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Queen Latifah named as Carnival Horizon’s Godmother

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 1 - 2018

Queen Latifah – Grammy award-winning musical artist, acclaimed television and film actress, label president, author and entrepreneur – has been named the godmother to Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon.

Latifah will participate in the ship’s official naming ceremony as well as a special “Lip Sync Battle: Horizon” showcase that is part of the line’s authentic shipboard reproduction of the hit Paramount Network series.  The event will be held during an invitation-only overnight gala onboard Carnival Horizon in New York City on May 23, 2018.

Currently starring in the FOX series “STAR,” Latifah is an incredible talent earning an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Chicago. She also received an Emmy nomination, a Golden Globe win and a SAG Award win for performances in both “Life Support” and “Bessie,” an HBO biopic on the legendary jazz artist Bessie Smith as well as accolades for her performance as the title character in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

The first hip-hop artist to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Latifah has earned six Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance.  Her production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, has quickly grown to prominence, producing award-winning television shows, blockbuster hits and independent films for a variety of Hollywood studios.

”With her fun-loving spirit and positive, can-do attitude, Queen Latifah embodies our brand and knows how to ‘Choose Fun’ in everything she does,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Knowing that she is a long-time supporter of St. Jude and has performed and won ‘Lip Sync Battle’ made her the ideal candidate to serve as godmother to our newest ship,” she added.

”Carnival is an iconic American brand and it’s an honor to be named godmother of Carnival Horizon and take part in the event on May 23, honoring the special children of St. Jude – a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Latifah.

The May 23 gala will recognize long-time Carnival partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a check presentation from funds raised via various activities and events, both on board and ashore, leading up to the event. Additionally, Carnival will unveil special custom-designed artwork created by more than 30 St. Jude patients that will appear on the Carnival Horizon’s “Dreamscape,” a stunning three-deck-high LED sculpture that takes center stage in the ship’s atrium.

Following the event, Carnival Horizon begins her summer schedule from New York that runs through September followed by the launch year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami later that month.

As the line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon will introduce a number of one-of-a-kind innovations, including Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse with BBQ favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri in addition to the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park, part of the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, and more.

A wide range of accommodations will also be offered, including spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropics-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com. Carnival also can be found on: FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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In summer 2019, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to seven new ports in Europe, including a first-ever round-trip cruise from Rome and first-time visits to destinations in Sweden, France, Spain, Denmark and Northern Ireland. Disney Cruise Line takes guests on a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean in early summer and northern Europe in late summer. Plus, adventures continue with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas, including new cruise lengths aboard the Disney Fantasy.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.

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Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is readying an exceptional menu of dining options to delight guests of its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. Scheduled to launch in May 2018, the fifth ultra-luxury vessel in the Seabourn fleet will set the table for world-class, award-winning dining with five restaurants, each in keeping with the high quality and inventiveness that has earned the line wide praise from culinary observers.

Seabourn’s world-class dining rivals the finest restaurants anywhere, and Seabourn Ovation will be no exception. The line’s skilled chefs prepare gourmet dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients and take inspiration from regional flavors, including new artisan gelato. The highly talented culinary team are experts in offering dishes that are designed to satisfy a range of appetites. Whether indulging poolside, in the comfort of a private veranda or in a more formal setting, all dishes are carefully curated and plated with an artistic eye.

“Seabourn has continuously been recognized for the superb quality of our cuisine, and we will continue our leadership with the launch of Seabourn Ovation,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “As the ship spends its maiden season cruising the coasts and exploring the hidden gems of Northern Europe this summer, guests can look forward to a wonderful culinary experience.”

With a selection of dishes inspired by Seabourn’s partnership with world-renowned, Michelin-starred Chef Thomas Keller served in venues across the ship, including The Grill by Thomas Keller, and the remarkable design of onboard restaurants by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, guests of Seabourn Ovation can look forward to the finest culinary experience on the high seas.
Here’s what’s on the menu for Seabourn Ovation:

• New Artisan Gelato – The ship will feature the line’s new milk- and fruit-based gelato, which will be made fresh daily and served across the vessel. Delivering a truly authentic product in both taste and texture, Seabourn’s talented chefs visited and trained at Carpigiani University in Bologna, Italy — widely recognized as the home of the leading gelato machine manufacturer in the industry – to perfect their knowledge of the history and techniques used for gelato making.

