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Breakaway: 36 Norwegian Making a Big Splash the latest ship to grace the Norwegian Cruise line fleet, the innovative and amazing Norwegian Breakaway is full of outstanding features. on a recent inaugural cruise from New York our writer revels in the excitement and is truly impressed at the many entertainment and dining options.

43 Gourmet Cruising

Cruise line cuisine has amped up in recent years and now, across the board, it is simply outstanding. the choices are myriad, the food incredibly delicious and the venues provide a gorgeous backdrop to some of the best tastes around. enjoy our take on the best chefs at sea and the amazing array of dining options.

48 Celebrity Solstice: Head of its Class the stunning Celebrity Solstice, first in this series of ships, is not only a visual delight but truly a feast for the senses in every way. all five Solstice class ships keep earning rave reviews and deservedly so. the cuisine, design and service ensure their position at the head of the class.

52 Turkish Delight

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From beaches to balloon rides to bazaars, turkey dazzles with its array of beguiling experiences. our writer extolls the diverse sights and sounds of amazing Istanbul, checks out a fabulous beach resort and flies high across unique Cappadocia, all the while capturing the essence of this compelling country.

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CruiseOne has grown to become one of the largest vacation suppliers in the country providing millions of people access to many fascinating destinations. Because of our unwavering dedication, undeniable passion and commitment to excellence, the largest cruise lines in the world have rewarded us with the title of their #1 partner of choice. We are proud to share these accolades with you and are committed to making your vacation dreams come true… Won’t you make us your #1 partner too?

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Our hotel selections range from a whitewashed romantic hotel in Greece, to a hill top villa in the Caribbean, to a calm oasis in Istanbul and two of Mexico’s most fabulous hotels in gorgeous beach locations. You will want to stay in them all!

Port Guide: Bermuda

Take a walk on the pink side as you enjoy this frothy concoction of an island awash in cotton candy buildings. A superb port of call, Bermuda will charm you in many ways. Scoot around the island on a scooter, frolic on pink beaches and enjoy a round of golf as well.

Shore Excursions: Five edible adventures ashore

Be prepared to have those taste buds wowed as you set out on some culinary forays sure to please the palate. From enjoying sumptuous cuisine to shopping at markets and cooking with local chefs, our array of “foodie” excursions is sure to hit the right note.

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THE CRUISE & VACATION MAGAZINE Vol. 2, No. 2 Summer 2013 CruiseOne 1201 W. Cypress Creek Road Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 General Manager & Senior Vice President: Dwain Wall Vice President of Marketing: Luis Zuniga Marketing & Editorial: Lisa Levin Karee Norton Privacy Policy: At CruiseOne we value your privacy and respect the information you have provided to us. All information on file was given by you voluntarily. We do not sell, trade or rent your personal information to any outside parties. To view our complete Privacy Policy please visit our website: www.cruiseone.com Published by: Cruise Strategies Ltd. 15 Hazelton Ave, 2nd Floor Toronto, ON Canada M5R 2E1 Editorial Contributors: Michael DeFreitas, Liz Fleming, Vanessa Lee, Janice and George Mucalov, Art Sbarsky, Tim Johnson Art Director: Linda Crawley Publisher and Editorial Director: Vanessa Lee Publishing Manager: Mary Muir

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Fares are shown in U.S. Dollars. Fares are cruise only, per person, based on double occupancy. Guests who cancel and rebook must accept this promotion’s Terms and Conditions. Government taxes & fees, and onboard service charges are additional. Offers are based on availability, are capacity controlled, and combinability with other offers is subject to change or cancellation at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line’s discretion. Onboard credit amount is per stateroom, in U.S. dollars based on category booked and will be applied to 1st and 2nd guest in stateroom. Other restrictions may apply. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, Norwegian Cruise Line will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day. Norwegian is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. ©2013 Norwegian Cruise Line Corporation LTD. Ships’ Registry: Bahamas and United States of America.

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PREFERRED PRICING PROGRAM

DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO bOOk THIS RIDICULOUSLY LOW PRICING As a loyal customer of CruiseOne, you can take full advantage of the benefits that our buying power provides. In this case, we are offering you special pricing on specific Norwegian Cruise Line sailings to some of the most popular cruise destinations. Our Preferred Pricing Program rates are lower than other agencies and even the cruise lines themselves. This inventory and pricing is exclusive to us because we have purchased large volumes of cabins in advance. This allows us to pay very low rates and pass the savings on to our customers.

WHY IS OUR PRICING SO LOW? As part of World Travel Holdings, the largest vacation retailer in the United States, CruiseOne has access to cabin space that has been purchased in volume and reserved ONLY for our customers.

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7 Night Bahamas & Florida Norwegian Breakaway Nov. - Dec. 2013, Feb. - Apr. 2014 Departs From New York visiting Port Canaveral, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Nassau, Bahamas

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Fares are shown in U.S. Dollars. Fares are cruise only, per person, based on double occupancy. Guests who cancel and rebook must accept this promotion’s Terms and Conditions. Government taxes & fees, and onboard service charges are additional. Offers are based on availability, are capacity controlled, and combinability with other offers is subject to change or cancellation at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line’s discretion. Onboard credit amount is per stateroom, in U.S. dollars based on category booked and will be applied to 1st and 2nd guest in stateroom. Other restrictions may apply. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, Norwegian Cruise Line will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day. Norwegian is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. ©2013 Norwegian Cruise Line Corporation LTD. Ships’ Registry: Bahamas and United States of America.

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Departs From New York visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Samana, Dominican Republic

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Departs From Barcelona visiting Naples, Italy; Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy; Marseille (Provence), France; Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

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Departs From Venice visiting Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Izmir, Istanbul, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy; Toulon, France; Barcelona, Spain

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Departs From Copenhagen visiting Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russian Federation; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden

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C R U I S E N E W S OH WHAT A NIGHT

Long after most cruise ships have hauled up their anchors and headed out to sea, guests taking part in the AzAmazing Azamara Club Cruises’ complimentary night touringSM events are still happily enjoying exclusive, custom-designed shore-touring events that range from an exclusive night at the ballet, to reveling at a waterfront party. Launching with each Azamara ship’s European season, AzAmazing EveningsSM reflect the culture and nightlife of intriguing destinations around the world. “AzAmazing Evenings are authentic, exclusive, bespoke experiences that showcase the best of local life and often surprising and delightful colors and flavors of intriguing destinations around the world,” says Edie Bornstein, senior vice president of Marketing and Sales, Azamara Club Cruises. Azamara’s voyages all reflect the cruise line’s philosophy of destination immersion and feature late-night departures and overnight port stays – sometimes as long as three days – that provide real opportunities to experience nightlife, dining and entertainment.

DRESS UP AND RELAX Cunard Line has announced an update to its dress codes encouraging the loosening of ties on its itineraries’ less formal nights while at the same time renewing its commitment to the Line’s venerable history and the joy and tradition of dressing up. Research amongst existing guests and luxury travelers has led Cunard to strengthen their commitment to special occasion dressing three times a week on its Transatlantic Crossings and twice each week on sailings to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and beyond. However, in response to growing travel trends, Cunard is adjusting its recommendations on attire for other nights. So, along with two or three formal evenings each week there will be four or five “informal” nights where jackets are required but ties will now become optional, heightening the sense of anticipation for those special formal nights even more. Cunard has three ships, the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth all sailing marvelous worldwide itineraries and the famed Atlantic crossings. Royal Gibraltar Regiment Concert in St. Michael’s Cave, Gibraltar

THE PRINCESS HAS ARRIVED! At a magnificent occasion befitting royalty, Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess was christened on June 13 in Southampton, England amidst much pomp and ceremony. Serving as Godmother was none other than mother-to-be, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William. A particularly appropriate choice for the Godmother role, as Catherine’s mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales christened the first Royal Princess in 1984. This spectacular ship offers many exciting and innovative features including a larger and more expansive atrium which serves as the heart of the vessel and features additional entertainment and dining options. Princess’ largest top deck pool ever with a water and light show, an enhanced Movies Under the Stars® screen, and the fantastic new SeaWalkSM jutting out over the side of the ship and offering views 128 feet straight down. Balconies on all outside staterooms and suites are another enhancement. The Royal Princess will spend her inaugural summer season sailing the Mediterranean on 7 and 12 day cruises. This winter she will cruise from Ft Lauderdale offering 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruises and in the Spring of 2014 she will sail in Scandinavia and Russia on an 11 day itinerary. 16 WORLD TRAVELER SUMMER 2013

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Above: (clockwise from top left): Artist’s rendering of the Quantum of the Seas coming in 2014. North Star is a glass capsule that will offer unrivaled 360 degree views. Bumper cars at sea. Live evening show at Two70°. Right: Interior staterooms f eature vi rtual balconies with real time ocean views.

