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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ritz Carlton

The AAA Five Diamond Hotel Is The Only Luxury Waterfront Hotel In Manhattan. The 39-story, 298-room Art Deco Inspired Hotel Overlooks The Statue Of Liberty, New York Harbor And Ellis Island. A Flawless Standard Of Personal Service Reigns With 24 Hour Room Service, Bath Butlers, Valets, Concierges And Spa Treatments. Guests Venturing From The Snug Haven Of Their Room Can Enjoy A Breathtaking Sunset And Award-winning Cocktails From Rise, The Hotel's 14th Floor Bar And Terrace, Or Step Outside For A Stroll Along The Scenic Esplanade Of Battery Park. The hotel is Located Just Minutes From The Trendy Tribeca And Soho Neighborhoods Known For Their Great Shopping, Restaurants And Museums.
The museum of the American Indian is one block east of the hotel, the Jewish Heritage museum is next to the hotel
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Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate

Today, OHEKA Castle Hotel & Estate is a member of the coveted Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Breathtakingly beautiful, OHEKA has become the premier venue for exquisite weddings, gala celebrations, romantic weekends, or corporate retreats and has been the backdrop to many music, television, film and photo productions. In recent years, 32 luxuriously appointed Guestrooms and Suites were added to the upper floors and a new Terrace Room has been added on the main floor for larger affairs.

OHEKA, now 80 percent restored, is once again elegant and refined and enjoyed by all who pass through the grand doors of the Estate. OHEKA remains today a symbol of the history of America and a monument to the Gold Coast of Long Island.

Upon arrival at OHEKA Castle you will discover a world of charming luxury and attention to detail. Every guest room and suite has been uniquely decorated and all enjoy views of the 23-acre private estate.

Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate

Morgans

Morgans is located between 37th and 28th Streets on Madison Avenue, in the heart of Manhattan and walkind distance from from Fifth Avenue shopping, the Empire State Building, the business district and Times Square. Morgans is a quietly sophisticated hotel offering understated elegance and unparalleled service in an intimate, friendly, home-away-from-home atmosphere. With interiors by the renowned French designer Andree Putman, Morgans' chic, decidedly residential feel created a sensation in the hotel industry when it opened 20 years ago, and is still the choice for discerning travelers seeking the very best. With its ultra-comfortable Guestrooms, cozy Living Room, the exciting new Morgans Bar, and the wildly popular Asia de Cuba restaurant, Morgans has earned its reputation as a New York classic.
Under the direction of restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, Asia de Cuba serves an innovative menu that blends the best of Asian and Latino cuisines in a soaring and beautifully theatrical Philippe Starck-designed space. Featuring a 30-foot long illuminated marble communal table that runs through the main dining area, a 15-foot tall photo lightbox featuring a "running waterfall," ultra-comfortable high-backed white banquettes, and cozy living room areas with fireplaces. Morgans Bar is also one of the cities' hottest nightspots.
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Mandarin Oriental

Contemporary in design, yet with stylish oriental flair, Mandarin Oriental, New York redefines luxury as New York City's most striking and sophisticated hotel. The 251 room property includes 48 luxurious suites and is situated at the union of Columbus Circle and Central Park. Mandarin Oriental, New York's floor-to-ceiling windows captivate guests with commanding views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Each guestroom features state-of-the-art technology; from a highly personalized home theater experience providing surround-sound stereo including CD and DVD options, digitally delivered high-definition video on large flat panel LCD televisions, laptop connections to the in-room LCD television, high speed internet access and more. To further enhance the guest experience, the hotel offers Asiate- an exciting, trend-setting restaurant presenting an artistic and modern approach to French and Japanese cuisine; extensive meeting and catering facilities, as well as The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York- a 14,500 square foot spa with a fitness center and 75-foot naturally-lit lap pool.

Lobby Lounge has a wall of glass with spectacular view on the 35rd floor. Hotel is located in Time Warner Center
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Loews Regency Hotel

In one of the most fast-paced and populous cities on Earth, sits an enclave of quiet elegance and luxury, the Loews Regency Hotel. Located in one of the most revered sections of Manhattan, the hotel is situated on a tree-lined avenue and neighbors upscale boutiques, antique shops and museums. Once inside, the lobby exudes warmth and friendliness: an exceptional quality that's just as inherent in the attentive staff. A recent multi-million dollar renovation has turned this hotel into a closely guarded secret getaway. The luxurious fabrics that grace the contemporary accommodations are enhanced with gold and wood accents. Sheets of the 200-thread variety and premier mattresses ensure that you will sleep deeply even if the city doesn't. It's lodging indulgence to the hilt. The polish and flair of the hotel isn't purely cosmetic. An impeccably attentive staff ensures that The Regency lives up to its refined Park Avenue address. Distinctive services range from individually designed workouts with personal trainers to the simple, welcoming gesture of a doorman that remembers and refers to you by name throughout your visit.

