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FALL / WINTER 2016

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Culinary Pleasures

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contents | fall / winter 2016

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Culinary Pleasures

in every issue

Feast your eyes on the latest cruise line offerings, find out about their newest takes on cuisine and restaurant experiences sure to tantalize your palate.

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Carnival Vista

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Romance In Bloom

Set your sights on Carnival’s newest Fun Ship, the fabulous Carnival Vista. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from dining to playing, with so much to see, do and taste; we explore it all.

Trending in Travel

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Say “I do” to a destination wedding and discover why it’s becoming such a popular choice for many brides and grooms. Read about one guest’s experience attending a destination wedding and find out why it was such a special day for everyone.

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A Luxury Experience At Sea

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Alaska for All Ages

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What’s New in Travel

Come with us as we indulge in a luxurious voyage with Silversea Cruises. Our writer is truly pampered as she cruises the Med on Silversea’s Silver Spirit. With almost everything included, even free-flowing champagne, what’s not to love! Our writer travels to Alaska with her daughter and grandchildren on a cruise aboard the Disney Wonder. Discovering there’s lots to do for all three generations to enjoy, together and apart, to make it a truly memorable family holiday.

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Find out about the latest innovations and trends in travel, from cruises, tours and hotels.

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T R A V E L ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL TAKES GUESTS OFF THE BEATEN PATH Adventure-seekers will love Royal Caribbean International’s multi-day adventures in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand that include fully guided tours of the destinations’ most iconic and inspiring places. Trips include dining, airfare (where applicable), top quality hotel accommodations and transportation. Guests begin their experiences mid-cruise, immerse themselves in the local culture, then rejoin their ship at the next port of call. The iconic adventures include a Tikal and Ceremonial show that begins with a flight from Belize to Guatemala (or from Honduras to Guatemala) for an overnight tour of the ancient Mayan capital, an expedition into the jungle to walk Mayan ruins at Tikal National Park and enjoy an authentic Mayan ceremonial experience.

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Agrolida Region and Katakolon is an excursion that takes travelers back in time to Greece’s famous citadels such as the Acropolis of Athens and the Ancient Mycenae site of Argolida, includes a stay in the Mediterranean nation’s first capital, Nafplio; and a visit to Ancient Olympia.

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Grand Palace, Bangkok

An adventure in Bangkok, the “City of Angels” will bring the sights, sounds and flavors of Thailand’s historic capital to guests’ fingertips including explorations into the city’s canals and river tributaries via motor launch. Visits to iconic monuments and sites include the Wat Traimit, also known as the “Temple of the Golden Buddha”, the Asiatique riverfront, Wat Arun – the “Temple of Dawn”, and the Grand Palace, adorned with murals, gilded spires and unique architectural design. 

NORWEGIAN HAS THE EDGE An innovative program from Norwegian Cruise Line will invest $400 million over the next two years in what they are calling the Norwegian Edge and will include a full fleet refurbishment, a new culinary program and enhancements to two premier private island destinations. Enhancing the guest experience, the refurbishment includes complete restaurant makeovers, a fresh new look in public spaces, interactive digital signage and wayfinding technology, new teak flooring throughout outdoor spaces and upgrades to The Haven Courtyard and Sundeck on the cruise lines’ older vessels. The fleet will now offer upgraded complimentary restaurant menus and the addition of optional à la carte priced items in the main dining rooms. The Norwegian Dawn was the first ship to undergo this transformation and emerged earlier this year after receiving the Edge treatment. And there are further plans for the line’s privately-owned destinations including the development of the Caribbean’s premier resort-style experience at Harvest Caye launching this November in Belize, as well as on-going new features being added to the line’s private Bahamian island, Great Stirrup Cay.

PRINCESS OFFERS THE BEST OF ALASKA IN 2017 Next summer, six Princess Cruises’ ships will sail Alaska’s storied waters, offering multiple itinerary options, immersive onboard culinary and cultural experiences and more than 20 Land & Sea Vacation options for further exploring the 49th state’s vast wilderness. The Coral, Star and Island Princess will sail the signature 7-night Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary between Vancouver and Whittier, which can be combined with domed-rail service, stays at Princess-owned Wilderness Lodges, and national park visits to take guests into the heart of Alaska. Princess will also offer roundtrip 7-night scenic Inside Passage cruises from Seattle on Ruby and Emerald Princess, and 10-night departures from San Francisco on Grand Princess. Every Princess cruise will also include a glacier viewing at either UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay National Park, Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord.

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Silver Muse: Simply Divine Silversea’s newest ultra-luxury ship Silver Muse is scheduled to launch in April 2017. Dubbed ‘Simply Divine’, Silver Muse will embody the epitome of fine cuisine, impeccable service and the luxurious amenities discerning travelers have come to expect. Keeping in line with Silversea standards, the Silver Muse will feature all suite, all veranda accommodations, ranging from the 387 sq. ft. Classic Veranda Suite to the 1,475 sq. ft. one-bedroom Grand Suite. Guests will have a choice of eight dining venues exploring the tastes of Asia and Italy, the innovative Hot Rocks featuring lava stone cooking, and La Dame – an exclusive Relais & Châteaux restaurant. With five bars and lounges there is plenty of opportunity for social camaraderie or quiet reflection, a state-of-the-art fitness center keeps guests ship-shape, and a blissful spa completes the ultra-luxury experience. The Silver Muse will spend her inaugural season in Europe, followed by a transatlantic crossing to Canada and New England, before circumnavigating South America, calling at 34 countries and 130 ports of call, including 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Emerald Isle Beckons in 2017

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If you’ve always wanted to visit Ireland, next year will be the year to go with Globus. With nine extensive tours rated Steady, On the Go and Active Pace, there is no shortage of choice. For first timers who may not have a lot of time, try the 7-day Introduction to Ireland, covering the must-sees of Dublin, Ennis, Killarney, and Waterford. Highlights of this tour include the breathtaking 668-foot cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast and the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and magnificent landscapes. A longer, 10-day Emerald Isle itinerary adds additional religious sites of Knock, Kylemore, the Aran Islands and Foynes. Both tours depart roundtrip from Dublin. For those who want to circumnavigate the island, take the 13-day Scenic Ireland tour roundtrip from Limerick, which also includes Belfast, Boyne Valley and Kilkenny. Globus also offers tours that combine Ireland with England, Scotland and Wales for up to 25 days of in-depth discovery. All Globus tours include city-center hotels, expert local guides, front-of-the-line access to attractions, and balanced leisure time. vacation magazine fall / winter 2016 9

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NEW ITINERARIES FOR VIKING OCEAN CRUISES Viking Cruises is ready to conquer the oceans like its ancestors once did. With the christening earlier this year of the Viking Sea, Viking Ocean Cruises has plans to keep growing and expanding its itineraries and fleet. Ten new itineraries are being offered for 2017 and 2018 sailings, adding more than 30 ports of call to Viking’s portfolio, the new itineraries will explore intriguing and unique destinations throughout Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, including Cuba. Plus, two new ships will be coming in 2017 – first the Viking Sky in the Spring, followed by the Viking Sun later in the year, with a fifth and sixth ship coming in 2018 and 2020. “Our guests are experienced travelers who are curious about the great art, history and cultures of the world, which is why we design our ships and itineraries to help immerse them in the destinations they visit,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. Also recently announced, the cruise line’s first-ever world cruise, on the Viking Sun, in December 2017, spanning 141-days and visiting five continents, 35 countries and 66 ports. Sailing from Miami to London, this epic Viking journey will explore the world’s legendary cities, ports and will allow guests to immerse themselves in the rich cultures around the world.