The cruise world has been abuzz since stage, television and film star, Kristin Chenoweth, recently named Godmother of Quantum of the Seas, announced some key highlights about Royal Caribbean’s new ship Quantum of the Seas coming in 2014 to be followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015. Quantum cruising, said Chenoweth, will take Royal Caribbean International – and the cruise industry as a whole – into an amazing new world of guest pleasure. Bookings for the 2014 cruises began in early June and the ship will be sailing out of Bayonne, New Jersey. The Quantum ships will feature such gamechanging ‘firsts at sea’ as RipCord by iFly, a skydiving experience designed to lift guests more than 300 feet in the air; North Star, a jewel-shaped, glass capsule that will transport adventurers high above the ocean and over the sides of the ship for unrivaled 360-degree views;

SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and active space at sea entertainment complex offering the fun of bumper cars, a full-size regulation basketball court, roller skating and a circus school with a flying trapeze! Then there’s a new concept called Two70°, a multi-level great room at the stern of the ship named for the magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views to be enjoyed through its vast, floor-toceiling glass walls that span almost three decks. Stunning by day, but by night, Two70° will unleash cutting edge technology to create multidimensional shows filled with live performers, aerialists, breathtaking video and digital scenery plus much more. 

Staterooms will also undergo a touch of magic. Not only will the average size be nine percent larger than RCI’s Oasis class ships, (the biggest ships in the world) but also, thanks to the introduction of the industry’s first virtual balconies, even interior staterooms on Quantum of the Seas will have a real time view of the ocean via an electronic wall. New family-connected accommodation will allow three different stateroom categories to link, forming a special layout with separate bedrooms and bathrooms, perfect for multi-generational family holidays. Quantum of the Seas will feature a large variety of stateroom categories, including new Studios, some with balconies for single travelers, three Junior Suite categories and larger Loft Suites. “We are excited to be introducing major advancements in ship design and offerings on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The innovative spirit of our brand is alive and well, and with Quantum class, we will deliver more unexpected activities in the most extraordinary spaces. Our guests should prepare to be wowed.” world traveler summer 2013 17

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CRUISE NEWS | new ships and itineraries

NorwegiaN Makes Magic Norwegian Cruise Line is waving its wand and bringing an all-new dining and entertainment experience called the Illusionarium to life. A first of its kind afloat, The Illusionarium will enchant guests with the fascinating world of magical, astonishing illusions performed by world-class magicians using spectacular supernatural special effects. “I am so excited about this new magical experience that will come to life aboard Norwegian Getaway,” says Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “The Illusionarium will be an experience unlike anything at sea today and take adults and children alike on a journey into the mystical world of magic.” A collaboration between Norwegian’s entertainment team and Broadway director/choreographer Patricia Wilcox, Tony Award winning scenic designer David Gallo and veteran magician Jeff Hobson, the show was inspired by science fiction genius Jules Verne and influenced by the artistry of legendary magicians such as Houdini. Even as guests wait to enter the portal of The Illusionarium, they’ll find themselves in a funky, steampunk-inspired alter-world, surrounded by antique spell books, magical interactive artifacts and relics. Once inside, the Illusionarium’s centerpiece – a 30-foot diameter video dome – it will instantly begin to transport audiences to mystical places. The Illusionarium will offer 12 performances per cruise, two shows per night (note: guests are promised a safe return to the real world at the end of each performance)! The Norwegian Getaway launches in 2014 while her sister Norwegian Breakaway was christened in New York City in May 2013.

Not JUst For rock stars

World tours aren’t just limited to rock stars or to the venerable 100 day-plus world cruises offered by a number of cruise lines. Celebrity Cruises has just announced their own version of a World Tour with their innovative 2014-2015 schedule of itineraries visiting every continent and stopping at 245 ports of call in 74 countries. Highlights will include overnight stays in 36 cities affording guests more time to enjoy vibrant city nightlife and absorb more in each destination. The cruise line is also introducing their Destination Concierge which will showcase ports in new and exciting ways offering Celebrity’s most immersive shore excursions yet, tailor-made for small groups. Highlights of this innovative way of world touring include Bermuda, Alaska, Canada and New England, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America and the Panama Canal, Antarctica, the Caribbean, Asia, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. And you can take your time in visiting all of these continents over a lengthy time frame!

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wiNdstar adds to the Fleet

Windstar Cruises has purchased three 208-guest ships – Spirit, Pride and Legend, known as “the triplets” – from Seabourn and is set to sail into a different future in the world of yacht-cruising. Since its beginning as Windstar Sail Cruises in 1984, the line has sailed only tall ships with computer-controlled sails as well as motor propulsion. The addition of the three Seabourn yachts, therefore, marks a significant change and will offer guests greater choice and a world-wide array of fabulous itineraries. During the late fall and winter, the 146-guest Wind Star and Wind Spirit sail itineraries in the Panama Canal and the Caribbean, while the 310-guest Wind Surf sails the Caribbean from St. Maarten. Each yacht sails in European waters commencing each Spring for the season. In May 2014 Windstar will make a welcome return to French Polynesia from May to November on the Wind Spirit. The Seabourn vessels will begin the transition to Windstar in spring 2014 with the newly renamed Star Pride being the first yacht to sail under the Windstar flag; the other two yachts will join the fleet in 2015 and all will be renamed. All six of the yachts will offer a casual and relaxed dress code.

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CRUISE NEWS | new ships and itineraries

AvAlon to lAunch new ShipS in the old world The youngest cruise line on the European waterways, Avalon, known not only for innovative technologies, designs and services but also for its rate of growth, has just launched two suite ships, its newest class of vessels: the 128-guest Avalon Artistry II and the 166-passenger Avalon Expression. Next year, the line will add three more suite ships – the Avalon Impression, the Avalon Poetry II, and the Avalon Illumination – increasing its fleet by 10 percent. The Poetry II will have 52 suites and 12 staterooms, while the Avalon Illumination and Avalon Impression will be slightly larger, with 66 suites and 17 staterooms each. Each ship will have two 300 square-foot Royal Suites, as well as 200 square-foot Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall windows that transform into open-air balconies. Panorama and Royal Suites – among the largest afloat – will account for 80 percent of each ship’s accommodations. “No other European river cruise line can say this,” says Avalon’s managing director Patrick Clark. Onboard amenities will include the Panorama Bistro – an alternative dining option – a larger fitness center, and a Sky Deck with lounge area and whirlpool. In 2014, Avalon’s eight suite ships will offer cruises on Europe’s Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers.

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i n t e r l u d e s Whether you are planning a vacation at a wonderful hotel or resort or a few nights in a great destination before or after your cruise vacation, these hot spots will give you a taste of the good life.

one and only On past visits to Los Cabos, we’ve driven by the lush grounds of the One & Only palmilla, lusting to know why the fabled resort is so special that Hollywood royalty flock to it in droves. now we know. and it really is, well, the “one and only.” service, for one, is beyond expectation. Chill by the adult-only pool and you get free 10-minute foot massages, sunglass cleaning and mini sorbets. the family-friendly resort also offers complimentary laundry for kids under two. and all 172 rooms (and one villa) have a private butler who unpacks and packs your clothes – meaning more of that pampered pool time. the rooms (more like open suites) reflect a colonial Mexican flavor and are pretty dreamy too. nestled in a setting of fountains, palms and tropical flowers, they have red-tiled roofs, travertine floors, iron-studded doors, colorfully painted sinks and outdoor terraces. Most rooms

los cabos, mexico (50) are beachfront terrace junior suites, with an indulgent 750 square feet of space. You’re welcomed with a tequila platter; fruit and complimentary snacks (from spicy peanuts to cheese, crostinis and olives) are delivered daily. at turndown, scented candles await. dining is a gourmet treat at One & Only palmilla’s Market restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges vongerichten (try the black truffle pizza appetizer). and if you snag a “moonlight” ocean-side table at agua, the resort’s al fresco palapa-style restaurant, you’ll listen to the waves while noshing on “Mexiterranean” cuisine.

