The Aqua Mekong brings to the Mekong River a level of elegance and glamour not seen on the river since Catherine Deneuve starred in the 1992 movie, Indochine.
Brainchild of Italian-American entrepreneur, Francesco Galli Zugaro, the Aqua Mekong is the Asian launch vessel of the fleet that first debuted on the Peruvian Amazon in 2008. “The introduction of the Aqua Amazon (and later the Aria Amazon) was a game changer on the Amazon six years ago,” says Galli Zugaro, “bringing an unprecedented level of luxury, cuisine, service and experiential touring to the world’s longest river; and the Aqua Mekong will do the same thing for the Mekong.”
The Aqua Mekong accommodates 40 passengers in 20 design suites each with panoramic floor-to-ceiling views. Cuisine is by Michelin-star Bangkok chef, David Thompson, and the observation deck is home to sunbeds, shaded salas, spa treatment rooms, a screening room and outdoor plunge pool with private cabanas. Daily excursions to temples, markets, villages and French colonial homes are escorted by the ship’s expert private guides aboard the Aqua Mekong’s four launch boats, and passengers have the use of the ship’s 10 on-board bicycles.
“I am proud to bring this entirely new level of sophistication and elegance to this legendary waterway,” says Galli Zugaro.
For more information on Aqua Expeditions’ Aqua Mekong, please visit: www.aquaexpeditions.com
ABOUT AQUA EXPEDITIONS
In just seven years, Aqua Expeditions has become a recognized leader in luxury small ship cruising on the world’s greatest rivers. The realization of founder Francesco Galli Zugaro’s dream, the architecturally designed, custom-built 12-suite Aqua Amazon and 16-suite Aria Amazon cruise ships brought luxury cruising to the Amazon River in Peru, offering travelers nature-based professionally guided adventures combined with sophisticated 5-star, boutique hotel accommodations and gourmet cuisine. Recently, building on the growing interest among travelers in small-ship cruising, Aqua Expeditions launched a third luxury vessel, the 20-suite Aqua Mekong, on the historic Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam.
Discount Pricing Now Available for Most Popular Cruise Itineraries in 2015
Los Angeles – River cruising is the fastest-growing segment of travel, and there has never been a better time to book a journey on one of the world’s iconic waterways. Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) today announced a new fall promotion for its most popular itineraries in Europe, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. From now through October 31, Viking is offering an Early Booking Discount (Code EBD) for all Europe departures in March and April 2015 and all 2015 Southeast Asia departures – with up to 2-for-1 cruise fare and up to 2-for-1 international air.
The fall promotion also includes additional savings on a variety of specific departures. Guests who book a stateroom on one of the award-winning Viking Longships in Europe – or one of the two new ships on the Elbe River – will save an extra $300 per couple. And guests who book a 2015 Russia departure will receive up to 2-for-1 cruise fare and up to free airfare.
“There is an intrinsic value to river cruising that is unlike other methods of travel, and more people are discovering the benefit of unpacking once and sailing on a small vessel that is designed to enhance exploration,” said Richard Marnell, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Viking Cruises. “As our fleet of river vessels around the world continues to grow, we are proud to be able to offer both our new and return guests the best value possible, including seasonal discounts and the most diverse range of itinerary and stateroom choices of any river cruise line.”
Abundant Options for 2015
While nearly all of Viking’s 2014 departures are completely sold out, now is the best time for travelers to consider a wide variety of itinerary and stateroom options in 2015 – from quintessential river cruise experiences on the Rhine, Main and Danube to “bucket list” opportunities like experiencing Holland’s famous springtime tulips; exploring the streets of Paris, the world’s most romantic city; and visiting the famed region of Burgundy. Highlighted itineraries include:
· Grand European Tour (15 days; Amsterdam – Budapest): Viking’s most popular itinerary takes guests on a 15-day journey through Europe’s most spectacular landscapes with stops in medieval towns, imperial cities and impressive capitals. Tour the intricate networks of windmills in Kinderdijk before cruising past the Rhine’s hilltop castles, then explore Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historical discovery awaits with visits to the ruins of Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice; while the arts come to life with an onboard demonstration of live glassblowing, a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and a trip to Vienna’s world-famous Opera House. Promotional prices start at $3,562 per person.
