NORTHERN EUROPE FOR ARCHITECTURE BUFFS

Trace the History of Your Favorite Destinations Through Design

It’s often the up-close-and personal, in-your-face, lining-the-main-thoroughfares markers of history and greatness that make exploring a new destination easy. The architecture – the actual buildings that have built some of the world’s greatest legacies – is a fantastic way to get to know a destination. Sleek, contemporary structures with gleaming glass walls, onion-shaped domes of Tsarist past, timbered huts favored by Vikings . . .  READ MORE

LET THE PALOMA TAKE YOU TO MEXICO THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

Ruby Red and Completely Refreshing Citrus Meets Tequila and Triple Sec

The margarita gets a lot of love. With the first sip, immediate visions vibrantly woven fabrics and refrains of Mariachi melodies and the sounds of crashing waves on the beach come to mind. At Cinco de Mayo celebrations, it’s the margarita that flows freely into the night. But in Mexico, it’s the margarita’s lesser known sibling that is preferred by locals when they’re not sipping beer or fine tequila. La . . .  READ MORE

JUST A SHORT RIDE FROM PALMA ARE THREE DIVINE MALLORCA TOWNS

BY: TERRY WARD

Often likened to a miniature Barcelona, Mallorca’s lively capital city of Palma de Mallorca (locals just call it Palma) could keep you busy enjoying yourself and basking in the Balearic good life for days on end. But to delve deeper on this magical . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cruise Line Joins Industrywide Pause in U.S. Through Oct. 31

Consistent with the decision announced today by the members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to voluntarily extend the pause in U.S. cruise embarkations until Oct. 31, 2020, Carnival Cruise Line has informed guests and travel advisors that we have cancelled all cruises scheduled to embark between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31.

Guests are being offered an enhanced value package of a future cruise credit and onboard credit, or a full refund.

If conditions in the U.S. change and short and . . .  READ MORE

Culinary Council Recipe: Jacques’ Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s #NationalChocolateChipCookieDay, and the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe comes from our very own Culinary Council member and world-famous chocolatier Jacques Torres. Now we’re sharing his special recipe with you!

When making these cookies, keep the following points in mind:

• Turn any chocolate discs that are poking up from the dough horizontally so that they melt evenly into the cookie.
• If you want your cookies to have a cake-like texture, replace one of the eggs . . .  READ MORE

IBERIAN PENINSULA TECHNOLOGY DURING THE AGE OF DISCOVERY

BY: JOE WALL

In an age where news spreads worldwide in seconds and a universe of knowledge is a web search away, it’s easy to forget there was a time when oceans represented the ultimate boundary for explorers. In an era lasting roughly from 1450 to 1750 – known as the European Age of Exploration – the Iberian Peninsula emerged as a focal point of exploration, colonization and, crucially, technological advances that opened up once impregnable expanses of ocean and the lands beyond.

An . . .  READ MORE

Star Breeze stretch and renovation project update

On June 3rd Star Breeze floated out and transferred to wet dock for the completion of her stretch project adding 50 suites, two new restaurants, a larger pool and deck, World Spa by Windstar and other expanded public areas. Further work is required on the upper decks plus outfitting for suites and public areas. With her new lengthened profile she looks sleek and impressive.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted completion timelines for the Star Plus Class ship renovations, nothing has been cut . . .  READ MORE

Travel Smart And Safe With These Tips

Travel Smart And Safe With These Tips

Stepping outside your comfort zone is something that is a prerequisite for a successful travel experience. Although, it’s not always easy to prepare ahead of time for the inevitable differences between your ordinary world and the one you will be entering, a few tips will help make the transition both easy and enjoyable.

If you’re going on a road trip, bring an extra gallon of water with you. While you may think to bring bottled water, you probably . . .  READ MORE

How to Choose the Best Cruise Ship Room

Imagine strolling bougainvillea-lined paths with the Mediterranean sparkling below, or roaming through tropical greenery to reach a refreshing waterfall. A cruise allows you to enjoy unforgettable adventures at each port. When the day is over, you might look forward to unwinding and recollecting your experiences in a comfortable, private room. Or, maybe you’ll only use your room to freshen up, so you can spend the evening chatting with a fellow traveler under the stars.

Every traveler is . . .  READ MORE

Farewell to Two ‘Fun Ships,’ Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration Leave Fleet

Last week’s announcement that Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration would be leaving the fleet brought forth a flood of memories from our shipboard and shoreside team members who worked on these two popular ships which carried millions of satisfied guests during their many years of service.

It was an emotional moment for all crew on board as Carnival Fantasy arrived at a Turkish shipyard for recycling, ending an incredible 30-year run as one of the most successful ships in cruising.

Carnival . . .  READ MORE

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