Celebrate 50 Years of Charles Darwin Research Station with Free Air to Galapagos‏

July 31, 2014 on 11:02 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Ecuador, South America | Comments Off



Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Charles Darwin Research Station with complimentary round-trip airfare to Galápagos from New York or Miami. The special free air promotion is available to guests that book the 10 day Galápagos aboard National Geographic Endeavour and the 16 day Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour + Peru’s Land of the Inca on any available September to December 2014 departures.

Consistently rated one of the world’s best island destinations, Galápagos is like being in the ultimate zoo without the fences, and offers unprecedented proximity to wildlife that exhibit no fear of humans. Every Lindblad-National Geographic expedition visits the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is celebrating 50 years of their important work breeding giant tortoises for repatriation, and scores of programs to protect the island and wildlife. Guests will see the results of their efforts firsthand—while walking among endemic giant tortoises in the wild.

Lindblad Expeditions’ profound knowledge of the destination provides guests a unique, richly immersive experience and a life changing adventure – with a top team of naturalists, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist on each voyage.

The special free air promotion is available for bookings made by September 30, 2014; is valid for new bookings only, and subject to availability. Rates for the 10 day expedition begin at $5,490 per person based on double occupancy in a Category 1 cabin; for the 16 day Galapagos + Land of the Inca rates begin at $10,380.

For more information or to book your Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic experience today, visit http://www.expeditions.com , call 1-800-EXPEDITION or your travel agent.


Maine Windjammer PHOTO CRUISE AUGUST 22-24 & 24-27

July 31, 2014 on 10:53 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, New England | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThen you have seen the work of photographer Robert C. Jenks.

Over the years Bob has provided many of the wonderful photographs of sailing on the Grace Bailey, Mercantile and Mistress, used in our brochures and publicity.

Join Bob for an exciting, informative fun time on beautiful Penobscot Bay! Make the most of your camera and come away with some memorable photos! Chose a weekend or 3-day cruise or combine both for the maximum experience!

For more information or to book your space, call Maine Windjammer Cruises 800-736-7981 or Bob Jenks 802-748-3421

Maine Windjammer Cruises®, P.O. Box 617, Camden, Maine 04843

(207) 236-2938,

(800) 736-7981

Fax: (207) 236-3229

sail@mainewindjammercruises.com


Silver Galapagos Gets A Fresh Look

July 31, 2014 on 10:35 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Ecuador, South America | Comments Off



This September, Silversea Expeditions’ all-suite Silver Galapagos will undergo a second phase of refurbishment during a month-long dry dock in Panama.

The renovations will entail a complete refurbishment of all suites, corridors and the Explorer Lounge. An elegant blue and beige color palette will create an interior décor echoing that of the recently refurbished Silver Discoverer.

These further enhancements will achieve a consistency of interior design within the expedition fleet. The 100-guest Silver Galapagos underwent an initial partial refurbishment last year, highlighted by the installation of new in-suite bathrooms featuring rich marble detailing, plus a new fitness center, massage room, beauty salon, outdoor Jacuzzi, and Silversea’s signature outdoor dining venue, The Grill.

Silver Galapagos sails Saturday to Saturday on seven-day voyages through the Galápagos Islands, following either a western or north central route. These expedition cruises offer adventurous travelers the life-enriching chance to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution.

On complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced expedition team (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), Silversea’s guests may experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colorful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin’s famous finches.

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Zegrahm Expeditions Explores South America in 2015

July 31, 2014 on 10:34 am | In Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cruise Boats, Ecuador, Peru, South America | Comments Off



Zegrahm Expeditions, the world leader in small-ship cruising and overland adventures, is pleased to announce two unique expeditions to South America in 2015. Both aboard the 110-guest Sea Adventurer—an ocean-going vessel that navigates easily in the most rugged natural environments—travelers can cruise over 2,000 miles of Brazil’s wild coastline on Coastal Brazil, or explore five diverse countries on one South American voyage.

