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The Celebrity Solstice at sea

The Celebrity Solstice at sea


Gastronomy at Sea


Sometimes cruising is less about the destination and more about the journey itself. Cruise ships have evolved into giant floating resort complexes, getting bigger and better as years go by. Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class is a prime example with thirteen decks of luxurious staterooms and facilities, including a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center with breathtaking views, indoor and outdoor pools, a theater, a glass-blowing workshop, a shopping galleria, the first Lawn Club at sea and a running track. But the star of the Solstice Class is the dining and beverage program.

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Crystal Serenity in Norway

Crystal Serenity in Norway

Crystal Cruises is challenging travelers to think outside the box when it comes to their 2013 travel plans with a new menu of itineraries for its “Top 10 Unexpected Destinations.” The luxury cruise line is offering “historically significant, naturally extraordinary and culturally diverse” adventures, giving well-traveled guests a chance to broaden their horizons with new experiences.

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19

Oct

Royal Caribbean International is unveiling new restaurant menus throughout its entire 22-ship fleet

Royal Caribbean International is unveiling new restaurant menus throughout its entire 22-ship fleet

by Patricia Mack


To embark on a Royal Caribbean International cruise is to embark on a culinary voyage. This month the line unveils its new main dining room enhancements with an extensive and innovative menu on its entire 22-ship fleet.


The new dining program, the result of a multi-million dollar investment, focuses on freshness, contemporary preparation, increased dining choices and dishes inspired by regional flavors found in many of the cruise line’s ports of call. It is a veritable passport to some of the world’s best foods.

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A Silversea Cruises cooking demonstration

A Silversea Cruises cooking demonstration


With its intimate fleet of five all-suite vessels, Silversea Cruises has earned a reputation for personalized, culturally enriching voyages, each offering its own unique experience. For food lovers, Silversea has created its Culinary Arts series, a collection of seven different culinary themed cruises. This late-2012 through spring 2013 series will showcase some of the world’s finest chefs and culinary experts and include cooking demonstrations, escorted shore excursions to local markets, food and wine pairings and five-course grand gourmet dinners.

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The Queen Elizabeth 2

The Queen Elizabeth 2

Many cruise liners are likened to luxury hotels, but few are as iconic as the Queen Elizabeth 2. Entering serving in 1969, this legendary vessel — known as the QE2 — sailed under the Cunard flag for nearly 40 years, transporting passengers across the Atlantic (and at least 26 times around the world), and even aiding Britain’s war effort in the Falklands. Purchased upon its retirement for $100 million by the Dubai state company Istithmar World, it languished, a victim of the country’s financial crisis. But times have changed and it is now preparing for new life as a 300-room floating hotel.

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Oceania Restaurants

on July 23rd, 2012
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23

Jul

Christening Riviera Cruise Ship Barcelona

The christening of Riviera cruise ship in Barcelona

It’s Easy to Book a Cruise — It’s Hard to Pick the Right One


by Andre Gayot


What’s the right cruise for you or me? Let’s start with the size of the ship: Big? Not so big? Small? Big is beautiful, some say. But small can be also, I think. I have tried it all, including a 25-foot schooner, and they all have their charms. How much you will enjoy your voyage depends on many factors: age, temperament, dependence on comforts, openness to adventure, aptitude to control sea-sickness, etc.

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The Grand Canal in Venice

The Grand Canal in Venice

Although Submerged by Crowds, At Least There Are No Gondola Traffic Jams in Venice


by André Gayot


The Riviera, the latest heir to the family of the Oceania Cruises fleet, lazily fondles the banks of the Lido. It is a chubby newborn, weighing in at 66,084 tons, that can host 1,250 guests in lavish luxury. From the upper deck, one can glance a mirage becoming real: the 117 islets, the 177 canals and the 400 bridges of Venice, the home of Marco Polo. The rising sun ignites the roofs of the palaces and brushes with a touch of silver the dark green lap of the canals. As we get closer, so appears the marvel, the crown of “La Serenissima” (The Serene, as the Republic of Venice was dubbed) — the Piazza San Marco and its two gems, the San Marco Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace. From this height upon the 15th deck, the panoramic view is sublime, unforgettable. The boat, almost still, lingers, leaving our eyes and minds the time to record the beauty of Venice. Then it turns cautiously to the left into the Canale della Giudecca to the terminal. Of the many pleasures on board the Riviera, this extraordinary moment alone could serve as the raison d’être of the voyage.

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Oceania Cruises' Riviera

Oceania Cruises' Riviera

A New Contender Joins the Upscale Cruise Market


With this month’s maiden voyage of the Riviera, boutique cruise line Oceania Cruises increased its fleet to four luxury ships. Sailing from Venice to Athens, the ten-day “Pearls of the Aegean” introduced a new contender in the upscale cruise market. Following a gala christening ceremony in Barcelona, the 1,250-guest Riviera debuted just sixteen months after the launch of her sister ship, Marina. The new ship even has its own godmother — Cat Cora, the American chef, restaurateur and co-host of Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates.” This pairing is apt, since the Riviera has been specially designed for epicureans and features ten dining venues, including a French bistro from Jacques Pépin. Continue reading “Oceania Cruises Launches the Riviera – Travel News” »



21

Apr

Carnival's The Dream, launched in 2009

Carnival's The Dream, launched in 2009

Size Matters on Carnival Cruise’s Dream


by Patricia Mack


The music plays, the drinks flow and Port Canaveral, FL — The Dream’s modern and ever expanding home port — fades from view as the massive ship gets underway for a seven-day Caribbean cruise. There are lots of revelers on board and the ship, one of the largest in Carnival’s fleet, has a lively staff to entertain them with everything from the hoary “hairy chest contest” to “Cupid Shuffle” dance lessons — and that’s just in the first 30 minutes of the voyage.

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Discover the "splendors of Italy" with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Discover the "splendors of Italy" with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises


Experience La Dolce Vita with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises


With the launch of a new Italian river cruise in the spring of 2013, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises invites sophisticated travelers to experience the culture, cuisine and romance of Italy.


The thirteen-day “Splendors of Italy” itinerary will combine a seven-night river cruise on the River Countess along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon, with an additional two-night land stay in Florence and three-night land stay in Rome. Following are just a few of the unforgettable experiences to be enjoyed during this voyage Continue reading “Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Splendors of Italy – Travel Special” »



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