In Brief


Four Seasons launches Luxury Yacht experience

A steadfast, enterprising spirit is launching Four Seasons into a new and exciting business extension – Four Seasons Yachts. Along with Four Seasons, this new venture brings together an unparalleled group of partners: Nadim Ashi and Philip Levine, leading luxury entrepreneurs and bold visionaries of this exceptional yacht experience, as well as Fincantieri, one of the world’s leading shipbuilding groups, which will deliver the first new vessel by the end of 2025.

The order, which was announced last July, includes the option for two additional vessels and amounts to approximately €1.2 billion (Dh 4.7 billion).

With its inaugural journey anticipated for late 2025, the first Four Seasons vessel will be 207 metres long and 27 metres wide with 14 decks. At a cost to build of $4.2 million per suite, no expense is being spared in terms of the remarkable custom design. 


PONANT launches new themed cruises

Knowledge, commitment and emotions shared are why PONANT has always surrounded itself with internationally renowned personalities passionate about their subjects and has created immersive experiences to better understand and rediscover the world with fresh eyes.

PONANT Voyages has planned around four themed collections for 2023, four main themes will enrich nearly a hundred sailings. They are based on:

• Environmental protection: awaken to the world and the challenges of protecting the oceans and poles by going on a voyage with world-leading explorers, scientists and naturalists who support PONANT.

• Cultural influence: relish in the thrill of discovering a new work of art, experience the soul of a relic, explore iconic museums and meet the artists.

• Geopolitics: gain insight into every region visited with the experts, and discover their cultural, civilisation and geopolitical issues to give purpose to a voyage.

• Wellness/lifestyle: taking care of oneself and getting back to basics. 100 per cent disconnect experiences are on offer, combining wellbeing, yoga, exquisite healthy food and sleep.


Princess Cruises readies for Japan season

Following the decision by the Japanese government to allow the return of international cruise ships to the country, Princess Cruises has announced it will begin homeport sailing in Japan starting March 15, 2023, giving guests in the region the opportunity to enjoy the effortless, personalised Princess MedallionClass experience for the first time.

“The reopening of Japanese ports to the international cruise industry is an important and welcome development that not only vastly expands the vacation opportunities available to guests but also helps to significantly strengthen the Japanese tourism economy,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “In addition, we know Japanese guests will appreciate the unmatched Princess MedallionClass experience offering unmatched personalisation and hassle-free service.

Japanese-built Diamond Princess returns to celebrate the 10th anniversary of sailing from Tokyo (Yokohama) and Kobe starting March 15 with a nine-day sailing roundtrip from Tokyo. The ship – designed exclusively with the destination in mind – will call to 38 destinations in four countries on 43 unique itineraries and 57 departures, ranging from 5 to 19 days.


SeaDream unveils 2025 Med season

SeaDream Yacht Club announces the opening of 2025 Mediterranean voyages on its newly renovated, luxurious twin yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II. Responding to guest requests to reserve well ahead of their journey, SeaDream is accepting reservations for their Mediterranean 2025 voyages now. 

SeaDream’s 2025 Mediterranean season begins May 2, 2025 and will call on 13 countries on 5- to 11-night voyages. New destinations include Thasos and Ios Island, Greece; Reggio Calabria, Italy; Seville, Spain; and Frejus and Menton, France, to name a few. In many cases, guests will explore multiple countries in one voyage. Providing a more immersive destination experience, SeaDream has overnight stays in 9 ports including Amalfi and Livorno, Italy; Valletta, Malta; Ibiza, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Jerusalem, Israel. The small size of SeaDream I and SeaDream II allows guests to explore intimate, off-the-beaten-path harbours.