Power breakfast. Light lunch. Afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres. Pre-theater dinner. Late night ear candy. You can indulge in it all without leaving The Regency. A world-famous Upper East Side restaurant and a comfy lounge offer an overwhelming selection of both fine dining and ambiance. Feinstein's at The Regency: Fine dining meets cabaret at Feinstein's at the Regency in New York. 540 Park: Long regarded as the home of the power breakfast, 540 Park is also a serious contender when it comes to memorable dinners. The entrees, environment, and service are always exquisite. The Library: Shelves of books and comfy banquettes grace The Library where menus and wine lists make for some of the best reading around.
The Regency, A Loews Hotel New York City

Le Parker Meridien

Hip and dysfunctional are out ... style and function are in. There are 730 ergonomically inspired rooms and suites ... some with far reaching views of Central Park. Le Parker Meridien New York is located in the heart of it all/steps away from Central Park/Carnegie Hall/5th Avenue and the best theatres.

At Le Parker Meridien, we're New Yorkers and we like to share Our Town with new comers. Our experts have been at this a long time - they know the city from parks to museums to restaurants to where to ice skate; search for gargoyles; see dinosaurs; and where to gaze at the constellations (indoors, that is). They know how to get around The Big City and beyond. They know how much things cost and about how long it takes to get where you're going. They know what kids like to do and what's right for parents too.

730 ergonomically inspired rooms and suites enhanced by luscious cherry and cedar woods. We give you more with: expansive desk space, Aeron desk chair, free high-speed internet access, two phone lines, call waiting, voicemail, in-room safe. These sleek rooms have 32" televisions, cd/dvd players, air-conditioning, hairdryers, minibars, irons and ironing boards. Check-out by video. We have variety with: l-shaped junior-suites complete with separate sitting area, king-size bed, cedar-lined bath and showers big enough for two; one and two bedroom suites are the perfect New York pad. Suites offer fantastic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline and have full kitchens. You could move in and live happily ever after.

Style and function are in. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, deal closings, business events. Clustered on the second and third levels, the function rooms are decked out to make your important business and social occasions stress-free. We have the latest in information and comfort technology, experienced staff and innovative cuisine. High atop the hotel is the chic estrela penthouse with private terrace

Le Parker Meridien New York

Jumeirah Essex House

Built in 1931, the Essex House is a well-known feature of Manhattan, recognised throughout the world as a model of graceful elegance and art-deco sophistication. Ideally located in the heart of New York City, Jumeirah Essex House offers an unbeatable location that has lured dignitaries, celebrities and world leaders for years. Enjoy our stylish setting, nestled between the beauty of Central Park and the buzz of Broadway, and surround yourself in elegance and style. Welcome to Jumeirah Essex House. Relax and stay a while.

The Spa features an on-site fitness specialist, personal training, a training floor with a host of cardiovascular equipment, and a full circuit of weight-resistance exercise machines.

16 distinctive meeting rooms - meeting all your requirements. Grand Salon or Petit Salon - large reception or intimate function. Conference facilities on premises can accommodate up to 180 people
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InterContinental The Barclay

Welcome to InterContinental The Barclay New York. This New York hotel truly captures the luxury and attitude of 'the city that never sleeps'. Indulge in some luxury today by booking any of our special packages which offer unique opportunities to experience the Big Apple. The InterContinental Barclay is a New York hotel that will complement and enhance your stay. Built in the Roaring Twenties by the New York Central Railroad, this historic, elegant New York accommodation celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It remains one of the most luxurious New York hotels near Park Avenue. Guests enjoy a combination of elegance and convenience that few New York City hotels can match. Minutes from LaGuardia and JFK Airports to the doors of this legendary luxury hotel, New York unfolds before our guests in its bold glamour. Guests can easily visit the United Nations, Wall Street, Broadway Theaters, or world-famous Central Park. In fact, because of its proximity to the United Nations, this charming New York City hotel has been the choice of nearly every visiting head of state including President Ronald Reagan, Francois Mitterrand, Nelson Mandela and others. When celebrities stay in the Big Apple, they too, have a favorite luxury hotel, New York's InterContinental The Barclay

18 meeting rooms - max. 300 theatre style, 160 classroom, 320 reception, 250 banquet. The restored ballroom handles events to 300. On-street loading access. Meeting rooms designed w/excellent sight lines and windows. Email: barclaysales@interconti.com
InterContinental The Barclay New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee

Among the townhouses of the fashionable Upper East Side of Manhattan, on a quiet, tree-lined street, stands the Hotel Plaza Athenee. The hotel is just a stroll away from Central Park, Madison Avenue shops, and Midtown. This charming hotel offers 149 rooms and suites, some with balconies and glass-enclosed terraces.

All suites and select rooms feature iPod docking stations, DVD players, and 42' plasma TVs. As noted by top travel publications, the hotel is well known for providing excellent service.