Coastal Brazil with Buenos Aires & Montevideo, March 11 – 29, 2015, is a 19-day journey that combines the best of Brazil’s coastline, as well as Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Rio de Janeiro. A first for Zegrahm, this expedition offers a variety of daily activities—from hiking endangered forests and snorkeling over coral reefs, to admiring historic architecture. Plus, travelers will search for a number of endemic species in the Atlantic Forest of Parque Nacional de Superagui. Priced from $9,980 per person.

Departing April 2, 2015, the 16-day South American Mosaic explores five countries: Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, and Trinidad & Tobago. Travelers will search for abundant wildlife—including 30 species of monkeys, pink Amazon river dolphins, red-and-green macaws, and 1,800 species of butterflies—and visit riverside villages to meet with the inhabitants of the Amazon, Suriname, and Essequibo rivers. They’ll also take a chartered flight into the heartland of Guyana to view Kaieteur Falls, almost five times the height of Niagara. Priced from $10,980 per person.

“These expeditions are the true essence of Zegrahm,” says Zegrahm president Edwin Blythe. “Not only will our travelers have the opportunity to discover new destinations by ship, they’ll also get to explore by Zodiac, on foot, in local boats, and even by train. From Brazil to Trinidad & Tobago, travelers will see the best natural and cultural highlights this region has to offer.”

On each of these voyages, travelers will be joined by an exceptional expedition team of naturalists, ornithologists, and marine biologists, along with Expedition Leader, Mike Moore.

For more information about Zegrahm or to make a reservation on an upcoming expedition, please visit www.zegrahm.com  or call 1-800-628-8747.

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Celebrity unveils ‘best ever’ autumn campaign

July 31, 2014 on 8:22 am | In Cruise Boats | Comments Off



Celebrity Cruises is launching a new incentive programme for agents offering a range of awards from shopping vouchers to £100 restaurant vouchers.

Up, Up and Away rewards agents with a £20 Love2Shop voucher for each booking for made during August for a minimum seven-night cruise departing before next June, and each week throughout August and September five agents will win £100 dining vouchers.

UK and Ireland director of sales Nicki Tempest-Mitchell said: “This is our best ever autumn campaign and a real showcase of the luxury treats Celebrity Cruises shares with agents and guests alike.”


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Princess Cruises picks one out of the box

July 31, 2014 on 8:20 am | In Cruise Boats, Dine Drink | Comments Off



Princess Cruises has whipped up a partnership with master chocolatier and pastry designer Norman Love.

Chocolate Journeys, the line’s new on-board chocolate experience, will tempt guests with an array of on-board chocolate offerings, among which are custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings, and chocolate bites.

Since debuting Norman Love Confections in 2001 after a career as a pastry chef for luxury resorts, Love has since received widespread recognition for his hand-crafted, chocolate-making artistry.

He has been named as one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America.

His sea-going chocolate creations will debut aboard the new Regal Princess and will be rolled out across Princess’ Australian fleet by early next year.


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Miami Spice Month

July 31, 2014 on 8:14 am | In Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, Dine Drink, Florida, Miami | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowGreater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcomes New Restaurants and Sponsors to 13-Year-Old Dining Program that Attracts Food Lovers Far and Near

MIAMI (July 30, 2014) – The organizers of the 13th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant Program, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), today announced the return of exclusive dining deals on three-course lunch and dinner menus at more than 170 area restaurants, including 45 new participants, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, 2014. This year, the program introduces the new Miami Spice Mash-Ups, a culinary celebration of Miami’s diverse food scene.

The Miami Spice program kicks off August 1 with dining deals that include lunch priced at $23 per person and dinner priced at $39 per person. Prices include an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and exclude alcohol, tax, tip and service charges.

In an exciting first for the program, a series of exclusive Miami Spice Mash-Up dinners kicked off in June, with the final event planned in September. These curated collaborations, hosted by some of the area’s best-known chefs, offer an intimate and interactive experience.

“After 13 years of bringing locals and visitors affordable fine-dining, the Miami Spice program has evolved into a culinary movement celebrating the best in Miami’s food scene, “ said William D. Talbert III, CDME, president and CEO of the GMCVB. “This year we pay homage to our rich heritage and eclectic food by creating The Miami Spice Mash-Ups. These unique dining experiences feature chef collaborations bringing together diverse culinary styles and flavors into one dining experience.”

