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Great Cruise and Travel Ideas: Visiting Polynesian Paradise Bora Bora,
UnCruise’s Coconut Cranberry Cookies, and Children of the Earth Share Hopes for World Peace

Celebrating Over 10 Years, Sophisticated Cruise Specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations provide exclusive offers, exceptional value & unparalleled service. For those planning a cruise, Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding and his team of travel and cruise specialists are experts at booking families, friends and individuals on their dream cruise vacations.

A great place for inspiration and insight when booking a cruise vacation is the Crown Cruise Vacations blog.

Recent Blogs Give Ideas for Choosing Future Sailings, Destinations and Shore Excursions:

Visiting Polynesian Paradise of Bora Bora

Excerpt: She made it look so easy. A few knots here, some stylish tucks here and there, a loop around the neck. And viola. A beautiful pareo, the sarong-like clothing worn by Polynesian men and women. Asking for volunteers from our group of cruise ship passengers, the Mama Ruta designer created four different sarong styles. That was quite impressive but what I found even more interesting was how the artists at Mama Ruta’s hand craft the colorful fabrics used to make the pareos. See more HERE.

UnCruise Adventures Shares Recipe for Coconut Cranberry Cookies

Excerpt: Part of the pleasure of cruising is the cuisine. Sometimes we get a chance to enjoy dishes that we may never have tried. Or we welcome old familiar standbys. On my cruise aboard the S. S. Legacy for UnCruise Adventures, one of our favorites was the cookies that were served every afternoon. Fresh baked and delicious, the cookies always seemed better than the ones I had at home. See more HERE.

Children of the Earth Share Hopes for World Peace

Excerpt: Standing like ancient druids, the round stones mark the hopes and dreams of children from different nations. Erected decades ago, the messages are even more important today.

“It was meant to be something positive, something that would stand here to remind the world that we all should be friends and live in peace,” tour guide Brenda said. See more HERE.

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A Note: Let’s Look Forward. Plan Ahead for Fun!

We might all be staying at home today, but down the road, we’ll all need that getaway. So let’s look forward and plan ahead for fun. There are some fantastic options out there for cruises and land vacations in the fall and for 2021. Let Crown Cruise Vacations help you plan ahead today!

Please note: Many of our cruise and vacation partners have made significant changes to upcoming cruises, tours and vacations. We know that trying to get good information can be a real challenge and we want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on what is canceled and what isn’t.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to your Crown Cruise Vacations travel advisor and we will help guide you through this difficult period. See more about travel pauses HERE.

To learn more about myriad offerings of cruises and land vacations, too, please contact the cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations – open 7 days a week and most holidays – offering guaranteed lowest rates on cruises and finding the best cruise deals around the world. To book a trip call 1-877-283-1114 (toll-free USA/Canada), +1-609-945-9801 or visit HERE.

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Xanterra Travel Collection Sale

As COVID-19 regulations ease, many are wondering where to travel. Of course, it needs to be a special destination and it never hurts to get a good deal.  Luckily, you can find all of that at xanterra.com/week-of-wanderlust-sale.

The Xanterra Travel Collection, an award-winning globally diversified travel company offering unforgettable experiences in some of the most Beautiful Places on Earth®, Week of Wanderlust Sale will happen from July 3-9, 2020. This year’s sale also features generous cancellation policies so travelers can book now with confidence and travel when they’re ready.