There are 35 gorgeous suites, 8 with dining rooms and/or indoor atriums and outdoor balconies.
Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Mela

At Home Sophistication' is the concept for the new 230-room Hotel Mela which opened October 2006. Hotel Mela defines 'At Home Sophistication' as the little touches and accents that provide the ultimate in comfort, style, luxury and familiarity of home. Items such as specialty pillows, throws, fine bedding and spa amenities provide all the comforts of home and create an inviting setting in which to relax.

'At Home Sophistication' begins upon entering the lobby which functions both as a reception area and gathering place for guests. White faux leather banquettes and red mohair sofas accentuated by overstuffed pillows situated in the center of the lobby provides an atmosphere of comfort, sophistication and warmth. The black trimmed marble flooring against Venetian plaster walls support retro yet modern seating, providing an eclectic feel that is both stylish and comfortable. Chandelier lighting of glass beads encased in handmade red Duboni silk lampshades create an orange glow that compliments the eclectic seating and creates an atmosphere that is sophisticated and chic. So join us and experience living in New York City, with all of its vibrant culture, simply by stepping out of the eclectic, chic and sophisticated Hotel Mela.

Deluxe Room - 220 square feet (20.5 square meters), and featuring either a king, a queen or two twin beds, our Deluxe guest rooms are decorated with earth-tone inspired decor designed to create a tranquil atmosphere of modern luxury and classic sophistication covered with fine duvets and 100 percent Egyptian combed cotton linen and bathroom products by H2O +. In addition, Deluxe guest rooms feature full-range of traditional amenities and the latest in technology, including 26" flat-screen LCD TVs, CD/Alarm clocks with MP3 connection, working desks with ergonomic chairs, dedicated 2-line phone service with cordless and land-line phones, mini-bars, safes, hairdryers, bath robes, HSIA and WiFi.

Hotel Mela New York Guest Room

Gramercy Park Hotel

Gramercy Park Hotel offers 184 rooms, suites and specialty suites, along with a luxurious Penthouse. The bold, individualistic spirit of the public spaces are carried into the guest rooms. Each room has a unique layout, vivid Renaissance color palette, and distinctive collection of art and objects. Imported hand tufted rugs, velvet drapery, wooden blinds, curated photographs and original custom hand made furnishings, all blend to create the perfect ambiance. Rooms are appointed with King or Queen beds, leather topped desks, a mahogany English drinking cabinet and a "best of" collection of bathroom amenities. High speed wireless internet access and turn down service are just some of the additional amenities available.
The hotel and guest rooms have been created by Ian Schrager and a collaboration of partners and friends including artist, Julian Schnabel.
Gramercy Park Hotel

Four Seasons

Rising over Manhattan's premier shopping and business district, between Park and Madison Avenues, the I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons features stunning views and gracious style -- a remarkable experience, even by New York standards. Meet at the quintessential Manhattan address, between Park and Madison Avenues. Sleek, ultra-spacious quarters with soaring views. Ultra-chic, ultra-tech meeting spaces -- including private Four Seasons meeting suites. Award-winning service that never sleeps.
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Dylan Hotel

Timeless, classic, elegant, artistic. When you enter The Dylan Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, you are transported to a world of beauty, art, and refinement. Surrounded by excitement. Cradled in comfort. That's what a stay at the Dylan Hotel in New York City is all about. Located in the city's vibrant core in midtown Manhattan, the best of New York City is just outside our front door. We're only a short walk from Grand Central Station, New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center, Times Square, Central Park, Fifth Avenue Shopping and the great restaurants of Manhattan. Dylan's interiors, by Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International, mark a deliberate departure from both the too stark and overly hip designs currently prevalent in the high-end boutique hotel market. Beers has created a timeless look for the property that redefines opulence for a new age while preserving the landmark-quality architecture of the 1903 Beaux-Arts structure.
Dylan Hotel New York

Castle On The Hudson

Located only thirty minutes north of Manhattan, The Castle on the Hudson sits majestically overlooking the Hudson River on sprawling acres of manicured gardens and grounds. With it's 125 year history, the castle is undoubtedly a regal escape to the enchanted days of yesteryear. The Castle's luxurious guestrooms, suites with wood burning fireplaces and impeccable service, continue to be a favorite among dignitaries and celebrities. In addition, the Castle's award winning dining room, Equus, has also earned a worldwide reputation for excellence.
The Castle on the Hudson is a building inspired by the Norman strongholds on the British Isles. It is an rare sight in New York, and is the only building of its kind within 30 minutes of Manhattan.
The Castle offers a 24-hour health and fitness Center featuring - State-of-the Art Cardiovascular Equipment, Treadmill, Stairmaster, Recumbent Bicycle, Multi-Workout Stations, and Free Weights.
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Bryant Park