· Romantic Danube (8 days; Nuremberg – Budapest): Discover grand cities and quaint villages on this 8-day journey along the “Blue Danube.” Explore both sides of fascinating Budapest; experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture; and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. In Germany, explore a baroque abbey and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Promotional prices start at $1,856 per person.
· Rhine Getaway (8 days; Amsterdam – Basel): Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine on this 8-day trip through its commanding riverbanks and lush landscapes. Travelers will enjoy a tour of Cologne and its awe-inspiring Dom; a visit to the beautiful sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle; the opportunity to explore the Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and a scenic excursion through Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest, and its renowned mountain landscape. Promotional prices start at $1,856 per person.
· Portraits of Southern France (8 days; Chalon-sur-Saône – Avignon): Some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer serve as the background for this 8-day journey that unites arts, history and the region’s famed winemaking. Guided tours of Burgandy and Tournon include tastings of the area’s most famous wines; the colors and architecture of Arles provide a glimpse into the inspiration of Vincent van Gogh and other artists; and the 2,000 year old town of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features the Basilica of Notre Dame, St. Jean Cathedral, the Palace of Justice and samplings of the town’s world-famous French cuisine. Promotional prices start at $1,956.
· Paris & the Heart of Normandy (8 days; Paris – Rouen – Paris): This 8-day journey combines the magic and splendor of the “City of Light” with the rich history of the Normandy Beaches. Enjoy the true icons of the region, including the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame; visit the charming stone farmhouse where Claude Monet lived and worked; and explore World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery. Promotional prices start at $1,356 per person.
Value of River Cruising
With the world’s largest and best fleet of river cruise ships, more awards than any other river cruise line and choice in every aspect, Viking delivers remarkable value to guests. Economies of ship design, ownership of its vessels and high standards all lead to increased savings that are passed on to guests. Viking’s inclusive pricing covers accommodations, all onboard meals, daily guided shore excursions, onboard cultural enrichment activities, port charges, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, free Wi-Fi, and more.
For complete details on Viking’s new fall promotion, visit http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/promotions.html. For information, images or b-roll, contact email@example.com. For booking details, contact a travel agent or call Viking Cruises toll-free at 1-877-66VIKING (1-877-668-4546).
About Viking Cruises
Viking Cruises offers destination-centric river and ocean cruising designed for experienced travelers with an interest in geography, culture and history. Featuring onboard cultural enrichment and included shore excursions, Viking’s journeys are competitively priced for genuine value. Debuting its maiden season of ocean cruising in 2015, the sophisticated state-of-the-art Viking Star will host 930 guests on itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic; the Western and Eastern Mediterranean; and the British Isles. Two additional ocean ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, will debut in 2016. As the world’s leading river cruise line, since its 1997 inception the company has grown to a fleet of 53 river vessels (in 2014) offering scenic cruising along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, and Southeast Asia. Viking has been honored multiple times in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” Awards and Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic as “Best River Cruise Line,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships of 2012” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. The travel trade has ranked Viking as the “Best River Cruise Line” by Travel Weekly, Recommend and Travel Agent magazines, “Best Cruise Line for Luxury River Cruises” at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence and as “Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising,” “Best New River Cruise Ship” and for the sixth consecutive year, “Best River Cruise Line for Travel Agent Support” in the 2014 TravelAge West’s WAVE Awards. For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 1‑855‑8-VIKING (1‑855‑884‑5464) or visit www.vikingrcruises.com . To join the Viking communities online, visit www.facebook.com/vikingcruises, www.facebook.com/vikingoceans and www.facebook.com/vikingrivercruises .
Voyage the Greek Islands!
Discover Paros, Naxos and Delos, Santorini, and Crete!
Far Horizons Archaeological & Cultural Trips – Greek Isles of Myth 2015
Travel by ferry from island to island through the indigo Aegean Sea with Professor Jeremy McInerney of The Great Courses fame! Enjoy the stunning remains of Greek history while learning about the mythology of the ancient gods and heroes.