National Parks

  • The Oasis at Death Valley: 30% off hotel stays at the beautifully renovated historic AAA Four-Diamond Inn at Death Valley and newly revitalized, family-friendly Ranch at Death Valley. Valid for select overnight stays between Oct.1, 2020 and Jan. 15, 2021 for the Inn at Death Valley and July 10, 2020 and Jan. 15, 2021 for the Ranch at Death Valley.
  • Grand Canyon South Rim: 30% off in-park lodging at Maswik Lodge North, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Bright Angel Lodge, and 20% off the crown jewel, El Tovar during select dates July 10, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021 and Oct. 15 to March 1, 2021. The lodges are either in or within walking distance to the Historic District and rim of the Grand Canyon that includes Lookout Studio and Hopi House.
  • Zion National Park: 30% off overnight stays inside the park at Zion National Park Lodge on select dates between Nov. 2, 2020 and March 5, 2021.
  • Cedar Creek Lodge, the gateway to Glacier National Park: 30% off room rates on select dates from Aug. 16, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
  • The Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel (Williams, AZ): 30% off train tickets on one of America’s great train rides within steps of the Grand Canyon’s fabled South Rim. Up to 30% off on overnight stays at The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ where the trains begins for select dates between July 10, 2020 to March 1, 2021.
  • The Grand Hotel (just outside of Grand Canyon National Park): 30% off daily rates at the only AAA Three-Diamond hotel near the Grand Canyon in Tusayan (just one mile from the South Rim entrance) on select dates between July 10, 2020 and March 1, 2021.

Luxury Five-Star Hotels

  • The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO:  A special golf package with rates starting as low as $595 per night. Package Includes: Classic accommodations per night (upgrade options available), unlimited golf for each person each night of the package (includes cart, weather permitting), personal locker, club storage and range balls. Suites available at 25% off of published rates.
  • Sea Island, Georgia on the Georgia coast – 25% off stays from Aug. 2-Dec. 26, 2020 at The Cloister or The Lodge (excluding Lodge Cottages). Booked online only.

Luxury Yacht-Like Cruises

  • Windstar Cruises – NOW is the best time to plan an unforgettable cruise with some of the best savings of the year. Windstar’s fleet features six ships with fewer than 300 guests per ship, you’ll experience more of what you travel to see, in private yacht-style. Plan ahead for 2021 with these incredible fares and see how Windstar makes your voyage 180 degrees from ordinary. Destinations include Tahiti, Iceland, Europe, The Mediterranean Sea and The Caribbean, and more.

Guided Travel/Tours (Bikes, walking and more)

  • VBT  – European Bicycling Tours: Get a group of your family or friends together to take the ultimate small-group biking vacation. Receive the cash equivalent of one free trip with a group of 11 people for Guided Biking Vacations.
  • Country Walkers – Worldwide Walking & Hiking Adventures: Travel with your own group of family or friends of 14 on a Fully-Guided Adventure or 17 on a Flex-Guided Adventure and receive a thank-you check of $100 per group member. Travel with a group of 8 or more on a Self-Guided Adventure and receive a thank-you check of $100 per group member.

Holiday Vacations

  • Save $500 per person on the 2021 Wonders of Australia, $500 on the 2021 Holland in Bloom, or $250 per person on a 2021 Glacier, Yellowstone & Grand Tetons tour.

For a complete list and to take advantage of Xanterra Travel Collection and its affiliates’ Week of Wanderlust offers, visit xanterra.com/week-of-wanderlust-sale/.

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The King David Hotel Reopens

The King David, the Dan Hotels flagship hotel, will re-open its doors on July 2nd, 2020, 90 years after its original unveiling in 1930. Known worldwide as Israel’s “official” residence for visiting presidents, world leaders, royalty, heads of state, celebrities and sophisticated travelers, the King David has long been considered Israel’s most prestigious hotel.

The reopening will coincide with the appointment of its new General Manager, Tamir Kobrin, succeeding Haim Shkedi who oversaw Israel’s most iconic hotel for a quarter century. Tamir Kobrin has over 20 years of experience in luxury hotels worldwide and comes back to Israel after managing the Anantara Hotel in Portugal, the Leila Palace in Udaipur, and Leila Palace in New Delhi. Early in his career, Kobrin was Reception Manager at the King David, so his appointment brings him back to his hotelier roots. 

In the wake of Covid-19, the Dan chain has initiated a health charter “Stay Safe & Enjoy,” detailing a mass of requirements to maintain social distancing, hygiene and to safeguard all guests and staff while upholding the high level of service and cuisine associated with Dan Hotels. Prior to re-opening, each Dan Hotels property is undergoing “deep cleaning” of all public, service, kitchen areas and guestrooms,utilizing state-of-the-art disinfectants. 