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MSC Making News

The Re-Imagination of the Disney Wonder

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Guests of all ages will look forward to numerous enhancements when the Disney Wonder emerges from dry dock in November. New to the Oceaneer Club will be the Marvel Super Hero Academy, where kids will learn to channel their inner super powers in a series of interactions with their favorite Marvel super heroes through digital displays and live appearances. In Frozen Adventures, youngsters have fun with hands-on activities and in-person visits by Anna and Elsa. Other additions to the Oceaneer Club include Andy’s Room and It’s a Small World nursery. A new southern restaurant called Tiana’s Place – named after the titular character in The Princess and the Frog – will incorporate live jazz, swing and blues with the cuisine of the Louisiana bayou. Adult guests will be happy to find a new authentic British pub serving British and specialty beers and cocktails. Elsewhere on the ship, the spa, numerous lounges, restaurants and deck areas will also be refreshed and enhanced.

MSC Cruises has partnered with Cirque du Soleil to create the first-at-sea Cirque shows designed exclusively for the multimillion dollar entertainment and dining venues on the nextgeneration Meraviglia ships. It has also announced that the MSC Seaside, the first ship in the “Seaside” generation, is open for bookings. Set to debut in December 2017, the MSC Seaside will introduce a new “closer to the sea” concept – a unique 360 degree ocean-level promenade on Deck 8 with indoor/outdoor shops and restaurants, as well as a full buffet area and pool. The MSC Seaside will sail year-round from Miami on a wide range of eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Just announced – the second of its Seaside-generation ships, set to come into service in June 2018 will be named MSC Seaview and will spend her inaugural season cruising the Western Mediterranean. Plus MSC Cruises’ latest announcement also involves their cooperative venture with the Bahamian government to create Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, an exclusive marine reserve island experience in the Bahamas.

Cruising Cuba with Fathom

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Many cruise lines are now considering cruises to and around Cuba and the new Carnival Corporation company, Fathom began offering seven-night trips between Miami and Cuba earlier this year, using the former P&O liner, the Adonia. These cultural exchange voyages feature visits to multiple locations in Cuba to enable more vacationers to experience Cuban society. Fathom travelers will be immersed in Cuban culture, visiting at least three ports on the island and all trips will include an orientation to the country’s history and customs and guided sessions with Fathom’s team will assist in sharing insights, ideas and opportunities about the future of cultural exchange travel to Cuba. On shore, guests will become involved in people-to-people artistic, educational and humanitarian experiences. Fathom is the first cruise line owned by an American mainstream cruise company to offer sailings to Cuba, with opportunities for guests to take part in humanitarian projects there. Similar cruises are also available to the Dominican Republic. vacation magazine fall / winter 2016 11

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R E S O R T E S C A P E S

SANDALS BARBADOS You may not have heard of St. Lawrence Gap, but you have surely heard of Sandals. Opened in January 2015, this latest addition brings the renowned Sandals hospitality and “Luxury Included” motto to the southern tip of Barbados, in the heart of the island’s vibrant and energetic entertainment district.

11 fine dining venues including Sandals’ first Indian restaurant, beachside bars, and 24-hour room service ensure no guest goes hungry. And partnerships with Robert Mondavi and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, unlimited top shelf-liquor, premium wines and cocktails ensure no one goes thirsty either. Fill your days lounging on the pristine white sands of Dover Beach, take a dip in the island’s largest lagoon pool, or partake in watersports, all complimentary – including unlimited scuba for certified divers. When you can pull yourself out of the water, there is the spa, fitness center, live entertainment, duty-free shopping and land sports to keep you occupied.

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The hallmark of a Sandals resort is its luxurious accommodations, and Sandals Barbados does not disappoint. Even at the introductory Luxury Level, no expense is spared on the four-poster king bed, mahogany furniture, and glass-tiled bath. Upgrade to Club Level to receive balcony tranquility, soaking tub and concierge benefits, or go big with a Butler Suite (another glass of champagne please, James!). For the ultimate indulgence, check into the Love Nest Suite – no description required!

SECRETS CAPRI RIVIERA CANCUN Unlimited Luxury is the buzz phrase at this all-inclusive, adults-only resort on the Riviera Maya, 40 miles south of Cancun. One of seven Secrets resorts in Mexico, this oceanfront property offers deluxe rooms, oceanfront junior and honeymoon suites, all with terraces or balconies. Four-poster king or double beds, twice-daily suite service, replenished mini bar, and a marble bath with whirlpool tub bathe guests in plush comfort. When you are ready to venture out of your private cocoon, seven dining venues offering buffet or à la carte Mexican, Italian, Asian and seafood will satisfy any palate; four bars and lounges serve up unlimited premium beverages. Beach and poolside service, concierge and 24-hour room service are all included, as are non-motorized watersports and a fitness center. A 16,000 sq. ft. swimming pool, a 14,000 sq. ft. spa, and expansive beachfront are just a few amenities that make up the 71 oceanfront acres, and complimentary green fees are offered at the nearby Grand Coral Riviera Maya golf course. For those who cannot unplug, the Secrets Resorts and Spas app allows unlimited connectivity with complimentary Wi-Fi, social media and free calling to the US. Offering beachfront weddings and receptions with an on-site wedding coordinator to help plan the perfect day, the Secrets Capri is also a perfect setting to say “I do” – of course – in unlimited luxury.

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resort escapes

Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui A mere 10 minutes is what separates you from the Kahului airport and the 27 acres of lush gardens and the half-mile golden sands of Ka’anapali Beach, home of the Royal Lahaina Resort. Dotted with coconut and palm trees, this oceanfront resort is a perfect setting for a tropical escape.

The active set can take advantage of a fitness center, three swimming pools (two oceanfront), the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch with 10 courts (five lit for night play), adjacent championship golf courses and a wide array of beach toys, including scuba lessons. Lei making lessons, nightly torch-lighting ceremony, Hawaiian music, and a ubiquitous luau provide visitors a chance to immerse in the Aloha spirit and take home everlasting memories of this piece of paradise.

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In the mornings experience the Dominican Republic as you work alongside the people in Impact Activities.

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The 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower offers standard rooms with king or double beds, teak furnishings and a lanai to usher in the ocean breeze. Plush bedding, fridge, coffee maker and complimentary Wi-Fi fall within standard expectations, but bathrooms have showers only. For a true Hawaiian escape, opt for a one or two bedroom cottage with views of the tropical gardens or the sprawling Ka’anapali coast, or a luxurious ocean-view Lahaina Kai Tower suite. Cottages sleep up to eight and suites up to six, ideal for families. Dining options include the oceanfront Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant and Bar, and Royal Scoop for lighter fare.

