Floating Art Workshop voyages

Uniworld Reveals 2019 Floating Art Workshop Cruises

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Are you an artist at heart, but never really learned your true potential? Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering their 2019 Floating Art Workshops, with special guest renowned artist Larry Aarons.

Learn how to draw lifelike portraits right onboard your floating boutique hotel as Larry shares insightful tips and tricks during this introductory workshop. All skill levels are welcome, from those who have never put charcoal to paper to those who are looking to rediscover their love of the craft.

His workshops are designed for everyone and will feature:

~ A lesson on how to create a charcoal portrait using Larry’s brush method.
~ A small and personalised class setting with a breathtaking view of Europe’s stunning landscape
~ A hand-drawn memento for you to keep and cherish for years to come


Awaken your inner artist amid Europe’s incredible scenery and come home with a one-of-a-kind souvenir to cherish for years to come. Floating Art Workshop Cruises are available on the following voyages

Holland & Belgium At Tulip Time | March 24 2019
8 days Brussels to Amsterdam sailing on board the River Queen

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Brilliant Bordeaux | June 16 2019
8 days Bordeaux to Bordeaux sailing on board the S.S. Bon Voyage

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Uniworld is happy to provide these classes and all sketch materials at no additional cost. All you have to do is sign up onboard. Classes are limited to 10 students each, so don’t wait until it’s too late.


Larry Aarons is from the North Shore of Long Island. He graduated with an art degree from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and works today as a professional artist, creating art in every medium. His work has been featured in many one-man shows in galleries and museums in New York City, Art Basel in Florida and Long Island, NY, as well as numerous publications. His signature drawings have earned him the prestigious Presidents Award of the Salmagundi AAP and the Gold Medal of Honor from the American Artist Professional League. Larry has been the spokesperson for Life and Art at the United Nations in New York City. He was the cover featured artist on the international magazine ARTVoices, in addition to having his art written about and displayed in numerous publications. Fun Fact: Larry’s portraits of actor Robert de Niro and Chris Rock are now in their respective personal collections.

Silversea introduces new Wine Programme

Silversea Introduces Exceptional Wine Programme

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Tastes of Distinction to Travel Deeper: Silversea Has Developed An Exceptional Wine Programme

(Monaco — July 26, 2018) Ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea, has developed a spectacular wine programme to bolster its reputation as the top purveyor of wines at sea.

Selected by the cruise line’s expert Wine Ambassador, Lawrence d’Almeida, approximately 160 different wines populate Silversea’s wine selection, which is lauded by wine experts for including one of the largest and broadest choices of complimentary wines aboard any cruise ship, with roughly 70 different labels. Every major wine region in the world is represented in the complimentary range, as well as every major wine grape, yet Italian wines are particularly well-represented as an homage to the cruise line’s heritage. When relevant to the ships’ visited destination, local wines are added to Silversea’s wine selection, enabling guests to travel deeper by sampling fine wines from across the world.

Designed with wine-related destinations in mind and hosted either by Silversea’s Wine Ambassador himself or by qualified master sommeliers, the cruise line’s range of themed wine voyages unlocks a number of unique oenological experiences across the world, from onboard lectures and tastings to shore-based excursions. The themed wine voyages enable guests to sample an exceptional range of wines and expand their knowledge, while visiting spectacular destinations and enjoying authentic moments.

Departing October 18 and arriving October 31, 2018, Silversea’s Silver Whisper will cruise between Lisbon and Fort Lauderdale for Silversea’s next wine voyage, for which the cruise line has partnered with Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia and the American Fine Wine Competition. The cruise will introduce guests to both ‘old world’ and ‘new world’ wines, in line with the ship’s movement across the Atlantic. First, guests will be able to sample approximately 33 different varieties of high-class Italian wines, which will be provided by Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia – a celebrated committee that unites the top Italian wineries to protect and promote the prestige of the country’s most illustrious wines. Subsequently, an addition 19 varieties of America’s best wines will be available, thanks to Silversea’s partnership with the American Fine Wine Competition. Vintners, journalists, wine magazine publishers and co-founders of the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC), Monty and Sara Preiser of Napa and Florida will join the voyage as instructors/hosts. The Preisers will present AFWC’s Double Gold Medal-winning wines and/or bottles from wineries named as ‘Winery of the Year’ to guests of the voyage.

Illustrious members of the ASPI sommelier association, Giuseppe Vaccarini and Gennaro Buono, former best sommelier in the world and the best sommelier in Italy respectively, will each join a segment of the trans-Atlantic voyage – to the great benefit of the guests: Vaccarini will accompany guests on various wine-related shore excursions, while Buono will host an accredited propaedeutic sommelier course, meaning participating guests will disembark Silver Whisper with a recognised sommelier qualification.

A further four wine voyages are scheduled for 2019:

• Departing Auckland on January 20 and arriving in Sydney on February 2, Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse, will host the first wine voyage of 2019. Hosted by Lawrence d’Almeida, the cruise will introduce guests to various wine varieties and vintages in an intimate environment. In New Zealand, guests will be able to enjoy a half day tour of Gisborne’s wine region; trips to wineries in Picton; and a tour of the Marlborough region. In Australia, guests will experience a trip to the Ghost Rock Vineyard, among other attractions.

• On Feb 2, Silver Whisper will depart Sydney for Bali (Benoa), arriving on Feb 16. Also hosted by Silversea’s expert Wine Ambassador, the 14-day voyage will visit Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin and Komodo. A wide variety of carefully chosen Australian wines will be added to the Complimentary wine selection. Among the enrichments, guests can enjoy a private tour of the iconic Sirromet Winery in Queensland.

