ELVIS MAY HAVE LEFT the building, but it’s only because his ship’s come in, and you can join the King on a number of upcoming Elvis-themed cruises. A five-night Bermuda cruise departing Baltimore Oct. 14 this year aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas is just one example. Elvis imitators and tribute artists will also entertain passengers during Royal Caribbean’s week-long 14th Annual Memories of the King Birthday Cruise aboard the Allure of the Seas sailing the Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale come Jan. 21, 2018.
Cruises with a theme rate among the most popular offerings at sea, with literally hundreds of special-interest itineraries available. Themed cruises sell out fast, filling staterooms with fans and fanatics of music, food, wine, crafts, sports and even cats, so book early. Some themed cruises cast their spell over an entire ship, and some are simply add-ons appealing to some passengers during a regular cruise. Either way, a theme, if it’s close to one’s heart, can enhance, if not consume, a voyage.
Music lists among the top cruise themes. Elvis imitators are just a few of the stars joining Holland America’s lineup on the Malt Shop Memories Cruise through the Caribbean on the ms Eurodam Nov. 5–12. Expect tributes to Dion, Brenda Lee, Jay and the Americans, the Coasters, Buddy Holly and many more, along with an all-hands-on-deck sock hop. Blues lovers might prefer Holland America’s Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #29 departing Oct. 21 from Fort Lauderdale, while Celebrity Cruises announced The Moody Blues Cruise will kick off its 2018 sailings Jan. 2 that year. And connoisseurs of the classics might be tempted by Ponant’s many music-themed cruises, including the Athens-to-Venice Homage to Callas, the curtain rising May 3.
Wine fanciers have plenty of chances to slake their palates this year. There’s Silversea’s Trentadue Winery Cruise & Tuscany voyage April 22, Regent Seven Seas’ Sbragia Wine Cruise May 31, Seabourn’s America Wine Society & Sullivan Vineyards – Tuscany Tour and Wine Cruise July 4 and AmaWaterways’ St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Paris & Normandy Aug. 5, just for starters.
Dancers, too, can delight in themed cruises, ranging from Royal Caribbean’s Dance Cruise Europe – British Isles venture June 27 to Carnival’s Polka Dreams @ Sea – Polka Cruise April 2. Those with money in the bank can invest in a financial-themed cruise, such as Crystal Cruises’ 2018 Chairman’s Circle Wealth Cruise May 16 or Princess Cruises’ The Stock Whisperer Trading Cruise July 9. Sky watchers are the perfect observers of Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2’s World Space Week blasting off Oct. 6. And motor sport fans can rev up for Azamara’s Monaco Grand Prix 2017 voyage May 24 (or be at the starting line for next year’s cruise May 21, 2018).
There are hundreds of other choices. Every cruise line has its own special themes. Not even cat lovers are excluded. The annual Meow Meow Cruise, featuring mixers, group dancing, trivia contests and scavenger hunts (but no cats) will be held on board Carnival’s Victory on a four-night, round-trip cruise from Miami Oct. 23 as it claws its way across the Western Caribbean.
One thing surprising about the Prince Edward Island capital is its abundance of shops specializing in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry rendered in sterling silver, vermeil, 14K gold and semi-precious stones. Whether you prefer delicate pieces or bold wearable art, you can be assured the pieces for sale are inspired by the maritime island setting and, therefore, specific to the place where they are created. Here are a few shining, woman-owned examples:
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Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
With the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, many of us still wrack our brains on what to buy friends and family this holiday season. For the traveler in your life, finding the perfect gift can go a long way. Here are some top-quality products sure to impress loved ones this season:
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