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In the afternoon relax by the pool in Amber Cove, snorkel, deep sea fish or go on a zip line tour.

Grow. Make a meaningful impact in the lives of Dominicans and while your family fosters a spirit of closeness and transformation.

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS Congratulations! You’ve finally found your perfect match. Now, the search begins to find a destination for your dream wedding – a location that’s every bit as special as the love you two share. Why Trust us to Plan Your Destination Wedding? • We can work with your budget • We have longstanding relationships with the locals • One-stop planning - we can also help plan your honeymoon HAWAII - Ideal weather year–round and picture– perfect backdrops like the Pacific Ocean at sunset, palm trees, lush grounds, fern grottos, waterfalls, volcanoes – the Aloha spirit can add a whole lot of spectacular to your wedding and reception. THE CARIBBEAN - White sand beaches, sparkling azure water and easy access make the Caribbean a top destination for weddings of all sizes. Each island offers a different rhythm but each provides those idyllic swaying palms. St. Thomas, the Bahamas, Aruba – find your island in the sun. EUROPE - From villas in Italy to vineyards in France, whatever you’re dreaming of, we can make it happen. Be a princess in a castle in Scotland. Add some Irish luck to your life together and exchange vows in the verdant countryside. The romance, the history, the stunning scenery – Europe will remain in your heart forever. USA - A mountaintop in Colorado. A quaint seaside town in Maine. The warm beaches of Fort Lauderdale. Napa Valley’s rolling vineyards. No need to stamp your passport, you can exchange vows in some pretty amazing destinations right here in the states. Tell us your wish list, and we’ll help to make your dream wedding come true.

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CRysTal CRuisEs TakEs To ThE RivERs this past july, crystal River cruises’ launched its first river vessel, crystal mozart. the elegant new ship offers guests spacious and stylishly outfitted guest suites, public lounges, dining venues, innovative entertainment spaces, adventurous amenities and luxurious appointments. among the more exceptional touches on the re-imagined river ship is a pop-up bar area on the top “Vista” deck, complete with a vanishing movie screen for al fresco evening shows, a living rooftop garden area with teak bench seating areas, and two custom tender boats for exploration of the waterway’s picturesque locales. Much attention has been paid to great dining onboard, and guests will enjoy the waterside, the main dining area; Blue, the aft indoor casual dining area featuring a menu of global comfort food; Bistro Mozart, the go-to spot for freshly baked pastries, fruit, snacks, coffee, espresso, tea and light bites; the Pantry, a self-service wine and beverage bar and the Vintage room, an intimate dining venue perfect for winemakers’ dinners and special occasions. the Crystal Mozart also features fully equipped fitness, spa and salon facilities at the Crystal life Spa. named for the famous austrian composer, wolfgang amadeus Mozart, the Crystal Mozart is designed to fit into the wider locks of the Danube river from Passau to Budapest, and is double the width of an average riverboat. 

a PERfECT PaRTnERshiP

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Guests sailing on Uniworld’s 8-day enchanting Danube itinerary next year will be able to join an exclusive biking excursion offered by premier active tour operator Butterfield & Robinson. Offered on select sailings on the S.S. maria theresa, this excursion will take guests along the Danube bike path – europe’s longest dedicated bike path from Germany to Bratislava. Stunning scenery of medieval castle ruins and sloping vineyards will provide a backdrop as experts from Butterfield & robinson guide riders though Salzburg, linz, Melk and Passau. exclusive events highlighting flavors of the region include wine tastings in the wachau Valley and beer and bratwurst in Bavaria, all of which can be worked off by pedal power! “Partnering with Butterfield & robinson aligns with our core values, emphasizing attention to detail, excellence in service, unparalleled gastronomy and most importantly, providing our guests with unforgettable and unique experiences,” said Guy Young, President of Uniworld. “we’re thrilled to be offering this active-focused option on one of our most popular itineraries.”

family BonDs

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earlier this year, amaWaterways launched amaviola and sister ship amaStella. Both are innovative 158-guest river ships designed to cater to groups and multi-generational cruisers. their innovative connecting staterooms are designed to offer togetherness as well as privacy – a perfect combination for colleagues, friends and families traveling together. Six sets of adjoining staterooms connected via an internal doorway can accommodate families of five while four other suites with convertible sofa-beds are perfect for families of four. More exciting news is amawaterways’ new collaboration with adventures by Disney. Several of the amawaterways’ 2017 itineraries on the rhine and Danube including a Christmas market cruise will feature a family theme, including memorable experiences in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Onboard activities include family karaoke, movie nights for junior adventurers, a magic show, cooking classes, games, piano music and other exciting entertainment geared towards guests of all ages.

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n our journey through life, many memorable times and moments are enhanced by our innate desire to taste, savor and enjoy and that’s a wonderful thing. Celebrations usually come with good cuisine and fine wines or a special Champagne or other libations. Our desire for food and to sit at a table with family and friends is integral to our lives and perhaps none more so when we travel and enjoy new and marvelous experiences. It can be at the core of a day’s travel – a wonder­ful lunch on an outdoor terrace surrounded by water, or mountains and lakes or some bucolic countryside – Tuscany always comes to mind. As we immerse and enjoy new places, people and cultures, it seems that food truly does epitomize much of what we seek.   Local culinary traditions can quickly become our favorites, enabling us to enjoy a veritable explosion of a variety of inter­ national dishes. In today’s foodie-centric world, we are also able to enjoy an exten­ sive and wide array of global cuisine, from some of the world’s most talented and highly-regarded chefs. The cruising world is keeping up, and is often leading the pack when it comes to the choice and style of food and restaurants that can be found on ships today. There seems to be a never-ending parade of fantastic new dining choices onboard with celebrity chefs often at the helm of these new enterprises. The bar has been raised, and here for your pleasure, we tell you more about some of the newest and most tantalizing restaurant openings on the high seas with “specialty dining” becoming a new catch-phrase for cruise guests. Regent Seven Seas has just launched “the most luxurious ship in the world” with the arrival of the very glamorous and exquisite Seven Seas Explorer, which is truly magnificent. On board the Explorer you can dine in some stunning alternative restau­ rants such as their steakhouse, Prime 7, modeled after a gentleman’s private club in the heart of London. Not only is the décor enticing but the lengthy menu offers delicious cuisine. And a small cocktail bar at the entrance to the restaurant offers a pre-dinner aperitif in great style.

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Prime 7

Innovation, imagination and delectable cuisine abound on an array of gorgeous cruise ships from some of the finest cruise lines in the industry. Also on Regent’s Explorer is a French restaurant named Chartreuse which is equally as fabulous as Prime 7 but which evokes a sense of Art Nouveau and a walk along a rainy cobblestone street in Paris. The food here is utterly fabulous and the sur­ roundings almost more so. Of course there are casual dining spots on this ship, a main restaurant called Compass Rose, a pan-Asian dining room named Pacific Rim and more. Just an example of the choices available to discerning guests who have a desire to en­ hance their dining experiences while at sea.

