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Pioneer Enhanced-Experience Luxury Cruise Program Celebrates 20 Years with Slate of 20 Special Sailings
In a post-recession economy, even the affluent are looking for value. But, according to Virtuoso®, leading retailer for luxury travel, value for affluent travelers is determined by the experiences received. Virtuoso Voyager Club, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has sustained its allure with affluent travelers by adding authentic local experiences to regular cruise departures.
“To have staying power, you need to offer something unique in the luxury travel market,” said Matthew Upchurch, Virtuoso CEO. “Virtuoso Voyager Club was the first to give passengers one-of-a-kind events at cultural landmarks, a professional on-board host, and a private shipboard reception to establish a sense of camaraderie.”
“We are absolutely enthusiastic about Virtuoso. It is absolutely fantastic. All the excursions they organized are perfect and have a ‘plus,’” said passengers Claude Laurent and Danielle Magnolato-Trosset. The two sailed recently on board the Seabourn Odyssey. “We were invited to a visit of the Maori Museum in Auckland with a private guide and had an outstanding lunch in a boutique hotel called Mollie’s, classified as Relais and Chateaux, which is top level in Europe. During the lunch, the owner of the hotel was playing piano with young opera singers. It was GREAT.”
These types of experiences have been the hallmarks of Virtuoso Voyager Club since it became the industry’s first enhanced-experience luxury cruise program in 1990. In that year, Virtuoso hosted 15 sailings. Twenty years later, the program has grown to 424 departures. Demonstrating investment even in uncertain economic times, the number of Voyager Club sailings has increased 30 percent from 2009. A full 91 percent of Voyager Club passengers say that the presence of Voyager Club on a departure is instrumental in their cruise choice.
To celebrate the program’s 20 years of passenger camaraderie, Virtuoso has created 20 special shore events aboard 20 sailings. Highlights of the unique Voyager Club 20/20 sailings include a tango night at a historic Buenos Aires club, dinner at an iconic hotel in Bangkok, a discovery tour of Dutch culinary specialties in Amsterdam, and a private event at a former U.S. ambassador’s residence in Vietnam.
“We have stayed true to our mission for Voyager Club for two decades,” said David Powers, Virtuoso Voyager Club director. “We provide a more welcoming and exclusive experience that adds to cruise and travel enjoyment. Today’s program continues to innovate according to passenger desires. Voyager Club members have enviable options to personalize their experience, as they can choose among hosted shore experiences, vouchers for customized experiences and shipboard credits.”
The Virtuoso Voyager Club 20/20 sailings, dates and event locations are as follows:
|Ship||Sailing date||Event Port|
|Crystal||Crystal Serenity||26-Jan-10||Buenos Aires, Argentina – completed|
|Regent||Seven Seas Voyager||25-Feb-10||Manila, Philippines – completed|
|Silversea||Silver Whisper||4-Mar-10||Bangkok, Thailand – completed|
|Silversea||Silver Shadow||5-Mar-10||Acapulco, Mexico – completed|
|Crystal||Crystal Symphony||11-Apr-10||Bali, Indonesia – completed|
|Regent||Seven Seas Navigator||6-May-10||Acapulco, Mexico|
|Silversea||Silver Wind||25-May-10||Valletta, Malta|
|Silversea||Silver Spirit||12-Jun-10||Kusadasi, Turkey|
|Seabourn||Seabourn Odyssey||12-Jun-10||Bodrum, Turkey|
|Seabourn||Seabourn Odyssey||17-Jul-10||Yalta, Ukraine|
|Regent||Seven Seas Mariner||21-Jul-10||Katakalon, Greece|
|Crystal||Crystal Serenity||31-Jul-10||Kusadasi, Turkey|
|Crystal||Crystal Symphony||25-Aug-10||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Seabourn||Seabourn Odyssey||28-Aug-10||Bodrum, Turkey|
|Regent||Seven Seas Navigator||15-Sep-10||Yokohama, Japan|
|Seabourn||Seabourn Sojourn||15-Sep-10||Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|Regent||Seven Seas Mariner||22-Sep-10||Kusadasi, Turkey|
|Silversea||Silver Shadow||25-Oct-10||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
|Crystal||Crystal Serenity||31-Oct-10||Valencia, Spain|
|Seabourn||Seabourn Pride||6-Dec-10||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
These as well as other Voyager Club sailings are available exclusively to those who book through a Virtuoso member advisor. For reservations or information about Voyager Club, find a Virtuoso advisor by calling +1 (866) 401-7974 or visiting www.virtuoso.com.
by Virtuoso Preferred On-Site in Argentina – Mai 10
The event: Virtuoso Voyager Club 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner.
The time: dusk on a perfect summer evening.
The place: Buenos Aires’ first tango club, El Viejo Almacén. The story begins…
As Virtuoso Voyager Club guests of the Crystal Cruises World Cruise 2010 stepped off their motorcoach, they stepped into Buenos Aires of the 1920’s, the era when tango had reached its zenith. The sights and sounds of life on the old street quickly drew the guests into the magical setting.
The flower girl, the paperboy, the patrolman and the old man were there. So, too, were the beautiful young women who vied for the attention of young men sporting finely tailored suits. A solitary couple danced in the street as a young musician played a melancholy tango. Nearby Voyager Club guests looked on as they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers.
Guests were soon invited inside the historic tango club for a private meal of the finest Argentinean cuisine and wine. The club was quaint and dark, the perfect backdrop for a stunning tango show. One after another, couples came to the stage, held each other close, and performed the exquisite steps of the tango. The passion of their music and the intensity of their dance captured the hearts of the audience. Time stood still. The enchantment was complete.
Abuzz with excited conversation about the evening’s events, Virtuoso Voyager Club guests returned to the Crystal Serenity. It was the end of their tango story. It was also the beginning of a new adventure at sea as the Serenity departed at midnight with a new heading – Cape Town.
These and other experiences are being captured in a blog by Jesse Upchurch, Chairmain of Virtuoso, Ltd. and honorary host of this historic world cruise. Read Jesse’s blog here.