Santy's Blogs


WELCOME TO SANTY'S BLOGS.  

As you may well know, I am not only an avid Audiophile, but I am also a Foodie and a world class WanderLust.   In these blogs,  I am going to share with you my insights on the latest trends on High-End Audio Products,  as well as my thoughts and expertise on Food and Travel.  Enjoy!


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XTime Expeditions


A Truffle Is Not Forever

These guys have a great sense of humor.  It's a jab at the 'Diamonds Are Forever' ad.   Nevertheless, truffles cannot be taken lightly.  They may not be as expensive as diamonds, but the experience is just as worth it. 

 

 
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I found this truffle shop while wandering around the medieval town of Bergamo in Milan, Italy.   I took some more pictures for future reference.

XTime Expedition 2018

This all started in May of 2016 in the Sin city  Las Vegas. We were having Dinner at Emie Pawiks house and all of a sudden somebody said "Where and when is the next reunion?" I thought, well, next one should be an adventure instead of just eating and drinking. So, I shouted "How about Alaska Cruise in 2017 and European Cruise in 2018?!!!". Well, it looks like it stuck to everybody's mind. Then lots of our friends started to message me asking for it.  Well then I asked, "Why not a big reunion where everybody will have fun and memories. Let's go for a European Tour and a Mediterranean cruise?". Then the rest is history. I do not know why I end up being the Tour organizer, planner, guide, accountant  and everything! 

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The Young and the Restless

Recommended Cruise Activities For The Young And The Restless.

Note that these activities must be approached with an open heart, open mind, and open eyes... but not necessarily with an open wallet.   There's a lot of activities and entertainment that are free, and all you'll have to do is to show up.   It is much more fun to go in groups, and have someone to share the laughter with so that someday when you grow old you will have someone to swap stories with.

Top on the list would be:

1. The Piazza which has a daily entertainment before dinner time.

2. The Movies Under the Stars which comes with free pizza and popcorn.

3. For the dancerous kind who wants to dance the night away, there's a superb disco at the Skywalker's NightClub.

4. The Lotus Spa Fitness center is a good way to expend excess energy.

5. If exercising is not enough, there's always the pool and the sports courts.

 

DISCOVERY AT SEA™ PROGRAMS

DISCOVER EVEN MORE WITH DISCOVERY™

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Our exclusive partnership with Discovery Communications™ lets you come back captivated with Stargazing on our top deck; activities featuring DiscoveryTM hit shows such as Shark Week and Finding Bigfoot; plus our new Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series. Get more out of your travels with shore excursions recommended by two of the most trusted names in world travel—Discovery™ and Animal Planet™.

 

THE PIAZZA

TAKE A STROLL INTO THE EUROPEAN-STYLE PIAZZA

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Discover Old World charm as you stroll through our breathtaking Piazza—a hub of activity, inspired by the vibrant squares of Europe. Roving street performers, quaint boutiques, a spiral staircase and several glass-walled lifts provide panoramic views. Visit the International Café for gourmet coffees, or marvel at the wine selection at Vines, voted one of the “Best Wine Bars at Sea,” by USA Today.

 

FRESHWATER POOLS & HOT TUBS

SOAK IN A WORLD OF RELAXATION

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Take a dip in our sparkling freshwater pools and leave your everyday world behind. Unwind on a padded lounger and soak up the sun, catch up on reading, listen to music or dream of your next adventure on board or ashore. And what better way to relax and revitalize after a day exploring the world than a long soak in one of our whirling hot tubs. And don’t forget, there is always a server nearby to bring you a refreshing cocktail or favorite beverage.

 

SPORTS COURT

GET IN THE GAME WITH A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES

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Feel the court under your feet and the thrill of victory as you sink the ball in for two points. No matter your athletic ability, there’s nothing like shooting a few hoops out in the middle of the ocean as you watch the sun set and the stars come out. Our Sports Court is not only set up for basketball but also for volleyball. Pick up a game, compete against fellow passengers for bragging rights, or start your own dream team.

PRINCESS LINKS

PRACTICE YOUR PUTT AND PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION

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Imagine playing on the green while surrounded by a beautiful blue ocean. Whether you’re a dabbler or a devoted disciple of the game, our nine-hole miniature putting course will put your finer golfing skills to the test. After you play a round, step inside to try your hand at our golf simulator, which recreates some of the world’s greatest golf courses like St. Andrews and Pebble Beach.

 

 

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

A REEL TREAT DAY OR NIGHT

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Throughout the day and night, our exclusive open-air poolside amphitheater is the go-to destination for feature films, thrilling concerts and exciting sporting events such as live football games. Cozy up under a fleece blanket in the comfortable lounger and feast on complimentary fresh-popped popcorn in the evening or delicious cookies and milk during the day, and enjoy that exciting car chase or mystery thriller on the giant screen.

 

VOICE OF THE OCEAN

THE NO. 1 TV SINGING COMPETITION ROCKS THE HIGH SEAS!