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The newest Holland America ship, the ms Koningsdam, launched earlier this year to much acclaim has also increased its culinary offerings to exceptional reviews. A guest favorite is the very beautiful and à la carte gem of a restaurant named Sel de Mer. French cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, (their bouillabaisse is unbelievable) this is a dining experience of the highest degree and reservations are a must. Other spots on the ship are perennial

favorites such as the Pinnacle Grill and Tamarind. And of course the popular Culinary Arts Center by Food and Wine magazine, where guests are treated to a meal by the chefs who make it and serve it to you right there. They explain their menus, the way they cook and one can take photos and ask questions along the way. There is a choice of two menus on alternative nights and one also receives wine and some canapés as a part of the three course dinner – and for a very reasonable sum. Holland America has also launched a first on this ship with Blend by Château Ste Michelle, a tasting room experience where guests can blend their own wines from a variety of the winery’s grapes and then bottle it and take it back to your room or to dinner. A great idea and again at a reasonable cost considering one walks away with a bottle blended to one’s own palate.

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Cruise lines are raising the bar with mouth-watering and tasty concoctions prepared by masters and served in the most chic and sophisticated surroundings. A foodie’s paradise indeed.

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A guest favorite on Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam is the very beautiful Sel de Mer. Featuring French cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, this is a dining experience of the highest degree.

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There seems to be a never-ending parade of fantastic new onboard dining choices – often with celebrity chefs at the helm. Many cruise lines are now partnering with celebrity chefs and developing even more distinct cuisine options. Australian chef Curtis Stone has partnered with Princess Cruises and is offering his new way of dining at sea called SHARE. Keeping it simple and cooking with natural ingredients and a menu designed for people to sit together and share – in every way. Stories, laughter, conversation and of course, great food. Then there’s Michelin award-winning chef, America’s Thomas Keller of Per Se and French Laundry fame in Napa. Chef Keller is partnering with Seabourn and introducing restaurants on all of their ships with The Grill by Thomas Keller debuting on the brand new Seabourn Encore coming in December. MSC Cruises has partnerships with a cadre of well-known and highly regarded chefs and now for the launch of their new ship the MSC Seaside, to be christened in Miami in December 2017, they have

partnered with award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi. The innovative JapaneseAmerican celebrity chef will introduce a specialty pan-Asian restaurant on Seaside – a next generation vessel for the cruise line. Chef Yamaguchi is best known perhaps for his Roy’s restaurants in Hawaii offering his unique take on cooking traditions. Innovation, imagination and delectable cuisine abound on an array of gorgeous cruise ships from some of the finest cruise lines in the industry. Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Celebrity Cruises, Oceania, Crystal and many more are all raising that proverbial bar with mouth-watering and tasty concoctions prepared by masters and served in the most chic and sophisticated surroundings. A foodie’s paradise indeed. n

Clockwise from top left: Truffles are Chef Curtis Stone’s favorite ingredient at SHARE. ms Koningsdam’s Sel de Mer. Chef Curtis Stone and his SHARE restaurant on Princess. Artist’s rendering of Seabourn’s future The Grill by Thomas Keller. Chef Roy Yamaguchi and his delectable sea bass are coming to MSC Seaside.

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Expanded dining and play options offer something for everyone on Carnival’s fabulous new Fun Ship. BY wallace immen

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ure, there’s a hairy chest contest going on around Carnival Vista’s pool now, if you’re into that sort of thing. But I’m happier to be web surfing in a shady clam-shell chair on the quiet Serenity deck. This evening, I could join the beery crowd in a honky tonk piano lounge, or salsa with a mojito or two in a bar that makes me feel like I’m in Havana, or have an alchemist concoct a custom cocktail for me using fresh fruits and herbs. Discovering your own kind of bliss is the theme of Carnival’s newest ship. Vista is the longest and widest Fun Ship yet, with so many options for every taste that it’s remarkably easy to find a place on board that seems designed exclusively for you. It’s got a pub that brews its own beer, the only IMAX theater at sea, a bicycle race course suspended high above the ship and entire decks of restaurants, clubs and shops. The 4,000 guest ship’s extra width allowed the designers to create patios outside many of the restaurants for al fresco dining in the evening and relaxing in the shade during the day. New technology makes quick, reliable Wi-Fi available anywhere on the ship at reasonable prices. The experience starts in the atrium lobby as we board the ship, where a center­piece three-story tall video display presents realistic scenes that slowly evolve hour by hour. By day, it may be a coral reef complete with stingrays and sharks or a tropical forest of flowers and butterflies.

By evening, the scene may transform into the starry sky or a huge martini with a skewer of olives on its edge. It’s a bit daunting to search for my suite in a corridor that’s so long you can’t quite see the end of it. Note to self: remember our suite is next to a mural of a palm tree that looks like all the other palm trees in the corridor. Our standard balcony suite has more character, with pine panelled walls and furniture upholstered in rich blues and golds that give it a den-like ambience. It’s ample in size and there’s plenty of closet and drawer space and the only flaw from my wife’s point of view is that you’d need to be six feet tall to use the magnifying mirror in the bath. By day, the ship is designed to lure guests out for sun and activity, so the upper decks sport innovative attractions. The standout is SkyRide, in which sleek pedal cars suspended on monorails loop high above the upper deck, giving guests roller coaster-like thrills along with stunning views. Other highlights are an exciting inner tube ride though a spiraling flume and a large WaterWorks splash park featuring a “dump bucket” that will pour 300 gallons of water onto those who willingly stand underneath.

By day, the ship is designed to lure guests out for sun and activity, so the upper decks sport innovative attractions.

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No one just turns in after dinner. There’s simply too much to do. of the day to order. At Bonsai, you can order a huge sampler boat of everything on the menu or the “let the chef entertain you” omakase dinner, which I found rivals the offerings of top Japanese restaurants ashore. There’s Ji Ji for Asian fusion and Cucina del Capitano for Italian home cooking, the

Above: America Rocks! in the Liquid Lounge. Facing page (clockwise from top): Brewmaster Colin Presby in the brewhouse of the RedFrog Pub. Seafood Shack. Horizons Restaurant.

The average age of Carnival’s cruise guests has always been among the youngest at sea and Vista is expected to see as many as 1,400 kids on a cruise during peak holiday and school break weeks from its home port of Miami. The ship has expanded programs for kids as young as 2 and teens up to 17 that continue until 1 a.m. Vista is catering to them with a deck of new Family Harbor Suites designed to accommodate up to five guests (with a curtained area to provide a little privacy for Mom and Dad). Another new category on Vista is a deck of Havana Suites (above left), decorated in lively tropical colors and featuring private patios (above right) whose furnishings include swing chairs for afternoon lounging.

Fahrenheit 555 steak house offers premium cuts of prime beef or lobster, enjoyed in a classic small restaurant ambiance. No one just turns in after dinner. There’s simply too much to do: from the Liquid Lounge with its LED video screens and special effects that add dimensions to the production numbers, to a late night adult-only comedy show to night clubs where its dancing room only. Vista’s also got a huge casino, and fortunately a good ventilation system, because smoking is still allowed anywhere on the gambling floor. Expect to see many of the innovations on Vista appear on other ships in Carnival’s fleet. “We see this ship as a new chapter for Carnival,” says Carnival’s President Christine Duffy. Vista demonstrates the increasing maturity of a line that grew from a party boat past to a cruise empire while providing ever wider options for an increasingly demanding audience. If you can’t find fun on this ship, you probably can’t find fun anywhere. n

Planning your next vacation on the Carnival Vista? Call your CruiseOne Vacation Specialist.