Browsing restaurants and making reservations is a piece of cake at www.ilovemiamispice.com, which features a complete list of participating venues, menus and scheduled events. The Miami Spice website offers photos of restaurants and featured dishes, with search functions for cuisine type, area/neighborhood, lunch/dinner and more.

This year, Miami Spice fans have the opportunity to win special prices through a social media promotion by posting and sharing photos of Miami Spice meals on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #MiamiSpice. Foodies will have the chance to win one of eight weekly $100 prepaid gift cards or the grand prize of a hotel stay and VIP dining experience when posting their Miami Spice meal photos.

Miami Spice is proud to partner with MasterCard Priceless Miami, Botran Rum, Stella Artois, Foods from Chile and Wines of Chile on this year’s program. New participating restaurants include:

1. 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar

2. 1826 Restaurant & Lounge

3. AQ by Acqualina

4. Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant

5. Big Fish Restaurant

6. Bistro BE

7. BLT Prime Miami

8. Bocce Bar

9. BrickTop’s Restaurant

10. Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge

11. Cipriani Downtown Miami

12. The District Miami

13. Earls Kitchen & Bar

14. El’eat

15. Embarcadero 41 Fusion

16. Fez

17. Francesco @ The Towers of Key Biscayne

18. Francesco Restaurant Coral Gables

19. HaVen South Beach

20. Icebox Cafe

21. Il Forno Ristorante

22. IL Mulino NY – SOUTH BEACH

23. La Gamba Restaurant

24. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

25. La Montanara Miami

26. L’echon Brasserie

27. Lorenzo

28. Lure Fishbar

29. Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

30. Mignonette

31. Oolite Restaurant and Bar

32. Orange Blossom

33. Perfecto

34. Petit Bistro

35. Pied A Terre

36. Pilar Restaurant & Bar

37. Porfirios Restaurant

38. Seasalt & Pepper Brasserie

39. Semilla Eatery & Bar

40. SHIKANY

41. St. Regis Bar

42. Touche Restaurant & Rooftop Lounge

43. The Traymore Restaurant & Bar

44. Wine Depot 555

45. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse – by Wolfgang Zwiener


Ahoy! San Diego Cruise News‏

July 31, 2014 on 7:51 am | In Beachbooker, California, Cruise Boats, San Diego | Comments Off



With two centrally located cruise ship terminals downtown just minutes from the San Diego International Airport, as well as chic bayside hotels, restaurants and exciting attractions, San Diego is the perfect cruise port, serving a wide range of cruise lines with diverse itineraries.

Ten cruise lines make calls in San Diego including Disney – the newest addition – Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Holland America, Norwegian, Regent Seven Seas, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Silversea. Each year, about 75 cruise ships dock in San Diego Bay, one of the most beautiful natural harbors on the West Coast.

San Diego’s cruise ship season runs September through May. Exotic destinations include Hawaii, Tahiti/French Polynesia, the Caribbean, Australia/New Zealand, the Panama Canal, South America, Central America and Mexico. San Diego Bay is considered the “Gateway to the Mexican Riviera” with numerous 3-11 day cruises to popular ports of call like Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Acapulco, Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta.

Following are some new San Diego cruise offerings and bayside developments for San Diego cruise ship passengers to enjoy.

Bon Voyage

Disney Cruise Lines will begin offering three and five-day cruises from San Diego to Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico beginning May 17, 2015 aboard the Disney Wonder ocean liner. Four Mexico cruises are also scheduled for October 2015. In addition, Disney offers a two-night weekend getaway off the San Diego coast (May 15, 2015) and five-night San Diego to Vancouver, Canada cruise (May 20, 2015).

“Pier” into the Future

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowEnhancements to the Broadway Pier, site of the Port Pavilion cruise ship terminal, are underway to make it more inviting to the public. Features include new moveable furniture, shade structures and decorative elements, including a historical Port timeline created on engraved brass plates. The project is expected to be completed by August 2014.

The pier is open to the public on days when no cruise ships are berthed there. The enhancements will encourage visitors to walk out onto the pier, explore, relax and enjoy panoramic views of San Diego Bay.

