Travel is food for the soul. It enriches our lives, makes lasting memories, creates newfound perspectives, forms life-long friendships, and so much more. But if travel is food for the soul, “foodie travel” is the dessert. As an essential part of cultures, communities and our lives, food is the key component to a truly authentic travel experience.
You know, it’s hard work making effortlessly fun vacations. That’s why Carnival is looking forward to kicking back with you on their newest ship, Carnival Celebration, coming to Miami, Florida this November! So, please, bring that unique Carnival spirit… and know that this ship will bring the fun.
Just like its sister ship, Mardi Gras™, Carnival Celebration has six Zones — themed areas that bring together incredible experiences and flavor. And as the second ship ever with BOLT™ — its onboard rollercoaster — they’ll make sure it’s every bit as speedy and thrilling. Carnival Celebration also marks the return of innovations like Bonsai Teppanyaki™, RedFrog® Tiki Bar, Family Feud™ Live, Havana Bar™, Seuss at Sea™, Playlist Productions™, and more. That ought to be enough fun for anybody — all powered by clean LNG fuel — but there’s so much more!
Carnival Celebration will have a new Miami-themed Zone — 820 Biscayne! This new zone, named after the address of Carnival’s original headquarters, celebrates and invites guests to experience all the culture, architectural styles, and flavors of Miami, and the homeport where Carnival began sailing 50 years ago.
Throughout this zone, you will experience a unique take on Miami, combining elements from its past with its present. From beautiful artwork to fun photo opportunities like posing with flamingoes on skateboards, guests will feel like they’re truly walking around the ‘305.’
Located on Deck 8, in the same place as La Piazza on the sister ship, Mardi Gras, 820 Biscayne will feature a similar layout and venues. But with influences and design elements that reflect the urban-meets-laid back vibes of Miami, it’s the perfect to relax and people watch or enjoy the fresh sea air and ocean views.
This half inside, half outside retro-inspired bar will feature a “vintage cool” design with grab-and-go Cuban and specialty coffees for early risers on their way outside for some morning sunshine, as well as Miami-inspired tropical frozen drinks and creative martinis day and night.
Designed as a nod to Miami’s Art Deco mecca with colorful fonts and signage, the space will serve more than classic deli sandwiches with an expanded menu that also highlights Miami staples including the Cubano, a Croqueta sandwich, and pan con Lechon, all on Cuban bread.
Midnight snack anyone? At Miami Slice you can enjoy 24-hour pizza at this always-popular walk-up spot featuring authentic, fresh-from-the-oven, and hand-tossed slices of cheesy goodness amid a contemporary and vibrant décor reminiscent of the late-night eateries on Miami’s bustling Ocean Drive.
That’s not all, at 820 Biscayne, guests can also find their favorites like Rudi’s Seagrill, which was introduced on Mardi Gras, and Cucina del Capitano, which will be redesigned with a new look and feel that reflects the sleek and airy restaurants often found in Miami.
Stay tuned as additional details and zones on Carnival Celebration will be revealed in the coming months leading up to her inaugural sailing from Miami on November 21st.
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Our theme this month is Eat Well, Travel Often which provided us with the perfect opportunity to sit down with the Jean-Michel Petit, Co-Founder and CEO of one of our most unique travel partners, Eatwith.
Q: Tell us a little bit about Eatwith and what the company offers.
Eatwith is the world’s largest curated collection of unique culinary experiences. Our expert local hosts offer supper clubs, pop-ups, cooking classes, food tours, and private events in more than 130 countries around the world.
Q: What is Eatwith’s main goal and what does the company hope to accomplish?
We are hugely passionate about the concept of social dining, and we want to share it with the world. Our goal as a company is to bring people together with food – we believe that the dining table is the original social network, and that the best way to get to know a place and a culture is through the magic of food and the people who can share its stories!
Q: With Eatwith, is the only option to eat in a stranger’s home?
While a portion of the experiences we offer take place in our hosts’ homes, there are also many opportunities available that take place in iconic venues the hosts have found – whether these are pop-ups or cooking classes. And, to discover the local secrets on our food tours, the “venue” is the streets of the city our guests find themselves in!