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It’s time to think about dinner. A hopping place for happy hour is Vista’s brew pub, the first on a North American cruise ship. The brew master is busily cooking up the next batch in copper kettles along the walls as you sample the three different styles, including a coffee-flavored Java stout. Vista demonstrates a trend where cruise guests want more flexibility in their dining times. The two-level Horizons supper club, for guests who want to choose when to dine, is twice as large as Reflections, the old school dining room which has fixed table assignments and dining at 6:00 or 8:15. There’s always a “bet you’ve never tried this” appetizer choice that might be anything from alligator fritters to escargot along with familiar comfort foods. Dessert choices include Carnival’s signature melting chocolate cake, which is so popular the line serves a total of 20 million to guests on its 25 ships every year. There are also the classic Carnival touches like a maître d’ who breaks into song and a mid-meal dance routine by the wait staff. It’s corny, but, hey, it’s fun. For a minor additional cost, there are a variety of alternative restaurants to choose from, including Bonsai Sushi and the new Seafood Shack, that prepares fresh catches

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A hopping place for happy hour is Vista’s brew pub, the first on a North American cruise ship.

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Romance in bloom Are you planning a wedding in the next year or two? If so, consider a wedding in an idyllic, sunny spot in the Caribbean or Mexico or say Aloha to Hawaii. Or perhaps venture further afield to French Polynesia, the South Pacific or the Mediterranean – or even exchange vows in a memorable wedding at sea.

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Romantic beach wedding at Dreams Tulum

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destination weddings

A destination wedding may be the perfect way to say “I do”.

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See page 44 for a personal wedding in paradise story about one couple who opted for a sunset beach ceremony in the Caribbean and were thrilled with their choice.

Sandals leads the way when it comes to romance, with some of the finest resorts in the Caribbean.

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here are so many amazing wedding choices these days, at a vast array of really topnotch hotels and glamorous destinations, that it’s almost mind-boggling. But it’s not just about gorgeous beaches and beautiful sunsets; couples these days, especially millennials are seeking cutting-edge nuptial experiences. Some even opting for sunrise weddings, under the water ceremonies or a sky-high ride as they say “I do”! The key is to choose a resort or venue that will build a unique wedding experience that suits your ideas, dreams and of course your budget. Most hotels offer the services of a wedding coordinator to help you plan your big day and fulfill your true desires – making life much simpler and removing much of the stress of organizing the big day. Sandals is one of the leading travel companies when it comes to romance planning with a wonderful choice of the finest resorts throughout the Caribbean. Another all-star favorite is AMResorts: Secrets, Dreams and Breathless, and there’s also Karisma hotels. All just waiting for you to come and celebrate your big day under sunny skies, and start a lifetime of wonderful memories.  

Intimate beach dinner at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

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The Captain performing the ceremony onboard Princess

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Weddings at sea One of the fastest growing trends is getting married on a cruise. A cruise is a great way to tie the knot, as accommodations, meals, entertainment and activities are all included. The bonus of visiting multiple places, great food and pampering service are just a few elements that make a wedding cruise so alluring. Plus, honeymoon planning is a cinch as you are already onboard! One of the most romantic nautical nuptials is a wedding at sea. Imagine the thrill of having the Captain of your magnificent ship conduct your wedding ceremony. Legal weddings at sea are now a popular choice, while sailing majestically across international waters. If your friends and family can’t join you on the cruise, they can still attend your wedding and reception onboard the ship on embarkation day.

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Another option is to get married at an exotic port of call during the cruise, aboard or ashore. Whether you choose to say your vows on a beautiful beach, tropical garden, or atop a glacier, there are a myriad of options to create a wedding to remember. A cruise wedding includes services of a wedding planner who will look after all the important details, leaving the bride and groom stress-free to enjoy their special day. Couples can choose from a variety of packages to suit their wishes and budget – from a simple ceremony for two, to an extravaganza for a few hundred. Basic wedding packages include assistance with obtaining a marriage license, wedding ceremony, flowers for the bride and groom, recorded music, cake, champagne, and photography services. Additional services such as private receptions, upgraded cakes and flowers, formal wear rentals, and bridal hair and make-up are available. Cruise weddings are often more economical than resort weddings, but the sky’s the limit if you want to splurge on your special day! Carnival Cruise Lines offers wedding packages onboard their 24 fun ships in a private lounge, or couples can also choose to be married in Mexico, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, and even at a private beach in the Bahamas, in addition to numerous U.S. embarkation ports including Hawaii. A private reception, and an elegant lunch in the ship’s dining room can be added. There are four wedding packages to choose from onboard depending on the number of guests.

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Romantic wedding onboard Carnival

Celebrity Cruises offers weddings at sea officiated by the Captain, shipboard or shore-side weddings at 24 locations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, U.S., Europe and Australia. Lunch or dinner receptions can be booked in one of the ship’s gourmet specialty restaurants. Celebrity even offers a “Test the Waters” consultation package where couples can tour the ship with the wedding coordinator before making their decision to book a wedding cruise. Norwegian Cruise Line also offers weddings at sea, harbor-side weddings in the Caribbean, Canada and the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. Destination weddings also include Greece and Mexico. Cocktail receptions or a full service lunch are available onboard, as are upgrades for flowers, cakes and DJ services. Princess Cruises takes the “Love Boat” concept even further with wedding chapels onboard where couples can tie the knot on embarkation day performed by a local officiant, or at sea officiated by the Captain. Some Princess ships even have wedding cams so loved ones at home won’t miss a minute of your ceremony. Destination weddings are available in 28 locations across Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Mexico, Malta, Greece, Italy, Canada and the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. Custom cakes, flowers, receptions and luncheons, and even a champagne waterfall are available for upgrades. With its fleet of innovative and amenityfilled ships, Royal Caribbean offers unique shipboard wedding venues like the North Star observation pod, Central Park, and even the surf simulator! For the traditional, there are chapels onboard as well. Island weddings include Bahamas, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Cozumel, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Thomas, as are weddings at sea performed by the Captain. Receptions including elaborate buffets can be arranged at any of the ship’s specialty restaurants or lounges. n

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destination weddings | a personal story

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Saying “I do” to sand, sea and sun

“I don’t usually cry at weddings, but this ceremony brought a lump to my throat. It really was perfect and they looked so happy...”

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BY Jane Walsh

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The Details

More and more couples are choosing to leave the challenges and costs of a wedding at home behind, opting for sun, sea and sand for their nuptials. A few years ago, I attended my very first destination wedding and I was instantly converted. My step daughter Monica was marrying her fiancé, Andrew, and as soon as they became engaged over a Valentine’s Day weekend, it became clear they both had their hearts set on their dream wedding somewhere in the Caribbean. So, after browsing many websites and brochures, they chose a date and settled on Dreams Palm Beach, a lovely resort embracing the gorgeous white powder sand beach lined with towering royal palms in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic. Family and friends were invited down for the week and our bride and groom planned to stay on for a second week’s honeymoon.