Enticing Embarcadero

A new, pedestrian-friendly North Embarcadero project along Harbor Drive downtown, adjacent to the two cruise ship terminals, is quickly taking shape. Features include a park, gardens, landscaped promenades, palm-lined medians, jacaranda groves and outdoor seating that were completed in July 2014. Shaded pavilions under construction will soon be home to a new San Diego Visitor Information Center, kiosks for Flagship and Hornblower harbor/whale watching tours and a café; completion is expected in September 2014.

Also along the Embarcadero, a grand new Waterfront Park, featuring playgrounds, expansive grass lawns and a spectacular 830-foot long fountain with reflecting pools and 31 water jets, opened in May 2014. Free and open the public, the community park is the largest urban park to open in San Diego since Balboa Park in 1915.

Overnight Options

Across the street from the cruise ship terminals, on the northeast corner of North Harbor Drive and Broadway, construction has begun on two sleek new Marriott-branded hotels and a 1.6-acre park with pedestrian paths, lawns, trees, interactive sculptures and a food pavilion. The hotels will share a common lobby and be operated as a Springhill Suites and Residence Inn (400 total guestrooms). Completion is expected in 2016.

Pre- and Post-Cruise Fun

San Diego’s popularity as a cruise port is due to its appealing combination of nearby pre- and post-cruise offerings with a consistently warm and temperate year-round climate (average daily temperature is around 70ºF). Passengers can schedule a few days before or after a cruise to explore San Diego’s world-class attractions, including the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Old Town, Cabrillo National Monument, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Bay and its vibrant new Embarcadero – including the popular USS Midway aircraft carrier museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego with its Star of India , the world’s oldest active sailing ship. Passengers can also enjoy downtown’s historic, lively Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy neighborhoods within walking distance from the cruise ship terminals.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s cruise ship offerings, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org/what-to-do/cruises.aspx , the Port of San Diego’s website at www.thebigbay.com/san-diego-cruise-ship-schedule.html or call 619-236-1212. A “CruiseSchedule Port of San Diego” app is also available for free download from the App Store.


“MasterChef” Cruise Itinerary Unveiled‏

July 30, 2014 on 11:57 am | In Cruise Boats, Dine Drink | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFirst-Ever MasterChef Cruise Event Itinerary Unveiled

Caribbean Cruise Will Feature Hours of Entertaining and Instructional Culinary Events and Demonstrations including Mystery Box Challenges, Tag Team Challenges, Meet and Greets and More!

Blind Taste Test With Award-Winning Chef and MASTERCHEF Judge Graham Elliot, Prepare the Perfect Steak with MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Winner Alexander Weiss,

Cook Mac-n-Cheese with MASTERCHEF Winner Christine Ha and More!

Los Angeles, CA — The programming lineup for the first-ever MasterChef Cruise was announced today for the seven-day culinary journey sailing to the Caribbean Nov. 8-15, 2014. Foodies and fans of America’s most-watched cooking competition series MASTERCHEF (Mondays, 8:00pm ET/PT on FOX) will hone their culinary skills while getting up close and personal with their favorite series talent with over 15 hours of event programming including Mystery Box Challenges, MasterChef Trivia, Tag Team Challenges, cocktail parties, meet and greets, demonstrations and more.

Presented by Shine America, producers of the television series, and events company Life Journeys, the MasterChef Cruise features culinary events and demonstrations with world-class Michelin-Star Chef and MASTERCHEF judge Graham Elliot; series winners Christine Ha and Luca Manfe; the first-ever MASTERCHEF JUNIOR winner Alexander Weiss; previous season contestants Becky Reams and Bri Kozior and the current season’s winner (to be revealed on the Sept. 15 finale).

MasterChef Cruise guests will be offered hours of entertaining and instructional events and demonstrations, including:

Christine Ha’s Mac-n-Cheese at Sea Competition – Christine will judge the first-ever Mac-n-Cheese at Sea competition where guests will compete to create their best version of the classic dish.
Blind Taste Test with Graham Elliot – A few willing audience members will have the opportunity to test their taste buds with a challenge led by Graham.
Tag Team Sushi – Get a front-row seat to the famous Sushi Tag Team Challenge featuring the MasterChef Stars.
Master the Macaroon with Alexander – Learn to master Alexander’s signature dessert, the ever-elusive Macaroon.
Designer Pasta – Learn how to make authentic, homemade pasta with a demonstration from Luca Manfé.
Craft Cocktails – Create craft cocktails with the MasterChef season 5 winner.
The Finale – The MasterChef Stars compete in an all-out food war to see who is crowned the first-ever “MasterChef Cruise Champion.”

