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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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Global Etiquette

Valentine’s Day Etiquette Tips

By Maralyn D. Hill and Sherrie Wilkolaski My column, Global Etiquette, has been a great success, thanks to all our readers around the world. When Sherrie Wilkolaski, Luxe Beat Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, and I started discussing what topic I should focus on, etiquette and customs from my travels seemed to be just the right fit. The column has continued to be one of our most popular. Moving forward we’ll be introducing new columns featuring etiquette experts from around the globe, and Sherrie will be co-authoring along with me. Welcome to Sherrie for joining me on this worldwide etiquette adventure, and...

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Global Etiquette: Holiday Gifting/Re-Gifting

It’s the time of year that can be challenging for most of us—who, what and how much to gift for the holidays. I’ve many of my own thoughts, but I came across Sharon Schweitzer’s list of 10 rules of holiday gift giving etiquette and she makes excellent points covering most situations. Sharon, is an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Access to Culture. When discussing gift etiquette opinions are all over the place. For me, it is important to stick to a budget and choose gifts for the individual, not by the dollars you spend. Most people discover...

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Global Etiquette: Enjoyable Conversations

What’s acceptable conversation around the globe varies somewhat, but the common courtesies seem to remain. I’ll try to include as many as possible. Many of us know those who appear to be the life of the party, but are they really? Or do they seem to be taking center stage and becoming bores? Others have a tremendous fear of speaking up because they don’t think they have something interesting to say. Hopefully, we will have some hints that will help both categories. A good conversation consists of an equal amount of give and take from the parties involved, allowing...

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  • Luxe Layovers
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  • Leah Travels France
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Luxe Layovers: PHL

Remember the days when the thought of an airport layover brought shudders and a sense of dread? Today’s airports are breaking out of that mold — and breaking all the old rules — to offer bespoke services to modern travelers. From luxury lounges, modern spas and art museums, to wine bars, gourmet restaurants and markets filled with fresh produce, airports around the world are revolutionizing the travel experience. Discover a new place each month for your next luxe layover. Philadelphia International Airport: PHL PHL—Philadelphia International Airport—opened in 1940 as Philadelphia Municipal Airport with just four carriers. Today, PHL is owned and...

River Cruise Showcases Chicago’s Gems

Ah, Chicago! Famous for its colorful history, vibrant culture, sports teams, food and yes, climate, this Midwest hub is a magnet for visitors. They come to tour its venerable museums, take in a show at one of the many renowned theaters and performance venues, cheer on the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Bears, munch on a slice of Chicago style deep dish pizza, shop till they drop on the Magnificent Mile and stroll along picturesque Lake Michigan (unless it’s mid-winter when Mother Nature does its best to live up to the town’s nickname, “The Windy City!”). Chicago is also...

Leah Travels France–February

Check In Tucked away in the Poitou-Charentes region in the southwest of France is Châteaux de L’Yeuse. This 19th century hotel sits in the outskirts of Cognac, overlooking the Charente Valley and its villages and vineyards. Owned and operated by Céline Desmazières, the property is the perfect base for exploring the underrated Cognac area. A nice combination of comfort and elegance, L’Yeuse feels like a private residence, but with the perks of a four-star hotel. Rooms and suites are large and decorated in classic French style, but it’s the common areas that stand out most. A large, sweeping terrace...

Quality Business: Please Your Fans

During my more than thirty-five years in the business industry, I have learned, through experience and benchmarking best practice companies, what it takes to run not only a business, but a successful one.   What follows is the ninth article in a series of twelve that will position any business for success. In my last column I discussed the importance of effective communication, which is essential within any successful organization.  While communicating to win, successful businesses need to make sure they are pleasing their fans. All businesses want lots of loyal fans or customers, and every team has to work...

Green Pea & Mint Soup

A simple spring soup recipe from Chef Katherine Frelon. This recipe came out of the Love Your Local Market Market Basket Challenge. It is perfect for quickly serving a hungry crowd and a great way to try out inspirational treats from the Borough Market producers. Try it with my trio of bruschette. Serves 8-10, Prep 10 mins, Cook 15 mins INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 1 bunch of spring onions, cleaned and finely chopped 2kg petit pois 4 potatoes, peeled and diced 4 cloves of garlic, smoked if you can find it 2½ litres vegetable or chicken stock, hot 3 tbsp...

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Easy-Peasy May Day Cake

Chef Katherine Frelon shares her easy-peasy recipe for lemon drizzle cake. Perfect for your May Day celebration. This makes such a pretty centre piece and you don’t have to be a great baker or arty to achieve it! I decorate a cake board with fondant icing or use a lovely cake stand wide enough for the round cake and the cupcakes. You can buy a two-tiered victoria sponge or lemon drizzle from the Market or for those who wish to make the cake themselves, I have included my grandmother’s recipe for lemon drizzle cake.- Chef Katherine Frelon INGREDIENTS For...

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Romantic Valentine’s Dishes For Two

This Valentine’s Day wow your other half with some of the world’s most romantic dishes by creative Chef Katherine Frelon. This year if you find yourself on Google on the eve of February 13th with sweat on your brow or browsing the aisles of your local supermarket desperate for inspiration and steadily panicking, worry not. Creative Chef and founder of Gourmet cookery school in Burgundy, Katherine Frelon has developed a selection of Valentine’s suppers sure to make even Casanova go weak at the knees. Warm the heart and soul with this simple romantic salad Prep: 15mins Cooking time: 30mins...

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