A Day at the Museum in Montréal

If you find yourself exploring Montréal in the fall, why not wile away the hours at the Montreal Museum of Arts, also known as Musée des Beaux-Arts to the local culture vultures.

You Say You Want a Revolution? Journey back in time to the sixties where Flower Power, music and demonstrations were the order of the day. The exhibit originated at London’s venerable Victoria and Albert Museum and is hailed as a musical odyssey of pop art, film, fashion, design and of course, pop tunes of the period.

The journey begins with the Pop Art and Mary Quant fashions of London’s Carnaby Street to the 1968 peace demonstrations in Paris and “Be sure to wear flowers in your hair at the Summer of Love in San Francisco and Woodstock and concludes at Montreal’s Expo 1967 with a focus on mass design and consumerism. Music from the Beatles, The Who, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Jimi Hendrix, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and James Brown make up some of the background while guests can view 700 objects from clothing, posters, album covers and photographs resonate in the galleries. The exhibit runs June 17th through October 9th.

If haute couture is more your style, catch the Love is Love exhibit which features fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Wedding Bliss” designs for the bride’s big day. Displayed on a gigantic wedding cake crowned by computer-animated models, Love is Love showcases fashion’s French enfant terrible prêt-à-porter fashion designer who was known for his unconventional designs (case in point: his conical bra designs for Madonna). The former creative director of Hermes notes that this show by the MMFA is “my biggest fashion show ever!” and has enjoyed a record-setting international tour. Love is Love: Wedding Bliss for All a la Jean Paul Gaultier features 37 gowns and suits from 1991 to 2017, runs through October 9th.

And while you are in the area, step outside and enjoy the museum’s public art exhibition on Sherbrooke Street. The exhibition, La Balade pour la Paix coincides with the city’s 375th anniversary and the country’s 150th anniversary and showcases 40 large-scale photographs and 67 unique works of art and sculptures keeping peace, tolerance and humanism in mind. Some of the more unusual works include works by Keith Haring, Zhang Huan’s stainless steal panda bears and a host of renowned Canadian artists. The streets are lined with colorful flags of the world’s 200 plus countries and the 13 provinces of Canada. Also coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the summer-long open-air museum concludes October 27th.

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Sail Away to a Magical Winter Holiday with Disney Cruise Line

CELEBRATION, Fla. – This holiday season, give a gift that’s both nautical and nice: a cruise on the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy, all decked out with holiday cheer. Starting early November, Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to each ship during Very Merrytime Cruises, with traditional “turkey day” fanfare, Christmas feasts, “snow flurries” and New Year’s Eve galas. But the best part might just be relaxing on deck instead of shoveling snow.

During these voyages through the new year, special stem-to-stern holiday events include:

  • “Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic” in the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, where Disney characters lead holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.
  • “Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball” in the atrium lobby, where Disney cruisers welcome the guests of honor, Santa and Mrs. Claus, with a grand celebration featuring Broadway-style entertainment, favorite Disney characters and classic holiday tunes. This evening of enchantment is made complete when a special pair of royal sisters joins the party and causes a flurry of “frozen” fun as a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium.
  • Dickens-inspired carolers carrying the spirit of the holidays throughout the ship while singing holiday classics, sometimes with the help of favorite Disney friends. At the end of the cruise, children will have the opportunity to join the carolers onstage for a special farewell show.
  • Family holiday activities including building gingerbread houses and meeting Santa Claus.
  • Youth holiday crafts such as decorating stockings and gingerbread men cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.
  • “Deck the Deck Holiday Party,” a tropical celebration with Disney friends leading games such as hula hooping and limbo under oversized candy canes, along with dances for the whole family like the “Yuletide Slide” and a conga line around the pool.
  • A special holiday edition of the cheerful farewell celebration on the final night of the cruise, with beloved Disney characters and the ship’s crew in an engaging musical finale led by Mickey Mouse.

On Thanksgiving Day, guests will enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day feast and visits from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. Also during the special Thanksgiving voyages, NFL football games will be broadcast live on the ships’ outdoor, jumbo LED screens – Funnel Vision – located near the family pool.

Christmas morning at the atrium lobby tree Santa Claus and his helpers will have a surprise for all the kids, and guests will delight in a special musical performance from the children. A traditional Christmas Dinner will be served that night in the dining rooms.

Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Hanukkah services will be held each day, Dec. 12 to Dec. 20.

Special holiday décor adorns each ship from bow to stern, anchored by a three-deck-tall tree in the atrium lobby. The 20’ tall tree is uniquely decorated to complement the existing colors and overall theme of the lobby, including a custom star that is as unique as the ship. All together, the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Dream have 402 garlands totaling 3,768’, 126 wreaths ranging from 24” to 60” and 130 trees ranging from 24” to 8’.

When the ships stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, during the holidays, the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music.

For an extra sprinkle of holiday joy, special amenities are available for stateroom delivery. Purchased in advance of sailing, these include holiday-themed gift packages and treat baskets and even mini Christmas trees decorated with ornaments, red berries, mini carnations and a bow topper. Plus, during the holiday cruises, the Disney Cruise Line holiday merchandise collection and ever-popular Disney Cruise Line ornaments will be available in the gift shops.

To ring in 2018, voyages during the holiday include a special New Year’s Eve party, complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown.

To celebrate the holidays, the Disney Magic sails four-, five-, seven- and eight-night Bahamian cruises, five- night Eastern Caribbean cruises, and a five-night Western Caribbean cruise departing Nov. 11 to Dec. 24; the Disney Wonder sails seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, and seven-night Bahamian cruises departing from Nov. 10 to Dec. 22; the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing from Nov. 10 to Dec. 22; and the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing from Nov. 11 to Dec. 23.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

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5 Cool Eastern Caribbean Shore Excursions

When it comes to taking a Caribbean cruise, there’s one thing you have lots of: options. Do you want to go to the Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean? Lie on the beach or be active? The sky is really the limit when it comes to your sun-seeking cruise vacation.

