Deep Rum Flavors with a Sunset Hue for Thirsty Thursday

Like most things that become popular favorites, many have claimed to be the creator of the planter’s punch cocktail. It first appeared in print by name in London-based Fun magazine in 1878, though some trace its origin back to Charleston, South Carolina and others credit Jamaican rum experts with the concoction. The more modern recipe came to popularity after The New York Times published in in 1908, which sparked even greater . . .  READ MORE

Vacation Travel Insurance Tips

Vacation Travel Insurance Tips

Travel insurance is an important but often overlooked part of your vacation. Whether you are traveling to a foreign country or to the next state you should consider travel insurance.

Some of the reasons to have insurance are to cover medical expenses, life insurance for your family, or trip insurance when something goes wrong.

If you have medical coverage, check with your insurer to find out the specifics regarding your planned destination.

You can buy medical coverage . . .  READ MORE

Six Holland America Line Ships Offer Award-Winning Alaska and Glacier Bay Cruises in 2021

If you’re missing Alaska as much as we are, it’s time to start planning your Alaska getaway for 2021. We’re offering a full season of cruises and Land+Sea Journeys that showcase our more-than 70 years of experience, insider knowledge and preferred access. From April through September, six Holland America Line ships will take guests on authentic Alaska experiences throughout the Great Land.

Guests can embark on cruises to Alaska aboard Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, . . .  READ MORE


This Savory Specialty Will Transport You to the Tables of Prego and the South of Italy

First, let’s clear up any confusion. The Italian name for eggplant parmesan – Parmigiana di Melanzane – actually has nothing to do with the Parma region or its eponymous cheese, regardless of the fact that it’s a key ingredient in this favorite dish. The word parmigiana is derived from the Sicilian word parmiciana, which refers to the wooden slats that overlay each other to . . .  READ MORE

Wildlife Found on Elba – Part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park

Pasta, pizza, historical sites and Italian leather goods are more apt to be on travelers’ reasons for visiting Italy than seeing wildlife. But for Windstar’s guests on the Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras  cruise, a weeklong trip visiting small ports offers time to slow down and chase butterflies, or watch dolphins play in the surf.

Portoferraio, Italy is a port on the island of Elba, best-known as the chosen place of exile for emperor Napoleon in May 1814. Though he only stayed six months, . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Sensation Assists Small Craft in Distress

Earlier today, Carnival Sensation came to the aid of a small craft which was in distress in international waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla.  Upon seeing the boat in the water, Carnival Sensation maneuvered alongside the craft and provided blankets, life jackets, food and water to the 24 people on board which included individuals from various nationalities and two children.

The boat began taking on water and Carnival Sensation rescued all 24 individuals and brought them on  board.  . . .  READ MORE


A Crystal Insider’s Recipe for a Smooth Drink Fit for a King

What the prince wants, the prince gets, even if he has to make it happen himself. So the story goes behind the cocktail named for its purported creator, Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales. At the end of the 19th century, the prince had been the heir apparent to his mother, Queen Victoria’s, throne for a very, very long time (she was, after all, Britain’s longest serving monarch until Queen Elizabeth II surpassed the milestone . . .  READ MORE


Favorites from Broadway to Crystal Ships Take the Virtual Stage

The virtual marquee for this week’s episode of Friday Nights at the Galaxy is lit with stars of Broadway acclaim, packed with Tony and Drama Desk Award winners and nominees. The ensemble of performers is brought to our [email protected] lineup courtesy of the Crystal on Broadway program and our exclusive partnership with Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum, who will host tonight’s show. During the current intermission of the . . .  READ MORE

Use These Tips To Make Better Travel Choices (2)

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Use These Tips To Make Better Travel Choices

Travel can be a very rewarding experience, as you can learn about other cultures and lifestyles as well as visit historical sites. There are several things to do when you travel and ways to make sure that you save money at hotels or for plane tickets. Read this article for more tips on travel.

If you’re going on a cruise, you should arrive a day in advance. This will stop those close calls of getting stuck in traffic or having . . .  READ MORE

Disney Cruise Line Returns to Hawaii, Other Favorite Tropical Destinations in Early 2022

Sailings include a variety of itineraries from Florida, Louisiana, Texas and California

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2020) – In early 2022, Disney Cruise Line returns to Hawaii and other favorite tropical destinations to delight families with one-of-a-kind vacations at sea. Adventure abounds during 10-night Hawaiian Islands cruises and a variety of sailings to the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico, departing from coast-to-coast homeports including New Orleans, Galveston, Texas, . . .  READ MORE

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