Driven By Style, Contemporary Design, And State Of The Art Amenities, The Bryant Park Is Midtowns First Exclusive Luxury Designer Hotel. The Bryant Park Combines Glamour, Sophistication And World Class Service For A Flawless Guest Experience For The Dicerning Traveler. The Bryant Park Hotel Offers 129 Oversized Guest Rooms With Full Marble Baths And Deep Soaking Tubs. Try One Of The 24 Suites Or Request On Of The 11 Rooms With A Terrace To Gaze At The Stars. Please Inquire About One Of Our 2 Penthhouse Suites For A Business Meeting Or Weekend Getaway. 70-seat Private Screening Room With Video Conferencing Capabilities State Of The Art Fitness Center With On Site Personal Trainer, In Room Massage And Spa Service. Private Boardroom Facilities For Small Business Meetings.
The Penthouse is a 1,100 square foot space encompassing the entire 24th floor with French doors opening on the terrace providing spectacular surrounding views of the New York City skyline. It features one and a half baths and a dining area that can seat up to 6 people. The suite is also equipped with two 32" High Definition LCD flat screen televisions. It is perfect for the luxury travel but also as a meeting or event space when available. The Loft and Boardroom Suite are also availble as Event Space.

Non-Smoking floors are available.


Bryant Park

70 Park Avenue Hotel

70 Park Avenue Hotel marks Kimpton Hotels' much-anticipated debut in New York and offers a haven of quiet luxury for guests seeking the ambience of their very own Park Avenue pied a terre. Setting a new standard for comfort and style in boutique hotels, the midtown Manhattan hotel invites guests to Live Life Well. Fresh from an extensive multi-million dollar renovation under the direction of renowned residential designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, 70 Park Avenue Hotel brings a distinct approach to design, an intimate style and gracious service along with state-of-the-art technology. Inspired by the exterior's distinctive limestone facade, the hotel lobby living room features an impressive 14-foot limestone and sandstone fireplace - a hallmark of Kimpton Hotels. Inviting conversation areas, decorated in warm earth tones and rich dark woods, beckon guests to mingle. Wine receptions, offered complimentary every evening - another hallmark of Kimpton Hotels - underscore the welcoming, social atmosphere. This same elegant residential feel immediately present upon entering the hotel is carried through the rest of the public space and the guestrooms upstairs. The luxury boutique hotel is located at the corner of Park Avenue and 38th Street - in Murray Hill, a charming and friendly residential enclave that is set in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Central for business and leisure travelers, this luxury hotel is convenient to Grand Central Station and prime New York City addresses. Fifth Avenue shopping, Union Square, Bryant Park, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Broadway, museums and nightlife are all within easy walking distance. Elegant without pretense, relaxed without being too casual. Convenient and exceptionally appointed, 70 Park Avenue Hotel attracts discerning travelers who appreciate the thoughtful details that allow them to Live Life Well.
70 Park Avenue Hotel

60 Thompson

Manhattan's New Luxurious 100-room Boutique Hotel...60 Thompson. Located In The Fashionable Soho District Convenient To Midtown And The Financial District. Nestled On Thompson Street Between Spring And Broome Streets. 60 Thompson Offers The Best Location From Which To Conduct Business Or To Enjoy New York's Style- Setting Center Of Art Galleries Theaters Cafes And Restaurants Designer Boutiques And Trendy Shops. 60 Thompson Is Set Back From The Street Discreetly Standing Behind A Courtyard Of Birch Trees Melding With Its Century-old Surroundings On This Tranquil Block In Soho. The Second Floor Lobby Is A Warm Serene Reading Room. Adjacent To The Lobby Is Thom's Lounge A Chic Place To Unwind Inside And Out. Our Restaurant Thom Features Regional American Fare With An Eastern Essence. For Guests And Private Events The Garden Bar Overlooks Soho With Views Of The Empire State Building. Designed By Thompson O'brien Of Aero Studios The Modern Rooms Pamper Guests With Sumptuous Amenities: Frette Linens And Robes Down Bedding Dvd And Cd Players Spa Products And Bathroom Apothecary By Philosophy Gourmet Mini-bars With Dean And Duluca And Designer Marble Bathrooms. The Majority Of Rooms Are Also Appointed With Relaxing Couches And Chairs. 60 Thompson...soho's Friendly Designer Hotel.
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Grace Hotel Sydney

The multi-award winning Grace Hotel is an establishment of contrasts. It is noted for its tranquillity, yet it lies in the heart of Sydney’s dynamic central business district. Contemporary Australian cuisine is served in heritage listed Art Deco splendour (the building was modelled on the original Chicago Tribune building). Chic styling combines with what are rumoured to be the most comfortable beds in Sydney. Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, King Street Wharf, Cockle Bay, Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building are all within easy reach, making The Grace perfect for business and pleasure. Staying in this spacious, stylish haven at Sydney’s heart means you can stand at the window of your beautifully peaceful room and watch the engaging bustle of the city, conscious that the most stressful decision during your stay is going to be choosing between the three restaurants to eat in. And if that all feels like too much, you can always put off the decision and opt for a revitalizing spa treatment. One could even end their day at PJ O’Briens, an Irish-style pub, offering a variety of pub cuisine and the best Guinness in Sydney.

