Cunard Line: The World’s Most Exclusive Cruise Company

Cunard Line sets the standard for exceptional comfort, understated elegance, and over-the-top luxury. It boasts of three magnificent ships: the Queen Elizabeth 2, the Queen Victoria, and the Queen Mary 2, sitting 1,791 passengers, 2,014 passengers, and 2,620 passengers, respectively. Cunard Line has a host of undeniably luxurious ships but its reasonable premium-brand prices give it the edge over its top-shelf competitors.

The Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Line is the world’s biggest ocean liner. Moreover, it is the only ship where you can experience a transatlantic cruise any time of the year. Its rich legacy and opulence is evident in its accommodations, amenities, and restaurants. Its onboard planetarium will astound you as well as the on-board artwork that is worth more than $5 million.

The Queen Victoria mirrors the breathtaking splendour of the Cunard Line’s honoured history, which has been successfully fused with the contemporary ambience of a world-class cruise ship. It is big enough to let you indulge in the finer things in life but also cosy enough to make you appreciate the warmth and intimacy of the surroundings with other people.

The Queen Elizabeth 2 is a reflection of its sister ships in terms of old-fashioned grandeur and excellent service. Nevertheless, its decor and layout is a bit more chic modern, with Art Deco elements. It infuses a lighter ambience all throughout the luxurious public and private areas, making you feel relaxed.

This sophisticated ocean liner gives you the options to explore all the beautiful territories around the world. You can choose from a three-day cruise and a four-day getaway cruise to a 10-day transatlantic tour and a worldwide cruise of 102 days! Of course, Cunard’s itineraries offer moderate offerings that will match your needs, expectations, and budget.

Indulge in supreme luxury while travelling across the Mediterranean’s sunny coasts, the Caribbean’s lush islands, and the exotic territories of the Norwegian Fjords. Each morning is as glorious as the previous one because you can create fabulous memories as you sail across Central America, the Pacific Isles, the Arabian Peninsula, and other far-flung destinations.

While you are aboard, you will be treated with the White Star Service that Cunard Line is esteemed for. Have a sumptuous meal with your loved ones at a private balcony or engage in some retail therapy at exclusive boutiques. Waltz your way around the dance floor or hit the high-tech nightclubs if you want. Enjoy a private screening of your favourite movie or enjoy a leisurely afternoon in a whirlpool.

But there is more to Cunard Line than just leisure and entertainment. Take advantage of the Cunard Insights programme which offers a diverse range of activities and opportunities to widen your horizon and hone your skills. Join the thought-provoking literary discussions at the book club or just listen to the stellar jazz performances by students from the Juilliard School. Listen to a host of speakers from different professional fields or participate in stargazing on deck.

All these and more are what you can expect from Cunard Line. If you want to experience a sophisticated adventure and intellectually enriching travel around the world, there is no way to go than with the world’s most exclusive cruise company.

Beirut Charter at Zaitunay Bay

This year Beirut yachting action is in the heart of the city at the newly opened Zaitunay Bay, an eclectic development of retail outlets, restaurants and cafes which line the water front all the way from the old St. Georges Hotel to the not yet open Le Yacht Club Beirut.

An updated incarnation of Avenue des Francais, once the palm fringed sea front promenade at the centre of smart Beirut, it offers a chance to fully embrace the yachting lifestyle with privately owned and charter yachts berthed in gleaming rows in front of the Riviera style cafes and restaurants. A haven from the pressures of day to day life, the marina is ideally positioned for Beiruti locals as well as visitors staying in the Downtown area. Stroll along the extensive board walk around the marina’s edge to get a better feel for this vibrant project, or even better arrive for an early cappuccino in one of the waterside cafes as a precursor to a day out on the water.

Chartering from the marina allows visitors the benefits of easy taxi drop-off, or convenient covered parking, only a few steps away from a selection of yachts ranging in size from 30 to 100ft. Plan a break from city living or a demanding sightseeing schedule and make the most of being right next to the sea with a surprise afternoon out for a loved one, a day with the family, or an onboard party – there is a yacht to suit every occasion. The marina is just a short cruise from the rocks at Raouche, the wide expanse of Jounieh Bay, and a number of thriving beach clubs which offer a pick-up service for guests on anchored yachts who want to come ashore for a taste of the chillout beachfront ambience. Back onboard, there is no better place from where to appreciate the full panorama of the Beirut coastline against its dramatic mountain backdrop.

