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This Week in Cruise: More Big New Cruise Ship Updates

May 27, 2016

By: Adam Leposa

Harmony of a Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest Oasis-class ship. 

It’s been another week of large new boat updates in a journey industry. In further to a firsthand tours of Carnival Vista and Harmony of a Seas, vital journey lines have done a horde of announcements per new and arriving ships. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. sealed a big new boat sequence for a Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands. Royal Caribbean International will get a new Oasis-class ship, and Celebrity will get dual additional Edge-class ships. STX France will build a new vessels, that are set to entrance in open 2021 (Oasis) and tumble 2021 and 2022 (Edge). 

Richard D. Fain, authority and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., cited a response to a attainment of a line’s newest Oasis-class ship, Harmony of a Seas, as one of a factors behind a decision. Additionally, a dual new Edge-class ships for Celebrity Cruises will build on a line’s Solstice-class vessels. 

Silversea expelled new sum on a initial deteriorate of a new Silver Muse, that launches in 2017. The information is from a line’s new 2017 Voyages and Expeditions digital brochure, that only debuted this week. 

Launching in Apr 2017, Silver Muse will have a ability of 596 guests. During a initial year, a boat will revisit 34 countries and over 130 ports, charity a possibility to revisit 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from ancient Greek temples by to ancestral Caribbean fortresses.

Silver Muse will also offer one of a line’s dual 2017 Grand Voyages, a 66-day journey sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale and exploring South America, vacating Oct 13, 2017. 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises named a godmother for a arriving Seven Seas Explorer this week: Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, who will assistance christen a boat during a celebration in Monte Carlo Jul 13. 

Joining H.S.H. Princess Charlene during a christening rite for Seven Seas Explorer is Italian effort Andrea Bocelli, who will take a theatre for a 40-minute opening during a event. 

The initial excursion for a 750-guest, all-suite Seven Seas Explorer is scheduled for Jul 20. The boat will spend a initial deteriorate in Europe before streamer to Miami for a array of Caribbean voyages.

Finally, Holland America Line welcomed a newest ship, Koningsdam, to a swift May 20 in a fixing rite in Rotterdam, a Netherlands. Her Majesty Queen Máxima of a Netherlands strictly sanctified a bell and named a new vessel. 

During a initial deteriorate in Europe, Koningsdam sails in a Mediterranean and afterwards repositions from Civitavecchia, Italy (the pier for Rome), to a summer homeport of Amsterdam. The boat will go on to journey roundtrip Amsterdam itineraries to Norway, a Baltic and Iceland.

Following a Europe season, Koningsdam will homeport during Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The boat will journey one journey to a Bahamas and afterwards a array of Caribbean voyages from Nov 2016 by Mar 2017.

Keep visiting for a latest journey news, trends and updates. 


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2 Tourists Dead, 2 Missing After Thai Speedboat Capsizes

Two foreigners were killed and dual others blank after a speedboat capsized off a Thai review island.

Officials pronounced a vessel was carrying 32 tourists and 4 organisation members to Koh Samui.

Police Maj. Gen. Apichart Boonsriraj pronounced Friday that both a passed were women. One was a Briton and a other is a German national.

The occurrence occurred as a vessel trafficked from a Ang Thong islands to Samui, Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.

Image: Foreign tourists discovered off Koh Samui

Pichet Sudduan, a pier official, pronounced a vessel capsized since of clever winds and high waves.

The tourists were thrown overboard and some were trapped underneath it. Apichart pronounced a blank tourists were from Hong Kong and Britain. No Americans were listed as among a injured.

Justin Hawes, an American from Los Angeles visiting a region, told NBC News that trips had been behind for a integrate of days by continue conditions, that reassured him that operators were looking after gratification of passengers.

“They wouldn’t let anyone go out since of a H2O and a waves,” Hawes said.

Hawes and dual other Americans he is roving with went on a snorkeling outing from Samui a day of a accident. He pronounced a H2O was ease around a island though once in a open H2O it got choppy.

“At times it did get a small though harrowing though never once did we worry,” Hawes said.

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Live Like a Local: The Best Coffee Bars in Paris

May 27, 2016

By: Richard Nahem

Le Peloton Café
Le Peloton Café

Even yet Paris is famous for a cafés where people dawdle for hours celebration espresso and examination life go by, it’s never been about a peculiarity of a coffee though some-more about a experience. In response to a some-more worldly coffee taste trend, Paris has seen a new call of artisanal coffee bars in new years. Here is a preference of a favorites. 

Le Peloton Café 

Christian and Paul, dual good-natured guys who also run Blue Bike Tours of Paris, have non-stop adult a constant area coffee bar in a Marais district. Locals overflow a appealing café during a day that serves savoury coffee sourced from Belleville Brulerie, a circuitously Parisian association that imports and roasts a possess beans from Honduras, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, and Rwanda. Another prominence is a home done honeyed and delicious waffles served on a weekend in flavors such as ham and cheese, arugula, churned cream and Nutella. 

