First Look at the New Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic

A Tangled-themed family restaurant, a fresh space for teens and a redesigned café for adults means something new for every member of the family aboard the Disney Magic Exciting new spaces and new experiences designed for guests of all ages are onboard the Disney Magic. From family dining in an enchanted kingdom, to a transformed teen club, to a sophisticated café exclusively for adults, the ship’s newest highlights include: An Enchanting Dining Experience for Families At Rapunzel’s …

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‘Playing with food’ a passion for Holland America chef

As a youngster growing up in Austria, Rudi Sodamin would stand by his mother’s side in the family kitchen. He not only liked the smell and taste of food, he liked how it looked. To him, the colorful ingredients were like paint that an artist could use for an edible masterpiece. “Food is the paint of our lives,” he said. “Food is art.” At a pre-Seatrade Cruise Global lunch aboard the Holland America Eurodam in Fort Lauderdale …

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Holiday lull a great time for Regal Princess cruise to Caribbean

A bitter winter wind has stripped the autumn leaves from trees. The last of my roses was nipped by an overnight freeze. Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone. Christmas is yet to be, although stores have been promoting Christmas sales and merchandise since early October. The lull between holidays in Indiana is a good time to head to some warmer place, particularly aboard a cruise ship. So I’m packing for a week on the Regal Princess. …

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O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise aboard HAL: Get your fashion-trendy on with Adam Glassman

by Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise I don’t know about you, but I feel my clothes closet constantly mocks me. While the available real estate is stuffed with tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories, there’s never anything to wear; more specifically, there’s never seems to be anything I can pull together to wear for specific occasions, including traveling. So when O, The Oprah Magazine creative director and style guru Adam Glassman took the stage for a “Love That!” …

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O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise aboard HAL: ‘Let’s Eat’ and not gain weight

by Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise Whenever two or more women get together over dinner, the subject of weight inevitably rears its ugly head. This was the case during dinner in the Canaletto restaurant on our first evening aboard Eurodam, traveling from Seattle to Juneau. I had just shared a frightful factoid gleaned from that day’s invitation to come to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon for a chance to win one of $500 worth of giveaways: The …

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Oprah celebrates a year of adventure on Holland America’s Eurodam

By Kathy Witt Special to AllThingsCruise I consider myself a well-meaning “fashion don’t” so I’m feeling pretty intimidated about boarding  Holland America’s Eurodam on July15 to travel with high profile fashionista Oprah Winfrey, along with O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large Gayle King, editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin and style guru and creative director Adam Glassman. The cruise, roundtrip from Seattle to Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan in Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia, is the first of five such cruises …

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Holland America Line partners with America’s Test Kitchen to bring popular cooking show on board

My friend Kay Showker, sent me this story and I thought you might enjoy reading about Holland America Line’s new program. By Kay Showker Holland America Line has launched a new onboard culinary program in partnership with the long-running public television show America’s Test Kitchen (ATK).   Named the most popular how-to-cook show on television, America’s Test Kitchen appears weekly on more than 350 PBS stations nationwide.  The new program will debut on the Westerdam in October and …

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Regal Princess Cruise: Learning about the ‘Love Boat’ and Princess Cruises

ABOARD THE REGAL PRINCESS – Sitting at the airport, waiting for my flight home. Weeklong curise on the Regal Princess went way too fast. But they always do. Boarding the ship, it seemed like the seven days stretched ahead of me. So much to do or not to do. The choice was mine. Now I’m looking over my photos and notes. I always knew that Princess Cruises and the “Love Boat” television show were intertwined but I …

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With a single cut of steel, Celebrity Cruises has the Edge

The next generation of cruise ships moves from concept to construction today, as the first piece of steel is cut at the STX France shipyard for Celebrity Cruises’ newest — and boldest — ship. The ship will be called “Celebrity Edge,” befitting the many daring design advances and innovations of Celebrity’s first new ship class since 2008. The modern luxury cruise line is also announcing today the name of Edge’s sister ship, “Celebrity Beyond,” signaling the incredible experience …

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Regal Princess Cruise: The Voice of the Ocean serenades on our cruise

ABOARD THE REGAL PRINCESS – Strolling onto the stage of the Princess Theater, Don dedicates his song to his father. Then he starts crooning the Sinatra standard “My Way.” And surprise. Don can sing. All three judges of “The Voice of the Ocean” swivel their chairs around to say “I Want You” in asking Don to be on their team. At evening’s end, Don has won the cruise competition as “The Voice of the Ocean.” A packed …

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