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Think you have what it takes to take the stage? Princess Cruises brings all the excitement and spectacle of TV’s hugely popular singing competition live and on stage with The Voice of the Ocean. Get ready to discover who among your fellow cruise passengers has what it takes to be a star! The contest features blind auditions, mentor sessions, the iconic “I Want You” chairs, three charismatic coaches and a grand finale performance where guests choose the winner. Rock to the songs. Thrill to the performances. Be a star!

 

SKYWALKERS NIGHTCLUB

REACH FOR THE SKY AND DANCE

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Hot music and cool cocktails set to a DJ spinning popular club tunes is the ideal setting for a night of dancing. Gleaming, ultra modern and ultra cool, this hot spot invites a little stargazing while the colorful neon dance floor invites everyone to get up and boogie down. Boasting panoramic views from its vantage point 15 decks above the sea, it’s the perfect place for dancing and socializing.

 

THE LOTUS SPA FITNESS CENTER

A HOST OF WAYS TO GET AN ENERGIZING WORKOUT

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The Lotus Spa Fitness Center offers fitness programs designed to help you maximize your wellness with Tour de Cycle, personal training and classes such as Pilates, Yoga, Body Sculpt Boot Camp, Results Based Training and TRX suspension training. The Lotus Spa Fitness Center also features state-of-the-art equipment so you can tone on your own.

 

 

JUST FOR KIDS 8-12 YEARS OLD.

STEP INTO THE LODGE

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Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center keeps kids busy with games, dancing and kid-sized Olympic competitions. Their minds stay busy, too, with California Science Center programs like rocket building, or they can explore outer space with Stargazing and learning how to build a model roller coaster. Exciting events like talent shows, theme nights, and treasure hunts encourage new friendships and family togetherness.

 

JUST FOR TEENS 13-17 YEARS OLD.

HANG OUT IN THE BEACH HOUSE

This contemporary lounge is "the place” for teens — perfect for hanging out and socializing with late-night movie viewing, hip hop dance classes, video game tournaments and sports competitions like dodgeball and basketball. But that’s just the beginning. They’ll dazzle on the red carpet with our Rock the Boat teens-only party, complete with awards and “mocktails.”

 

 

JUST FOR KIDS 3-7

EXPLORE THE TREEHOUSE

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Even the littlest guests will delight in this whimsical, forest-themed world that inspires playtime and invites exploration. Kids, ages 3 to 7, can dance, enjoy pajama movie nights, create art projects like Animal Planet™ puppets and masks or compete in a Lego® boat-building contest.

The Young (At Heart) And The Restful

Recommended Cruise Activies For The Young At Heart and the Restful.

Note that these activities must be approached with an open heart, open mind, and open eyes... but not necessarily with an open wallet.   There's a lot of activities and entertainment that are free, and all you'll have to do is to show up.   It is much more fun to go in groups, and have someone to share the laughter with so that someday when you grow old you will have someone to swap stories with.

Top on the list would be:

1. Princess Theater which has a daily evening show around 8 PM.   it's a nice go to entertainment after dinner.

2. The Piano Bar which is open daily until midnight, is a nice go to entertainment right after the evening shows.

3. For those who love to do some light dancing, there are also some nightclubs with live music entertainment.

4. There is also some entertainment going on daily at The Piazza usually before dinner time.

5. The afternoon tea around 3 or 4 PM is not to be missed, it's a good way to meet new people.

FESTIVALS OF THE WORLD    

EXPERIENCE THE WORLD’S GREAT CELEBRATIONS

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There’s nothing like a Princess party to bring people together. Our Festivals of the World hosts onboard events that celebrate timeless traditions from nearly every corner of the globe.* Parties and dancing, lively music and folkloric performances, enriching activities, themed movies and specialty shopping are just some of the ways our Festivals of the World come to life! From Oktoberfest to Rio’s Carnival, Festivals of the World is a gala event you won’t want to miss.

 

THE SHOPS OF PRINCESS

TAX AND DUTY-FREE SHOPPING

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It’s no surprise The Shops are awarded “Best Onboard Shopping” from Porthole magazine year after year. On board, you’ll find a fabulous range of fine merchandise from brands like Swarovski, Chanel, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Lancôme, Calvin Klein, Citizen and Tissot, plus local crafts, keepsakes and souvenirs. And everyday tax- and duty-free savings can add up to as much as 30% off suggested U.S. retail prices.

 

ART GALLERY & AUCTION

ART LOVERS REJOICE—ENJOY EXQUISITE ART ABOARD

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Great art, like the destinations we visit, can be awe-inspiring. Peruse our extensive art gallery, or attend an art history lecture highlighting some of the world’s greatest masters. And don’t miss our exciting Champagne Art Auctions, which give you the chance to view and bid on a wide range of fine art, including pieces by famous artists like Thomas Kinkade, Peter Max, and Michael Godard. There is no charge to attend these lively events.