Q: In which locations does Eatwith currently offer experiences?
We offer experiences in over 130 countries around the world, with our most popular destinations being France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, the U.S., and the United Kingdom. We recently launched in Scotland and are constantly adding more experiences in new locations.
Q: For travelers looking for a truly immersive experience, what do you recommend?
All of the experiences our team curates are designed to immerse our guests in the culture and place they find themselves in, and our hosts have a lifetime of stories, recipes and anecdotes to share. The feedback we receive from our guests shows that they leave our experiences feeling as part of the host’s family – which is as immersive as you can get!
Q: For first-time Eatwith customers, which type of experience would you recommend most?
A supper club would definitely be the best way to first experience social dining, and once you’ve tried one, it will be the only way you want to eat out! The opportunity to meet with local hosts and fellow diners, sharing stories, and enjoy authentic local food is not to be missed.
Q: BONUS: Is there anything else you’d like travelers to know about Eatwith?
If you’re travelling with your family or a group of friends, many of our experiences around the world can be booked privately. This is a great option if you want to tailor the experience to your occasion.
With the cruise industry back in full swing, several cruise lines have put culinary-themed sailings back on the menu. From entirely new programs and pairings to onboard demonstrations, there’s a sailing sure to entice the epicurean in each of us.
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Throughout 2020 and 2021, there was a silver lining amidst the travel shutdown – companies were given the opportunity to step back, reassess their consumers’ needs and wants, and take action accordingly. What several companies found was that with a newfound focus on health and wellbeing, booze was beginning to take a backseat. In fact, nearly 50 percent of travelers surveyed in October 2021 said they’re likely to choose a non-alcoholic beverage over a beer or cocktail (Source: Hyatt Travel Pulse).
In response to travelers' increased focus on wellbeing and growing interest in alcohol alternatives, Hyatt launched its “Zero Proof, Zero Judgement” beverage program bringing dedicated alcohol-free cocktail options to a collection of hotels across the U.S. Hyatt restaurant and bar teams have enhanced their beverage menus with unique non-alcoholic options, most of which are created using Ritual Zero Proof and Fever-Tree products.
One of the inventive new cocktails is a refreshing drink comprised of Ritual Zero Proof Gin Alternative, basil, cucumber, lime, and ginger at Hyatt Centric Times Square New York’s Bar 54. Another is an enticing cocktail made of Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative, blueberry, honey, lime, and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer at the newly opened Thompson Savannah’s Lobby Bar.
Inspired by Anna Welker, sober bar manager of Topside at Revival Baltimore (a JdV by Hyatt hotel), the new program aims to ensure non-drinkers who visit Hyatt hotels are met with understanding and provided a tasty collection of alternatives. “Ultimately, it’s about providing an incomparable hospitality experience that’s reimagined with intentional options for guests who choose not to drink or to drink less,” said Miranda Breedlove, Hyatt’s National Director of Bars, Lifestyle Operations.
Royal Caribbean has revamped their beverage menu and now proudly has options for everyone to enjoy with the launch of its first zero-proof drink menu. This beverage menu is not comprised of your ordinary mocktails or virgin drink recipes but was carefully curated as standalone drinks without alcohol.
The new zero-proof drink menu provides you with a wide variety of cocktails to enjoy in most bars and lounges throughout Royal Caribbean’s fleet like the Viking Crown Lounge, Boleros, and the Schooner Bar. Geared towards tweens, teens, and adults alike, these light and refreshing drink options are sure to tantalize the taste buds. The new menu, only available on Royal Caribbean, is inspired by some of the most popular drinks like the delicious mojito or the classic Shirley Temple to name a few.
Check out your new favorites:
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Tempting dishes from our featured destinations give you a taste of local culture. From succulent roasts to exotic spicy fare and some divine desserts, you’re sure to find plenty of delicious recipes to try at home.