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Complimentary yoga is offered daily in the yoga garden; the gym has free spinning classes and there is a chapel on site for destination weddings. and the beach is one of the few in Los Cabos that’s swimmable (strong waves and currents make most unsafe). For golfers, a 27-hole course designed by Jack nicklaus offers ocean views from every hole, and new clay courts lure tennis fans to play a game. Just bring your credit card. and down a stiff nip before checking out and settling your bill. — GeOrGe and JaniCe MuCaLOv

four seasons punta mita WitH 26 aCres of tropical grounds and two sweeping curves of beach, the Four seasons resort punta Mita has more than enough space to find a quiet place to relax – which, given its secluded setting in the riviera nayarit (45 minute drive from the puerto vallarta airport), is what most people come here to do. You can lounge in a double curtained daybed on the beach, with a cooler of iced water at your fingertips. Or catch up on emails in a private cabana, complete with tv, by two giant adult pools (no excuse not to do laps!), where an attendant cleans your sunglasses, spritzes you with evian water and offers hourly treats like seared tuna on a spoon and chilled fruit kebabs. Or perhaps read on the terrace of your recently-refurbished, soothingly-decorated room, one of only 173 rooms and suites housed in simply-designed, tile-roofed, one- to three-storey casitas scattered about the property. But activities, many of which are free, are what this Four seasons excels at. so be sure to also sign up for the one-hour, morning nature walk, where you hear the squawk of chachalaca birds, as your guide explains the medicinal and other uses of native fruits and plants you see. Or try spanish lessons or learn about the Huichol indian people at the in-house Cultural Center. Kids love drifting on inner tubes around the Lazy river pool. and don’t forget the Jack nicklaus golf course with its eight ocean-front holes. Or the spa – how about the signature punta Mita massage using tequila and sage oil? at night, the candlelit Bahia beach grill beckons with its fresh seafood (sit at a table in the sand). Word of caution: returning to reality is depressingly difficult after checking out. — JaniCe and GeOrGe MuCaLOv

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interludes | hotels and resorts

santorini

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IKIES TRADITIONAL HOUSES don’t think santorini’s cave hotels are hobbity holes. take, for example, ikies traditional houses. Yes, its 11 rooms and suites are carved out of pumice in the cliffs of the caldera but the front façades are covered by classic white-washed vaulted roofs. though modeled after the Greek island’s traditional cave dwellings – cheap accommodation for early fishermen – these boutique digs boast air-conditioing, free WiFi, flat screen satellite tVs, kitchenettes, luxurious coco-mat mattresses (made from sea grass and coconut) and spacious terraces with private outdoor Jacuzzis commanding heavenly views of the cerulean aegean sea. there’s also a small hotel pool for cooling off during the summer heat.

splurge on the most popular honeymoon suite, the Winemaker’s house. along with a king-size bed and steam room, it has an antique distillery vat in the center of the living room and grape vines growing over an outside trellis. Perhaps you might prefer the adorable Boatman’s studio (one of the most requested rooms), with its pale blue décor and probably the most private terrace in all of santorini. also delightful is the two-bedroom antiquarian suite – we loved its beautiful Minoan wall frescoes and blue shuttered windows. days start with a bountiful breakfast served on your terrace – thick Greek yogurt, croissant, spinach cheese pie, juicy strawberries and cappuccino. then perhaps an easy five-minute stroll into oia – a fairytale town of white sugarcube shops, cafés and houses, interlaced with cobblestone paths, and a hot spot for photographers who gather in droves to watch the legendary sunsets. Maybe you’ll choose a longer hike along santorini’s northern spine, past Cycladic churches and poppy fields, to the tourist hub of Fira. Just be sure to save time for the pure pleasure of lounging on your cushioned double day bed on your terrace, sipping your welcome ikies bottle of fine santorini wine and soaking in those eye-popping views. — JaniCe and GeorGe MuCaloV

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inteRlUDes | hotels and resorts

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take the mahogany water taxi across the Bosphorus Canal to sumahan on the Water, and you leave the cacophony of istanbul for another world. the boutique hotel’s complimentary boat service transports you in 30 minutes from istanbul’s cosmopolitan european side, past ancient palaces and mosques, to the less-touristy asian side. after sightseeing all day, you feel the fatigue melt away as you step ashore into the calm oasis that is sumahan on the Water. its architect owners transformed what was once a 19th century ottoman distillery into the present-day hotel in 2005. Details of the building’s historical past were preserved – like black painted metal girders and exposed brick walls – adding an industrial design edge. We loved our two-storey loft suite. Upstairs was a king-size bed and huge grey-and-white marble bathroom with walk-in shower. Downstairs, French doors opened from the groundfloor living room onto the hotel’s lawn and garden. in summer, guests sit out under the trees and read or watch the boat traffic along the Bosphorus. in winter, a fireplace makes it cozy for enjoying the ever-changing watery panorama. For breakfast (included), the terrace is open in warm weather – you can linger over your cappuccino while eyeing ferries and various vessels gliding by. For dinner, sumahan’s new water-side tapasuma restaurant features turkish and mediterranean tapas. several other seafood restaurants are also within walking distance. the hotel is expertly run (the gracious general manager has been with sumahan since pre-opening) and the service is warm. Book lovers will appreciate its cozy water-view library, well-stocked with books on turkey. a turkish hammam offers traditional bath-and-massage treatments too. a delightful way to visit istanbul is to split your time, spending half your stay close to the buzz of the city’s attractions, and half your stay at sumahan for a restful retreat. — JaniCe anD geoRge mUCaloV

carl gustaf hotel

Within easy Walking distance of gustavia and its many bars and restaurants, and with a stunning, panoramic vantage point over st. Barthelemy’s famous harbor, the Carl gustaf is an enviable address during “the season,” the two weeks around Christmas when a flotilla of a-list celebrities drop anchor in the waters down below. and the best spot of all? the 2,600 square foot Royal suite, which is booked more than a year in advance (sometimes by celebs like the Black eyed Peas) and features four bedrooms, four full baths, a big kitchen and living room, sizable plunge pool, and plenty of outdoor space—all of which overlooks town and harbor. But even if you don’t visit during “the season” (or can’t afford the Royal), the Carl gustaf still has a lot to offer. a recent, million-dollar makeover renovated the other twelve bungalows from top to bottom; each of these units feature one or two bedrooms, their own plunge pool and fantastic views, plus a full range of services, including (on request) butler and shopping services. and while there’s no seaside pool or water sports, this small, sexy hotel provides more than you might expect, including a boutique spa with two treatment rooms, a resistance swimming pool, steam room and essential oil shower—small and intimate, the spa never hosts more than three guests at a time. there’s also plenty of open-air patio space for eating and drinking—the Carl gustaf lounge is perfect for sunset cocktails and tapas, followed by some gourmet cuisine at Victoria’s, which serves up fresh, French cuisine (paired with more than 300 wines). With comfy seating and warm sea breezes, you’ll want to settle in for the night, sip a little rum and look out on the lights as they twinkle atop the yachts in the harbor. — tim Johnson

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port guide | bermuda

After vAcAtioning on Bermuda in the late 19th century, Mark twain wrote in his diary, “You go to heaven if you want, i’ll stay in Bermuda.” And that’s exactly how most people feel after spending a few days on this friendly and beautiful island. Sculpted by ocean currents and wind, Bermuda pops up from the Atlantic ocean about 650 miles off the coast of north carolina. Lying well within north America’s temperate latitudes, Bermuda exudes all the characteristics of a tropical paradise with its warm shallow emerald waters, exquisite beaches and an African and British colonial history dating back to the early 1600s. So despite what you hear, this tiny British crown colony is not part of the caribbean, even though the warm, north-flowing gulf Stream that bathes its shores has definitely created a caribbean style ambience. Another misconception is that the fishhook-shaped country is only one island, when in fact it’s an archipelago of about 150 islands. twenty causeways and bridges connect the eight largest islands that form Bermuda proper, so as you travel around the country you’re actually moving from island to island. Most of Bermuda’s outdoor activities revolve around the sea. the warm gulf Stream maintains the world’s northernmost coral reef around the islands, most of which is only a few fin kicks from shore. the reefs off the country’s magnificent strands of pink sand such as Horseshoe Bay, Warwick Long Bay, Jobson’s cove and John Smith’s Bay, provide exceptional snorkeling opportunities, and dozens of tour operators offer diving and snorkeling adventures to more remote reefs and shipwrecks.

