An excellent culinary experience in San Juan!

One of the great things about traveling is the chance to experience different cultures around the world first hand, and there are few better ways to do that then to take a bite of someone’s food. Like music, food is a universal language. We all eat, we enjoy food in vastly different ways, and one person’s supreme meal is another person’s garbage.  I have been doing a lot of research lately when it comes to the highlights of the world, and quite a bit of that time has been devoted to various eateries. Today’s treats come from San Juan, where local ingredients are turned into something special!

Marmalade is a truly thrilling experience that any person who enjoys food should treat themselves to while in the city. Not to be mistaken for a wholly casual experience, sandals and shorts aren’t part of the dress code but the ambiance more than makes up for having to get dressed up. Customers note that the service is fantastic with friendly and knowledgeable staff. It was a consistent trend that the bar tenders here know their drinks and create absolutely delicious concoctions to be enjoyed! Speaking of drinks, this restaurant has won six awards of excellence when it comes to wine pairings, so you can expect very high quality wine that suits the food you are eating here.

 

There is a special pride here about how they go about their business. On an island where over ninety percent of the food is imported for consumption, they aggressively pursue and support small producers and local farmers who share their ideals for organic and sustainable means of producing and eating food. They have plenty of vegan options but what is the true common denominator in all of their food is the commitment to excellence and the explosive flavors they pack into every dish. For fish lovers they have the Queen Red Snapper, which is poached in a Thai style curry and coconut broth and then served over a bed of jasmine rice and spiced shrimp-sesame dumplings. Customers rave that the flavors mix beautifully and create a marvelous seafood experience. The Heritage Berkshire Pork Cheeks are another delicious item, served with barbequed black bean puree, garlicky greens roasted peanut and lime emulsion, and a Californian peach-pablano marmalade. The mixture of flavors are talked about as quite the delight!

 

No fine dining experience is complete without some delicious dessert, of course. One of the featured item is the Millionaires Ice Cream, which is churned with fresh French summer truffles on the inside and served with honeycomb & hazelnuts along with shaved truffles on the outside. It is a truly amazing ice cream experience that customers keep coming back for time and time again! For something truly organic one only needs to look towards the Blueberry-Lavender “No-No” cake. No gluten, no eggs, no dairy, no nuts, no refined sugar of any kind, no GMO’s… everything organic! Needless to say it also tastes absolutely fantastic and is one of the most ordered items off of the dessert menu! They also have a peanut brittle ice cream that wasn’t talked about much but that I personally would love to try, as a lover of peanut brittle!

Marmalade is an interesting and creative restaurant that is clearly striving to bring something amazing to the people of San Juan. Their commitment to excellence oozes off all of their decisions, and their welcoming staff proceeds what is world class food. You should stop in whenever you are in town, and you can get in town as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean! For all of the information for this amazing cruise, go here.

Top 12 Things to Do in Budapest

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After five years of living in Europe, Budapest remains our favorite city on the European continent. Yes, we like it more than Paris, Rome, or even London. It’s the only place, aside from St. Maarten in the Carribbean and Iceland, that we have returned to time and time again. So just what it is about the city that has us answering its our favorite without a second thought? It’s not just any one thing that makes Budapest our favorite European city. It’s known as the Paris of the East and that it certainly is with the Danube splitting Buda from Pest, its elegant architecture, and sophisticated scene. Budapest is also far less expensive than Paris and we love the variety of activities to do there. So we’ve compiled this list of what we think are the top things to do in Budapest:

1. Soak in the Széchenyi Baths

One of the last remnants of the Turkish influence in Hungary, a visit to the thermal baths is a quintessential Budapest experience. We haven’t visited all of the baths in Budapest, but we have been to several of the most famous Budapest baths and the grandiose Széchenyi Baths are by far our favorite. Early morning or just before sunset are our favorite times for a soak in the thermal, healing waters of Széchenyi’s outdoor pools.

2. Take a Danube River Cruise

Budapest is beautiful by day, but absolutely stunning by night as the buildings lining the banks of the Danube twinkle and reflect on the dark waters. We’ve taken a Danube River sightseeing cruise twice, both times at night. One hour evening sightseeing cruises are available with audio headsets that give interesting facts about the history of Budapest, the buildings, and little known facts like that the Rubik’s Cube was invented by a Hungarian in Budapest in 1974. Longer and more romantic buffet-style dinner cruises are also available. We’ve done both and recommend both.

 

3. Walk Across the Chain Bridge

Ah, the Chain Bridge – one of my very favorite bridges in the world. It was the first bridge to permanently connect Buda and Pest and was completed in 1849. At the time, the Chain Bridge was considered to be one of the wonders of the world and the architect was so immensely proud of his work that he challenged anyone to find fault with the bridge. It is said that when it was discovered that the lions that stand guard at either end are missing their tongues, the architect committed suicide. We haven’t missed an evening stroll across the bridge when it is all lit up on a trip to Budapest yet.

4. Go Hungarian Wine Tasting

Faust Wine Cellar is part of the vast labyrinth system winding beneath Buda Castle. Gábor Nagy, owner and wine sommelier at Faust Wine Cellar, travels throughout Hungary’s 22 wine regions regularly in search of only the best to supply their cellar with. The cellar is such a relaxed and romantic setting and you’ll be sure to leave your tasting with a rich understanding of Hungarian wine.

5. Go Caving Beneath Budapest

Those soothing thermal waters of Budapest’s famous baths are responsible for me than a city full of relaxed Hungarians. The rushing waters formed a huge cave system, which is thought to be more than 100 kilometers long. Pulling on overalls, helmets, and headlamps, we prepared to get dirty and we inched on our bellies and wormed our way through tight crevices in “Superman” poses in the longest cave of Hungary, the Mátyás-hegyi cave in the Pál-völgyi cave system. The cave tour lasts 2.5 – 3 hours and is lead by a caving guide. This adventurous activity is definitely not for the claustrophobic since it goes through natural parts of the cave. You won’t find any nicely paved paths a la “show” caves.

6. Slink Around the Labyrinth of Buda Castle

Speaking of the worlds beneath Budapest, the Labyrinth of Buda Castle is one of the 7 wonders of the underground world and adding to its’ allure and mystery, was closed down in 2011 after police raided it and forced everyone to evacuate immediately. It since re-opened and 1 mile of the 6 mile long labyrinth can be visited. Raining outside, we (including Emma) slinked around the slightly misty former prison where its most famous prisoner Vlad Tepes, better known as Count Dracula, was held in captivity by Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus during the 15th century with nothing but the light of candle-lit lanterns to guide us.

