How To Capture Vacation Memories Through Pictures

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How To Capture Vacation Memories Through Pictures

Some view life as a collection of memories and whether or not this is true is not the purpose of this article. However, we will say that you will definitely want to save your vacation memories on film, whether by photos or video, rather than just your memory. Going back to look at pictures after a cruise can take you back to those great feelings and help you remember some of the moments you may have forgotten.

Here are some useful tips whether you are new to photography or a professional with extensive knowledge of the skills necessary to take fantastic pictures. The information provided here is not necessarily about all of the techniques of photography, but rather on the more personal side of taking pictures and capturing memories. For those of you desiring a holiday video, these tips can also be useful since the information is not focused on the technical side of photos.

First, do not go into your cruise or vacation viewing it as an extended photo session of every pose possible. Remember, it is a vacation. You will undoubtedly not forget you were present on the ship, so a collection of pictures proving your presence is not the goal. Rather, you want to take pictures to portray the atmosphere on the cruise or vacation destination. For example, instead of lining everyone against the side railing for the most “still image” shot possible, opt for unexpected snap shots. These will better capture the true atmosphere and bring back the pleasant feelings and fun times when you go back to reminisce. Even the blurred pictures you may end up with can show some of the vacation spirit and present a truer image of the fabulous time you had.

Also, do not forget to take pictures of the surroundings. If you are on a cruise, appreciate the fact that it is not an everyday time so be sure you have many photos to remember it. Some great shots are the ocean view, your cabin and even the crew but remember to be creative even with these shots. For these shots, though, you may want to spend a little more time finding the best lighting, angle and camera settings. What you include in the photo and the angle from which you shoot it can make a big difference in reminiscing later when looking at the photos.

Finally, don’t go overboard. No pun intended. The best camera or video equipment available may provide more guarantee of technically better photos and shots. But, you may find a regular camera, digital camera or even a disposable camera more convenient. After the vacation and in the years to come, it will not be the picture quality that you pay attention to but rather the great time you had. So, relax, enjoy the vacation and capture the memories to be shared!

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Carnival’s ‘Keep On Rockin’ Sweepstakes Winners Announced


Winners have been announced in Carnival Cruise Line’s “Keep On Rockin” Sweepstakes, which offered travel agents the opportunity to win a $ 10,000 cash prize, Carnival Horizon cruises, gift cards and more.

Each week during the contest period, which ran from Oct. 9 – Nov.5, Carnival asked agents to demonstrate how they “Keep on Rockin” in their job by responding to a question posed on Vice President of Sales & Trade Marketing Adolfo Perez’s Facebook page.

Travel agents participated by sharing examples through photos, written descriptions and videos, all of which were reviewed by Perez and a panel of industry leaders. Winners were selected based on criteria including creativity, originality and a Carnival “fun factor.”

Each week, five winners were selected and the $ 10,000 cash prize was randomly drawn from the 20 total weekly winners at the end of the promotion. All of the final 20 weekly winners won a seven-day European cruise aboard the new Carnival Horizon departing from Barcelona April 15, 2018.


Following is the full list of the “Keep on Rockin” winners:

Grand Prize

Prize: $ 10,000

Kelli Pilsbury, Nexion


Week One: Golden Oldies Challenge

Prize: $ 250 Visa Gift Card

Heather Caballero, Pryor Travel

Glen DeMark, GalaxSea Cruises

Kristie DeWaele, TravelOnly/CA

Maribeth Kring, Cruise Mom Cruises

Marcia Plummer, Endless Travel


Week Two: Backstage Pass Challenge

Prize: “Travel Agents Rock” branded “Backstage Boxes” featuring T-shirts, speakers, temporary tattoos, photo frames and Beats headsets.

Shylar Bredewold, Nexion/CA

Sue Lirette, Expedia Cruiseship Centers

Kamace Priest, Seas the Day/Cruise Mom

Amy Solomon, Life’s A Beach Cruises

Sherri Taggart, Cruise Capers


Week Three: Show Us Your Swag Challenge

Prize: Five cabins and event tickets to Carnival Horizon’s naming ceremony and pierside overnight event in in New York on May 23, 2018.

Kelly Brewer, Cruise Planners

Kim Ilbery, Travel Connections

Shannon Murphy, Magical Vacation Planner

Kelli Pilsbury, Nexion

Camella Theriot, Dugan’s Travel


Week Four: Greatest Hits Challenge

Prize: $ 250 Ticketmaster e-gift cards

Elizabeth Garcia, Air Castle Travels & Tours

Rita Guillory Pete, On the Go Vacations

Kara Shaner, Cruises & Tours

Anisa Singh, Cruise Guruz

Jessica Vick, Heritage Travel/Worldwide Travel & Tours

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Five New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep on a Holland America Line Cruise

Every year around this time, millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions and vow to keep them over the coming year. From getting in shape and losing weight to traveling to a new place or trying new food, so many New Year’s Resolutions can be achieved and maintained on a Holland America Line ship.

1. Get in Shape

TRX Fitness Center - Deck 9 Forward StarboardKoningsdam - Holland America Line

One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to get in shape. People vow to exercise more, get fit and look after their heath in a more meaningful way. Our ships have state-of-the-art fitness facilities with equipment, classes and personal instruction so it’s easy to get in a workout while onboard. For those who like fresh air, a few laps around the deck does wonders for the soul.

