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
Sunday April 20, 2014
Land's End and El Arco are the iconic views one always sees of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
. Isn't it beautiful at sunset?
This photo was taken when we visited Los Cabos in January while on Oceania Cruises' Regatta
Cabo San Lucas (c) Linda Garrison
Saturday April 19, 2014
When in Amsterdam on either ocean or river cruises, I've often gazed at the bunches of tulips in the flower markets and wondered how they were packaged so perfectly.
I got the chance to visit a Dutch tulip farm
when I was in the city last year for the 2013 Viking Longship christening
, and loved seeing the process for harvesting, cleaning, trimming, and packaging the tulip bunches.
The Munster family farm I visited is north of Amsterdam near Hoorn, so if you are fascinated by modern farming practices and high-tech machinery, you might want to plan a trip to see this working farm in action.
Tulips Packaged for the Flower Market (c) Linda Garrison