New Fleet of Ships to Feature “Dynamic Dining” by Patricia Mack
A few months ago, news broke about the impending arrival of Royal Caribbean’s latest fleet of luxury cruise lines, to be part of the lines’ latest Quantum class. The luxe ships are slated to offer everything from simulated skydiving, an indoor sports complex and beautiful cabins designed with full functionality in mind. Now, word has come that the Quantum class will also elevate its dining options.
Cuba is not your traditional Caribbean cruise destination. Because of the U.S. embargo, it’s an entirely different experience that, until this year, has not been possible. But finally, thanks to a Canadian-based company called Cuba Cruise partnering with a Greek cruise line, travelers can enjoy the authentic Cuba, visiting five ports and interacting with the locals as the cruise ship, Louis Cristal, circumnavigates the island each week.
Known for its annual Carnival, a ’round-the-clock spectacle and celebration unlike any other in the world, Trinidad is a colorful melting pot often associated with wild costumes and late night revelry. It also boasts untouched beaches, some of the world’s best bird-watching and a Calypso music scene that invented the steelpan. The food here is sophisticated and spicy, and celebrity chefs and street vendors are revered equally, while Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines influence almost every dish. Added to the mix are the oil and natural gas companies in the capital of Port of Spain that drive the robust (for the Caribbean) economy. For a time the creation of a single hotel catering to all aspects of this island nation seemed near impossible — until 2008 and the arrival of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.
As we approached our resort, our friendly driver boasted that the Turks and Caicos offer the best of all worlds — British passports for its 30,000 citizens, the American dollar as its currency and a Canadian banking and health care system. Located where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic just southeast of the Bahamas, this tranquil and tropical archipelago of 40 islands and cays (eight of which are inhabited) also offers the clearest and brightest turquoise water we’ve ever seen, fantastic white sand beaches and several resorts that rate among the best in the world.