7. Take a Segway Tour of Budapest

No experience with a segway? No problem! A Budapest segway tour starts out with an orientation on a quiet street to get the hang of operating it. And then we were off, zipping along Budapest’s streets to all the major attractions with our guide Agnes giving us plenty of info along the way. The 2.5 hour tour gave us an excellent introduction to the city and there were plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

 

8. Lookout from the Fisherman’s Bastion

The neo-Gothic terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion is located on the Castle Hill and provides panoramic views of the city. Blown away by the views, don’t forget to explore the seven ornate turrets, of the fairytale like structure.  The turrents symbolize the tents of the seven Magyar tribe leaders who settled the Carpathian Basin in 896, which ultimately lead to the existence of modern-day Hungary.

9. Shop at the Central Market Hall

Built in the 19th century, the Central Market Hall is the largest indoor market in Budapest and the focus is on typical Hungarian products. The first floor is the food hall with vendors selling everything from fresh vegetables to Hungarian sausages and Hungarian paprika to Hungarian wines. The market is a great place to visit several vendors for an inexpensive lunch of traditional Hungarian foods. The second floor is full of vendors selling wares like souvenirs and traditional Hungarian embroidery.

10. Try a Traditional Hungarian Dish Paired with Hungarian Wine

Budapest, like any other major European city, is filled with touristy restaurants. But it is also filled with local haunts serving sophisticated Hungarian cuisine at reasonable prices. We apply the same logic here as when traveling anywhere else. Avoid restaurants along the beaten tourist path and ask the locals where to eat. Pálinka Bistrot offers home made traditional Hungarian dishes and we had a delicious meal of Hungarian goulash soup, rabbit with dumplings, gravy, and cream, and paired it all wonderfully with Hungarian Tocai.

11. Indulge on Pastries From Budapest’s Oldest Confectioner

Budapest is full of cafes to have a delicious cuppa joe and try one of the sweets Budapest is famous for. Cafe Ruszwurm, on the Castle Hill, is one of Budapest’s oldest traditional confectioners still operating as a cafe. We sought out the cafe, which has just about a dozen seats, and though we had a little wait for a table we weren’t disappointed. There is a wide selection of the day’s fresh pastries, truffles, and coffee concoctions to choose from. The decor is charming too with antique furniture and tools of the old confectionery trade in the glass curio cabinets.

Cafe Ruszwurm is located at Szentháromság u. 7 and is open 9am – 8pm Spring through Fall and 10am – 7pm in Winter.

12. Hike Up Gellért Hill to the Citadella

From the Elisabeth Bridge, hike up the sets of stairs and paths for a stunning panorama over both Buda and Pest from the Citadella. Once a fortress built by the Habsburgs in 1854, it was an important strategic point to see over all of Budapest. Nowadays there is a market set up at the top where you’ll find Hungarians pedaling their handicrafts like dolls, wooden toys, and handmade clothing and scarves.

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Let Love Define Family Series Explores LGBT Family Vacations

Let Love Define Family Series Explores LGBT Family Vacations

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There are a few things you hear over and over again from LGBT families that take LGBT-themed vacations: “It’s completely open and comfortable and a place where you are surrounded by people who are experiencing life in a similar way. It’s not about the destination, it is all about the experience.”

Jeffrey and Chris Hietikko-Parsons and their 8 1/2 year old son, Henry, from New Jersey, have been on 10 trips so far with R Family Vacations. “We always have an amazing time,” they explained. “Everything is so well planned and there is a high caliber of activities and entertainment. It’s not like other vacations — these feel like we’re on a trip with our extended family.”

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Planning a vacation can be stressful for everyone involved: Where do we go? How do we get there? What do we do when we get there? What if we get bored? For the LGBT family, there is also the added challenge of finding a place to truly relax and feel comfortable. So, an entire industry was born to create the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure for everyone!

There is no doubt that family trips create memories and bonds that last a lifetime, but a big part of these vacations seem to be the sense of community and spending time in a place where kids, and adults, feel like their family isn’t so different.

One gay couple conveyed the story about how in just the past week, while going about their day-to-day business with their two children, they were asked by two waiters and a cashier, “Where is the woman of the house?” The quick response is that their 13 year-old daughter is our woman of the household. It can be a subtle reminder that some in society still see LGBT families as a sort of anomaly. That could be a reason why LGBT group travel is growing. It’s not just the activities, it is more about escaping to a world of acceptance and true relaxation.

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“Where we live, being a gay family is not a big deal,” said Jeremy Gransky from Massachusetts, “but there are not many other LGBT families around us, so being in that environment with other families like us makes all the difference.” Jeremy and husband John Gransky, with two kids Will and Natalie, are looking forward to their 11th trip with R Family this summer.

“The kids are a big focus for us,” explains R Family Vacations co-founder Kelli Carpenter. “The trips will look like every other family vacation, but on a bigger scale. We’re always finding ways to bring wonder and excitement to the experience for everyone, but especially the kids.”

Stephen Botte from San Jose, and his son Francesco, continue on these excursions just for the experiences they have. “In society you’re the gay family, but with these trips you just a family enjoying a vacation. It’s a total VIP experience that you get to share with thousands of people just like you.”

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Since LGBT families are growing, so is the industry. Two of these companies, R Family Vacations and Olivia Travel, are actually teaming up to provide a new inclusive package for everyone in the family!

“We’ve been in the business of lesbian travel for over 40 years and people started asking us about family trips,” explained Judy Dlugacz, founder of Olivia Travel. “Instead of trying to do it ourselves, we decided to partner with the best in the business, R Family Vacations, to create something wonderful for everybody.”

Both travel companies discussed how the LGBT travel market has changed and evolved to offer an array of destinations and options for singles, parents, kids and even extended family and friends.

Gregg Kaminsky, co-founder of R Family Vacations, said, “we started by providing trips for gay and lesbian families, but quickly discovered that people were bringing their parents, aunts and uncles, friends, and it developed into this great experience that was welcoming to all.”

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The first collaboration between Olivia Travel and R Family Vacations will be a Mexican adventure at the Hard Rock Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, July 9-16, 2016.

Stephen was recently at the resort for an Atlantis vacation with some friends. “I was at this gorgeous resort and was sitting by the pool and my only thought was I wish that Francesco could experience this. Now he can, and we’ve already got the dates marked off on our calendar!”

Judy Dlugacz sums it up best: “we’re working hard to provide the best in activities and entertainment that will have something for everyone, no matter your definition of ‘family,’ this is the family vacation for you!”

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Best Gay Bars In Paris !

 

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    Paris is a European capital for all things gay and fabulous, from extravagant local personalities to a neighborhood teeming with addresses for a night of cavorting. The Marais, centrally-located just north of the Hôtel de Ville and south of the Place de la République, is the epicenter for nightlife catering to boys and men of all walks, but it’s just the beginning. Starting an evening in or around the Marais is the best way to find out from the locals what’s going on in other gay bars around town. Whether you’re looking to share casual drinks, dance until dawn, or have a brush with a local Parisian, there’s fun to be had any night of the week.