Guests can choose from a wide range of milk-based flavors, including Amarena Cherry, Amaretto, Dulce De Leche, Stracciatella, Sicilian Pistachio, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bourbon Vanilla, and Cappuccino. The selection will also include fruit-based gelato flavors such as Blood Orange, Coconut, Kumquat, Mulberry, Wild Berry, Rhubarb, Yuzu, Black Currant, and Black Cherry. The gelato menu will also feature a local ingredient gelato as a “daily special” on voyages where the culinary team can procure the ingredients in select ports such as lemon when visiting the Amalfi Coast. Flavors will also include “no sugar added” gelato.

The new gelato program will launch in April on Seabourn Encore and be available fleetwide by early 2019.

• The Grill by Thomas Keller – Created via partnership with world-renowned American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller, The Grill serves a timeless menu with updated versions of iconic dishes in an ambiance inspired by the classic ’50s and ’60s American restaurant. Seabourn chefs trained by Chef Keller’s team create a dining experience like no other at sea, with memorable delights such as tableside prepared Classic Caesar Salad; Lobster Thermidor; Medallions of Elysian Fields Farm Lamb; and Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart. The wine list, personally curated by Chef Keller to complement each dish, runs more than 90 domestic and old-world labels, including many rare offerings. Advanced reservations are required for The Grill.

• Sushi – Sleek and unique with an identity all its own, Sushi is a standout destination for fresh, high-grade sushi created from the finest ingredients. Hot and cold offerings such as Salmon Tataki; Black King Fish Sashimi; and BBQ Eel Maki are available, and the sake menu features exceptional selections, many displayed against a lighted wall creating a work of art. Service is available through the day, including Bento boxes and select sushi features at lunch, with sushi chefs in action for all to see. This restaurant is only featured on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation.

• The Restaurant – A fine-dining and open-seating gourmet experience, its extensive menus offer a wide variety of delectable choices and dishes prepared to order by the line’s expert culinary team. Choose an appetizer, an entrée (or vegetarian option), and a dessert with selections such as Black Truffle Risotto & Poached Egg; Char Broiled Iberico Pork Chop; Crisp Polenta and Mushroom Cake; and Hot Coconut Soufflé. On select nights, The Restaurant features a selection of dishes by Thomas Keller as well as favorites from Seabourn’s menu. The Restaurant also features an expansive premium wine selection showcased in an elegant glass wall.

• The Colonnade – This casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating is the spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in open-kitchen style and offered via table service or lavish buffet. Look on as Seabourn chefs fashion an ever-changing array of regionally themed, bistro-style experiences such as Dungeness Crab Cakes; Roast Prime Rib of Beef; Potato & Beaufort Cheese Torte; and Baked New York Cheese Cake. Special theme nights feature Chef Keller-influenced family-style dinners that pay homage to his American childhood.

• The Patio – Relaxed, casual, and located right by the pool, The Patio offers luncheon buffets and a full dinner menu with salads, pastas, soups, and grilled specialties, plus freshly baked gourmet pizza. Don’t miss Chef Keller’s signature Napa Burger developed exclusively for Seabourn, or his artisanal Yountwurst hot-dog named for the hometown of The French Laundry, Ad Hoc, and the original Bouchon.

• In-Suite Dining – Seabourn Ovation offers an extensive menu of gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner items around the clock, including course by course dinner from The Restaurant, to be enjoyed in suite or on your private veranda.

• Cocktail Hour – Seabourn Ovation will feature seven lounges and bars with an accessible open-bar policy to ensure there is never a check to sign. Select venues also offer craft cocktails created exclusively for Seabourn by world-renowned mixologist Brian van Flandern. Every evening guests will find tapas served in the Observation Bar and a selection of canapes in The Club.

• Seabourn Square – The veritable heart of the ship, Seabourn Square offers freshly baked breakfast treats and afternoon snacks. The baristas onboard also roast coffee fresh each day and prepare a variety of coffee and tea selections.

• Afternoon Tea – Served daily in The Observation Bar, Afternoon Tea is welcome ritual for many guests and includes light bites such as scones and fresh baked cookies.
When dining with Seabourn, guests can come when they like, dine with whom they please, and be seated as they wish in most venues across the ship.

Seabourn will continue to reveal updates about Seabourn Ovation via the dedicated microsite: http://ovation.seabourn.com. Alive with imagery, details and news of the ship’s continuing progress, including “sunsets until launch,” the microsite offers an inside look at the excitement of the upcoming launch, with additional details, news and images revealed on an ongoing basis.

