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AmaWaterways Launches 2020 Itineraries in Europe, Asia and Africa

  AmaWaterways will debut 24th Ship, AmaSiena and feature unique itineraries and new land extensions Following a record-breaking 2019, award-winning luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways has launched its 2020 Europe, Asia & Africa Extensive Brochure. The company will debut another new ship, AmaSiena, along with the addition of unique itineraries and new land extensions – including an itinerary specifically curated for the revolutionary AmaMagna. “We are always looking to innovate and add new offerings and experiences to surpass the expectations of our guests, and 2020 will be yet another amazing year,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “With a new...

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Oceania Offers New Sirena Exotic Collection

New Immersive Itineraries to the Holy Lands, Arabia, India and Myanmar Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary-focused cruise line, recently unveiled its most exotic and unique collection of itineraries to date, with in-depth explorations of the Holy Lands of Egypt, Israel, and Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Myanmar and Indonesia. “We’ve thoughtfully crafted these immersive and off-the-beaten-path explorations to some of the hardest to reach destinations in the world to satiate our guests’ appetites for new and unusual travel experiences, “stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises. The Sirena Exotic Collection comprises nine sailings of 10- to 24-days beginning...

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Victory Cruise Lines Unveils New 2020 Shore Excursions

New Lineup with the M/V Victory I and II Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the Great Lakes, North American and Canadian coasts, is excited to unveil a new lineup of shore excursions following the recent announcement of six new itineraries onboard the M/V Victory Iand M/V Victory II for the 2020 season. Operated by American Queen Steamboat Company, a leader in U.S. river cruising, the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II will transport guests to dynamic and immersive ports of call to deliver authentic, cultural experiences that highlight the novelty of each coastal destination. Also new for 2020, guests will have the opportunity to...

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Regent Seven Seas Announces 2022 World Cruise

“Elements of the Pacific” voyage visits 59 ports in 17 countries with 18 overnight stays Regent Seven Seas has announced a rare 120-night Asia-Pacific circumnavigation that provides access to 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enabling luxury travelers to appreciate the natural elements that formed some of the world’s most inspiring regions, the “Elements of the Pacific”-themed world cruise embarks in January 2022 on a 120-night, round-trip journey from San Francisco, California, circumnavigating the inspiring Pacific Rim aboard the award-winning, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner. It sails to 17 countries and 59 distinct ports of call with 18 overnight stays...

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Cruise Etiquette: 10 Golden Rules

As a veteran cruiser who has sailed from the North Pole to Antarctica, I have seen some amazing behavior—and not in a good way–on some of my trips. People who may be kind, considerate and polite in their everyday lives suddenly morph into whiny, rude, self-centered aliens after they board a cruise ship. Yet it’s really not that hard to be an ideal cruise passenger if you follow a few simple rules that are often versions of the classic “Do unto others.” Plan ahead. Do you have food allergies or medical conditions that require special diets? Virtually all cruise...

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Simple Guidelines for Pairing Food and Wine

Once upon a time, the rules were simple: red wine with meat; white wine with fish. Then came a new rule: Ignore the old rule and drink whatever you like. Perhaps it’s better to forget rules and simply follow some general guidelines to enhance your enjoyment of both wine and food. As regional wines have evolved to match the foods of the area, an easy pairing is to do as Europeans do –and drink local wines with local foods. Consider balance, so that neither the food nor the wine overwhelms the other. Weight: A hearty dish like Beef Bourguignon...

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Beauty Hacks for Spring and Summer

Spring has sprung and with it came a legion of products from the beauty and skincare industry. Some are based on tried-and-true ingredients and techniques, some are the result of new science—and some…well, some are downright quirky. I have tried a few of these new hacks, but I am intrigued by all the promises and results that come with the season’s offerings. As Korea has become a virtual hotbed of skincare creativity, I’m quick to try products that come out of Seoul. I especially like the Vitabrid Dual Serum, which combines two serums in a unique Twist-to-Mix bottle. The...

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Vintage World War II-Era Airplane, The Spirit of Benovia, to Fly from the U.S. to Europe as Part of the “D-Day Squadron”

To Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy To commemorate the 75h anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Joe Anderson, chairman of Benovia Winery and his vintage C-53 Skytrooper airplane, The Spirit of Benovia, will join dozens of World War II-era aircraft in a flight from the United States to Normandy in June. The Spirit of Benovia will join other American aircraft as part of the “D-Day Squadron,” and will rendezvous with a group of British aircraft called “Daks Over Normandy.” Together, the two groups will fly in formation over Normandy on June 6, 2019. To mark the...

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News from Regent Seven Seas

For the current cruise season and beyond Regent Seven Seas has announced a number of enhancements and promotions. Starting in April 2019, guests sailing in Master or Grand Suites will have free unlimited valet service. All guests will begin to benefit from bandwidth expansion, a program that will nearly double bandwidth across the line’s fleet by January 2020. A new Digital Guest Survey will help Regent track guest experiences and feedback in real time. This replaces end-of-cruise paper guest satisfaction questionnaires and will be deployed fleet-wide by October 2019. Regent is introducing an extensive array of innovative plant-based cuisine...

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Avalon Waterways Launches Enhanced, Untethered River Cruise Experience

Avalon unveils an enhanced river cruise experience for travelers on its first departure of the new Active & Discovery on the Rhône itinerary aboard the Avalon Poetry II. Our new Avalon Choice program has reinvented the river cruise experience with customizable “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” options on every river cruise itinerary,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Avalon’s innovative Active & Discovery itineraries take that concept one giant step further with “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” excursions to choose from every day. This week marks the launch of the first cruise of this kind on the Rhône River.” While all Active...

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Chelsea Flower Show: Egerton House Hotel

Every year the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are transformed with stunning horticultural displays for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 21-25).  World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits. This year, in honor of the event, the  five-star Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge has received a complete floral makeover inside and out. To celebrate two new garden installations, the hotel has launched a variety of floral inspired experiences including; a new Summer Garden Afternoon Tea, a selection of botanical cocktails and a flower arranging workshop with...

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Travel Hacks: Don’t Leave Home Without Them

Frequent travelers have learned to pack efficiently, yet there are some items you don’t want to leave behind. Sunscreen.  TIZO Sheer Botanicals SPF 45 is free of chemical sunscreen filters and is reef-and planet-friendly. The silicone-free formula uses only mineral sunscreens titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to reflect UVA/UVB rays away from skin rather than absorb UV rays like chemical blocks. The tinted lip protection is effective and smooth to apply. Another sunscreen I like a lot is CōTZ, because it, too, uses only the minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to reflect UV rays away from the skin,...

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