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The Luxury In this economy, one of European travel’s most classic experiences – a grand tour of Italy’s most iconic cities, Rome, Florence and Venice – could seem more a luxury than an imperative. And if a week is all the vacation time you have, it helps to have the legwork done for you. Select Italy is giving a smart twist to the classic urban trinity tour with its new Big Three package. You’ll still see the big sights over the course of a seven days, but with thoughtful touches like a tasting at Rome’s most exclusive wine bar, Casa Bleve (with ruins in the wine cellar, naturally), advance reservations to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and Florence’s Uffizi (as infamous for its long lines as famous for its great art!). Read more
After six years of anticipation, a new luxury vessel, the Seabourn Odyssey, has been unveiled as the newest addition to The Yachts of Seabourn. This 640 foot vessel was launched on June 24 on its maiden voyage from Venice to Istanbul, and is exemplary of quintessential decadence throughout its 225 suites. The ship weighs in at a staggering 32,000 tons, and suites are equipped with décor equaled to that of a 5-star hotel, 90 percent of which contain verandas to overlook picturesque waterways while sipping on complimentary champagne. Seabourn Odyssey redefines cabins from small spaces used for changing, sleeping and showering, to spacious staterooms like the Grand Wintergarden Suite, which showcases ocean views from the glass-enclosed solarium, as well as outdoors on its two verandas.
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