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onboardreview N O V E M B E R 2 0 12 The sun deck is the ship’s meeting point. a-rosa silva Silversea Cruises’ butler service. vivian holley How romantic can a river ship get? Picture the new 172-passenger A-ROSA Silva and her predecessors in the stylish fleet of A-ROSA Cruises. Splashed across their snowy bows are lushly painted ruby lips. Captured between those eyecatching lips is a long-stemmed crimson rose. Boarding passengers are presented with a similarly long-stemmed rose for a waiting vase in their stateroom...the door to which is the color of a fine red wine lifted to the light. (Travel agents with clients planning an anniversary vacation, are you listening?) The ship’s signature, in short, is a sensual, casual-but-highvoltage vibe. Backed by a chic, contemporary look and a European accent. Add friendly efficiency, impeccable service and polished surroundings, and you’ve got yourself a winner for active clients of any age—as discovered when Recommend recently visited Bavarian ports with a contingent of company principals, travel agents and travel journalists aboard A-ROSA Silva, christened July 2 to ply the history-rich waters of the Rhine, Main and Danube. One of the latest takes on European river cruising, and quite possibly the sexiest to date, Silva is the current newcomer in the 20 january 2013 10-ship A-ROSA fleet (sister ship A-ROSA Flora, slated for a 2014 debut, will make 11), based in Rostock, Germany. Founded by Seetours, the line has traveled the Rhone/Saone, Rhine/Mosel/Main and Danube rivers since 2000. This year, taking note of the exploding popularity of river cruising and escalating numbers of sold-out sailings, the privately held company’s two managing directors—CEO Lars Clasen and COO Markus Zoepke—moved forward with plans to dedicate three of the 10 ships to the U.S. and Canadian markets for the first time in 2013, signing on Newport Beach-based David Morris International (DMI) to manage the product launch. Says David Morris, president of his eponymous company, “The most obvious change in A-ROSA has been adapting the product for the North American English-speaking market. In working with the executive management team at A-ROSA, DMI delivered a comprehensive report defining a luxury brand to meet North American expectations. This overview covered food and wine, stateroom amenities, ambiance, service, and a wide range of other important aspects for the luxury consumer. ➤

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend January 2013

Editor's Note
Hotel Desk: The Westlake Village Inn
Tour Talk: Brendan Vacations' Boutique Journeys
Four Cheers for River Crusing
A-ROSA Silva
Delta Air Lines' 2013 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide
China Remains a Time-Tested Destination
What's Hot in Vegas for 2013
Back to the Gulf
Authentic Morocco in An (Argan) Nutshell
Festive Europe

Recommend January 2013