May 2016 - Crown Cruise Vacations
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.
Anselmo Perez didn’t eat much Iberian ham when he was growing up. “We couldn’t afford it,” he said.
Now, Perez can eat as much of the exquisite delicacy as he wants. And he can have it carved by one of Spain’s champion Iberian ham carvers – himself.
I entered Eden several times and each time it looked different. In the morning, it was a good place to sit quietly, sip a Coke and go over my cruise notes.
In the afternoon, two dancers were offering interpretive movements, an aerialist twirled overhead and a sitar player created some mood music.
ABOARD THE CARNIVAL SENSATION – Do you like green eggs and ham? How about moose juice or goose juice?
Chances are your children like them. And youngsters know exactly where such creative food came from – Dr. Seuss.
Now children of all ages can enjoy an exciting partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Carnival Cruise Lines.
When Bill Miller was 13 years old, he went to a Johnny Cash concert that changed the course of his life.
“Johnny Cash played a harmonica and tossed it into the audience when he was done,” Miller said. “I caught it.”
That was just the beginning. Over the years, Miller collected a treasure trove of Johnny Cash memorabilia and became friends with the legendary entertainer. “I honestly can’t tell you how many pieces I have. It’s in the thousands.”
ABOARD THE CARNIVAL VICTORY – I didn’t know what to expect when I went to my first night’s show in the Carnival Victory theater.
On a previous cruise, the nightly entertainment was more audience participation and that got tiresome after a while. I’m sure it was enjoyable for the many passengers who raised their hands and rushed the stage for a chance to perform or chat or be part of a game show with the entertainers.