Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Travel + Leisure Awards Uniworld’s River Countess the Highest Score of All Ships, Both River and Ocean, in “World’s Best”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Arnelle Kendall Telephone: (561) 330-0850 Email: Travel + Leisure Awards Uniworld’s River Countess the Highest Score of All Ships, Both River and Ocean, in “World’s Best”   Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is proud to announce that seven of their luxury boutique river cruise ships were listed in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards for “Top 20 River Cruise Ships” with the River Countess landing the number one spot with the highest score of all cruise ships, both river and ocean. Using a scale of 100, River Countess scored 95.83 for the “Top River Ships” category.In addition to the River Countess receiving the number one spot, six additional Uniworld ships placed in the top 20. The other Uniworld ships named in the top 20 were River Queen (3) with 95.14; River Ambassador (4) with 95.00; S.S. Antoinette (8) with 93.85; River Baroness (10) with 93.80; River Royale (17) with 92.59; and River Beatrice (18) with 92.44. The 18th annual Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards were just announced in their January edition and reflect the votes of thousands of their discerning readers who participated in the survey.“What a befitting way to mark our beautiful River Countess’ 2013 inaugural season, sailing the ‘Gems of Northern Italy and Venice’ with this top honor,” stated Guy Young, President of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. “I am so very proud, not only did the River Countess earn the highest score of all cruise ships, river and ocean, we also have six other ships in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World Best’...

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Nibbling Through Flanders (Belgium)

    Maralyn D. Hill, M.Ed.,  The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Freelance Lifestyle Journalist International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Board Member, Co-Chair Conference & Media Trip Committee, Past President Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Member: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing Follow me: @maralynhill FB:,,, Linkedin: We welcome press releases on the food, wine, travel, and items related to the hospitality industry. We receive emails with more than we can post to our service. If you would like to post a press release, please click the the submission tab to get the form to upload your release. You can also upload three photos. It will go in pending and be scheduled, unless it is unappropriate. This will enable more of you to have your releases up in a timely...

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Summer Lodge Hotel Launches New Gourmet Wellness Weekends in 2014

View our web version | Unsubscribe from this list   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Arnelle Kendall Telephone: (561) 330-0850 Email: Summer Lodge Hotel Launches New Gourmet Wellness Weekends in 2014 ~ Shaping Lifestyles in a Healthy, Positive Way ~   Dorset’s Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa has combined its calming and luxurious surroundings with the expertise of Dr. Dorian Dugmore, CEO of Wellness Academy and one of the world’s leading well-being experts. The result is an immersive, indulgent weekenddesigned to analyze, educate and encourage discerning couples regarding their health and well-being while revealing how to enjoy life’s pleasures and maintain a balanced lifestyle.The first Gourmet Wellness for Couples weekend runs at regular intervals starting on Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the stunning property located in the charming village of Evershot, just two and a half hours from London.The Gourmet Wellness weekend will begin with an informal Welcome Dinner Friday evening.Saturday morning starts with a measurement of participant’s vitals including cholesterol and blood sugars, heart rate and biological age, followed by a country walk through the beautiful Melbury Estate and Deer Park. After a refreshing breakfast, guests will participate in a number of sessions with Dr. Dorian and his expert team focusing on key lifestyle risks that influence the health and well-being of couples. Topics include the science of the feel-good factor, techniques for managing stress and reducing tension, and simple dietary changes that maximize energy. There will be additional wellness activities, including a wine tasting with Summer Lodge’s award-winning...

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CONTACT: Sally Andrews PHONE: 800-637-5029 FAX: 206-262-5934 EMAIL: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES GUEST COMPETITORS ON THE ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS: AT SEA’ CHAMPIONS CRUISE JAN. 12, 2014   One lucky winning guest from each ship in the fleet has been invited to sail to compete in championship Seattle, Wash., Jan. 8, 2013 — Holland America Line has announced the 15 winning guest finalists who will compete on the “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” Champions Cruise Jan. 12, 2014, aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Each winner will represent one of the 15 ships in the Holland America Line fleet and were selected as the winning guest with the highest overall score from the onboard “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” dance competitions that were held onboard throughout the past year. The 15 guests and their professional shipboard dance partners will perform and compete in the main show lounge for guests, as well as the dance pros and celebrities from the hit ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars,” who will be onboard the Champions Cruise. The winning couple will walk away with the coveted Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Mirror Ball Trophy” and title of Holland America Line’s first “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion. “These guests wowed our guests and judges to win the dance competitions on their respective cruises this year, and...

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What’s New in Greater Phoenix January 2014

What’s New in Greater Phoenix? January 2014 CITY NEWS Greater Phoenix has been chosen to host the 2016 College Football National Championship Game. University of Phoenix stadium will be the host venue for the title game in the second year of college football’s final-four-style playoff format. Read more RESORT NEWS Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort makes it easier to stick to your New Year’s resolution to travel more with the 2014 Travel Resolution Package. Read more ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT Hollywood Costume makes its West Coast debut at Phoenix Art Museum March 26-July 6. The first and only showing of this exhibit west of the Mississippi showcases clothes worn by unforgettable characters from iconic films. Read more SPORTS/GOLF Cactus League Spring Training, a seasonal rite in Greater Phoenix, roars to life this February with the iconic sounds of cracking bats, snapping mitts and happy fans. Read...

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