2. Indulge in a Little Pampering

Hydrotherapy pool

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often forget to take time for ourselves. There’s no excuse when onboard a Holland America Line ship, as our amazing spas features some of the most relaxing and pampering treatments imaginable. From a massage, body wrap or facial to a steam or sauna, there’s something for everyone. You can relax the day away on the heated loungers or soak in the hydrotheray pool. Whatever you choose, you’ll come out a whole new you, ready to take on the new year!

3. Visit a New Place

Hong Kong

The travel bug is easy to catch. And of course, we think a cruise is the best way to see the world! If 2018 is the year you want to explore a new place, Holland America Line can take you there. Our ships visit all seven continents, so if it’s Antarctica, Alaska, Australia or the Amazon you desire, we’ll give you the most exceptional and immersive experience. Take a shorter, weeklong getaway or circle the globe for 113 days, we have the perfect length to fit your schedule. Join us to start ticking off your bucket list.

4. Learn Something New


Expanding your horizons can go beyond seeing new places, from learning a new skill or becoming more knowledgeable on a subject. Onboard we feature exceptional enrichment programming that keeps our guests entertained and informed. Explorations Central makes sure our guests know the history and cultures of the places we visit, while America’s Test Kitchen shows demonstrate the best techniques and recipes you’ll need to be an expert in your home kitchen. BBC Earth shows the world in a whole new way through live performances, trivia and more. Want to learn about wine? Visit BLEND on Koningsdam and make your own bottle or attend a tasting with our expert sommeliers. O, The Oprah Magazine programming explores fashion, wellness, healthy eating and literary excellence.

5. Meet New People

Piao Bar

It’s nice to have a familiar social circle, but on a cruise you get to meet new people from all over the world. You might dine with someone from France, sit next to a guest from Brazil on an EXC Tour, join a trivia team with a group from New Zealand or even have a drink with a couple from Japan. Cruising connects continents, oceans and cultures.

This year might be too late, so make 2018-19 the year you join us for a New Year’s cruise!

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The flavors of a Panamanian culinary cruise

Readers of this blog post fall into one of two categories. You’re either preparing to set sail just after the New Year from Charleston or Fort Lauderdale on Crystal Serenity through the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexican Riviera, with the delicious company of special guest chef, wine expert and mixologist for a mouthwatering Wine & Food Festival culinary cruise. Or, you’re not. If you fall into the latter group, we understand the FOMO (fear of missing out) that comes with the knowledge that Cajun Chef Alex Patout, wine expert Kevin Zraly and cocktail guru Jonathan Pogash will all be sharing their vast expertise aboard this flavor-filled voyage, complete with interactive demos, tastings and Q&A sessions – and we’ve got you covered.

Our guest experts have shared some of their signature dishes or you to enjoy at home or any other kitchen in the world. The recipes are manageable for all levels of chefs, and the results are certain to impress. Invite some of your loved ones or friends who share your wanderlust and FOMO and share a feast straight from Crystal Serenity.

Bon appetít!

Crystal's Serenity's Chef Alex culinary cruise

Chef Alex Patout prepares freshly caught shrimp for his Cajun specialties

Cajun Pâte, courtesy of Chef Alex Patout, who has Cajun spice in his blood, hailing from the same town that created Tobasco. Chef Patout’s life’s work has been dedicated to home-style Cajun cooking, which he learned from his grandparents and perfected with his own flair. He runs successful restaurants in New Orleans and Miami and has cooked for U.S. Presidents, and on this voyage, he’s cooking for Crystal guests. Try this savory dish at home while dreaming of your next journey.

Makes about 2 cups

2 cups (1 pound) butter
2 or 3 shallots, minced
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme, or ½ teaspoon fresh 1 bay leaf, crushed
1/2 pound chicken livers
1 teaspoon Cognac
Salt and pepper
Tabasco sauce


Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots, thyme, and bay leaf and cook until the shallots are soft, 2 – 3 minutes. Add the livers and cook for 3 minutes longer, stirring s=constantly. Transfer the mixture to a blender or a food processor fitted with a steel blade and puree until smooth. Blend in the Cognac and salt, pepper, and Tabasco to taste.

Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature. Beat thoroughly two or three time during the first hour to keep the ingredients from separating. Then refrigerate until cold. Pack into jars or crocks and chill again.

Serve cold, with toast points or crackers.

Crystal's Wine expert Kevin Zraly culinary cruise

Wine expert Kevin Zraly

Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve is the perfect wine pairing for this dish, as suggested by award-winning wine expert and best-selling author, Kevin Zraly. The fresh dryness and rich flavor of the wine beautifully cuts through the spice of the pate, leaving you wanting more.

Crystal Serenity's cocktail guru Jonathan Pogash culinary cruise

Jonathan’s Gin Fizz. Jonathan being Jonathan Pogash, dubbed “the Cocktail Guru” for his status as one of North America’s most premiere cocktail consultants and bartenders. His signature drinks can be found on the upscale menus of fine hotels and restaurants across the country, and he’s mixing it up aboard Crystal Serenity.

2 oz. Hendricks Gin
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. agave nectar
8 mint leaves
1 dash angostura bitters
Prosecco or other sparkling wine
Fresh mint sprig for garnish

Instructions: Slap the mint leaves and add to shaker, along with remaining ingredients.  Shake well with ice.  Strain over ice into rocks glass.  Top off w/ splash of sparkling wine.

If your FOMO and wanderlust are getting the best of you, book your own culinary cruise aboard the gorgeous ships of Crystal Cruises now.



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Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays from Holland America Line

Even Santa knows the coolest place to spend the holidays is on a Holland America Line cruise! From our family to yours, wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday season!

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