Graceland in Memphis Hosts Major Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

What a delicious looking candy apple. Scrumptiously juicy. Gloriously red. Covered in tempting caramel. The sweetness seems ready to melt in your mouth. Ah, but this is a Walt Disney apple. Most people are aware of what that means. Yep, this is the poison caramel apple used in the 2007 Disney film Enchanted. And we know what happened to the beautiful young lady who took a bite of the poisoned fruit in that fairy tale. However, this …

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Celebrity Millennium Alaska Cruise: Delicious Dining Options

I don’t know how they do it. When I walk up to the entrance of Metropolitan restaurant on the Celebrity Millennium, the host in charge of seating knows that I would like to sit at a window seat. When I sit down, waiter Sugianto knows I am going to order a ginger ale and a big glass of ice water. He even knows my name, for goodness sake, and he remembers where I live. That info came …

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Celebrity Millennium Alaska Cruise: Shipboard Entertainment

I was wrong. And I’m so glad I was. For some reason, I thought entertainment on my Celebrity Millennium cruise might be curtailed a bit. I figured Celebrity Cruises might want to save some money by cutting back on shipboard entertainment. Or maybe COVID might have made it difficult to find entertainers for our seven-night Alaska cruise. Neither concern happened. My Millennium cruise has as much – or even more – excellent entertainment as I’ve enjoyed on …

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Celebrity Millennium Alaska Cruise: Exploring the ship and my stateroom

Entering my stateroom for the first time is always fun on a cruise. I had seen pictures of my room on the Celebrity Millennium website but it is even more lovely in person. Easy access, too. My cruise key card, which looks like a credit card, was waiting in a sealed envelope in a slot above my stateroom door when I boarded the ship. No need to stand in line at the cruise terminal to wait my …

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Celebrity Millennium Alaska Cruise: Boarding the ship, COVID-19 precautions

Ship Captain Ioannis Kasimatis said it simplest and best. “Welcome back. We missed you.” That message has been repeated more times than I can count on my seven-night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium. I have seen the welcoming words printed on multiple signs, on the daily cabin newsletter, on a sugar-decorated chocolate cake and even hand painted on a rocky hillside. And passengers agree that we have missed cruising and are quite happy to …

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Celestyal Cruises Resume Sailings in Greece and Turkey

Celestyal Crystal has successfully resumed operations with its signature seven-night Idyllic Aegean itinerary. The ship will call upon Kusadasi in Turkey and Rhodes, Santorini, Lavrion, Mykonos, Milos and Crete in Greece. “Following a most difficult and challenging year, we are beyond thrilled to be welcoming guests back onboard this summer on our most popular and signature Greek island itinerary,” Chris Theophilides, Celestyal Cruises CEO, said in a news release. “This was no small task and is due …

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Vatican opens Holy Door extra year at Spain’s Cathedral of Santiago

Walking the Camino de Santiago was a long-time goal of Stacy Eull. But when the Minneapolis woman completed the pilgrimage on Oct. 26, 2019, she had no idea that COVID-19 was just around the corner and world-wide travel would be curtailed. “The pilgrimage was hard,” Eull admitted. “But I’m so glad I did it. I had heard about the pilgrimage for years but I never had time off from work to do it. Too many responsibilities. I …

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Viking Offers ‘Welcome Back’ Mediterranean Voyages

Viking is welcoming back guests with new Mediterranean cruises beginning this summer. The Viking Venus and Viking Sea will homeport in the Maltese capital city of Valletta – a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site – and sail two different 11-day roundtrip itineraries in the Mediterranean. As a result of strong demand, Viking also has announced it is adding more sailing dates this summer for its Welcome Back voyages around Iceland and Bermuda. “We thank the government of …

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Popular entertainer Jon England returns to cruise ship this week

When Jon England cruised aboard the American Harmony in December 2019, he had no idea that would be his last voyage for 16 months. As a popular cruise entertainer, Jon already had his full year’s schedule for 2020 cruises. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Suddenly, that wonderful American Cruise Lines trip between New Orleans and Memphis would be Jon’s unexpected final one until May 2021. This Friday, May 7, Jon will be headed back to Memphis for …

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New American Countess Offers Golfers Chance to Cruise & Play Golf

How about taking a cruise on the new American Countess riverboat and play golf? Well, actually golfers won’t be playing aboard the Countess. Golfers will have the luxury of cruising and stopping at four of the most prestigious courses along the Lower Mississippi River. Sailing May 8-16 from Memphis to New Orleans, guests can tee off at Colonial Country Club in Memphis; The Bluffs in St. Francisville, Louisiana;  Copper Mill Golf Club in Zachary, Louisiana; and Black …

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