The Inaugural BOURBON & BEYOND Festival Announces its Headlining Lineup of Top Chefs, Bourbon Experts, and World-Class Musicians

All Will Take Over Louisville for One Weekend Only on September 23rd & 24th 2017

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

FEATURING: The Finest Kentucky Bourbons Curated by Top Bourbon Experts, One-Of-A-Kind Creations From Louisville and The Country’s Most Celebrated Chefs & Beyond

PERFORMANCES BY: Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Joe Bonamassa, Band of Horses, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers and More

Danny Wimmer Presents is thrilled to announce the official headliners and the first phase of musicians, chefs, food and beverage experiences for BOURBON & BEYOND, its bold, new, bourbon-inspired festival taking place for the first time on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky.

BOURBON & BEYOND will be an incredible all-in-one bourbon, food, and entertainment destination that honors the rich history of bourbon that is so deeply rooted in the heart of Kentucky. All together BOURBON & BEYOND is a celebration of craftsmanship, soul, and spirit.

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Recognized for his monumental music festivals, Danny Wimmer‘s newest venture moves above and beyond music. Together with best-selling author and acclaimed bourbon authority, Fred Minnick, and nationally-celebrated Louisville chef, Edward Lee, Danny Wimmer Presents blends the best elements of a bourbon festival, a food festival, and a music festival into one all-encompassing celebration in honor of the soul and spirit of Kentucky. BOURBON & BEYOND will be an enriching weekend featuring the best bourbons, master distillers, national and local chefs, bartenders, musicians, and many other artisans.

THE BOURBON LINEUP:

The festival will showcase over 50 of the best Kentucky bourbons curated by Fred Minnick, Edward Lee, and Chris Cosentino. Festivalgoers will get the chance to dive deep into the Kentucky bourbon experience through several exciting facets like:

  • The Big Bourbon Bar: A 20,000-square-foot bar featuring delicious bourbon cocktails presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
  • The Hunter’s Club: A bourbon hound’s dream come true with experimental, rare, and hard-to-find bourbons.
  • The Bourbon Barrel Cooperage: A behind-the-scenes look at how coopers craft the oak barrels used to age bourbon.
  • The Distillery: An interactive experience to discover the life of a master blender, taster, and distiller.
  • Bourbon Workshops: Access to bourbon’s best and brightest in a series of free and intimate distilling, bartending, pairing, and cooking workshops.

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    2017 BOURBON & BEYOND Festival Official Line Up (PRNewsfoto/BOURBON & BEYOND)

In addition to the many incredible Kentucky bourbon experiences, BOURBON & BEYOND will partner with renowned local chefs and over 20 beloved Louisville restaurants to deliver one-of-a-kind delectable creations. The first round of participating restaurants includes Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill, Boss Hog’s BBQ, Doc Crow’s, Gospel Bird, Seviche, The Manhattan Exchange, Whiskey Dry and much more to be announced in the coming months.

Guests will be able to eat, drink, and party at The Big Easy Boil presented by Southern Comfort, Tiki Barrel Bar, Funk & Soul & BBQ. BOURBON & BEYOND will also offer Incredible Feasts, one-of-a-kind communal dining experiences including The Chicks & Champs Gospel Brunch and the exclusive B&B Supper Club featuring Tom Colicchio. Chefs appearing throughout the weekend include Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall, Edward Lee, Chris Cosentino, Amanda Freitag, Jose Salazar, Cosmo Goss & Erling Wu-Bower, Kevin Ashworth, Anthony Lamas, Anthony Falco, and others.

World-class musical performances will further amplify this distinctive festival experience. With two main music stages, festival-goers will enjoy music from the following lineup of artists: Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Band of Horses, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers, Amos Lee, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, G. Love & Special Sauce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ZZ Ward, Nikki Lane, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Fantastic Negrito, Kiefer Sutherland, Dave Cavalier, Bluegrass favorites curated by The Bluegrass Situation, and more.

More announcements, including bourbons, bluegrass, additional chefs, and restaurants will be coming soon.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW at www.BourbonAndBeyond.com.