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The Dream

The Dress I was delighted to have a chance to go on one of Monica’s many shopping expeditions for a wedding dress. We reminded ourselves that although the wedding was in late November, this dress would be worn on the beach in hot weather and clearly some of the more formal versions just would not look right. Monica tried on dozens of dresses (every bride’s prerogative!), with the process lasting weeks but finally, she found a lovely, simple strapless gown that was just perfect for nuptials in the tropics.

Through Monica, I observed the many benefits of a destination wedding. Once the wedding had been booked, the wedding package selected at the hotel and the travel arrangements set up so that guests could call in and make their arrangements with the travel agent, there was not a lot left to do until the week in Punta Cana itself. Many things went into their decision, including the availability of flights from different gateways for friends and family. Arrival dates and departures are also important. Of course, affordability for all was also a consideration. Most Caribbean and Mexican hotel companies and resorts now cater to weddings. They have wedding coordinators who help arrange everything; offering a variety of wedding packages to choose from, which incorporate everything from the actual venue within the resort, the location of the ceremony and the reception, the menu, the music, the photographer and the florist. So it’s really a breeze to find one that suits a couple’s preferences. And it has become a very big business. Although weddings take place year round in these resorts, November and May/June are especially busy. So it’s important to book the hotel and the ceremony itself well in advance as in many hotels it’s not unusual to see four or five weddings taking place in one day. But remember, many of these resorts are vast properties incorporating tropical gardens, several pools and miles of beach, with a variety of possibilities for both the ceremony and the reception. Monica and Andrew had chosen to have their wedding and the reception on the beach starting at 5 pm. Of course, there was a back-up plan in case of rain, and that judgement call would be made the evening before. I have to admit I did have my doubts about the beach in terms of everyone’s comfort but I could not have been more wrong.

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Preparations: Monica’s day started early. She and her attendants were to spend hours in the hotel’s spa being pampered with a schedule for manicures, pedicures and hair appointments. She was given a special suite where she would then get dressed for the wedding, joined by her mother and bridesmaids. Andrew and his groomsmen, however, spent most of the day at the beach and pool along with the rest of the guests in our group – and best of all, there were no pre-wedding nerves or jitters on display in this truly relaxed atmosphere.

The consensus: We had all spent the better part of a week at the hotel, getting to know Monica and Andrew’s friends and catching up with friends and family who had come from all over. The happy couple made a point of having dinner with different family groups all week and we all agreed that a great time was had by all and I was most impressed with how idyllic it was. The guests had a wonderful holiday and witnessed a beautiful and romantic wedding ceremony in the tropics. For Monica and Andrew, their married life together had begun in a very special setting, one they will remember for the rest of their lives. n We can help plan your destination wedding and honeymoon. Call your CruiseOne Vacation Specialist.

The setting: As 5 pm approached, the hotel set up a beautiful little wedding canopy right near the water on an area of the beach often used for parties. The setting sun was behind us and gave the entire area a golden glow. There were white draped chairs arranged with a center aisle facing the canopy. This created a beautiful and romantic scene as the couple and their attendants walked down the aisle to stand on the white sand beach with the glow of the sunset providing the lighting. It could not have been a more magical setting for their vows, bathed in the golden glow of a setting sun against a backdrop of the blue Caribbean Sea. I don’t usually cry at weddings, but this scene brought a lump to my throat. It really was perfect and they looked so happy.

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beach, a bar, DJ and tables had been set up, along with a dance floor. As darkness descended, we had a candlelight dinner followed by speeches, music and dancing. The warm tropical air and gentle off-shore breeze afforded us perfect comfort. Everyone was relaxed and happy. There were cocktails, a buffet dinner, speeches, and then the dancing began. By this time, nearly everyone had kicked off their shoes and sandals – so different from the more formal weddings I’ve so often attended.

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my butler did it – and i loved it! took great care of me, that is. even to the extent of drawing me a hot bubble bath, pampering me and soothing my soul. that unexpected treat, complete with candles and strewn rose petals was a perfect and thoughtful moment amongst many, as i sailed on a Silversea cruise in the mediterranean this past spring.

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HiS WaS HoW mY WeeK unfolded onboard the lovely Silver Spirit. it was a springtime sojourn from Barcelona to Rome, touching on smaller and lesser known ports in Spain, France and italy, as well as a call to famed monte carlo. immersed in the truly luxurious experience that Silversea is well known for and ensconced in a beautifully appointed and spacious suite, replete with my fantastic butler and his right-hand man, my suite attendant, being waited on hand and foot – well, it’s hard not to fall in love with such a ship and cruise line.

premium cocktails, liquor, fine wines, coffees and bottled water, and of course the free-flowing champagne! gratuities are included too – for that ever-present and attentive service which is truly a hallmark of the experience. Something very useful for those of us who just have to stay connected – 360 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi for every veranda suite – something i loved and used. Regardless of accommodation, every guest enjoys at least one hour of free Wi-Fi per day, throughout the ship. although it’s nice to know what you’re paying for and receiving before

Cruise in exceptional style aboard this intimate cruise line and indulge in service above and beyond. What makes the experience so special is the staff, many of whom certainly play a pivotal and large role; they are caring, attentive, happy and willing to please. there is a true culture of service at Silversea which was eminently obvious to all and it just made an excellent cruise experience even better. When you sail on a Silversea ship, another contributing factor to your enjoyment is that just about everything is included – all of your drinks, including

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you go on your cruise, and realizing you never have to sign a bill for a drink or worry about ordering wine at dinner, these inclusions also add to the lively social camaraderie amongst the guests. along with open-seating dining and a choice of a number of restaurants, the atmosphere onboard is one of relaxed elegance in the company of like-minded individuals – something we found tremendously enjoyable and which added greatly to our vacation experience.

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Just about everything is included – all drinks, including premium cocktails, liquor, fine wines, coffees and bottled water, and of course the free-flowing champagne! Silver Spirit offers a wide variety of cuisine and special culinary offerings, most notably in the Relais & Châteaux inspired Le Champagne which is a superb dining experience, in every way. From the choice of dishes, the service and atmosphere – everything is delectable. Wine pairings are offered and recommended at an additional charge for each course or you may simply enjoy the house wines chosen for you. As the room is very small, it is often booked well before the cruise even sails, so reservations are a must and the small charge to dine here is more than worth it. Another popular spot is the equally intimate Seishin serving pan-Asian delights for both lunch and dinner, again with reservations suggested and also with a charge. One of my all-time favored dining choices on Silversea is La Terrazza which is open for all meals with an extensive buffet service for breakfast and lunch and regular dining in the evening. What I love most about this spot is the chance for al-fresco dining at the aft of the ship – something we took advantage of frequently in the warm Mediterranean climate. The choices are extensive for lunch with a wide variety of hot and cold options, but the Italian-themed dinners are a treat – all the delicious favorites you could wish for.

