What Is Cruises & Beyond?

What Is Cruises & Beyond?

Meet Sherri Barber, President of Cruises & Beyond, as she talks about what our travel business is all about. She's been in the travel business for over 30 years now and even started her own agency, Cruises and Beyond, back in 2003. The industry has changed remarkably over three decades, and while she's seen agencies go by the wayside, the vision of Cruises & Beyond still survives and persists. If one thing's for certain, it's that genuine relationships with clients matter regardless of the industry you're in.

Cruises & Beyond was founded in 2003 on the belief that all who travel deserve an attentive and caring concierge to plan for the most memorable trips, and to protect against unforeseen events. It's simple: we have your best interests at heart. Don't forget to subscribe to our channel!

Who Claims The Title Of First Battery Powered Ship?

And the title goes to…….Hurtigruton! Today, the leader in exploration travel revealed images of the world’s first hybrid electric-powered expedition ship, MS Roald Amundsen. The ship features state-of-the-art green technology consisting of large battery packs that compensate for spinning reverse and aid in peak shaving. Extra electric power generated from these batteries will allow the engines to function at optimal levels and in turn reduce fuel usage and CO2 emissions exponentially. The ship can also run at full battery power for short periods of time, adding to its already minimal carbon footprint.

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MS Roald Amundsen is named after polar hero Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to navigate the Northwest Passage, the first expedition to the South Pole, and the first expedition proven to have reached the North Pole. Starting this summer, the ship will explore some of the most spectacular areas of the planet using battery packs to support her low-emission engines. The hybrid propulsion will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent, compared with other ships of the same size.

MS Roald Amundsen displaces 20,889 gross registered tons and can carry up to 530 guests in 265 cabins served by 151 crew. It has a maximum cruise speed of 15 knots and is rated PC-6 ice class. The ship’s features include a high-tech Science Center, three restaurants, Explorer Lounge, observation decks, gym and Wellness Center, sauna with panoramic window, infinity pool, two hot tubs, aft-facing suites with private outdoor hot tubs, and a laidback atmosphere that creates the special Hurtigruten onboard feel.

Hurtigruten took delivery of the MS Roald Amunden last week from Norway’s Kleven yard. She has been built alongside sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, set to debut in 2020.

Hurtigruten captain Kai Albrigtsen was at the helm as MS Roald Amundsen left the yard for her maiden voyage along the Norwegian coast. “To captain a new ship and bring her from the shipyard is always an honor,” Albrigtsen said. “With MS Roald Amundsen being a green pioneer, this moment is truly special to me and the rest of the crew. I am extremely impressed with the ship, the technology, and how she handles. We are all really looking forward to welcoming the first guests on board and creating life-long memories together.”

MS Roald Amundsen’s maiden season includes expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, and to Svalbard and Greenland, before becoming the first hybrid electric–powered ship to attempt a traverse of the famed Northwest Passage, following in the wake of namesake explorer Roald Amundsen’s famed expedition.

In addition to eco-friendly expedition cruises along the west coast of North and South America, with destinations larger cruise ships cannot reach, MS Roald Amundsen will head to the extreme south for the full 2019/2020 Antarctica season, beginning in October.

Azamara Undergoes Big Change

Azamara Undergoes Big Change

Azamara Club Crusies has officially established itself as the premiere destination immersion cruise line after announcing that it will be delivering more than 1,700 land programs. In the same manner, the cruise line has also officially rebranded itself Azamara, dropping the “Club Cruises” portion of its name. Azamara has said the rebranding will reflect the company’s focus on its passengers’ immersion within port destinations.

Airbnb vs. The Travel Agency

Airbnb vs. The Travel Agency

An OG of the travel industry with over 30 years invested in the business, Sherri Barber shares her thoughts on Airbnb's recent launch of "Airbnb Adventures" and what it means for the conventional travel agency. We're not throwing shade at Airbnb; we're just asking the logical questions that any of our clients might ask and we're comparing/contrasting the differences between what Airbnb offers vs. what we as a travel agency offer.

A Three Step Hop from Hoi An to Hanoi, Part Two

A Three Step Hop from Hoi An to Hanoi, Part Two

My initial plans for Vietnam only included Hoi An and Hue, to focus on central Vietnam during my short trip.  When booking my flights, I found out I could fly direct from Guangzhou to Da Nang, but no direct flights were offered in the reverse direction.  In order to return to Guangzhou to catch my flight home to SFO, I had to travel either south to Hoi Chi Minh or north to Hanoi from Hue. So that’s how I reluctantly wound up in Hanoi, the large, bustling, crowded capital city.

Crystal Cruises Names Captain Of Expedition Yacht Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Cruises Names Captain Of Expedition Yacht Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Cruises has named a Captain for its groundbreaking expedition yacht, the Crystal Endeavor. Captain Thomas Larsen will lead the Endeavor on her maiden voyage from Tokyo in August of 2020.

Scenic Eclipse Passes Important Milestone

Scenic Eclipse Passes Important Milestone

After being hit with seemingly endless problems at the shipyard, Scenic Cruises can at last breathe a deep sigh of relief. Yesterday, the Scenic Eclipse, what the company calls the world’s first Discovery Yacht, completed its ever important sea trails with flying colors. This news comes amidst a year of setbacks, as construction delays and strikes at the Croatian shipyard where the Eclipse was being built forced Scenic to delay the ships launch date. Now, it appears the August 15, 2019 official launch date will become reality, which should please some disgruntled Scenic patrons.

Announcing UnCruise Adventures

Announcing UnCruise Adventures

Hi travelers! We have some very exciting news to share and it involves trying out something new. A big part of our job here at Cruises & Beyond is to understand the travel products that we share with you. In about one month’s time, we’ll be joining one of our newest travel partners, UnCruise Adventures, on a 7 day expedition style cruise to the Hawaiian islands of Molokai, Lana’i, Maui and Hawai’i (the Big Island).

Virgin Voyages Announces First Captain Plus Itinerary Changes

Virgin Voyages Announces First Captain Plus Itinerary Changes

Virgin Voyages recently announced the appointment of their first captain who will direct their new ship, the Scarlet Lady. Her name is Captain Wendy Williams and she will become the first Canadian woman to be captain of a ship for a major cruise line. Capt. Williams hails from the coastal city of Sept-Îles, Quebec on the northeastern coast of Canada and has more than 28 years of experience working on ships at sea.

Hawaii: O'ahu Snapshot

Hawaii: O'ahu Snapshot

As many of you travelers out there know, Southwest Airlines recently made waves in the domestic market by launching it’s multi-island service from the west coast to Hawaii. Their much-anticipated entry caused other carriers to slash prices, so much so that finding fares under $300 round-trip was commonplace for a solid two week period. Since we haven’t been to Hawaii in quite a while, and since our only attention to the islands came with our round-trip SF and LA cruise promotions, we decided to take advantage of the improbable airfare and booked ourselves a week-long stay. We would familiarize ourselves with the lay of the land and get to know Oahu in ways that you, our clients, would enjoy.