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Mexico’s Encore Collection of Shore Excursions is Perfect for Repeat Visitors

Mexico’s Encore Collection of Shore Excursions is Perfect for Repeat Visitors

Mexico’s enticing culture and natural allure make it a cruise destination that warrants more than one visit. In fact, the readers of Cruise Critic recently named Holland America Line the number-one cruise line of choice for Mexican Riviera in the 2019 Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Destination Awards based exclusively on consumer ratings and reviews. From its…   read more of “Mexico’s…”

Half Moon Cay: My Own Private Island

Half Moon Cay: My Own Private Island

I admit, when I first started traveling, my interests were pretty limited. I simply longed for a beautiful beach. This was before my introduction to Europe, before Asia, before South America and Alaska. I just wanted to find the most pristine sandy coves fronting the most luscious clear waters — and rank them. More than…   read more of “Half Moon Cay: My…”

#BaconLoversDay Culinary Council Recipe: David Burke’s Clothesline Candied Bacon

#BaconLoversDay Culinary Council Recipe: David Burke’s Clothesline Candied Bacon

It’s Bacon Lovers Day, and there’s no other way to celebrate than by making Culinary Council Member Chef David Burke’s famous Clothesline Candied Bacon that we serve in Pinnacle Grill. From the moment you smell the aroma of the bacon and see the delicious candied strips hanging from the clothesline, you’ll know you’re in bacon…   read more of “#BaconLoversDay…”

Celebrate National Rum Day with a FOOD & WINE Shore Excursion in the Caribbean

Celebrate National Rum Day with a FOOD & WINE Shore Excursion in the Caribbean

Happy National Rum Day! Celebrated annually on August 16, the holiday honors the distilled clear beverage which is a byproduct of molasses production or made directly from sugar cane juice. While the sweet spirit originated in Papua New Guinea, the beverage has become tied to the sunny Caribbean islands. In celebration of the holiday, we’re…   read more of “Celebrate National…”

Living the Dream in Santorini

Living the Dream in Santorini

I’ve been to Santorini several times, so I can’t pretend I’m a stranger to this singularly beautiful and unlikely island. So the first thing I do is something I’ve heard about but have never done: explore Ammoudi Beach, which rests far below a white windmill in the iconic village of Oia. (Don’t worry, I will…   read more of “Living the Dream in…”

Food & Beverage Aficionado Recipe: Culinary Council Member Ethan Stowell’s Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

Food & Beverage Aficionado Recipe: Culinary Council Member Ethan Stowell’s Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

Culinary Council Member and acclaimed Seattle Chef Ethan Stowell recently cruised on Noordam to Alaska for his “Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise.” During the voyage, he hosted cooking demonstrations, talks and an intimate, reservations-only dinner at the Pinnacle Grill. During his cooking presentation, Chef Stowell made his delicious Rigatoni with Italian Sausage, and and now…   read more of “Food &…”