I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of Silversea’s newest ship, the beautiful Silver Muse, coming in April 2017. This ultra-luxurious, all-suite ship will host 596 very pampered guests, with eight delectable and varied dining choices featuring Italian, Japanese, French and Asian cuisine. Enhancing the onboard experience will be a host of intimate lounges and retreats in addition to a theater, gym, spa and pool. Launching from Monte Carlo, Silver Muse will cruise the Mediterranean in the spring and summer and then in the fall she will make a transatlantic crossing visiting ports along the Eastern seaboard. From there she will sail through the Panama Canal and reach ports in South America. Silver Muse will call on 34 countries, 130 ports and visit 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on itineraries that are varied and intriguing in her inaugural year. Silversea’s Expedition fleet cannot be forgotten either. Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer and Silver Galapagos offer luxury while sailing in some of the most exotic and farflung seas and oceans. And in the fall of 2017, Silver Cloud will leave the classic fleet and be refitted for expedition cruising. If you want to experience some of the world’s most fantastic and remarkable places and still be pampered in complete luxury, then try an expedition cruise.

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Clockwise from top left: Superb service from attentive Silversea staff. Le Champagne Restaurant inspired by Relais & Châteaux. Included free-flowing champagne. Veranda suite. Al fresco dining in La Terrazza.

And yet another winner on Silver Spirit is Stars Supper Club, small tasty plates served in another intimate setting, all to the delightful accompaniment of a talented chanteuse belting out Broadway tunes, popular R&B songs  and the  classics, all to the accompaniment of a pianist. In this intimate venue you can enjoy both the meal and the entertainment, along with just 24 other guests. It’s a delightful choice – even to pop by later in the evening, enjoy a post-dinner drink and tap along to some familiar tunes.  The Silver Spirit carries 540 guests in all-suite accommodations with a spacious veranda as well as a full bathroom, replete with tub and shower. Each suite has its own well-stocked bar, catered to your preferences and every afternoon you can enjoy complimentary canapés delivered to your suite as you prepare for the evening’s festivities.

The extensive inclusions also add to the lively social camaraderie amongst the guests Bvlgari bathroom amenities are offered in each suite but there are two other choices as well and I loved the fantastic storage space, the walk-in closet as well as the interactive TV. And the welcoming bottle of Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne, which we enjoyed on our veranda one day with a view of Monte Carlo! There is always something going on including a charming Afternoon Tea served in La Terrazza to the accompaniment of a pianist. A real Devon cream tea along with lovely cakes and delicious English cucumber and Smoked Salmon sandwiches and of course loose tea. But there’s also quiet space to slip away to, watch the view and read a good book. Naturally, there are various venues for cocktails or

casual afternoon on-deck drinks while listening to live music and after dinner each evening there is a show of some kind in the ship’s main Show Lounge. The very talented Cruise Director also entertained us one evening much to everyone’s delight. The ship’s rich and stylish décor is the perfect backdrop to an absolutely wonderful cruise experience and one I could not recommend more. As one of the last privately-owned cruise companies, Silversea exudes a sense of genuine caring and one certainly feels totally pampered and spoiled. And Silversea leaves you wanting more! n To book your luxurious Silversea Cruise contact your CruiseOne Vacation Specialist. vacation magazine fall / winter 2016 51

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alaska for all ages The best of all worlds can be found on the Disney Wonder BY judy ross

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The author with her daughter and grandchildren.

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am leaning on my balcony railing on the Disney Wonder soaking up the beauty as we sail north from Vancouver toward the Inside Passage of Alaska. The twilight lingers, casting a golden glow on the densely treed shore; the stony beaches are scattered with driftwood; the sea is calm. It is majestic. I call to my granddaughters Molly and Ella, aged eight and six to come and see the scenery. They step out to the balcony, give a quick look, and return to their video games. I should know better. Kids are not awed by majestic scenery. However… give them Minnie Mouse skipping through the atrium and ‘awe’ barely describes their reaction. This is precisely why a Disney cruise to Alaska is the perfect solution for extended family. It is just after the summer solstice at the end of June and four of us (my daughter Aimee and her two daughters) have embarked on a cruise that will take us north to Skagway and then back to both Juneau and Ketchikan. The goal of Disney is to make every guest of every age feel that the cruise experience is geared for his or her personal enjoyment. With a destination like Alaska that’s easy. Adults get to immerse themselves in the eye-popping natural beauty, with the added bonus of lively lectures from an onboard naturalist who enlightens us about melting glaciers and native wildlife. The shore excursions cater to all ages and focus on family-friendly local activities like rainforest hikes, gold panning, salmon bakes, and whale watching. On board, there is fun, fun, fun for everyone – including a grandmother like me whose fun involved escaping with my book and picking up a cappuccino in the Quiet Cove (adults only) part of the ship. Our first day was spent at sea which was ideal because it gave us time to get our bearings. The Disney Wonder holds 2400 guests, but, despite the size, she resembles a sleek ocean liner

with art nouveau décor and handsome wooden decks that make her feel elegant rather than grandiose. Clever planning includes separate environments for various age groups and plenty of kidfriendly areas like Goofy’s sports deck with basketball, table tennis and foosball. The Oceaneer Club for three to ten year-olds was such a hit with my granddaughters we had to drag them away on several occasions. Our verandah stateroom was spacious enough that four of us were able to easily cohabit. Tailored especially for families, it featured a king-size bed and separate sitting area. The divided washrooms had a sink and toilet in one room and shower and sink in the other, which eased our morning routines, and at night, the sitting area transformed into bunk beds for the girls. The crisp nautical motif, and wood details made us feel that we were sailing aboard a personal yacht. My image of Alaska as snowbound and foggy was soon dispelled as we sailed into Skagway under blue skies on a summerhot morning. Our ship moored right in the historic town, once the starting point of the famous Chilkoot Pass where many lost their lives in the search for gold. Wondering why I had packed so much fleece we headed off in t-shirts for our port adventure. We had chosen “The Klondike Family Challenge” which gave us a little taste of everything that happens, or did happen, here. We panned ‘successfully’ for gold and nailed our prospector’s stake to the wall; we descended into a cold chamber to experience what 40 below zero feels like and we met Matt, the resident musher, and learned about the Iditarod, the 1000 mile Anchorage to Nome dog sled race. Molly and Ella were able to hold some of his new puppies as he told us he had completed four of these grueling races that involve teams of 16 dogs and last for up to 15 days in sub-zero weather. “That,” he laughed, “is a lot of time looking at dog’s bums.”

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There is something for everyone in Alaska

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Disney Wonder sails through Alaska’s Tracy Arm Fjord

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Clockwise from above: Disney Wonder sails through Tracy Arm. Verandah stateroom. The Taste of Alaska dinner menu features dishes like Honey Mustard-Marinated Alaskan Salmon.

