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A Local’s Guide to Quebec City
 

Quebec City is the perfect fusion of the romantic Old European atmosphere of France and the welcoming spirit of Canada. The only walled city north of Mexico, Quebec City has a decidedly European feel, delivering beauty, history and culture. Here are some tips from our Destination Specialists on how to take advantage of your trip to Ville de Québec, a Francophile’s dream on the St. Lawrence River.

EAT
Le Clocher Penche Restaurant
203 Rue Saint-Joseph E

If you’re seeking authentic French-Canadian cuisine, be sure to visit Le Clocher Penche. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, this lively bistro is dedicated to artisan-produced and organic ingredients. A set lunch menu includes a starter, entrée and coffee or tea, plus the possibility of delicious add-ons, such as homemade fresh cheese and seasonal fruit. For dinner, Le Clocher Penche satisfies the senses with dishes such as veal sweetbread, homemade fettucine and marinated tuna. If you’re in the mood for a drink, ask your waiter to suggest a wine that will pair perfectly with your dish. This trendy local favorite is ideal for a memorable meal in this historic city.

SHOP
Faubourg Saint-Jean
Rue Saint Jean

While in Quebec City, Faubourg Saint-Jean is a must. From boutiques and clothiers to cafés and bookstores, this district is one of your best bets for local goods that you will enjoy for years to come. While visiting, make sure to stop at Chocolato rue Saint-Jean, a local chocolate shop that serves a variety of treats, including gelato, sundaes and chocolate-dipped fruit. From the unique shopping scene to the well-preserved buildings, Faubourg Saint-Jean has a European ambiance that’s hard to find in the Americas.

VISIT
La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
Boulevard Champlain

A 1.5-mile-long park on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Samuel-De Champlain Promenade is the perfect place to stroll while admiring the landscape of Quebec City. With both sidewalks and bike paths, there are a variety of options for enjoying the serenity of this local haven while still being within the city. Along the bank, explore open-air contemporary artwork and four themed gardens designed to complement the river. With advance reservations, you can also take a guided tour of the area. This romantic promenade is loved by locals and tourists alike, with its breathtaking views and myriad activities.

The perfect destination to linger in during your voyage, this belle French-Canadian treasure invites you to savor the local joie de vivre.

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Food of the Gods: Greek Ingredients
 

By Restaurant Manager Georgios Korakianitis

With influences from Turkey to Italy, Greece has a vast and unique culinary landscape that has captivated a global audience. In Greece, bread, olives and olive oil are the pillars of the Greek table wherever you travel, from an upscale restaurant in Athens to a farmhouse on Crete. You’ll have a hard time finding a family gathered around a table without this trio, not to mention a
fresh bottle of wine.

 

What many travelers do not realize is that Greek cuisine not only features many typical Middle
Eastern foods, but is also strongly influenced by Rome, tracing back to when the Romans
conquered Greece in the 2nd century. So you’ll see plenty of pasta and sauces alongside yogurt, rice
and rich sweets made from nuts, honey and sesame seeds. Arab influences have also left their mark on the southern region of Greece, which means you’ll see spices such as cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cloves in the dishes. Greek coffee, of course, traces its roots to Turkey, while potatoes
and tomatoes were brought from the New World after European explorers landed in the Americas.

In Greece using local ingredients isn’t a trend, it’s simply how we cook – using what is in season
and what is available in our region. Every Greek meal is fresh and inviting, but it also takes you on a journey through Greece’s history and thousands of years of growing, cooking and eating. As you
will discover once you sit down to eat in Greece, no meal is ever “just a meal” – our celebration of life and dining is one in the same. So I invite you to discover more about just a few of the many Greek ingredients featured on board that capture the essence of our joyful and timeless cuisine.

 

Feta Cheese
The national cheese of Greece, feta, can only be produced in Greece – and only in specific regions such as the Peloponnese, Lesvos and mainland Greece – due to its Protected Designation of Origin. By law, feta is produced from either 100% sheep’s milk or a combination of sheep’s and goat’s milk. It’s the crowning centerpiece on any Greek salad and is a key ingredient in traditional dishes such as spanakopita and feta saganaki – a delicious filo-wrapped feta drenched in honey and coated in sesame.

Caper Leaves
Very difficult to find outside of Greece, caper leaves are typically pickled or boiled and then preserved in jars with brine, similar to caper berries. In fact, when our ships leave Greece, we purchase enough caper leaves to last until the ship is planning to return. Our chefs like to use them
in fish dishes and salads, such as the heirloom tomato salad.

Capers
A bold and briny ingredient, capers are picked, cured and sorted according to size. Harvesting
capers is an arduous process since they can only be picked by hand every spring. They are ideal
for garnishing and add a punch of flavor to sauces, salads, pasta dishes, fish and lamb. We
use them most often on board in our featured Greek fish at the Chef ’s Greek Market Dinner, as well as in a variety of pasta dishes and salads.

 

Kalamata Olives
This king of Greek table olives is favored around the world. The almond-shaped, deep purple
olive is noted for its rich tangy flavor that is often smoky or has hints of wine. Kalamata olives are typically left on the tree to mature a bit longer and are only harvested once their color begins to turn dark. They are usually stored in olive oil or vinegar, and are typical in Greek salads and make a great tapenade.

Filo Dough
Filo dough is an unleavened tissue-thin dough that is stretched or rolled so thin you can see through it. This type of dough is very versatile since it can be layered, filled, folded, rolled and even turned into cups, flowers or spirals. On board, we use filo in various Greek recipes such as baklava and spanakopita, as well as dishes like strudel, pastilla and tartlets. Filo-based pastries are made by layering many sheets of filo brushed with olive oil or butter, filling them and then baking.