On arrival at the King David or at any Dan Hotel, guests’ temperatures will be remotely checked and if over 37.8 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit), the guest will be transferred to a private testing area. If a second reading remains high, the visitor may not enter the hotel and medical care will be sought. A sealed package will be provided to every guest containing masks and disinfecting materials. Sanitizing gel dispensers with touchless sensors will be positioned at the hotel entrance and throughout public areas. 

The hotel pool and gym will operate according to the guidelines of Israel’s Ministry of Health. Furniture has been rearranged and floor markings installed to maintain social distancing. The King David’s legendary buffet breakfast has been reformatted so that it is protected by glass. Certain items will be offered in individual covered containers, and masked and gloved waiters will fill guests’ plates. 

The King David will continue to provide full room service under the strictest sanitary conditions. After reopening, the King David will offer special weekends that include a sunset cocktail reception on the hotel’s newly configured rooftop with its mesmerizing 360-degree view of the entire city of Jerusalem, along with a talk on “The Story of Jerusalem from the Beginning to the New Age.”

Special tours are also being offered to hotel guests during the weekends:

  • Tour of the Old City and the Yemin Moshe neighborhood – a journey to the heart of Jerusalem, visiting the Armenian Quarter, Mount Zion’s David’s Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper, the Church of the Dormition and finally a visit to the Western Wall.
  • A tour of the ancient walls and the western side of the city beginning in the quaint Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, from there to the National Institutions, the Bezalel School of Arts, the Nahalot neighborhood and ending at Mahane Yehuda market. 

In addition to the reopening of the King David, the Dan Accadia Herzliya will reopen on June 25, and the Dan Carmel in Haifa on July 7. These hotels will join the Dan Eilat and Dan Caesarea Resort which reopened at the end of May, the Dan Panorama Eilat and the Ruth Safed Hotel (opening this week), and the Dan Tel Aviv Hotel which remained safely open and operational throughout the pandemic.

The Dan Hotels chain was founded in 1948 and has grown up alongside the State of Israel, earning its place as the longest established luxury hotel chain in the country, with a reputation for excellence in accommodation, service, and cuisine. The King David is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World.

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Istanbul’s Hagia Irene

A contemporary historic museum in the first courtyard of the Topkapı Palace near Hagia Sophia, Hagia Irene is renowned not only as the first church in Istanbul but also as the birthplace of Turkish museology. Today, Hagia Irene is used as a concert hall particularly for classical music concerts, hosting doyens of music ranging from world-renowned chamber orchestras to piano and violin virtuosos.

Giants of classical music play the world’s finest notes in Hagia Irene

Having served as a concert hall since 1973, Hagia Irene is among İstanbul’s most cherished treasures with its history and splendor. Having hosted concerts by respected musicians and ensembles of classical and contemporary music including the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, Mischa Maisky, Amsterdam Sinfonietta Orchestra, Yuri Bashmet, St. Petersburg Russian Chamber Philharmonic, and London Chamber Orchestra as well as American singer and songwriter Raul Midon, who was nominated for the Grammy awards with his 2018 album, Turkish ney player, composer and producer Mercan Dede, who also produced the score of the campaign film promoting Turkey’s natural beauties entitled ‘Turkish Therapy,’ one of the hottest names among classical pianist in recent times, David Fray, rising star of jazz, Karsu, world-renowned violinist and the founder of Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer, and violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova, it is ideal for a delightful end of day event surrounded by history, culture and art on the historic peninsula right next to the Topkapı Palace.

A historic magnum opus in Istanbul

Hagia Irene, which means “Peace of God” or “Holy Peace” in Greek, is noteworthy as the biggest Byzantine church that was not converted into a mosque in İstanbul. Drawn with a basilica plan as a classical Roman place of worship, Hagia Irene is comprised of narthexes and abscissas. Its main dome is carried by four colossal 35-meter high elephant feet while its central courtyard is empty, like that of the Hagia Sophia. The upper floor of the structure was designed in the shape of a big Roman cross. When it was built, Hagia Irene was not only the first church in İstanbul, but also one of the biggest structures of the Roman Empire.

