Traveling the world can give you a wide variety of unique experiences. While many of these experiences can come home with you only in the form of memories and photographs, there are some experiences that you can recreate from the comfort of your home. Food and drinks from around the world can be an excellent way to relive past adventures or have a mini adventure right at home. We’ve gathered up 5 of the best cocktails from around the world that you can enjoy no matter where you are.
The Singapore Sling is a gin and cherry mixed drink that was invented in the early 1900s at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The exact original recipe is lost to time, but is generally agreed to be comprised of gin, cherry liqueur, and orange, pineapple, and lime juices. The modern recipe varies at various venues across Singapore, but the standard ingredients of gin, cherry liqeur, and pineapple juice always stay the same. If you want to try your hand at it, the official recipe from the International Bartenders Association is below.
2 Parts Gin
1 Part Cherry Liqeur or Cherry Brandy
½ Part Benedictine
½ Part Cointreau
1 Part Lime Juice
Dash of Bitters
Dash of Grenadine
8 Parts Pineapple Juice
Combine all ingredients and mix with ice. Strain and serve straight up in a highball or hurricane glass. Garnish with cherry and pineapple.
** UPDATE ** – Royal Caribbean has made some changes to the schedules for Empress, Enchantment, Majesty, and Vision. See the updates here.
Royal Caribbean just announced the first half of their 2019/2020 deployment and there are some BIG changes in store. Today’s announcement includes the deployment for Caribbean, Alaskan, Northeast, and select European cruises. You will be able to book these cruises starting next week, and reserving early often gets the best deal. Royal Caribbean will announce the remaining cruises, including Asia, Australia, and the rest of Europe, next spring. We are very excited with the information that has already been released, and are looking forward to more details.
As their name implies, the majority of Royal Caribbean’s offerings are in the Caribbean. They are sending 13 of their 25 ships to the Caribbean for the summer of 2019 into 2020. The cruises will range from 3 to 8 nights and visit Mexico, the Bahamas, and Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean islands. You will also have a lot of options, with cruises leaving from Galveston, three ports in Florida, Boston, Baltimore, Newark, and San Juan.
Short Caribbean Adventures
If you are new to cruising or are just looking for a short trip, Royal Caribbean has you covered. The Navigator of the Seas and the brand new Symphony of the Seas will both be making 3 and 4 night cruises to the Bahamas from Miami. Also leaving from Florida, the fully reimagined Mariner of the Seas will be making the same cruise from Orlando. For something a little different, you can also take the Enchantment of the Seas from Galveston, Texas. The Enchantment will be making 4 and 5 night trips to Mexico and the Western Caribbean. These shorter itineraries will be available for bookings starting the week of November 20th.
7 Night Caribbean Adventures
A main staple among cruise lines, 7 night cruises are a great way to get the full cruise experience when you don’t have a lot of time. All four of the Oasis Class of ships – Oasis, Allure, Harmony, and Symphony – will be based in Florida. Both Oasis and Symphony will be departing from Miami on alternating Eastern and Western itineraries. The Allure of the Seas will be moving to Fort Lauderdale, and Harmony will go to Port Canaveral/Orlando. They will both also be alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings. In addition to the Florida offerings, Liberty of the Seas will be taking 7 night Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas.
If you want something a little more exotic, the Freedom of the Seas will be departing San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Southern Caribbean. Our own very first cruise was on this itinerary. The Southern itineraries tend to have more ports than their Eastern and Western alternatives. So, if you like visiting as many places as possible, this might be the perfect cruise for you. These will be the first cruises available to be booked, with reservations opening the week of November 13th.
East Coast to Bermuda
There are also a variety of options to visit the Caribbean from the east coast. The Anthem of the Seas will continue sailing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey on 5 night cruises to the Bahamas and 9 night cruises to the Caribbean. Also at Cape Liberty is the Adventure of the Seas, offering 8 night cruises to Bermuda and the Bahamas. In the fall of 2019, the Serenade of the Seas will offer some 7 night cruises to Bermuda from Boston, while the Grandeur of the Seas will alternate 5 and 9 night Bermuda/Bahamas cruises from Baltimore, Maryland. These will all be available starting the week of December 4th.
