Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 24
world's most exciting cities and even at sea
on ocean cruises. This year was notable, not
only due to the staggering planning logistics
(handled with aplomb by Virtuoso's Events
team), but also because of the remarkable
collaboration between competing hotels and
cruise lines, all of which worked together
to make the meeting a resounding success.
Here, a few highlights from the week.
Attendees kicked off the week by checking
into one of six Virtuoso-preferred hotels in
Amsterdam. Each is distinct in decor and
locale, from the 79-room InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, which overlooks
the Amstel River and celebrated its 150th
anniversary last year, to the newer Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, whose 93 rooms
are housed within six seventeenth-century
canal palaces. The 129-room Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam in the city's
museum district has a hip vibe, while the
111-room De L'Europe Amsterdam, a former guesthouse of the Heineken family, has
been a classic hotel since 1896. The smartly
designed 225-room Pulitzer Amsterdam
stretches across 25 restored seventeenth-
"What blew me away was that, although all were luxury vessels,
each was so different and would appeal to different clients."
Clockwise from top: All seven ships in port in Arnhem; Viking's Mimir crew and Michele Saegesser with agency executive Anne Scully (on right); agency
executives Fernando and Lilliana Rosete with Tauck's Steve Spivak; Crystal Cruises' Carmen Roig with agency executive Mary Kleen; Avalon's Pam Hoffee
with AmaWaterways' Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner; Virtuoso's Beth Butzlaff with Uniworld's Kristian Anderson, Ruby of Siam award winner Ruth Turpin,
and AmaWaterways' Gary Murphy; and Uniworld's Ellen Bettridge (second from right) hosts guests on the Antoinette.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
(PEOPLE) ROBERT STANZIONE
- JOSHUA BUSH, VIRTUOSO TRAVEL AGENCY EXECUTIVE