Reservations open now for 2020 Sailings
Relaxed yachting with immersive experiences
It is an exciting time for sophisticated cruisers. New cruise lines are entering the market while existing lines are adding new and more modern ships giving us a lot of choices.
One of the new lines is the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection from the award-winning Ritz-Carlton brand. Known for personalized service, elevated dining and luxury accommodations on land, the Yacht Collection extends the Ritz-Carlton gold standard of service and luxury to the sea.
Have you decided to go out of your usual vacation plans and now willing to try cruising for the first time? Great! All you need to do is make a reservation and put a deposit down. Now, while it’s logical to go ahead and browse thru the cruise line website and call the hotline or start booking online, how can you be so sure that you’re getting the best value for your money?
What if there’s another option to get the best cruise deals?
Here’s a tip – book thru a Travel Agent. And here are some reasons why:
As Baby Boomers and Gen Xers move more and more upscale in their cruise preferences, they are looking for a more relaxed cruise experience than previous generations. And it is really no surprise if you think about it. Baby Boomers railed authority in their protest during the 60s & 70s. They have sought more freedom and less rigidity.
So it is no surprise that the cruise industry is responding to this changing demographic and their preferences. Celebrity Cruises has responded by dropping "Formal Nights" for "Evening Chic," and sophisticated cruisers will appreciate this change.
1.When planning is not your thing – cruises got your covered
Nowadays, cruise vacation packages are almost all-in. You don’t need to bother with hotel searching, hours spent online organizing, or the transport in between the destination anymore. For a cruise, all you need to do is (1) talk to your travel agent (Sophisticated Travel), (2) tell us how long you want to go for and what type of climate and off you go! It's that easy - everything else is handled for you!
2.Never feel like you left land
Cruise ships are designed to look and feel like a floating hotel or city so you don’t have to worry that you might get panic attacks by being stranded in the middle of the sea. Along with the fun onboard activities you can get busy with like gym, spas, pools, theaters, bars and restaurants, there are also shopping places you can enjoy and other facilities you can avail of such as medical centers and laundry shops.
It shouldn’t really be a surprise, but as Baby Boomers & Gen Xers have watched their kids move out, have become proficient cruisers, are seeking new experiences, have more free time and money, and desire a more sophisticated cruise experience, they are increasingly wanting to up their cruise game.
Being sophisticated isn't about money, power or formal education. The television show "The Beverly Hillbillies" made us laugh, and showed us that money itself doesn't bring sophistication.
You may ask, "Why should I want to be sophisticated?" The answer is simple. Sophistication is about having grace, respect for others, and a strong desire to continually expand yourself beyond where and what you are right now. And if you are on a cruise, isn't that the type of person you'd want to meet?
Innate in sophisticated cruisers is a sense of wonder in the world, and a desire to experience it first hand and up close. A sophisticated cruiser is confident and fun to be around, has interesting stories to share, and has a genuine interest in others.
So when we cruise, we aspire to be sophisticated cruisers and hope to meet other similar people. And luckily for us, we have be so fortunate to meet so many wonderful and delightful sophisticated cruisers, and to explore many far flung regions of this great earth.
Here are the key traits of a sophisticated person:
1) Respectful of other people, cultures & the destinations visited - Treats others with respect, and enjoys meeting other similarly respectful people. Appreciates the differences between various cultures. Feels an obligation to protect and preserve the places visited so that future travelers can enjoy them too.
2) Interested in the world beyond themselves - Wants to know what's happening in the world. Travels to expand their knowledge and understanding of people, cultures, the arts, history, and architecture. Appreciates the wonders of nature beyond their local experiences.
3) Posses an inquisitive mind seeking to advance their knowledge - Seeks to continually learn and grow. Well informed and likes to share stories (without boasting or boring others) and likes to hear similar stories from other people. Values listening with an open mind. Are cultured, but never snobby. Relishes the opportunity to learn from others without ever feeling superior.
4) Has worked hard to achieve what they have and seeks to enjoy the fruits of that effort - Has worked long and hard in life, and made sacrifices to achieve what's been accomplished. Enjoys reaping the rewards of these efforts through an elevated experience in accommodations, service, and the quality of food & drink. Doesn't want just a cruise, but wants a sophisticated experience.
Sophisticated cruising is the opportunity to discover the world, meet incredibly interesting people from beyond your home, and the chance to step back from your hectic lives to experience the wonders of this world.