Bermuda’s celebrated shorts and candy-colored buildings aren’t the only things that attract visitors to this tiny island paradise. The country also boasts the highest concentration of golf courses in the world, the world’s best wreck diving and 34 spectacular pink-sand beaches. michael defreitas the gulf Stream is a marine highway for big game fish such as yellowfin tuna, blue and white marlins, wahoo, bonefish, grouper and red snapper, and anglers can book deep-sea sport fishing charters at any of the cruise terminals or marinas. Bermuda has three cruise terminals; St. george’s in the north, Hamilton, in the middle and King’s Wharf in the south. each offers a convenient base from which to explore the country. Most cruise lines spend three days in Bermuda (some spend a day at each terminal) before returning to the mainland, so you’ll have more than enough time to explore the country. St. george’s, a uneSco World Heritage Site and Bermuda’s former quaint capital, is a living history museum that crams 400 years of history into five square blocks.

A short walk north of the terminal is the turquoise clock tower of St. peter’s church – the oldest, continuously-used Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere. Hamilton, the country’s bustling capital, offers great shopping and dining, while King’s Wharf, at the southern point of the fishhook bristles with outdoor attractions including a dolphin encounter program where you can swim with these playful creatures. And regardless of which terminal you dock at, you’re never more than a 10-minute taxi or bus ride from a beautiful beach, snorkel reef or golf course. With its rich fusion of British colonial history and African heritage, laidback atmosphere, friendly people, natural beauty, and of course those cute shorts, Bermuda is truly a unique cruise destination.

Facing page: Pink sand beach at Warwick Long Bay. Clockwise from top left: A member of the colorful Royal Bermuda Regiment Band. Architectural detail from a brightly painted building in Hamilton. Scooters are a popular way to explore the island. View over Belmont Hills Golf Course.

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SHOPPING The island’s signature local treat is Bermuda Rum Cake, a sort of fruitcake oozing with rum. Other island specialties include rum and rum-based liqueurs, and its delicious local honey (available in most grocery stores). Outerbridge Peppers Ltd. has a line of must-buy condiments that add zip to soups, stews, drinks and chowders. They also offer Bloody Mary mix, pepper jellies and barbecue sauce. For serious art lovers and collectors, Bermuda’s artisans – many of whom are internationally recognized – produce everything, from paintings, photographs and sculptures, to miniature furniture, pottery, hand-blown glass, quilts and dolls. The Clocktower Centre and the surrounding shops and working studios at the Royal Naval Dockyard adjacent to King’s Wharf, is one of Bermuda’s top shopping venues.

GETTING AROUND Organized tours depart daily from all terminals, and despite Bermuda’s ban on rental cars, you can still easily explore the country on your own by scooter, taxi or public transit. The tourist information centers located at each terminal can assist with scooter rentals, maps and brochures. They also sell inexpensive single and multiday transit passes that cover unlimited travel on Bermuda’s buses and ferries. ■

Clockwise from top left: Cruise ship Norwegian Dawn docked at King’s Wharf. Yellowfin tuna deepsea sportsfishing off Bermuda. Scuba diver exploring Bermuda’s Hangover Hole dive site. The stars of the show at the dolphin encounter program at King’s Wharf.

BERMUDA FACT FILE Population: 64,700 Currency: Bermudian dollar, which trades at the same rate as the US dollar. Bermuda and US currencies are accepted interchangeably. Time Zone: Atlantic Time Zone (one hour ahead of New York, two hours ahead of Chicago, four hours ahead of Los Angeles) Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz AC, same voltage as US Language: English Climate: Bermuda’s impeccable location in the Atlantic, receives the full benefit of the Gulf Stream and the sun’s rays, but free of the tropics’ persistent heat. The temperate pleasant climate rarely sees extremes of either hot or cold. The hottest part of the year is May through mid-October, when temperatures hover between 75°F and 85°F. During the winter months, temperatures average a balmy 70°F.

WHO GOES THERE? Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Dawn 7 night cruises from New York and Boston to King’s Wharf, Bermuda with sailings to late October, 2013. Royal Caribbean International Explorer of the Seas 5, 7 night cruises from Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ to King’s Wharf, Bermuda with sailings to late October, 2013. Grandeur of the Seas 6, 7 night cruises from Baltimore, MD to King’s Wharf, Bermuda with sailings to late October, 2013. Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Summit 7 night cruises from Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ to King’s Wharf, Bermuda with sailings up to late August, 2013; one 6 night cruise sailing on September 1, 2013.

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Garden lovers will enjoy the rich assortment of plants and flowers in Bermuda’s Botanical Gardens, a short taxi ride from Hamilton terminal. The country’s proximity to North America’s eastern bird migratory route gives birders an opportunity to log some of the 350 species that frequent the islands throughout the year. Spittal Pond and Sherwin Nature Reserves are two birding hotspots and you can pick up a Bermuda Birding Guide at most bookstores or at the Audubon Society office in Hamilton. Divers have dozens of great dive sites to choose from including the two most popular sites: the paddlewheel steamer Montana and the Civil War schooner Constellation. Both were backdrops for the Hollywood blockbuster The Deep. Hikers can explore the entire country along the marked Railway Trail that runs from King’s Wharf in the south to Fort St. Catherine on the country’s northern point. Complete your Bermuda visit with a hearty bowl of the country’s world famous fish chowder and its even more famous Dark ‘n Stormy cocktail (Gosling’s Black Seal Rum mixed with ginger beer).

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The verdicT is in and iT’s unanimous – norwegian Breakaway is a huge mega hiT This brand new gorgeous ship which sails year round from New York recently set sail on her inaugural season to fabulous reviews. Everyone wants to be a Norwegian; the Breakaway really does rock and now it’s your chance to experience her many and marvelous amenities including some of the best dining at sea. Never mind the mind-blowing entertainment options and the incredible watersports experiences for kids of all ages. The inspiration for the Norwegian Breakaway comes from New York City one of the most dynamic destinations in the world. And now the city has a ship that lives up to the same billing. A ship that offers Broadway shows at sea, sizzling nightlife, a feast for the senses in every way, and an energy that is undeniable. And this ship has introduced some outstanding new at sea concepts including the incredible Waterfront which offers a wide choice of bars and restaurants outside on deck with great views of the ocean. An unbeatable combination! Vanessa Lee

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The Waterfront

THE WATERFRONT AND 678 OCEAN PLACE These are two huge WOW factors onboard this elegant ship – new concepts that resonate and provide a great deal of enjoyment for cruise guests. Check out these popular gathering spots and no matter the time of day, whether you’re cruising or in port, they are the places you will enjoy the most – other than the pool deck! The Waterfront is a unique concept exclusive to Norwegian Cruise Line and it’s a winner. Have a cocktail at Shaker’s Martini Bar and sit outside in the sunshine. Perhaps you want a table on the Waterfront? Book a reservation for a steak dinner at Moderno Churrascaria. Listening to some blues and want some fresh sea air – take it outside on to – you guessed it – the Waterfront. You get the picture! And 678 Ocean Place – named for those famed Avenues in the Big Apple, is the center point of the ship anchored by a huge and gorgeous chandelier and a glass staircase connecting all three decks. It’s a hub with the buzz. An electric atmosphere and a super meeting place too. Deck 7 offers the casino, Deck 6 some fine dining and the Atrium Café with Carlo’s Bakery providing tasty coffees and yummy treats such as cannoli and cupcakes. Deck 8 has the Waterfront concept for dining and cocktails with a variety of choices for each as well as some chic shopping opportunities.

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Maltings on the Waterfront

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View of Manhattan from the Waterfront

FLAVORS AND SAVORS THAT SIZZLE

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Hull artwork by legendary artist Peter Max

On Norwegian Breakaway there are 28 – count ’em – dining options. An onboard dining scene unmatched at sea with taste sensations from all over the world. You can dine like an Italian, a Parisian, a Brazilian or a Zakarian, as in celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian who has brought his famed New York establishment, Ocean Blue to the Breakaway. Seafood at sea like never before with a choice of three options from fine dining to casual, including a raw bar. Try Cagney’s Steakhouse for classic American-style cuisine, La Cucina for Italian specialties, Teppanyaki for authentic Japanese cuisine or Shanghai’s Noodle Bar for noodles expertly prepared the way you want. There’s Wasabi Sushi Bar serving up sushi, sashimi and rolled favorites, plus Uptown Bar & Grill for burgers or Sabrett’s New York hot dogs and just about everything in between. Or just hang out at O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill, open 24/7 for a fun pub-like atmosphere and views of the two-storey video screen a deck below. The dining line-up is amazing and many of these spots offer both indoor and al fresco choices as well as Atrium dining at Le Bistro and La Cucina. Choose from complimentary and specialty dining or mix it up a little. Chill out in the Ice Bar kept at a chilly 17F with parkas and mitts provided, smoke a stogie in the Humidor, taste a scotch at Maltings or enjoy a martini at Prime Meridian before your dinner.

