Monday, September 26, 2016

America’s Test Kitchen on Holland America Ships

I watch and enjoy many cooking shows but truth be told I never even try to make 99% of the dishes that are featured! Too much time, too many ingredients, and a husband that is afraid to try anything new are just some of the obstacles I face.  Maybe that’s why I absolutely love America's Test Kitchen.  They focus on the real stuff…the recipes you make when you rush in the door at 6PM to face a hungry family! The show develops and perfects these recipes so they'll give you the best results every single time.

So when it was announced that Holland America Line would be transforming it’s shipboard Culinary Arts Center to replicate the television set where America’s Test Kitchen TV shows are recorded I was pretty excited! Designed specifically for Holland America Line, the shipboard shows will be hosted by Holland America Line chefs trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dining Changes aboard Anthem of the Seas

Are you planning a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas?  You should know that there have been some changes in the dining program that go into effect on November 27th.  Here’s what you need to know…

In response to passenger’s negative feedback, the “Dynamic Dining” concept has been scrapped and guests will now have the choice of “flexible dining” or the  more of the traditional “main dining room experience.”

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cruising with the WHOLE Family

My favorite vacations were those that my family shared with our extended family.  My parents, my sister and her family, my brother and his family; those vacation memories are priceless to me and particularly to my son. Aptly stated by Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association, “Cruise vacations offer a unique option for family members of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, and a chance to celebrate family milestones and create memories.”

Here’s why I agree:

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Celebrity Cruises’ Debuts Concert Series

Celebrity Cruises’ first-ever Concert Series will kick off with pop star Demi Lovato. The award-winning singer and songwriter is known for her chart-topping hits such as hits like 'Skyscraper,” “Cool for the Summer,” and “Give Your Heart A Break.”

The concert can be booked by guests sailing on one of the following four Celebrity Cruises’ Caribbean itineraries:
•Celebrity Equinox (Departing Fort Lauderdale December 19, 2016)
•Celebrity Eclipse (Departing Miami December 21, 2016)
•Celebrity Summit (Departing San Juan December 24, 2016)
•Celebrity Reflection (Departing Miami December 24, 2016)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cruising to the French Caribbean

Looking to season your next cruise vacation with a bit of French flavor? That’s easy to do when you choose an itinerary that visits an island or two in the "French Caribbean"!

Colonized by France in 1635, Martinique has subsequently remained a French possession. Exceptional French food, French music and fashion, make the island a paradise for Francophiles. (A bit of island trivia…Napoleon's Empress Josephine was born on the island in 1763). Most cruisers spend their day on the island relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches (swim tops optional) or exploring the winding streets and colorful markets of the island's capital, Fort-de-France. A popular excursion is a visit to the glorious Jardin de Balata, home to a stunning collection of over 3,000 tropical plants, as well as several ponds with lilies, stairs, and a massive bamboo forest. A must do at the gardens is a stroll across an unnerving treetop ladder pathway high up in the canopy for its incredible panoramic views!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Royal Caribbean Modifies the Crown & Anchor Balcony Discount

Beginning September 1, changes go into effect for members of Royal
Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Loyalty Club. Members will no longer be offered a discount on balcony cabins or suites if booking a cruise within six months of the sail date.

However, for top-tier Pinnacle members only, the balcony & suite discounts will increase by $25 and be updated to $175 for 3 – 5 night sailings, $275 for 6 – 9 nights, and $375 for 10+ nights starting on August 15, 2016.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Carnival LIVE 2017 Star Roster

Are you familiar with “Carnival LIVE”? I’ve talked about it many times before because I think it’s such a phenomenal cruise experience! “Carnival LIVE” invites incredible musicians and outrageously funny comedians to perform for their guests at a fraction of what the same concert would cost you on land! I’m always excited to report the list of upcoming stars, but seeing what’s planned for 2017 leaves me ecstatic!

Country music superstars will step aboard some of Carnival’s ships when passengers dock in Nassau, The Bahamas, early next year. Tim McGraw will bring hits like “Something Like That” and “Where The Green Grass Grows” to fans aboard the Carnival Breeze March 2 and Carnival Valor March 3.