Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lunch at the Sea Porch, Loews Don CeSar

My best friend Keri came into town last weekend to have a girls weekend. We had an amazing weekend lined up, starting with a Day trip to Loews Don CeSar. We were to start our day off at the beach day, followed by lunch at Sea Porch, then a visit to Spa Oceana, ending drinks at the Lobby Bar. The beautiful photo below is what we looked forward to.....
However, mother nature had a different plan in mind. It started raining and never stopped (in fact, 5 days later, it is still raining). Luckily for us, the magical powers of the Pink Palace turned what could have been a dreary day into an amazing day. Obviously, we skipped our much anticipated beach day and did the next best thing - go shopping at the nearby Ellenton Premium Outlets. If you find yourself staying in St Pete Beach, it's only a 20 minute drive to the Outlets, where you will find Saks, Kate Spade and even my friend ASICS.
After some great purchases, we headed to lunch at Sea Porch. I have had the opportunity to dine here a few times and am familiar with the menu. However, Sea Porch has a new addition - Chef Patrick Gossett, who we had the opportunity to meet. It came with high suggestion to try the Goat Cheese Fritters from the Small Bites menu. They were so good we ordered a second round. I mean, deep fried goat cheese? Topped with Acai Poached Pear Salsa, toasted pecans and wildflower honey, how can one possibly go wrong.
I was super torn for what to order - I had the Blackened Grouper Sandwich on my last trip to Sea Porch and it was delicious. However, I wanted to try something else and went for the Low Country Shrimp & Grits. I am a Grits snob.....my Mom's family is from South Carolina and Grits were a staple on Sunday morning breakfast. Sea Porch's grits are Megan approved. They were super creamy with white cheddar and simply delicious. The shrimp were gulf pinks, one of my favorites, topped with a Tasso and roasted tomato sauce. One the side were Crispy collared greens. I would order this again in a heart beat.
 If I had to choose between the Blackened Grouper Sandwich and the Shrimp and Grits.....the Sandwich would win by 1% - I mean, look at this thing. Plus, Grouper sandwiches are in my top 5 favorite foods.
Keri ordered the Gulf Fish Taco's, which had blackened mahi mahi, a nice cabbage radish slaw and cilantro crema. They were amazing. While I love fish tacos, I am always worried about them being fishy. Not at Sea Porch. I would absolutely suggest ordering these if you like Fish Tacos.
Following lunch at Sea Porch, we headed to Spa Oceana for Treatments which I will discuss in a future post. In the meantime, I wanted to leave you with the beautiful Sunsets you can experience while dining at Sea Porch.

Through September 7th, Loews Don CeSar has an amazing special where visitors can experience St. Pete Beach like a local.

Few people know St. Pete Beach better than Loews. And, no one can deliver a vacation getaway that is as uniquely local other than the team at the Pink Palace.  Guests can enjoy accommodations inspired by the waters of the Gulf, breakfast daily and a choice of either a Dolphin Watch cruise nearby) or a Sunset Sail. There is no better way to experience the natural wonders of St. Pete Beach, its world famous sunsets or witness first hand playful dolphins frolicking in their own backyard.


Summer Like a Local Package Includes:
Breakfast for 2 in Sea Porch
2 tickets for romantic sunset sailing cruise at Dolphin Landings

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Dip Deviled Egg Recipe #ebeggsfit

I am one of those people who always order deviled eggs while at restaurants - the funkier the flavor combos, the better. I have made a ton of variations on Deviled eggs over the years and always experiment with the filling. During the summer and fall, we typically make deviled eggs once a week thanks to BBQ's and tailgating. For a 4th of July BBQ, I made what was possibly my favorite flavor combination to date - Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs. I had some left over skinny buffalo chicken dip and mixed it with the yolks - voila!
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs
1 bag of Eggland's Best  hard cooked peeled eggs. Cut in half, reserving the yolks.
1 cup leftover skinny buffalo chicken dip (recipe below), chilled
Leaves of celery
Buffalo wing sauce for drizzle
Mix egg yolks and chilled skinny buffalo chicken dip
Place in 1 teaspoon of mixture into each egg white
Garnish with celery leaves

