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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Holland America presents "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea"

Video courtesy of Holland America on YouTube

Whether you like to Tango, Quickstep, Paso Doble, or sit back and enjoy watching the sizzling performances, this program offers guests an entirely unique experience on the seas.

Six theme cruises in 2013 and early 2014 will feature “Dancing with the Stars” events including dance lessons; a chance to meet the dancers, ask questions and take photos; and a dazzling production starring celebrities and the famed dance pros, complete with glamorous costumes and routines from the TV show. Currently scheduled to appear on select sailings are two-time champion pro dancers Mark Ballas and Kym Johnson; pros Tristan MacManus and Lacey Schwimmer; and some of your favorite celebrity competitors.* More dance pros and celebrities to be announced.

In addition to the theme cruises, every sailing on all 15 ships in the Holland America Line fleet will feature an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars” program including dance lessons and an opportunity for some lucky guests to dance center stage in an exciting dance-off performance. These activities will feature the ships’ professional dancers and will be developed in collaboration with the show’s dancers and choreographers.

Currently scheduled to appear on our 2013 Theme Cruises*:
  • February 16, 2013, ms Eurodam, 7-Day Eastern Caribbean 
    Professional Dancers: Lacey Schwimmer and Mark Ballas.
    Stars: Joey Fatone and Sabrina Bryan.

  • June 22, 2013, ms Veendam, 7-Day Canada & New England
    Professional Dancers: Chelsie Hightower and Mark Ballas.
    Stars to be announced.
  • June 30, 2013, ms Oosterdam, 7-Day Alaska
    Professional Dancers: Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus.
    Star: Carson Kressley. Additional star to be announced. 

  • July 7, 2013, ms Oosterdam, 7-Day Alaska
    Professional Dancers: Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus.
    Star: Carson Kressley. Additional star to be announced.

2014 Theme Cruises: (Pros/celebrities to be announced)
  • January 5, 2014, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, 7-Day Eastern Caribbean

  • January 12, 2014, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, 7-Day Western Caribbean

    *Professionals and celebrities are subject to change.
Source: Holland America


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cobblers Cove, Barbados Unveils New Look, New Packages for 2013

Cobblers Cove, Barbados, an English Country House style hotel and one of the best loved hotels in the Caribbean, has unveiled a number of refurbishments just in time for the 2013 season. The improvements include the renovation of many of the popular suite accommodations, as well as a completely new look for the hotel’s main pool, which dates back to 1968 and has been lovingly restored to maintain its charm and character.

“We are extremely excited about the refurbishments at Cobblers Cove,” said General Manager, Alistair Forrest. “The end result is an enhancement to the guest experience and we look forward to sharing it with our returning guests, as well as our first-timers.”

The main pool and area has been completely refurbished with a spectacular Hawaiian-Blue, Diamond-Brite finish, in addition to stone tile around the water line and a coral stone rendering finish. The hotel has sustained the age-old beauty of the colonial plantation house deck by preserving and remodeling the brick tiling around the pool. The original plantation house, which was built in 1930, has received a thorough redecoration inside and out. The unique chandeliers and wall lights have been lovingly and painstakingly restored to their former glory to maintain authenticity.

The comprehensive suite redecoration program, which commenced last August, includes four Ocean Front Suites and seven Garden (formerly Superior) Suites with more to follow in 2013. In addition, the Camelot Suite has received a complete facelift with a stunning new plunge pool and Jacuzzi on the rooftop deck. The Colleton Suite pool has also received facelift to bring it in line with the hotel’s other pools.

In addition to the various refurbishments at the hotel, Cobblers Cove has also recently added some key members to its staff, including General Manager Alistair Forrest, Executive Chef Michael Harrison, Resident Manager Scarlette Clarke and Online Sales and Marketing Executive Jina Scheper.

New packages for 2013, include:
  • Joie de Vivre - Offers a complimentary upgrade at time of booking and exchange dining with two other luxury resorts of Barbados.
  • Family Suite Offer - Includes two suites for the price of one and a family program with sailing, swimming and tennis.
  • Heritage Tour - Includes a visit to St. Nicholas Abbey, St. John’s Parish Church, The Barbados Museum and The George Washington House.
  • Cobblers Cove Gourmet Retreat - Includes twice weekly cookery demonstrations by Executive Chef Michael Harrison, an escorted visit to local vegetable & fish markets and an organic farm as well as a fishing trip with the hotel’s own fisherman, Barker.
  • Cobblers Cove Wedding Package - Will once again be available in 2013; includes a minister, wedding cake, marriage license and a bottle of champagne.

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