Each month we’re showcasing our cruise partners to bring you the latest on the cruise line and their ships. With different cruising styles and a variety of ships to choose from, you’ll find these profiles helpful for selecting the cruise that’s right for you.
If you are looking for a vacation of a lifetime, then we have just the thing! Mardi Gras®, Carnival’s most innovative ship yet, is now sailing from Port Canaveral, FL to exotic destinations in the Caribbean. The best part, she’s introducing a whole new level of fun, that can be felt throughout her 20 decks and six themed zones, inviting everyone on a personalized vacation experience that’s filled with food, drinks, and fun. For the adrenaline-seekers, there’s BOLT™: The Ultimate Sea Coaster™ the fastest – and first! – rollercoaster at sea. For those looking for flavor and just plain good times, there’s The Brass Magnolia or Fortune Teller where Carnival’s unnaturally talented bartenders will be pleased to conjure up the perfect cocktails. And if you’re looking to enjoy a little indulgence at sea, we have that too, Mardi Gras offers a full range of suites with exclusive perks! Carnival Excel Suites pack even more, like concierge service and access to Carnival’s new resort-style, open-air enclave, Loft 19™. In other words, on this ship, there’s something for everyone!
Get Funderstruck on Carnival! If you’ve ever sailed on a Carnival ship you’ll know, nothing feels quite like it. Funderstruck is the funnest feeling ever. It’s when you’re shocked and amazed by the power of Carnival Fun. Whether it’s the thrill you get from unforgettable onboard action, destinations that live in your memories forever, or deliciously fun dining you're still craving seconds for, one thing is for sure: a Carnival cruise is the only place to get Funderstruck. Choose Fun!
Mardi Gras Carnival’s most innovative new ship is sailing from Port Canaveral, and introduces a whole new level of fun, that can be felt throughout her 20 decks. From the first-ever roller coaster at sea BOLT™: The Ultimate Sea Coaster™ to six themed zones, Emeril’s Bistro 1396™, the first restaurant at sea from renowned chef Emeril Lagasse, Family Feud™ Live for everybody... plus incredible new bars like The Brass Magnolia and Fortune Teller, she invites everyone on a personalized vacation experience that’s filled with food, drink, and fun.
Mardi Gras’ staterooms are major innovations in the field of helping you get ready for fun or relaxing after a long day.
Havana stateroom guests have exclusive access to the Havana Bar & Pool. This stateroom features classic, Old Havana decor and is perfect for cruisers who may want to take advantage of the social aspect of the pool area. All Havana stateroom guests must be 12 or older.
Ideal if you’re hoping for an extra pampering experience on your cruise, a Cloud 9 Spa™ stateroom allows quick and easy access to Cloud 9 Spa, where you can whisk yourself away for relaxation. Cloud 9 Spa staterooms are decorated in relaxing, spa-inspired colors. Perfect for couples or solo cruisers looking for the ultimate in luxury.
Best for families (with kids all ages), Family Harbor staterooms are next to the Family Harbor lounge, which offers breakfast, snacks, board games and video games. Some family-friendly staterooms accommodate up to five people and have an extra bathroom. Ideal for groups who prefer connecting doors.
Plus, with more than 180 suites across 11 styles, Mardi Gras’ Carnival Excel Suites are going to make your vacation dreams come true! All suites on Mardi Gras will include an amenities package offering you amazing perks. Our accommodations have been designed to exceed your expectations and help you enjoy an extra special Choose Fun vacation!
The ultimate, luxury category of Carnival’s suites is on Mardi Gras: the Excel Suites. These suites have exclusive, suite-level amenities, unlimited access to a new resort-style, and an open-air enclave called Loft 19™. Within Loft 19 guests will enjoy dedicated, concierge phone line, priority Main Dining Room time assignments, upgraded bathroom amenities and more.
Book an Excel Suite and enjoy access to one of Carnival’s new concepts, Loft 19. Located on the ship’s highest deck, Loft 19 is a secluded retreat designed like those of the world’s finest resorts. It has a full bar and private pool. Spacious cabanas have extras like fresh fruit, chilled towels, lunch delivery and concierge service. Carnival’s Excel Suite guests receive priority status when reserving a Loft 19 cabana.
