Thursday April 24, 2014
While sailing through the Columbia River Gorge
river ship passengers were treated to an impromptu kiteboarding and windsurfing show
twice--both going upriver and then back downriver a few days later. The acrobatic and aerobatic tricks were amazing, and the kiteboarders and windsurfers loved to demonstrate their tricks and try and outdo each other.
Columbia River Kiteboarders (c) Linda Garrison
Wednesday April 23, 2014
There's nothing quite like sailing the Rhine River on a beautiful ship such as the Scenic Jewel
, with its private sun lounge that can be transformed into an open-air balcony with the flip of a switch.
Scenic Jewel (c) Linda Garrison
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Cape Town is a wonderful port of call for Africa cruises, and there is much to see and do in the area surrounding the city. Over 200 wineries are within a day's drive of Cape Town, and a visit to a vineyard
is a must for those who enjoy trying new wines.
The French Huguenots who came to South Africa in the late 17th century helped fortify the developing wine industry of the Cape, so the industry started with a great foundation.
The wine region of South Africa has many different vineyards, with some very large and others almost tiny. Tours run from Cape Town, or you can rent a car and drive.
Tasting Room at Anura Winery near Cape Town, South Africa
Monday April 21, 2014
Norwegian Cruise Line launched its latest large ship, the 4,000-guest Norwegian Getaway
, in February 2014. I attended the high-energy christening
event and stayed on the ship overnight for a short preview cruise. The Norwegian Getaway is based in Miami year-round, and the new ship certainly has a Miami atmosphere, from its hull-art to the brightly colored, contemporary interior venues.
Some of the new entertainment will excite its guests such as the Broadway play "Legally Blonde", the special effects and magic dinner show in its own venue called Illusionarium
, and The GRAMMY® Experience
, which features live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees in a show room that doubles as a museum, with some amazing costumes, instruments, and other artifacts from past GRAMMY winners.
Read more about the Norwegian Getaway by clicking on the links below.
Norwegian Getaway Photo Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line