Royal Romance Feature: Ashford Castle

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Through the grand stone gates, a royal adventure begins. This remarkable 800-year-old castle, widely recognized as Ireland’s top castle destination and, once home to the Guinness family, is exceptional in every sense. Set in 350 acres of woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, the multi-award-winning property has been voted “Best Hotel in the World” by Virtuoso.

Ashford Castle

Enjoy extraordinary dining experiences and fine Irish cuisine, watch hawks soar at Ireland’s first School of Falconry and restore inner peace at the state-of-the-art spa. Warm smiles will greet you at every turn from the extraordinary characters of the castle.

 

Virtuoso Amenities  For 2019 & 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Full Irish breakfast included in rates daily served in restaurant

  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet is set to operate without heavy fuel oil

Hapag Lloyd Fleet

From July 2020 onwards, the global fleet of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will use marine gas oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1 % (LS-MGO) exclusively. In doing so, the company will cut the emissions of its fleet of both luxury and expedition ships significantly. By transitioning to the low-pollutant fuel voluntarily, the sulphur emissions of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet will be cut by 80 %. Additionally, the switch to marine gas oil means a reduction in soot and particulates of up to 30 %.

Says Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: “With our years of expertise in the luxury and expedition segment, we set the highest standards in the industry with our ships and are committed to adhering to strict environmental protection standards. Already we have made significant progress in this context and never stop working to improve even further. These efforts have taken us far beyond the minimum statutory requirements. The decision not to use heavy fuel oil is a significant step towards operating environmentally-conscious cruises and an important investment in our future.”

In 1993 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises stopped using heavy fuel oil in the Arctic of its own volition and only uses marine gas oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1 %. At the start of the year, the company announced its decision to transition gradually and stop using heavy fuel oil in its expedition fleet in future. This important development now continues.

Additionally, all new ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – including the EUROPA 2 and the new expedition class – are compatible with cold ironing and have been fitted with modern SCR (selective catalytic reduction) catalytic converters. These converters clean exhaust gases and lower nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 95 %.

The global routes will be planned and carried out with an average speed that is environmentally-friendly, cutting fuel consumption by over one third. The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet is also equipped with seawater desalination technology to produce clean water, as well as with biological sewage treatment plants. The bow thrusters and stabilisers run on environmentally-friendly bio-petroleum.

“I believe that travel is immensely valuable and an important means of developing an understanding of the world. Cruising with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises means understanding nature better, coming face-to-face with it and even feeling a sense of humility before it,” adds Karl J. Pojer.

Royal Caribbean WAVE is Back: 30% Off Every Guest + Kids Sail Free!

Let’s help you put adventure in focus. WAVE is back, which means you'll save big with 30% off every guest.

MORE WAYS TO SAVE:

  • WAVE OFFER — 30% off every guest.

  • KIDS SAIL FREE — Guests 12 and under sail free on select sailings*.

  • DECK THE HOLIDAY DEALS — Up to $100 instant savings per stateroom on holiday sailings.

Expedition Cruise From Buenos Aires Argentina to Belem Brazil

Expedition Cruise From Buenos Aires Argentina to Belem Brazil

The Brazil cruise INS2005 with the new expedition ship HANSEATIC inspiration comes with new and attractive special offers: If your you book a cabin/suite in Categories 1 to 9, the second person only pays 50 % of the cruise-only price (when accommodated in the same cabin/suite). Single travelers do not pay a surcharge in Categories 1 to 8.

Ponant Cruises Sustainable Travel Program

PONANT is the World Leader in Luxury Expeditions with ultra-modern, intimate ships, offering attentive service, and well-designed itineraries sailing to all corners of the globe. Each year PONANT offers more than 400 awe-inspiring cruises, calling at over 450 ports on all seven continents. Our fleet of 12 purpose-built intimate ships are able to call at iconic, international ports as well as secret harbors accessible only to smaller-sized ships and our expeditions all include Zodiac landings, and onboard expert naturalists to enhance your experience.

 

Book with our cruise specialist and receive a $950 flight credit offered per person. Offers valid on a selection of cruises are subject to availability, non-retroactive and subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Flight credit offer may be combined with Welcome, Join The Club and PYC Advantages offers. PONANT Bonus prices may vary depending on cruise availability and may be subject to change without previous notice.

The Luxury Collection Summer Sessions - Peru

The Luxury Collection Summer Sessions Peru

Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights in the exclusive Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort. Located next to the beautiful Paracas bay, this experience offers the best moments for relaxation and activities. Transportation, a guide and tickets for the National Paracas Reserve are included.




