Q – We are already planning for a new life of cruising devoid of canned Gershwin tributes, scam art auctions, and silly dress requirements. We are active, adventure types and I suppose we are getting ready to “retire” from cruising (Crystal is our brand of choice) to something smaller and more adventurous. We love true five-star service and we prefer a comfortable sprinkling of guests from more civilized societies.
A – The leader in Expedition Luxury Cruising is Silversea. But a two new Expedition ships have been ordered for top-rated Hapag-Lloyd with the firsts hip scheduled for delivery in 2019. The new Scenic Eclipse will also be a game-changer in this market. These are the three lines we think ought to be the focus of your daydreams. There is something wonderful about cavorting with the penguins on their stretch of ice and returning to the mother-ship for a bit of iced champagne and caviar on ice. Try to keep that image alive as you wait out the ship construction process. Can’t imagine what you don’t like about the on-board art auctions – don’t you have any appreciation for one of a kind, #117 in a series, premier prints run off a printing press?