Luxe suppliers expanding their top-shelf product offerings

Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

For much of the past year, talk of a luxury travel rebound has centered on expected post-pandemic demand for private, exclusive and longer bucket-list adventures.

And if recent announcements are any indication, those predictions are fast playing out as companies scurry to add departures for some of their most expensive and expansive itineraries.

Abercrombie & Kent, for instance, said Monday that 2022 Private Jet journeys are sold out, and it only has space for one more couple on this fall's Private Jet journey.

In response, it has added a second 2022 departure, in October, of its Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet, a 24-day, $160,000 trip that can carry up to 48 guests.

Highlights include opportunities to observe little-known species across seven countries, including snow monkeys in Japan; tarsiers and whale sharks in the Philippines; honey bears and orangutans in Malaysia; Bengal tigers in India, lemurs in Madagascar; gorillas and golden monkeys in Rwanda; and the Big Five -- lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants and Cape buffaloes -- in Kenya.

"After months of not being able to travel, our guests are ready to reward themselves," said Ann Epting, senior vice president of private jet and special interest travel at A&K. "The pandemic put things into perspective, and they want to experience the places they have always dreamed of visiting -- and aren't unwilling to wait any longer. Traveling by private jet makes it possible to visit seven remarkable wildlife destinations in just 24 days."

Likewise, A&K says strong demand for smaller-ship cruising prompted it to recently expand to 13 its portfolio of Luxury Expedition Cruises for 2022 and 2023, including six polar cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic and seven cultural cruises in Japan, Australia, the Baltic Sea, Italy, Greece, the British Isles and Indonesia.

Other companies are also reporting strong demand for itineraries that were developed in response to the expected changes in post-pandemic travel.

AmaWaterways, for example, which just last month introduced what is being billed as the world's longest river cruise, this week said demand has been so strong that it will run a second, slightly revised version of its new 46-night, seven river trip that launches in 2023.

The first sailing, which departs from Paris and then takes guests on four different ships before ending in Girgui, Romania, runs from June 1 to July 17, 2023.

The second trip will sail on three different ships from Avignon, France, to Giurgui from April 20 to June 4, 2023.

The spring itinerary will include extra time in the Netherlands and Belgium for tulip season and two weeks on the lower Danube aboard the company's new extrawide AmaMagna, which offers more spacious cabins and more dining options and public spaces.


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