Turkey’s first museology work started at Hagia Irene

During the Ahmed III era, artifacts sent from all across the Ottoman Empire were collected at Hagia Irene under two categories including Mecma-i Esliha-i Atika (Ancient Guns Collection) and Mecma-i Asar-ı Atika (Ancient Relics Collection), making the venue the birthplace of museology in Turkey. Watch an exclusive video on Hagia Irene HERE.

About Turkey

Located in the Mediterranean and connecting Asia and Europe continents that are separated by famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed last year about 40 million tourists. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts the visitors from all over the world. For more about Turkey, visit www.goturkey.com

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What are the best places to travel to on your own?

Travel is one of the best things that you can do to broaden your mind, experience new cultures, and have lots of fun. Many people, though, do not have friends to head off with, which makes traveling on your own a must. Before you go, you have to plan appropriately to get the most from any trip. If you chose to head to New Jersey on a break, it would be wise to look at sites, including the Tropicana Online Casino, so you had something fun to do in your hotel room during chill time. The same is true for other destinations within the USA or around the world. Looking at what the nightlife is like, what sights there are to see, and what there is to do in the day is sensible. 

Of course, before you delve into the finer details of any resort or city, you need to pick the right place first. That is often a little trickier for solo travelers who have a slightly different set of priorities than those holidaying in a group. But which are the best destinations for solo travel around the world?

Cannes

Beautiful Cannes is in the South of France on the fabled Cote D’Azur. However, like most other destinations around the world, it has been hit by COVID-19 lockdown measures recently, Cannes plans to revive tourism soon. But what makes this place so great? First of all, the weather is superb during the summer months, and this makes it perfect for relaxing on the gorgeous beaches there while doing some people watching. 

The café culture is also evident, so you will feel very comfortable when sipping a latte alone while watching the world go by. Cannes is also a very safe and welcoming destination, which makes it ideal for solo travelers. With a buzzing atmosphere and many other single travelers around, it is a fabulous place to holiday on your own. 

Stockholm

If you fancy heading somewhere where Scandi cool is in full effect, Stockholm in Sweden is a reliable choice. Stockholm just has an air of laid-back charm that allows you to slow down and recharge your batteries. The city that you access via a series of bridges is spread across 14 islands, which makes it simple to get around.

It is also full of lovely parks and stunning architecture to marvel at while having plenty to keep you occupied. If you need help getting around, there is a fun guided Vespa Tour you can take. If you are a real foodie, there are numerous Michelin-starred restaurants around the city where you could dine alone in true style. With a friendly and cozy feel, this is a real gem for solo travel. 

New York 

You might not immediately think of New York as a solo travel hot-spot, but it is. With so much to do and so many people around, you never actually feel isolated. New Yorkers are famous for their particular charm, and this means you will always find a friendly face in cafés, bars, or shops. If you want a city that will also keep you busy, the Big Apple is it.  

The shopping here is excellent (especially Fifth Avenue), and it gives you every chance to pick up cool souvenirs to bring home. Also, New York has many fabulous sights to see – from lovely Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum. If you fancy a change from dining and drinking each night, why not check out the best plays on Broadway? 

Dominica 

One surprising choice for any single traveler may be the Caribbean – after all, it is known as a honeymoon spot or a cruise destination. Dominica is a little different, though, and is somewhere that feels perfect for traveling alone. If you like an adventure when away, it is a great choice. The island has lakes to trek alongside and massive gorges to cave through. The wildlife here is naturally fantastic, and there is also some excellent accommodation for a reasonable price. You will always feel safe here, thanks to the welcoming local community, and it is an island that is very easy to walk around. With delicious local food and some charming bars to enjoy a shot of rum at, Dominica is a real hidden gem. 

Solo travel spots are worth researching first

No doubt, checking out the best places to go alone before booking any trip is worthwhile. Doing so will ensure that you end up in a place where there is plenty to do, and that makes you feel comfortable being there as a single person. Hopefully the above has given you some fresh ideas on the most exciting places to try. 

DOOR COUNTY

By Robin Mosley × Vaughn Lowery

In Door County, Wisconsin you can expect a luxurious stay where you’ll get the best of both worlds — nature and an artisanal experience featuring exceptional food and beverage options, as well as artistic features. Door County has always been a welcoming place to visitors since the beginning of its inception. 

