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Holland America Announces Special ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ Cruises

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Fans of the PBS show “America’s Test Kitchen” and foodies alike can now embark on a culinary journey with Holland America for three exclusive cruises. The special America’s Test Kitchen sailings elevate the line’s partnership with the media company, and will showcase the show’s leading cast members.

The three cruises are the May 6, 2018 seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise on Westerdam; July 7, 2018 fourteen-day Northern Isles on Zuiderdam; and September 22, 2018 seven-day Canada & New England Discovery on Veendam. 

In addition to cooking shows and hands-on workshops, guests will be able to meet the experts from the show at a book signing and reception, attend a Q&A session, join them for a presentation on recipe development, and test their kitchen knowledge at trivia.

The following guests from America’s Test Kitchen are scheduled to appear:

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

Jack Bishop is the chief creative officer of America’s Test Kitchen. He was part of the original founding team, beginning with the launch of Cook’s Illustrated magazine in 1993. Bishop directed the launch of Cook’s Country magazine in 2005, and the building of the company’s book publishing division. He’s the tasting lab expert on “America’s Test Kitchen” and “Cook’s Country.” Bishop is also the author of several cookbooks including Vegetables Every Day and The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook.

Bryan Roof is the executive food editor for Cook’s Country Magazine and is an on-screen test cook for “Cook’s Country.” He began working as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated in 2006, and has worked on various magazine, book, and website projects, including the magazine’s popular On the Road feature.

Fares begin at $1,019 per person.

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Northern Isles Cruise

Bridget Lancaster is the executive editor for new media, television, and radio at America’s Test Kitchen, as well as the host of “America’s Test Kitchen” and “Cook’s Country.” She joined the Cook’s Illustrated magazine team in 1998 and is an original cast member of both television shows. Bridget currently serves as the lead instructor for the America’s Test Kitchen Online Cooking School.

Lisa McManus is an executive editor in charge of ingredient tasting and equipment testing at Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated magazines. She researches and writes about kitchen gear and food, and is the onscreen gadget expert for “America’s Test Kitchen.” Lisa joined the company in 2006 after working as a newspaper food editor and as a magazine and newspaper journalist in Boston, New York, and California.

Fares begin at $3,099 per person.

Canada & New England Cruise

Julia Collin Davison is executive editor for the book division of America’s Test Kitchen and host of “America’s Test Kitchen” and “Cook’s Country.” She began working as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated in 1999 and is responsible for the food and recipe development for all of America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks.

Rebecca (Becky) Hays is the deputy editor of Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines and is an onscreen test cook for “America’s Test Kitchen.” A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, Hays joined America’s Test Kitchen in 2000 and specializes in healthful cooking.

Fares begin at $1,599 per person.

Left to right: Hays, Davison, Lancaster, and McNamus

Holland America launched their partnership with America’s Test Kitchen in 2016, with the transformation of the ships’ culinary centers into kitchens that replicate the television set where the popular shows are recorded. Following the partnership’s success, Holland America and America’s Test Kitchen will nearly double their selection of onboard cooking shows this year. The Holland America chefs that host them are all trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts, and the demonstrations combine thoroughly tested recipes with a range of practical kitchen tips.

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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