Connoisseur Diane was lucky enough to be invited aboard Oceania’s Riviera ship. Setting sail from Civitavecchia in Rome, the Riviera would make a few stops before finally docking at Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In this piece, Diane takes us around the ship's facilities, gives us a taste for The Finest Cuisine at Sea, and talks us through her excursionary adventures.
The most expensive expedition ship ever built, Silver Endeavour is introducing a new echelon of experiential luxe. Panache Ambassador, Gary Buchanan extols the rapture of an expedition voyage to Antarctica and reports on Silversea’s latest trailblazer.
Everyone has their favourite type of wine. Whether that’s red, white, rose or a bit more specific a Pinot or Merlot. Perhaps you prefer sipping Spanish wine, entertaining with a bottle of Argentinian or treating yourself to a case from Australia.
Wine producing is a fast-growing market here in the UK but until we are well established, why not explore the many beautiful wine producing regions around the world, many of which you can visit during a luxury and ultra-luxury cruise. I have been fortunate enough to visit some of these and I would like to share my experiences with you.
Another luxury cruise with Silversea? Oh yes! Last week Sales and Operations Director Clare was invited on board the beautiful Silver Dawn for a little 3 day taster of Silversea's newest luxury cruise ship.
I recently had the pleasure to embark on the beautiful Seabourn Ovation and one of my favourite parts being the foodie that I am would have to be all the dining experiences on board, prepare for your mouth to water and tummy to grumble...
You truly are spoilt for choice on Ovation as there are many different styles of dining to suit all, for example a la carte, family style, buffet, gourmet dining and even being able to watch the food being freshly cooked at the Sushi lounge.
I recently sailed onboard Seabourn Ovation and one of my favourite areas of the ship was The Retreat on deck 12.
What is it?
The Retreat is an exclusive area on deck 12 of Seabourn Ovation & Encore with private cabanas, a hot tub and areas for alfresco dining. Its perfect for that VIP experience or to have the ultimate privacy for a day at sea.
Recently, two of the Panache Cruises team went on Seven Seas Explorer for a fantastic cruise from Istanbul to Rhodes. Finance Manager Kim has cruised in the past - but never with a luxury cruise line. She was absolutely blown away by Regent Seven Seas and how luxurious it was compared to the mainstream cruises she's been on in the past. Read below to find out more about Kim's experience on Explorer and her thoughts on luxury cruising for the first time...
Recently I was invited on board Azamara Quest for a few hours while she was docked in my hometown of Southampton and I took this opportunity to take a full ship tour and, most importantly, check out the accommodations on board.
Azamara is well-known for being a fantastic premium cruise line with immersive itineraries and great onboard dining experiences, making them a great introduction to small ship luxury cruising.
Oceania Cruises is the epitome of elegant but casual travel and offers an experience exactly like nothing else. Created for artisans of leisure and exploration, the sassy ships are renowned for their debonaire ambiance that encapsulates fine living, impeccable cuisine and intuitive service. Imagine The Savoy at sea and you’re getting close. These qualities have been at the forefront of the company’s ethos since its inception 20 years ago. Their six ships are not too ostentatious, nor too hip; they are simply sublime.
I have been to Greece many times but only to the islands and my first visit to the mainland did not disappoint. Athens is a beautiful, vibrant city with so much to see and do. I decided to fly in a couple of days before my cruise to see as much of Europe’s oldest capital city as possible.
There are plenty of excellent hotels and accommodation options in Athens and the city is really well connected via metro links. I opted for an apartment that had a rooftop terrace with a fantastic view of the Acropolis which is even better at night when it illuminates the city below.