• Lip Sync Battle on Carnival Ship

    The main event everyone was waiting for on the Carnival Horizon was a unique Lip Sync Battle between Queen Latifah and Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliot. First up on stage was CEO Arnold Donald and Carnival president Christine Duffy got the crowd warmed up to The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Got a Feeling (Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night)’.

    Elliot took the stage next with gold, glittery pants, and a colossal blonde wig as he performed Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Queen Latifah took the stage next with a yellow raincoat dress as she belted out “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls. Both performances were complete with enthusiasm, back up dancers and some serious outfits. Voting was done by crowd applause and Queen Latifah was the clear winner.

  • Guy Fieri’s New BBQ Smokehouse

    On board the Carnival Horizon, celebrity chef Guy Fieri attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for his new restaurant and brewhouse aboard the Horizon called Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse. In true chef style, Fieri asked for a knife to cut the ribbon rather than scissors. The ship also has a brewhouse where craft beer is brewed and served with Fieri’s BBQ creations. The four craft beers brewed exclusively on Carnival Horizon include ParchedPig Smoked Porter, ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale, ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, and ParchedPig West Coast IPA.

  • Queen Latifah Becomes Godmother

    “Choose Fun” that’s the motto of Carnival’s Horizon and someone that emulates fun and laughter is Queen Latifah, the godmother of the ship. On board, everyone gathered in the atrium of the ship for the customary naming ceremony where Queen Latifah and Captain Luigi De Angelis poured champagne all over a bell to inaugurate the ship. Afterward, she had to get ready for her Lip Sync Battle in the Liquid Lounge. Queen Latifah is in good company, fellow actress Dame Judi Dench is also a Carnival godmother.

  • Carnival Horizon Launches in NYC

    Carnival Cruise line held a special event in New York City to commemorate the newest ship, the Carnival Horizon. The ship happens to be second of the Vista class, the 26th ship in the Carnival fleet and the 102nd cruise ship operated by Carnival and holds 3,954 passengers.  

    The day began with a press conference with Carnival President Christine Duffy, St. Jude’s President Richard Shadyac Jr. and young brain tumor survivor Victoria. The Horizon is special because, in many ways, it’s a representation of the cemented relationship between Carnival and St. Jude. Duffy also presented a $100,000 check to Shadyac Jr., for St. Jude’s on behalf of Carnival. On board, in the boat’s lobby, there is a floor to ceiling spherical screen called Dreamscape which features artwork from children at St. Jude’s.

  • Gold Medals and Cotton Candy

    Olympic gold medalist, professional snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White teamed up pastry chef and television personality Duff Goldman to make cotton candy snowballs onstage together on the Williams Sonoma stage.

    The two are also both musicians. White plays guitar for an electronic rock band Bad Things and Goldman plays the bass guitar in a band called Foigrock. They both tossed the globes of confectionary goodness at lucky audience members.

  • Snoop Dogg Breaks World Record

    “Gin and Juice” rapper Snoop Dogg brought his lyrics to life with fellow artist Warren G and chef Michael Voltaggio. Voltaggio won the sixth season of Top Chef (one of my favorite shows) when he faced off against his brother Bryan in the final round of the cooking competition.

    On one stage, together, they broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s largest cocktail. They stirred up a large vat of Gin and Juice using 180 bottles of Hendricks Gin.

  • BottleRock Williams Sonoma Stage

    At the BottleRock Music Festival, Williams Sonoma sponsors one of the most unique stages at the festival where music and food go hand in hand. The event took place on Memorial Day weekend in Napa Valley California. Graham Elliott and Green Day drummer Tre Cool cooked together onstage.

    Elliot is not only a chef but restaurant owner and is also known for being a judge on multiple Food Network shows such as MasterChef, Cooks vs. Cons and Bravo’s Top Chef. He also plays guitar and jammed with the Green Day percussionist onstage together as well.

  • Tour Montparnasse

    I am always looking for amazing views when visiting Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. The Tour Montparnasse offers panoramic views of the city and is one of the tallest buildings in Europe.

    The tower is a 210-meter (689 feet) office skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris. It was constructed from 1969 to 1973 and as of March 2017, it is the 14th tallest building in the European Union.

    You can visit during the day or night. One of the best ticket values is to buy a ticket for 2 visits on a weekend so you can see the view in the day and in the night of the city of lights

  • The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

    The Sacre-Coeur Basilica also known as Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a beautiful Roman Catholic church situated at the highest point of the city of Paris.

    The Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie, construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914. The construction was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

    Even though the use of cameras and video recorders are forbidden inside the Basilica, visitors can explore the dome and enjoy the views of the city outside the church. Free audio guides of the church are also available.

  • Maison de Victor Hugo

    Sometimes I try to visit attractions off the beaten path. In Paris, on Easter weekend, I visited the Victor Hugo museum which is located in the house he lived in for 16 years from 1832 to 1848.

    Hugo is one of the romantic movement’s most famous writers. He is best known for Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Hugo was a lifelong French political activist and two days before his death he penned his final written words “To love is to act.”