to sports, exercise and wellness, outfitted with golf and soccer simulators, batting cages, a functional training center, yoga, spinning and TRX studios. A second full deck will be dedicated to spa and rejuvenation – the largest per-guest spa at sea – and feature a relaxing therapy tub, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and solarium. There will also be three pools, including, when docked, a seawater lap pool that will be lowered directly into the ocean adjacent to the vessel for guests to swim in the sea.

Meehan, a sports industry veteran and avid cruiser who has sailed on over 60 vessels, told Luxury Travel that Blue World Voyages combines two of today’s hottest vacation trends: cruising and wellness travel, and there has, until now, been a gaping hole in the cruising market. “There are 40 million people in just the US alone who are considered ‘conscious consumers’ [plus] another 50 million-plus in Europe and more in Australia, Canada and South America. This market is not currently well served by today’s cruise industry,” he said.

While plenty of luxury cruise lines now offer active shore excursions as well as healthy on-board food and top-notch spas and gyms, Meehan explained that Blue World Voyages caters specifically to likeminded people who are are fitness- and health-conscious, as well as those looking to improve their fitness and health. “You will not find this synergy on any other cruise ship. There is a very strong, almost tribal mentality amongst those who opt to live healthy lives. It becomes a common denominator that leads to a very friendly and supportive environment. This will set us apart from other cruise offerings,” he explained.

With just 40 luxury accommodations, Meehan added that the extent of the health and fitness offering on the ship is utterly unique for a vessel of its size. “The larger the ship, the larger the fitness and spa facilities. However these amenities are shared by thousands of passengers with very little specific programming either on-board or on-shore, as sports and wellness are not primary concerns. Plus, the sheer number of passengers prohibits quality personal services in this field.

“On smaller – typically 5-star – ships you will always find smaller fitness/spa facilities. Here again, sports/wellness is not [their] primary concern, and if it were, the ships facilities are now too small to provide any meaningful programming.

“We stand alone in offering a ship that is specifically designed to provide a 5-star ‘casual’ sports and wellness experience at sea, and we will have the amenities, programs and staff both on-board and on-shore to ensure a great product.”

Locally-sourced farm-to-table cuisine will be on offer day-in, day-out, while the intimate size of the ship means guests will be able to access the ports that larger cruises cannot, allowing them to explore unspoiled reefs, hidden waterfalls, and secluded hiking and biking trails. Active shore excursions including snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, golfing, biking, running and more will be on offer on-land.

Blue World Voyages will also introduce a unique ship configuration when it floats out in 2021, with the 40 luxury one- and two-bedroom residences available to be purchased. “We want our ship to be unique in every way. Why should a cruise ship just have passengers on-board when there is a growing market of folks who want to live at sea. Think of us as a private yacht without the upkeep, plus a healthy one at that!” Meehan stated. “One of the things that I have learned by being in the sports and fitness business for all of my life is this…the more money people have, the longer they want to be around to spend it!”

The inaugural season of Blue World Voyages will commence with a tour of the Mediterranean, calling on destinations such as Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Portugal, Corsica and Croatia.

For a virtual tour of the ship, visit blueworldvoyages.com/tour.