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip
4 oz. of reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup buffalo wing hot sauce + additional for drizzling
1 Tbsp. ranch seasoning
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
Celery leaves for garnish

Mix all ingredients in an greased 8x8 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
I'm a huge fan of Eggland's Best hard cooked peeled eggs. Along with being the perfect platform for deviled eggs, they are one of the best things to have in your fridge. I eat breakfast on the go and can be seen on Interstate 4 munching down on these quite frequently! They are now the only way I make deviled eggs. My least favorite part of making deviled eggs is peeling them. This is such a time saver, and your eggs will always be perfect. Plus, Eggland's Best has superior nutrition compared to ordinary eggs. Each Eggland’s Best large egg contains:
25% less saturated fat
10 times more vitamin E
3 times more vitamin B12
4 times more vitamin D
Double the Omega 3s
Good source of vitamins B2 and B5
38% more lutein

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland's Best.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Boozy Cherry Coke Popsicles #ShareYourSummer

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I met my best friend Keri in 2nd grade. This happened to be the first year I got in trouble at school - what for? Talking too much. She began my partner in crime at age 7 and we are still are inseparable today as we were back then. 2015 marks our 29th year of being friends.
First Day of School, 1996 (yes, I had the Rachel Cut)
When we started high school, my parents would take us to school and Keri's Mom would pick us up from school. We had a daily routine - everyday after school, we would go to McDonald's so Keri's Mom could get a cup her daily afternoon coffee (pre-Starbucks days). While Linda would drink her coffee, Keri and I would have a package of REESE's Peanut Butter Cups and a Coca-Cola, talking about everything that happened that day. Well, at least the stuff that we didn't already know by passing notes (pre-texting days!).
25th Birthday's, 2004
We have been there for each others first broken hearts and were there to help each other say I Do. Eventually, we became more sisters than friends. I moved to Tampa from Daytona 4 years ago and we schedule girls weekends as often as possible.
Matron of Honor at each others weddings
Keri came to visit me over the weekend and I surprised her with BFF REESE'S that I found at Walmart in Tampa and personalized Coke Zero's!
I couldn't imagine what my life would be like if Keri and I didn't get sat next to one another in 2nd grade and it has been a fun adventure sharing my life with my BFF!
On one of our many girls cruises
We went into the kitchen and started experimenting to make Boozy Cherry Coke Popsicle's. This was a three ingredient recipe using Coke Zero, Jack Daniels and Grenadine. I have a Zoku pop maker so I didn't have a problem freezing the alcohol. 



Boozy Cherry Coke Popsicles for 2
2 tablespoon grenadine
1 cup of Coke or Coke Zero (pour into a measuring cup 1 hour ahead of time and place into the fridge)
1 tablespoon of Jack Daniels or Dark Rum

Quick Pops:
1. Using a Zoku Pop Maker (if you don't have this, skip to the next paragraph), pour one tablespoon of grenadine into each pop. Let Let the grenadine set for 7 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, combine the Liquor of choice (if using) and the chilled Coke. Once the 7 minutes are up, top the frozen grenadine with the coke mixture. Let set for 7 minutes. You now have Quick Boozy Pops!

If you don't have a Zoku, this will take a little more time and I suggest you tripling the ingredients and use a 6 Popsicle traditional mold. Follow the same instructions as above, but freeze the grenadine for an hour, followed by step 2 and freeze for an hour.

I was shocked as to how fast I found my name on the personalized coke bottles. Walmart has the widest and most organized selection of Coca-Cola personalized 20oz bottles. They had multiple spellings of both mine and Keri's name. Click here to see if your name is available.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ASICS sale at Kohls and Nordstroms

Did you know Groupon has online coupons for a ton of retailers? I didn't until yesterday......and I spent quite a bit of time searching for my favorite stores. I scouted out some of the best deals on ASICS shoes and apparel. The promotion codes change frequently so these prices may vary.