Far Horizons Archaeological & Cultural Trips – Greek Isles of Myth 2015
The islands of the Aegean offer travelers a unique perspective of Greece, ancient and modern. A wealth of archaeological sites set in amazing locations reveal the myth and history specific to each island. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delos was one of the most imposing sites in the Greek world, celebrated as the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis and Apollo. Revealed in the splendid frescoes and stunning architectural details, Knossos flourished as the administrative and ceremonial center of Crete in the Minoan and Mycenaean periods and is remembered as the capital of King Minos and the labyrinth of the Minotaur. The spectacularly preserved remains at Akrotiri on Santorini give a glimpse of a sophisticated Bronze Age community, thriving on the interaction of trade and exchange. And on the tiny island of Aegina, see the stunning Temple of Aphaia, dedicated to Athena.
Far Horizons Archaeological & Cultural Trips – Greek Isles of Myth 2015
But more than history awaits! Wander cobblestone village streets lined with gleaming whitewashed houses, pass by picturesque windmills, pause for drinks in traditional tavernas, and immerse yourself in the pastoral life that inspired legends that have passed down for millennia.
Far Horizons Archaeological & Cultural Trips – Greek Isles of Myth 2015
Join only 13 others for this unique adventure! The trip dates are June 7 – 20, 2015. To view a detailed itinerary please visit our website. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!
Please be sure to visit see our donation projects page as well. One of the reasons people return to travel with Far Horizons again and again is for the specially arranged private entrée events hosted by directors of local archaeological and scientific projects, to view work that is the results of our donations.
Mary Dell Lucas
Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips, Inc. P.O. Box 2546 San Anselmo, CA 94979 USA
Tel: 415-482-8400, 800-552-4575
Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding congratulates Princess Cruises on its upcoming 50th anniversary and highly recommends a Princess cruise to celebrate.
It all began 50 years ago with a cruise to Mexico and a single ship — Princess Patricia®. Today, Princess Cruises takes guests to the world’s greatest destinations on board 18 magnificent cruise ships while introducing them to new experiences they will never forget. So join Princess in 2015 on a cruise vacation filled with special events and surprises and toast its historic 50th Anniversary!
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Princess Cruises will offer:
Special onboard events, including Love Boat® deck parties
Onboard celebrations tied to such regional and global festivities as Mardi Gras New Orleans and Carnival Brazil
A new “Chocolate Journeys” experience, for which renowned master pastry chef and chocolatier Norman Love has created a special 50th anniversary dessert
Musical performances from tribute bands, like The Beatlemaniacs, bringing the greatest hits over the decades to life
Commemorative menus featuring some of the best dishes served over the past 50 years
Exclusive new Princess® Seawitch 50th Anniversary craft beer
Celebratory boutique items, keepsakes and more
Note, some of the listed items are available on specific ships or dates.
On land, another highlight will be Princess Cruises ringing in the new year and its 50th anniversary in an unprecedented way – with its first-ever float in the world-famous Rose Parade on January 1 in Pasadena, Calif. As a special feature the six original cast members of The Love Boat television show will ride on the ship’s bow and “cruise” down the five-and-a-half mile parade route. The Princess Cruises float will be 60 feet long and 24 feet high, and will be covered by more than 24,000 thousand flowers and natural materials.
The specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations offer these Princess Cruises sailings where guests can celebrate Princess Cruises’ 50th anniversary:
7 Night Caribbean – Eastern
Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in February 2015
Ports of Call: Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Princess Cays, Bahamas | St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles | St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands | Nassau, BahamasMore at http://res.crowncruisevacations.com/travel/cruise/sailplan.rvlx?CruiseItineraryID=321673
7 Night Far East
Departing from Singapore in February 2015
Ports of Call: Singapore, Singapore | Ko Samui, Thailand | Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), VietnaMore at http://res.crowncruisevacations.com/travel/cruise/sailplan.rvlx?CruiseItineraryID=285949
7 Night Mexico
Departing from Los Angeles, California, in February 2015
Ports of Call: Los Angeles, California | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Mazatlan, Mexico | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
More at http://res.crowncruisevacations.com/travel/cruise/sailplan.rvlx?CruiseItineraryID=288889
Sophisticated cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations provide exclusive offers, exceptional value & unparalleled service and can assist with experienced cruise information and bookings for Princess Cruises during its 50th anniversary sailings or any time. For more information and to book a cruise call 1-877-283-1114 toll-free USA/Canada, +1-609-945-9801 direct dial or visit http://www.crowncruisevacations.com/
Aurora Expeditions, the experts in small-ship expedition cruising, is pleased to announce the launch of their new 2015-2016 Expedition Guide. For the first time ever, the guide encompasses expeditions across all seven continents featuring 21 itineraries, 18 destinations and over 80 individual departures, and is jammed packed with a range of new bonus inclusions.
The company’s expanded program now includes a new 15-day ‘African Cruise Safari’ to some of the most concentrated wildlife regions of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The expedition highlights include a four-day cruise on the Chobe River on board luxury riverboat Zambezi Queen, with game viewing from special excursion crafts, as well as nights in traditional safari lodges and game drives through Chobe and Hwange National Parks.
The new Expedition Guide also showcases Aurora Expeditions’ commitment to creating better value trips with each itinerary featuring an array of additional inclusions on top of the usual accommodation, meals and shore excursions. These range from exclusive polar jackets for all passengers to Antarctica and the Arctic, included flights and accommodation, free polar photography workshops and a printed photo book memento.
In Scotland passengers will receive a 12-month National Trust membership and an onboard genealogist will assist passengers in tracing their Scottish ancestry. Free artist workshops along the Kimberley Coast will allow budding artists to create their own Kimberley masterpiece.
A BirdLife Australia specialist will interpret birdlife on board two ‘Spitsbergen Odyssey’ voyages and, for the first time, on the ‘Scotia Sea Springtime’ expedition to Antarctica and South Georgia – both unforgettable trips for keen birders. Plus, all passengers on these voyages will also receive a 12-month BirdLife Australia membership.
In Antarctica, passengers will have the chance to enjoy a ‘floating exhibition’ of Frank Hurley’s iconic Antarctic images as Aurora Expeditions starts the commemorations of the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. A series of dedicated Shackleton Centenary Expeditions will also include a special program of on board events including a commemorative dinner, visits to key historic sites, special memorial at Shackleton’s gravesite in Grytviken cemetery, a memorial badge and a specially created centenary photo book.
Other inclusions include complimentary kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and polar snorkelling in Alaska, city sightseeing tours in Ecuador, free camping in Antarctica, and a scenic heliflight over Mt Everest as part of the company’s Himalaya trekking program.
Aurora Expeditions is also reinforcing its ‘No Single Supplement’ stance for those passengers willing to share a cabin, offering a cabin mate finding service across all of its departures.
To order a copy of Aurora Expeditions’ new 2015-2016 Expedition Guide call +61 2 9252 1033 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au
This month has seen the launch to the marketplace of European Waterways’ 2015 Brochure, featuring a choice of luxury hotel barge cruises in nine European countries – France, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Scotland, England and Ireland.
The new 62-page, full-colour, illustrated Brochure – and accompanying price insert – features a double page spread on the scenic cruise destinations – from the Canal du Nivernais and Canal du Midi in France, to the River Po in Italy and Caledonian Canal in Scotland; sample regional menus and fine wines; and a taste of the daily excursions to be experienced en route.
Highlights for 2015 include:
In April a series of three, 6-night World War One Commemorative cruises aboard the 12-passenger hotel barge La Belle Epoque, along waterways which pass through the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme
Off-the-beaten-track excursions, for example, the Aalsmeer flower auction in Holland, or the Troglodyte cave dwellings in the Loire Valley
Longer waterway journeys through Holland, Belgium, France, Germany & Luxembourg – trans-regional voyages for the more adventurous travellers, navigating a longer route of varied landscapes
Accommodating from 6 – 20 passengers, the fully-crewed fleet of 18 European Waterways’ floating hotel barges offer discerning travellers the chance to embark on journeys of discovery along some of Europe’s most beautiful inland waterways, while enjoying first-class service and like-minded congenial company.