For more details about the award-winning Seabourn fleet, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn cruising options, contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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Silversea, an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, is proud to reveal the identities of three new Tale Tellers for the company’s World Cruise 2019 – celebrated creatives who will each illustrate one of the nine segments of the extended voyage.

Steve McCurry, Alain de Botton, and Sophy Roberts will each embark Silver Whisper for a segment of Silversea’s 52-port voyage, joining Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer and four other Tale Tellers who are yet to be announced. The talented creatives will each host a series of lectures for guests while on board and will produce a literary journal or artwork, inspired by their sailed destinations, to capture their experiences. Their efforts will enrich the onboard experience for Silversea guests and will combine to create a fascinating anthology of the voyage, which will be presented as a gift to world cruisers.

“Silversea is delighted to welcome Steve McCurry, Alain de Botton and Sophy Roberts aboard Silver Whisper for the World Cruise 2019,” comments Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer at Silversea. “The presence of these celebrated creatives stands to enrich the voyage for each of our valued guests and represents Silversea’s enduring commitment to capturing unique travel experiences in utmost luxury. The Tale of Tales will preserve, in unprecedented vibrancy, the intimacies of a truly international adventure for our guests. At Silversea, we are relentless in our search for authenticity and hidden beauty; the works of each Tale Teller embody these values in varying forms. Our collaboration with the creatives pays testament to our planet’s limitless selection of wonders, each of which beckons exploration and inspires with its beauty. We hope our world-cruising guests enjoy the lectures and journals of our Tale Tellers as much as we have enjoyed curating the experience.”

Steve McCurry:
Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image. McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award, and four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest. Traveling between Tokyo and Singapore on Silversea’s World Cruise 2019, Steve will capture a selection of images to convey his experiences.

Alain de Botton:
A member of the esteemed Royal Society of Literature since 2011, Alain de Botton is a widely published author whose literary works have been bestsellers in 30 countries. A philosopher, a TED speaker, and the co-founder of the School of Life (an institution that guides learners through real-life issues), Alain de Botton is an accomplished writer who is sure to relay a compelling and inspiring tale from his Silversea Cruises experience between Mombasa and Cape Town.

Sophy Roberts:
Having written for numerous reputable magazines and newspapers, including Conde Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times, award-winning writer Sophy Roberts will bring a wealth of traveling experience to Silver Whisper, especially in regards to her work in Africa. Her stories focus on remote travel, conservation, and cultural preservation, so the adventurous eighth segment of Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 itinerary – which will see Sophy travel between Cape Town and Lisbon in ultimate luxury – should captivate and stimulate her explorative interests.

The Silversea World Cruise 2019
Commencing from San Francisco on January 6th 2019 and concluding in Greenwich, London, on May 19th, Silversea’s World Cruise will visit 31 countries across 5 continents over a 132-day period. Bespoke land tours complement and enhance the cruising itinerary, offering guests the rare opportunity to explore the untarnished beauty of the path less traveled.

Intimate in her proportions and exceptionally comfortable, Silver Whisper is the perfect ship to transport guests to the world’s most amazing destinations in superlative luxury. Her size encourages a close-knit atmosphere of camaraderie among guests, which will is enhanced by the high quality service of the ship’s attentive crew.

Early booking fares for Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 start from $60,000 per guest.
Find out more information on the Tale of Tales and view the full itinerary of the World Cruise 2019: https://www.silversea.com/destinations/world-cruise/world-cruise-2019.html

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Carnival offers new sailings to Cuba in 2019

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 27 - 2018

Carnival Cruise Line will offer 17 new sailings to Cuba aboard Carnival Sensation in 2019.  The five-day Cuba voyages will be the line’s first to operate round-trip from Miami and feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops at popular Caribbean and Bahamian ports,  including Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Nassau, and the private destinations of Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays.

The voyages complement a series of voyages to Cuba departing from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise taking place in 2018-19.

“Our inaugural cruises to Cuba aboard Carnival Paradise from Tampa were met with exceptional guest response and we’re thrilled to expand upon the program with our first Cuba cruises from Miami featuring Havana and some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and The Bahamas,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Cuba is a sought-after destination and we’re delighted to provide our guests with even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating island,” she added.

Carnival Sensation’s Cuba schedule includes:

  • four five-day sailings to Havana and Grand Turk departing May 20, Sept. 9, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 2019
  • five five-day voyages featuring Havana, Nassau and Half Moon Cay departing June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, and Nov. 4, 2019
  • a five-day cruise to Havana, Nassau and Princess Cays departing April 22, 2019
  • seven five-day cruises to Havana and Grand Cayman departing May 6, June 3, July 1 and 29, Aug. 26, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2, 2019

The 2,052-passenger Carnival Sensation underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar dry dock last year that added a variety of popular food and beverage concepts, including Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, BlueIguana Cantina serving authentic tacos and burritos, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, and the Cherry on Top sweets shop.

