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Every fall, Epcot hosts one of the largest food and wine festivals in the country.  Visitors enjoy a variety of special events scheduled throughout the 45-day festival, and all the while, they have the chance to sample some of the best wines and culinary creations anywhere.  What a perfect vacation opportunity for Disney enthusiasts and foodies alike!  This video gives us an insider’s look at what it takes to deliver the guest experience at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.  More

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises knows that a truly extraordinary dining experience depends upon a number of special ingredients.

An elegant restaurant, offering tables bathed in candelight with fine linens and china.  The camaraderie of friends.  The talents of an expert chef using the finest and freshest ingredients.  The gracious hospitality of a professionally-trained staff.  And yes, the food itself–a delicious fusion of quality, creativity, and flavors inspired by the local regions.  Read More

Celebrity Cruises just posted this new video, introducing a few unique features on its brand-new ship, the Celebrity Silhouette:  Read More

As part of Azamara Club Cruises‘ focus on destination immersion for its guests, their VP of Sales & Marketing Edie Borenstein hosts a series of video clips entitled “You’ll Love Where We Take You”.   Each episode highlights a different, unique destination to be experienced with Azamara Club Cruises.

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Azamara Club Cruises

Each meal onboard Azamara Club Cruises promises to be a voyage unto itself, with nightly culinary artistry inspired by the world’s most accomplished chefs and by the bountiful regions through which each itinerary travels.  To further enhance the experience, vintages from an extensive wine list will be offered to complement each dish.  Read More

I came across this interesting article and thought I’d share it.  I’ll be the first to admit that unless I’m on the go and pressed for time, I prefer to seek out better food options when I’m traveling. 

To this list I’d like to add a personal favorite:  Changi International Airport in Singapore.  Their food court boasts numerous options including local specialties, all at reasonable prices for an airport.  The noodle house offers fresh Chinese hand-pulled noodles of all different varieties….a very welcome choice for a “fried-and-dipped”-weary world traveler!

Eat Up:  10 Airport Dining Experiences That Make Flying Taste Better

In this final installment in Princess Cruises‘ Grand Princess drydock video diary, the passengers have boarded.  Martyn proudly showcases the new Piazza-style atrium’s many features, as well as the Crown Grill.  On hand to help celebrate the ship’s Grand Opening are many Princess Cruises executives and crew members, including Executive Chef Alfredo Marzi (for whom the new Alfredo’s Pizzaria is named), the Grand Princess’s Sommelier, Maitre d’ and others.

The pastries and coffee in the International Cafe look very tempting, the Sommelier mentions a few exquisite wines available onboard, Chef Marzi serves Martyn the first pizza made in his new namesake restaurant, and the ambience in the new Crown Grill is superb.

And if you’ve been following my posts about the Grand Princess’s renovations, you know that’s just a few of the new features onboard.  What a magnificent new ship the Grand Princess has become!

I particularly like this latest episode from Princess Cruises, showing us how the Grand Princess’s  main galley (kitchen) is still fully operational during drydock, providing all meals, snacks, and beverage station service for those hard at work on the ship’s major renovations.  Life onboard a cruise ship has always intrigued me, and it’s neat to see how these construction workers and other contractors are living and working aboard the Grand Princess.

Princess Cruises‘ food and service has always been excellent, and it’s nice to see that the galley and restaurant crew members are providing the same level of service and quality food to the workers as passengers would receive.  One of my personal favorites is featured in this video, Princess Cruises‘ signature fresh pasta!

To learn more about the onboard experience with Princess Cruises, enjoy this video:

Visit our Princess Cruises homepage for more videos detailing Princess Cruises‘ staterooms, the Piazza-style atrium, the Sanctuary, Lotus Spa & Fitness Center, and Youth & Teen Programs.

We look forward to helping you plan your next adventure aboard Princess Cruises!

Celebrations International Travel : Princess Cruise Line Certified Experts

Omar Silingardi’s post entitled “In Search of Marco Polo” on Princess Cruises Travel Bucket List of Essential Experiences caused me to reflect on how Marco Polo’s travels had a great influence on the culinary world as we know it.  Omar tells us how annual trips to his ancestral town of Modena, Italy involve visiting with family and enjoying traditional Italian home cooking.  I don’t think life gets any better than great cooking enjoyed in picturesque settings like Modena.

If you like the sound of that, you might enjoy a culinary adventure of your own in Tuscany!  Check out our sample itinerary….At Celebrations International Travel, we customize all culinary tours to suit your needs, preferences, budget, and timeframe.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll even consider combining a Princess cruise with a custom culinary tourContact us for more information.

Voterra in Tuscany, Italy

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.


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