Rooms
382 rooms offer cable Internet access and air-conditioning. Rates from AUD 220.

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Leisure
A rooftop fitness centre, with expansive city views, includes a six metre pool, sauna, spa tub, and steam room. Luxuriate in the Oriental spa or beauty salon, or arrange a trip to the hairdressers.

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Dining
The pretty Grace CafĂ© serves modern Australian cuisine, while the Grace Brasserie provides delicious buffet options for breakfast and lunch. The new ‘Bar 77G’ provides a stylish escape to enjoy a drink and grazing menu.


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Meeting facilities
15 meeting rooms accommodate up to 500 delegates.

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Location
Located in the business, entertainment and cultural centre, the hotel is bordered by York, King and Clarence Streets, with Hyde Park within four blocks. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is 16 km away.

Grace in Rosebank

With its classical standards of excellence dating back to an era of gracious living and attention to detail, The Grace in Rose bank is the ideal choice for guests seeking a sophisticated city hotel with the highest levels of service and luxury, as well as personal charm found only in small establishments.

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Dining
The Dining Room is situated on the fourth floor and provides a memorable a-la-carte dining experience, excuisite cuisine and excellent service accompanied by a selection of superb cocktails and wines from our cellar.

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Location
Set in the heart of stylish Rosebank, a tree lined cosmopolitan suburb rich in eclectic restaurants, shopping centres, cinemas and culture, The Grace Hotel Johannesburg offers easy access to Johannesburg most prominent business and cultural museums, as well as Sandton business district and O.R. Tambo International airport.

Stanley Hotel - a Summit Hotel

Superior Deluxe Hotel located in the best part of Nairobi. To one side the graceful boulevard of Kenyetta Avenue, to the other the central business and shopping districts. From this central and perfect location it is an easy stroll to the cultural business and shopping attractions of the city. Since 1902,

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The Stanley has been making history, hosting Royal Safaris, ground breaking business events and a long line of living legends. A comprehensive re-development project which finished last year has retained the history and character of The Stanley, but provided the very latest in technology services. Award winning food and fine wines, complement the levels of consistent service excellence and warm hospitality. All rooms are overlarge and public areas and facilities are luxurious and enticing.

Location
Jomo Kenyatta Int'l Airport NBO 15 km, Railway Station 2 km, National Park 10 km


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Disney Cruise Line

Disney had been involved in cruising for a number of years through an agreement with the now defunct Premier Cruise Lines, before the company entered the cruise market with its first own ship in mid-1998. Disney's two sister vessels remind the viewer of the ocean liners of yesteryear, but they feature all the latest amenities and high-tech equipment a modern superliner needs.

silversea Cruise Line

Established in 1992 by the Lefebvre family and Monaco-based V-Ships, Silversea Cruises debuted with its first newbuild, Silver Cloud, in 1994. In contrast to competitor Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea's ships feature a high number of cabins with private balconies, and they are also much larger than the smaller mega-yachts. Silver Shadow joined the fleet in 2000, followed by Silver Whisper in July, 2001.

seaDream Cruise Line

SeaDream Yacht Club is an innovative, new yachting company that operates the twin, ultra-luxury mega yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II. When they were originally introduced they soon became the prototypes of the casual and intimate yachting experience. SeaDream Yacht Club has built upon this legacy and today the two sleek and rakish SeaDream yachts are highly acclaimed by discerning travelers seeking a unique seagoing experience and by travel industry observers everywhere. SeaDream Yacht Club was founded in September of 2001 by Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad who founded Seabourn Cruise Line and Larry Pimentel, who was President of Seabourn under Brynestad and later President and CEO of the merged companies Cunard-Seabourn. Pimentel is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SeaDream and a co-owner. As Sea Dream's Chairman says "We are not a cruise line. We are a yacht company and we provide a yachting experience." Yachting features an open and unstructured ambience that provides guests the ability to fulfill their own dreams call them "seadreams" if you will at their own pace and in their own style. We like to express this as "No clocks, no crowds, no lines, no stress." The key word for the SeaDream yachting experience is "unstructured. It's all about personal choice. Think of it as a free form holiday in which guests fall into a "seadream" and believe that they are aboard their own yacht. That's why we say SeaDream is a yacht company; not a cruise line.

Seabourn Cruise Line

Launched in 1987 - originally the name Signet Cruises was planned - Seabourn Cruise Line is an ultra-luxury cruise operator. The company's original two vessels were later joined by the similar Seabourn Legend. In 1991 already, Carnival Corporation acquired a stake in Seabourn and later took over the line. In 1999, Seabourn Sun and the two Seabourn Goddesses joined the fleet from sister company Cunard. In mid-2001, Seabourn Goddess I & II were sold again, however, and the larger Seabourn Sun was transferred to sister company Holland America Line in April, 2002.

