Virtuoso Voyages Celebrates 25 Years

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All aboard the cava express: Cellar touring at Codorníu.

Break Out the Bubbles

Virtuoso Voyages is celebrating 25 years of hosting cocktail parties & shore excursions.

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Chilean locals.
The Port of Genoa.

Ask your advisor about itineraries featuring these exclusive events. In the meantime, here’s what’s on deck for three popular ports in 2015.

Barcelona
Taste cava during a private tour of Codorníu winery in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, home to the world’s largest underground wine cellar (visitors tour it via an electric train). The family business, which has produced wine since the 1550s, bottled Spain’s first cava in 1872. Finish with a traditional Catalonian lunch back in Barcelona.
 
Ho Chi Minh City
Sip cocktails and sit down to a Vietnamese dinner at the former home of Henry Cabot Lodge, a U.S. ambassador to Vietnam in the 1960s. Traditional dancers and musicians entertain the group before a nighttime tour to view city highlights such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office.
 
Punta Arenas
In Chile, 
Otway Sound’s penguin colony has grown from
400 to more than 10,000 Magellanic penguins. Take a guided hike along the reserve’s boardwalks to view their nesting sites, along with other wildlife. After warming up with hot cocoa, head back to Punta Arenas for lunch at Patagonian favorite El Remezón.
 
On the Horizon: Genoa, Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard has started construction on one of the most anticipated cruise ships in years, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer. The 750-passenger vessel promises the spacious staterooms and one of the best staff-to-guest ratios in the industry when it debuts in the summer of 2016. Reservations for the ship’s inaugural Mediterranean season go on sale January 2015.
 
Virtuoso Voyages By the Numbers
  • Roughly 400,000: Number of participating passengers since 1990
  • Shore excursions planned this year: 320, in 120 ports of call
and 68 countries
  • 8: Participating cruise lines (Cunard Line, Ponant, Azamara Club, Crystal, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silversea Cruises)
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Life magazine, January 2015.

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Ho Chi Minh City's historic Central Post Office.