• Silversea’s Silver Cloud will cruise between Lisbon and Amsterdam between May 1 and May 13, transporting guests to some of Europe’s prime winemaking regions. Visiting Oporto, La Coruna, Gijon, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Belle Ile, Douarnenez, Saint Malo and Le Havre, the 12-day voyage will also incorporate opportunities to sample fine gastronomy from across the continent, especially in Bordeaux, where guests will enjoy an overnight stay. For this particular voyage, Silversea’s Wine Ambassador will select different wines from each country on the itinerary. Guests will benefit from interesting wine lectures and tastings on board.

• Between May 19 and June 2, Silver Whisper will cruise between London (Greenwich) and Barcelona, stopping at Honfleur, Saint Malo, Bordeaux, Le Verdon (Bordeaux), Bilbao, Lisbon, Cadiz and Malaga. Along the way, guests will be able to participate in the 2019 edition of the onboard accredited sommelier course, meaning they will leave with a recognised qualification. Guests can also partake in private tours of prominent wineries throughout the voyage. “From a rare Italian wine that is virtually unheard of to the very finest bottles that no luxury establishment can be without, our range of wines – both complimentary and premium – is tailored to provide our guests with an insight into the world’s best wines,” says Birgit Vadlau, F&B Director. “Our offering of fine wines is unmatched on any other all-inclusive programme at sea. Our wine voyages exemplify the exceptional range of experiences that guests can enjoy through Silversea and incorporate the finest tastes of the visited destinations.”

Cunard Specialty Cruises

From Fashion to Big Band and more on Cunard Lines Specialty cruises

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You may choose a cruise for its itinerary as it will take you to ports you’ve never explored, or it returns to a port you loved on a previous cruise. Maybe it has a few extra days as sea to ensure you can take advantage of the cruise ships offerings. But did you know that many cruise lines offer educational or themed cruises?

Cunard Line has once again created specialty cruises that have been tailor-made to bring popular themes to life and further enhance your Cunard experience. These unique cruises can include expert speakers, insightful activities and exclusive events on board plus an array of related bespoke shore excursions in selected ports of call.


Here are some of the event cruises Cunard has designed for 2018 & 2019.

Queen Elizabeth sails to the Land of the Midnight Sun for dramatic scenery unmatched. This 12-night Norway cruise highlights the natural wonders of the fjords and awe-inspiring scenery featuring late sailaways from Bodo and Narvik. These sailaways showcase the natural phenomenon when the sun typically remains visible at midnight during the local summer months. This special voyage will include a photography workshop, led by an array of photographic experts including Paul Ward, Ross Hoddinott and Lord Malcolm MacGregor.

12 night The Fjords | Voyage Q820
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Jul 01, 2018


Cunard partners again with The Greatest Generations Foundation, paying tribute to distinguished World War II combat veterans with a unique onboard enrichment program. Get a personal glimpse into veterans’ wartime experiences as you cross the Atlantic. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures, Q&As and interact with several World War II veterans, hearing first-hand about their experiences during America’s involvement in the war.

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M827
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Jul 20, 2018 –


Renowned for glamour, dressing up and unforgettable special occasions, Cunard is once again offering Queen Mary 2’s annual Transatlantic Fashion Week in 2018 and 2019. Experience a glamorous array of catwalk shows, fashion presentations, photography exhibitions, styling and fashion workshops, new leading retail brands and much more.

7 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M833
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 2, 2018

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M922
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Jul 28, 2019


Each of the three Queens will look forward to playing host to their own Big Band Balls for dance and music lovers around the world to enjoy. Cunard’s biggest orchestras of the year will delight guests in the magnificent Queens Room ballroom with music from Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

4 night Netherlands Escapes | Voyage Q824
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Aug 24, 2018

4 night Amsterdam Short Break | Voyage Q927
Roundtrip London – Queen Elizabeth – Oct 4, 2019


Cunard presents its first ever cruise dedicated to tracing family trees, in association with Ancestry®, the premiere family history resource that opens the door to discover, preserve and share meaningful family stories. With the Transatlantic Crossing comes a wealth of history linking to the new world and personal stories of emigration, the ideal setting for a dedicated family history cruise.

7 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | Voyage M842
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Nov 4, 2018


Celebrate Cunard Lines extensive list of more than 400 wines from 23 different countries around the world on a Voyage du Vin cruise. Throughout the journey, you will enjoy wine pairings, talks and dinners hosted by wine experts and producers before heading to the shores of Spain, France and Italy to visit these world-renowned wine regions.

14 night Mediterranean Highlights | Voyage V922
Roundtrip London – Queen Victoria – Sep 6, 2019


A regular favorite, the National Symphony Orchestra joins Queen Mary 2 once again for the last night of the Cunard Proms. Anthony Inglis will return as conductor during this special Crossing. Attend an open rehearsal as the group prepares for their two main performances and join in on a Q&A session with Inglis himself. You will also have the chance to audition for the choir to perform with the NSO, under the guidance of Mr. Inglis.

7 night Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing | M929A
New York to London – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 15, 2019


Cunard brings World Space Week to life with an exciting space-themed Transatlantic Crossing. Experience new space shows in Illuminations,® the only planetarium at sea, discuss space and its exploration with acclaimed experts and stargaze while you sail on the open Atlantic.

8 night Westbound Transatlantic Crossing | V930F
London to New York – Queen Mary 2 – Sep 26, 2019


Which special event voyage would you choose?