ResidenSea Cruise Line

Residensea was founded as a unique company whose mission statement is describes as following: ResidenSea is the innovative leader in developing, building and selling unique residences onboard purpose-built luxury ships. Through motivated employees, ResidenSea delivers unparalleled service to create shareholder value. ResidenSea's first ship, The World, was launched in 2002 and has received the attention of everyone in the cruise industry.

Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line

Originally launched by Radisson Hotels as a one-ship cruise line with the Radisson Diamond in 1992, this company acquired Seven Seas Cruises in 1997 and became Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. The name was changed to Regent Seven Seas in 2007 and one of the ships. The Paul Gauguin permanently sailing in the South pacific, was sold to an independent company. There are currently three ships in service; Mariner, Navigator and Voyager. These are small luxury vessels with liquor and gratuities included in the cruise fare. Another small ship, the Explorer II sails in the Galapagos islands.

Crystal Cruise Line

Established in 1988 by Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, the world's largest shipping company, Crystal Cruises offers the comforts of a luxury line and the range amenities of the premium lines' usually larger ships, creating a unique ultra deluxe experience. The company's first ship, Crystal Harmony, entered service in 1990, sister ship Crystal Symphony in 1995 and finally, the Crystal Serenity in 2003. Crystal has consistently won "Best Large Ship" awards from everyone awarding them and is a favorite among cruisers enjoying luxury products.

Oceania Cruise Line

Oceania Cruises was formed in 2002 by cruise industry veterans Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio. Best in class cuisine, destination oriented itineraries, and outstanding value define Oceania Cruises' five-star product and position the company as the cruise line of choice for traditional premium and luxury category cruisers. The onboard atmosphere is relaxed and reminiscent of the casual elegance of a country club. Tuxedos and gowns are never a requirement for dining so you can dress and enjoy the evening comfortably. The overall feeling is one that is never stuffy and void of any pretension. You will enjoy the flexibility of four open seating restaurants; you dine when, where and with whom you choose. Our 5 Star menus are crafted under the meticulously watchful eye of renowned master chef Jacques P�pin, our Executive Culinary Director. Host of numerous public television series, he is one of America's best known chefs, food columnists and cook book authors. He has also served as the personal chef to no less than three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. Our three intimate and luxurious 684 passenger ships, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica feature World Wide itineraries The itineraries have been tailored to include many overnight port stays allowing passengers time to immerse themselves in the history, culture and local flavor of the region.

Holland America Cruise Line

Launched in the 1870s when the original Rotterdam made its inaugural trans-Atlantic crossing from Rotterdam to New York, the Holland America Line as it is known today is one of the oldest companies in the passenger shipping business. A major player in Alaska through its subsidiary Westours, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation in 1989. Up to now, the company has offered its premium cruises on mid-sized ships, but as part of an ambitious newbuilding program five new 84,000 gt superliners will enter service with Holland America until 2006.

Celebrity Cruise Line

One of the youngest of the big cruise lines, Celebrity Cruises was established in 1989 by the Chandris Group, a Greek company that has been in the passenger shipping business since the 1920s. Celebrity's first ship was the former liner Meridian, followed by the company's first newbuild, Horizon. One of Celebrity's hallmarks is its award-winning cuisine, created and supervised by three-star Michelin master chef Michel Roux. All five new Celebrity ships that entered service between 1990 and 1997 were constructed at the renowned German Jos. L. Meyer shipyard (commonly known as the Meyer Werft). In 1997 Royal Caribbean Cruises acquired Celebrity Cruises. As part of an aggressive newbuilding program, Celebrity cruises has launched four brand-new 91,000 gt Millennium-class superliners since mid-2000.

Princess Cruise Line

Launched in 1965 with a single ship, the chartered Princess Patricia, Princess Cruises was acquired by the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) in 1974. In 1975 the company's Pacific Princess became the star of the world-famous TV series, "The Love Boat", making her one of the best-known cruise ships in the world. In 1988 Sitmar Cruises was taken over, adding four additional ships to the fleet. P&O's cruise division was demerged from the mother company in 2000 and is now named P&O Princess Cruises. In 2003, Princess was acquired by Carnival Corporation and will be operated as a separate brand within Carnival. With five new ships on order and two former Renaissance Cruises vessels about to join the fleet, Princess will further expand its popular "Personal Choice Cruising" experience.