For our love of bourbon.

For our love of Kentucky.

BOURBON & BEYOND.

TripAdvisor Announces Top Destinations Around the Globe in 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Bali is #1 in the World and New York City Tops U.S. Ranking, Based on Traveler Reviews and Booking Interest

TripAdvisor Also Identifies Great Sights to See and Things to Do in Iconic Spots

TripAdvisor® announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for destinations, recognizing travelers’ favorite places around the world. This year, Bali, Indonesia is the global winner and New York City ranks number one in the U.S. for the seventh consecutive year.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor. The awards honor 418 outstanding destinations in 24 lists across the globe.TRIPADVISOR LOGO

We’re excited to reveal our community’s favorite travel destinations for 2017 and recognize these iconic places with Travelers’ Choice awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travelers wanting to explore these fabulous destinations can shop for amazing attractions and tours on TripAdvisor and compare hotel prices that are up to 24% less when booking off-peak.”

We are honored that New York City has been recognized by the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for destinations as the number one destination in the U.S. for seven straight years and among the top 10 globally this year,” said Fred Dixon, president, and CEO of NYC & Company. “This is a testament to the outstanding offerings of our five-borough destination and its multicultural neighborhoods. This year, we welcome the world to discover and experience the unique energy and diversity of our great city!”

TripAdvisor has also identified the average spring/summer hotel rates, roundtrip airfares, least expensive month to visit, as well as highly rated tours to maximize travelers’ experiences in these award-winning destinations.

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Destinations – U.S:

1. New York City, New York

The beloved Big Apple offers something for every type of traveler, from Broadway shows to some of the world’s most iconic attractions.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor¹: $349 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor²: $319
  • Least expensive month to go³: August (1% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • New top-rated tour: Viator VIP: EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, bookable on TripAdvisor for $125 per person

2. Maui, Hawaii

This island is a hotspot for outdoors lovers as they can stretch out on warm, golden sands, hit the surf for unforgettable windsurfing or enjoy a zen snorkeling session.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $402 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $687
  • Least expensive month to go: April (8% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Old Lahaina Luau Maui, bookable on TripAdvisor for $120 per person

3. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Life on the Big Island boasts natural beauty for outdoor enthusiasts or just for travelers to enjoy a famous local plate of fresh “poke.”  

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $279 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $767
  • Least expensive month to go: May (5% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Big Island ATV Tour Through Waipio Valley, bookable on TripAdvisor for $166 per person

4. Oahu, Hawaii

This island is a sunbather’s and surfer’s paradise, with beautiful beaches and swelling waves that can reach epic heights.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $326 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $767
  • Least expensive month to go: August (7% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Diamond Head Crater Adventure, bookable on TripAdvisor for $37 per person

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas can satisfy a variety of vacation tastes, including great meals from renowned chefs, access to some of the world’s premier casinos, and the ability to see spectacular shows on the Strip.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $226 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $316
  • Least expensive month to go: May (1% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Red Rock Canyon Luxury Tour Trekker Experience, bookable on TripAdvisor for $102 per person

6. Orlando, Florida

Home to some of the world’s most popular amusement and theme parks, Orlando offers travelers boundless opportunities for adventure and family fun.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $221 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $303
  • Least expensive month to go: May (4% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort, bookable on TripAdvisor for $64 per person

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The Viceroy Hotel Group Creates A Sensation With Grand Unveiling Of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Global Modern Luxury Hospitality Group Makes History With Stunning New Beachfront Resort

This past weekend, the Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) raised the curtains to unveil Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, a stunning beachfront resort at the center of Dubai’s thriving hospitality landscape. Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai is home to 477 rooms and suites, including 352 guestrooms, 85 suites and 40 hotel apartments located across 16 floors. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg and NAO Taniyama and Associates, this Icon Collection masterpiece showcases sweeping, unobstructed views of the surrounding city, from the Dubai Marina to the Burj Khalifa. The arrival of the Viceroy Hotel Group in Dubai marks the modern luxury hospitality group’s second foray into the UAE, bringing a fusion of California cool with Dubai sensation.1 (1)

Preparation for the opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai has been an unforgettable journey,” comments Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group. “I remember my very first meeting with Kabir Mulchandani of SKAI Holdings, the developer, owner and visionary behind the entire development, and now, four years later, we have opened an incredible new experience for Viceroy guests, one where Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai has redefined modern luxury hospitality in this vibrant destination. I am extremely proud of General Manager Mikael Svensson, and the entire Viceroy team for how they have launched this incredible hotel.”

The opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai marks the next step of VHG’s aggressive and expansive growth strategy over the next few years, with forthcoming properties slated for Argentina, Chicago, Colombia, Panama, Portugal, and Turkey.

MODERN MARVEL: PIONEERING ARCHITECTURE & OUTSTANDING INTERIOR DESIGN

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai‘s glass cube structure creates a sense of anticipation. At center, a first-of-its-kind glass cube towers at 15 meters by 15 meters, an engineering feat. The cube seemingly floats in front of the hotel, allowing natural light to flood in and provides a direct view through to the resort’s runway like 60-meter pool, the ocean and beyond.

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Image of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Viceroy Hotel Group’s stunning new beachfront resort at the center of Dubai’s thriving hospitality landscape

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai‘s interiors feature clean lines, natural materials, and a standout design. Glamorous interiors feature a calming palette of neutral colors alongside Viceroy’s signature teal, with brushed bronze finishes adding a warm glow. Light and dark wood contrasts with layers of marble, creating balance and refinement, while a recurring honeycomb hexagonal pattern runs throughout. Contemporary furniture and rich fabrics similarly contrast with Greek and Italian-marbled bathrooms that feature hand cut mosaic tiling and bronze sculptured standalone bathtubs. Continue reading

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Set to Open in April

Hyatt To Manage Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Baha Mar Convention Center And A Variety Of Food And Beverage Outlets As Part Of The Baha Mar Resort

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with CTF BM Operations Ltd. for the operation of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the Baha Mar Convention Center and a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, all of which will be part of the mixed-use Baha Mar Resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. The Baha Mar Resort will open in phases, with initial operations at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar expected to begin in late April 2017.Print

It is an honor to soon be part of the Baha Mar family, and Hyatt is thrilled to reaffirm its commitment to Baha Mar and to work together to create an exciting new destination in the Bahamas,” said Myles Mcgourty, Senior Vice President, Latin America And Caribbean, Hyatt. “Expanding Hyatt’s brand presence in the Caribbean is important to our global expansion strategy as we grow our World of Hyatt platform and bring more genuine experiences to our loyal guests in destinations where they want to travel. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will undoubtedly become one of the premier destinations in the Caribbean.”

The arrival journey is the first reveal of the extraordinary grandeur of the stunning Grand Hyatt, as guests are greeted by the wonder of the dancing fountains and a 40-foot water wall. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will also present an abundance of culinary delights featuring multiple food & beverage offerings that include restaurants, bars, and lounges (including a 200-seat main restaurant, a pool bar and grill and a jazz-themed lounge). In addition, the Baha Mar Casino will provide gaming enthusiasts with best-in-class table games, sports book, slots and mobile gaming. The spectacular views will ensure you will not miss the beauty of the ocean.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. (Photo: Business Wire)

Meetings, incentive events and conferences come to life at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, where the natural beauty of the landscape provokes ideas. The Baha Mar Convention Center will feature more than 85,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space. The Baha Mar Convention Center encompasses 34 divisible rooms, including three elegant ballrooms, a 2,000 seat entertainment venue and 16 breakout rooms, offering approximately 82,000 square feet of functional indoor meeting space. Whether you are hosting an elegant gala, an awards celebration or a business meeting, the property offers dynamic state-of-the- art spaces and cutting-edge technology to ensure your event makes a lasting impression. Continue reading