Returning to the marina as the sun sets over the Mediterranean, there are plenty of reasons not to rush home. Restaurants and cafes are serving everything from traditional Lebanese fare to unpretentious French cuisine, and a glass of nicely chilled Chateau Musar as you enjoy the evening finale is a must.

The new Zaitunay is going to be a great success – it’s accessible, it’s stylish, and it manages to capture the fun loving international flavour of pre war Beirut whilst remaining strictly contemporary – it’s really not to be missed!

Luxury Trains of India Touching All Walks of Life

In India trains are not only a mode to transport goods they are also incredibly beautiful way of exploring the unexplored lands on individual levelsAfter the British rule, the Indian trains were given luxurious look for those who enjoy travelling in majestic deportment. The luxury trains are the asset of India as they contribute about 20% in the total revenue of the Indian Railways.

India has five luxury trains that are famous for elegant and alluring interior, traditional Indian hospitality and exquisite dinning services. The trains were designed for providing elegant ride to the passengers coming from all over the world to explore India and its scenic beauty.

  • Palace on Wheels: It is the oldest luxury train in India. It was first introduced in 1982 after having temporarily shut in 1947. The train is one of its kinds in the world. It offers 14 deluxe saloons that are equipped with 4 cabins providing facilities of bath and shower, attached toilet and leisure facilities like games for children, intercom and more. The interior of the saloons is decorated with cozy furniture, handicrafts and paintings. Beside 14 saloons, the Palace on Wheels also has two restaurants cum kitchen cars that offer traditional Indian, Rajasthani, Continental and Chinese cuisine. The Palace on Wheels covers nine destinations during its eight days trip. The famous destinations that are covered by the train include Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Agra.
  • Deccan Odyssey: The train is the newbie in the list of luxury trains of India. It was launched in 2002 and is famous as Palace on Wheels of Maharashtra. The train has 13 fully air conditioned deluxe saloons, each with a combination of 4 twin bedded chamber. The salons are fully equipped with intercom, music channel and other leisure facilities. It offers special facilities to physically challenged people. Wheel chairs, creches and a special attendant are some of the facilities that are offered to them. Special attention has also been paid to the security of the passengers and their luggage. During the eight days trip on the Deccan Odyssey, the passengers are mesmerized by the beauty of the Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Jaigadh, Ganapatipule, Bhatye Beach, Goa, Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Sawantwadi, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta to Nasik respectively as train moves ahead in its journey.
  • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels: The train was launched in 2009. It offers Super Deluxe Saloon- the Bravura Suite and Deluxe Saloon – the Extraordinary Suite to its passengers. The Bravura Suite has been crafted with fine silk and velvet bedspreads and draperies and the Extraordinary Suite has been thematically designed with matched color textures and schemes to augment their splendor. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels travel for eight days covering hot destinations of Jaipur, Khajuraho, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Varanasi, Chittorgarh and Agra. During the journey, the passengers are served lip-smacking meal at two famous restaurants on the train Sheesh Mahal and Swarn Mahal. The Sheesh Mahal has been adorned with resplendent crystal pelmets and floor lamps, while the Swarn Mahal is themed around gold and brass. It has Spa and bar and lounge as well.
  • Golden Chariot: The train was launched in 2008 for the tourists interested in exploring the Southern regions of India. The train is also famous as Pride of the South. The stay of the passengers is made comfortable at Golden Chariot by the eleven luxuriously furnished air-conditioned saloons with 4 sleeping chambers or cabins. The facilities like dining cars, one bar lounge, business centre, mini gymnasium & ayurvedic spa are also offered to the passengers. Small wardrobe, vanity desk, LCD Televisions and private washroom with high class facility are other features of the train that makes the stay of the passenger comfortable. It travels for eight days starting its journey from Bangalore to Mysore, Jain Monolith & Hosalya Temple Architecture, Hampi Temples & Vijayanagara Palace, Badami Caves & Pattadakal Temples, Goa and then back to Bangalore.
  • Fairy Queen: The train holds a Guinness World Record for having single locomotive. Built in 1855 it offer just one AC chair car coach, which can accommodate a maximum of 50 tourists. For the privileged passengers it has also attached pantry car. Fairy Queen takes its passengers to a mesmerizing ride for two days trip. The journey begins from the Delhi Cantonment Railway Station and takes one to the majestic land of Rajasthan.

Travelling could be both good and a bad experience. But, having a ticket of any of the luxury trains of India could add enjoyment to your travelling. After all, travelling in luxury trains is all about safe and healthy travelling.