NCL Cruise Line

One of the oldest of the modern cruise lines that had not been in the ocean liner business, Norwegian Cruise Line was established - originally under the name Norwegian Caribbean Line - by Norwegian entrepreneur Knut Kloster and Ted Arrison, who later started his own company, Carnival Cruise Lines, in 1966 with a single ship, the Sunward. Kloster added four new ships until 1971, and in 1979 his decision to purchase the former pride of the Grande Nation, the S/S France, made the public sit up and take world-wide notice of his company. The former liner was skillfully converted into cruising's very first superliner, S/S Norway, by Germany's Lloyd Werft shipyard in 1980. She became the prototype of the huge cruise ships of the 1990s and the new millennium. In 1990 S/S Norway was further enlarged by adding two completely new decks. One of the last grand liners of yesteryear to sail the seven seas, the Norway continues to offer traditional cruises in a unique environment. Norwegian Cruise Line accepted delivery of two brand-new ships in 2001, the 80,000 gt Norwegian Sun and the 91,000 gt Norwegian Star. A second 91,000 gt vessel, Norwegian Dawn, will follow in 2002. NCL's innovative "Freestyle Cruising" concept has impressed passengers world-wide, and has already found imitators among competing cruise lines.

MSC Cruise Line

Originally established under the name Flotta Lauro, this cruise was taken over by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, one of the largest shipping operators in the world, in 1990. Today, Mediterranean Shipping Cruises operates three cruise ships, but the company also has one more 60,000 gt newbuild in order for delivery in 2004, respectively. MSC caters to a primarily European clientele, but more and more U.S. passengers who prefer a more traditional European cruise experience with fellow passengers from many different countries have chosen the cruise line in recent years.

Costa Cruise Line

Launched in 1860 as a freighter company that exported Italian olives and olive oil to destinations all over the world, Costa Crociere entered the passenger ship business in the 1940s with the second-hand Anna C. In 1959 Costa began to offer Caribbean cruises aboard the Franca C. When the end of the grand liners came in the 1970s, Costa's vessels were converted into cruise ships. Costa's last former liner, CostaRiviera, was retired in late 2001. Following the takeover by Carnival Corporation in 1997 and eventual complete buyout in 2000, Costa has launched a number of new ships. Costa is known for its "Cruising Italian Style" concept which successfully attracts both North American and European passengers alike.Costa is also very popular with Spanish speaking passengers as Spanish is widely spoken throughout the cruise line. Costa's Caribbean cruises are very popular with Americans, while their Europe and Mediterranean cruises tend to be more popular with and international crowd (especially Italian). In Europe and the Med, English is not the language of the ships, but announcements may be made in several languages.

Carnival Cruise Line

Founded by cruise visionary Ted Arison in 1972, Carnival Cruise Lines had a very rocky start when its first ship, the former ocean liner Mardi Gras, ran aground off Miami on its maiden voyage. And while the competitors made fun of Arison by offering "Mardi Gras on the Rock" drinks aboard their ships, Carnival added two more former liners to its fleet. In 1981 the company's first newbuild, Tropicale, entered service, which was the beginning of a story of a tremendous and unparalleled success: from 1981 to late 2001, Carnival put into service 18 new ships, with five more on order until 2004. Today the world's largest cruise line, Carnival offers the well-known and extremely popular "Fun Ship" concept with colorful interiors and non-stop action around the clock. 99

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CRUISE WEST

Founded by legendary entrepreneur Charles West who also had originally established Westours. Cruise West began to offer overnight cruises in Alaskan waters in 1990. One of the largest small-ship cruise lines in the world, Cruise West recently acquired its new flagship, Spirit of Oceanus, from Star Cruises. Cruise West also markets Temptress Explorer Cruises' Temptress Explorer.

COSTA CRUISE

Launched in 1860 as a freighter company that exported Italian olives and olive oil to destinations all over the world, Costa Crociere entered the passenger ship business in the 1940s with the second-hand Anna C. In 1959 Costa began to offer Caribbean cruises aboard the Franca C. When the end of the grand liners came in the 1970s, Costa's vessels were converted into cruise ships. Costa's last former liner, CostaRiviera, was retired in late 2001. Following the takeover by Carnival Corporation in 1997 and eventual complete buyout in 2000, Costa has launched a number of new ships. Costa is known for its "Cruising Italian Style" concept which successfully attracts both North American and European passengers alike.Costa is also very popular with Spanish speaking passengers as Spanish is widely spoken throughout the cruise line. Costa's Caribbean cruises are very popular with Americans, while their Europe and Mediterranean cruises tend to be more popular with and international crowd (especially Italian). In Europe and the Med, English is not the language of the ships, but announcements may be made in several languages

CELEBRITY CRUISE

One of the youngest of the big cruise lines, Celebrity Cruises was established in 1989 by the Chandris Group, a Greek company that has been in the passenger shipping business since the 1920s. Celebrity's first ship was the former liner Meridian, followed by the company's first newbuild, Horizon. One of Celebrity's hallmarks is its award-winning cuisine, created and supervised by three-star Michelin master chef Michel Roux. All five new Celebrity ships that entered service between 1990 and 1997 were constructed at the renowned German Jos. L. Meyer shipyard (commonly known as the Meyer Werft). In 1997 Royal Caribbean Cruises acquired Celebrity Cruises. As part of an aggressive newbuilding program, Celebrity cruises has launched four brand-new 91,000 gt Millennium-class superliners since mid-2000
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AVALON WATERWAYS

As a member of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways, established in 2003, is backed by 80 years of experience in planning itineraries and guiding vacations around the world.