    Les Souffleurs

    Les Souffleurs is all about relaxation, refinement and modernity, a hip little gay bar in the centre of the Marais that would be difficult to spot if you didn’t already know it was there. Once inside, you almost feel that you’re in Berlin: hyper-styled barmen, classy décor and carefully selected music. In the daytime, it’s a quiet escape from the frenetic Marais, welcoming to groups and people going solo, settled comfortably in leather sofas. But the temperature goes up quickly at night, with some out-there DJ mixes, and it gets seriously busy, so come early. Some evenings feature concerts, aftershows and performances.

    Aim for the happy hour between 6pm and 9pm for prices much lower than you’ll usually find in the area (punch at €3 a glass). Mostly for masculine gays (but not exclusively), the clientele is young but open to variety.

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    Le Spyce Bar

    More than an essential gay bar and club in the Marais, Le Spyce is a rallying cry. You can’t miss it, the frontage ornamented with a huge screen that flashes up the name of the current night in rainbow colours. It gets boiling hot inside especially on weekends, with no a/c – it’s a young, happy, sweaty, undressed, excitable crowd, ready to dance and take people home on a whim. There’s an informal (read barely-there) dress code on the dance floor, with bold guys welcome to take a place on a podium and dance til 4am. It’s busy and happening every night of the week, but Thursdays through Fridays are the best.

    Entry is free, and the drinks reasonably priced: allow €10 for a vodka red bull or €4 for a demi, served by smiling topless staff. The music is house and current hits, with plenty of themed nights – we like Tuesday’s ‘SMS Video Mix’, when you can text your song requests to the DJ.

    Banana Café

    Banana Cafe

    Banana Café, an institution the Les Halles neighbourhood, attracts a younger set of locals, suburban Parisians, and travellers who have strayed from the core gay scene of the Marais. With themed soirées, drag shows and go-go boys that could have taught Joséphine Baker a few moves, it’s a solid choice for any night on the town. The ground floor bar and adjacent terrace serve up happy hour drinks including €3 pints from 6-11pm, though service is far from attentive. After happy hour, patrons are ushered inside from the terrace and, eventually, downstairs for some dancing and go-go boy antics, should you be so interested. Depending on the soirée, there’s a cover fee for those who arrive later, but the relaxed ambiance and club-like atmosphere will make up for it.

    FreeDJ

    FreeDJ

    If you want to dance, and claustrophobia is no issue, FreeDJ, right around the corner from Open Café, is a top choice for an all-nighter with no cover to pay. Upstairs, the bar and a foosball table occupy those looking to chat or share a cigarette in the glassed-in smoking room. Head downstairs and the intimate cellar welcomes those looking to hit the dance floor with like-minded gentlemen. Soirées like Wednesday’s RnB night keep the weeknights new and fresh while house and pop take over the downstairs, pumping Madonna and Lady Gaga through the speakers while the bartender pours Red Bull and vodka all night long.  It’s a relaxed and not overtly-cruisey scene that’s better fun with a few pals than solo, but don’t try to smuggle in any lady friends. The bouncer at the door notoriously turns away anyone with a menstrual cycle.

    Le CUD Bar

    Le CUD Bar

    When the bars and restaurants start close, the party is far from over in the Marais. Things at the Cud, an unfortunately-named but sinfully fun venue, start to heat up around 2am as party-seekers leave other venues for this classic and basic cave bar. Located off Rue du Temple on a tiny street, this is one of the best late-night spots in the Marais. The seating area upstairs is for amateurs, since the real party is in the vaulted cave below. Two bars serve pricey drinks all night long as the DJ spins a fun and current mix of pop tracks and house music – and he sometimes takes requests if you’re polite. The clientele, as per usual, is mixed, but notably younger and very friendly, sometimes too friendly, with a lot more cruising than many of the other bars. Those looking to get up close and personal with a Parisian shouldn’t have too hard of a time here, since space is at a premium, but a healthy dose of international men also frequent Cud since late night options in the Marais are few. Make sure you check your coat, it gets hot down there.

    Sly

    Sly

    A newcomer to the gay scene, Sly is a kitschy bar down the street from the Bear’s Den that attracts a much younger set of guys and their gal friends. It seems trendy with its flashy lights and risqué videos on the flat screen inside, but there’s nothing pretentious about the bar or its patrons. The best spot is on the tiny heated terrace, offering some of Paris’s most eclectic people-watching on Rue des Lombards, but the seating inside is cozy and inviting if it’s too late to snag a seat outside. With cost-effective happy hours (€3.50 for a pint) and attentive service, it’s a great change of pace from some of the other overly-cruisey bars. That said, each Thursday is a special after-work party, ‘Single or Not’, where you can wear a colour-coded bracelet identifying your relationship status. Green means ‘go for it’, so give it a shot.

    Cafe Cox

    Cafe Cox

    The Pearl achieves a rare balance between all-day and late-night venue, and has a good gay? straight? whatever vibe. In the morning, it draws early risers; lunchtime is for a business crowd; the afternoon reels in retired locals, and in the evening, screenwriters rub elbows with young dandies, keeping one eye on the mirror and an ear on the electrorock. The menu runs from omelettes to seafood salad. Expect a DJ later on in the night.
    La Perle

    La Perle

    The aptly named Cox bar is a mainstay, centrally located in the Marais on Rue des Archives where, on warmer evenings, the crowd spills onto the pavements with only a feeble chain rope to keep patrons from taking over the street. This watering hole attracts a manlier set of slightly older bikers and leather fans that seems intimidating at first, but if it’s your scene, prepare for a hearty welcome, even if you’re a bit younger with a full head of hair. And no, it hasn’t changed hands since it opened in 1995, but the décor does alternate every three months to keep things fresh. Ambiance is everything, after all. DJs spin on Thursday nights and a lengthy happy hour on Sunday keeps the beer flowing until 2am before the crowds head elsewhere.

    Raidd Bar
    La Perle

    Although this bar is kinda expensive, this is one of the best bars in Paris.

    The infamous ‘shower bar’, Raidd welcomes a trendy mix of younger locals, innocent study abroad students, and other voyeuristic internationals to the Marais who don’t just come for the pricey drinks. Instead, they crowd around to ogle the scantily-clad go-go boys who make you feel dirty while they get clean, stripping down and lathering up in the glass shower by the bar. Each Thursday, Raidd has an extended shower show, featuring four different male specimens who take their time cleaning everywhere to make sure they get squeaky clean. Themed nights, including Disco Tuesdays and Brazilian Wednesdays keep the party going all week. It’s not the place for intimate conversation or a relaxed evening, but the crowds are thick enough that you could pick up a number or two. Men queue up on the weekends, but there’s no cover to enter, so prepare to wait patiently, and quietly, on the sidewalk and play nice with the bouncer.