The hotel barge cruising “difference” – varying from that of the more mainstream forms of cruising – provides a relaxed, private house party atmosphere; access to waterways inaccessible to larger vessels; travelling less than 70 miles at a leisurely pace; and unique experiences such as the Arzviller Boat Elevator, Eiffel’s Pont Canal de Briare and the Malpas Tunnel.
Groups of friends, or multi-generational families can also charter any of the hotel barges exclusively – perhaps for a special celebration; or a wide selection of themed charter cruises can be arranged, appealing to special interest groups, whether golf, or wine appreciation, walking, or tandem barge cruises for larger groups.
Typically, 6-night voyages include all meals, selected domaine and chateau wines, an open bar, daily escorted excursions, local transfers and use of all onboard facilities such as bicycles and spa pools.
2015 prices for a 6-night cruise, based on double occupancy, lead in at £2,290 per person aboard La Bella Vita cruising in the River Po Valley, or at £14,000 (4 people) for a whole-boat charter aboard the 6-passenger Nymphea in the Loire Valley.
About European Waterways
European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, carries over 2,000 passengers a year. Founded nearly 40 years ago, they own, operate and market a private fleet of luxury hotel barges with cruises in France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Pioneers in hotel barging, they were the first company to operate a hotel barge on the Upper Nivernais in Burgundy, and the “Château country” of the Loire. They are also the only cruise company offering barge cruises in Scotland and in the Venetian lagoon and River Po valley.
Follow European Waterways on Facebook and Twitter and view their YouTube channel.
Full details: www.gobarging.com
For Reservations Tel: +44(0) 1753 598555
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – This holiday season, MSC Cruises is encouraging guests to take the break they deserve with a 7-night escape on the stunning MSC Divina, one of the largest and most luxurious cruise ships sailing from Miami to the Caribbean.
With MSC Cruises taking care of the catering, entertainment and clean up, guests have the opportunity to relax and spend time with loved ones while enjoying all the beautiful amenities MSC Divina has to offer and visiting some of the most sought-after destinations in the Caribbean.
“The holiday season is really about spending quality time with family and friends,” said Ken Muskat, executive vice president of sales, PR & guest services for MSC Cruises. “We’ve worked very hard to ensure that guests sailing on MSC Divina this holiday season can enjoy the festivities and traditions that come along with the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, without worrying about all the planning details.”
Highlights of MSC Divina holiday celebrations include:
Thanksgiving – Nov. 22nd departure to Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas: Spend Thanksgiving Day at sea enjoying festive entertainment, a traditional Turkey dinner and all-day Thanksgiving football displayed on multiple large screens in the sports bar. Kids ages 3-11 can participate in a special Turkey Day cooking class and a Thanksgiving Day costume parade and show. A Thanksgiving scavenger hunt, flash mob and party will take place for children ages 12-17. Prices start at $379.
Hanukkah – Dec. 13th departure to St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas:
For those celebrating Hanukkah, MSC Divina will host a nightly Menorah lighting as well as serve traditional Hanukkah foods. Special kosher meals can also be ordered in advance. Prices start at $329.
During Christmas MSC Divina will be decked out in the best traditional trimmings, with sparkling lights, shimmering decorations and festive Christmas trees. Guests will enjoy traditional Christmas carols, a visit by Santa Claus who will present a gift to every child on board, and special Christmas menus honoring the culinary traditions of the holiday. In addition, kids will delight in Christmas-themed cooking classes, parades, scavenger hunts, and disco dances. A Christmas mass will also be available onboard. Prices start at $599
Bookings made by Oct. 31, 2014 qualify for the line’s National Cruise Vacation Month deal, which includes balcony staterooms at ocean view rates for select sailings in both the Caribbean and Mediterranean, plus kids aged 11 and under sail free. MSC Cruises is also offering a complimentary drink package on these select sailings for those who upgrade to MSC Cruises’ new “Fantastica experience.” Finally, bookings made before the end of the month will qualify for pre-paid gratuities for all MSC Divina seven-night Caribbean sailings between now and December 13, 2014.
