There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.
5 Out-of-the-ordinary experiences in New Zealand
Celebrated for its amazing scenery and array of adventure experiences, New Zealand’s diverse landscapes make a perfect holiday destination. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to ensure you don’t miss out on the best activities, so we’ve put together a list of five of the most adventurous and out-of-the-ordinary experiences within this spectacular country.
Highlights of a Road Trip along Australia’s Great Ocean Road
What makes the Great Ocean Road so great? Although there are countless scenic coastal drives you can take in Australia, it’s the rugged beauty and show-stopping scenery that really sets this one apart. You’ll spot the remnants of Victorian shipwrecks and migrating whales from the top of these sheer, thrilling cliffs, along with the following highlights.
For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.
Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.
Many visitors to Adelaide are lured by its unique architecture, clean city beaches, and lush gardens. Yet Adelaide is also located in the centre of one of Australia’s most notable wine producing regions, thanks to the cool climate and abundant greenery. If you’re a Shiraz lover like me, this is reason enough to book a flight and start exploring the popular wine regions just a short distance from Adelaide.
One of Australia’s most famous wine-producing regions, Barossa Valley is particularly well-known for its bold, robust Shiraz. There are over 150 wineries to visit, so you may want to extend your day trip and stay overnight in one of the quaint regional bed and breakfasts.
It’s 6:30am and sunlight is streaming in through the windows. I’m not usually a morning person but the jungle comes alive at sunrise and the sounds rouse me from my hazy slumber. You might think that I am perhaps on holiday in a glamorous resort or on an eco-vacation, maybe even a yoga retreat. Well although all of the above do sound very appealing I am actually house sitting on a cashew farm in southern Costa Rica. In my opinion, this is a far more enjoyable alternative.
I’ve been charged with caring for a hillside property overlooking the Pacific Ocean, along with the owner’s boisterous golden Labrador Jack, who has a penchant for tennis balls and an insatiable desire to play fetch.
I’m in heaven.
When considering Australia’s tourist hotspots, Kangaroo Island is a unique and precious gem that should not be missed. Located off the southern coast, a short distance from Adelaide, Australia’s third largest island offers captivating beauty and a complete wilderness experience. Kangaroos are just the beginning of the many animal species found here living in the wild. Many consider Kangaroo Island to be the Galapagos of Australia.
It would not be an overstatement to address this island as a little heaven which presents the opportunity to experience Mother Nature at her best. The island is dotted with numerous splendid attractions and offers ample of recreational activities. Here is an attempt to give you an overview of the peerless beauty of this little paradise on earth by classifying its adventures into five categories.
Lind and I have just returned from attending Cruise Shipping Miami, a global cruise conference that brings together the world’s major cruise lines, destination representatives and ship building suppliers – quite a heady experience! For three days we attended seminars, chatted with cruise line CEOs and learned about where the world of cruising is headed [...]
Guide to Wonderful Water Activities in the Whitsundays A visit to Queensland would not be complete without a journey to the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsundays is a collection of 74 tropical islands, a true paradise with endless white sandy beaches surrounded by fresh warm waters. [...]
Start talking about ski towns and snowboard destinations and “the usual suspects” would include the Swiss Alps, the French Alps and Aspen in the United States. But… Australia? You might find this hard to believe, but this continent also has areas that allow snowboarding, particularly in the southern states of New South Wales and Victoria. [...]