    Le Feeling
    Le Feeling

    An unusual combination, Le Feeling is a low-key gay and lesbian hangout with the atmosphere of a small local bar. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the rainbow décor, Dalida soundtrack and easy-going staff are the perfect antidote to the tumult at Spyce just over the road. It’s at its best in summer, when the long bar is open onto the street. The mixed clientele includes a lot of regulars, and the general atmosphere is chatty and welcoming. On the other hand, there’s no wasting time – it’s an enthusiastic pick-up joint for people of all tastes (the bar staff ensure that everyone is respected). Prices are very reasonable (a demi at €3.50), and during happy hour (daily from 7pm-9pm and 11pm-12mid), it’s buy one get one free.

    Tokyo District Recognizes Same-Sex Relationships

    Tokyo District Recognizes Same-Sex Relationships

    Tokyo District Recognizes Same-Sex Relationships

    BY JAMES MCDONALD via OUTTravler

    The move in the Shibuya ward marks a big step for conservative Japan.

    While Japan is not necessarily intolerant of homosexuality, same-sex couples are not afforded legal protections. That may be set to change, however, thanks to an incredible move out of the conservative country’s capital today. In a landmark vote, officials in the Tokyo district (or ward) of Shibuya voted overwhelmingly to recognize same-sex unions as the “equivalent of a marriage.”

    According to the BBC, Shibuya “is a trendy area known for its creativity and liberalism.” Its mayor, Toshitake Kuwahara, publicly praised the decision, saying: “The purpose is to realize a society where everyone can live in hope.”

    The certificates, which are expected to be issued beginning in July, will promise the same rights to hospital visits and housing that heterosexual couples currently enjoy. However, it has been described by BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes as more of a “moral obligation” than a legal one. Businesses will not be penalized for failing to recognize same-sex couples, but their names will be posted on Shibuya’s website. The local government has also announced plans for an intense push on LGBT education within the area.

    In an interesting twist, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has come out strongly against the new ordinance, lives in Shibuya. Hopefully seeing the good that it does for the area—officials are expecting a spike in LGBT tourism—will help him evolve on the issue. Gay Star News reports that, already, two more Tokyo districts and the city of Yokohama are considering similar legislation.

    Tokyo District Recognizes Same-Sex Relationships

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    One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine. Enjoy the day here as you can visit the magnificent cathedral and so much more.

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    Overnight visit to lovely Andernach. Next your floating hotel arrives in Cochem. Here you will see a charming and picturesque town with half-timbered houses and winding streets full of history and legends. Dominated by the Reichsburg Castle (built in 1000 AD) you begin to enjoy the world famous MOSEL. Step mountains and gorges will be seen everywhere.

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    Today you return to Trier for another opportunity to visit this grand historic city.

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    Many consider Zell “the photograph” of beautiful villages on The Mosel. With only 5000 inhabitants the village sits between the river and a steep mountain and is only approximately 500 yards in width and 1 mile long. But the beauty of the village is stunning. Ample time to explore here.

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    FEATURES:

    • 11 Day Cruise on deluxe Select Voyages Cruise Lines SWITZERLAND II as a PRIVATE CHARTER exclusively for ALandCHUCK guests. All meals included aboard ship including breakfast buffet, lunch served menu or buffet, dinner served menu or buffet; Special Welcome Dinner Celebration; Special Captains Dinner.
    • AIRFARE ADDITIONAL: $1299 Low Cost Airfare available from Tampa, Orlando, Miami, & Jacksonville (other cities on request) to Amsterdam including all transfers. (Upgrade to $49 Premium Air plus flight change costs and you select number of stops, times, airlines, or any flight preferences. Ask your ALandCHUCK agent for details). Book your own airfare and schedule arrival and departure airport transfers for $49 (both transfers included).
    • OPTIONAL: Ask your ALandCHUCK agent about adding pre & post hotel stays for added convenience!

    PLEASE NOTE: If arranging your own air, please arrive on April 1, 2015 – most flights depart March 31, 2015 and fly overnight, arriving April 1, 2015


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    CRUISE RATES:

    RUN OF SHIP: $799* per person (*Rates after BOGO discount starting at $1598)

    EMERALD DECK
    Category On Ship: Category EM Main Deck: $849

    RUBY DECK
    Category On Ship: Category RU Upper Deck Outside: $899

    RATES ALREADY INCLUDE government taxes & vendor fees.

    ADDITIONAL CRUISE GRATUITIES: $99 per person and must be prepaid at final payment by all guests.

    NO HIDDEN CHARGES! These charges are HIDDEN FROM YOU by others.
    Ask them for a total rate & compare!

    PAYMENTS: Full payment due upon time of booking.

    CANCELLATION PENALTIES:
    Deposit is non-refundable
    100 – 61 days prior 50%
    60 – 31 days prior 75%
    Within 30 days 100%

    CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


     

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    ABOUT SELECT VOYAGES & SWITZERLAND II
    Length 300 feet ~ Width 34 feet ~ Speed 15 mph ~ Crew Members 30 ~
    Staterooms 53 including standard, mini-suites & suites ~ 3 passenger decks
    Restaurant ~ Bar ~ Lounge ~ Shop ~ Library ~ Chair Lift ~ Guests 108

    The ms Switzerland II is an excellent river cruise vessel full of style and character. It has helped to create cherished holiday memories for countless passengers. Offering 4 star accommodation, you can relax among the attractive interiors and with a maximum capacity of 108 passengers, you can enjoy an intimate environment combined with the excellent service delivered by the friendly and professional crew.

    Lounge Bar: The stylish lounge is surrounded by windows and has comfortable seating, making for a light and spacious place to relax. There is also a bar and dance floor which become popular during the evening entertainment. Restaurant: Enjoy a combination of buffets and themed dinners in the elegant restaurant located on the Emerald Deck.

    Sun Deck: Play a game of table tennis or lie back in a sun lounger – the Sun Deck is the perfect place to unwind in the fresh air and soak up the scenery.

    Stair Lift: leads from the Ruby Deck to the Sun Deck and the restaurant on the Emerald Deck to the Ruby Deck. The cabins on the Emerald Deck are only accessible via a stairway.


     

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    OPTION 2


    President’s River Cruise || Ultra Deluxe European Charters – 8 DAYS FROM $799

    An EXCLUSIVE Private Cruise Charter!
    Sail aboard the brand new and ultra-deluxe Emerald Star on the RHINE RIVER on this Private Charter! This incredible 8 day trip including all government taxes & fees. Sail with top escorts on this EXCLUSIVE private charter for just 182 guests. Enjoy Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rhine Gorge, Strasbourg, Black Forest and Basel on one of the most luxurious river ships in the world complete with multiple restaurants, movie theater, heated swimming pool with retractable macrodome and many suites with glass walls on the river and retractable glass balconies. BEST OF ALL, enjoy BOGO – Buy 1 Cruise Get 1 Cruise FREE with per person rates (after BOGO) for 8 days from $799. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a fantastic value!


