Pioneer Enhanced-Experience Luxury Cruise Program Celebrates 20 Years with Slate of 20 Special Sailings

vc1In 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:

Cruise Line Ship Sailing date Event Port
Crystal Crystal Serenity 26-Jan-10 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Regent Seven Seas Voyager 25-Feb-10 Manila, Philippines
Silversea Silver Whisper 4-Mar-10 Bangkok, Thailand
Silversea Silver Shadow 5-Mar-10 Acapulco, Mexico
Crystal Crystal Symphony 11-Apr-10 Bali, Indonesia
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.