Kohl's
Right now, you can get amazing prices on some of ASICS most popular shoes including the brand new Gel Nimbus 17 Lite Show. You will not find these on sale right now, so this is a steal. Click here to be taken to the Kohl's Groupon page to activate your online coupon. The one I used for this pricing was for 20% my purchase (PS that code expires today!).
ASICS Gel Nimbus 17 for $119.99 (regular $149.99)
ASICS Gel Kayano 21 for $127.99 (regular $159.99)
ASICS GT-1000 3 for $63.99 (regular $99.99)



Kohl's also carries a wide range of ASICS clothing, including my favorite Capri's, the Cleo Pop.
ASICS Fit Santa Contour Scoop Neck $40 (regular $50)
ASICS Abby Printed Shorts $24 (regular $36)
ASICS Cleo Pop Printed Capri's $44 (regular $55)

ASICS Watch Set with HRM $100 AND BOGO 1/2 off  (regular $120)
ASICS SPM Training 300 $72 AND BOGO 1/2 off (regular $89)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Nordstroms has a selection of ASICS gear on their Anniversary sale. In fact, my best friend always buys her Gel Kayano's during this time of year. Click here to go to the Nordstrom Groupon Page.
Gel Kayano-21 $119.90 (after sale $159.95)
ASICS Gel Hyper Tri Running Shoe $75 (after sale $99.95)
ASICS Equation Tech Tee $20.90 (after sale $32)
ASICS Lite Show Running Capris $35.90 (after sale $55)

If you miss these sales, no worries - the Groupon retailer coupon codes are frequently updated and there are others who offer ASICS: Macy'sNordstromNeiman MarcusKohl'sJCPenney. Many of these retailers will allow you to stack coupon codes as well! 

Here are a few tips on how to find your favorite stores coupons on Groupon.
1. Visit Groupon Coupons
2. Search coupons by store or category
3. Look for multiple active coupons for stores that allow you to stack, including free shipping

Dining with the best view in NYC - Bar 54 at Hyatt Times Square

While in NYC this past week for BlogHer, my friend Darlynn and I ventured to a place we normally avoid - Time Square. Why would we do that to ourselves you ask? Oh because we had a great meal with the best view in the city. We experienced Bar 54 located on the rooftop of Hyatt Time Square, the tallest rooftop lounge in the city and for the first time I can recall, we had a very enjoyable time in Time Square.
Bar 54 has extensive views that stretch across Manhattan from the Hudson River to the East River. They offer a wide variety of hand crafted cocktails, fine wines and delicious small plates.
Having a dinner at Bar 54 was the perfect way to spend our Thursday night in the city. We were both looking for a relaxed evening, where we could catch up on life while eating delicious food. This we got, and more!
Since both Darlynn and I are still living in the post-SATC era, we both feel the need to order a Cosmo whenever in NYC. This wasn't the only time this trip we channeled Carrie Bradshaw. The Cosmo at Bar 54 was delicious, all of the juices were fresh (except the cranberry). What makes a perfect cosmo even better? A Cosmo with a view.
Our first course made it's way quickly to the table - candied bacon. I am a huge fan of bacon, and throw some praline on it - we have a winner.
When it came time to order our second drink, we both went with the Moscow Mule made with homemade ginger beer. This drink didn't last long in this world. It was Moscow Mule perfection. 
We decided to split two small plates as neither of us were too hungry. It was the perfect amount of food for two. Eventhough I had a burger at lunch this day, I couldn't say no to the Bar 54 Burger. The first thing I read on the description was "truffle relish". I believe curse words came out both of our mouths after first bite. Yes, it was that good. I am in search for the truffle relish recipe and would go back to Bar 54 every trip to NYC going forward just for this burger.
Darlynn picked out the Porchetta Sliders with pickled cucumbers.  The sliders were delicious, the porchetta was perfect and all the flavors complimented each other nicely.
Other things you can expect to find on the menu: Pigns in a blanket, asparagus bruschetta, deviled eggs, vegan flatbread and much more. The prices for the plates range from $7-$25.
We ended our meal with a nightcap, trying out two of Bar 54 signature cocktails. On the left: Santana's Sour, Tequila, lime, jalapeno, cilantro and pineapple. This was a bit spicy for the two of us but for those who like the heat, it had amazing flavors. On the right: Hawaiian Iced Tea, orange vodka infused with Liliuokalani Tea, Lemon, Mint and Water. I have found inspiration for a new beach cocktail!!!