    RHINE RIVER
    8 Days from $799
    March 23, 2015 – March 30, 2015

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 | Amsterdam & board the EMERALD STAR
    Today you will board your deluxe rivership. Overnight in Amsterdam. All meals on your deluxe Rivership.

    Day 2 | Rhine River to Cologne, Germany
    All meals included. Enjoy beautiful cruise of the Dutch countryside and cross the border to Germany. Overnight in Cologne and visit the magnificent Cathedral.

    Day 3 | Cologne to Koblenz
    All meals included. Today arrive in the 2000 year old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. This is the most beautiful part of the Rhine Valley.

    Day 4 | Koblenz to Heildelberg & Mainz
    All meals included. Sailing past the world famous Lorelei Rock and Heildelberg Castle to the Rhine Gorge are the highlights today.

    Day 5 | Strasbourg, France
    All meals included. Today is dedicated to lovely Strasbourg. Enjoy one of France’s most beautiful cities.

    Day 6 | Breisach & Black Forest
    All meals included. Germany’s beautiful Black Forest region is our focus today and many unique and picturesque villages to visit.

    Day 7 | Basel, Switzerland
    All meals included. Cross the border into Switzerland and enjoy an overnight in this lovely city.

    Day 8 | Basel, Switzerland
    Breakfast aboard this morning. Today you return home with many wonderful memories of your river cruise.


    FEATURES:

    • 8 Day Cruise on ultra deluxe EMERALD STAR as a PRIVATE CHARTER exclusively for ALandCHUCK guests. Features include: All meals aboard ship including breakfast buffet, 4 course lunch served menu or buffet, 4 course dinner served menu or buffet
    • AIRFARE ADDITIONAL: $1299 Low Cost Airfare available from Tampa, Orlando, Miami, & Jacksonville (other cities on request) to Amsterdam including all transfers. (Upgrade to $49 Premium Air plus flight change costs and you select number of stops, times, airlines, or any flight preferences. Ask your ALandCHUCK agent for details). Book your own airfare and schedule arrival and departure airport transfers for $49 (both transfers included).
    • OPTIONAL: Ask your ALandCHUCK agent about adding pre & post hotel stays for added convenience!

    PLEASE NOTE: If arranging your own air, please arrive on March 23, 2015 – most flights depart March 22, 2015 and fly overnight, arriving March 23, 2015


    CRUISE RATES:

    RUN OF SHIP: $799* per person (*Rates after BOGO discount starting at $1598)

    RIVIERA DECK
    Category On Ship: Category E Outside: $849
    Category On Ship: Category D Outside : $899

    VISTA DECK
    Category On Ship: Category C Balcony: $949
    Category On Ship: Category B Balcony: $999
    Category On Ship: Category A Balcony: $1049

    HORIZON DECK
    Category On Ship: Category R Balcony: $1099
    Category On Ship: Category P Balcony: $1149
    Category On Ship: Category S Balcony Suite: $1199
    Category On Ship: Category SA Owners Suite: $1249

    (NOTE: BOGO is capacity controlled and can be withdrawn without notice and full rates will be in effect.)

    RATES ALREADY INCLUDE government taxes & vendor fees.

    ADDITIONAL CRUISE GRATUITIES: $99 per person and must be prepaid at final payment by all guests.

    NO HIDDEN CHARGES! These charges are HIDDEN FROM YOU by others.
    Ask them for a total rate & compare!

    PAYMENTS: Full payment due upon booking.

    CANCELLATION PENALTIES:
    Deposit is non-refundable
    100 – 61 days prior 50%
    60 – 31 days prior 75%
    Within 30 days 100%

    CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    About SCENIC CRUISES & EMERALD WATERWAYS
    Brand New EMERALD STAR
    Length 443 feet ~ Width 38 feet ~ Speed 15 mph ~ Crew Members 47
    Staterooms 20 ~ Suites 72 ~ Guests 182

    In 2014 Emerald Waterways will be making its debut on Europe’s rivers and you’re invited to be among the very first guests to experience the next generation of river cruising. As the first new river cruise company to take to the waters in more than six years, they have created an exceptional river cruising experience that surpasses all expectations.

    NEW FEATURES NEVER SEEN BEFORE
    Launching a new fleet of custom-built Star-Class Ships gave a blank canvas to create a completely new design, and introduce an array of spectacular innovations you wouldn’t expect on a river cruise ship. To begin with, the ship boasts an ONBOARD HEATED SWIMMING POOL WITH RETRACTABLE ROOF, which in the evening, transforms into a cinema. And as an alternative to the main restaurant, Reflections, they offer ALFRESCO DINING ON THE TERRACE at breakfast and lunch.

    GLASS WALL BALCONIES (NOT FRENCH BALCONIES LIKE EVERYONE ELSE)
    The ship offers a great range of cabins for you to choose from, including the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite – A COMPLETELY NEW TYPE OF CABIN. To replace the run-of-the-mill French Balcony (where you can only stand at a partial railing) that is commonplace on river cruise ships, you can experience A NEW KIND OF INDOOR BALCONY, COMPLETE WITH A DECKED AREA AND THE INGENIOUS OPEN-AIR SYSTEM. WITH THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON, THE UPPER HALF OF THE CABINS FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOW DROPS DOWN TO LET IN FRESH AIR AND PROVIDE FULL PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE LANDSCAPE. It is unique in the entire world on this ship.

    INCREDIBLE OPEN SPACES ON EMERALD
    The moment you step onboard your ship, you’ll be met with an overwhelming sense of light and space. The Horizon Bar and Lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows. The Terrace looking out onto the river is lined with the most comfortable lounge chairs and the Sun Deck has 360 degree views of the ever changing scenery. Enjoy the stylish Sky Bar and the most amazing (and only) pool and cinema complex on a rivership (complete with retractable dome).

    TWO INCREDIBLE DINING OPTIONS
    Reflections Restaurant features table service and buffets beyond compare. Unique is a second dining option The Terrace Restaurant which features alfresco dining for breakfast and lunch.

    INCREDIBLE CABIN OPTIONS
    Owners One-Bedroom Suites include two rooms with every appointment imaginable. Grand Balcony Suites are large suites that will make the cruise experience outstanding. You may choose Panorama Balcony Suites that are incredible bedrooms with the amazing (one button touch) retractable glass walls on the river (all suites also have this feature.) And finally you can choose Emerald Staterooms that have picture windows. The cabin choices are the best of any river cruise ship in Europe!


