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You can eat all of these chocolate desserts and more aboard the Chocolate Journeys cruise.

They had us at “chocolate spa.” Princess Cruises is creating a cruise line experience just for chocoholics called “Chocolate Journeys,” in partnership with Norman Love. Setting sail this fall, guests will be able to eat and drink pounds of chocolate in various forms, from the 15 desserts Love is creating for the ship (like the pistachio mound covered in milk chocolate), and the chocolate wine pairings in the cruise’s wine bar, to dessert demonstrations and a chocolate spa where you can cover yourself from head to toe in melted chocolate — and it supposedly does your skin some good.

Norman Love has been named one of the top chocolatiers in the nation, and is known for creating extremely detailed and intricate chocolate works of art. You can even purchase one of his sample boxes onboard the Chocolate Journeys cruise.

“One thing is for certain, chocolate makes people happy,” said Love. “So what I create and what Princess Cruises offers its guests are quite similar — what could make people smile more than savoring decadent chocolate creations while enjoying their cruise vacation?”

“Chocolate Journeys” will be setting sail for her inaugural Caribbean season this fall.

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NEWS: Disney Cruise Line Hopes to Resume Limited Operations This Fall

Can you believe it’s been an entire year since the Disney Cruise Line had its last sailing? As the CDC has continued to extend no-sail regulations and cruises were listed under a new Level 4 risk, the ships have been docked and quiet for some time.

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Since then, the Disney Cruise Line has continued to extend its closure (currently through August this year) as passengers are given extended periods of time to use their credits to rebook sailings. Disney has started to look ahead to 2022 by scheduling upcoming departures, but there hasn’t been too much news on when the ships will actually start sailing again.

But, today’s Walt Disney Company Shareholder Meeting may have given us a clue about when the Disney Cruise Line could reopen again. Disney specifically stated that the Disney Cruise Line has been hard at work, updating its health and safety standards for the ships prior to their reopenings.

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The CDC has already stated that passengers and crew will need to wear masks if they choose to travel onboard a cruise ship. As Disney prepares to list sailings again, they are “very anxious to get [their] Disney Cruise Line business back up and running.” Despite the fact that there is no official timeline regarding the reopening of the Disney Cruise Line, they are hopeful that with “luck and trends,” the cruise ships may be able to open with limited operations this Fall according to Bob Chapek.

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On top of the health and safety standards on the current ships, the Disney Cruise Line has been moving forward with construction on the new “Wish” ship as well. When the Disney Wish debuts, it will use liquid natural gas. And, the following two Disney Cruise Line ships will do the same!

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As we continue to keep you updated with everything you need to know about the Disney Cruise Line, we’ll be on the lookout for more opening dates and details. Stay tuned with DFB for the latest Disney news!

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The Best Caribbean Cruise Packages for Fall 2019

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Sea and be seen this fall.

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If you’re not keen on the chillier days or the shorter hours of daylight, fear not, sailing to the tropical paradise of the Caribbean will cure any woes that ail you. When opting for a cruise vacation, you take the worry out of logistics planning and other travel headaches. Moreover, expect to capitalize on a more peaceful retreat (because the kids are back at school and the majority of people are back at work). And even better, the temperatures are plenty balmy at this time. Best of all, fall is considered a shoulder season (right before the big winter holiday break), so expect better prices and deals.

Bear in mind that these deals are also spurred on by the fact that it’s still technically hurricane season in the Caribbean—however, travel overall remains safe. Regardless, it is best to check the weather advisory and directly with cruise lines, which monitor conditions frequently and inform their guests of any issues.

Here are a few of the best Caribbean Cruise packages to take advantage of right now:

Crystal Cruises

Holiday Sojurn with Crystal Cruises.

Crystal Cruises is offering a 12-day Holiday Sojurn aboard Crystal Serenity with a Wine & Food Festival themed cruise that will allow you celebrate Thanksgiving season in epicurean style. Feast upon Michelin-level and award-winning dining options that include Umi Uma Sushi and Bar by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, or experience a multicourse tasting menu inside the Vintage Room with exclusive varietals selected by acclaimed sommelier Eugenio Jardim. Guest mixologist Mary Barranco will also be on board to present drink forecasts and presentations to cocktail enthusiasts. The cruise begins in Fort Lauderdale, with stops that include Turks & Caicos, St. Barthélemy, French West Indies, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These destinations are best enjoyed with their cultural deep-dive excursions, which include everything from fishing off St. Barth to cooking classes in Martinique. On the journey back to Fort Lauderdale, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the ship’s entertainment programming, which includes the Crystal’s Magic and the Crystal on Broadway series.

