Foodie cruises: Lines offer more culinary activities on ship and on shore

Excursions to markets where sea chefs shop The outdoor food market of Nice, France, is not far from the cruise ship docks. Still, it’s easier to find and more fun to navigate if you are following a ship’s chef while he searches for produce for your dinner. Earlier this year, our small tour group came off the newly refurbished 212-passenger Star Breeze, led by Michael Sabourin, Windstar Cruises’ corporate chef. He had been this way many times …

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Oceania Cruises announces new innovative classes for Culinary Center

Oceania Cruises will expand its innovative culinary curriculum with 20 new classes for the Culinary Center, including a special two-day culinary immersion program, a session focused on the life and legacy of Chef Jacques Pépin and additions to the Gourmet Explorer Series that showcases cooking styles from a variety of international destinations.  Oceania Cruises is widely recognized for its groundbreaking culinary enrichment offerings, including the introduction of the first-ever Culinary Center at sea equipped with individual induction …

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Tropicana Entertainment and Carnival Cruise Lines form strategic casino alliance

Tropicana Entertainment, Inc., one of the most respected names in the gaming industry, and Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s most popular cruise line, announced that they have formed an alliance to offer an array of cruise benefits to Trop Advantage® players club members at seven Tropicana-owned casinos in the United States for 2015. Guests of Tropicana Entertainment’s Atlantic City, NJ; Evansville, IN; Greenville, MS; Laughlin, NJ; and Aruba properties, as well as Belle of Baton Rouge Casino …

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Paul Gauguin Cruises reveals exciting 2015 line-up of special guests

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, proudly presents its 2015 line-up of special guests who are experts in the culinary arts, wine, photography, fine art, history, music, astronomy, and the wonders of the deep. Gary Eberle is the founder of Eberle Winery, one of the highest award-winning wineries in the United States and which was …

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces voyage featuring PBS talent and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will host Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy for an exclusive preview of her latest project, Last Days In Vietnam, aboard Seven Seas Voyager during the 18-night Dynasties and Dragons sailing in Asia on Feb. 21, 2015.  The filmmaker will engage with guests during a question-and-answer session at the end of the screening and provide compelling insight into the making and significance of the film. Kennedy’s documentary chronicles the chaotic final days of the …

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It’s hard to make choices among all of the activities offering on Crystal Serenity — and all are included!

ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SERENITY – We have now had at least three days at sea on this trip and I am only beginning to fully comprehend the wide range of activities offered on this ship. Free of charge, mind you. Now, Crystal does know the demographic of its passengers: 50+, and even leaning to an older group on this repositioning itinerary. The activities reflect that. So far we have been in cold climes and so, with the …

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Princess Cruises unveils hip Night Sky Lounge aboard Regal Princess

A new, cool nighttime experience will debut on Regal Princess in November, enabling guests to enjoy a chic and contemporary outdoor nightclub under the stars. The Night Sky Lounge will debut in November when the ship begins her inaugural Caribbean season. The top-deck Retreat Pool will transform into the new Night Sky Lounge one night during each cruise, inviting guests to enjoy an upbeat and modern, South Miami-style nightclub vibe, including atmospheric pool and furniture lighting, glowing …

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Drive a race car on a cruise ship for a thrilling experience

ABOARD THE MSC DIVINA – Sandy Sherma could barely see over the steering wheel of her Formula One race car. But she put the pedal to the metal and off she went. A few spinouts later, the Florida woman emerged from her sleek Ferrari and proclaimed, “Whew! I need a drink!” The race car simulator on the MSC Divina is so realistic, Sherma said, that she was breathless as though she had been running a marathon instead …

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Paul Gauguin Cruises offers Tahiti & The Society Island voyage featuring photography seminars

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, offers photography seminars by Jon Whittle and Lori Barbely, staff photographers for Islands magazine, on The Gauguin’s 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage departing September 27, 2014. Unique among travel magazines, Islands magazine focuses exclusively on islands as travel destinations, exploring their exotic landscapes, lifestyle, and culture with …

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