Virtuoso Voyages is an innovative program that offers our clients complimentary benefits on some of the world’s finest cruise ships. When you book a Virtuoso Voyages cruise through Ourisman Travel, you’ll receive a cache of perks, which can include dedicated hosts, welcome cocktail receptions on the ship, onboard credits, and exclusive shore excursions and experiences.
Float past castles along a European river while sipping an espresso on your private balcony, become a wildlife expert on an expedition ship, or pamper yourself with an indulgent spa day. But that’s just the beginning… While the mega-vessels are truly marvels of modern engineering, and it can be fun to get lost in all the bells and whistles of a floating city, we like to focus on the cruises that offer an intimate environment with creative itineraries and polished, personalized service.
Welcome to the new era of luxury cruising, where everything goes! To highlight just how much cruising has evolved, Virtuoso recently published their picks for 13 unique experiences offered by our partner cruise lines and we picked our top 3 favorites:
Picture Perfect Moments: Learn to enhance and take the best pictures of your adventures by partaking in Lightroom and photoshop classes offered in the fully equipped Photo Studio aboard Silversea Silver Cloud. Or, get some pointers from a National Geographic certified photo instructor on a Lindblad expedition cruise. Your upgraded photography skills will be the best souvenir of the trip.
Cooking classes: Visiting new destinations and learning about new cuisines can be so inspiring. Anyone who already loves to cook will want to head straight to the kitchen to begin experimenting with new ingredients and techniques. Now, you can do that before you even return to your own home kitchen. Silversea has a series of sailings in partnership with Relais & Chateaux Ecole des Chefs, Oceania Cruises has an onboard culinary center on the Marina or Riviera ships, and Regent Seven Seas hosts a cooking institute in their culinary arts kitchen on the Seven Seas Explorer. With these culinary experiences, you’ll be able to return home with inspiration and know-how.
Stay Out Late, The Ship Won’t Leave: If you’re getting a little cabin fever, you can explore the towns to experience night life, without the fear of getting left behind. Our partners at Azamara are especially skilled at incorporating late nights and even overnights in port into their cruise itineraries (Related: read more about Azamara’s newest ship, The Pursuit.) U by Uniworld even offers nighttime orientation walking tours to point you in the right direction for the best nightlife in port! (Related: read more about our experience on U by Uniworld’s inaugural sailing.)
Why should you book your cruise with us?
As a member of Virtuoso, we grant you access to the innovative cruise program, Virtuoso Voyages, which offers complimentary benefits on some of the world’s finest cruise ships. When you book a Virtuoso Voyages cruise through Ourisman Travel, you’ll receive a cache of perks, which can include dedicated hosts, welcome cocktail receptions on the ship, onboard credits, and exclusive shore excursions and experiences – such as a private car and driver in certain ports. We can help you find a destination and date that work best for you and create a one-of-a-kind itinerary to add special experience before, during, and after your cruise.
Where will you sail next? Be sure to contact Team Ourisman to make sure you get the best value on your next cruise vacation.
More Unexpected Experiences from Virtuoso Voyages:
Keep up with your workout routine: That’s right, you can still get your daily cardio in during your travels! These days, cruise lines offer a wide array of group fitness classes, full gyms, and 1-on-1 coaching with dedicated wellness hosts. River Cruises are a great option when you want to stick to a fitness routine; many of our river cruise partners keep a stable of bikes on board and offer itineraries that allow guests to bike from port to port!
We all live in a yellow submarine- Explore marine life from inside a submarine! Crystal Cruises offers this amenity, along with several others!
Bring your pet: Don’t want to leave Fido behind? No worries, cruise lines are providing onboard kennels, such as Cunard’s Cruises, so your furry friend can enjoy the adventure as well.
Pamper yourself: with Virtuoso benefits, you can enjoy credits to use at spas onboard the ship! Get a massage and find complete relaxation.
Cultural Ceremony Experience: Looking for a true cultural immersion? Take part in a blessing ceremony for your anniversary in Polynesia!
Education series- You may be on vacation, but keep that brain working by participating in conversation series led by various college professors!
Come Sail Away: Earn your sea legs and learn how to sail! A cruise with Star Clippers comes with knot-tying classes and navigation lessons. Luckily there’s also a crew of helpful deckhands to give you some time off for R&R, too!
Cruise along the Nile River: Travel back in time aboard Uniworld’s Egyptian excursion where you can learn to read hieroglyphics, explore tombs of ancient kings and see the pyramids.
Immerse yourself in the musical arts: Many river cruise itineraries focus on stops in Budapest and Vienna. If you’re a Mozart fan, a river cruise must be on your bucket list.
Wine-Down: Experience wines from around the world with wine pairings and Silversea offers wine centric voyages for the wine connoisseur in you.