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K STYLE. BROADWAY ON BOARD The line up on board is sheer excitement and just prepare to be wowed. If you enjoy seeing shows on Broadway – there are three of them on the Breakaway for your enjoyment. In the Breakaway Theater, the five-time Tony® Award nominated musical Rock of Ages, an edgy head-bobbing, hand clapping musical number plays three times a week. Then there’s Burn The Floor where ballroom meets sensuality and it’s not just hot, it truly sizzles. This scorching and popular show also plays in the theater or catch their spicier, Latinflavored performance in the Manhattan Room Restaurant, a supper club at sea concept. For mesmerizing acrobatics and creative costuming check out the Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy show which is a must see. And for Blues fans there’s New York’s own Slam Allen performing his soulful sounds in Fat Cats Club, dueling pianos in Howl at the Moon, Second City comedy shows and many other entertaining options.

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AQUA PARK AND SPORTS COMPLEX When it’s time to go outside, grab your goggles, get your Norwegian game on and splash up the fun. The pool deck offers two pools, four hot tubs and five waterslides so you know you’re going to get wet! From serene to extreme the multi-story waterslides offer nearly a quarter-mile of downhill fun. Then when that’s done slip over to the mini golf or the ropes course. For the ultimate thrill “walk the plank” which extends eight feet out over the side of the ship. Then perhaps it’s time for a game of basketball, or take on a rock climbing wall, a zip track or a spider web climbing cage. Or if all of that’s a little too much, head on up to the Vibe Beach Club for some fun in the sun of a gentler kind. WORLD TRAVELER SUMMER 2013 39

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The pleasures of the table Savvy cruise lines know food is a top vacation priority, so from bountiful delights to high-end specialty restaurants, they’ve turned their ships into floating feasts – but the celebration of everything edible doesn’t end there. The cruise industry is serving up an experiential banquet to satisfy every appetite and we thought you’d like to see what’s on the menu. From discovering the secrets of great olive oil, to learning tips and tricks from your Food Network idol – there’s a smorgasbord of choices available for food-focused travelers. Whatever your culinary tastes, a cruise vacation is sure to satisfy. LIZ FLEMING

Gulf shrimp, Jambon Iberico and melon, Chef Scott Hunnel, Remy Restaurant

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Wisely jumping on the food television bandwagon, many cruise lines now work with guest chefs who help create specialty restaurants and appear as onboard celebrities. norwegian cruise line If you love Iron Chef America, Chopped and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, you’ll be enticed by Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway which now has Ocean Blue, a restaurant created by Food Network rock star l Geoffrey Zakarian. His culinary creativity is also the power behind a fabulous crustacean-station called l The Raw Bar and he’ll be overseeing other 1 fish-focused restaurants and hosting cooking demos and workshops on select sailings. 2

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On Carnival’s Breeze, Conquest, Glory and Liberty, pool-side dining now means burgers and fries served up at a 50’s-style diner called the Burger Joint, 3 Guy Fieri, Food Network star, developed by l game show host and restaurateur. Thanks to the positive reception on the first three ships, the rest of the fleet will soon have Burger Joints as well.

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host and cookbook author, is Oceania’s Executive Culinary Director, bringing his gourmet artistry to the restaurants of five ships, two of which – the Marina and Riviera – host his 5 Jacques restaurant. Also on board the Marina namesake l and Riviera, guests can enjoy the Bon Appétit Culinary Center, operated in tandem with Bon Appétit Magazine, and billed as the “world’s only hands-on culinary studio at sea”. Guests learn regional recipes in hands-on classes and head home with a newly sharpened skill set.

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ama waterways River cruisers love their food television heroes too, so onboard AmaWaterways’ AmaVida this fall, you’ll find celebrity chef 6 Bob Blumer hosting a gourmet cruise l through Portugal and Spain. Many shore excursions, such as AmaWaterways’ Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights, now have culinary themes. Offered on European itineraries, the program includes guided food-theme walking tours, a French cooking school visit, a Barcelona tapas expedition, and tastes of everything from specialty Belgian waffles to Dutch cheese and more.

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Serious foodies know you don’t have to be on television to be a hot property in the culinary world.

l7 royal caribbean Royal Caribbean International has joined culinary forces with 7 Michael Schwartz of James Beard Award-winning chef l Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Restaurant in Miami and Grand Cayman to bring dining pizzazz to the 150 Central Park Restaurant on the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. According to RCI, “It’s the perfect pairing: a chef with a commitment to sustainable and seasonal food sourcing and a cruise line that continues to offer guests innovative dining concepts and the freshest most distinct ingredients. “ Guests enjoy two rotating six-course menus per voyage, which incorporate produce from small Florida farms.

paul gauguin Aboard the Paul Gauguin and Tere Moana, the culinary creations of Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire of the world-renowned, two-star Michelin-rated Restaurant Apicius in Paris are featured in the elegant 8 L’Etoile and La Veranda l restaurants.

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cunard On Cunard – the famed U.K. cruise line – there’s an American super chef whose name is – wait 9 Todd English. Delicious, yes? The for it – l Boston master chef and owner of the upscale Olives restaurant chain, English brings to the 10 Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria l an eclectic mix of taste sensations he says are “common ingredients prepared in uncommon ways.” If you’d like to sink your teeth into “Todd’s Truffled Potato Love Letters,” you know where to find them. world traveler summer 2013 45

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Cruise lines know food is a top vacation priority so they’ve turned their ships into floating feasts.

crystal Serious foodies know you don’t have to be on television to be a hot property in the culinary world. World-renowned master chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is a case in point. Nobu’s eclectic cuisine is prepared by specially trained 1 Silk Road and The Sushi Bar chefs at l on both the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Using an innovative blend of classically styled Japanese foods with distinct Peruvian and European influences, Nobu himself occasionally comes aboard for cooking classes, demonstrations, autograph sessions and photo ops.

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celebrity cruises Food and wine pairing workshops are offered on Celebrity Cruises, along with a Mixology 101 Experience that teaches “chef-inspired” bartending and a Riedel® Comparative Wine Crystal Workshop where sip-happy sailors can discover the difference a glass makes to the wine served in it. Celebrity’s ships are also noteworthy for their wide range of interactive culinary options from the Lawn Club Grill where guests can 2 Q-sine® learn grilling tips and bake their own flatbreads, to the innovative l where a meal is a dining expedition into a myriad of tastes and textures, to Murano where the delights of tableside flambé are a feature.

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Want to come home a little sharper than when you left? Many cruises offer learning expeditions and experiences. If wine and beer are your preference, 3 Epicurean you might want to try the l Adventurer Program™ offered on many Uniworld European cruises where the experience includes great food, fine wine, craft beer and even a private cellar tasting onshore, all at no extra charge.

Where we eat is as important as what. Windstar takes fine dining seriously indoors in its recently opened alternative dining spot, the intimate Stella Bistro, onboard the Wind Surf. The atmosphere relaxes on the aft deck around the pool on all three yachts where intimate and casual barbecue dining takes place al fresco 4 Candles. at l

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disney cruise line When it comes to cuisine, there’s nothing Mickey Mouse about Disney Cruise Line. l 8 Remy, the romantic adult-exclusive restaurant on Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, offers fine French-inspired cuisine, stunning ocean views, and a sophisticated décor. It’s the brainchild of French celebrity chef Arnaud Lallement of the Michelin-rated two-star restaurant L’Assiette Champenoise, and Scott Hunnel, an award-winning chef from Walt Disney World’s Victoria & Albert’s restaurant.

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holland america Always wanted to run away to “An Evening at 6 Le Cirque”? Holland America can make l that happen in their Pinnacle Grills. Master Chef l7 Rudi Sodamin has teamed with Le Cirque’s Executive Chef Craig Hopson to bring the spirit of that iconic eatery alive for at least one night on nearly every voyage. Serving Le Cirque-style crème brûlée on the classic orange china is just one of the many tiny touches that create the authentic Le Cirque feel.

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silversea On Silversea, the only cruise line to partner with the Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux, one can dine in the 5 Le Champagne, a reservation fabulous and elegant l only intimate restaurant with room for just a small number of guests per evening or go completely casual and head for The Grill, a poolside dining area that transforms into a “hot rocks” dining area where guests grill their own seafood and meats tableside on heated volcanic rocks.

