Are you a B.B. King fan? This cruise ship is for you

March 8, 2013

holland America

The first B.B. King Blues Club at sea has debuted on a Holland America ship.

The Seattle-based line says it has transformed the Queen’s Lounge on the 2,104-passenger Eurodam into a B.B. King Blues Club for live performances five nights a week through June 20.

Members of the B.B. King Blues Club Band are playing the venue, which has been redecorated with portraits of King and other music legends.

Holland America says a stage similar to ones found at Memphis blues clubs was added to the lounge, and the wait staff has begun serving the specialty cocktails that are offered at B.B. King Blues Clubs on land.

In addition, the B.B. King Blues Club Band is playing the Eurodam’s main theater one night a week in a live stage show directed by Marion Caffey, producer of Amateur Night at the Apollo. Dubbed Memphis Sound, the 45-minute performance incorporates video projection to tell the story of the blues.

Holland America says the show will debut on other Holland America ships over the coming year.

B.B. King Blues Clubs on land are located in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.; Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Las Vegas.

How to Explore Pristine Islands with National Geographic

November 14, 2011

While Americans are being more careful with their money than ever, one sector where spending has increased is travel. Recent research has found that people who spend their money on travel and occasionally disconnect from the digital world rate their lives as happier.

Many travelers look to the restorative powers that come from visiting places of wild natural beauty. If close encounters with indigenous creatures appeals to you, then a holiday to the Galápagos Islands will provide you unparalleled opportunities to explore beautiful landscapes and observe incredible wildlife while relaxing in comfort.

Visitors regularly say that one of the most interesting things about visiting Galápagos is the unique natural habitat, which allows travelers to come face-to-face with wildlife that has never developed a fear of humans. Only in Galápagos do visitors have the chance to snorkel with playful sea lions, walk alongside grazing giant tortoises, approach birds like blue-footed boobies and marvel at penguins at the equator – all in one vacation.

The Galápagos Islands are located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and are renowned for their unique wildlife and diverse geography. Lars-Eric Lindblad took the first non-scientific travelers to the archipelago in 1967, and the islands have been captivating travelers ever since.

The Galápagos archipelago consists of 13 main islands and 6 smaller isles, which together embrace some 19,500 square miles of ocean. With such a vast geography to explore, one of the best ways to visit the islands is to travel by boat. Small-ship expeditions are very popular in Galápagos for good reason. Small ships offer a great balance between comfort and convenience and many travel operators, such as Lindblad Expeditions , price their trips to include all activities, so there’s no need to pull a wallet out while onboard.

When looking for a travel provider, be certain that you select an operator that offers up-close exploration opportunities. The longest running travel operator in Galápagos, Lindblad Expeditions, features nimble Zodiac boats and kayaks that enable guests to visit the volcanic shores and land on the pristine beaches of the archipelago.

Lindblad Expeditions also works in alliance with National Geographic, which enables travelers to participate in the world of natural and cultural history as engaged, active explorers who care about the planet. And, every Lindblad expedition in Galápagos is led by a team of naturalists providing a multitude of resources for a rich, unmatched understanding of the incredible wildlife and special environment that is known as the “Land of Darwin.”

Galápagos is one of the most extraordinary places on earth to connect with nature. It is never too late, or too early, for a life-changing adventure.

Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship

December 12, 2010


 Allure of the Seas and sister-ship Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class ships, will be the world’s two largest and most revolutionary cruise ships at sea. Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, the second of the two biggest ships ever constructed, will debut starting December 2010 with seven-night sailings to Eastern and Western Caribbean from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Revolutionizing Royal Caribbean cruises once again, Allure of the Seas will be packed with amazing new activities and experiences on this 220,000 gross ton ship offering 16 decks and accommodating 5,400 passengers at double occupancy. Allure of the Seas, like her sister ship, boasts seven distinctly themed neighborhoods including a replica of New York City’s Central Park – a lush garden and public area full of beautiful foliage and fine restaurants.

Allure of the Seas will present guests with many innovative features at sea including Royal Caribbean’s exclusive and first-ever onboard entertainment from DreamWorks Animation, a zip line, a full-size carousel, and AquaTheater amphitheater. In addition to these revolutionary features, this Royal Caribbean cruise ship will also provide popular features offered on other Royal Caribbean cruises such as FlowRider® surf parks, an H20 Zone water park, an adult-only Solarium, and much more. Allure of the Seas will also pamper guests offering 28 ultra-modern loft suites with two-story ocean views, offering an unforgettable experience.

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