Incredible Journey Newsletter Issue 18
June 2006

Dear Justin,

I always find it interesting to hear what leisure cruisers have to say about the various cruise lines, and I equally await the professionals views regarding these same cruise lines. Recently a group of leisure cruisers were surveyed by the Cruise Lines Luxury Customer Experience Index and they said Radisson Seven Seas, now known as Regent Seven Seas, delivers the best customer experience and received top honors, with Disney Cruise Lines second and Celebrity Cruises third. This survey only rated America’s top 11 cruise lines, and in my opinion not all were luxury. In the survey were the following lines: Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises (now known as Regent Seven Seas), Royal Caribbean, and Windstar Cruises.

THIS JUST IN... Regent Seven Seas Cruises was recently awarded Best Cruise Line Spa in Conde Nast Traveler's Annual Readers’ Poll, AND, Best Large Ship Cruise Line by CruiseReport.com.

Now for the professionals take on cruising. Douglas Ward, founder of the Berlitz “Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships,” now in its 21st edition, is somebody to listen to when you want to know about the trends in cruising, which ships provide the ultimate in luxury, and best overall experience from someone who spends over 200 days a year cruising! Ward evaluates 269 ships, large and small, budget and luxury.

This year he awarded his coveted five-stars-plus rating on only one ship that is not well known in the U.S.: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa, a 450-passenger ship with no casino. In fact, he has awarded this same ship with the five-stars plus rating for six consecutive years.

"Details, details, details, that's what Europa cruising is all about," wrote Ward, citing such amenities as personal e-mail addresses, proper cloth doilies beneath drinks, "simply superb" food and a deck steward to mist poolside guests.

Seventeen other ships were named this year to the Berlitz Five-Stars Club: SeaDream I and II; Seabourn's Legend, Pride and Spirit; Silversea's Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Hanseatic, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind; Queen Mary 2 (Grill Class only); Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II; Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony; and Seven Seas' Mariner and Voyager.

As we should all know, you get what you pay for!

In this Issue
  • Cruising Antarctica
  • Tahiti, a Mecca for water enthusiasts
  • Hawaii’s Top Golfing
  • Now's the time to...
  • Ask Endora
  • Featured Property

  • Tahiti, a Mecca for water enthusiasts
    River Cruise

    When asked what makes Tahiti a “dream destination” for travelers to the South Pacific, invariably the answer is the mesmerizing ocean, the fairytale colored lagoons, and the multitude of water activities. Personally I have never seen water colors so vibrant in my life, the pictures you see on our website are actual photos without any enhancements!

    Hawaii’s Top Golfing

    Looking for a new reason to visit your favorite islands? Seventy million years ago, Nature created Hawaii – a paradise of green-carpet valleys, emerald mountains draped in mist, and an ocean as blue and deep as the sky. It is a setting so perfectly sculpted, it’s clear that golf was part of nature’s master plan. The fairways are lush and bordered by rainforests and wild seascapes...and, most importantly, the hazards are a natural part of the landscape.

    Now's the time to...

    • Get your passports before December 2006, you will need them to leave the country starting 2007
    • Start making plans for Labor Day, it's not too late
    • If you still haven't booked your Christmas/New Year's getaway - what are you waiting for?
    • Make reservations for spring break 2007
    • If you want to stay in a private beach front home in Hawaii or Mexico for the summer of 2007 now is the time to reserve
    • Sail to the Mediterranean on Disney Cruise Lines first-ever Mediterranean voyage
    • Cruise to Alaska on a ship line that has received top honors for its whale conservation program
    • Adventure seekers should inquire about a Lindblad cruise to the Galapagos, voted best of the best!

    Ask Endora

    Dear Endora,

    I plan on traveling to Kauai during the summer of 2007 and want to be within walking distance of the best snorkeling beaches. Which side of the island do you suggest I stay on?

    Portland, OR

    Dear Sandy,

    Featured Property

    Ho'o Wălea - is Hawaiian for "to do well with ease".

    Serene, spacious, and breathtakingly gorgeous, this well-designed three bedroom, three and a half bath home with pool is everything you'd expect from your dream oceanfront vacation home and so much more.

    Cruising Antarctica

    Have you ever dreamed of a journey to the Seventh Continent? If so you can count yourself among the majority. Cruising Antarctica is one of the single most sought-after cruises in the world, especially for those whose dream is to step onto all seven continents. For those considering such an adventure, below is information on what to expect on such an adventurous cruise experience.

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