EXPERIENCE CLASSICAL MUSIC STARS ONBOARD MS EUROPA’S MUSIC VOYAGES IN 2012

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to Offer Guests Established Talent and Young Stars During the Ocean Sun and Stella Maris Classical Music Festivals at Sea 

The highest ranked cruise ship in the world, according to the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships[1] Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ MS EUROPA is offering guests two world-class music festivals in 2012. The “Ocean Sun Festival,” the only classical music festival on the High Seas, will feature internationally acclaimed classical music stars performing on board, as well as exclusive concerts at historical sites ashore. Additionally, the “Stella Maris“ International Vocal Competition will bring together up-and-coming young singers from the most renowned opera houses in the world to perform and compete on board a Middle East and Africa itinerary. These two music cruises are the highlights of a total of nine music cruises aboard the EUROPA in 2012.

Now in its sixth year, the “Ocean Sun Festival” has been compared to the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa Valley, California and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Italy. For an added dimension to this musical experience, international music critics will offer lectures along the route. On board, “Ocean Sun Festival” guests will experience the breathtaking violinist Janine Jansen, the aspiring pianist Igor Levit and renowned soprano vocalist Marlis Petersen. This musical voyage continues ashore with the soloists joining the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Bergen, Norway. While the classical music concerts are the highlights of this itinerary, the EUROPA will glide through the picturesque Norway fjords, with stops in the charming and multifaceted cities of Bergen and Oslo. This 12-day itinerary from August 12-24, 2012, starts at $6,670 per person/based on double occupancy for a suite.

In cooperation with the prestigious international opera houses, the EUROPA will also be hosting their fourth annual classical music competition at sea, “Stella Maris.”
Under the direction of Canadian tenor Michael Schade, a jury of famous personalities in the classical music field will judge the top talent represented by international opera houses. The distinguishing feature of “Stella Maris” is that the audience determines the winner of the cash prize worth €15,000. This prize, generous compared to others in the world of classical music, is provided by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The jury will decide on the recipients of the additional prizes, which include: a guest engagement at an international opera house, a concert, and a test recording with Deutsche Grammophon. The competition will occur on board an 18-day Middle Eastern and Africa cruise through the Indian Ocean from November 7-25, 2012, making stops in Dubai, Oman, the Seychelles and Madagascar this November. The itinerary starts at $9,150 per person/based on double occupancy for a suite.

For information on these itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com or call one of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ sales agencies below.

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About the EUROPA:
The EUROPA is the first “all-suites” cruise ship, with staterooms that are never less than 290 square feet, 80% of them having their own veranda, assuring privacy and relaxation. The EUROPA offers guests the largest space per passenger, as well as one of the highest staff passenger ratios, with 280 staff members for max. 408 guests. New to the EUROPA, Dieter Mueller became the first award-winning chef to open his own gourmet restaurant onboard. He’s personally on board 70 days a year. Also recently launched, the EUROPA’s “Baby Welcome Package” offering baby care products and baby food for passengers traveling with infants. The EUROPA will be visiting over 20 countries in 2012, as part of her international (German/English) itineraries.
[1] According to the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships

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A Taste of Panama With a Barcelona Accent:

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Dining at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Executive Chef Daniel Bausà Peris brings the flavors of his native Barcelona to the dining experiences at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama,

opening July 6, 2011. trump panama 1 Iberian-inspired dishes will mingle with local Panamanian and international specialties on menus at the hotel’s signature Tejas Restaurant & Bar, casual BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar and al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill. Complementing these exceptional dining venues will be the fine wines and small plates of Cava 15 Wine Bar.

True to Trump Ocean Club’s waterfront setting, seafood will take center stage during dinner at Tejas Restaurant & Bar. Here, Chef Bausà concentrates on beautifully plated, deceptively simple dishes that allow the true flavors of the seafood to shine through. In the same spirit of “transparency,” a window from the dining room to the kitchen will allow guests to watch the chef and his team at work.

Chef Bausà has infused the cuisine of Tejas with a Mediterranean accent cultivated through his years of experience in the top kitchens of Spain and Italy. Asian, Latin American and other European flavors will also be highlighted in a true fusion menu. Enticing appetizers will range from a watermelon and feta cheese salad with Greek olives and lemon almond oil to an octopus terrine with ñame root purée, arugula and light, spicy chorizo oil. The freshest catch of the day will be served in a choice of preparations: crusted in sea salt, roasted Mediterranean, Caribbean or local Tikin-xic style. Each of these preparations can be paired with the patron’s choice of sauce, from a garlic mojo to a fresh herb pistou. Meat lovers will enjoy inspired choices such as beef tenderloin with onion compote and gorgonzola ravioli, and a grilled pork chop with smoked cheese and red cabbage strudel. Key lime pie, warm apple tart, and a traditional Latin American three-milk cake are among the tempting dessert selections. Tejas will also feature a lively outdoor raw bar, where Mexican and Panamanian ceviches share the menu with the traditional shellfish.

