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The first Swan Hellenic Mediterranean cruise traveled to the Greek Islands in 1954, and in 1983, P&O purchased the company and furthered its development as a destination-rich cruise line, visiting numerous international ports of historical and archeological interests.  Since 2004, Swan Hellenic is part of the Carnival Corp, along with the Yachts of Seabourn, Cunard, NCL, Princess, Costa and Windstar. However, Swan Hellenic is a distinctive product and a premium brand. Perhaps the first thing guests notice when they step onboard the 600-passenger Minerva II is the richly-appointed furnishings and interiors set in a cozy, country-club atmosphere reminiscent of an English manor house. Thankfully devoid of the distasteful aspects of conventional cruising, there are no long lines onboard the Minerva, nor are there raised voices, piped elevator music, or glitzy atriums wh... (more)

Ischia & Sorrento

Photos by Yvonne Yorke The Gulf of Naples has captivated sailors throughout the centuries with its crystalline blue waters of the Mediterranean, the majestic sweep of the grand bay with Vesuvius looming in the distance, and the picturesque towns along the Sorrentine peninsula and the Amalfi Coast. Lying just 33 kilometers from Naples in the mainland, and neighboring the better-known Capri, the island of Ischia is blessed with a rugged coastline accentuated with breathtaking coves, lemon groves and romantic islets – some of which is only reachable by boat.  The long-extinct ... (more)

"La Superba" Genoa: MYBA Yacht Charter Show, May 2-6, 2006, Genoa, Italy

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Photos by Yvonne Yorke At first glance the coordinates of 44° 25’ north latitude and 8° 56’ 60 east longitude don’t indicate much. However on closer inspection, they reveal a millenia-old seafaring port centrally situated between the Riviera di Ponente and the Riviera di Levant – in the heart of Italy’s Ligurian coast. The port of Genoa is the oldest in Italy, and the city’s position as an important maritime center was established in the Middle Ages. Nicknamed “Genova La Superb... (more)

Northern Reflections

Connoisseurs of luxury travel are well acquainted with Silversea Cruises: four Italian-built ships known for their all-suites accommodations, all-inclusive price, personalized service, and some of the finest dining at sea.  The 388-passenger Silver Whisper had only around 260 guests at my sailing, which with a crew of 295, superseded their usual phenomenal crew-to-passenger ratio. The pampering began with a champagne welcome at the ship’s bar before I was escorted to my 521 sq. ft. Medallion Suite where more chilled champagne and caviar was waiting, and where I was greeted ... (more)

Spotlight on St. Barths

If there was ever a checklist for those seeking a refined yet laid-back Caribbean island with rustic charm and bohemian authenticity, it might be go something like this:  Luxurious secluded villas for privacy? Check. Duty-free designer name boutiques? Check. Gourmet dining in unpretentious surroundings? Check. A harbor to dock the yacht next to the ones owned by celebrity pals? Double check. It’s an island where it seems all the 7,000 residents know one another, except during the winter months when the world’s glitterati descend on the island either by flight, or sail... (more)