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Celebrity Solstice HEAD OF ITS CLASS

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Combine outstanding ship architecture and superb décor with an excellent onboard experience and you have something special. And did I mention the food? ART SBARSKY When the Celebrity SolStiCe was introduced in november 2008– the largest Celebrity ship at the time – it was indeed special and it deserved all the kudos it received for groundbreaking changes. the ship was the first of the line’s Solstice class, which culmi­ nated in the debut of Celebrity reflection late last year. there have been changes made, including new restaurants, reconfigured decks and more suites, and so I was eager to see how a ship I loved at first sight was doing after nearly four years afloat. I wasn’t dis­ appointed. the ship is still gorgeous, the maintenance impeccable and the on­board experience wonderful, with premium quality food and service. I chose the round­trip Barcelona itinerary for its great list of ports: Cannes, Livorno for Florence and Pisa, Civitavecchia for Rome, naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. not a clunker in that bunch of ports, and the three days at sea on a ship with so much to enjoy were the icing on the cupcake. Outside and in, Celebrity Solstice is a visual delight. though each room has its own look and feel, they flow together in perfect har­ mony, with artwork and sculptures used to form graceful divisions. Along many interior walkways – such as those on Deck 5 between Bistro on Five and the elevator bank – the rooms are generously spaced and bathed in natural sunlight. the color palette throughout the ship is calm and relaxing with virtually no bright lights other than in the shopping area and adjacent casino. even many of the ceilings, like the one over Café al Bacio, and the rose­painted wall in Blu, are works of art.

On one of the sea days, I had a Zen­like moment while relax­ ing and reading in the adults­only Solarium. Looking up through the skylights at a gorgeous Mediterranean­blue sky, enjoying an Aqua Spa Café breakfast (really healthy and – unusual for me – featuring lots of fruit and no bacon), I was listening to the gentle waterfall and quiet background music, thinking this was my favorite spot on the ship. Yes, I was quite sure the Solarium was my favorite spot, until I thought about a dozen other lovely areas onboard. Apparently, I’m fickle. Way up top on Deck 14, the Sky Observation Lounge is a hidden gem. A vastly under­utilized space with gorgeous forward views, this Lounge is sometimes booked for various cocktail parties, happy hour trivia contests and late night lively music but, especially in the daytime, it’s a wonderful place to escape for reading and watching the waves. the ensemble Lounge, a bar area with live evening music is the meeting place for those going to any of the alternative restau­ rants. Guests find the large oval bar, comfy seating and soothing lighting temptingly conducive to chatting and imbibing into the late hours. tuscan Grille, the Italian alternative restaurant, came to mind. there, guests who don’t choose tables overlooking the ocean might forget where they are and imagine themselves in an upscale Italian restaurant in any major city. the lighting is superb, the room is both

Facing page: The Grand Epernay Restaurant, besides being a visual beauty, offers up excellent cuisine. This page: After four years afloat, Celebrity Solstice is still gorgeous. Left: The library is a peaceful refuge overlooking the atrium, and the Sky Observation Lounge on Deck 14 is a hidden gem with gorgeous forward views.

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SHIP REvIEW | celebrity solstice

Celebrity thinks so highly of this ship that they’ve spent millions “Solsticizing” the older ships in their fleet. Facing page: (Clockwise from top left) Silk Harvest; Tuscan Grille; Murano; Silk Harvest; Murano Below: Tuscan Grille

spacious and gracious and the food and service are bellissimo. Clearly, the Tuscan Grille was a contender for my favorite Solstice space. And what about the Oceanview Café? The expansive, casual restaurant for all meals, one deck higher than the usual pool-adjacent location, offers lots of individual serving and buffet areas with virtually no long lines. While there could be more tables for two, it’s never crowded, even on sea days and sushi is served at 5 pm. What more could you ask? In my opinion, this is the best pool-area restaurant on any large ship and certainly in the running for my list of favorites. In the Grand Epernay dining room, a gorgeous restaurant with mostly white décor, the center section is the place to be, where the soaring two-storey ceiling creates a luxuriously spacious feel – but even the smaller tables along the sides offer spectacular water/port views. No diner is ever disappointed and I was a big fan of the ambiance, so obviously, the Grand Epernay merits a top spot listing. In the heart of the ship, the multi-storied atrium hums with live music, cooking demonstrations, dance contests and more. As the elegant glass-walled elevators travel top to bottom, guests enjoy tantalizing glimpses into such lovely rooms as the library (one of the best at sea for book selection and comfort), the card

room and Team Earth with its giant suspended tree. Comfortable chairs abound on every level, making sitting and relaxing, chatting, reading or listening to music extremely comfortable. Speaking of music – there seems always to be a live performance to enjoy on the Celebrity Solstice. From afternoon until late at night, a jazz quartet, a classical string trio, a flamenco guitarist, an a capella quartet, a guitarist/vocalist, a party band and a show orchestra brought their magic to various corners of the ship. Those, in combination with the great spa, the billowing sails creatively dividing the pool area, the inviting lawn area (with real grass!) and the Corning glass show combined to ensure that every guest had plenty to see and savor. And under the heading of things to savor, have I mentioned the food? Oh, the glorious food… The true strength of Celebrity Solstice is the trio of alternative dinner restaurants: Tuscan Grille, Murano and Silk Harvest. Though they involve an extra fee, these three lovely rooms not only feature outstanding service but also offer menus that are expansive enough to satisfy all appetites. In Tuscan Grille, appetizers such as saffron risotto croquettes, crab cakes, prosciutto with cantaloupe, and calamari fritto misto are tempting, while entrées include lobster linguine Alfredo, grilled sea bass and filet mignon rustico as well as pasta options. Be sure to try the terrific pasta Bolognese. In Murano, the French menu includes Dover sole, Muscovy duck breast, hazelnut-coated rack of lamb and a cognac flambéed, warm-water lobster tail with fresh basil, applewood smoked bacon and Dijon cream, prepared tableside. Silk Harvest offers an Asian fusion menu, served family style and featuring such treats as lotus chicken lettuce wraps, shrimp and scallop shumai, green curry stirfried pork, Kung Pao chicken, and various types of sushi and rolls. The Grand Epernay Restaurant, besides being a visual beauty, offers up excellent cuisine, a really extensive menu and is a terrific place to avoid pool-area crowds, while for smaller meals and snacks, Bistro on Five offers up an incredible range of crêpes and salads for a small extra fee. Guests can even choose the fixings for their custom-made crêpes. Also available for a slight fee are the specialty coffee, tea and gelato at Café al Bacio. Though the Solstice is a large ship, carrying as many as 3,000 guests, the service delivery is exceptional. While a significant number of cruisers younger than 18 are aboard during the summer months, it’s even more adult-friendly during the rest of the year. No matter what the season, Celebrity Solstice is an outstanding larger ship and is likely to impress even sophisticated luxury cruisers. It’s also a perfect size and a fabulous cruise offering for those used to large contemporary ships now in search of a quieter and higher quality experience. Celebrity thinks so highly of this ship – clearly the head of its class – that they’ve spent millions “Solsticizing” the older ships in their fleet, creating a high-end experience for their many satisfied guests. My guess is that even the Celebrity powers-that-be are now finding themselves as hard-pressed as I am to name their favorite spot! n

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Soar in a hot air balloon, explore ancient underground cave cities (and stay in a boutique cave hotel), feast like a sultan, swim in turquoise seas, gape at glittering palaces and soak in a steamy hammam. Turkey offers a dazzling array of exotic delights. janice and george mucalov

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Hot air balloons drift over rock formations called fairy chimneys in Turkey’s Cappadocia region.

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HOOSH! Bright orange flames above our heads blast more hot air into the giant balloon. (Check hair. Singed? No.) We float up, up, up into the yellowing dawn sky. Our chest-high basket, holding just four of us and our balloon pilot, is but a dot gliding over a surreal lunar landscape. We drift over “fairy chimneys” – fantastic rock pinnacles, some 150 feet high, that look like toadstools. We descend into a red-baked gorge where centuries-old cave houses and churches, cut high up into the rock sides, are clearly visible. At one point, we get so close we see a fox scampering along a plateau, before we gently rise again. This is Cappadocia. Up to 100 balloons take off each day for a bird’s eye view of Cappadocia’s extraordinary terrain, said to be the set location for the original Star Wars movie. Despite being woken up at 4:00 a.m. (simultaneously by a wake-up call and the reverberating Muslim call to prayer outside), our Royal Balloon ride is worth every thrilling moment – from gaping at the deflated balloon first being filled with air on the ground (a spectacle of fire) to the traditional champagne toast after touchdown. But Cappadocia is just one highlight of a visit to Turkey. The whole country makes for an epic trip. Turkey is a fascinating mix of East-meets-West, with an exotic history, mind-blowing scenery, amazing ancient ruins and some of the tastiest food you’ll ever bite into. From beaches to balloon rides to bazaars, Turkey dazzles with its array of beguiling experiences.

