How to Pack for Your Cruise

 
 

By: Windstar Cruises

A salty breeze blowing through your hair, far-off places waiting to be explored…your Windstar cruise is just days away and it’s hard to think of much else. Except for how to pack for your cruise, that is. What will you wear on board? How should you prepare for the shore excursions? Do you need a guidebook?

Windstar cruises are all about having fun and letting go, and we intend to help you do just that. We’ve packed for more than a few cruises by now, so we have a few good tips to help you get the most out of your voyage. Just throw these items in your suitcase and let your worries fade with each passing wave.

Let’s start with the essentials. Items like these should not be left at home:

  • The little things: sunglasses, sunscreen, any medications or special toiletries you might need
  • Electronics: a camera or video camera to record your memories, plus chargers and extra batteries ID, travel documents, foreign currency, and credit cards (don’t forget to warn your card company that you’ll be traveling)
  • 2 swimsuits (so you have a back-up suit to wear while the other dries)
  • Appropriate footwear: one pair each of sandals, everyday shoes, and good walking shoes
  • Workout attire (there’s nothing more relaxing than yoga on deck at sunrise)
  • Flexible clothing: aim to bring a few sets of tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched so you get multiple outfits out of a few items. Be sure to bring light clothing that can be layered on or removed as the temperature changes. Don’t worry about dressing up unless you want to—Windstar is a luxury cruise line but we don’t want formality to get in the way of true escape. Windstar’s laundry package makes it easy to travel light and enjoy the feeling of freshly washed and pressed clothing every day from our professional laundry. With 24-hour (or less) turn around, this is a great convenience and bargain at only $109 per cabin for a 7-day voyage.

Now that we have the basics of how to pack for your cruise out of the way, let’s talk about a few things you might not have considered yet.

  • Bring an empty travel bag/backpack. Use it for the souvenirs you pick up when you dock. Whether your shore excursions take you to the traditional lace shops in Venice or the open markets in Turkey, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to pick up souvenirs.
  • Get something special for your special someone. Bring a romantic gift for your partner and surprise him or her on a special night at sea. The memories you make on your voyage will last a lifetime, so make it count.
  • Pack an outlet for your inner artist. There’s nothing like fresh air and time off to get your creative juices flowing. Come prepared with a sketchpad or poetry notebook. And why not bring a journal to record your thoughts and observations about the trip?
  • Sight-see like a pro. Read up on the land excursions you’ll be taking in advance so you can be sure to make the most of your time on shore. This will also help you pack appropriate clothing and footwear. And don’t forget your binoculars. You never know what you’re going to want to view off in the distance.

Whatever you do, just don’t forget to pack your sense of adventure!

 

 

Stella Bistro Shines on Wind Surf

 

By: Windstar Cruises

Get ready to dazzle your tastebuds with Wind Surf’s new restaurant Stella Bistro. Formerly known as Degrees, the venue will be transformed into an intimate, contemporary dining room with a French twist during the yacht’s renovation. The name, derived from the Latin word for star, was selected as a tribute to the restaurant’s special dining experience, unique to the fleet as Stella Bistro will on only be on Wind Surf.

Dine from the newly created menu, which draws from contemporary dishes with a French flair, as exemplified by entrees such as Coquille St. Jacques Provençale, a seared, skewered scallops dish served on pappardelle and tossed with artichoke hearts, spinach and capers in a light, white wine sauce; or the Roasted Magret of duck, a duck breast and duck confit on cherry sauce paired with parisienne potatoes, and French beans.

Other menu items, inspired by the seasonings and flavors used in French cooking, include escargots bourguignon; cream of wild mushroom soup; and goat cheese soufflé. Dessert is a decadent affair with dishes such as apple aumoniere, a combination of apples, marzipan and honey baked into a filo pastry and served in vanilla custard; or chocolate Napoleon, the famous French pastry that consists of layers of soft, crunch and creamy chocolate and praline.

You can also choose to include paired wines in the Stella Bistro dining experience. Specially selected by the executive chef to enhance the flavors, three different glasses of wine are served in combination with your appetizer, entrée and dessert. For the first time this winter season, Windstar will offer European wines by the glass, such as a deep red French Burgundy or a crisp Italian Pinot Grigio, in addition to the extensive offerings of the American regions typically served in the Caribbean.