About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is a privately-held, family-owned, Italian cruise line with a fleet of 12 ships. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in the Caribbean, Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the French Antilles, South America, South Africa, The United Arab Emirates and the Red Sea. In March 2014, the line announced the construction of two new cruise ships by STX France due for delivery respectively in 2017 and 2019. Two months later, the line announced the construction of two additional new builds by Fincantieri due for delivery respectively in Nov. 2017 and May 2018. For more information, visit www.msccruisesusa.com.
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Exclusively for adults, join Oriana’s 14-night cruise departing from Southampton on March 17, 2015 on its scenic quest to the remote Faroe Islands and northern Norway before returning back to Southampton.
With a full solar eclipse taking place on March 20, 2015, Oriana will be berthed in Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands and the best place to view the last total solar eclipse for over a decade in Europe.
Oriana will then cruise to and stay overnight in both Tromsø and Alta, known as ‘the town of the Northern Lights’ where a huge choice of excursions are on offer including a husky adventure, reindeer sledging, snow mobile rides, a visit to an ice hotel and dedicated trips in search of the Northern Lights with an expert guide.
Select Prices for the 14-night solar eclipse & Northern Lightscruise on Oriana (X506N) start from £1,799 per person based on two sharing with £140 free on board spending money per cabin.
To book, visit www.pocruises.com , call 0843 373 0111 or visit your local travel agent.
Book before November 30, 2014 and Early Saver prices are available from £1,349 per person.
Link to cruise: http://www.pocruises.com/x506n/
The fastest growing wine region in North America is not Napa or Sonoma, or even the wineries of upstate New York. It’s Nova Scotia, and for the past several months Nova Star Cruises has featured some of the finest, award-winning wines Nova Scotia has to offer at special “Wine Experience and Education” seminars during Nova Star’s voyages between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
“Because of the cooler climate and distinctive terroir, Nova Scotia’s vineyards are producing some premium quality grapes,” said Gillian Mainguy, office manager for the Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS). “As a result, our 12 member wineries are increasingly producing award-winning wines that are garnering international acclaim.”
To further the education of international wines, with an emphasis on those from Nova Scotia, sommelier Bill Foster leads the weekly events on Sundays in Nova Star’s upscale restaurant, Currents. The presentations offer insight about the region and the winemakers, and guests partake in tasting and critiquing sessions. In addition to wines, Foster also shares information and samples of beers crafted in Maine and Nova Scotia during the onboard events.
“The Nova Scotia wine region has developed a favorable reputation in the wine industry in a very short period of time” said Foster, President of Edgegraphics, Inc., a Kennebunkport-based firm that cultivates entrepreneurial opportunities by promoting and selecting wines from around the world. “As I educate myself about the wines and the unusual varieties of grapes from which they’re produced, I also find that my audiences are pleasantly surprised by the quality of the wines, which include a selection of whites, reds, sparkling, dessert and ice wines.”
Nova Scotia Wines Featured On Board the Nova Star
Dusey Seyval Blanc
Domaine de Grand Pré, 2012
Ortega, Luckett Vineyards, 2012
Tidal Bay, Jost, 2013
Vintner’s Reserve Riesling, Domaine de Grand Pré, 2013
4 Skins, Jost, 2012
Vintners Reserve Castel
Domaine de Grand Pré, 2013
Phone Box Red, Luckett Vineyards, 2012
Triumphe, Luckett Vineyards, 2013
Vintner’s Reserve Foch, Domaine de Grand Pré, 2010
Hanspeter Stutz, president and CEO of Grand Pre Wines Ltd., who also gives wine-tasting presentations on board the Nova Star commented, “Nova Scotia is truly an up-and-coming wine destination with seven distinct regions that are producing award-winning wines.” Stutz continued, “Introducing the wines to guests sailing on the beautiful Nova Star is not only enjoyable for them, it’s a great way for them to learn about an emerging industry in the country they are going to visit.”