     

    For More Information Please Call 866-949-1429

    Drag Stars At Sea: North America (OFFICIAL PAGE)





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    ALandCHUCK.travel proudly presents

    BREAKING NEWS

    Drag Stars At Sea: Europe / aboard Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas
    October 2 – 9, 2015 sailing London, Southampton, Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona

    Drag Stars At Sea: North America / aboard Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
    January 23 – 30, 2016 San Juan, St Thomas, St John, St Croix, Antigua, St Lucia, Granada

    DRAG STARS AT SEA: North America
    “Pirates Of The Caribbean”
    Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas,  January 23 – 30, 2016
    THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS CRUISE

    8 Days from $439 plus government taxes & fees

    We are very pleased to announce the 5th Installment of Drag Stars At Sea North America aboard the HUGE 139,000 ton Adventure of the Seas sailing from the MOVIE SET of the film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean” San Juan, Puerto Rico to St Thomas & St John, St Croix, Antigua, St Lucia, and Granada.  This amazing itinerary is all brand new and never done before for Drag Stars At Sea and is the most port and beach intensive in our history.  ADDITIONALLY, gone is Thanksgiving weekend allowing you to plan without a holiday and at lower airfares than ever before for a PEAK WINTER CRUISE! This incredible cruise experience will also feature optional tours including our famous London PILLAGE & PLUNDER “Syrens Scream” pre party.  Your 2 Day / 1 night stay is the perfect way to start your Vacation experience.    Best of all, Drag Stars At Sea North America “Pirates Of The Caribbean” includes the largest gathering of Drag Stars in San Juan’s history, fantastic shows, incredible theme parties, unique and exclusive shore excursions, and many other special activities to make this a vacation of a lifetime.  There is NOTHING like this in North America and it promises to be a vacation of a lifetime!

    ON LINE RESERVATIONS will open on Friday, January 9, 2015 EXCLUSIVELY for past Drag Stars At Sea guests.  All other guests can start to make reservations on Monday, January 12 (exclusively on line).  Phone reservations will not be accepted until beginning Friday, January 16.  See ALandCHUCK.travel website starting on Friday, January 9 for all cruise details and the booking reservation link. (note: the Facebook 2014 group pages will close on Friday, January 9.  We invite you to the new 2015 Europe and 2016 North America group pages which are now open and where all the conversation will be.)

    IMPORTANT FEATURES OF DRAG STARS AT SEA:

    • Reservations are available ONLY with exclusive booking through ALandCHUCK.travel  Guests with reservations from any other travel company or the cruise line directly will not be participants for Drag Stars At Sea.

     

    • NO OTHER ALandCHUCK.travel GROUPS (or its subsidiaries) WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CRUISE.  ONLY Drag Stars At Sea guests will be allowed to make reservations for this cruise and you will be our ONLY special guests aboard the ship.
    • THIS WILL BE A MORE INTIMATE EXPERIENCE achieved by allowing a MUCH smaller number of guests than the full ship experience we have done in the past. In fact, we plan to limit our reservation number to a much smaller total than we have done in recent years.  It allows our cruise to be more intimate and filled with very personal vacation experiences. Our goal is to create a more intimate vacation and travel experience where you can interact with all guests and stars.

     

    • YOU ARE HOSTED BY ALL THE QUEENS, no Queen selection is needed.  New for DSAS, you will have interaction and be hosted by ALL the queens on the cruise.  More time is provided for interaction, meet/greets and many special activities aboard ship.  Our goal is for you to see ALL the talent and have a more intimate experience aboard Drag Stars At Sea.
    • SPECIAL MEET & GREET WITH EVERY STAR ON THE WORLD FAMOUS ROYAL PROMENADE ABOARD SHIP.  This unique four story high indoor mall-like room is perhaps the most amazing public room on any ship in the world and runs nearly the entire length of the ship.  You will enjoy a special meet/greet with EVERY STAR in one place along the Royal Promenade becoming the largest photo meet/greet in history!

     

    • EXCLUSIVE VIP EXPERIENCE WITH THE STARS.  New to Drag Stars At Sea we are providing a very intimate experience with your favorite star.  This VIP experience is just $99.  The VIP Experience is with just a maximum of 8 guests as you interact with your star.  Begin with a 30 minute cocktail meet/greet with your star and exclusive guests (cash bar).  Next you have a special dinner table and enjoy dinner with your star.  It is the ultimate opportunity to talk to and KiKi with the performer at your own dinner table.  Finally you enjoy a show that includes your star with VIP front/near row seating. This VIP Experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  (advance reservations will be available on line)
    • SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE SHORE EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE ONLY TO GUESTS OF DRAG STARS AT SEA.  Special private tours are available in every port at special reduced pricing exclusively with ALandCHUCK.travel guests hosted by our staff and selected Queens.  You can start to make reservations for these special trips on Friday, January 9.

     

    • FOUR SPECIAL PARTIES ABOARD SHIP. Participating in Drag Stars At Sea will allow you to participate in four special parties. Enjoy THE BLACK PEARL BALL which will be our welcome aboard Masquerade party.  We also will have three additional theme & costume parties aboard ship.  These elaborate events welcome you however you see fit.  But if you wish to fully participate, you will enjoy some of the most amazing costumes, drag presentations and a special $500 prize to the best presentation for EACH party aboard.  It makes Drag Stars At Sea a cruise like no other.
    • ALandCHUCK.travel CONCEIRGE DESK ABOARD SHIP.  An exclusive benefit for our Drag Stars At Sea guests is a Concierge Desk that we operate daily.  It will provide information on every aspect of the cruise and goes much farther than what is available through the cruise lines Guest Services.  This concierge service is provided exclusively by ALandCHUCK.travel staff.

     

    • WELCOME ABOARD MEETING & STARS MEET/GREET. On the day you board the cruise ALandCHUCK.travel will host a Drag Stars At Sea Welcome Aboard Presentation that will include a welcome to all guests, the latest information on the cruise and meeting all the stars of the cruise.  It is an exclusive for DSAS guests.
    • “AT A GLANCE” COMMUNICATION BULLETIN. Your electronic documents will arrive 7 to 10 days prior to departure and will include “AT A GLANCE” the exclusive on board communication tool for Drag Stars At Sea.  This concise summary of all events aboard the ship will help you plan and remember every detail to ensure it is a vacation of a lifetime.

     

    • MAKE UP CLASS.  We offer an exclusive Make Up Class hosted by a star that if you choose to participate can be outstanding for those in Drag or for every day needs (additional charge and advance reservations will be available on line)
    • BAR & DRINK PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE.  ALandCHUCK.travel is happy to announce that unlimited soda, wine, bar and other packages will be available to Drag Stars At Sea guests.  (advance reservations will be available on line).

     

    • OUTSTANDING DINING CHOICES.  Guests of Drag Stars At Sea will be able to participate in a fantastic featured dining choices including:

    MY TIME DINING:  You enjoy open seating for dinner (all meals are included aboard ship FREE in the buffet or main dining room) to dine when you want and who you want to dine with. The ultimate choice.

