Ports of Call: Disney Wonder typically sails out of Galveston, Texas; New Orleans; San Diego; and Vancouver. Itinerary destinations include Grand Cayman, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Key West, Mexico and San Francisco.
Embarkation/Disembarkation: Our April sailing departed San Diego, California, for Ensenada, Mexico, for a weekend cruise. The two-day sailing kicked off with a true Disney send-off, including dance parties and characters waving our San Diego port good-bye. Trusting our bags would make it to our room, my mom and I lay by the pool, trying to soak in some sun before dinner. We felt the ship whir beneath us, pushing us out to sea.
Guest Quarters: A couple of hours later we found our bags waiting for us in our deluxe ocean- view stateroom with a veranda. With a queen-sized bed and a sitting area offering a couch, TV and desk with storage space, the room could have felt cramped for two people, but the walk-out veranda with outside seating really elevated the room, making it feel infinitely larger. The room design made great use of the space, including a restroom separate from the shower, allowing two people to get ready at the same time.
Services/Amenities: The all-inclusive nature of a Disney cruise provides a never-ending embarrassment of riches. Each restaurant offers more food than the next, and on such a short cruise, it’s difficult to make time for it all … though we tried. The price of admission includes a fitness center, live shows and nightly entertainment, youth clubs and themed parties, various age-appropriate pools, self-serve ice cream, recreation activities, daily character experiences and inclusive dining at all restaurants with the exception of Palo; the adults-only, fine-dining Italian restaurant requires a dress code and additional fees.
◆ Bring something warm to wear for the pirate party and fire- works finale. The air gets colder than you might expect, and this show is a must — Disney’s cruise ships are the only vessels offering fireworks shows at sea.
◆ Having a private, open-air space like a stateroom veranda offers a retreat from the public spaces on the upper decks.
◆ Arrive early to enjoy onboard entertainment and shows. Some of the more popular productions, like Frozen, A Musical Spectacular and movie premieres, fill up quickly and are first- come, first served.
◆ Familiarize yourself with the ship layout early. The ship’s décor provides clues and features thousands of signs (more than 2,400 total), but it’s still easy to get turned around.
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Pantone recently unveiled its color of the year for 2023. The highly anticipated announcement has become a tradition, each year introducing a new color to represent the coming year. In 2021, Pantone declared 2022 to be the color of Very Peri 17-3938, a blend of purple and blue. For 2023, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva magenta 18-1750. A shade from the red family, this color represents a new signal of strength. Brave and fearless, Viva Magenta is rooted in nature and embraces joy and celebration.
ISN’T IT TIME? It's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve, and Celebrity Cruises® offers the perfect escapes. With an award-winning fleet of ships that sail to more than 300 destinations around the world, Celebrity will take you almost anywhere you want to go in style. Enjoy stunning staterooms and suites, culinary experiences imagined by Michelin-starred chefs and intuitive service. Celebrity makes sure your vacation is effortless from the start, which is why drinks, WiFi and tips are Always IncludedSM on every sailing.
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
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A giant, sparkling white fir tree and decadent holiday brunch in a historic Rocky Mountain setting? Please and thank you! It’s all happening at historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. Guests will be greeted by sparkle and light as they enter — the hotel’s enormous lobby tree is a local tradition, chosen each year through a partnership with Native Nursery in the nearby town of Golden.
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Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.