Celebrity Cruises Heads To St. Barts

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 3 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Cruises to launch ship-wide gaming Cruise Log Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:50 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free app. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises) Alaska SHARE 79 CONNECT 67 TWEET 3 COMMENTEMAILMORE For those who want to play poker at the pool and slots at dinner, Celebrity Cruises has teamed with Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming for a cruise industry first mobile gaming you can access ship-wide. Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free application, Cantor Mobile Casino, to their smartphones or tablets via the ship’s Wi-Fi. PHOTO GALLERY: Tour a Celebrity ship After creating a “virtual wallet” at the ship’s casino desk to activate and fund their accounts, cruisers will be able to choose from games including slots, table games and video poker to play anywhere onboard. One caveat: The ship needs to be in international waters. “This state-of-the-art technology allows guests to play outside of the action-filled casino, whether relaxing by the pool, or waiting for their partner to get ready for their night of onboard dining and drinks, and will be an excellent addition to the edgy entertainment we offer onboard,” said Celebrity Cruises’ senior vice president of operations Greg Purdy, in a prepared statement. The Cantor gaming app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The new technology will be installed on Celebrity’s five Solstice-class ships and four Millennium-class ships in coming months, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call.


Two nine-day cruises, Nov. 29 and Dec. 14, 2014, are round-trip from Fort Lauderdale and also include calls at Royal Caribbean’s private beach resort at Labadee, Haiti; San Juan; St. Croix; and St. Maarten. An eight-day cruise embarking Jan. 16, 2015, will visit all but St. Maarten. Fares are from $899 per person, double occupancy. The 11-year-old Celebrity Constellation was the first of Celebrity Cruises’ four older Millennium Class ships to undergo a top-to-bottom overhaul to make it more like the line’s newer Solstice Class ships, a process the line called “Solsticizing.” What’s new on the vessel? USA TODAY’s Gene Sloan offers a photo tour. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Originally unveiled on May 12, 2002, the 91,000-ton, 2,034-passenger Celebrity Constellation was in dry dock for 15 days in 2010 to receive its “Solsticizing” makeover. Among Solstice Class features added to the ship: A Tuscan Grille steakhouse; Bistro on Five creperie; ice-topped Martini Bar; Cafe al Bacio coffee house; and Cellarmasters wine bar. Celebrity Cruises The Seaside Cafe on the back of the ship. Celebrity Cruises The back of the ship also is home to a pool and whirlpool. Celebrity Cruises The Celebrity Constellation’s adults-only Solarium offers a lap pool, waterfalls and thickly padded lounge chairs. Celebrity Cruises An iconic area of the Constellation that remains after its 2010 makeover is the Grand Foyer, which features an onyx staircase, marble floors and the first panoramic ocean-view glass elevators at sea. Celebrity Cruises Added during the overhaul, Cafe al Bacio is a centrally-located, European-style coffee house that serves specialty coffees, liqueurs and freshly baked pastries. Celebrity Cruises Also added in 2010, the ship’s new Gelateria dishes Italian ices and gelati in the afternoon and evenings. Celebrity Cruises The new Bistro on Five creperie offers a mix of sandwiches, salads, crepes and desserts in a casual atmosphere. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen The most spacious lodging option on the Celebrity Constellation is the 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suite, which includes a separate dining and living room; foyer; baby grand piano; butler’s pantry; motorized draperies, lights and security system; two interactive audio/visual entertainment systems with televisions, DVDs, and VCRs; music center; Internet station and a 1,098-square-foot balcony area with its own whirlpool. Celebrity Cruises The bedroom in the Penthouse Suite features two beds that convert into a queen-size bed and an extra dressing room with vanity. Celebrity Cruises The bathroom in the Penthouse Suite has a whirlpool tub and separate shower. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen A step down from the Penthouse is the Royal Suite, which measures 538 square feet, not including a 195-square-foot balcony area. The suite features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors; separate living room with dining and sitting area; two entertainment centers with plasma-screen televisions and VCR or DVD player; and an Internet station. Celebrity Cruises The bedroom of the Royal Suite includes a walk-in closet. Celebrity Cruises A large bathroom is attached to the bedroom of the Royal Suite and includes a tub with whirlpool jets and a stall shower. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Slightly smaller than a Royal Suite are the Celebrity Suites, which measure 467 square feet.

Celebrity chef dabbles in Scotch

Heck, theres even a celebrity chef-endorsed antacid . So, why not have a single-malt Scotch that bears a celebrity chefs name? That was the thinking when The Dalmore, a whiskey with roots going back to 1839, partnered with French-born, New York-based chef Daniel Boulud on this limited-release bottle (just 1,000 will be made available, sold through high-end wine and liquor stores as well as eventually through the chefs online store ). Even though he keeps busy running 14 restaurants around the globe, serving a $32 braised rib and foie gras burger, among other dishes, Boulud was actively involved in creating the spirit, working with Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson on selecting specific barrels to create the final blend, which includes whiskies aged up to 18 years. (But its a mistake to call the final product a blend since all the whisky in it originates from a single distillery.) I wanted a generous, full-bodied whisky, but with aromas of caramel and also some candied orange and toasted praline, says Boulud. Um, who says Frenchmen drink only Cognac? Key stat: Click to Play Daniel Boulud tries his hand at Scotch After months of working with the renowned distillers at The Dalmores, chef Daniel Boulud is offering a bespoke single malt based on the cuisine of his restaurants. Charles Passy joins the News Hub for Weekend Sip. (Photo: AP) The Dalmore (and the brand name always has The in front of it) has gained a reputation for offering some of the worlds most expensive and sought-after whiskies. A case in point: The recently released Richard Paterson Collection 12 bottles of whiskies that date as far back as 1926, packaged together for $1.4 million. That makes the $200 Boulud bottle a steal by comparison. Also see: 10 things celebrity chefs wont say What we think about it: Bouluds whiskey lives up to its heavy promise at least on the nose. We especially pick up those scents of caramel and candied orange.

McDonald’s tries fancy food with celebrity chefs in NYC

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The company invited a phalanx of media and other opinion-makers to try out a multi-course meal prepared by professional chefs using standard McDonalds food. None of the dishes will reach McDonalds drive-thrus, at least not in the near future. But company spokespeople said the exercise will help engender new ways to think about the existing menu and highlight the chain’s ingredients. At the event, dietitian Jessica Foust, who manages McDonalds nutrition and culinary division, will craft mojitos made with the chains Mango Pineapple Smoothie base. Her beef and gnocchi dish will be made with McDonalds French fries, another smoothie base, carrots and meat normally used for burger patties. As McDonalds struggles to keep sales growing at the fast clip maintained during the recession, the chain is spicing up its menu with Habanero Ranch sauce and rice wine vinegar in its McWraps bolder flavors that werent as acceptable five to seven years ago, Foust said. You can find these ingredients in grocery stores and some of the most fine dining in the country, she said in a recent interview. Were helping people understand that its food thats all it is. James Tahhan, star of cooking shows on Telemundo and Utilisima, will create tortilla espanola with garlic and saffron aioli using the fast-food companys hash browns, eggs and onions. There will also be Kung Pao chicken made using Chicken McNuggets by Dale Talde, a contestant on Bravos Top Chef show. Aaron McCargo Jr., winner of the Next Food Network Star competition and host of the Big Daddys House show on the television network, will present barbecue chicken. The ingredients? McDonalds crispy chicken, hash browns, Chipotle BBQ sauce, cheddar jack cheese and espresso.