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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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Regent Offers New Spotlight Enrichment Experiences for 2020

Regent Seven Seas Cruises®  is offering a selection of eight new curated enrichment experiences that will be featured on its 2020 voyages. Culinary and wine enthusiasts, gardening and floral artists, Broadway fans, genealogy explorers, comedy buffs and Public Broadcasting viewers will delight in Regent’s 2020 Spotlight Collection. The Collection includes: Commemorating the World Wars. (May 4, 2020. Lisbon to London. 14 Nights. Seven Seas Explorer®.) Regent welcomes on board producers of the four major PBS series on the histories of The Great War, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War in honor of the anniversaries of these significant 20th century conflicts.This Spotlight voyage includes lecture presentations, cocktail parties, a special excursion to the Battlefields of Normandy and private dining events. The State of Journalism Around the World. (Aug. 4, 2020. Rome to Monte Carlo. 10 Nights. Seven Seas Voyager®.) Fascinating U.S. reporters discuss the state of journalism. PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff will provide a thorough, unbiased exploration of the Fourth Estate and the importance of press integrity during a complex geopolitical climate. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will offer commentary on his long reporting career and analyze the elections and decisions facing Americans. Political analyst Charlie Cook will provide insight on the viability of each presidential candidate and forecast Congressional races. All presentations will be non-partisan and include the evolving role of the media in covering government. These presentations will be coupled with...

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Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) Makes December Holidays With Free Offers

FREE air from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Montana’s Bozeman FREE hotel in Phoenix FREE transportation from Phoenix to the Port in Rocky Point CMV is offering Free Air, Hotel, and Transportation to Port from Key Markets for Christmas and New Year’s Sailings on its Treasures of the Sea of Cortez Christmas Cruise (Dec.18-29, 2019) and its New Year Cruise (Dec. 29, 2019-Jan. 9, 2020). The offer includes free round-trip air travel to Phoenix from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Montana’s Bozeman, plus deluxe motorcoach transportation from Phoenix...

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Costa Will Have a Third Ship in South America in Winter 2020/2021

Costa Cruises will deploy the Costa Luminosa to South America in the winter of 2020/2021. From November 2020 to April 2021 the company will have three ships operating in the region: Costa Luminosa will support Costa Fascinosa and Costa Pacifica, whose positioning in South America had already been announced. “The arrival of Costa Luminosa for the 2020/2021 season reflects Costa Cruises’ desire to strategically invest in the South American market, a market with a great potential for growth. For this reason we want to gradually increase our presence in the region,” stated Dario Rustico, General Manager for Central and South America at Costa Cruises. Costa...

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MSC Cruise News

MSC Grandiosa MSC Cruises has received approval on the final contract from the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, to design, construct, operate and maintain a large building that hosts two cruise terminals (AA and AAA) as well as two berths. Designed by the award-winning global architecture firm Arquitectonica, MSC Cruises’ exclusive new PortMiami terminals will be capable of hosting two mega cruise ships at the same time— each with a capacity of up to 7,000 guests, — allowing the Company to conduct two turnaround operations simultaneously and handle up to 28,000 passenger movements per day. Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, said: “We couldn’t...

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Costa to Increase Focus on the Mediterranean

Starting in 2020, Costa Cruises will strengthen its presence in the Mediterranean, a favorite itinerary with guests. In winter 2020/21 Costa Fortuna will offer two new 14-day itineraries, marking the return of the Italian company to Turkey and Israel.   The first, departing from Savona on December 6, 2020 and February 7, 2021, includes Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Iráklion (Greece), Izmir (Turkey), an overnight call in Istanbul (Turkey), Athens (Greece), Palermo and Naples. The second itinerary, which also sails from Savona on January 10 and March 7, 2021, will be porting in Marseille (France), Barcelona (Spain), Iráklion (Grecia), an overnight call in Haifa (Israel), Kusadasi (Turkey), Palermo and Naples. During the rest of the winter season, Costa Fortuna will be offering one-week itineraries in the Western Mediterranean, also calling at Valencia. Costa’s...

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Vive Le Bordeaux!

“Over the bottle, many a friend is found.” This saying proves especially true when the bottle in questions holds a fine Bordeaux, the gold standard of French wines. Bordeaux is the largest (284,320 acres) fine wine-making region in the world. Though its legend ws built mainly on red wines—especially those from the Médoc, Saint Emilion and Pomerol—the region also produces whites (both sweet and dry) and claret, as well as a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bordeaux. Thanks to an ideal climate and diversity of soils, Bordeaux is home to a variety of grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and...

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Do You Sushi?

Do you sushi? If you do, you’re not alone in your enjoyment of raw fish in its many permutations. Sarah Jessica Parker does sushi, so do Tom Cruise, Madonna, Elvis Costello, and a legion of Americans. Sushi hit our shores during the 1970s, and it has been estimated that there are many thousands of sushi restaurants in the United States. Some years ago, cookbook author Julia Moskin called Japanese “the new French.” Americans now easily discuss memorable meals using terms like hamachi and buri toro as they once talked about boeuf bordelaise and coq au vin. Though it’s generally...

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Celebrating Wine All Year Long

Though the calendar says that summer ends with Labor Day, I continue to celebrate and enjoy wines I discovered in spring and summer. One of my  discoveries was a delicious, environmentally-friendly and premium-quality wine by Archer Roose—and it comes in a can! Not only do I enjoy drinking this sustainable wine, I love that it is earth-friendly. With 70% of wine bottles ending in landfills because they’re so difficult to recycle, the Archer Roose recycled aluminum single-serving canned wine eliminates the wasteful act of throwing out half-empty wine bottles–leading to a 60% lower carbon footprint. Archer Roose also produces Sauvignon...

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Agatha Christie’s English Riviera

On the south coast of Devon, in that part of Britain known as the English Riviera, stands the picturesque town of Torquay, a stylish resort with a bustling waterfront and a scenic palm-lined promenade. Human history here goes back half a million years, as evidenced by the startling discoveries of prehistoric tools and other remains found in Kent’s Cavern. And though records of settled human occupation date back to the 11th century, Torquay didn’t become a winter health resort for another 800 years. Princess Victoria (who later became Queen Victoria) visited Torquay in 1890, enhancing the town’s reputation as...

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Sea Cloud Announces New Routes and Special Sailings

New Routes include themed cruises, VIP sailings and special events SEA CLOUD CRUISES, the Hamburg operator of small, fine sailing cruises has a fleet consisting of two sailing ships, the SEA CLOUD, welcoming 64 guests on board and the SEA CLOUD II, with 94 guests. In August 2020, they will launch a third ship, the SEA CLOUD SPIRIT. Built in 1931, SEA CLOUD and its younger sister ship SEA CLOUD II stand for unique sailing cruises in the world’s most beautiful sailing areas. Highlighted destinations include Central America, the Lesser Antilles and Grenadines across the Canary Islands, Morocco and...

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