Historically, it’s been home to Native American tribes such as the Potawatomi, the Winnebago, the Ojibwe, the Sauk, the Menominee and the Ottawa. European settlers also were a part of the Door County community. But the peninsula has always had residents with many dating back 12,000 years ago. This is to say, Door County, Wisconsin is welcoming to people from all walks of life.

Book a stay at Glidden Lodge Beach Resort in Sturgeon Bay. The property has everything you need to enjoy your stay as a family, a group of friends and as a solo traveler. Their one, two- and three-bedroom units all offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and beachfront access. Other properties in Door County include bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, cottages and houses, hotels, log cabins, resorts and wheelchair accessible lodging to fit your needs. 

Your stay can begin at Sturgeon Bay, where you can visit an array of museums, nature sites and rustic food businesses such as Sturgeon Ship Bay canal, Potawatomi State Park and the preserves. 

If you are looking to shop and dine, then Door County’s historic shopping districts have an array of dining and beverage options. One such place is Renard’s Cheese, a family owned, and operated business ran by third generation cheesemakers. You can then follow that up with a stop at Door County Candy, which will satisfy your sweet tooth with handcrafted chocolates and treats. 

After if you’re interested in the art scene, then check out the Margaret Lockwood Gallery, featuring Lockwood’s award-winning abstract paintings, which highlights the beauty and landscapes of Door County; or go see incredible art from over 198 artists spanning drawing, printmaking, and photography mediums at Miller Art Museum. After enjoying a fully packed day, you can finish your day off with dinner at Crate Restaurant with some of the best food — a mix of fresh seafood, steaks and high-quality sushi.

Sister Bay is known for Seaquist Orchards where the cherries are tart, and apples are crisp. With over 1,000 acres of cherries and 30 acres of apples and acres of apricots and pears, you’ll be around nothing but beautiful nature and artisan treats. To keep the orchard experience going, have brunch at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, where the goats grazing on grass the roof in the summer will fit the bill. 

The Norwegian and Moravian roots of Ephraim are part of its modern life. At the Ephraim Historical Foundation, you can learn about the Moravian religious community, founded by the Reverend Andreas Iverson as well as see some of its historic sites such as The Moravian Church, the Pioneer Schoolhouse and the Anderson Store. The Hardy Gallery is located on Ephraim’s historic Anderson Dock and features local and regional artists. The Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio contains a gallery located in an 1860s renovated farmhouse surrounded by pine trees and a beautiful garden. 

Ellison Bay has an artsy vibe. The Clearing Folk School founded by architect Jens Jensen is a 128-acre school surrounded by forests and meadows which overlook the Green Bay shoreline. All year round, the school provides classes and workshops following folk traditions of fine crafts and natural sciences. From painting, writing, quilting, birding, wood carving, rustic furniture making and more, you will have an incredible time. Before your departure, you should stop by Rob Williams Studio to witness unconventional landscape paintings.

If you’re looking for old Swedish traditions, you should stroll down the marina, play in the parks and beaches and dine on the finest goods in Fish Creek. Fish Creek has the largest single store retailer of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, The Oilere. Or you can visit the Swedish-American bakery, Fika Bakery & Cafe and Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market, where during the summer you can purchase freshly picked Montmorency cherries. Around dinnertime, the Fish Boil at Rowley’s Bay Resort in Ellison Bay serves freshly caught Lake Michigan whitefish that is cooked over an open fire. Finally, end your evening under the beautiful night sky at Northern Sky Theater located in Peninsula State Park.

To end your time in Door County you can look at the waterfront in Egg Harbor. You can also visit the Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, or the Plum Bottom Gallery where you’ll see handcrafted porcelain and stoneware first-hand. Harbor Ridge Winery is a great place that makes award-winning wines in a fun atmosphere. Then head next door to Wisconsin Cheese Masters which sells only the finest Wisconsin produced cheeses. Finally, have dinner at Glacier Ledge which celebrates cheese through their small plate menu. 

