WINDSTAR CRUISES EXPANDS FLEET WITH ADDITION OF THREE SEABOURN SHIPS

COMPANY DOUBLES SIZE, BECOMES THE MARKET LEADER IN SMALL-SHIP CRUISING

WINDSTAR CRUISES announced that its owner, XANTERRA PARKS & RESORTS®, has reached an agreement with SEABOURN, a cruise company that operates six luxury cruise ships, to purchase three of their ships: SEABOURN PRIDE, SEABOURN LEGENDand SEABOURN SPIRIT. WINDSTAR CRUISES operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for their intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America.

Windstar Cruises logo (Prnewswire Foto/WindstarCruises)

Windstar Cruises logo (Prnewswire Foto/WindstarCruises)

Under the project name GLOBAL WINDSTAR, the expansion will double the size of Windstar’s recently renovated, three luxury sailing yacht fleet, making the company the market leader in small-ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,230 berths. The purchase on February 15, 2013, is one of several recent Xanterra Parks & Resorts® acquisitions, including VBT, an adventure travel company, and THE GRAND HOTEL in Tusayan, AZ, adjoining the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. No financial terms were disclosed regarding the deal.

eabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit will be two of the three ships to join the Windstar fleet.  (PRNewsFoto/Windstar Cruises)

Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit will be two of the three ships to join the Windstar fleet. (PRNewsFoto/Windstar Cruises)

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MONTBLANC TIMEPIECES IPAD APP: The Ultimate Exploration Tool for Collectors and Watch Lovers

Montblanc Presents Its Timepieces iPad App, an Interactive Tablet Experience That Brings the Fascinating World of Montblanc’s Watchmaking Expertise to Life.

THE MONTBLANC TIMEPIECES IPAD APP – A MOBILE EXPERIENCE UNLIKE NO OTHER

The Montblanc Timepieces iPad App – A Mobile Experience Unlike No Other (Photo Credit: Montblanc)

The Montblanc Timepieces iPad App – A Mobile Experience Unlike No Other (Photo Credit: Montblanc)

Designed by MONTBLANC as an essential resource for watch enthusiasts and collectors alike, the new MONTBLANC TIMEPIECES IPAD APP enables every user to discover the inner workings of Montblanc’s finest movements, the tapestry of stories behind the making of these masterpieces and also features an exclusive look at one of the most anticipated new Montblanc timepieces in 2013.

The Montblanc Timepieces iPad App – A Mobile Experience Unlike No Other (Photo Credit: Montblanc)

The Montblanc Timepieces iPad App – A Mobile Experience Unlike No Other (Photo Credit: Montblanc)

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Wines From Some Of Argentina’s Highest-Rated Wineries Celebrated At Whole Foods Market®

TASTE AND TWEET ON MAR. 14

Argentina’s diverse mix of people, terrain and climates has created a rich culture known for the rhythmic tango, char-grilled beef, and some of the world’s most robust, delicious wines. This spring, WHOLE FOODS MARKET will celebrate wines from Argentina, which include a lightly floral TORRONTES to an intense, earthy BONARDA, sometimes referred to as the “next malbec.”

Whole Foods Market logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Whole Foods Market)

Whole Foods Market logo. (PRNewsFoto/Whole Foods Market)

While Argentina’s viticulture roots has long run deep, it wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that the country began broadly exporting wines. Currently Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world, aided by the country’s soaring elevations and high quality Andean melt water. Couple that with old world grapes and new world (mostly affordable) prices, and you have a nationwide celebration of the country’s rich wine culture at WHOLE FOODS MARKET of some of its highest-rated wineries.

Most admiration for Argentine wines is inspired by the mighty malbec due to its similarities to rich, dark Californian reds,” said DOUG BELL, GLOBAL WINE BUYER FOR WHOLE FOODS MARKET. “While we’ve got some amazing malbecs in our lineup, we are excited to push the Argentine envelope and turn our shoppers on to unique varietals. Like malbec? Try a bonarda. Crave a fruity, floral sauvignon blanc? Check out the torrontes.” Continue reading

Miami Beach & Miami Win Bid to Host 2017 WorldOutgames

MIAMI BEACH & MIAMI have been chosen by the GAY AND LESBIAN INTERNATIONAL SPORT ASSOCIATION to host the WorldOUTgames in 2017, announced president DANIEL VAUDRIN yesterday. Vaudrin made the announcement during the selection ceremony in ANTWERP, BELGIUM, site of the 2013 WorldOUTgames. This will mark the first time that the WorldOUTgames has been held in the United States.

worldOUTgames logo (Photo Credit: Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association)

worldOUTgames logo (Photo Credit: Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association)

The WorldOUTgames is sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) and take place every four years in a different global city and lasts 10 days. Previous hosts have been Montreal and Copenhagen with the 2013 games slated for July and August 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium. WorldOUTgames are open to all who wish to participate, without regard to sexual orientation, and all competitions are arranged according to the skill level of the athletes. Cultural and human rights components are included to make the event a well-rounded experience for athletes and non-athletes alike. Continue reading