Be Inspired by the Rhine River with Avalon Waterways

By: Avalon Waterways
As it winds through castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and picturesque Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance. Born as an untamed river in the Swiss Alps, the Rhine takes the scenic route to the North Sea, illuminating some of Europe’s most fascinating sights and customs. Historically and culturally, the Rhine has been a crucial source of sustenance, pride and inspiration. Fortresses and castles along the Rhine’s embankments highlight the value ancient empires placed on these waters. While ancient times saw the Rhine as a dividing force, today the cities along its shores are an intriguing blend of cultures. Vineyards along the Rhine produce world-renowned vintages and riverside cafés and restaurants celebrate the region by pairing local wines with delectably fresh fare. With scenic splendor and enriching surprises around every bend, the waters of the Rhine set the stage for the very finest moments to be had in Europe.15th century Attractions. 21st century amenities. Contact R B International Travel and come experience the comfort of an Avalon Waterways Rhine river cruise.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp Voted Best Lodge in Botswana

 

By: Abercrombie & Kent
Experience for yourself why Sanctuary Chief’s Camp was recently voted Best Safari Lodge in Botswana by Travel+Leisure readers. With its exclusive Mombo Concession location — the predator capital of Africa — Chief’s Camp offers luxury and impeccable service in the heart of the bush.

Discover Sanctuary Chief’s Camp on Abercrombie & Kent journeys such as Wings Over Botswana and Signature Botswana.

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Cheers to Wine Tours: A Top 5 List

By: Collette

Do you have a glass of red wine with dinner because you heard it promotes good health? Or maybe you just like the taste of a smooth merlot?

Whatever the reason, travelers today continue to search out tours that include a wine component in the itinerary. There are many places to learn about wine making and its subtle tasting nuances. Italy comes to mind – which is why all of our Italy tours include wine with every meal and a winery visit is included on most Italy programs. Wine tours are on the rise – and in more places than just Italy. Some of Collette’s food and wine tours include:

Top 5 New York City Bars

Is New York Citycalling you? If you are thinking of taking a trip to the Big Apple, here are a few of the best night life options to give you a good time and an incredible view of the city.

The Plunge
Location: 420 Park Avenue at the Gansevoort Park Hotel

The Plunge Rooftop Bar and Grill is located 20 stories high above Manhattan at the luxurious Gansevoort Park Hotel. This wonderful rooftop setting provides everyone with amazing unobstructed views of the city including an unbelievable view of the Empire State Building. The focus of the rooftop is the black lit bar. With its high ceilings, a window wall which sweeps the New York City skyline, and the VIP room Blue Room, Plunge provides everyone who visits an experience they will not soon forget. The Blue Room provides even more incentive for partygoers because it sets a perfect stage for some of the world’s best deejays to come, and you can be certain that when the best deejays come to town so do some A-list celebrities. Once you have had enough of the VIP room you can go relax out on the Rooftop sundeck which will provide you with 360 degree views of the city. If you are looking for a similar experience in a different part of the city, this bar also has a sister bar on the rooftop of the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District.

230 Fifth
Location: 230 Fifth Avenue

The 20th floor rooftop lounge and bar which is 230 Fifth is a location which is unparalleled by most rooftop hotspots in New York City. 230 Fifth made its mark quickly. Within its first year of opening in 2006, 230 Fifth was named the #1 Rooftop Garden and fully enclosed Penthouse Lounge/Bar in New York. Boasting one of the largest rooftop lounges in the city 230 Fifth is a perfect location for a night out or hosting a private function. It is hard to complain about the fact that it is open year round, and it is free admission everyday to the public. Inside the lounge provides panoramic views of the skyline while the outside benches provide room for more than 500 people to take in breathtaking views of the city.

Bar 13
Location: 35 East 13th Street

If you are looking for a bar with a slightly younger crowd, Bar 13 is the place to go. While people of all ages do flow into Bar 13, it has a strong following from collegiate students. The bar is three floors containing two inside bars and a rooftop bar. The first floor is famous for its two-for-one drink specials and its spacious dance floor. Moving up to the second floor one can find another bar and deejays playing all of the latest house music providing an international club feel without having to leave New York. Finally the rooftop bar provides people with an escape from the wild dancing and loud music. It gives them a chance to take a glimpse of the romantic skyline of New York City.

Rooftop at Rivington
Location: 107 Rivington Street at the Rivington Hotel

The Rooftop at Rivington provides one of the most stunning views of New York City you could find. On the 20th floor of the Rivington Hotel, you won’t believe what you see all around you. If you are looking for a place that is more focused around the scenery and view than the bar or nightclub experience itself, this is the ideal bar for you. Although the bar and nightclub life are still fun, the focus of this bar is to captivate everyone with its tremendous panoramic views of the city. They even have a bathtub on the rooftop! If the rooftop scene gets to be too much, you can go relax on the other two indoor floors of the hotel which also provide unbelievable views of the city with ceiling to floor windows.

Roof Garden Café
Location: 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking to get the most out of a trip to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art? Well the Roof Garden Café located on the 5th floor of the Met is what you need. Bring your family, friends, or just come by yourself and see one of the best views of Central Park the city has to offer. With the great scenery the art provides, on top of being able to sip on a drink while overlooking New York’s famous Central Park, the Roof Garden Café provides a great relaxing rooftop experience for anyone. This is not the place for late niters because it closes at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on the weekends, but if you are lucky enough you should stay to watch the beautiful sunset over New York City and Central Park.

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