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Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise makes circumnavigation easy by dividing the globe into four segments, each of which can be taken individually or in succession.
DEC. 10, 2023 (MIAMI) TO
FEB. 11, 2024 (LOS ANGELES)
You'll traverse the warm waters of the Caribbean toward Barbados, venture south around Argentina then back north along the coast of Chile. En route, you'll sail around Cape Horn to the Antarctic waters of the world's coldest continent and ...
Croatia is fast becoming a destination for travellers seeking more than long sunny days and white pebbled beaches. This small country, sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, and the glorious Adriatic Sea, expresses characteristics inherited from all her neighbours, and that, perhaps, is one reason its varied cuisine and wine prove difficult to pinpoint and evangelize about. The effort, however, is wonderfully worth it.
Inland Croatia’s Austro-Hungarian Influence
Just outside Zagr...
Sun, sand, palm trees, art, food and culture — there are so many family-friendly things to do in Miami, you'll likely want to give yourself a few extra days! With city transportation like the Metromover you can an easy day trip of the entire downtown area located minutes from the Miami port. Plan your itinerary around the best things to do before you go on a cruise out of Miami — whether your family includes kids, teens, or more adults — remember to pack your sense of city adventure.
1. Get I...
Down a few seemingly one-way roads off the main street in Lumbarda, on the Dalmatian island of Korčula, sits a tidy little stone house surrounded by the sweet scent of lavender and freshly made cookies. This is the home and cooking school of Josipa Barčić and her family, who run the cooking school, catering outfit, café in town, and food-production enterprise known simply as Škatula. “My goal is to bring back the traditional tastes of our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers,” Josipa...
I love Boston. This city has everything — steeped-in-history city landmarks, like the country's oldest public park, ballpark and even restaurant and so many things to do including food tours, ghost tours, cultural attractions, architecture and more. Spend some time before or after your cruise vacation to explore the best of Boston.
Ever been on vacation and tasted something so incredible that it literally made you stop and savour for one exquisite moment?
If you’re a fan of fine, bean-to-bar chocolate and haven’t had one of these all-senses-on experiences, it’s time you did! As a Level III International Institute of Cacao and Chocolate Tasting certified chocolate taster, I’ve travelled and tasted far and wide to bring you some of the best fine chocolate available in Canada and beyond.
For the traveler with wanderlust, planning a Rome vacation is a bucket list item thanks to its incredible array of history, arts and culture, delectable food and romance, all of which make it so alluring. Getting there is step one, and luckily, there are many ways to arrive in the Eternal City. Planes, trains and automobiles are options, though the most memorable might be cruising into the coast of Italy via Civitavecchia, an ancient port dating back to 2 A.D. during the rule of Emperor Traja...
Get the Room You Need at the Price You Want
Cruise vacations are ideal because they make planning so easy. Your accommodations, dining, transportation, itinerary and more are taken care of for you, so you just need to hop onboard and relax. One thing that can make cruising even better is booking the perfect stateroom to make you and your family feel right at home, at sea.
This handy guide gives you the scoop on the best rooms on a cruise ship, from budget-friendly options and stunning ocean v...
Harness the super-food powers of dark chocolate for a delicious way to boost your immune system. Scroll down for a recipe to make an immune-boosting cup of hot chocolate.
As a Certified Chocolate Taster and educator, I've learned about the finer points of chocolate, including how to boost the immune system.
Choose Your Adventures on This Around-the-World Cruise
By Mary Luz Mejia | Published on August 4, 2023
If you've ever dreamed of packing up and sailing away, a world cruise might be your fantasy come to life. You pack your bags once and get to see more countries than many people see in a lifetime. If this sounds magical to you, get set to sail on an epic, around-the-world vacation called the Ultimate World Cruise℠ onboard the stunning Serenade of the Seas®. This once-in-a-lifetime voyage give...
Israeli food is a delicious tapestry woven by the people, the surrounding countries and their shared culinary legacies. This includes foods brought by the many people who arrived from Europe and North Africa as well as the cuisines of nearby countries including Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. While there's always a place for a creamy bowl of hummus or a fresh, herb-flecked Israeli salad, the food in Israel offers so much more. Cruise to Jerusalem, Haifa and beyond to take a bite out of ...
Live #beantobar #chocolate tasting at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre's Hot & Spicy Festival. Location: Toronto, Ontario
Join us for an Indian bean-to-bar chocolate-tasting experience with Mary Luz Mejia, Canada’s first and only level three certified chocolate taster. Sat. Sept. 2nd 7pm at the Lakeside Terrace.
Sample #Indian cacao and flavours from India in Canadian-made, fine chocolate.
The Best Breakfast in the World Starts in South America
Breakfast in South America tends to be a much more robust experience than in many other countries. While some cultures prefer to start the day with dainty donuts, cheese Danishes and a milky coffee, the best breakfast in places like Peru, Colombia and Brazil often starts with hot soups, freshly grilled corn cakes or portable meaty sandwiches. For people like me, who have savored one of these options, the best breakfast in the world is on...