For small bites in an inviting, casual setting, BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar will draw heavily on Chef Bausà’s Barcelona roots, and several time-honored family recipes are showcased on the menu. The lunch and dinner menus at this restaurant, which promises to be a favorite of locals and hotel guests alike, are designed around a small-plate concept in the tapas tradition, to encourage sharing and plenty of socializing. Panamanian fare is also featured, including a local Sancocho soup that shares the menu with the traditional Salmorejo gazpacho topped with quail egg and Spanish ham. Newcomers to the tapas concept will appreciate Chef Bausà’s “Tapas Walk Through,” a four-course tasting menu hand-selected by the chef and served family-style. Each course will include multiple plates for plenty of culinary variety. Among them are oven-roasted vegetables with pickled anchovies “Montadito,” spicy crispy “Brava’s” potatoes (a BARcelona signature), baby lamb chops with sundried tomato marmalade and aioli, and a coconut rice pudding Panamanian style.

At breakfast, cooking stations outside BARcelona’s doors will draw diners in with the tantalizing aroma of waffles, pancakes and French toast prepared before their eyes. A counter display including pastries, fresh fruits, cold cuts and cheeses will also be stationed outside, while within the restaurant, guests can choose from a wide array of omelettes and other inspired egg and meat dishes.

For poolside guests, the al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill will deliver refreshing treats against a spectacular Pacific Ocean backdrop. Among trump panama 2 the light delights on the menu are Caesar salad, guacamole served with totopos and salsa, a selection of quesadillas and a shrimp, coconut, banana and avocado ceviche. Angus beef burgers come with a choice of five toppings, from mozzarella basil pesto to sundried tomato and goat cheese. Sandwiches and market-fresh grilled items, from lamb chops to shrimp, will also be featured, topped off by a selection of desserts that include a tropical fruit salad, country bread served with chocolate and sea salt, and a choice of three ice cream cups: Caribbean (tropical sorbets with red fruit sauce and blackberry whipped cream), Panamanian (chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon roll ice cream with caramel sauce, whipped cream and banana) and Azul’s own signature (coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, Bailey’s and Oreo cookie).

About Trump® Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Opening July 6, 2011, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama, perched above Panama Bay in Punta Pacifica, will be the first international venture for Trump Hotel Collection. It is destined to be the largest hotel in Latin America, designed by architect Arias Serna Saravia and developed by Newland International Properties Corp. Its 369 handsomely appointed hotel rooms, including 47 suites, will be a home-away-from-home for travelers, and amenities will include a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants reflective of the region’s best fare, a phenomenal pool deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 10,000 square feet devoted to wellness at The Spa at Trump, over 46,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a casino and a private beach club on nearby Isla Viveros. Signature services of the Trump Hotel Collection, including The Trump Attaché, will also be a part of the Trump Ocean Club experience. For more information, please visit www.TrumpPanamaHotel.com. Reservations can be made by calling (877)898-7867. Connect with Trump Ocean Club on Facebook and Twitter.

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St. Lucia’s Calabash Cove Resort & Spa


Relax and Renew Body and Soul at St. Lucia’s Calabash Cove Resort & Spa
After the hectic holiday season, start the new year relaxed and fresh at a tranquil, beachfront boutique resort on the idyllic island of St. Lucia.

 