Alila Villas Uluwatu Bali, Indonesia

Gazing across the Indian Ocean from the cliff’s-edge pool at Alila Villas Uluwatu, one attains a sense of eternity. Guests certainly yearn for a never-ending stay at this eco-friendly resort, with its dramatic setting on the stark Bukit Peninsula and strikingly minimalist design.

The 65 pool villas — ranging from one to three bedrooms, all with private pools and cabanas — flow seamlessly into the landscape. Personal assistants attend to every need. Spa Alila offers innovative healing therapies, while leisure concierges arrange private visits with Balinese artists and Indonesian cooking classes.

Virtuoso Amenities For 2019:

  • Upgrades are not applicable to this property

  • Complimentary full breakfast for two daily in Cire restaurant

  • An Alila Villas Uluwatu welcome package comprising of beach bag and custom-designed his and her hat developed exclusively for Alila Villas Uluwatu

  • $100 USD equivalent Resort Credit per villa per reservation for the guests to purchase Alila Journeys

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

The Lodge At Blue Sky Opening Offer

This is luxury as nature intended. The Lodge at Blue Sky, set to open May 2019, is a 3,500-acre (1,416-hectare) ranch in Utah's Wasatch Mountain Range. Leave the cares of the modern world behind and reconnect with nature by horseback riding through private trails or fly fishing on private waters.

For guests headed out to Park City Mountain Resort, only 20 minutes away, the exclusive Blue Sky Ski Lounge is conveniently located at the base of the mountain.

OPENING OFFER:
3 Nights | Available 1 May - 30 June,
1 September - 18 December 2019

Private horseback ride and mountaintop picnic lunch
OR
Complimentary 60-minute massage for two

VIRTUOSO AMENITIES:
• Upgrade upon arrival, if available
• Early check-in and late checkout, if available
• Breakfast credit daily for two
• US$100 hotel credit per stay
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Lodge at Blue Sky
Wanship, Utah, United States

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Kids Go Free at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve- Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve- Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

Stay at Rock Lodge and up to 2 kids stay free(ages 11 and under). Includes all food and drinks, Cub's Club, and kids 6 and over can join in game drives. Available until Dec 21.


Kids (known to us as ‘Cubs’) aged from 0 - 11 years can stay at Ulusaba for free in 2019, a saving of ZAR 2,700 per child per night! Between the 2nd January - 21st December 2019 up to two children travelling with one or more adults can stay at Rock Lodge at no extra charge. We tailor fantastic programs for the little ones at our Cub's Club... like keeping them out of trouble for a start... and we have rooms especially designed for families. Cubs over the age of 6 can even join the rest of their pride on game drives!

· Offer available for limited dates and rooms during this period

· Offer can be combined with other packages and offers, please contact us for further information

· All other normal terms and conditions apply

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

SO WHAT'S THE CATCH?

There isn’t one that we can see! But here’s how it works…

  1. This offer is subject to room availability and children will generally be accommodated in the same room as the parents, although some of our rooms have a separate bedroom for the children so the parents still have privacy. As long as we have a room available that can accommodate 3 to 4 people, then you are eligible for the offer.

  2. Infants aged under 6 go free to Ulusaba anyway as they do not participate in game viewing and generally do not require a roll away bed and as long as this is the case we will not charge for them either, even if you are bringing another 2 children with you. However if you require a separate bed for your infant, we may count them in with other children – call us if you would like this clarified.

  3. We have not cut back on anything! Your children can still participate as fully as they would if you had paid for them – we still include all food and drinks, they can still participate in Cub’s Club and, provided they are aged 6 years or over, they can still participate in game drives.

  4. Terms and conditions: This offer is valid for new bookings only made from 9th May 2018 and is subject to availability for stays between 1st January - 21st December 2019. Blackout dates may apply. This offer is only available for children aged 0 - 11 years old. All our normal booking terms and conditions apply. This offer cannot be combined with any other packages or special offers. Please contact us for further information.

Exclusive Opening Offer Anantara Quy Nhon Villas ~ A Virtuoso Preview Property

Exclusive Opening Offer Anantara Quy Nhon Villas ~ A Virtuoso Preview Property

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, scheduled to open 1 September 2018, is located on the south central coast of Vietnam, an area known for its wide beaches and emerald waters. Each of the 26 villas boasts panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling doors and includes butler service.

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