The Hideaway Report has always focused on hotels and resorts, but cruises have an enduring appeal for our members. So because we get consistent requests for more information, we have decided to greatly expand our cruise coverage. Here is some of the latest information about glamorous new cruises.
Four Seasons Yachts
After hotels and resorts, Four Seasons branched out into private jet travel. Now, like competitor Ritz-Carlton, the company is venturing into the world of superyachts. (The brand’s only previous boat was the Four Seasons Explorer, a diving catamaran in the Maldives.) The first vessel, as yet unnamed, of what is intended to become a fleet is currently nearing completion at the famous Fincantieri shipyard in Trieste, Italy, and is expected to enter service in 2025. (Reservations will open in the third quarter of 2023.) Built at an expected cost of $1.16 billion, the 679-foot-long yacht will offer 95 suites, each with extremely high ceilings, huge windows and expansive private decks. The extraordinary 9,600-square-foot Funnel Suite will come with its own private spa and wading pool. Mere mortals will have to content themselves with the lavish main spa and wellness center. Many of the suites connect, making them suitable for extended families or private groups. Amenities will include no fewer than 11 restaurants, an outsize pool deck that can be converted into a movie theater at night and four Riva speedboats to ferry passengers ashore. The yacht’s appearance is the work of Swedish firm Tillberg Design and London-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (the latter well known for work on many of London’s top restaurants, as well as Annabel’s, the city most exclusive nightclub). Additional creative direction will come from publisher and luxury guru Prosper Assouline. Four Seasons aims to provide a superyacht experience rather than a cruise, with a better than 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, plus maximum flexibility for individual interests and excursions.
Belmond Barge in Champagne
With just three cabins for a maximum of six people, Belmond’s barge Coquelicot has been reinvented as a floating private villa, one designed to convey a family or a small group of friends along the Marne River through the lovely countryside of Champagne. Guests will customize their own itineraries in collaboration with a “guest experience executive.” The barge’s top deck, lined with potted herbs and wildflowers, provides two lounges, a shaded dining area and an open kitchen, where chefs prepare meals that have been sourced from markets en route. The indoor lounge includes a Champagne bar. Experiences of the region have been scripted in partnership with Maison Ruinart, the world’s oldest Champagne house, founded in Reims in 1729. Coquelicot’s guests will have access to the famous Taissy vineyard and will enjoy a tasting of Ruinart cuvées. One evening, Maison Ruinart’s chef Valérie Radou will prepare an onboard five-course gourmet meal.