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Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Encore sails to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami, starting on November 24, 2019.

Embark on a Caribbean vacation with Norwegian cruise line’s new ship, the Norwegian Encore. The 7-day round trip from Miami makes stops in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. Enjoy a cultural tour that includes excursions to El Morro and Blackbeard’s Castle, in San Juan and St. Thomas, respectively. Passengers can also take advantage of a wealth of innovative activities and programming that includes a racetrack on the ship’s deck, the Galaxy Pavilion (immersive virtual and augmented-reality gaming experiences), and interactive laser tag in a 10,000-square-foot-arena complete with a Lost City of Atlantis theme. Music and entertainment is also given the star-studded treatment, especially since Kelly Clarkson was recently named the godmother to the ship. Onboard, find Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots and U.K.-hit Choir of Man in the evenings. Lastly, when booking oceanview rooms and higher category levels, you’ll save on round-trip flights with their Free & Reduced Airfares or Free Short Excursion bonus credits at each port.

Viking Ocean Cruises

Day 4 port of call: St. Kitts (Basseterre), St. Kitts & Nevis when sailing on the cruise line's West . [+] Indies Explorer trip.

With trips throughout November and December onboard their Viking Sea ship, the West Indies Explorer takes you to nine different destinations in 11 days, starting in Puerto Rico and with stops in Tortola, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Martin, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia and Barbados. With a cultural curriculum in mind, the intimately sized cruise further enhances this with regional dining specialties and cerebral, enriching lecture series by guest Viking Resident historians. For this high-seas adventure, the focus will be on Explorers, Pirates & Treasure Hunters, and Islands in History.

With the Viking Inclusive Value program, the luxury liner includes one complimentary shore excursion in every port of call, focusing on culture, arts and panoramic guided tours. Or book your own adventure, from salsa dancing in Puerto Rico to Champagne Reef & Snorkeling in Dominica. They’re also offering a promotion for air travel from $299 per person from select major airports (including New York’s JFK).

Disney Cruise Line

Eastern Caribbean Cruise with Disney begins November 10 in New York and ends in San Juan.

If you’ve always been curious about sailing with Disney, now is definitely the time to do it. Expect a more peaceful ship, especially with the little ones back-at-school. For its Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York ending in San Juan, the Disney Magic ship sets sail from the U.S. on November 10. For five nights, you visit three destinations, with three days at sea. Onboard, catch their lively versions of Broadway shows such as The Lion King and Aladdin. Also unique to the cruise is the Rotational Dining where you and your personal wait staff will rotate to each of their three themed restaurants on the ship, from fine French fare at Beauty and the Beast’s Lumière to American contemporary dishes inside Rapunzel’s Royal Table. Or opt for La Dolce Vita at Palo, an adults-exclusive restaurant offering Northern Italian cuisine. Everyday, expect plenty of entertainment and partying, which includes Sail-a-Wave and pirate-themed parties. Before you know it, you’ll be on the sandy shores of Antigua in the West Indies. Disembarkation occurs on the following day in San Juan.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is offering a ten-day voyage on the Riviera with ports of call that include Puerto . [+] Rico, Antingua, St. Lucia, and St. Barthélemy. The trip departs November 15, 2019.

Oceana cruise line’s Sun & Serenade 10-day voyage ensures plenty of rest and relaxation. Currently they have an OLife Choice offer, which includes roundtrip airfare, free internet and one of the three options of your choice: 6 shore excursions, a free beverage package or $600 in shipboard credits. Ports of call include the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, and St. Barth—before returning to Miami. While ashore, partake in snorkeling through majestic coral reefs in St. Maarten, or when in St. Barth go on a semi-submarine expedition. Meanwhile, life aboard the Riveria is nothing short of luxurious. Enjoy refined elegance on their OceaniaNEXT suites, furnished exclusively with Ralph Lauren home accents. Also of note is their tantalizing roster of international cuisine. Thanks to executive culinary director Jacques Pépin, you can enjoy everything from Tuscan fare and Paris bistro comfort cuisine to contemporary interpretations of Asian dishes at Red Ginger. And of course, such meals aren’t complete without fine wines: Make sure you visit La Reserve by Wine Spectator, where they can host you for a memorable multicourse Dom Pérignon-themed dinner.

Windstar Cruises

Star Pride is an all-suite, star-class ship that sails to the Caribbean. Their November 6 trip sails . [+] from San Juan to Bridgetown.