These complement the ship’s diverse array of onboard features, including a WaterWorks aqua park, a Serenity adults-only retreat, 24-hour pizzeria, fun supervised programs for kids in three age groups, and the Seuss at Sea program operated exclusively with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Guests sailing on Carnival’s Cuba cruises can select from nearly 20 different shore excursion experiences that showcase the island’s vibrant culture, majestic beauty and centuries-old architectural landmarks.  A variety of Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, including the sizzling Amor Cubano:  A Caribbean Dance Romance Playlist Productions show, Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons, are also offered.  There’s also a lecturer on board who discusses the country’s rich history and culture.

The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit Carnival.com. For reservations, contact any travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. Carnival can also be found on: FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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PONANT unveils 11 new 2019 itineraries

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 27 - 2018

PONANT, the leader in luxury expeditions and the world’s only French-owned cruise line, unveils its Summer 2019 brochure with 100 exceptional cruises featuring 11 new sailings. 2019 also marks the maiden season for Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville, the latest additions to the PONANT EXPLORERS series.

NEW SHIPS
In 2019, the fleet is expanding with the launch of the two latest additions, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville, for a maiden season that will be spent cruising the Baltic and the Mediterranean. With just 92 staterooms and suites attended to by a crew of 110, the PONANT EXPLORERS will offer exceptional comfort, personalized service, and refined gastronomy. Boasting a removable marina platform and a fully-equipped sundeck, the vessels will provide easy access to a number of nautical activities.

In a world first, the ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series also boast a multi-sensory lounge below the waterline. Called Blue Eye, it allows guests to observe, listen to and experience the subaquatic world.

During the 2019 season, PONANT will cruise across the seven seas to discover exceptional landscapes, sailing to several continents and hundreds of different countries. PONANT is introducing brand-new itineraries, including the Great Lakes of North America, the tribes of Central America, the unspoiled Bissagos Islands, and the virgin territories of Greenland.

NEW ITINERARIES
Greenland of great explorers
A brand-new cruise to discover the east coast of Greenland and its virgin lands, where the first French explorers once walked. L’Austral will take its passengers to meet the Inuit people, sailing through exceptional landscapes on the way: fjords, glaciers, icebergs, sheer cliffs, and polar ice fields.

L’Austral | From Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq | 15 days/14 nights
Departs July 12, 2019 – prices start from €9,790 (approximately $12,010) per person, based on double occupancy

Great Lakes of North America
An itinerary sailing to four of the five Great Lakes of North America, between Canada and the United States. A cruise combining nature and culture with picturesque landscapes, history of the Indigenous peoples that lived in the region before the European colonization, charming villages, and big cities.

Le Champlain | From Quebec City to Milwaukee | 11 days/10 nights
Departs September 12, 2019 – prices start from €6,180 (approximately $7,582) per person, based on double occupancy

Le Champlain | From Milwaukee to Quebec City | 11 days/10 nights
Departs October 6, 2019 – prices start from €6,180 (approximately $7,582) per person, based on double occupancy.

Natural wonders of Central America
Discover the nature reserves, biodiversity and tribes of Central America, with the possibility of visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites: Tikal, Antigua Guatemala from Puerto Quetzal, Cocos Island National Park. The ship also sails to Darien National Park to meet the Embera indigenous tribe.

Le Soléal | From Puerto Quetzal to Guayaquil | 14 days/13 nights
Departs September 23, 2019 – prices start from €4,910 (approximately $6,024) per person, based on double occupancy

Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago
Experience the unspoiled islands with exceptional wildlife and biodiversity, classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: saltwater hippopotamuses, crocodiles, sea turtles, rays, sawfish, otters, manatees, and dolphins. Other highlights include, visits to traditional villages; encounters with the Bidyogo, a people with ancestral traditions; discover the mangroves, which covers more than a third of the emerged part of the archipelago.

Le Dumont-d’Urville | From Dakar to Dakar | 9 days/8 nights
Departs October 8, 2019, prices start from €4,170 (approximately $5,116) per person, based on double occupancy

ABOUT PONANT
Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of luxury cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard luxurious smaller-scale ships. www.ponant.com

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