11 charity du Pont Louis Philippe, 75004 
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 9AM-6PM



Australia is now a many spooky coffee republic on a planet, so most so that they transport with their possess coffee when withdrawal home. Thankfully coffee recurrent Aussie Chris Nielson has solved a problem for his associate countrymen by opening Fondation. Located in a smart Northern Marais, Fondation is a distance of a postage stamp or tiny Paris studio apartment, approximately 150 block feet. Nielson diligently schooled his coffee barista trade by operative during Prufrock Coffee in London and Mecca Espresso in Sydney and is unapproachable to have a usually steel Kees outpost der Western Spirit coffee appurtenance in Paris. Fresh granola and tartines with avocado and sea salt or ricotta and sugar are served during breakfast. 

16 charity Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 
Open Monday to Sunday 8AM-6PM 


Not usually does Holybelly offer adult a good crater of java, it is also has a best breakfast in Paris, with critical foodies queuing adult on weekends for their mythological brunch. Besides regulating beans from Brulerie de Belleville, Holybelly’s tip behind their glorious coffee is regulating a reverse-osmosis complement to regulate a water. 

The breakfast menu changes monthly though some staples embody homemade granola, feathery pancakes with anniversary fruit, hazelnuts, and Piedmont syrup, a bread basket from a endowment winning bakery Du Pain des Idees and a preference of egg dishes including bacon, tip recipe hashbrowns, baked beans, and mushrooms roasted with thyme and garlic. 

19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 
Open Monday to Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday Sunday 9AM-5PM

Café Coutume

Starting off as a colonize of artisanal coffee in Paris in 2012, Café Coutume has a constant following with 3 outlets in Paris and also fluctuating a code internationally with 6 coffee bars in Tokyo. The café in a seventh arrondissment nearby Le Bon Marche is atmospheric adequate to dawdle for hours enjoying an outlandish decoction with blends from Brazil, Burundi and Ethiopia. Café Coutume offers an endless breakfast and lunch menu and home baked pastries. 

47 Rue de Babylone, 75007
Open Monday to Friday 8AM- 6PM, Saturday Sunday 9AM-6PM





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Skip a flight, house a sight to Glacier National Park

EAST GLACIER, Mont. — Chicago skyscrapers faded into immature Wisconsin, and as a object set over a Mississippi River, we done a initial vacation decision. We weren’t driving, so yes, we’d have some wine. We afterwards sat behind and watched as 1,500 miles went by aboard a Empire Builder sight firm for Glacier National Park.

The ancestral train, that debuted with a Great Northern Railway in 1929, carries travellers between Chicago and a Pacific Northwest, with stops along a corner of a inhabitant park in western Montana. The park is home to clearly unconstrained snow-capped towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, wildflowers and valleys of bluish lakes.

Between a sight and convey buses around a park, we left a pushing to someone else.


Part adventure, partial bill stirred a preference to take a train, that was about half a cost of drifting when my hiking messenger and we stumbled opposite a choice for a 10-day outing final summer. Another plus: Our huge backpacks with extending hiking poles fit, with artistic manoeuvring, into a train’s beyond compartments.

We boarded a double-decker Amtrak sight in Chicago’s bustling Union Station. Our manager seats had larger-than-expected seats with plenty legroom, leg rests and energy outlets for a iPad during a film or dual on a scarcely 30-hour trip. The seats reclined, yet not fully, that done sleeping docile yet not generally gentle overnight by Minnesota and North Dakota.

Sunrise over a plains was a evidence to conduct to a observation and dining cars, where floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views of ranchland, towns and apart oil rigs. Locals suggested where to lay for best views of a Rocky Mountains rising from a prairie. A National Park Service ranger offering brief histories of early Montana settlers and a Blackfeet Nation as a sight upheld by a Native American tribe’s reservation, that borders Glacier National Park.

At a East Glacier Park station, we stepped off into frail atmosphere and quiet.


The park operates free, easy-to-use convey buses to try a many trailheads, campsites and overwhelming views along Going-to-the-Sun Road, a customarily alley bisecting a park.

But removing to other areas of a park but a automobile was tricky. Private, fee-based shuttles operated by Glacier Park Inc. and Xanterra Parks Resorts entrance areas including Many Glacier, East Glacier and Two Medicine. Unfortunately, we’d tracked down deficient information, including an false depart time that, had we waited for a subsequent shuttle, would have cost us half a day.

We finished adult hitchhiking with dual accessible Malaysian visitors who crunched us into their tiny automobile in East Glacier after spotting a card plea: “Many Glacier.”

Campgrounds can fast fill up. The one in Many Glacier was full before 7 a.m. a day we nabbed a site in mid-August.

Backcountry camping permits weren’t easy to get either. Half a sites can be indifferent in allege starting mid-March. The rest are distributed adult to 24 hours in allege during ranger stations, initial come, initial served. We unsuccessful on dual mornings — in line before morning — to haven backcountry sites for renouned multiday routes.