If you’re seeking a boutique-sized luxury liner, Windstar is your best bet, with only 212 guests and 106 suites (all outside with ocean views) on board their Star Pride. Travel with them on the appropriately named Winter Antilles Escape, which departs November 6, 2019—with sale prices on oceanview and balcony suites. It’s seven days of nonstop ports of call, including Puerto Rico, St. Barth, Montserrat, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada and Barbados. When not soaking up the breathtaking beaches, heritage sites and concierge collection-based excursions, retreat to the comfort of your ship for gourmet meals, welcome cocktails and onboard entertainment.

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Repeat layers and sprinkle the crushed Skor pieces on top.

Note: The layers don’t really have to be in any particular order, but you do want to finish with the Cool Whip, and Skor pieces.

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Bars & Lounges

Venchi 1878 Chocolate Bar

A real chocolate experience by Venchi, the best luxury chocolate since 1878. A chocolate, gelato and coffee corner where guests can indulge in some of Venchi’s finest treats while watching the Venchi maîtres chocolatiers creating authentic Italian recipes through the glass window overlooking the kitchen lab.

Champagne Bar

With an array of first-rate champagne, bubblies, fresh oysters, caviar and fish, the chic Champagne Bar is a place to indulge in the finer things in life. To ensure we have only the best, we have painstakingly researched the quality of our sparkling wines and sourced them from the most renowned producers world-wide.

Aurea Bar

This relaxing outdoor pool bar is dedicated to guests who have chosen the Aurea Experience. The exclusive bar menu features a variety of coladas, margaritas, long drinks, frozen delights and many other refreshers.

Garage Club

During the day, the Garage Club is dedicated to teenagers. At night, it’s a club with a powerful sound system and great cocktails. Dance the night away to our pumping sound system and enjoy a fantastic beverage range: long drinks, Spritz & Co, exciting premium cocktails and the latest mocktails.

Haven Lounge

Super cocktails are a feature of this cocktail bar. A signature MSC cocktail, a classic or something entirely new –you decide. This bar is an ideal spot to stop by to listen to live music and enjoy a drink from the extensive bar menu.

Jungle Beach Bar

Thanks to its sliding roof, the indoor pool ensures maximum enjoyment in every season. On evenings when the weather prevents the outdoor pool areas from being used, it becomes a fantastic party venue, hosting a series of fun events on themes ranging from the ‘70s to The Great Gatsby.

Shine Bar

Ideally situated near the main dining room, this bar is a perfect place to join friends for a drink before a meal, or for an after-dinner shot, even vodka, whisky or rum tastings.

Sunset Beach Bar

The Sunset Beach Bar offers delicious Caribbean-style cocktails and punches, like Mojitos and frozen delights, as well as beer, mixed drinks, ciders, softs, fruit juices and alcohol-free cocktails.

Top Sail Lounge

Reserved exclusively for MSC Yacht Club Guests, this elegant lounge with its panoramic views offers the Yacht Club bar list of craft cocktails, beer, fine wine, soft drinks and coffee drinks. This elegant lounge equally offers a fine selection of gourmet finger food throughout the day. Enjoy spectacular views in this elegant lounge.

Wine & Cocktails

Surrounded by the specialty restaurants, Wine and Cocktails is an ideal place for an aperitif while waiting for a table in one of the specialty dining venues, or the place to stop by for a glass of wine after dinner.

MSC Yacht Club Grill & Bar

This sundeck buffet and bar, exclusive to MSC Yacht Club Guests, offers an exceptional selection of freshly grilled specialties. Throughout the day our talented chefs prepare an enticing array of first-rate dishes from the freshest ingredients prepared right before your eyes. With carefully selected meats, perfectly roasted the lunch time carvery is a must. Alternatively, grab something from the grill, from our selection of fresh fish, meat and burgers and homemade pasta and a wide choice of fresh salads compliment the variety of food on offer.

Panorama Bar

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Platinum Casino

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Seaview Bar

This bar is an ideal spot to join friends for an aperitif before a meal. Choose your favorite drink or ask our professional mixologist to prepare you a fabulous Martini.

Sports Bar

Watch the game, or simply relax with a great choice of American or international beer, cocktails, spirits and more at this American-style sports bar.

Venchi 1878 Gelato & Crêperie

With daily Italian gelato made on board, the Venchi Chocogelateria and Creperie is an ideal place to pamper yourself or someone you love. Using the best quality ingredients, we serve up gelato milkshakes, chocolate smoothies, cones.

Seaside Lounge

Cocktails and other drinks are available for your enjoyment in our Seaside Lounge. Bar menu with classic cocktails, sparkling cocktails, mojitos, zero-alcohol drinks, wines, beers, ciders, cocktails, liqueurs and more. There are afternoon activities too, along with an extensive selection of tea.