Eataly offers taste of Italy aboard MSC Divina

Craving some of that delicious pasta served in Eataly restaurant on the MSC Divina? Now you can buy some in the restaurant shop to take home and prepare yourself. I knew that the MSC Divina had a top-notch Italian restaurant known as Eataly and I was looking forward to eating there. However, I was surprised at the restaurant’s mini emporium that sells authentic Italian and artisan products, including olive oils, dried pastas, regional sweet and aged balsamics. …

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All-inclusive Seabourn cruise is pure delight

Shortly after entering my luxurious suite with its marvelous ocean view – all guest rooms aboard the Seabourn Odyssey are suites and all have marvelous ocean views – I was greeted by a knock on the door from my room attendant Timea. She was carrying a tray with caviar hors d’ouevres, a glass of champagne and some special bath soaps. Gifts from her to welcome me aboard. My room already had a basket of fruit and a …

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Crystal’s 2015 through early 2016 cruises open for booking-New “book now” fares for 2013-2016 guaranteed until Oct. 31

Advance travel planners take note: Crystal Cruises’ entire 2015 through early 2016 collection of worldwide luxury cruises is now open for booking.  Also, new “Book Now” fares for the remainder of sailings in 2013 and all of 2014, as well as 2015 through May 2016, debuted this week, guaranteed only until October 31.  While current promotions offer compelling savings (up to $7,500 per person!), Crystal did increase fares on 31 voyages – the most-ever since Crystal introduced …

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Seabourn Square is the ‘heart’ of the Odyssey

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Every cruise ship seems to have a heart, a place where folks like to gather. Maybe it’s the lobby, which is often a beautiful showcase on ships. Or it might be the lounge around the top-deck pool where folks can socialize and swim or enjoy a cold drink. On the Seabourn Odyssey, the “heart” seems to be Seabourn Square. “Whatever you need, you can find in there,” says cruise director Bruce Morrison. …

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‘Tender’ ride a treat on Seabourn Odyssey

ABOARD THE ODYSSEY – It is almost like two boat rides in one. Here I am cruising on the spectacular Seabourn Odyssey and in several ports I also get to ride a “tender” to shore. Must admit, some folks don’t like it when a ship has to anchor offshore and ferry passengers ashore on a smaller boat. But I find it enjoyable. It gives me a different view of the cruise ship and a chance to take …

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Windstar Cruises partners with SAVEUR to offer premier culinary and wine cruise

Windstar Cruises, a leader in yacht-style cruising, partners with SAVEUR, a leading epicurean brand for culinary travel content, to offer food and wine enthusiasts its first culinary focused voyage exploring the local wine, culture, and regional cuisine of Spain. This eight-day Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain sailing will take place onboard Wind Surf departing from Lisbon, Spain on April 19, 2014, visiting Cádiz, Málaga, Almería, Cartagena, Valencia, Sóller and culminating in Barcelona. Guests who book by August …

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Crystal Serenity’s chic “extreme makeover” planned for November

Crystal Cruises is preparing for a $17-million redesign of the award-winning Crystal Serenity this November.  The line is planning sweeping makeovers of the ship’s Crystal Penthouses (the line’s coveted top accommodations) and Lido Deck, including the popular indoor/outdoor Trident Grill, Tastes restaurant, and Crystal Serenity’s Lido café.  Building upon the success of Crystal Symphony’s “living wall,” Crystal is expanding its green concept to the Lido area.  Maintenance, cleaning, mechanical updates, and environmental upgrades will also be implemented …

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Cunard decides to ease up the dress codes on its three Queens

The Telegraph is reporting that Cunard is relaxing their famous dress code. Quoting the article: “The British-American cruise line, known for its long-standing commitment to formal dress codes, has refined its evening wear options of ‘formal’, ‘semi-formal’, and ‘elegant casual’ to simply ‘formal’ and ‘informal’.” They say the new relaxed measures will take effect in April. I can just hear Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey reacting to the news: “Has the world gone mad?” Somehow I doubt …

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