Canada and New England
All of the ships from the East Coast above will also be offering summer cruises to New England and Canada. Typically, these ships will alternate itineraries, going to Bermuda one week and Canada the next. Adventure of the Seas out of Cape Liberty will offer both the longest and the shortest of these itineraries to Canada. In the summer Adventure will be taking 5 night cruises to Canada and New England, while in the fall she will offer 10 and 11 night cruises. These longer cruises are one way trips; going from Cape Liberty to Quebec City on one cruise, and then returning on the next. Currently, this is the only itinerary Royal Caribbean is offering that visits Quebec City.
The Anthem of the Seas will also be visiting Canada and New England from Cape Liberty. This is a cruise we have done before, and visits Boston, Bar Harbor, Portland, New Brunswick, and Halifax. This cruise will be 9 nights long and will only be available during the fall months. The Anthem is a Quantum Class ship and has a lot of the big amenities that make Royal Caribbean so much fun to sail. The Serenade of the Seas will be offering a similar, 7 night option. Since the Serenade leaves from Boston it is able to complete the remainder of the itinerary faster than the Anthem. The Serenade is also a slightly smaller ship, and as such may be a better option for some cruisers.
Finally, the Grandeur of the Seas is your only option for sailing to Canada and New England in the summer months. Sailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Grandeur will be making 9 night cruises up the eastern coast. All of these options will become available for bookings starting December 4th.
Europe and the Mediterranean
There are some big changes in store for European cruises. Royal Caribbean is adding a brand new port, Portofino, Italy, to select European cruise itineraries. This stop is currently scheduled to be added to the 7 night Mediterranean cruise on the Brilliance of the Seas. This will be running only during the fall months, leaving from Barcelona, Spain. During the summer, the Brilliance will be sailing out of Amsterdam on 10 night cruises to the Iberian Peninsula and 12 nights to the Baltics.
Aside from the Brilliance, the Oasis of the Seas and Vision of the Seas will also be sailing from Barcelona. The Oasis will be sailing 7 night Western Mediterranean cruises in the summer before repositioning to Miami. The Vision will be alternating 12 night Mediterranean itineraries, switching between visiting the Greek Isles and Venice.
If you would rather start your trip in Venice, the Rhapsody of the Seas will be leaving from there. The Rhapsody will sail alternating 7 night cruises; one to the Greek Isles and one to Greece and Croatia. The Greece and Croatia route will have brand new ports that Royal Caribbean ships have never visited before. The exact ports which are new to this itinerary have not been identified yet, but should be announced by the beginning of December. Also leaving from Italy will be the Jewel of the Seas. The Jewel will be going on 7 and 9 night cruises to the Greek Isles and Western Mediterranean from Rome.
Scandanavia and Russia
The last ship that is scheduled for summer European sailings is the Serenade of the Seas. The Serenade will spend the summer in Copenhagen before transitioning across the Atlantic for fall in Canada and New England. While in Copenhagen the Serenade will be going on 7 night cruises, alternating between the Norwegian Fjords one week and Russia the next. The first round of European sailings will be available for booking starting December 11th.
Alaska is going to have some really exciting changes for 2019. The Radiance of the Seas will return once again to complete the open jaw 7 night cruises through the Inside Passage. The Radiance has been a staple ship in Alaska for several years, and is one of our favorite cruises. We have actually taken the Southbound Alaska cruise on the Radiance twice. This cruise goes from Seward Alaska to Vancouver, Canada and then back the next week, visiting Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, and the Hubbard Glacier.
The big change for 2019 is the Ovation of the Seas will be replacing the Explorer of the Seas for Alaska glacier cruises. The Ovation is a Quantum Class ship and is much larger than the typical ships which sail to Alaska. The Ovation also has the North Star Observation platform, which promises some outstanding views of wild Alaska. It will be ported in Seattle, Washington, and will take 7 night, round trip cruises. The current itineraries that the Explorer takes visit Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria, British Columbia. Royal Caribbean has not yet confirmed if Ovation will be following the same route, just that it will go on Alaska cruises from Seattle. Both Alaska cruises will be available starting December 11th.