Come live the Greek life with us in the Mediterranean this summer!

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Our Sommelier’s Picks Down Under
 

With more than 60 recognized regions, Australia is in a thriving Southern Hemisphere location for winemaking. Whether you’re planning a cruise Down Under or looking for a fresh bottle for dinner tonight, Australia has so much to offer wine lovers. Without a doubt, shiraz is one of Australia’s best-known and most loved varietals. Two of our Sommelier’s favorite picks are below – and you can enjoy them on board by the bottle.

Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia
Two Hands has earned a place in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for ten years in a row, the only winery in the world to ever achieve this feat. Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz comes from the estate’s Garden Series, which is their premium range of shiraz from the finest shiraz growing regions in Australia. In fact, Lily’s Garden Shiraz is the pick of the bunch, sourced from Two Hands McLaren Vale vineyards.

Tasting Notes: This generous wine is characterized by cascading blue fruits and a rich long palate. It’s a deep, intense red with a purple hue and notes of blueberry, plum and mulberry. Hints of French lavender, white pepper and warm granite add complexity.

Peter Lehmann Barossa Portrait Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest regions for fine wine and is a fairly warm region renowned for its robust Shiraz. Peter Lehmann shiraz is true to the varietal style, embodying a balanced and full-bodied character.

Tasting Notes: This full-bodied Barossa shiraz reveals a deep color and bouquet of dark forest fruits with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Soft, velvety tannins with a lingering mocha finish make it a perfect companion to roast meats and strong cheeses.

Cheers!

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A Local’s Guide to Santorini
 

Curated by Captain Dimitrios Flokos

Uncover local picks from Captain Flokos to savor the gorgeous island of Santorini in a whole new way. From hidden shopping gems to Greek dining secrets, here are some of the best ways to enjoy this Aegean gem just like the Santorinians.

SHOP
Atlantis Books E.E.

Nomikos Street, Oía

For a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in Santorini, explore this book lover’s dream. A charmingly old-fashioned independent bookstore, this literary haven carries everything from classic novels to travelogues and cookbooks in multiple languages. Once inside, look up to see a handwritten spiral on the domed ceiling – a thoughtful homage displaying the names of every employee who has ever worked there.

EAT
Parea Restaurant

Fira

Exquisite Greek food and exceptional service are the hallmarks of this quaint al fresco
restaurant overlooking the caldera. Though it’s in the center of bustling Fira, it’s a treasure you’ll wish you had time to dine at more than once. Don’t miss the tomatokeftedes, which are fried Santorini tomato balls, and moussaka, a layered dish of eggplant and ground beef with a creamy béchamel sauce.

VISIT
Town of Imerovigli

Nestled in between Fira and Oia, the quaint town of Imerovigli garners less attention but is well worth a visit. For a quiet and relaxing afternoon, stroll down the cobblestone streets of this white-washed village known as the “balcony of the Aegean,” and take in the breathtaking views of the volcanoes and gorgeous sunsets before heading back to Oia for a traditional dinner or glass of local wine.

We hope to see you in Greece this summer!

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4 Winter Caribbean Getaways Not to Miss
 

 

With paradise islands to suit every personality and sunshine and palm trees all around, the Caribbean in the winter is one of those travel choices that always seems exponentially more attractive once the dreary skies and cold weather has hit. Now’s actually the perfect time to reserve your cruise – but which one to choose? Here are our top picks for 2018 Caribbean cruises.

Balmy Breezes | 12 Days aboard Riviera Departing Miami November 27, 2018
This alluring Eastern Caribbean itinerary transports you from the bliss of Aruba and Bonaire to lush Grenada, beach-blessed Barbados, stunningly beautiful St. Lucia and beyond. As the warm winds of the Caribbean carry you from one sun-drenched port to another, chilly temperatures will be hundreds of miles away and laid-back island life will be yours.

Sunny Charms | 10 Days aboard Riviera Departing Miami December 9, 2018
The perfect answer to early winter blues, this voyage features French-chic St. Barts, stunning St. Lucia, the sugar-sand beaches of Antigua, plus the Dutch flavor of St. Maarten and the colonial treasures of Old San Juan. This itinerary also offers plenty of days at sea to relax and enjoy the luxurious amenities of Riviera. Even better, this cruise makes holiday shopping a breeze with all of the island markets and unique handicrafts you’ll encounter along the way.

Caribbean Pearls | 14 Days aboard Riviera Holiday voyage departing Miami December 19, 2018
Why not celebrate the holidays surrounded by turquoise seas and palm-lined islands? This holiday voyage features Caribbean stars such as Barbados, Antigua and St. Lucia as well as unique off-the-beaten-path ports such as Kingstown, St. Vincent and Roseau, Dominica. Ten island paradises balanced by 3 leisurely days at sea, this is indeed the perfect escape from the holiday rush.

Caribbean New Year | 15 Days aboard Insignia Holiday voyage departing Miami December 27, 2018
Now this is the proper way to start 2019 – sailing amidst the gorgeous ABC islands, a tropical drink in hand and surrounded by sunshine and easygoing island rhythms. Experience some lesser-known treasures: the diver’s paradise of Bonaire, culture-rich Curaçao and Guadeloupe, the Pearl of the French Caribbean. The spice island of Grenada, verdant St. Lucia, glamorous St. Barts and fun-loving Puerto Rico also offer plenty of tropical adventures. Crown the journey with a few leisurely days at sea to soak in the sunshine before heading north.

See you in the Caribbean this winter!