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Author: Lillian Africano

Antarctica: Voyage of a Lifetime

After a lifetime of travel that had taken me all the continents of the world, there are a few voyages that are truly memorable, the “best” of my professional life. At the very top of my list is a trip I made to Antarctica in the year 2000. This is the story I wrote later for the Copley News Service. Antarctica 2000 “Iceberg!” came a shout from the bridge. “Iceberg!” A score of voices echoed the cry. No, this wasn’t the Titanic. It was the M/S Explorer bound for Antarctica. And the sighting of our first iceberg—a pale looming...

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Nobuyuki Matsuhisa: Master of Japanese Cuisine

While the Food Network has made celebrities of many chefs, a select few have become legends in their own time. Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is one such chef. Born in Saitama, Japan, the future culinary wizard decided he would be a chef after his older brother took him to a sushi bar for the first time. He began his career as an apprentice in the sushi bars of Tokyo, becoming fluent in the techniques of turning raw fish into sushi and sashimi. Nobuyuki then emigrated to Lima, Peru, where he absorbed the local culture and ingredients, integrating them with his...

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British Pantomime: Will Americans Love It, Too?

Pantomime is as much a part of Britain’s time-honored Christmas traditions as plum pudding, mince pies or the fairy atop the tree. In fact, it’s almost impossible to imagine an English Christmas without a performance of Cinderella, Puss in Boots or Jack and the Beanstalk going on in theaters throughout the commonwealth. Without exception, from the West End of London to remote regional towns, people of all ages go the theater to slip back for a few hours into the magic of childhood. They hiss and boo at a giant, clap for Tinkerbell and join in the chorus of...

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Riviera Cruises Partners with Classic Journeys for European Itineraries in 2020

Riviera River Cruises has been selected as the exclusive partner for Classic Journeys’ European river cruise program in 2020. Known for its award-winning luxury tours, Classic Journeys will provide its limited-edition “cruise within a cruise” aboard Riviera’s five-star ships on the Douro, Danube and Rhone Rivers next year. On select Riviera departures, a Classic Journeys local expert will travel with guests, serving as on-board host and leading private shore excursions. “We’re delighted that Classic Journeys has chosen to partner with us for their European river cruise program next year,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Vice President Sales and...

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Tips for Booking a Private Jet

Many of today’s airlines boast “luxury” services, but no amount of fancy magazines, upscale wines, or à la carte menus can measure up to the true opulence of private air travel. For the majority of us (i.e.: the average Joe), private jet travel has always been out of reach; reserved only for the ultra-rich and uber-privileged. But pilot Justin Crabbe, is the Founder and CEO of Jettly, a Web and single app charter booking platform with over 9,500 aircraft and 19K customers, offers advice on how a flight on a private jet could be within reach. Says Crabbe: “Modern...

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Regent Seven Seas Offers Last Minute Luxury Holiday Voyages

For travelers seeking a last-minute luxury holiday cruise, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® has very limited availability on these nine 2019 voyages to popular and distinct destinations all over the world in Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific: Lima (Callao) to Buenos Aires – Journey to Tierra Del Fuego, 21 Nights | Departs Nov. 16, 2019, Seven Seas Mariner Discover the stunning scenery of the spectacular mountain peaks of Ushuaia or feel the passionate rhythm of the sensual and refined tango of Buenos Aires. Experience South America’s largest cities, sail through Chile’s majestic fjords, and see...

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UnCruise Adventures Adds New Belize and Guatemala Itinerary

Further expanding into Latin America, UnCruise Adventures has unveiled its newest small ship adventure cruise itinerary: Belize & Guatemala Wonders – Rivers, Reefs & Cultures. Six departures between October and December 2020 sail roundtrip Belize City on the 66-guest Safari Voyager. A special offer saves couples up to $800 on cruise fare. “Belize and Guatemala are a natural fit for an UnCruise adventure,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, owner and chief executive officer of UnCruise Adventures. “Our free-flow style of active exploration works well here with the islands, reefs, and cultural and wildlife opportunities. The snorkeling here is over the top with...

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Disney Cruise Line Will Return to New Orleans, Also to Galveston and San Diego

In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line will return to New Orleans for a limited-time engagement with sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. A lineup of popular itineraries will continue across the Disney fleet with cruises to tropical destinations from Texas, California and Florida. Bookings open to the public on Oct. 3, 2019. More details on the itineraries spanning from January through May 2021 can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2021 page of disneycruise.com. Return to New Orleans Back by popular demand, the Disney Wonder will return to the bayou...

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Make Travel Matter: Luxury Gold’s Sustainable Journey to Ecuador

Guests help build local infrastructure as part of a WE Village’s development project in Ecuador The fires in the Amazon rain forest are just the latest tragedies in the ongoing destruction of one of Earth’s most vital eco-systems. Luxury Gold, a leader in luxury guided journeys, continues its pledge to make travel matter with the launch in 2020 of a new five-day ME to WE culturally immersive journey extension dedicated to helping preserve Amazonian culture. For this unique journey, Luxury Gold has partnered with social enterprise ME to WE to connect travelers with indigenous communities and the rain forest,...

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AmaWaterways Debuts Two New Wine-Themed Itineraries

AmaWaterways will offer 67 wine cruises during the 2020 season, including two new itineraries showcasing the  vineyards and historic sights of France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Hosted by notable North American wine experts, certified sommeliers, and vineyard owners, the specialty wine-themed sailings offer guests onboard lectures and tastings to complement the extensive array of included shore excursions. “This has been a record-breaking year for AmaWaterways, and our specialty Wine Cruise program continues to evolve and flourish,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-founder. “As demand for these sailings grows, our focus is to partner with...

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Simple Luxuries for Fall

Luxuries don’t necessarily have big price tags; they simply need to make life more comfortable or more pleasurable. Flowers always make me feel good, whatever the season, and flowers from the supermarket don’t cost much and are a true luxury–so I make sure to have flowers in my apartment year. Arcopedico is one of favorite footwear brands. I love their vegan booties in winter and now I’m practically living in their Lolita shoe, which suggests a “dressed up” look without sacrificing sold comfort. For maximum comfort, it’s Arcopedico’s Sec V, which is like a combination sock and shoe. Since...

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