Plan a Cruise
The initial deployment schedule looks very promising, and we are very excited to see what details will come out over the next month. While 2019 and 2020 seem fairly far away, the nature of cruises often means the earlier you can book the better price you will get. Reach out today to find your perfect cruise. Don’t forget, we offer a lowest price guarantee. If a better deal is available after you book until final payment, we will get you the lower price.
** UPDATE ** – Royal Caribbean has announced changes to cruises on the Enchantment of the Seas. Unfortunately, this cruise has now been cancelled. Details can be found here.
Hello adventurers! We have some really exciting news for you today. Royal Caribbean has just released a 9 day cruise itinerary that visits both Panama and Costa Rica. This is currently the only cruise offered by Royal Caribbean that visits Costa Rica, and one of only three that visits Panama. This sailing departs Galveston, Texas on November 7th, 2018 and returns on November 16th. Along the way you will stop in Puerto Costa Maya Mexico, Colon Puerto Rico, Puerto Limon Costa Rica, and Cozumel Mexico. Even better, the current price of this cruise starts at only $619 per person. At 9 nights, this comes down to less than $69 per person per day. This cruise was just announced and prices won’t stay this low for long!
Nov. 7, 2018
Nov. 8, 2018
Nov. 9, 2018
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
Nov. 10, 2018
Nov. 11, 2018
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Nov. 12, 2018
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Nov. 13, 2018
Nov. 14, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Nov. 15, 2018
Nov. 16, 2018
Enchantment of the Seas
This cruise is on the Enchantment of the Seas, which is part of Royal Caribbean’s Vision Class. The Enchantment is one of the smaller ships in Royal’s fleet with a capacity of 2,446 passengers. While that means it does not have the “mega-ship” feel of the newest ships, it is also significantly less crowded. Enchantment has less than half the maximum number of passengers compared to the newest Quantum of the Seas and almost one third the passengers as the current largest ship, Harmony of the Seas.
While aboard Enchantment you will enjoy a variety of activities including bungee trampolines, rock climbing, theater shows, and pool-side movies. There are three saltwater pools on board, including an adults only Solarium, and an additional splash pool for kids. For dining, you have the free main dining room or Windjammer buffet, as well as the premium Chops Grille, so you will never go hungry.
Over 9 days this cruise visits four ports and has four sea days. Cozumel and Puerto Costa Maya are both excellent ports that a lot of ships frequent, but the real highlight of this sailing are the stops in Panama and Costa Rica. You will spend nine hours in Colon, Panama, plenty of time to see the canal or the capital, Panama City. Unfortunately, this sailing does not transit the Canal, but that is partially why it is such a great bargain. Ships travelling through the Panama Canal have to pay a tax based on the size of the ship. This typically adds approximately $150 to $250 per passenger, a significant increase.
The day after leaving Panama you will spend another 9 hours in Puerto Limon, on the Costa Rican coast. I had the pleasure of spending a day in Limon in 2004, and I still remember the stunning beauty today. While in port there is so much to do. You can explore Veragua Rainforest or the Tortuguero Canal if you enjoy nature. If beaches are more your style there are miles of pristine coastline to explore. If history is more your forte, you can plan a trip to Isla Uvita, where Columbus landed on his last voyage across the Atlantic. There is a reason Costa Rica’s motto is Pura Vida or Pure Life and all it takes is one visit to understand.
Ready to Book?
While November 2018 seems far away, this is an extremely unique cruise for Royal Caribbean. We do not expect this price to last for long, and it is even possible for cabins to start selling out soon. All that you need is a $250 deposit per person to reserve your spot on this amazing adventure. We also offer a lowest price promise; any price drops between when you book and when final payment is due will be honored. If you book today, you will be locked in at the best possible price for this stunning itinerary.
Reach out to us and start planning your adventure today!