There’s a lot to do in Door County and anyone who’s looking to enjoy nature, art and artisanal goods will find every part of this trip worth their time. This location would be great for anyone who prefers a more elegant and rustic stay. For more information on what Door County could provide, visit www.doorcounty.com

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Moby Rich – “Get High”

MOBY RICH RETURNS WITH NEW SONG “GET HIGH” ACCOMPANIED BY OFFICIAL VIDEO

TO TOUR WITH WEATHERS LATER THIS YEAR

LISTEN TO “GET HIGH” HERE

WATCH THE “GET HIGH” VIDEO HERE

“A Desert Dance Party” – Billboard

Today, alt-pop duo Moby Rich drops their latest single “Get High,” accompanied by the official video—listen to the song HERE and watch the video HERE!

Of the song, Connor of Moby Rich says, “In one way or another, we are all looking for a fix. The song is about yearning for a release from the mundane life and the struggle to stay in its pockets of euphoria. The video shoot was wild, and we were happy to be working in nature too. One of the ways we like to release is by getting out of the city, and the video helped facilitate that.”

Maxwell chimes in, “We’re always searching for the next high in our lives. A way to stave off monotony and feel good. Whether it’s sex, food, drugs, religion or a million other things we can use to fill the void, eventually we come down. But we wanted to write a song in which maybe these characters get to stay on that high forever. We tried to tell that story through the video as well, where these characters journey to a distant planet only to find they have a better time there than on earth.”

The Los Angeles-based duo recently announced they will hit the road with Weathers later this year. Stay tuned as new tour dates will be announced soon.

Moby Rich also recently teamed up with Matt Maeson for an acoustic version of their breakout hit, “Yoko Ono.” Stay tuned for more new music from Moby Rich in 2020!

ABOUT MOBY RICH
LA two-piece Moby Rich turn melancholy song craft into bold, pop hooks and visuals. The pair—Maxwell Joseph and Connor Pledger—relocated to LA in 2015 from Indianapolis and Atlanta respectively in search of, well, anything. In a moment of synergy, Connor began attending open mic nights around the town in which Maxwell was living. The pair serendipitously met, began writing together, and realized an identifiable sound between the two them. Writing the majority of their tracks on acoustic guitar, they sing every song in unison, a sort of whole-is-greater-than-the-sum-of-parts attitude, which speaks volumes of their close, almost twin-like, friendship. The first insight into Moby Rich’s unique sound comes in the shape of their 2018 breakout hit, “Yoko Ono () ,” a melancholy pop banger that combines the euphoria of early MGMT with the laidback beat making of N.E.R.D, which was featured on their debut, Our First EP. Following an Australian tour with Broods, the duo released their follow up, Our First Second EP, in June 2019, which includes “Oil Spill” and “Sabotage.” Hot on the heels of a North American tour with Matt Maeson last fall, the duo dropped their empowering anthem, “Loser,” which is featured in the latest installment of filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

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Snapdragon and Rubyfrost Apples X San Diego Zoo

SNAPDRAGON AND RUBYFROST APPLES FROM NEW YORK

San Diego Zoo to ‘Exhibit’ the Indigenous, New York SnapDragon

The hottest apple from New York with the Monster Crunch to be given out at pop-up sampling event at the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

On Saturday, February 22nd, Crunch Time Apple Growers will be giving out SnapDragon apples at the San Diego Zoo during a pop-up sampling event that’s happening right on Front Street — the main thoroughfare into the Zoo.

Last year on that date, the Zoo had 15,500 attendees walk down Front Street — which is why Crunch Time chose this high-traffic location for its pop-up sampling event.

“The San Diego Zoo is a national destination for families. And Front Street gets a ton of foot traffic, which makes it the ideal place to give out this incredible apple to potentially thousands of people,” says Rena Montedoro, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Crunch Time. “The name of the apple is also an ideal tie-in with SnapDragon’s ‘Monster Crunch’ tagline…even the word ‘Dragon’ makes it seem like a unique zoo exhibit featuring an exotic creature. It just all fits together.”

