An Interview With Seabourn Encore's Designer, Plus More Of Corfu

To gain some insights into Seabourn’s newest ship, I traveled to one of the world’s most international cities: New York’s arts district, home of Tihany Design and its acclaimed designer Adam D. Tihany.

Tihany is an icon in hospitality design. From his New York studios, he sketches interiors that have come to represent the pinnacle of restaurant and hotel design. Tihany’s dream, however, was to design an entire cruise ship. Seabourn Encore will be his first.

I met with Tihany at his New York studios to discuss his career, his design philosophy and what he will bring to Seabourn’s newest vessel.

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Scenic Jasper, End Of Cruise, Summing Up

I spent six nights on Scenic Jasper, sailing from Budapest to Vienna. Along the way I met the company's owners, Glen Moroney and his wife Karen; key executives; and a slew of North American travel agents and journalists. The consensus, and I am in agreement, is that Scenic serves up a quality experience at a high level. Is Scenic to river cruises what Seabourn, Silversea, Regent and Crystal are to ocean cruises? My thoughts and more about Scenic Jasper.


In an earlier post, I talked about how the Italians, French and British influenced the culture of Corfu. That influence is also apparent in the Old City, where the small and ancient streets as well as the architecture evoke the mix of cultures. No wonder the Old City has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2007. …

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7 Days Of All-Inclusive Barging, Plus Three Hotel Nights & Tours, $3,995 Per Person

Ready to go barging with our group of intrepid travelers? We have a great trip planned — a really great trip — and at a great price, $3,995 per person, double occupancy.

You'll need to contact me directly to get this price, and it's easiest to do so by using this link

Here's what is included:

• Six nights/Seven days of all-inclusive barging from Arles to Sete*

• Tours included everyday of the barge trip.

• PLUS two pre-hotel nights in a five-star hotel in Arles, including breakfast**

• PLUS one post-hotel night in a four-star hotel in Montpelier, including breakfast**

• PLUS three additional exclusive tours: Avignon, Pont du Gard & Chateauneuf du Pape, Sete Gourmet Markets Tour & Montpelier Tour

• For only $3,995  per person

* Transfers to Arles at the beginning of the trip and from Montpelier at the end of the trip are not included ** Note that a few lunches and dinners are not included for the pre/post days

I believe this trip offers an exceptional value. Barge trips nearly always start at more than $4,000 per person. And those are the beginning prices for the barge portion only. We're adding three extra nights at four- and five-star hotels, plus we're also adding special tours. All for $3,995 per person. CroisiEurope's price for the barge cruise alone is $2,824.

You'll find all of the details of the trip here.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to book space by contacting me through the form at this link.

I'm excited about taking you along and showing you some of my favorite places in one of my favorite regions of the world - and via a mode of travel that I think you'll find particularly appealing, barging.

Bon voyage, Ralph Grizzle

Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise

In this free special report, I’ve put together a half dozen actionable items that can make the difference between cruise vacations that are memorable and others that fail to measure up to all you had hoped they would be. I’ve cruised on hundreds of ships, as a solo traveler and with family and friends.  — Ralph Grizzle, The Avid Cruiser

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