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The 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises will be especially memorable for guests cruising in 2015, as they will be treated to festive onboard celebrations including a themed menu, cocktails and entertainment.
“We love helping our guests celebrate their many milestone occasions aboard their cruises, so to be able to mark our company’s golden anniversary with them in 2015 is very special,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We’ve developed many not-to-be-missed experiences commemorating our 50th and we know our guests will thoroughly enjoy the lively atmosphere found on board during our anniversary year.”
The following anniversary offerings will be introduced across the fleet early in 2015:
Love Boat Disco Deck Party – To honor the iconic role The Love Boat played in the line’s history, a new Love Boat Disco Party will celebrate the beloved program by creating an exciting 70’s theme night with a few surprises.
Movies Under the Stars will showcase video messages from the original Love Boat cast, special montages from the show, a Love Boat sing-a-long and show trivia, ’70s music videos and even a live kiss cam.
The party will also feature a production number, a celebration of weddings and anniversaries of guests onboard, a photo opportunity with a Love Boat life ring and plenty of dancing with a party band.
Festive Food – One night on every cruise, the main dining rooms will present a special souvenir menu, featuring commemorative dishes from the past five decades, including Duck Terrine with Apricot Preserves and Filet of Turbot with Truffle Chive Sauce. Known for offering “the best pizza at sea,” Princess chefs will also introduce a variety of new anniversary pizzas such as Spicy Tomato & Shrimp, Potato, Bacon & Brie and Thai.
Chocolate Journeys – As part of the new “Chocolate Journeys” experience, renowned master pastry chef and chocolatier Norman Love has created two special 50th anniversary desserts that will be served to guests during their cruise vacations – Chocolate Raspberry Mousse with Vanilla Crème Brulee and Crunchy Shortbread or Moist Chocolate Dome with Raspberry Crème Brulée and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse. These two desserts will alternate from one voyage to another.
Cheers to 50 Years – Guests can sip inventive cocktails from renowned mixologist Spike Marchant along with popular drinks through the decades – from a classic martini to a pina colada. A special half-bottle anniversary-labeled Prosecco will be offered and the new Seawitch West Coast IPA craft beer especially brewed for the 50th anniversary will be available.
Let Us Entertain You – A 50th celebration in the signature Piazza will feature a golden balloon drop and some balloons will even feature surprise giveaway items hidden inside. A special anniversary song, “Here’s to Princess,” celebrating the line’s history will also be performed. Guests can also compete in exciting game shows and test their knowledge with the Princess Trivia Challenge – 50th Anniversary edition. Plus, on select sailings, guests can dance to the music of tribute bands – like the Beatlemaniacs – bringing the greatest hits over the decades to life.
50th Anniversary Décor and Guest Giveaways – Anniversary décor and signage will be displayed from the time guests arrive in the terminal (domestic home ports only) and be visible through various onboard touches, including a spectacular anniversary display cake presented in the atrium. A 50th anniversary tote bag and commemorative time line will be placed in each guest stateroom upon embarkation. In addition, guests will notice the 50th anniversary logo on their stateroom key cards and on the daily Princess Patter. A series of videos will also play on stateroom televisions that share the company’s history and milestone moments. Each cruise ship in the fleet will also be adorned with a 50th anniversary flag on the bow.
Commemorative Keepsakes – The onboard boutiques, voted “Best Onboard Shopping” six consecutive years by Porthole magazine, will offer limited edition merchandise and exclusive offers during the anniversary celebration. Plus, the photo department will have commemorative backdrops and folios to capture the memories of guests’ cruise vacations.
The 50th anniversary officially kicks off with the naming ceremony of Regal Princess on November 5, 2014, in Ft. Lauderdale by the original Love Boat cast members before she sets sail for her maiden season of Caribbean cruises. Some of the 50th anniversary onboard offerings will be available aboard Regal Princess beginning in November and roll out to the rest of the fleet in early 2015.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com More information about various 50th anniversary activities, including a comprehensive historical time line and video, can be found here: http://www.princess.com/50th-anniversary/
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