In addition to putting on the pop-up sampling event, Crunch Time will be co-sponsoring an online sweepstakes where consumers can win 4 tickets to the San Diego Zoo and their ‘Animals in Action’ tour, with tour tickets provided by the San Diego Zoo. Crunch Time will cover the hotel expenses for the 4 winners — along with providing them with a box of SnapDragon apples, apparel, and up to $1000 in airfare.

“Even though people come to the Zoo from all over the country, sampling this apple in a key, West Coast location enables us to shine the spotlight on one of Northeast’s and New York’s hottest apples — specifically a variety with such a unique flavor profile like SnapDragon,” adds Montedoro.

Bite a Crunch Time Apple. Support a Farmer!
When you bite into a Crunch Time apple, you’re not just tasting an incredible apple, but the incredible love and labor of 147 family farmers across New York State. Every Crunch Time apple is non-GMO, super crunchy, delightfully juicy, beautifully colored and carefully grown. Plus, when you purchase a Crunch Time apple, you’re not only biting into a little history, you’re helping to sustain the future of family farming for generations to come. For more information please visit crunchtimeapplegrowers.com, SnapDragonApple.com or Rubyfrostapple.com.

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Antarctica Elipse

There will be a total eclipse of the sun in Antarctica, a region most can only dream about.

However, the international expert in small ship expedition cruising, AdventureSmith Explorations, announces limited availability for voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula to witness this phenomenon that will only be seen in the south polar region. 

Vessels accommodating from 102 to 170 passengers are uniquely appointed to maneuver the ice-bound waters of Antarctica for positioning in the center of the moon shadow during the eclipse.

Itineraries of 20 to 24 days will utilize in-depth technology to find the best possible viewing area, hoping to ensure an unobscured sun. 

Departures are round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with explorations of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, the ultimate polar wilderness. These eclipse cruises aim to be in the Weddell Sea to witness the phenomena among giant tabular icebergs and sea ice. 

For some passengers the eclipse will be the expedition’s highlight. However, the ongoing adventure into spring in Antarctica will leave everyone in awe over some of the world’s most impressive scenery, including icebergs of every size and description, and Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. Penguins form large nesting colonies on land. 

Antarctica cruises, already once-in-a-lifetime experiences, become even more so on the following small ships in December 2021. Following are the scheduled departures for eclipse viewing:

20-Day Voyages

The Plancius, Janssonius and Hondius are purpose-built expedition vessels designed exclusively for polar cruises. These ships offer top-tier activity gear and exploratory educational travel programs, with guests spending as much time ashore as possible.

23-Day Voyage 

  • Nov. 20-Dec. 12, 2021 – Antarctic Wildlife Adventure, aboard 114-guest Sea Spirit; per person double rates from $18,395. Complementing the strong credentials of the ship’s team of marine biology, history, geology and ornithology specialists will be Paul M. Sutter, astrophysicist, author, speaker, producer and on-air host. His first book, Your Place in the Universe; Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence, was published by Prometheus Books in 2018. He is the author of over 50 articles on astrophysics and serves as Chief Scientist of the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

24-Day Voyages 

On these National Geographic cruises, photography experts will share information about special equipment you’ll need if you want to create an image of the eclipse, like solar filters. And the onboard National Geographic photographer and certified photo instructor will prepare guests for the special challenges of shooting an eclipse from a ship, where tripods and long exposures don’t work on what amounts to a moving platform. A naturalist team and guest speakers will provide insight and background on eclipses and other astronomical features one might encounter in the Southern Ocean and Southern Hemisphere. 

For intrepid explorers who can’t wait until 2021 to experience Antarctica, AdventureSmith Explorations announces availability with some rate savings on the following Antarctic expeditions in the 2019-2020 season.

For details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit the company website.

About AdventureSmith Explorations – Think Outside the Boat!

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Truckee, CA, near the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith first joined the ranks of Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious world’s Top Travel Specialists list as the leading expert on small ship expeditions.

VAGABOND TOURS OF IRELAND

Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland

Folds Galway into 2020 Itineraries

Honoring Europe’s Capital of Culture

Ireland’s Galway in February will become even more globally prominent. This city has been dubbed the 2020 European Capital of Culture.