One advantage the Eastern Caribbean has over the Western Caribbean is the array of ports. There are dozens of Eastern Caribbean cruise ports to choose from.

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Here are 5 cool Eastern Caribbean shore excursions worth trying:

Aquaventure Waterpark in Nassau

Families and couples flock to Paradise Island when they get off their cruise ship. You almost can’t help it after seeing the castle-like Atlantis Resort towering into the sky when you dock. On the grounds of the Atlantis is the Aquaventure Waterpark, easily accessible to cruise passengers. Here you’ll find twisting slides, river rides, pools, lazy rivers and even rock climbing to satisfy the kid in you — and your kids, too. The Discover Nassau Town and Atlantis shore excursion gets you to Atlantis, and then you can take advantage of all the options there!

Horseback Riding in Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a picturesque postcard island with white, sandy beaches and plenty of fun in the sun. The horseback riding excursions on this island give you the chance to take in breathtaking views via horseback and then actually ride your horse directly into the warm water for an experience you won’t soon forget. Bring your waterproof camera and wear clothes that can get wet on this one — it’s not your typical horseback ride!

SeaTrek in St. Thomas 

Not familiar with Sea Trek? Simply put, it’s helmet diving that requires no previous experience. Your head and hair stay completely dry while you walk upright underwater exploring coral reefs, schools of fish and colorful marine creatures. You’ll see a whole new world under the sea with a SeaTrek cruise excursion!

Bioluminescence Bay in San Juan 

This spectacular Puerto Rican bay is truly magical and considered a wonder of nature. You can experience the glowing bay via kayak or pontoon boat. This bay gets its glow from single-celled bioluminescent dinoflagellates, half-plant, half-animal organisms that emit a flash of bluish light when agitated at night. The glow they emit lights up the night sky.

Snorkeling in St. John

St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, features some of the most pristine beaches and renowned snorkeling locations in the Caribbean. Trunk Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and even has an underwater snorkeling trail.

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There is no shortage of cool things to do in Eastern Caribbean ports of call.

Tips

Consider booking a private tour for a more intimate cruise excursion experience.

Avoid looking like a lobster by bringing sunscreen with you on your cruise vacation. Sunscreen at an island store is sometimes double the price stores charge back home.

Invest in some type of protection like a water bag or a waterproof cover for your electronics.

Research your excursions directly through the company’s website, crowd-sourced websites like CruiseCritic.com or even your own social media channels like Facebook. Ask your friends if they have ever done the excursion you’re looking at booking — you’d be surprised how many have!

Regardless of where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll only have six to 10 hours in your cruise port, so you’ll want to make the most of it!

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6 Tips to Plan for a Long Flight

We’re all for adventures Down Under, explorations throughout Asia, and alluring sailings in Tahiti — but you can’t get to your next destination without planning for the flight to your embarkation port. Preparing for an extended trip may seem like the start of a tough ordeal, but we’re here to make sure that you begin your vacation rested and relaxed. Read on for 6 tips to plan a long flight and you’ll start your next voyage ready to explore!

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1. Book your flights early. The earlier you book your air travel, the better your seat options will be – and we all know what a difference the location of your seat can make on a long-haul flight.

2. Upgrade or use air miles. When you’re flying across the globe, frequent flier miles are your best friend. It’s well worth the extra dollars for business class if you don’t have the miles to get you there.

3. Prep for jet lag. It seems unavoidable, but there are a few things you can do to lessen the effects. In the days leading up to your flight, gradually adjust your sleeping pattern to match that of your destination time zone. It’s also important to be well rested before you fly – napping on a plane is not equivalent to a good night’s rest.

4. Bring the right travel gear. A neck pillow, noise cancellation headphones, a sleep mask, personal entertainment and lumbar support (think small pillow, blanket or an extra sweater) top the lists of frequent fliers. Anything that can help create a mini-sanctuary for you in the sky should make the cut.

5. Pack healthy snacks. This means you’ll have more control over what you’re eating and your stomach will be happier. Aim for protein-rich snacks like almonds, peanut butter and crackers, cheese or yogurt. Experts say it’s best to eat a bit less than normal on planes since it’s more difficult to digest food while in the air.

6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Since the air is quite dry on planes, drinking a sufficient amount of water becomes paramount. Resist the temptation to cut back so you don’t have to get up to use the restroom as much. Not only does it fend off germs, aid circulation, and keep your body and skin hydrated, it also prevents your muscles from becoming stiff or cramping up. Keep caffeine and alcohol intake to a minimum, and be sure to pack a water bottle, lip moisturizer, and lotion.

What tips help make your long-haul flights a breeze? Share them with us!

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Construction of New 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon Continues at Fincantieri Shipyard in Marghera, Italy

Construction of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, is moving along as scheduled as work continues at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.

The ship’s stunning spaces – from the Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks aqua park and the 270-square-foot Seaside Theatre poolside LED screen to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor dining, beverage and entertainment venues – are taking shape in anticipation for Carnival Horizon’s April 2018 maiden voyage.

Carnival Horizon is set to debut April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona – the first of four round-trip departures from this port.  Carnival Horizon will then reposition to the U.S. with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York May 9-23, 2018, positioning the vessel for a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple.

Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami to launch a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018. Carnival Horizon will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami Sept. 20-22, 2018.

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