Whether it’s casual munching or elegant sit-down dining, you will never be hungry aboard Mardi Gras –. From breakfast to late night munchies, this ship has a number of mouth-wateringly delicious dining options – and most of it is included! From new options like Big Chicken, Emeril’s Bistro 1396 and Street Eats, to fan favorites like Guy’s Pig and Anchor Smokehouse /Brewhouse, Seafood Shack and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, your taste buds will have a flavor-blasting celebration every day.
When your Chief Fun Officer, Shaq, wants to build a restaurant onboard, you start warming up immediately. Big Chicken brings poultry know-how and good taste to the table - from delicious chicken sandwiches to early morning chicken biscuits, Big Chicken changes the game.
Emeril Lagasse’s first restaurant as sea, touts his love for Creole cuisine and authentic bayou flavors and fun from New Orleans. If you haven’t had the pleasure, we are talking about fried oysters, duck & sausage gumbo, po-boy sandwiches and more. Get ready for Emeril’s faves all day… and because flavors this big don’t just sleep in, they’ll be offering breakfast too with choices like shrimp and grits, breakfast po-boys and bananas foster crepes!
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You’ll detect some delicious Chinese and Mexican culinary traditions in the atmosphere at Chibang!™, our new restaurant… but even more importantly, you’ll notice them on your plate! We’ve brought together favorite dishes from the two cuisines, into an amazing menu that invites you to spread your culinary wings across the Pacific. Try a little from each side by mixing, matching, and sharing in a dinner of flavor explorations.
Mardi Gras™ is full of fun new ways to spend your time, but definitely isn’t leaving the fan favorites ashore.
Throughout the ship’s 20 decks and in each of these six Zones, you will find fun, and memorable ways to create your own personalized vacation. Here are just a few to get your Mardi Gras vacation daydreaming going.
If "big" and "easy" sound about right for your vacation, you might just make the French Quarter on Mardi Gras™ your home zone. For one thing there’s the spectacularly, authentically delicious Emeril’s Bistro 1396™, developed in partnership with yes-that-Emeril. Just steps away is entertainment clearly influenced by the world-renowned Crescent City nightlife — yep, The Brass Magnolia bar features not only great drinks but also hot jazz, live. What’s more, you’re just steps away from sipping mystically at the Fortune Teller bar, and definitely save time to browse some funky little shops.
If you've cruised with us before, you know Lido... but aboard Mardi Gras™ this poolside zone features even more delicious and fun experiences among the familiar flavors. Evolving the classic poolside rum-bar was a tall order, but RedFrog Tiki Bar will be serving up the good stuff across two decks' worth of South Pacific atmosphere. Also, first-time-fresh is Street Eats, bringing together highlights from the world’s fast-good cuisine like empanadas, falafel and bao buns. Shaq's latest Big Chicken™ restaurant is here, and fan-fave spots like Guy's Burger Joint™, Seafood Shack™, and BlueIguana Cantina.
Don't let the name fool you — this zone is ages everybody and up. Of course, The Ultimate Playground starts with BOLT™, the first rollercoaster at sea, an all-electric thrill ride that puts the power of speed in your hands. But that's only the beginning — this playground has the largest Carnival WaterWorks™ ever with three huge spiraling slides, plus SportSquare™ is here featuring an entire mini-golf course, full-court basketball, and a ropes course. And, of course, more. Ultimate enough for you?
It’s not every day you take the whole family on vacation. So, it has to be super-fun for the kids and you too, of course. With plenty of do-your-own-thing options for the whole crew, we’ve filled our indoors and outdoors with imaginative features and unique experiences that shouldn’t be missed, some fan favorites onboard Mardi Gras are, Family Feud Live™, hosted by the ship’s cruise director, the show will take place in Mardi Gras’ Grand Central zone. Every sailing will host four unique games where you can choose to participate or join the studio audience for a chance to compete in the “Insta-family” version of the game!
You also don’t want to pass up Punchliner Comedy Club its laugh out loud funny.