St. Lucia, West Indies — Recharge after the hectic holidays with a rejuvenating escape to peaceful, picturesque Calabash Cove Resort & Spa. At this beachfront boutique resort on the stunning Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where temperatures this winter will average a balmy 80 degrees with soothing trade breezes and the Pitons World Heritage Site provides a stunning backdrop, relaxation and renewal rises to a new heights.
Luxurious accommodations include the 1,000-square-foot Water’s Edge Cottages with secluded plunge pools, outdoor rain showers and private hammocks, as well as unique Swim-Up, Sunset and Oceanview Jr. Suites. All of the resort’s accommodations offer unparalleled views from the luxury of your balcony and are beautifully appointed, making use of natural materials such as Balinese mahogany wherever possible. Relax in Whispers, the resort’s music and reading library overlooking the ocean, or roam the quiet walkways of Cove Gardens, an enchanting labyrinth of groves, ponds and terraces alive with fragrant local flora and fauna and the soothing sounds of birds and wind chimes.
Nourish and indulge the senses while rejuvenating body and mind at Calabash Cove’s own Ti Spa, Fitness Centre and Beauty Parlour, located next to Sweetwaters, the resort’s 100-foot, infinity-edge designer pool. The spa features private treatment rooms, staffed by knowledgeable and skilled associates, and an array of offerings designed to relieve the body of stress, including:
Island Romance A candlelit aromatherapy massage for two using specially blended essential oils. Rekindle your fire at the boardwalk or the gazebo, as the waves caress your soul.
Mineral Mud Body Mask A nutrient-rich body mask gently but effectively cleanses, tightens and purifies, leaving your whole body refreshed and radiant. Step into the Caribbean Sea to allow the ripples of the waves rinse you before enjoying a soothing massage.
Sea Salt Scrub The water’s edge of this serene resort is the perfect setting for this exhilarating scrub. As you savor the sounds of the sea, your body will be exfoliated using natural sea salts with a blend of ginger, lime, cucumber and almond oil. A dip in the ocean followed by a light massage will relax your mind and body.
Island Fruit Body Scrub A blend of island fruit, natural oils and sugar is used to create this tropical fruit scrub, uniquely formulated to enhance skin tone, detoxify the body and to help restore skin’s youthfulness.
Seaweed Body Wrap Seaweed captures the richness of the sea with its potent antioxidants and cell-regeneration properties that help rejuvenate skin. This body wrap will gently purify and detoxify while improving circulation and toning.
Continue the feast of the senses at the onsite Windsong Restaurant, which offers unobstructed views across the Caribbean Sea and seasonally inspired dishes made from the freshest local ingredients—so fresh that you might just see fishermen dropping their catch for our chefs right on our beach as they return from sea! Complementing Windsong’s elegant milieu is the convivial C-bar, which serves international cocktails and fine wines from the Calabash Cove Cellars amid lively island music. Choose from the European Plan (EP), featuring a daily island breakfast buffet, or the Luxury Gourmet Plan (LGP), a convenient, all-inclusive option that includes all meals and beverages throughout your stay.
Soak up the island’s beauty at the resort or choose from a plethora of land and sea excursions offered. Glide through a rainforest canopy on a zip line, for example, try your hand at deep-sea fishing or enjoy a romantic champagne sunset cruise while glimpsing the green flash at the most magical hour of the day. Kick off your New Year’s resolutions by dusting off your wintertime exercise routine and taking it outdoors in the sultry island tropics—snorkel or dive in the Caribbean’s translucent blue waters, hike to the summit of a breathtaking Piton, or jog barefoot on a powder-white sand beach. Then cool off under a waterfall. Calabash Cove’s concierge service will help you assemble a perfect lineup of active fun.
Room rates at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa begin at $425 per night from Jan. 3 to April 10, 2011, based on double occupancy. To make reservations, contact your preferred travel agent or e-mail reservations@calabashcove.com or Tammy@LMPInternational.com. Calabash Cove can also be booked through leading tour operators, including Travel Impressions, Vacation Express and the Mark Travel Company. For more information, visit www.CalabashCove.com

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TWO MICHELIN STARS FOR ANNE-SOPHIE PIC AT THE BEAU-RIVAGE PALACE

beau=rivage-palace Lausanne, Switzerland – November 20, 2009:  Chef Anne-Sophie Pic has been awarded two Michelin stars for her restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Bea-Rivage PalaceSwitzerland, it has been announced by the Michelin Guide.  This distinction brings Chef Pic’s total number of Michelin stars to five, including a coveted three-star rating for her restaurant Maison Pic in Valence, France.
Though open for less than a year at the Beau-Rivage Palace, Anne-Sophie Pic’s restaurant has already redefined dining in Lausanne and added an exciting dimension to Switzerland’s most legendary palace hotel.
Anne-Sophie is the third generation of her family to hold the coveted 3-star rating and is currently the only female chef in France with the distinction.  Now she has taken her culinary recognition to an even higher level by adding Michelin stars in Switzerland.

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The Pierre on Fifth Avenue overlooking New York’s Central Park

 

THE PIERRE OFFERS $400 ONE-NIGHT PACKAGE
TO HONOR 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF NEW YORK

Available September 3: Classic Room & Continental Breakfast

In celebration of Henry Hudson’s discovery of New York Harbor 400 years ago, The Pierre on Fifth Avenue overlooking New York’s Central Park is offering a special September 3 rate of $400 for a classic room complete with continental breakfast. If your stay overlaps the date, you’ll also enjoy a $400 rate for that night.

While at The Pierre, you can toast to the anniversary with a classic cocktail in the hotel’s new destination bar and lounge, Two E, or take in a city-wide array of events and museum exhibits celebrating the Dutch age of exploration that resulted in the founding of New Amsterdam on what was then the island of Manhattan. Visit www.ny400.org to learn more.
Book the 400th anniversary night package by calling The Pierre toll free, 1-800-743-7734.

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