    PORTOFINO Gourmet Italian Dinner:  One evening this specialty restaurant is a feature for Drag Stars At Sea guests to enjoy with ALandCHUCK.travel staff and select Stars (small additional charge and advance reservations will be available on line)

    CHOPS GRILLE Gourmet Steakhouse Dinner:  One evening this specialty restaurant is a feature for Drag Stars At Sea guests to enjoy with ALandCHUCK.travel staff and select Stars (small additional charge and advance reservations will be available on line)

    CHEFS TABLE Gourmet Dinner Experience: One evening this specialty WORLD CLASS dining experience is a feature exclusively for Drag Stars At Sea guests to enjoy.

    • DRAG STAR AT SEA JACKPOT BINGO PARTY.  During the sailing you will enjoy a jackpot Bingo party hosted by select Queens.  It will be a fun and entertaining event aboard Drag Stars At Sea.

     

    • STUDIO B WHITE ICE PARTY.  During the cruise you will enjoy a special WHITE ICE PARTY that will be held in the largest Ice Skating venue aboard a ship in the world.  Enjoy skating (small additional charge for skates) and music/bar to make the party fun. Dress the part as we offer this special WHITE PARTY unlike has ever been done before.
    • CARIBBEAN OPEN GOLF PARTY.  During the cruise you will enjoy a special round of golf (well, 9 holes of Goofy Golf) as we host a party called the “Caribbean Open.”  It promises to be lots of fun!

     

    SAILING ITINERARY FOR DRAG STARS AT SEA NORTH AMERICA:

    Saturday  /  January 23, 2016  /  Sail from San Juan, Puerto Rica  /  8:30 pm
    Sunday  /  January 24, 2016  /  St Thomas & St John, US Virgin Islands  /  8 am – 6 pm
    Monday  /  January 25, 2016  /  St Croix, US Virgin Islands  /  7 am – 6 pm
    Tuesday  /  January 26, 2016  /  Antigua  /  8 am – 5 pm
    Wednesday  /  January 27, 2016  /  St Lucia  /  8 am – 5 pm
    Thursday  /  January 28, 2016  /  Grenada  /  8 am – 5 pm
    Friday  /  January 29, 2016  /  Fun day at sea 
    Saturday  /  January 30, 2016  /  San Juan  /  Arrive 6 am

    *special events are subject to change or modification as required for the operation of the ship.


    ABOUT ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S EXPLORER OF THE SEAS


    GET THE LATEST UPDATES BY
    JOINING US ON OUR NEW FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE !!!

     


    Drag Stars At Sea: EUROPEAN ALLSTARS (OFFICIAL PAGE)

     


    ALandCHUCK.travel proudly presents

    BREAKING NEWS

    Drag Stars At Sea: Europe / aboard Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas
    October 2 – 9, 2015 sailing London, Southampton, Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona

    Drag Stars At Sea: North America / aboard Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
    January 23 – 30, 2016 San Juan, St Thomas, St John, St Croix, Antigua, St Lucia, Granada

    DRAG STARS AT SEA: Europe  /  “Cruising With the Queen”
    Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas,  October 2 – 9, 2015
    THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS CRUISE

    8 Days from $799 plus government taxes & fees

    We are very pleased to announce the 2nd Installment of Drag Stars At Sea Europe aboard the HUGE 139,000 ton Explorer of the Seas sailing from London to Barcelona featuring Southampton; Vigo, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Seville & Cadiz, Spain; and Gibraltar.  This incredible cruise experience will also feature optional tours including our famous London PILLAGE & PLUNDER “Off With Her Head” pre party.  Your 3 Day / 2 night stay is the perfect way to start your Vacation experience.  You can choose a 7 Day / 6 night Taste of Europe pre tour that includes Amsterdam, Paris, and London Pillage & Plunder or a 5 Day / 4 night Paris & London pre tour.  After the ship arrives in Barcelona you can add a 3 Day / 2 night Best of Barcelona post tour or a 5 Day / 4 night Taste of Spain tour including both Barcelona and Madrid.  Best of all, Drag Stars At Sea Europe “Cruising With The Queen” includes the largest gathering of Drag Stars in Europe’s history, fantastic shows, incredible theme parties, unique and exclusive shore excursions, and many other special activities to make this a vacation of a lifetime.  There is NOTHING like this in Europe and it promises to be a vacation of a lifetime!

    ON LINE RESERVATIONS will open on Friday, January 9, 2015 EXCLUSIVELY for past Drag Stars At Sea guests.   All other guests can start to make reservations on Monday, January 12 (exclusively on line).  Phone reservations will not be accepted until beginning Friday, January 16.  See ALandCHUCK.travel website starting on Friday, January 9 for all cruise details and the booking reservation link. (note: the Facebook 2014 group pages will close on Friday, January 9.  We invite you to the new 2015 Europe and 2016 North America group pages which are now open and where all the conversation will be.)

    IMPORTANT FEATURES OF DRAG STARS AT SEA:

