The Carnival Long Beach Cruise Terminal stepped into the spotlight last month at an event celebrating its Hollywood-style makeover. The nips and tucks performed within the geodesic dome, once housing Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose seaplane, revealed the improvised face of the Golden State. Families embarking onto sailings will now be greeted during check-in with lines of wooden benches atop manicured turf lawns, set between murals of ocean and mountains. Also available, as the perfect kid’s distraction, is the new, 1980s-style arcade.
“The terminal’s transformation will help families get into the vacation mood as soon as they walk through the door,” said Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president, Carnival Corp., during the terminal’s grand-reopening.
The revelation coincided with the relocation, from Miami, of the 3,012-passenger Carnival Splendor, the glamorous and ritzy big sister to current port-mates, 2,056-passenger ships Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Imagination. Dressed in an interior of hot pink polka dots set into mirrors within a black overlay, the Splendor features miniature golf on its upper deck, a water park and a teen lounge. While its little sisters make three- and four-day journeys to Catalina and Ensenada, Splendor will extend those voyages over one week and offer two-week excursions to Hawai’i and Alaska.
The terminal’s multimillion-dollar face-lift also attracted the promised arrival next year of brand-new ship, 3,954-passenger Carnival Panorama. This will be the first new ship to grace the port of Long Beach in 20 years. The Panorama lives up to its name with open-air attractions like the bike-ride-in-the-sky, SkyRide; a WaterWorks park; and plenty of al-fresco dining options. Its week-long Mexican Riviera sailings will offer families extra room in the Family Harbor section of the ship. Reservations for Carnival Panorama are expected to open in late March.
We’ve seen our fair share (and then some) of drama, trials and tribulations this year, so any reason to celebrate or plan a trip is an exciting opportunity. For the chocolate lovers and sweet aficionados in your crew, Zürich should be on your list this year or next — for many reasons, but specifically for the Lindt Home of Chocolate.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
You could say Osaka is a shapeshifter among cities. Japan’s third-largest city, running at a somewhat slower pace than Tokyo, is a patchwork of big business districts, pretty residential areas and beautiful parks. By night, several of its neighborhoods take on an alluring theme park ambiance. The most obvious is Dōtonbori, an upscale retail oasis that, after sunset, becomes a neon-lit maze of restaurants, bars, comedy clubs, arcades, department stores and massive souvenir emporiums.
If you are a lover of thrill rides and rollercoasters, you better start thinking about a future trip to test out some new ones in Orlando, Florida’s, theme parks. Throughout the next year, some theme parks are expecting a number of thrilling additions and experiences for willing guests. From two long-anticipated coasters slated to open next year in Walt Disney World to a yet-to-be-announced Jurassic Park roller coaster set to open in Universal Orlando, thrill-seekers and coaster fanatics will be in awe.
In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!