When we reached Juneau, our summer weather turned to fog and drizzle for the 13-mile coach journey to the famous Mendenhall Glacier. Most of our group chose to remain in the visitors center and look at the glacier through the windows but the four of us hiked along the lakeside path, through misty sprucescented air, until we reached the stunning waterfall and mystical blue glacier. Later, our appetites keen, we ended the port adventure with a traditional Alaska bake where we feasted on wild sockeye salmon cooked on an open grill and watched bald eagles making lazy sweeps overhead. This chance to see bald eagles and other wildlife (sea lions, moose, porpoises, bears) in a natural environment is a highlight of any Alaska cruise. Perhaps, our most dramatic encounter took place in Ketchikan where, again, we had unusually warm weather. We had signed up for a Rainforest Island Adventure which involved boarding a Seahawk Zodiac for the trip out to Bretton Island and a guided walk through a rainforest. On the way back our boat captain made a sudden u-turn and shouted, “Whales! A pod of Orcas!” He cut the motors and we watched immense black dorsal fins rise from the sea. For fifteen minutes we sat spellbound as nine whales performed … leaping, spouting and playing in the waves close enough that we could almost touch them. Many of the wonderful experiences on this Disney cruise had to do with the ship itself; the stunningly friendly staff, the professional level of entertainment in the theaters, and most surprising to me, the sophisticated, upscale food served in the dining rooms. We had locally sourced seafood like Alaska King crab legs, and sockeye salmon (delivered fresh to the ship in Skagway),

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Many of the wonderful experiences on this Disney cruise had to do with the ship itself, the friendly staff, professional entertainment and the upscale food in the dining rooms.

and gourmet delicacies like juniper-spiced elk tenderloin, filet of beef and Arctic char. Every meal was a treat for the adults and even if the children ordered chicken fingers they were served fresh vegetables and fruit, a fact that pleased my daughter. We also appreciated the unique Disney feature of rotational dining, which meant that as we moved from one restaurant to another, our wonderful serving team moved and bonded with us. My fondest memory of this Disney experience is the day we sailed up Tracy Arm Fjord, a long, narrow inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Somehow, our large ship was able to weave through channels of glassy turquoise seawater dotted with icebergs. We passed harbor seals and their pups basking on icebergs seemingly undaunted by our massive presence. All was silent on board; all sound systems turned off, except for the whispered narration of Doug, the resident naturalist. Up on the top deck, the crew handed out hot chocolate and warm blankets and the four of us snuggled on deck chairs and looked out on the majestic scenery. Nobody saying a word. Just as I was wondering if the girls were appreciating this as much as I was, Molly announced out of the blue, “This is really awesome Nana.” Suddenly, it was all worthwhile. n For more information and to book your Disney Alaska Cruise, call your CruiseOne Vacation Specialist.

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Regent Explorer Suite

A luxury lifestyle is no longer about owning material things, it’s now about acquiring life-changing experiences, creating unforgettable memories, and reaching personal fulfillment. The world of travel is constantly evolving and coming up with new and innovative ideas to make your holiday experiences even better and more diverse. Here are some of the current innovations we’re seeing in cruises, tours and hotels. By Ming Tappin

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, there certainly is no shortage of fun.

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A luxury lifestyle is no longer about owning material things, it’s now about acquiring life-changing experiences, creating unforgettable memories, and reaching personal fulfillment. The world’s six-star cruise lines are taking note, and are delivering. Silversea Cruises offers exquisite dining with the world’s only Relais & Châteaux restaurants at sea; Crystal Cruises’ enables globe-trotting onboard its luxury Dreamliner and float­ ing residences. Regent Seven Seas provides ultimate pampering with a two-bedroom 3,875 sq. ft. Explorer Suite; and Seabourn Cruises bestows personal enrichment with extended explorations to all seven continents on intimate yachts. This is experiential travel at its best.

Thanks to the innovation in tech­ nology, guests who do not have the budget for a balcony stateroom can now enjoy an oceanview in an inside stateroom. Royal Caribbean intro­ duced the “virtual balcony” onboard Quantum of the Seas in 2014. Consist­ ing of a full-length, high resolution screen against the stateroom wall, what’s happening outside is streamed live from the ship’s cameras, creating a moving image while the ship is at sea. But Disney Cruise Line was actu­ ally the first to pioneer this concept in 2011. Called Magical Portholes, they also include surprise visits by Disney characters appearing in the window.

Cruise lines continue to strive for oneupmanship on their onboard activities. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, there certainly is no shortage of fun. Guests sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line can test their endurance on a challenging ropes course, complete with an 8-foot plank walk. Onboard the new Carnival Vista, guests can pedal the SkyRide along a track suspended 150 feet above sea level. The newest attraction on the high seas though, is the Ultimate Abyss slide, onboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. The 100-foot drop, over 10 decks is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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The world is your oyster – and on a luxury expedition yacht, it also comes with champagne.

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It’s easy being green Hotels around the world are looking to reduce carbon footprint without compromising the guest’s experience. Along with recycling, water conservation and energy-saving practices, some hotels are awarding spending credits or loyalty points for guests who volunteer to bypass daily housekeeping. Innovations include over-sized windows for natural lighting, living walls and green roofs, natural building materials, vegetable and herb gardens and even in-house beehives that are producing sustainable ingredients for the hotel kitchens, along with efforts to use locally grown food. Environmentally green bath amenities and cleaning products are also ways hotels are becoming more sustainable.

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discover | what’s new

A new generation of travelers want to give back to the communities they visit while on holiday.

Turning the tide on expedition cruising

The changing faces of river ships

Lending a helping hand on vacation

As travelers seek new experiences and cross off bucket lists, a number of cruise lines are steering them towards luxury yachting. Their message: expedition cruising can be a six-star experience. Witness the aggressive growth in this area: Crystal Cruises and Scenic Cruises have both ordered polar class mega­ yachts, outfitted with luxury suites, helicopters and submersibles. French expedition line Ponant is adding four new vessels, almost doubling its existing fleet. And Celebrity Cruises has expanded its Galápagos program with two additional yachts. The world is your oyster, and on a luxury expedition yacht, it also comes with champagne.

With the rise of popularity in river cruising, ship design has come a long way in the last five years. The biggest focus has been on the accommodations. Beds that face the window provide everchanging views, brought to you by Avalon Waterways. Open-air balconies, as well as full-size balconies are now the norm. There are even innovative loft sitting areas that make windowed staterooms feel suite-like. Innovations continue up on deck. Specialty restaurants and swimming pools are now common on new vessels, the latter of which can be covered and converted to usable deck space for entertainment or even movies at night.

Voluntourism, or impact travel, has existed for several decades, but lately has been rising to the forefront, as the new generation of travelers are now wanting to give back to the communities they visit while on holiday. A number of non-profit organizations offer short and long-term programs abroad, with projects including manual labor, teaching, social work, environmental conservation and more, while immersing in local culture. Participants return home with life-changing experiences and meaningful personal growth. A new cruise line; Fathom, sails from Miami and is now also offering voluntourism cruises to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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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. WHY NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES AND CELEBRITY CRUISES? For the fifth consecutive year, Norwegian has named World Travel Holdings as their Elite Travel Agency of the Year and Celebrity has recently named CruiseOne as their Homebased Partner of the Year. It is a great testament to the strong partnerships we have formed over the years.

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