April 2015 - Crown Cruise Vacations
With the success of its shipboard breweries, Carnival Cruise Line now offers another first. Carnival has become the first cruise line to can and keg its own private label craft beers.
Cruisers can now pop the top on 16-ounce cans of ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, West Coast IPA and ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat. The beer will be available to thirsty guests on all 26 Carnival ships.
So I was in Miami for a conference and had a cruise departing from West Palm Beach. How to easily get from one Florida city to the other?
Didn’t have a car. Didn’t want to rent one. Also didn’t want to fly.
The answer was an economical and fast form of transportation called Brightline. Many people may already know about it but I didn’t.
Passengers will soon be able to cruise the popular Douro River in Portugal aboard Tauck’s new riverboat ms Andorinha.
The beautiful new riverboat will be launched in 2020. Andorinha will carry a crew of 36 and a passenger capacity of 84 guests, far fewer than other Douro ships of similar size which accommodate up to 112 passengers.
This bit of trivia may be a toughie because many of you probably weren’t even born when this song was popular.
The quiz is to identify what quartet sang the powerhouse song. Released in 1975, the song quickly soared up the hit charts.
Although I was around when the song originally came out, I also got to enjoy it one evening aboard the Celebrity Summit. Using no stage set or props and with only powerful voices and excellent lighting, the ship’s performers soon had passengers singing along with them.
I don’t even drink coffee. So what was I doing sitting at Café al Bacio on the newly renovated Celebrity Summit?
I was enjoying the ocean view and sipping a chilled Tia Cappuccino. Yes, it did have expresso in it, but the yummy drink also had Tia Maria Liqueur, Tito’s Vodka, creamy foam and salted caramel.
For all you dedicated sports fans, can you identify this hard-charging professional baseball player?
Although he is one of the best in the business, he has never made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
As a second bit of cruise trivia, do you know why he has not been so honored?
Legend says that when dragons die, they become dragon trees. So the liqueur I am drinking is named dragon’s blood since it came from the legendary dragon tree.
“It is called Drag,” tour guide Cathy Michel says while I savor a drink at La Casa del Drago. “It comes from the dragon tree. It tastes good and is good for you.”
In 1989, Ilene Weiner and her husband set sail aboard the Fair Princess to the Caribbean. That was the beginning of an amazing journey and a long-lasting love affair.
Three decades later, Ilene is still cruising. She is now the most-traveled guest on Princess Cruises and just celebrated her 282nd cruise, marking 2,500 days at sea.
“The stage has no curtain,” the woman seated next to me whispered when we sat down in the new Celebrity Edge Theatre.
She was right. Not only does the new Celebrity Edge Theatre not have a curtain, the stage itself extends into the audience.
“This is a very different theatre than you are used to on a ship,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Celebrity’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The in-the-round design puts everyone closer to the stage.”
Fannie “Q” Quigley (1870-1944) was quite a lady. She was a prospector, trapper, hunter, woodcutter, gardener, dog musher and great sourdough cook. She also offered tons of hospitality.
In honor of the Alaskan legend, Princess Cruises will be debuting a new restaurant and bar showcasing her story and featuring locally inspired dishes in a modern saloon setting.