Princess Cruises Ranks number 1

first_imgPrincess Cruises Ranks number 1Princess Cruises Ranks number 1 in Australia and New ZealandRecognised as a destination leader, taking guests to more than 380 worldwide ports of call, Princess Cruises has been awarded three first-place accolades in Cruise Critic’s fourth annual “Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.” Based entirely on consumer ratings, the awards name the world’s most popular cruise destinations – as well as the best cruise line’s to visit each region. In the Large Cruise Ship Category Princess Cruises was named Top Cruise Line in Australia & New Zealand, the Baltic & Scandinavia and the U.S. & Canada.In addition, the cruise line ranked in the top three as best in the British Isles & Western Europe (#2); the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda (#3); Hawaii (#2); Mexican Riviera (#2); the Panama Canal & Central America (#3); South America & Antarctica (#2); the South Pacific (#2) and the Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya (#2) – all in the Large Ship Cruise Line Category.“It’s an honour to be recognised as the top cruise line to so many bucket-list destinations in this Cruise Critic destination awards,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises President. “Our dedicated team of destination experts, with decades of experience planning itineraries and shore excursions, offer our guests what we believe are the best in the cruise industry.”One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises was founded in 1965 with a single ship sailing to the Mexican Riviera. Today, the cruise line is a global premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year on more than 150 award-winning itineraries to destinations around the globe.Cruise lines awarded in this year’s awards stood out among all of the lines that sail in each region, receiving the highest ratings from cruisers who sailed with the line over the past year and shared their experiences on Cruise Critic.“For most travelers, the decision of where to cruise is made before they think about all the other pieces of the cruise planning process,” explains Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. “And for those looking for incredible cruise destinations and experiences, there’s no better way to narrow your options than by seeing which destinations and cruise lines are rated most highly by cruisers who have already been there, done that.”Source = Princess Cruiseslast_img read more

Cape Grace has taken the final step into transform

first_imgCape Grace has taken the final step into transforming itself into the luxury hotel that embodies everything Cape Town. The brand new Signal restaurant in Cape Grace is mixing all the influences of Cape cuisine into its new menu. Signal specializes in fine cuisine created with local ingredients and prepared with the traditions of Cape Town’s many and diverse cultures.What sets Cape food apart is the fact there are so many recognized cultures with different eating traditions and individual styles of cooking. The traders who traveled on the Spice Route brought with them Dutch, English, French Huguenot and Asian cuisine, which have now blended with local ingredients to create a cuisine which is uniquely Cape Town. The Cape provides fresh produce, locally farmed fruit and vegetables, a wide range of meat including lamb, venison and fresh fish which literally comes straight from the boat.Executive Chef Malika Van Reenen brings the tradition of two generations of wonderful Cape cooking – her mother’s and grandmother’s – to Signal. “The current menu is vastly influenced by my Cape Malay background, which is one of the Cape’s prominent cultures,” comments Chef Malika.Malika’s first menu at Signal includes a selection of local favorites, with her own flair. Appetizer highlights from the menu include saffron-scented risotto with grilled prawns and an ostrich duo of tea-smoked carpaccio and tartar with melba toast and fig brûlée. Main courses include the signature dish of cumin-crusted springbok loin, spicy potato samosas, coriander crème fraîche, baby spinach and beetroot chutney which epitomizes van Reenen’s local touch. With the spectacular waterside setting, many superb seafood dishes are also offered, prepared beautifully with delicate herbs and spices. For those who saved room for dessert, dark chocolate marquise, candied ginger ice cream and orange is the perfect ending.www.capegrace.comlast_img read more