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Archive for December 2010

My family, like many others, writes a holiday letter updating friends and family on the year’s events.  You would think that in a whole year’s time, I’d at least have something to write about.  This time last year, I found myself literally staring blankly at the Christmas-themed stationery I had created on my computer. 

I didn’t know what to say because I couldn’t think of anything noteworthy enough to be included in our holiday letter.  So I wrote a traditional, hum-drum holiday letter: 

– Everyone’s doing well.

– The kids are getting older and doing well in school.

– We look forward to next year.

Suffice it to say that that letter could have been written by anyone, and that the update was nothing short of generic.  Well, I’m happy to say that experience won’t repeat itself this year!

Our agency’s tagline is “Celebrating Life Through Travel”.  In the new year, don’t just go through the motions.  Celebrate life!  You don’t have to travel far to celebrate the good things in life.  We believe it’s more about the experiences you have and the memories you create with your loved ones. 

Wherever life’s travels take you, experience every day and every destination in ways that you enjoy and that are meaningful to you.  Then you’ll be sure to have something interesting and memorable to write about in your holiday letter!

We wish you safe and happy travels this holiday season and throughout the year.

Celebrations International Travel

Celebrations International Travel - Princess Cruises Certified Experts     Celebrations International Travel - Princess Cruises Certified Experts

This brand-new video from Princess Cruises has been posted to our Web site.  Enjoy this glimpse into some of Princess Cruises’ Exotic itineraries. 

Contact us with any questions.

Delta Airlines plans to roll out recharging stations in 19 airports across the U.S., including its seven domestic hubs, to assist passengers seeking a spot to recharge their electronic devices.

From early 2011, two Delta recharging stations will be available at each passenger gate area, featuring six standard, 110-volt outlets and two USB ports. Recharging pads designed for smartphones and mobile devices will be available in all domestic Delta Sky Club locations.

Gate area recharging stations will be installed at Delta hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York Kennedy and Salt Lake City.

Recharging stations will also be installed at airports in Boston, Columbus, Ohio; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Nashville; Norfolk, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and St. Louis.

Celebrations International Travel offers a wide range of international airline tickets at competitive fares.  Contact us to book today!

Celebrations International Travel - Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line accepted delivery of its new ship, the “Disney Dream” yesterday at a shipyard in Germany.  The ship will sail to Port Canaveral next week for its maiden voyage that departs Jan. 26.  Its onboard features range from the AquaDuck water coaster to inside cabins with “virtual views.”  The ship will operate three-, four-, and five-night Bahamas cruises.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or any other Disney Destinations, including Disney’s new Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii, contact Celebrations International Travel

Here’s to cruising Disney style!

Celebrations International Travel - Cunard Line

Cunard Line made company history this month by giving Inger Klein Olsen command of its ship, the “Queen Victoria, as she became the line’s first female captain.

Experience Cunard’s legendary Trans-Atlantic voyage for yourself.  Contact us to start planning today!

Celebrations International Travel - Princess Cruises Certified Experts     Celebrations International Travel - Princess Cruises Certified Experts

This week’s destination is Reykjavik, Iceland.  Enjoy!

Unexpectedly Awestruck on the Golden Circle - Reykjavik, Iceland

I really like this holiday e-greeting I received from Princess Cruises

Check it out for some holiday cheer from around the globe.

Happy Holidays!

I received this recipe in a holiday greeting from Viking River Cruises, and it looks so good I had to share it!

Happy Holidays and enjoy: 

Viking River Cruises' Sachertorte

The year was 1832, and the Austrian minister of foreign affairs, Prince Metternich, ordered his court’s kitchen to create a special dessert for his high-ranking guests. But the head chef of his household was ill that day, so the task fell to his 16-year-old apprentice, Franz Sacher. Fortunately, the delicious chocolate cake he developed on the spot was a rousing success! Herr Sacher went on to become a famous confectioner. In 1876 his son Eduard opened the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, where the treat has been served to honored guests ever since.One of the best things about traveling with Viking River Cruises is the opportunity to sample delicious local cuisine. Here is a recipe from Austria—Sachertorte (pronounced “SOCCER tort”). While the dessert is found in many of Vienna’s coffeehouses, it can also be sampled on many of Viking River Cruises‘ ships.

Cake Ingredients
5 oz. softened butter
A half cup sifted powdered sugar
8 egg yolks
8 egg whites
5 oz. bittersweet chocolate
Two-thirds cup of flour
A half cup sugar
2 tablespoons apricot jam

Glaze Ingredients
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cream together butter and powdered sugar. Add 1 egg yolk at a time, mixing until creamy. Melt the 5 oz. bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler or microwave; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold in flour. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and sugar until stiff. Fold into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into a lined 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 50-65 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. Heat apricot jam and smooth over entire torte, including the sides. For glaze, melt the 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate with butter and frost the cake. Serve with whipped cream.

Makes 8-10 servings.

Did you know?

XMAS:  In Greek, X means Christ.  That is where the word “Xmas” comes from!

The world’s largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the US in 1886. It is 46.5 meters high and weighs 225 tons!

“Green” Christmas:  It can take up to 15 years to grow an average-sized tree of 6 to 7 feet, sometimes as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7!

Christmas Songs:  Bing Crosby ‘s ‘White Christmas’ was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time!

Christmas Statistics:

1 in 10:  The number of the presents received that will be broken by the New Year

7 in 10:  The number of dogs who get Christmas gifts from their owners

 25:  The average number of minutes spent waiting in lines while Christmas shopping

6:  The average number of holiday events a family of four can expect to attend this time of year

What would Christmas be without all the traditional food and drink we enjoy?  In the spirit of the holidays, here’s a look at some of the goodies that are traditionally enjoyed around the world. 

FRANCE:  Buche de Noel (a Genoise or other sponge cake, baked in a large Swiss roll pan)

USA:  Pumpkin Cake (with cinnamon and ginger, frosted with cream cheese frosting) I know there are many who would agree with this one, but pumpkin sounds more like a Halloween and Thanksgiving treat to me!  My favorite Christmastime sweet treat is gingerbread!

SPAIN:  Nougat (made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts)

HUNGARY:  Beigli (roll of sweet yeast bread with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling)

ITALY:  Panettone (is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan)

SWEDEN:  Pepparkakor (heart-star and goat-shaped gingerbread biscuit)

UNITED KINGDOM:  Christmas Pudding (steamed pudding, with dried fruit and nuts, usually made with suet)

PORTUGAL:  Pain Perdu (French toast made with bread and eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon)

GERMANY: Lebkuchen (large cookies made of honey)


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