2021 Travel Forecast: 6 Epic Experiences at Sea
As we look ahead to the future of travel, one thing is for certain, our vacation time will be even more meticulously planned with a focus on longer, more impactful trips as we aim to maximize time spent away. So, where does your cruise travel agent come into the picture?
Prospects for future sailings are strong thanks to preventative measures on cruise ships, including testing, masking, social distancing, and increased medical capabilities on-board.
First things first, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extending a No Sail Order for cruise ships through October 31st, it may seem like an odd time for us to focus on the various adventures that await out at sea. But, we’ve never been an agency that harbors (no pun intended!) on limitations; instead, we are fully focused on the future. According to Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), prospects for 2021 sailings are strong thanks to the thorough plan crafted in conjunction with Norwegian Brands and Royal Caribbean Group which aims to inform future public health guidance and preventative measures relating to travel on cruise ships, including testing, masking, social distancing, and increased medical capabilities on-board.
It is certain that cruising will look different as we transition into next year, but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, we think it’s just the opposite. After months of relative isolation, travelers are eager for authentic experiences beyond the limitations of their homes, cars, or even, a plane. Cruising to remote destinations like the Galapagos or navigating down the Mekong means seeing destinations inaccessible by land. Just imagine waking up on your small, luxury vessel to see the winding Amazon River at your feet as you sip on your morning coffee from bed; that is a moment that will surely not be forgotten.
Off to the races (the Monaco Grand Prix, that is) before Savoring the best of Italy
Few events epitomize glamour like the Monaco Grand Prix, so just imagine elevating that experience by returning to the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection each night. Your route begins in Marseille before stopping off in Monte Carlo where guests will have access to the Monaco Grand Prix. After the excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime race, relax as the yacht traces a chic route to the serene Italian ports of Livorno, and Sorrento. Sweeten the sailing with excursions to the lemon-scented towns along the Amalfi Coast and come home each night to an impressive suite with oceanfront terrace, world-class restaurants incorporating local ingredients and Michelin star quality cuisine, all delivered in an intimate setting with a heightened level of care and attention.
Not free in May? The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection offers many other exciting itineraries to the Mediterranean, Baltic, and Caribbean as well. Talk to your SmartFlyer cruise travel agent to find your perfect itinerary.
Sail the Galapagos on an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art vessel
With the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos and all-suite accommodation, sailing on the Silver Origin is the height of experiential travel in the Galapagos. As the first destination-specific ship built by Silversea, it doesn’t get more tailormade than this. Guests will learn from a team of Ecuadorian national expert guides, plus, benefit from spacious Horizon Balconies, thoughtful butler service, sophisticated interiors, an interactive basecamp, and Ecuadorian inspired cuisine while on board. And in a region where the environment’s protection is of top concern, this ecologically conscious ship is sure to transform your idea of what cruising means. And for those looking to keep their social bubbles small, the fact that this vessel only accommodates up to 100 passengers is an added bonus.
Overwhelmed by the complexity of travel to South America? We’re here to help and can add pre- and post-cruise stays to enhance your experience.
Discover Asia’s most legendary river
Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life. Visit rural villages, colorful markets, a monastery, and historic sites. Rugged and off the beaten path, the lower Mekong is best explored on a river voyage. AmaWaterways’ sole cruise ship on the Mekong River, the AmaDara features richly-carved wood furniture inspired by the history of the region, as well as local artifacts made by native craftsmen. Air-conditioned interior corridors lead to spacious staterooms and suites, most featuring twin balconies that invite the ever-changing scenery of Southeast Asia inside. Onboard, the AmaDara caters to guests’ every whim, with massage rooms, fitness room, hair salon, and sun-deck pool in addition to two restaurants where cruisers can enjoy regional specialties.
Envisioning the hustle and bustle of Vietnam? Let us get you inspired with our land itinerary, which is possible to customize and combine with your cruise.
Immerse Yourself in 21st Century Cruising
With Richard Branson at the helm, Virgin Voyages is redefining what an edgy cruise ship means by combining premium elements from favorites on land with the freedom and simplicity of a life well lived on the open ocean. Variety is the spice of life, and the Virgin team showcases this notion through their spaces designed to empower guests to live like a rockstar or retreat to a quiet and an oasis for a break away from all the action. Guests are invited to discover ancient ruins in Costa Maya or lose themselves in the famous sunsets of Key West. From San Juan’s marine bioluminescence and the stunning coral reefs of Cozumel (a gateway to Mexico’s hotspots like Tulum and Playa del Carmen), to Virgin’s private beach experience at Bimini, Bahamas, there’s a cruise destination and shore excursion for any ambition.
Love the idea of Gym and Tonic bar? We’ve got your covered; speak with your SmartFlyer cruise travel agent to explore various Virgin Voyages’ sailings.
Explore the most biodiverse rainforest and river system on Earth
Covering 40% of South America across nine countries, the Amazon is Earth’s largest rainforest, complete with rich biodiversity. A voyage into the selva (“jungle”), as the locals call it, is only possible by boat; and if you ask a knowledgeable cruise travel agent for their favorite option, Aqua Expeditions is sure to come up. With small-group excursions of no more than eight passengers conducted by highly-experienced naturalist guides, guests can be assured of the most fulfilling, life-enriching wildlife encounters. Onboard, the sixteen spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows give guests a full view of the Amazon’s majestic river and rainforests. The top deck features ample amenities that include a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck and in the dining room, guests also savor the best of Peruvian cuisine.
Create the ultimate bubble on your own yacht charter
Whether you want to take the extended family on a yacht charter through the Caribbean islands or prefer to meander through the turquoise seas surrounding Greece, we can make it happen. Consider us as your resource to navigate the brokerage process; once you tell us the size of your group and what on-board amenities you’re looking for (think: a gym, spa treatment room, or even the ability to have an inflatable slide!), we get to work with collaborating our vetted partners like Ahoy Club to make the magic happen. We’ll source the best of the best, complete with a COVID-tested crew and all the finer details – like your favorite foods for those late-night snacks – to ensure a flawless trip from anchor up to anchor down.
Caught up on how yacht charters work? Let us do the heavy lifting and organize your dream itinerary.