And exclusive to Carnival, from the whimsical and always wonderful world of Dr. Seuss comes Seuss at Sea™, where your whole family will enjoy extra special experiences as the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss comes to life around them.
That’s not all your kids can have a blast at a range of award-winning youth programs like Camp Ocean™ (ages 2 -11) where they’ll have supervised fun-filled activities. And because we really want to make sure everyone is a happy camper, young teens can go hang out, meet new friends, and enjoy some pretty awesome dance parties at Circle “C”® (ages 12 – 14) & Club O2® (Ages 15 – 17). How great is that?
On a Carnival cruise, you’re in for a comfy, and relaxing stay! Big, fun families and relaxations enthusiasts alike can cruise with customized staterooms to fit the needs of any type of fun seeker. Whether you go for an Interior stateroom or step up to the sunshine of an Ocean View or the breeze of a Balcony, every room features soft linens, a dedicated room steward, and all the perks you could hope for. Plus 24-Hour Room Service. So, you're in the mood for some good eats, but you’d rather stay in your comfy, cozy stateroom? Really, who could blame you? Simply pick up the phone and order something from our tasty room service menu. And since you get hungry when you get hungry, room service is available any time of the day (or night) and delivered right to your door.
Now, more than ever, we believe that true luxury isn't about going places. It's about being moved. Deeply. Joyfully. And unexpectedly. It's about this moment that you've come so far to embrace.
Seabourn’s fleet of intimate, ultra-luxury resorts at sea carry guests to the most desirable destinations on all seven continents in unmatched elegance and ease. All ocean-front suites, a variety of superb dining options, a world-class spa and beautifully designed spaces and amenities are augmented by enhanced health and safety protocols ̶ and by the intuitive, heartfelt hospitality of an award-winning staff ̶ who transform every interaction into a memorable Seabourn Moment.
With their unmatched sense of style, elegance and grace, Seabourn luxury cruise ships beckon you to travel beyond the bounds of the imagination. On board Seabourn, every desire is met promptly and with a welcoming smile. Whether it's a warm blanket and a cup of gourmet hot chocolate as you drift on a small ship cruise along the Norwegian Fjords or a relaxing neck massage poolside, you'll feel that you're a member of a very exclusive club when sailing on these luxury cruise ships.
Step aboard any one of our ships and you'll enjoy a sophisticated and luxurious small ship cruise like no other. You will feel as though you’ve been invited to sail on a private yacht.
Each small ship cruise offers all ocean-front suites, luxuriously appointed accommodations, an open-bar policy serving premium wine, champagne and spirits, and a world-class dining experience, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller.
Your home away from home is a superbly appointed luxury suite. Here, you can revel in sublime comfort as the world passes by.
Spacious all-suite, ocean-front accommodations. Enjoy a space filled with a myriad of delightful details prepared in anticipation of your arrival. An iced bottle of Champagne completes the picture-perfect welcome.
One of your suite’s most gracious, charming amenities is your Personal Suite Host and Suite Attendant. They perfectly personify Seabourn’s attentive, yet unobtrusive service, dedicated to ensuring that everything is always exactly as you wish. You’ll find they possess a cheerful, genie-like intuition about what might delight you. After they welcome you with a warm smile and glass of Champagne, they may suggest drawing you a Pure Pampering℠ bubble bath, or help you arrange an in-suite cocktail party. Their skilled, thoughtful care may well prove to be one of your fondest memories of your voyage. Experience Seabourn’s luxury with our Personal Suite Host and Suite Attendant.
Seabourn’s award-winning cuisine starts with the finest quality ingredients, infused with authentic regional flavors, prepared á la minute by our skilled chefs and served with pride. Each Seabourn ship offers a choice of dining venues to suit your mood of the moment, and nearly all are open-seating, inviting you to dine where, when and with whom you wish. Complimentary fine wines are poured with lunch and dinner, and there is never an extra charge for any dining choice. You can even enjoy a meal in your suite or on your veranda, with our compliments. Seabourn is a proud member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic societies devoted to the art of fine dining.