Being part of a larger tour company seems to be a great fit for a river cruise company. While on a river cruise, it can frequently seem much like a "motor coach tour" because of all the destination-based activities. But there are two important differences - you only have to unpack once, and the ship, as your primary transportation rather than a coach, mostly travels at night while you sleep.

The Globus family of brands began as a small family company with one man and a rowboat in 1928. Antonio Mantegazza, the company's founder, used his rowboat to transport commercial goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. While taking frequent trips across the scenic lake, Antonio began dreaming of a different opportunity - tourism.

Over time, his entrepreneurial instinct and drive led him to acquire motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area in southern Switzerland. By 1961, the company launched the Cosmos brand, featuring value-priced European touring for the cost-conscious British traveler. Beginning in 1974, under the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, son of Antonio and current president of Globus, the company's brands began expanding their markets beyond Great Britain.

By the 1970s, Globus showed travelers more countries than any other tour operator including Africa, Australia, North and South America, Southeast Asia, Europe and the South Pacific. Also in the early '70s, Globus launched its North American company - Group Voyagers - overseeing U.S. tour operations and the American market for the Globus and Cosmos brands.

In 2003, the Globus family of brands launched Avalon Waterways, a river boat cruise company offering primarily European river cruises but also offering the Nile (Egypt), Yangtze (China) and adventure cruises in the Galapagos Islands near Ecuador.

Avalon Waterways has a young fleet of eight ships. They are so new that the average of their vessels by 2008 averaged a mere two years old. They are uniquely suited to the destination each calls home:

AMERICAN CRUISE

American Cruise Lines’ brand new small ships are uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways and rivers of the United States. Carrying 49 to 120 passengers, the ships carry passengers to some of the most fascinating places in America. The casual yet elegant ambiance allows guests to relax, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interests in American history, nature and culture. Large public lounges and observation decks are the perfect place to mingle with friends new and old, and a glass enclosed dining room seats all passengers comfortably at one time. Most of the spacious staterooms feature large opening picture windows, roomy baths and private balconies. From picturesque New England villages to the expansive Pacific Northwest, American Cruise Lines’ fleet enables passengers to discover places of historic interest and unrivaled scenery while unwinding in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere created by their all-American staff. The line currently operates the American Spirit, American Star, American Glory, and debuts the Independence in 2010. American Cruise Lines has also acquired the authentic paddle wheeler, Queen of the West (formerly part of the Majestic America Line), and will start running cruises along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

AMADEUS CRUISE

Founded in 2003 with 2003 as their inaugural year, Amadeus Waterways was evolved by a management team with expertise in the European River Cruise market that goes back to the earliest days in the industry. Designed for the American market specifically, Amadeus Waterways offers wonderful itineraries on most of the most important rivers in Europe with standards that will please Americans. With features like a 100% English speaking experience form staff, to announcements, to local guides and so on, Americans will find Amadeus their # 1 choice. Amadeus Waterways also offers unique features such as having a doctor and massage therapist on every cruise, local wines included with dinner every night, a beauty salon on every sailing, a fun pool on the Sun deck, complete non-smoking environment (except on the Sun deck) and much much more.

French Cuisine

Starting with the Middle Ages that brought rich banquets to the French Revolution, where refined techniques were used, French Cuisine can be called in the 21st century “haute cuisine”. It is as popular as the poetry or French arts, a meal at a restaurant comparing to “a sort of theatre you can eat”. Pastries are a large part of French cooking. Cheese and wine are also a major part of the cuisine, being perhaps the most famous of all. The modern restaurant has its roots in French culture so restaurants are bountiful, but as for recommendation before deciding on one. In Paris alone, there are over 5,000 places to eat, with prices and menus to suit anyone’s taste
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Italian Cuisine

Perhaps one of the oldest in the world, the Italian cuisine can be traced back to the 4th century BC. It became what is today along with the discovery of the New World, that brought potatoes, tomatoes pepper or maize on the list of ingredients. An Italian meal is structured into several sections: antipasto (the appetizer), primo (pasta or rice dish), secondo (meat course), dolce (dessert). Italy is also famous for over 400 kinds of cheese, including the famous Parmigianino Reggiano, and 300 types of sausages.
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Chinese Cuisine

Originated in various parts of China and now spread throughout the world, Chinese cuisine is now eaten by a third of the world’s population every day. The cuisine is easy to create, economical and tasty. Most of the food is prepared in bite-sized pieces because the Chinese culture regards knives and forks as weapons. Usually, every person at the table is given a bowl of rice while the other dishes are shared by everyone at the table. Some dishes are cooked from endangered species, such as facai moss while others from meat you would want to avoid such as dog

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