Hyatt Time Sqaure is located at 135 West 45th Street, NY NY.
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I will leave you with one final photo - We were a week late for “Manhattanhenge” but still experienced a stunning sunset upon arriving at Hyatt Time Square.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Columbia's 1905 Salad and Sangria with Motto Wine Recipe

I live in historic Ybor City, Tampa - home to the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Florida and the very famous 1905 salad. We live right down the street from the Columbia, in fact, you can see the restaurant from our balcony. While this is convenient, the restaurant is continuously busy. 

Columbia's 1905 Salad was named one of America's top 10 best salads by USA today. Columbia graciously put the 1905 salad recipe online and it is so easy that anyone could make it. I had a craving the other day for the salad and decided to attempt Paella. I couldn't have these two dishes without Columbia's Sangria, which recipe is also available online. This was a perfect meal which I will make again!
Columbia 1905 Salad
4 cups iceberg lettuce, broken into 1 1/2" × 1 1/2" pieces
1 ripe tomato, cut into eighths
1/2 cup baked ham, julienned 2" × ⅛" (may substitute turkey or shrimp)
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, julienne 2" × ⅛"
1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed green Spanish olives
“1905” Dressing (see recipe below)
1/4 cup Romano cheese, grated
2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce®
1 lemon

Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese, and olives in a large salad bowl. Before serving, add “1905” Dressing, Romano cheese, Worcestershire, and the juice of 1 lemon. Toss well and serve immediately. Makes 2 full salads or 4 side salads.

“1905” Dressing
1/2 cup extra-virgin Spanish olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
⅛ cup white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix olive oil, garlic, and oregano in a bowl with a wire whisk. Stir in vinegar, gradually beating to form an emulsion, and then season with salt and pepper. For best results, prepare 1 to 2 days in advance and refrigerate.

Columbia Sangria
Simple Syrup (see below)
1 orange
1 lime
1 375 ml bottle of Rioja Wine (I used Motto Red Blend)
1 ounce Torres 5 brandy (or substitute any Spanish brandy)
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Cherries for garnish

Simple Syrup Recipe
To make simple syrup, combine one part water to one part sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Chill before use.

Cut orange and lime in half. Fill large pitcher with ice and combine the wine, brandy, lemon-lime soda, the juice of half of an orange, and the juice of half of a lime. Stir. Add simple syrup to obtain desired sweetness. Slice remaining orange and lime into thin slices. Garnish glasses with orange, lime, and cherry.

Lobster Paella Recipe
I used a modified version of Tyler Florence Ultimate Paella recipe which you can find here. The only difference is that I used half the rice (4 cups was an awful lot for 2 people) and left the clams out.
Motto Wine is a  a new collection of wines from California. From keeping the wine lots separate throughout fermentation and aging, to determining the final blends right before bottling, the Motto winemaking team defies ordinary and makes it their motto. The resulting wines are dark and bold, yet fruit-forward. For more information visit www.MottoWines.com or facebook.com/MottoWines.

Motto retails for $15 and has three varietals available:
2013 Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon has a strong, determined flavor with dark, concentrated notes of red plum, caramel and bright raspberry that explode out of the glass for a lasting finish.
2013 Unabashed Zinfandel boasts proud and striking scents of soft leather, revealing flavors of chocolate covered raspberries and a touch of spice.
2013 Gung Ho Red Blend excites the palate quickly, full of zealous and enthusiastic fruitful flavors of blueberry, pomegranate and spice.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Escape to Orlando 72 hour sale at Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando

It's like Christmas in July but even better - Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are having a 72 hour flash sale starting tomorrow, Tuesday July 21. Although we only live 60 miles from Disney, we frequently do staycations at one of these two properties. Set within the 482-acre Bonnet Creek Nature Preserve and surrounded by the Walt Disney World Resort with free shuttles to the parks. Amenities include a 3-acre pool with a lazy river, plus 12 restaurants and lounges. The hotel is also connected to an upscale spa, fitness center and a golf course.
HILTON ORLANDO BONNET CREEK
72-hour Escape to Orlando Sale
Rates from $99 (based on King guestroom type)
Must book between 10am est on July 21st to 10am est on July 24 (72 hours only)
WALDORF ASTORIA ORLANDO