What is a Mangusta and Can I Own One?

Mangusta Yachts are very fast motor yachts able to reach speeds in excess of 50 knots and cruise at over 30. Mangustas are open bridge style sleek motor yachts and are built at the Overmarine shipyard which is based in Viareggio, Italy.

Mangustas have a length between 72 feet and 165 feet and are known for their speed.  The complete Mangusta range includes the 72, 80 hard top, 105, 108, 130, 148 Oceano and the 165′ flagship.

The Mangusta fleet is an exclusive line of sports boats, many of which are today for sale  in the French and Italian Mediterrean.   Peter Bennett,  the CEO of Blue Water Yachting, states that luxury yachting will prevail, the sun will continue to shine, and although the world is gripped in a recession, the worlds rich will continue to charter and own the most exclusive toy on offer in the world today. That toy is often referred to as a Mangusta, and they are generally owned by actors, sports people, celebrities, and successful entrepreneurs.

Examples of mangustas include, The Yacht Zeus,  a Mangusta 165′, Motor Yacht Yianis, a Mangusta 130′, Sealyon a Mangusta 105′, and  Equilibrium a Mangusta 100′. These yachts are  based on the idyllic French Riviera, are available for a luxury charter holiday during the summer of 2009 in addition to being up for sale. Now is the time buy, because in the words of Warren Buffet, when you can see the first swallows of springtime, you are to late to buy. However if you can’t quite gi there right now,  Yanis is a yacht beautifully presented in a contemporary style, with 5 wonderfully spacious cabins and is perfect for yacht charter especially for the overstressed executive, who is worried about the market downturn and the depression in the world. 

Discover the Beauty of Boating in Phuket

Yacht enthusiasts from all over are discovering the beauty of boating in Phuket. The weather is divine, the scenery is beyond breathtaking, and the Andaman Sea, with its amazing deep-blue waters, is scattered with tropical islands and deserted beaches, and is undeniably one of the most amazing places for cruising on Earth. And Phuket, which is now known as the sailing capital of Asia, has certainly stepped up to its growing popularity among boaters. Today, the island nation has already established four major marinas for local mooring and is also home to some of the best annual yachting events around.

This increasing interest has also stimulated growth in various marine services and suppliers, such as the international boat transport industry, where companies have been busy shipping boats and yachts at record rates year-round to the island from every corner of the globe. People are excited about boating in Phuket and once you experience it for yourself, it’s easy to see why.

Phuket is an ultimate sailing location and allows easy passage to extraordinary nearby places such as Phang-Nga bay, with its stunning limestone karst scenery, the Phi Phi Islands (Leh and Don), and the relatively unexplored and pristine Andaman Islands that lie between Thailand and India. Phuket is also very conveniently placed as a base from which to explore further south, down the Malacca Strait towards Singapore, with the chance to stop at other worthwhile locations on the way past Malaysia.

Without a doubt, Phuket is truly making a big splash when it comes the leisure boating world, not only for its noteworthy cruising conditions and beautiful scenery, but also for hosting some great boating events. There are three annual sailing regattas: The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta (in December), The Bay Regatta (in February), and the Six Senses Phuket Race Week (in July). Although the King’s Cup is by far the most popular, each of these regattas attracts many local and visiting participants and onlookers alike, all seeking a taste of some of the world’s finest sailing.

Another happening is the annual SEA Property International Phuket Multihull Championship, which is the biggest firefly race in Asia, and takes place during monsoon season when unpredictable weather makes for extra added excitement and suspense as well as inconsistent race results year after year. There is also the Asia Super Yacht Rendezvous, which is an exclusive international event for motor and sailing super yachts. This three day event is the longest running of its kind in Asia and brings together the largest gathering of super yachts in the region. And lastly, the PIMEX Phuket International Boat Show is yet another major boating event that highlights up to 40 yachts and super yachts from all over the world, and even if you’re not buying a boat you can surely appreciate this events luxurious ambiance combined with the spectacular backdrop.

Many yachters are even opting to moor their boats in Phuket year-round, rather than places like the Med. Apparently, it is much more affordable and just as appealing, if not more appealing than other popular year-round mooring destinations. In fact, in 2007, the Thai government dropped the boat import tax altogether, from 200 percent to 0 percent, which contributed to this increase. “The sailing in Phuket in incredible,” commented Bo Brighton, a yacht owner from Australia. “It is by far our favorite boating destination, and we’ve been all over the world. We actually dock there year-round.”