 

PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERY

TAKE HOME A UNIQUE PHOTO OR VIDEO KEEPSAKE

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Our staff of digital photographers and videographers helps capture the highlights of your cruise including onboard events, ports and scenery for lasting memories of your trip. Our studio locations are set up in the Atrium each evening and all formal and casual portraits are on display in the gallery the following day. Please ask our staff about portrait packages, reprints and canvas reproductions of your favorite photos!

PLATINUM PHOTOGRAPHY

CAPTURE A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN TIME

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Our Platinum Studio specializes in premium black and white portraits. Skilled photographers using expert lighting techniques will create a suite of stunning photographs that truly capture the essence of its subject. After your purchase, the portraits are professionally printed and mounted at a custom photo lab on premium quality paper. Then, they’re artfully packaged and delivered to your home after your cruise.

 

 

INTERNET CAFE AND LIBRARY

KEEP IN TOUCH WHILE CRUISING AT SEA

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Our Internet Café is filled with computers so it’s easy to access your mail account or browse the Internet for world news, sports and stock trading. Or bring your own electronic devices and access the Internet through our improved onboard wireless service. The Internet Café is open 24 hours a day. For those looking to absorb more traditional media, our onboard library is fully stocked with up to 2,000 books, many specifically tailored to your itinerary as well as the classics and best sellers.

 

AFTERNOON TEA

CELEBRATION OF TASTY TEAS AND DIVINE DESSERTS

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Afternoon tea is a treasured tradition whether it’s a special occasion, an intimate moment for two, a mother-daughter tea party or just quiet time for reflection. Enjoy a wide selection of teas, or coffee if you prefer, served by white-gloved waiters in formal attire. The setting is an elegant dining room, with tables crowned with sparkling samovars and a delicious array of tasty treats: freshly prepared finger sandwiches, cookies and cakes.

 

 

ORIGINAL MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS

GREAT VENUES LARGE AND SMALL

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Crafted by some of the world’s top directors and choreographers, our remarkable and dynamic Princess productions transport you to realms as exotic as the destinations we visit. Imaginative shows created in-house feature dazzling stage sets, Broadway classics, popular hits and original numbers performed by some of the largest and most talented casts at sea.

 

 

MUSIC AND DANCING

DAZZLING ENTERTAINMENT EVERY DAY AND NIGHT

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When it comes to music and dancing we’ve got everything that your musical palette may desire. Whether it’s tapping your toes to cover bands, singing along in the piano bar, relaxing to classical strings or dancing the night away in the nightclub, you’ll be satisfied!

 

VEGAS STYLE CASINO

FOR NOVICES, CASUAL PLAYERS, OR HIGH ROLLERS

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From gaming lessons to the latest slot machines to prize tournaments, our Casinos offer fun and excitement. If you enjoy blackjack, or “21,” and Texas Hold 'Em, our tables play by Vegas rules and if you relish the challenge of roulette, we offer the American version. 

 

 

 

FEATURED GUEST ENTERTAINERS

AT NIGHT, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT ON OUR STAGES

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Grab a seat, order a cocktail and be prepared to be entertained by our lineup of world class entertainers. From magic to comedy, singers to instrumentalists, jugglers to balancing acts and much, much more, we search the globe for top talent to be featured on our ships. So get ready to be amazed, entertained, mesmerized or just laugh the night away!

 

 

PRINCESS THEATER

BROADWAY-STYLE PRODUCTIONS AT SEA

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With dazzling stage sets, artists from around the globe, modern hits and timeless classics, the Princess Theater, our largest theater yet, showcases lavish, original productions with dynamic cast members in sumptuous surroundings. In this ultramodern theater, relax in a plush seat with unobstructed sight lines as the velvet curtain goes up, a state-of-the-art lighting system illuminates the stage, and it’s on with the show!

 

CLUB FUSION

ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR NIGHTSPOTS

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When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, it’s time to get your feet movin’ and your heart pumpin’ at Club Fusion. A little eclectic and a whole lot of fun, the dance floor lights and booming sound system invite you to get up and show off your moves and grooves. Karaoke contests, live performances and theme-parties like “60s British Invasion” are just a few of the nightly events that will have you on your feet.

 

 

THE SANTUARY

RELAX IN A TRANQUIL RETREAT JUST FOR ADULTS

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Take a break and indulge in a private getaway at The Sanctuary, our exclusive adults-only retreat offering a relaxing alternative to the myriad outdoor activities and entertainment available elsewhere on the ship. With signature beverages, light meals, and al fresco massages, Serenity Stewards attend to your every need, whether it’s to be on hand to provide chilled face towels or Evian water atomizers.

 

 

THE LOTUS SPA

GO AHEAD, BE PAMPERED – YOU DESERVE IT

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Named "Best Spa on a Cruise Ship" by Spafinder Wellness 365™, the Lotus Spa® offers a variety of relaxing treatments, such as facials, aroma stone therapy massages, detoxifying ocean wraps and an aromatherapy thermal suite. Or get ready for a night on the town at the salon which features women’s styling color, men’s haircuts and shaves, manicure and pedicure choices and teeth whitening.