72-hour Escape to Orlando Special
Rates from $159 (based on Double Queen guestroom type)
Must book between 10am est on July 21st to 10am est on July 24 (72 hours only)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dining in Epcot - Le Cellier Steakhouse and Monsieur Paul

Both my husband Gabe and I decided to have our birthday dinners at Epcot this year. A few of my non-Disney obsessed friends found this odd and I realized they had no idea what amazing culinary options Epcot offered. Epcot is truly my favorite place on Earth and I am fortunate enough to live less than an hour away. We each selected one restaurant inside of Epcot to have our birthday dinner and made reservations 180 days in advance.

Along with being Premium Annual Passholders, we also invested in the Tables in Wonderland dining discount card. This card is available for purchase to Florida Residents, DVC members and passholders. It's $125 ($100 for passholders) and saves 20% on food and beverage, including alcohol, at over 100 participating restaurants at the Walt Disney World. I have met so many people who are passholders and don't know about this card. Within one weekend trip, our Tables in Wonderland card paid for itself.
For Gabe's birthday, he chose to eat at Monsier Paul, the fine dining restaurant located in France world showcase. We spent some of our honeymoon in Paris and had the best meal of our lives at 58 Tour Eiffle, inside of the Eiffle Tower. We were very impressed by our meal at Monsier Paul and would come back again for a special occasion. This is one of the few restaurants who do not accept the Tables in Wonderland Card. Our meal was $120 for two entrees, dessert and wine. Pricey, yes - but well worth it for a special night.
I ordered the Homard forestier (Maine Lobster with SautĂ©ed Mushrooms) with mollet quail egg and creamy black truffle bouillon. This dish is offered as an appetizer for $29 or as an entree for $49.  The lobster was poached to perfection and the black truffle bouillon was delicious. It is a very rich dish so be prepared for that.
The birthday boy ordered Filet de boeuf grillé forestier (Grilled Beef Tenderloin) with mushroom crust, mashed potatoes, Bordelaise sauce. I barely got a bite of his filet before it disappeared from the table. The one surprising piece of this entree was the mashed potatoes (not shown) were truffle mashed potatoes. When our meals came out, we thought the strong truffle smell was from my dish - but it was actually his. Here is the menu at Monsieur Paul.
For my birthday, we started the night off at Hollywood Studios so we could quickly ride Rock n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. When I say quickly, that is exactly what we did - rode both rides (which we had fast passes for) and left for Epcot.
I chose Le Cellier for my birthday dinner. Oddly, this was both Gabe and my first time exploring the Canada world showcase. I had no idea how beautiful it was back there. It may be the most peaceful place at Disney. Le Cellier accepts the Tables in Wonderland card, so we were able to save 20% off of our meal. We got a starter, two steaks and wine, after the discount, our meal was $100. It was dark inside of the restaurant so I apologize for my grainy pictures.
We started off with Le Cellier Poutine - Canadian Cheddar, Black Truffle, Red Wine Reduction. I could honestly eat this as an entree on it's own. We ordered way too much food. While it was delicious, we really didn't need this with two entrees.
I ordered the Le Cellier Filet Mignon - AAA Canadian Beef Tenderloin, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Heirloom Toy Box Tomatoes, Truffle-Butter Sauce. I have had samplings of this famous dish during Epcot Food and Wine Festival so I was very excited to try the full size dish. I was not let down. Not only was the steak delicious, the mushroom risotto was some of the best I've ever had. And that truffle butter sauce, my oh my.
Gabe ordered the Dry-Aged Boneless Rib-Eye 14-Day Dry-Aged, Watercress, Piquillo Peppers, Fingerling Potatoes, Sherry-Thyme Vinaigrette, Garlic Butter. This steak was also cooked to perfection and had an amazing flavor to it. I am typically a filet girl but would have been equally as happy if this were my dish. You can check out the Le Cellier menu here.
We had two amazing meals at two of Epcot's most prestigious restaurants. If I were to choose a favorite? Monsieur Paul. Both of the meals were excellent but I enjoyed the unique selections available at Monsieur Paul.