Some of life's most cherished moments occur around the table, and every meal with Seabourn is another opportunity to celebrate.
An appealing choice of dining venues:
In our ongoing quest to provide you with the world’s finest travel experiences, we have partnered with world-renowned American Chef Thomas Keller, the chef and proprietor of The French Laundry, Ad Hoc, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery and Per Se. Chef Keller is the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, as well as the first male American chef to be named a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the most illustrious decoration in France.
A day on a Seabourn ship offers delightful diversions for activity or relaxation. Greet the sun for an on-deck yoga stretch, or roll over and snooze until later. Run on a sea-view treadmill in the gym, or indulge in a massage at the spa. Attend a fascinating lecture, or lounge on your private veranda as you read the news with PressReader. Try the nine-hole putting course, or test your luck at the Casino. Visit the salon for a facial, take a dip in the pool, or you can even watch a first-run movie in bed (with popcorn).
Evenings offer a variety of entertainment to suit your every mood, including an exclusive new musical production An Evening with Sir Tim Rice. Games of chance and skill beckon in the Casino, as well as occasional Evenings Under the Stars on deck. You will soon develop a deeply satisfying sense of membership.
Seabourn Conversations, connecting with visionary experts. Select purposeful and sustainable travel experiences in partnership with UNESCO. Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, featuring an exclusive mindful living program. Expand your horizons in our library, at a port lecture or at one of our many inspiring enrichment programs. To encourage and enhance this satisfying aspect of your Seabourn voyage, we invite luminaries of particular interest and accomplishment to join our guests on board – and bring fascinating insights, expert opinions and delightfully entertaining diversions to the conversation.
Like our dining choices, the service of fine wines, spirits, and indeed any sort of beverage on board is an integral part of our hospitality. In any of the ships bars and loungers, and while relaxing on the open decks, you are free to socialize in a club-like atmosphere where nobody has to pick up a tab.
All Seabourn ships offer a full-service Beauty Salon offering all traditional salon services including hairstyling, cut and color. Some of our favorites include the Fire and Ice Manicure and Pedicure using a combination of therapeutic cooling gels and the warmth of massage with a heated stone. The Elemis Sole Delight Foot Treatment with Pedicure, a rejuvenating therapy using warmed aromatherapy oils and the decadence of milk protein. Or, try the Elemis Frangipani Conditioning Hair and Scalp Ritual, used for centuries in Tahiti to soften the skin and hair.
Seabourn’s Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil is the first-ever program of its kind at sea. Seabourn has partnered with Dr. Weil, a visionary pioneer in integrative medicine, whose groundbreaking research and bestselling books combine physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being. Each Seabourn ship’s Mindful Living Coach is a certified yoga and meditation practitioner who will inspire and educate guests with orientations, seminars and classes during the voyage. Guests who participate in the Mindful Living Program will have their cruise experiences further enhanced by a holistic mind and body perspective.
With Dr. Weil’s guidance, our fleet-wide mindful living curriculum delivers an even greater degree of mind and body balance, ensuring that guests can break away, relax and rejuvenate while they travel, and offering them an experience that will continue to enrich their lives long after their voyage.
Seabourn’s spa and fitness facilities have repeatedly been named the Favorite Spas at Sea by the readers of SpaFinder.com. They offer a wide spectrum of massages, facials and beauty treatments, blending traditional practices from around the world with the most up-to-date techniques. Seabourn’s spas are suitable for guests wishing to maintain a personal fitness regime or discover a new one. A well-equipped ocean-view gym and Motion Studio is staffed by professional fitness trainers, and a full-service salon for men and women complement the spas.
Now, more than ever, we believe that true luxury travel isn’t just about going places. It’s about being moved. Deeply. Joyfully. And unexpectedly. It’s about this moment that you’ve come so far in life to embrace. And imagining where you’ll go next. From hot cocoa delivered to your suite at midnight, to boosting spirits with an exhilarating Marina Day off the back of the ship, our team makes every moment of your voyage, a Seabourn Moment.