For additional details and the full MasterChef Cruise itinerary visit www.masterchefcruise.com

Many of the activities will take place in the ship’s Vista Show Lounge, which showcases state of the art video equipment, high-resolution LED panels and a seating capacity of 856 guests.

“MASTERCHEF fans and food lovers alike are in for an incredible journey with hours of original live programming that both entertains and instructs,” said Vivi Zigler, President Shine 360° and Digital, Shine America. “Guests will get to live the ‘MASTERCHEF experience with some of the most skilled and beloved talent from the series, while also honing their own culinary skills.”

“We are thrilled to be a partner with Shine America on the official first-ever MasterChef Cruise and can’t think of a more ideal setting than sailing to the Caribbean with such passionate fans of the show,” said Ibis Kaba, executive VP/producer of Life Journeys.

The cruise will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

Headliner chef Graham Elliot is a self-described “Navy brat” who has traveled the world and all fifty states. He’s a creative culinary wizard with an innate ability to successfully juxtapose four-star cuisine with humor, wit and out-of-the-box artistry. At age 27, he became the youngest Four Star Chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2004. He also is a judge for MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR. In recent years Elliot has accrued several prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation nominations as well as being named one of Crain’s Chicago Business list of “40 Under Forty.” Elliot operates the award-winning Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago.

As a special highlight, cruisers will meet the winner of Season 5, who will be revealed in the season finale airing Monday, Sept. 15 at 8:00pm PT on FOX.

Fares for the seven-night “MasterChef” cruise begin at $1,442 per person, double occupancy, and include activities associated with the MASTERCHEF Cruise shipboard programming. Premium programming opportunities are available for an additional cost.

For more information and to make reservations, visit www.masterchefcruise.com

or call 1-888-259-9191, ext. 1262.

About Life Journeys

California-based Life Journeys Inc., is the nation’s premier travel tour production company. Life Journey’s vision is to bring together an array of authors, celebrities, speakers, musicians and organizations that inspire, motivate, educate, entertain and empower the minds and spirits of their audience in various locations around the world by creating a unique brand of customized, one-of-a-kind cruise and land event productions.

About Shine America

Shine America is the U.S. division of Shine Group, an award-winning global production and distribution organization with 30 production companies across 12 countries. Shine America is a leading television studio that creates inspired and compelling programming including current unscripted series MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Minute to Win It (GSN), The Face (Oxygen), Restaurant Startup (CNBC) and Fake Off (TruTV). Scripted series include Peabody Award-winning The Bridge (FX), as well as upcoming dramas Gracepoint (FOX) and Utopia (HBO).

Shine America incorporates several divisions including unscripted format label Ardaban, which develops and distributes original content to the U.S. marketplace including series Beat The House (HGTV) and The One That Got Away (TLC). The global Shine 360˚ division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, distributes Shine America’s extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.


SeaDream Yacht Club heads for Gallipoli

July 30, 2014 on 7:20 am | In Cruise Boats, Turkey | Comments Off



SeaDream Yacht Club is making several pilgrimages to Gallipoli for next year’s 100th anniversary year of ANZAC.

The identical mega motor-cruisers, Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II, that each carry a maximum 112 guests, will sail seven voyages – ranging from 7-12 nights in duration – between May and October 2015, all starting or ending in Istanbul, and with five to or from Athens, and one of 12 days to Venice.

All sailings will have a day at Kepez in Turkey for an optional 4.5hr tour to the Gelibou (Gallipoli) National Park led by expert guides.

Places visited will include the 1915 North Beach ANZAC World War One landing site in Anzac Cove, Ari Burnu and Johnston’s Jolly Cemeteries, Lone Pine Memorial, Chunuk Bair’s ANZAC and Turkish trenches, and the Kabatepe Military Museum.


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