Macy’s Flower Show®2017 Presents Carnival

Macy’s Downtown Flagships Showcase a Floral Spectacular In New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco

Sunday, March 26 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

Step right up to get a front row view of lush gardens celebrating the color and whimsy of Carnival as the Macy’s Flower Show® welcomes the renewal of spring. Macy’s annual floral extravaganza sprouts once again at three flagship locations nationwide including Herald Square in New York City, State Street in Chicago, and Union Square in San Francisco. From Sunday, March 26 through Sunday, April 9, 2017, Carnival, the theme of this year’s exhibition will transport more than a million spectators into a world of imagination, filled with brilliantly-hued flora expertly landscaped into breathtaking gardens that bring the magic of a traveling roadshow to life.

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Macy’s Flower Show presents Carnival, a floral spectacle blooming from March 26 through April 9 in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco (Photo: Business Wire)

As we celebrate the renewal of the spring season, this year’s Macy’s Flower Show will take spectators on a trip through a classic fair, where the deep colors, patterns, and displays recreate everyone’s favorite carnival elements. From the big top to the fun house with thrilling stops on a rollercoaster and Ferris wheel, ‘Carnival’ will surprise and delight more than a million spectators who step into these floral wonderlands at our three flagship stores,” said Susan Tercero, group vice president, special productions/Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group.

At the center of the spring celebration, a colorful two-tiered carousel complete with animated column horses will bloom with thousands of rhododendrons, bromeliads, and other exotic flora, welcoming guests into the funhouse atmosphere. As spectators walk through the midway, they will see a kaleidoscope of color as the world of Carnival reveals classic fair favorites, including a roller coaster, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and games of whimsy, all recreated using more than 5,000 types of florals and plants.macyflowerlogo

For more than 70 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral aficionados with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants, and trees from around the globe. Native to many different landscapes, Macy’s Flower Show features floral material blooming in unison despite their unique climatic DNA. Taking root in unexpected settings such as store countertops, windows and specially-designed architecture, including grand bridges, columns, and topiaries, Macy’s Flower Show is staged in unique fashion at each of the three locations nationwide.

In addition to the floral wonder, spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of special in-store events, including floral, food and fashion demonstrations, celebrity appearances, and more during the two weeks the show is in full bloom.

Macy’s springtime tradition is made possible nationally thanks to partners Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Sinclair Oil Corporation, and the Sino-American Friendship Association.

Free to the public, Macy’s Flower Show will be open during regular store hours.

For additional information about these events contact the Macy’s Flower Show Hotline at (212) 494-4495, or visit www.macys.com/flowershow.

Havana, Cuba, To Be Featured on Select Carnival Paradise Cruises from Tampa Beginning in June 2017

Following the history-making launch of cruises from the U.S. to Cuba on Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand last year, the company’s namesake and largest cruise brand — Carnival Cruise Line — has now received approval to sail to Cuba. The Cuban capital of Havana will be added to select Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa beginning in June 2017.

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Carnival Cruise Lines’ new 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze in Venice waiting to set sail on its inaugural cruise. Photo by Radu Ursu.

The overnight visits to Havana will be featured on 12 four- and five-day cruises aboard Carnival Paradise departing from the Port of Tampa starting June 29, 2017, providing vacationers with a rare and exciting opportunity to explore this fascinating and previously off-limits destination.

Four-day cruises will depart June 29, July 13, August 24, September 7 and 21, and October 5 and 19, 2017 as well as May 3, 2018 and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana. Five-day voyages will depart August 14 and 28, September 25 and October 9, 2017, and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana as well as a stop in either Cozumel or Key West.

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Carnival Paradise at Sea 

 

Carnival Paradise guests will be able to choose from a range of exciting shore excursion experiences that showcase Cuba’s vibrant culture and majestic beauty, along with the island’s warm and friendly people and centuries-old architectural landmarks.

Cuba is an island jewel unique from anywhere else in the Caribbean and we are thrilled to have this rare opportunity to take our guests to this fascinating destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The opportunity to visit Havana, combined with the fun, relaxed ambiance and wide variety of amenities and features offered on Carnival Paradise, will make for a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience,” she added.