Clockwise from top left: Crew inflate a hot air balloon in preparation for a flight over Cappadocia. Barbarossa, Suleyman the Magnificent’s Admiral, i s p ortrayed in a miniature painting in the Topkapi Palace Museum. Turkish tea served in tulip glasses with Turkish Delight. A traditional Turkish bath at the luxuriously restored Aya Sofya hammam. Facing page: Sunset on the Bosphorus behind the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. An exquisitely tiled room in the Topkapi Palace’s Harem.

EXOTIC ISTANBUL... STARTING IN ISTANBUL, we tour the Topkapi Palace. Home to sultans of the former Ottoman empire, its most famous exhibits are the emerald-encrusted Topkapi dagger and glittering 86-carat Spoonmaker’s diamond. In the imperial harem, your imagination is apt to run wild. But a new exhibit aims to squelch any misperceptions about the juicier aspects of harem life. We learn the harem was also a center of education for concubines, making them suitable marriage partners for courtiers and elite soldiers. It’s fitting that we follow our palace visit with a traditional Turkish bath at Roxelana’s old bathing temple. Originally built in 1556, the Aya Sofya hammam reopened in 2008 after a multi-million dollar restoration; men and women each have their own sections. Wrapped in a silk loincloth, you pour warm water over yourself from a gold bowl while lounging in a luxurious, steaming, white marble room. An attendant then scrubs you down with a rough goatskin mitt until your skin is baby smooth. This is followed by a massage with

soap and water on a heated marble bench. It’s all quite dreamy and beats the quick utilitarian showers we take back home. One day, we book a 90-minute cruise up the Bosphorus Canal in a local passenger ferry. Onboard, vendors hawk hot black tea in tulip-shaped glasses as we putter past grand villas. Other days, we visit the opulent 19th century Dolmabahce Palace (14 tons of gold gild its ceilings), the Blue Mosque (named for its blue-tiled interior) and the historic Grand Bazaar (one of the world’s oldest and largest markets). We also taste our first mezes (small shared appetizers) in Istanbul. At Meze by Lemon Tree, we sample delectable eggplant rolled with braised escargot, plums and mustard. Kofte (meatballs) and kebabs are also rightly famous in Turkey. At Hamdi Restaurant’s romantic rooftop terrace, overlooking the night-lit New Mosque and Bosphorus Canal, our favorite is a delicious grilled minced lamb, cumin, pistachio and onion creation. For distinctive Ottoman cuisine, where elaborate dishes are flavored with dried fruits, we dine at Nar.

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ESBELLI EVI — When traveling, you occasionally stumble across a truly special hotel that charms you right down to your soul. Esbelli Evi is such a place. Carved into Cappadocia’s white volcanic rock cliffs, Esbelli Evi is a boutique cave hotel with ten suites and four standard rooms. Larger than most city apartments, the suites are cocoons of comfort, with hardwood floors, kilim rugs, king-size brass beds, kitchens, rainshowers and lace curtains made by the owner’s mother. Each suite is unique. Our marble bathroom came with a clawfoot tub – plus help-yourself scotch in a crystal decanter next to scented candles on a side-table. The gracious owner, Suha Ersoz, has thought of everything to make travelers feel like they have a home away from home – a joy to return to after a day out exploring Cappadocia’s underground cave cities and rock-cut churches. You’re treated to a welcome bottle of wine, free WiFi and in-room laptops, and complimentary fruit and snacks in Esbelli Evi’s living room. Niches in the bedroom walls are stuffed with great travel and art books. Breakfast is taken on a rooftop terrace overlooking the rolling countryside and traditional village. Order an omelette, and while waiting, help yourself to fresh cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, home-baked breads and preserves. Suha drops by to chat with each guest and check that you’re set for the day with tours. For dinner, nearby Ziggy’s Café, one of Cappadocia’s best restaurants, serves yummy mezes (shared Turkish dishes). To top it all off, rates (which include breakfast) are extremely affordable. Just one more reason Esbelli Evi ranks right up there on our list of favorite hotels.

Artful hotel on the beAch in bodrum CASA DELL’ARTE — This quietly elegant boutique hotel on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula is also an art gallery. Walls are decorated with exquisite canvasses by artists such as Nese Erdok (Turkey’s greatest living female painter). Patrons of the arts, the hotel’s owners also offer an artist-in-residency program, hosting ten up-and-coming artists from around the world, whose works, created on location, are also displayed. The adults-only Residence side of the hotel has 12 individually decorated suites flanking a rectangular lap pool. Ivory walls and blonde wood furniture allow artistic touches to predominate – like huge boat-shaped beds and silver-and-black cow hide rugs. Our Aries suite came with a glass bathroom ceiling lit by tiny twinkling lights at night. Even the air conditioners are minimalist works of art, covered by hologram paintings. Families are welcome to stay in Casa Dell’Arte’s neighboring Family Suites, with its own pool and beach area. Strolling about the hotel is a visual treat. Marble public rooms and breezy stone passageways contain antiques, grand iron chandeliers from the Napoleonic era and outdoor fireplaces from Cappadocia. But always, by design, the eye is eventually drawn to the brilliant turquoise sea just beyond a swathe of manicured lawn. There, the hotel’s wooden dock juts out into the water, where the sunbathing is all very civilized (no icky sand in your bikini). Cushioned cocoon chairs invite lounging under the shade of an umbrella, and there are ladders to climb down into the sea for a cool dip. Casa Dell’Arte is about 20 minutes from buzzing Bodrum town. But, really, you may feel no reason to leave.

ephesus From Bodrum, we also make a day trip to Ephesus. Our driver and guide pick us up early in the morning for the two-hour drive, past pine forests and olive trees, to the marvelously preserved ruins of the ancient Greek/Roman city. We see the prostitute’s footprint embedded in a marble street slab that points the way to her house, rows of public marble toilets and the grand Celsus Library façade. In the noblemen’s terrace houses, we watch archaeologists piece together the largest jigsaw puzzle in the world – recreating the rooms from marble pieces of floors and walls. Elsewhere, blood-red poppies bloom among the ruins. And if you listen carefully, the breezes carry the imagined laughter and chatter of Romans bartering with shopkeepers on the marble streets.

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We could easily spend more time in Istanbul. But then we’d miss Bodrum, both a peninsula and a town, an hour’s flight away on the southwest coast of Turkey. And we’re keen to see for ourselves what all the buzz is about. Jutting some 25 miles into the dark blue Aegean, the hilly peninsula is a celebrity hotspot – sightings include Beyoncé, Tom Hanks, Sting and Elizabeth Hurley – as well as a popular summer holiday destination for Brits and Europeans. Bodrum town is also a starting point for a multi-day “blue cruise” in a gulet (traditional Turkish yacht) along Turkey’s famed “Turquoise Coast”. In July and August, the town throbs with nonstop nightlife. But you can escape the throngs by staying in one of the outlying villages, like Torba or Golturkbuku, favored by the wealthy from Istanbul. Sandy beaches are few, so instead, the small resorts and boutique hotels have wooden decks on stilts extending over the sea, with ladders for entering the water to swim. We spend the days like sloths, reclining on plump cushioned loungers under shade canopies, rousing every so often to slide into the crystal water for a dip. Occasionally, we catch a dolmus (public mini-bus) into Bodrum – to tour the 15th century St. Peter’s Castle and its shipwreck museum, and for dinner at the fish market, where restaurants cook up the fresh seafood you buy from stalls.

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cappadocia Cappadocia comes toward the end of our journey. Rivaled only by Africa as the world’s best place to soar in a balloon, it’s also known for its underground cave cities and fresco-painted, rock-cut churches. Beginning in the 4th century, early Christians escaping persecution tunneled out underground cave cities in the special “tufa” rock found in the lava valleys here. The rock is soft and easy to cut, only hardening when it comes in contact with air. It’s believed there are some 150 to 200 underground cities (housing up to 30,000 people each), though only two are open to the public. Kaymakli Underground City has over 100 passages connecting eight levels of underground cave bedrooms, storerooms, kitchens and a church. Even though we have to crouch down almost on our knees to squeeze through its cool, dimly lit tunnels, fears of claustrophobia prove unfounded. We can stand up in the cave rooms, and original vertical ventilation shafts circulate fresh air. Still, it’s remarkable that people could live underground for up to six months at a time here. To fend off enemy attacks, they could plug tunnel entrances with the large round millstones we see.