    • Reservations are available ONLY with exclusive booking through ALandCHUCK.travel  Guests with reservations from any other travel company or the cruise line directly will not be participants for Drag Stars At Sea.
    • NO OTHER ALandCHUCK.travel GROUPS (or its subsidiaries) WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CRUISE.  ONLY Drag Stars At Sea guests will be allowed to make reservations for this cruise and you will be our ONLY special guests aboard the ship.
    • THIS WILL BE A MORE INTIMATE EXPERIENCE achieved by allowing a MUCH smaller number of guests than the full ship experience we have done in the past.  It allows our cruise to be more intimate and filled with very personal vacation experiences. Our goal is to create a more intimate vacation and travel experience where you can interact with all guests and stars.
    • YOU ARE HOSTED BY ALL THE QUEENS, no Queen selection is needed.  New for DSAS, you will have interaction and be hosted by ALL the queens on the cruise.  More time is provided for interaction, meet/greets and many special activities aboard ship.  Our goal is for you to see ALL the talent and have a more intimate experience aboard Drag Stars At Sea.
    • SPECIAL MEET & GREET WITH EVERY STAR ON THE WORLD FAMOUS ROYAL PROMENADE ABOARD SHIP.  This unique four story high indoor mall-like room is perhaps the most amazing public room on any ship in the world and runs nearly the entire length of the ship.  You will enjoy a special meet/greet with EVERY STAR in one place along the Royal Promenade becoming the largest photo meet/greet in history!
    • EXCLUSIVE VIP EXPERIENCE WITH THE STARS.  New to Drag Stars At Sea we are providing a very intimate experience with your favorite star.  This VIP experience is just $99.  The VIP Experience is with just a maximum of 8 guests as you interact with your star.  Begin with a 30 minute cocktail meet/greet with your star and exclusive guests (cash bar).  Next you have a special dinner table and enjoy dinner with your star.  It is the ultimate opportunity to talk to and KiKi with the performer at your own dinner table.  Finally you enjoy a show that includes your star with VIP front/near row seating. This VIP Experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  (advance reservations will be available on line)
    • SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE SHORE EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE ONLY TO GUESTS OF DRAG STARS AT SEA.  Special private tours are available in every port at special reduced pricing exclusively with ALandCHUCK.travel guests hosted by our staff and selected Queens.  You can start to make reservations for these special trips on Friday, January 9.
    • FOUR SPECIAL PARTIES ABOARD SHIP. Participating in Drag Stars At Sea will allow you to participate in four special parties. Enjoy ROYAL BALL which will be our welcome aboard Masquerade party.  We also will have three additional theme & costume parties aboard ship.  These elaborate events welcome you however you see fit.  But if you wish to fully participate, you will enjoy some of the most amazing costumes, drag presentations and a special $500 prize to the best presentation for EACH party aboard.  It makes Drag Stars At Sea a cruise like no other.
    • ALandCHUCK.travel CONCEIRGE DESK ABOARD SHIP.  An exclusive benefit for our Drag Stars At Sea guests is a Concierge Desk that we operate daily.  It will provide information on every aspect of the cruise and goes much farther than what is available through the cruise lines Guest Services.  This concierge service is provided exclusively by ALandCHUCK.travel staff.
    • WELCOME ABOARD MEETING & STARS MEET/GREET. On the day you board the cruise ALandCHUCK.travel will host a Drag Stars At Sea Welcome Aboard Presentation that will include a welcome to all guests, the latest information on the cruise and meeting all the stars of the cruise.  It is an exclusive for DSAS guests.
    • “AT A GLANCE” COMMUNICATION BULLETIN. Your electronic documents will arrive 7 to 10 days prior to departure and will include “AT A GLANCE” the exclusive on board communication tool for Drag Stars At Sea.  This concise summary of all events aboard the ship will help you plan and remember every detail to ensure it is a vacation of a lifetime.
    • MAKE UP CLASS.  We offer an exclusive Make Up Class hosted by a star that if you choose to participate can be outstanding for those in Drag or for every day needs (additional charge and advance reservations will be available on line)
    • BAR & DRINK PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE.  ALandCHUCK.travel is happy to announce that unlimited soda, wine, bar and other packages will be available to Drag Stars At Sea guests.  (advance reservations will be available on line).
    • OUTSTANDING DINING CHOICES.  Guests of Drag Stars At Sea will be able to participate in a fantastic featured dining choices including:
    • MY TIME DINING:  You enjoy open seating for dinner (all meals are included aboard ship FREE in the buffet or main dining room) to dine when you want and who you want to dine with. The ultimate choice.
    • PORTOFINO Gourmet Italian Dinner:  One evening this specialty restaurant is a feature for Drag Stars At Sea guests to enjoy with ALandCHUCK.travel staff and select Stars (small additional charge and advance reservations will be available on line)
    • CHOPS GRILLE Gourmet Steakhouse Dinner:  One evening this specialty restaurant is a feature for Drag Stars At Sea guests to enjoy with ALandCHUCK.travel staff and select Stars (small additional charge
      and advance reservations will be available on line)
    • CHEFS TABLE Gourmet Dinner Experience: One evening this specialty WORLD CLASS dining experience is a feature exclusively for Drag Stars At Sea guests to enjoy.
    • DRAG STAR AT SEA JACKPOT BINGO PARTY.  During the sailing you will enjoy a jackpot Bingo party hosted by select Queens.  It will be a fun and entertaining event aboard Drag Stars At Sea.
    • STUDIO B WHITE ICE PARTY.  During the cruise you will enjoy a special WHITE ICE PARTY that will be held in the largest Ice Skating venue aboard a ship in the world.  Enjoy skating (small additional charge for skates) and music/bar to make the party fun. Dress the part as we offer this special WHITE PARTY unlike has ever been done before.
    • BRITISH OPEN GOLF PARTY.  During the cruise you will enjoy a special round of golf (well, 9 holes of Goofy Golf) as we host a party called the “British Open.”  It promises to be lots of fun!

     

    PRE TOUR OPTIONS Available for Drag Stars At Sea Europe

    • LONDON PILLAGE & PLUNDER “OFF WITH HER HEAD” PARTY. This 3 Day / 2 Night package is just $299 and additional nights are just $99.  Your pre stay includes: first class city center hotel, Pillage & Plunder Party, London Sightseeing, Transfers from hotel to Southampton pier.

     

    • TASTE OF EUROPE PLUS LONDON PILLAGE & PLUNDER. This 7 Day / 6 Night package is just $899. Your pre stay includes 2 nights in Amsterdam, 2 nights in Paris, 2 nights in London (all first class city center hotels), Sightseeing in each city, Transfers from Amsterdam to Paris, Paris to London, and from hotel to Southampton pier.  Of course, you also enjoy the London Pillage & Plunder Party.
    • BEST OF PARIS PLUS LONDON PILLAGE & PLUNDER. This 5 Day / 4 Night package is just $599.  Your pre stay includes 2 nights in Paris, 2 nights in London (all first class city center hotels), Sightseeing in each city, and Transfers from Paris to London, and from hotel to Southampton pier.

    POST TOUR OPTIONS Available for Drag Stars At Sea Europe

    • BEST OF BARCELONA. This 3 Day / 2 Night package is just $299.  Your post stay includes 2 nights in Barcelona at first class city center hotel, Barcelona Sightseeing, Transfers from pier to hotel and transfers hotel to airport.
    • TASTE OF SPAIN. This 5 Day / 4 Night package is just $699.  This post stay includes 2 nights in Barcelona and 2 nights in Madrid (all first class city center hotels), Sightseeing in each city, Airfare from Barcelona to Madrid, and all transfers in Spain.

    SAILING ITINERARY FOR DRAG STARS AT SEA EUROPE:

    Friday  /  October 2, 2015  /  Sail from Southampton, England  /  4:30 pm
    Saturday  /  October 3, 2015  /  Fun day at sea
    Sunday  /  October 4, 2015  /  Vigo, Spain  /  10 am – 5 pm
    Monday  /  October 5, 2015  /  Lisbon, Portugal  /  9 am – 5 pm
    Tuesday  /  October 6, 2015  /  Seville (Cadiz), Spain  /  10 am – 8 pm
    Wednesday  /  October 7, 2015  /  Gibraltar  /  8 am – 5 pm
    Thursday  /  October 8, 2015  /  Fun day at sea
    Friday  /  October 9, 2015  /  Barcelona, Spain  /  6 am arrival

    *special events are subject to change or modification as required for the operation of the ship.

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