We did however obstacle a final hiker-only site during a tiny campground along Lake McDonald — one of a park’s postcard gems, generally from a boat — and called that home bottom for a final 3 nights.


The 11-mile, out-and-back track Grinnell Glacier pulls hikers above lakes surrounded by pink, yellow, purple and white wildflowers. A circuitously trailhead accesses a roughly 11-mile track to and from Ptarmigan Tunnel, where hilly switchbacks stand to a dim tunnel, cut yet a peak, that opens to maroon-tinted cliffs dropping into a low valley. Another prominence was a cliff-side views opposite immeasurable layers of peaks while hiking roughly 12 miles along a Highline Trail to Granite Park Chalet and forward to a convey stop along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Hiking down from Grinnell Glacier was behind interjection to a bighorn sheep restraint a trail. We also saw cliff-perched towering goats and by binoculars, bears. Several backpackers we met reported tighten bear sightings, including grizzlies.

Only 25 active glaciers sojourn in a park, out of an estimated 150 that existed in a area in 1850. The National Park Service says those could be left by 2030. So either we go by car, sight or tour, don’t wait too prolonged to see them.


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK: Only a handful of vehicle-accessible campgrounds take allege reservations. Backcountry campsites need permits, so devise multiday hiking routes early after reviewing a reservation routine during

TRAIN: Amtrak’s Empire Builder travels from Chicago to Spokane, Washington, before stability to Seattle or Portland, Oregon. Stops in between embody Milwaukee and St. Paul, Minnesota.

SHUTTLES: The National Park Service’s giveaway shuttles along Going-to-the-Sun Road customarily work Jul 1-Labor Day, depending on weather.

TIPS: Read adult if you’re new to camping in bear nation and take wildlife warnings seriously. Plan for continue extremes; temperatures swung from a 90s to a 40s with pelting sleet in August. Don’t rest on mobile inclination in a park. Even during some lodges, Wi-Fi is uneven during best.

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Argentina: San Ignacio Mini

The Jesuits played an critical purpose in after growth of South America with many missions remaining via a region.

Thirty missions in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil were combined between 1609 and 1818 for a Guarani Indians. San Ignacio Mini, only over 35 miles from Posadas, Argentina is located in a heart of a jungle and now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with 5 other missions of São Miguel das Missões (Brazil), Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana (Argentina), Nuestra Señora de Loreto (Argentina), Santa María la Mayor (Argentina.

The goal of San Ignacio Miní was indeed changed twice before a stream plcae and a many considerable facilities and still in tact, that embody a schools and churches.
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Just Back: The colourful waterways of Mexico’s Xochimilco

Robin Lacey wins £200 for this comment of a charming outing along a waterways of a Mexican city of Xochimilco.

At final we spin off a highway from a centre of Mexico City onto a smaller highway with low, whitewashed walls, gaudily embellished with advertisements for internal politicians and visiting wrestlers, and no earlier have we assimilated a cars inching by circuitous streets than we are approached by a self-appointed guide, a immature kid with a shawl too vast and a bike too tiny for him who sets about heading a automobile by a hinterland of Xochimilco.

He treats a automobile like an animal, coaxing it by extraordinary gaps, adult and down lanes non-professional for traffic, during times racing forward to inspire it to precipitate up, during lulls encircling it as a sign of who is in charge. Thirty mins later, as we pass down a highway clearly uncelebrated from any of a others, he unexpected stops and with a crack of his conduct indicates a parking space.

A current in Xochimilco

A current in Xochimilco


The canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco paint a final vestiges of a complement of waterways by that a Valle De Mexico was once navigable. At weekends, hundreds of locals and tourists revisit in sequence to buy flowers, that are grown on a synthetic islands famous as chinamapas, or to spend an afternoon floating along on a trajinera, a arched front vividly flashy with flags, patterns in a character of Pre-Hispanic art.

As we transport down an alleyway towards a jetty, negotiations begin, characterised by a amiable guess that exists between land dwellers and those who know boats. There is a cost set by a municipality, though a tip is required for a guide, another for a gondolier, and so we settle on what amounts to a entertain of a initial seeking price, or one and a half times a central price.  

Rare albino whale speckled off a seashore of Mexico

Rare albino whale speckled off a seashore of Mexico

Our gondolier helps us mount opposite several trajineras to a own, and as we lay a cruise out on a list we deposit solemnly along, past exploding houses, underneath a bridge, and by a slight channel whose immature banks trickle into a ghastly water. After a few moments of overpower maybe singular within a metropolis, we join a somewhat incomparable waterway, from that can be listened a snatches of song and gibberish that announce a busier canals, one of that we now join.

Dozens of boats deposit along, lazily job out to any other, to a women in canoes offered beers, flowers and roasted corn, to a floating marimba players, to a groups of mariachis hopping from vessel to vessel – all of these calls and their responses kindly overlapping as a brightly phony boats lean in and out of any other, a disharmony of a city reversed and done willing by a newness of life on a waters.

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