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Royal Caribbean will require children ages 3 to 11 aboard its ship “Oasis of the Seas” to wear wristbands that contain an electronic tracking device. Staffers and youth counselors can read the bands to learn information about the kids and help them reconnect with their parents (who, in turn, can rent reconfigured Apple iPhones for $17.50 per cruise to track their kids on the ship in real time).

For more information on the Oasis of the Seas or any Royal Caribbean cruise vacation, contact us.  Cruise on!

Tonight’s State Dinner in Washington, D.C. is being held in honor of the Prime Minister of India.  While I’m not usually the one into blogging about “all things Indian,” I came across a link on the President’s Web site with the guest list.  These are the names that jumped out at me at first glance:

Deepak Chopra

Katie Couric

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

The Honorable (Governor) Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana
Mrs. Supriya Jindal, First Lady of Louisiana

Gayle King

General Colin Powell

Mrs. Marian Robinson

Brian Williams

I also found it quite interesting to see the number of American dignitaries and statesmen on the list who are of Indian origin.  Goes to show what a melting pot America truly is.

Tonight’s menu, by Guest Chef Marcus Samuelsson, combines American and Indian cuisines.  Here’s the menu, course by course:

Potato and Eggplant Salad
White House argula with onion seed vinaigrette
Wine: 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Modus Oprendi, Napa Valley, California

Red lentil soup with fresh cheese
Wine: 2008 Riesling Brooks “Ara” Willamette Valley, Oregon

Roasted Potato Dumplings with tomato chutney
Chick peas and okra
Green curry prawns
Carmelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut aged basmati
Wine: 2007 Granache, Beckman Vineyards, Santa Ynez, California

Pumpkin Pie tart
Pear tatin
Whipped cream and caramel sauce
Wine: Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Virginia

Petits Fours and Coffee
Cashew Brittle
Pecan Pralines
Passion Fruit and Vanilla Gelees
Chocolate dipped fruit

Personally, I think the pumpkin pie is a befitting nod to the Thanksgiving holiday this week, and pecan pralines are a wonderful way to highlight not only an American classic, but also Gov. Bobby Jindal’s home state.

For your personal taste and experience of authentic cuisine by 5-star chefs around the world, see Celebrations International Travel’s Culinary Tours.  Here’s our India sample itinerary, just to tempt your palate and inspire your travels.  All tours are customized to suit your needs and preferences. 

Contact us to start planning your culinary tour today!






I just participated in a live Webinar with Princess Cruises, and wanted to share with you some of the most notable enhancements to the Princess guest experience.   Of course, this is a brief list and is by no means all-encompassing:

– All of the food served in Vines Wine & Seafood Bar and the International Cafe are now free, including sushi and tapas!  The International Cafe has a baker’s oven, so every morning you’ll enter the Piazza area to the smell of fresh baked goods.

– Waffle stations and complimentary lemonade are now offered in the Lido buffet.

– All staterooms have WiFi access, and the rates are the same as what they charge in the Internet Cafe.

– The Pub Lunch offered onboard is free and very popular!

– A complimentary breakfast is available to Suite guests in Sabbatini’s Restaurant featuring the full breakfast menu in addition to a number of specialty items.

– Movies Under the Stars are now available fleet-wide, featuring first-run movies, blankets to keep you warm on cool nights, and free popcorn.

– Misting stewards on the ships’ top decks will offer guests sprayers filled with Evian water to keep them cool, and cool face towels are now offered at the gangway in every port of call.

– The new Princess stateroom design is being rolled out, featuring lighter colors, flat-screen TVs, bedding upgrades.

– Suite guests now have access to priority room service.

– The popular Ultimate Ship Tour has been implemented fleet-wide.

– A new Ultimate Theatre Night experience will be introduced at a cost of $50.00 per couple, to include box theater seating, chocolates, a bottle of premium champagne, use of opera glasses, and a souvenir photo in your theater box.

To learn more about Princess and all of its other great ship features and itineraries, contact Celebrations International Travel.  Our agents are Princess Commodores (aka Princess Certified Experts)!

Watch for our special Princess Alaska group rates to be posted soon:  A great way to save on individual bookings!

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