What has been your favorite meal inside of Walt Disney World Resort?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Win a Carnival Vista cruise with Mahanttanhege Photo Contest #ShowMeYourVista

Are you in NYC this weekend? If so, you have a chance to win a free cruise on the new Carnival Vista just for taking a photo of a New York City sunset!

Now’s your chance through a fun social media contest that celebrates the unique phenomenon called “Manhattanhenge” – a New York City occurrence in which the sun aligns perfectly with the city’s grid, illuminating the north and south sides of every cross street.

City dwellers and tourists alike gather together to snap photos during the beloved Big Apple event which this year takes place on July 12.

Inspired by Manhattan’s awe-inspiring skyline and taking the Carnival Vista’s name to heart, the contest asks participants to snap their best photo of the Manhattanhenge phenomenon and upload the image on July 12 to Instagram, Twitter or www.bitly.com/showmeyourvista using the hashtag #ShowMeYourVista. One winner will be selected to win a free Carnival Vista cruise for two.

All approved images will appear on www.bitly.com/showmeyourvista and will be judged on creativity and originality by none other than “The Queen of Breathtaking Vistas,” Carnival Vista herself who even has her own Twitter account. Carnival Vista will announce the winner on July 15.

Carnival’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista is set to debut in Europe May 1, 2016, operating a series of Mediterranean voyages before repositioning to New York for a series of departures in November 2016. Carnival Vista launches year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean service from Miami in December 2016.

Check out Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista - Episode 1



For full contest rules and regulations, visit www.bitly.com/showmeyourvista.

Carnival Corporation to launch sailings to Cuba

Huge news out of Miami yesterday - Carnival Corporation announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival intends to take travelers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic.
fathom Impact and Travel is one of the most innovative travel experiences I have read about. This is a journey of a different kind , focusing on building a community with your fellow travelers as you participate in on-board activities designed specifically to prepare you for your on-ground impact experience. The travelers will work alongside local community members on carefully chosen projects focused on improving educational, environmental and economic conditions in either the Dominican Republic (as shown below) or Cuba (starting in May 2016).

fathom IMPACT+TRAVEL - Web-720p from Nellie Greely on Vimeo.

Carnival Corporation intends to operate fathom travel itineraries directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens. Authorized under current U.S.-to-Cuba travel guidelines, the new Cuban itineraries on fathom will strictly comply with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that allow licensed travel companies to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities that support the Cuban people. Carnival Corporation is in active discussions and plans to work with the appropriate authorities in Cuba so that Cuban approval is granted.
Beginning in April 2016, fathom will embark on weekly seven-day voyages from Port Miami aboard the MV Adonia, a 710-passenger vessel. Following the inaugural April month of voyages to the Dominican Republic, fathom intends to offer both Dominican and Cuban itineraries on a systematic and regular basis, giving travelers the opportunity to choose from two destinations and a range of activities from social impact in the Dominican Republic and educational and cultural exchanges in both countries designed to have a positive, transformative effect on the lives of the travelers.
Tara Russell, president of fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation, added: “We’re incredibly excited and humbled by this potential opportunity to help travelers experience the amazing beauty and culture of Cuba, while being able to provide educational and cultural exchange activities that will benefit both the traveler and the Cuban people. After establishing the Dominican Republic as our first partner destination, Cuba represents an important step for us to expand our ability to offer meaningful and enriching experiences to purpose-driven travelers. Our goal remains the same for both destinations – to enable travelers to immerse, learn, serve and flourish while making enduring, sustainable contributions on a scalable and systematic basis. We are looking forward to building what we intend to be a beautiful and lasting friendship with the Cuban people.”
Travelers may reserve travel on future fathom voyages. Prices for the seven-day trip to the Dominican Republic start at $1,540 per person, which includes an exterior cabin with a view, all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies, taxes, fees, and port expenses. Prices will vary by season.
Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $2,990 per person, excluding taxes, port and other government and related fees, and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences and certain on-the-ground cultural immersion activities.

About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of 10 cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia), P&O Cruises (UK) and fathom.

Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com, www.hollandamerica.com, www.princess.com, www.seabourn.com, www.aida.de, www.costacruise.com, www.cunard.com, www.pocruises.com.au, www.pocruises.com and www.fathom.org.