To view the finest of Cappadocia’s rockcut churches, we walk about the Goreme Open-Air Museum. The churches in this UNESCO World Heritage Site were carved into the rock walls above-ground between the 10th and 12th centuries, probably as part of a large monastic complex. The Dark Church (so named because little sunlight penetrates inside) has beautifully painted frescoes of Christ’s life on the pillars and columns supporting its ceiling domes. A kitchen-cumrefectory is also interesting, with its long stone dining table that could seat 50 monks. And then there is the treat of hiking through some of the valleys which the balloons glide over. The Ihlara Valley surprises with a lush riverside trail. The cliffs on either side a re inlaid with 120 simple rock-cut churches and green river frogs, the size of your fist, belch loudly. But our standout memory is stumbling out of the Pasabag Valley, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, to sip homemade wine with a retired farmer who is proud to show us his orchard and small vineyard. One more wonder, in a land brimming with so many wonders. n

Cave dwellings and churches were carved out of soft volcanic tufa formations known as fairy chimneys. (Top) Elaborate frescoes and carvings adorn the interior of a cave church in the Goreme Open-Air Museum. (Above) El Nazar, one of the most beautiful rock cut churches in Cappadocia.

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Offers subject to change without notice. Free Dolphin Swim: Valid for reservations made before 10/31/13. Guests who stay a minimum of 5 nights in select room categories will receive one free swim with dolphins with a value of $159 and 50% discount in the same tour for up to 3 guests sharing the same room. To receive this offer, just enter “SWIM” in the Special Service Request section during check-out or contact Customer Service. Transportation is not included. Prices subject to change without notice. Valid on new bookings only. Rebooking to receive this value add will not be accepted. Not valid over holiday dates. Not valid for Group bookings. May not be combined with any other special, promotion or discounted rate. Golf Offer: 3-night minimum stay required in select suite room categories. Valid for travel through 12/19/13. Kids free offer varies by hotel. Age restrictions and occupancy limits may apply. Added values are based on availability, room category and validity dates. Other restrictions may apply and are subject to change. Various cancellation penalties, payment requirements and holiday/weekend/special event surcharges may apply. Please see the Funjet Vacations Bill of Rights for details. CST 2009218-20

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S i lv e r S e a a n n o u n c e S

GalaPaGoS eco-aDvenTureS an experience like no other rare anD refineD. onboarD anD aShore.

a remote archipelago. rarely visited islands. a luxurious new species of adventure cruising. introducing Silversea expeditions in the Galapagos. explore destinations inaccessible to most and encounter wildlife found nowhere else on earth.

•  intimate, 100-guest expedition ship

activities include guided nature hikes, Zodiac cruises, snorkeling and plenty of

•  all ocean-view suites

fantastic photo opportunities. Silversea’s certified Galapagos experts are eager

•  fine dining in open-seating restaurants

to engage guests with the unique and abundant nature of this remarkable region.

•  complimentary wines and spirits served throughout the ship •  in-suite bar and refrigerator stocked to guest’s preference •  complimentary 24-hour room service •  casual/informal attire •  onboard gratuities included •  onboard expedition Team of certified naturalists trained by the Galapagos national Park Service •  complimentary Shore excursions led by the expedition Team

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A WORLD OF FOOD

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Wherever in the world you choose to sail, one thing is for sure: food – delectable, mouthwatering food – will always abound. And not just on your ship but in the destinations you visit as well.

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More and More cruise lines are now offering superb shore excursions with food as a primary focus. and let’s not forget wine, port, champagne, cognac and beer tastings too. so perhaps it’s a wine tasting accompanied by delicious small bites or tapas, or a more in-depth culinary experience where you can work alongside famous local chefs. or you may choose to sample a fabulous home-cooked meal in a gorgeous and romantic setting in italy or France or something more exotic in the Far east. Whatever your choice, we offer you a sampling of the excursions cruise lines are cooking up to wow those taste buds as well as giving you a real sense of the area in which you are cruising. Be prepared to have your palate pleased.

A TAsTe of ITAly sorrento: For guests of oceania cruises which boasts a Bon appétit culinary center and dedicated chef on board, there are a myriad of excursions offered, all catering to the inner chef in you. discover the secrets of authentic sorrento cuisine at a centuries-old hilltop villa, where you’ll watch a cooking demonstration and then enjoy a delicious meal of local favorites. Your tour starts with a relaxed drive to the Villa il Pozzo surrounded by fragrant groves of lemons and affording spectacular views of the sea and the isle of capri. after time to wander the garden amidst the lemon and olive groves and enjoy the views, the chef will showcase a seasonal menu including favorites such as mozzarella in a lemon leaf with tomato salad, lemon risotto, and a dessert of lemon cream. there’s ample opportunity to quiz the chef on the techniques and secrets of sorrento cuisine and of course you will enjoy the delicious lunch you have just seen prepared. local wines will also be served.

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WIne TAsTIng In chIAnTI greVe: For wine lovers, this is an ideal excursion from Florence (or its port livorno) and also offers a wonderful drive through the gorgeous chianti countryside. rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and charming villages await you at practically every turn as you revel in the beauty of the region. Many of the wineries feature castellos, or castles and you will enjoy a delicious tuscan lunch including wine (of course), in one of the leading castles in greve. this is the center and unofficial capital of the chianti region and dates back to the 11th century. there is a market in town which has been running more or less continuously for centuries serving the nearby castle communities and villages. You will have time to wander the market area, shop and enjoy various wine stores as well as a chance to visit the Wine Museum.

Boqueria Market in Barcelona

A lesson In spAnIsh cookIng Barcelona: Your tour begins with a coach ride to the center of this marvelous city known for its art, culture and amazing architecture including la sagrada Família, a gaudi masterpiece. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the best markets in the world, the Boqueria before walking to the center of the old gothic quarter where you will find your cooking venue. Your lesson will commence as you learn how to prepare and cook such tasty dishes as gazpacho, a potato omelet, seafood paella and a delicious dessert called crema catalana. and of course you will savor a taste of each of the dishes. With the day’s menu and a collection of new cooking skills as mementos you will then have some free time to further enjoy Barcelona and perhaps try some famous tapas.

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MEXICAN DELIGHTS PUERTO CHIAPAS: Located on the west coast of Mexico near the border of Guatemala, this region offers much in the way of culture and history, but if its relaxation you are looking for then this tour looks at the typical lifestyle of the Tapachula locals; it’s a chance to just kick back and also enjoy some pool time. You will be driven to a lovely hotel close to Tapachula where you will have wonderful views of the city as well as an opportunity to wander through the beautiful gardens of the property. You will then learn about delicious Mexican dishes such as quesadillas and famous guacamole as well as the region’s typical totopos. And of course you will be able to taste all of these foods – and learn how to make a great Margarita! Sip your refreshing cocktail, listen to some marimba music and perhaps enjoy a little shopping too.

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THAI COOKING CLASS KO SAMUI: Thai cuisine is a wonderful blend of flavors and dishes and this tour is ideal for those who wish to have a hands on cooking experience and enjoy some delicious food. Beginning in a nearby market, you will be shown by a local food expert which items to choose for your meal. Naturally you will also gain insight into neighborhood life. From there you will be driven to a nearby hotel for your class where you will be welcomed with a typical Thai beverage. Then, after donning apron and chef’s hat you will be invited to lend a hand while learning about traditional methods of Thai cooking. Dishes that might be prepared are a tasty chicken soup, deep-fried and stuffed crabmeat in its shell and Thai-style fried noodles, all of which you will be able to enjoy at the conclusion of the class. And of course there’s dessert too – lovely coconut ice cream with seasonal fruits. Yummy.

Tall billowing sails – brilliant blue seas – sun-drenched teak decks. And you, aboard a graceful sailing ship that’s large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into tiny harbors and hidden coves where no one else can go. This feels like life on your own private yacht.

Windstar. For people who never settle for ordinary. Like you.

GREEK ISLES & TURKISH DELIGHTS Cruises from $2,999 pp Contact your Independent Vacation Specialist today.

MEDITERRANEAN | ITALY | GREEK ISLES | NORTHERN EUROPE | CARIBBEAN | COSTA RICA | PANAMA CANAL | TAHITI | TRANSATLANTIC

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