Aboard Carnival Paradise, guests can enjoy an array of amenities and a full schedule of daytime activities and nighttime entertainment. A variety of dining options includes two full-service main dining rooms and expansive poolside choices. The ship also features a 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health and wellness facility and an exclusive Serenity adults-only retreat. Popular family-friendly programming includes Seuss at Sea in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and featuring the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends and fun, supervised activities for kids in three age groups. Four swimming pools and an 115-foot-long water slide are additional features.

The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The new voyages can currently be booked via travel agents or by calling 1-800-CARNIVAL. The cruises will also be available on carnival.com. Please note that a passport is required for cruises that call in Cuba. Additional information on all special requirements for these voyages can be found on carnival.com.

Explore Hidden Glacier Bay Aboard Seabourn Sojourn During The 2017 Cruise Season In Alaska

Guests Will See This Vast Icy Wonder Up Close On Select 11-Day Sailings

There are so many natural wonders for guests to behold on a Seabourn cruise to Alaska, but nothing quite like the mysterious and exotic Glacier Bay. As the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line returns to The Last Frontier starting this May, Seabourn will provide a select number of opportunities for guests to witness the icy beauty of the remote 3.3 million-acre wilderness area with five separate sailings into Glacier Bay aboard Seabourn Sojourn over the 2017 season ahead. With no roads leading into the park, air and water are the only ways to explore Glacier Bay. As such, a cruise ship is an ideal way to visit one of the world’s largest international protected areas.

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This May, Seabourn returns to Alaska offering a select number of opportunities for guests to witness the icy beauty of the remote 3.3 million-acre wilderness area

A U.S. National Park and Preserve that is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay is located along the Inside Passage on the southeastern coast of Alaska. The park encompasses 5,130 square miles of wilderness dotted with vast waterways, dynamic glaciers, emerald rainforests, striking coastlines, deep sheltered fjords, and snow-capped peaks. A vibrant ecosystem made up of terrestrial and marine species, the abundant wildlife includes grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, numerous bird species, sea lions, harbor porpoises, orcas, humpback whales and many more. Glaciers are geared for dramatic displays of ice and iceberg formation, including calving of icebergs into the bay – a wonder of sight, sound, and splash that is not to be missed.seabourn_logo2016_black

Whatever the region we’re exploring, Seabourn always strives to offer the most enriching experiences to our guests,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Taking them to see the wonders of Glacier Bay is a fitting way to return to Alaska for the first time in a decade-and-a-half.”

Seabourn Sojourn’s 2017 cruise schedule offering access to Glacier Bay includes:

21-Day Kuroshio Route & Alaska: Kobe, Japan to Seattle (May 11-27)

11-Day Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn: Vancouver to Seward (Jun 1-12. Additional itineraries include Jun 26-Jul 7; Jul 21-Aug 1; and Aug 15-26)

Whatever the itinerary, Seabourn guests are guaranteed adventure in Alaska with new optional shore excursions and Ventures by Seabourn guided kayak and Zodiac tours led by teams of scientists, scholars and naturalists that bring the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska and British Columbia alive. The up-close explorations will be featured on Seabourn Sojourn’s full series of 11-14 day itineraries sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Anchorage (Seward), Alaska. A glimpse of the Ventures by Seabourn tours in Alaska can be viewed here.

Seabourn‘s ships circle the globe throughout the year and include more than 150 designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in its itineraries. Through its multi-year partnership with UNESCO, Seabourn offers deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. The line has created special World Heritage Discovery Tours with exclusive and enhanced content developed in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage site managers and tour experts. Fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites include a small donation to UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund.

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Seabourn Odyssey at Sea

Seabourn Sojourn‘s season in Alaska launches with the 11-DAY Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn, departing from Vancouver, B.C., on Jun. 1, 2017, and is priced from $4,999 per person.

For reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com. A dedicated shore excursion call center is available for guests at 1-800-984-3225.