Portsmouth, New Hampshire--(March 2011)--"Cruising is as much about the journey as the destination," says Mike Thiel, Founder and President of Hideaways International, Inc. (www.Hideaways.com). "And that's never more apparent than when the journey surprises you with an unexpected experience that takes hold of you and won't let go, forever lingering in your memory."
Hideaways International's Top 7 Unexpected & Unforgettable Cruise Experiences
#1 SeaDream Yacht Club: A portable bar—actually a surfboard—serves caviar and champagne as you're floating in the gin-clear waters off a picture-perfect beach in the North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI (pictured).
#2 Oceania Cruises: Going onshore and shopping at local markets with a Master Chef, you'll then use what you bought in a cooking class focused on regional cuisine at the Bon Apptit Culinary Center, the world's only hands-on culinary studio at sea.
#3 Star Clippers: After a relaxing afternoon spent lounging in the safety net around the bowsprit and watching dolphins playing in the frothy bow waves, you'll climb the rigging to the crow's nest for an incomparable horizon-to-horizon sunset view.
#4 European Waterways: Onboard the Scottish Highlander, you'll sample 18 single Malt whiskys, enjoy an after-dinner yarn told by an eccentric Highlander, and—perhaps most unforgettable of all—delight in the talents of your accordion-playing captain.
#5 Paul Gauguin: During the day, catch Gauguin-esque vistas of impossibly blue seas dotted with lush islands, but it's at night when you'll enjoy something truly magical: stargazing, led by stargazing expert Dominique at "La Palette," the ship's wonderful observation lounge.
#6 Celebrity Cruises: Find yourself mesmerized by the Hot Glass ShowSM—a cruising first, created in collaboration with The Corning Museum of Glass—as chunks of glass are transformed into beautiful pieces of art right before your eyes.
#7 Disney Cruise Lines: Even saving a little cash by booking an inside cabin doesn't mean there's no hope for a view. Disney Dream, the line's newest ship, has "virtual portholes" in inside cabins that offer a live video feed to the outside. How dreamy.
"A cruise is certainly a relaxing way to get from A to Z," says Mike. "But it's also about special surprise moments that stay with you."
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About Mike Thiel
Mike Thiel founded Hideaways International in 1979. Over the last three decades, he has traveled the world sampling its best lodgings and travel experiences, and has become a sought-after guest on radio and television news and talk shows across the country.
To arrange an interview with Mike Thiel, contact Gail Richard at 603-430-4433, ext. 112, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Hideaways International
Hideaways International, Inc., which operates the Hideaways Aficionado® Club, has been seeking the best-of-kind and the out-of-the-ordinary for its savvy, discerning, and well-traveled members for more than three decades. Members, who hail from around the world, range from notable celebrities, musicians, publishers, authors, captains of industry, and politicians to ordinary folks with extraordinary taste. All are part of this lively community with a passion for travel away from the madding crowds.
For more information, visit www.Hideaways.com or contact Gail Richard at 603-430-4433, ext. 112, or email@example.com.