An award-winning tour operator, Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland, is already preparing to fold Galway into as many of its 2020 tours as possible. This company will also offer opportunities for guests to sample a variety of world-class events that make travel to Ireland in 2020 a must.

The national event lineup for next year includes but is not limited to:

• April 2020: The 50th anniversary of the World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin.

• June 15, 19, 26, 2020: European Soccer Championships 2020 Group Stage Matches at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.  The senior men’s soccer tournament games (UEFA European Championships) are being held for the first time in Dublin.

• July 2020: The Great Gathering at Cork 300, a maritime festival celebrating the oldest yacht club in the world

• July 23-27 2020: Clipper Round the World Race stops in Derry.

• August 29, 2020: College Football Classic in Dublin with Navy vs Notre Dame at Aviva Stadium.

In addition to this calendar of one-off crowd-pleasers, Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland asked its guides to tally up past-guest surveys of what their alumni thought were the most outstanding experiences in Ireland. Following is the result of their research, a perfect mix of hidden gems, historical events, challenging hikes and stunning destinations that create the ultimate Ireland bucket list of amazing things to do on the Emerald Isle in 2020 and beyond.

• Visiting Skellig Michael, an island with puffins, 600 steep stone steps and a 6th century monastic settlement that was featured in Star Wars The Last Jedi (Episode VIII).

• Biking two brand-new greenways opening in 2020. One, a section of the Royal Canal Greenway, will be Ireland’s longest dedicated cycle path, leading from the outskirts of Dublin to Longford in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. When it launches in the second half of 2020, the Carlingford Lough Greenway will be Ireland’s first cross-border cycle trail, linking Newry in Northern Ireland to Louth in the Republic.

• Booking a Black Cab Tour to explore the history of Belfast that is contested by two tribes that are Catholic and Protestant, Republican and Unionist, Green and Orange.

• Downing a quaff in a hardware store.

• Watching a hurling match, the world’s fastest field sport.

• Soaking aching muscles in a kelp bath.

• Crawling inside Ireland’s myth-laden and highest passage tomb – in Armagh.

• Hiking from clifftop to waterline on Giant’s Causeway.

• Partaking of Listowel Writers Week in quiet north Kerry May 27-31, 2020.

Vagabond’s 12 Day Giant Irish Adventure and the 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland itineraries embrace most of these experiences. All of the company’s tours begin in and end in Dublin. Guests are encouraged to schedule in optional Dublin events as they arrive or depart the city.

The 12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour is a two-time winner of Best Adventure Experience at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards in 2017 and 2015. The per person double rate is €2,899 (single supplement €490). This is Ireland’s ultimate guided adventure tour, journeying over mountain passes, riding horses on deserted beaches and exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.

The slower-paced, less active 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland itinerary is €2,749 per person double (single supplement €469). Guests discover Ireland from coast to coast through immersion in history, culture, music and crafts.

On all of its tours, Vagabond staff curate locally owned accommodations, pubs and restaurants that help serve their goal of authenticity. In the end the mission is to have guests “love Ireland as much as we do.” Transport is in a custom Mercedes-Benz Drifter or 4×4 Vagatron that allows access beyond where regular tour buses go.

For details on all of Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please visit http://vagabondtoursofireland.com/. Call toll free (from the US) 1.833-230-0288; in Ireland 00353 (0) 1 5634358; or email: info@vagabond.ie.

About Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland

Since 2002 Vagabond Adventure Tours has been creating opportunities for visitors to embrace Ireland by walking, biking, horseback riding and kayaking its lands and waters, imbibing history and culture along the way. In 2013 the company was honored by National Geographic Traveler with a Top 50 Tour of a Lifetime distinction. In 2015 and 2017 Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland was named the “Best Adventure Experience” at the Irish Tourism Awards. In 2017, Vagabond became Ireland’s first tour operator to achieve Ecotourism Gold Level Certification and in 2018, Vagabond Tours won The Green Tourism & Entertainment category in Ireland’s most prestigious Green (business) Awards. In February 2019, the company won two top Irish Tourism Industry Awards for the Best Ireland Ancient East Tourism Experience and Best Environmental Tourism Innovation.