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Of all the things you can bring home with you from your Alaska cruise: photographs, souvenirs, new friends, memories and tales of adventure; you can now add cocktail recipe to the list. The bartenders at Norwegian Cruise Line have crafted a new cocktail to complement the Alaska cruises, and they are happy to share the recipe with you. Be sure to try it while on board. The new Northern Lights cocktail is a refreshing blend of gin, lime juice, soda and fresh mint. The gin and the mint have cooling properties, much like the fresh, clear waters of Alaska. The name is a nod to the mysterious Northern Lights of the polar north. The taste is invigorating after a long day exploring the sights.

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Wade Cleophas from Norwegian Escape had bested 2500 entries across 13 different cruise lines to win Bacardi’s Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year. His winning concoction, Legend Reviver, inspired by spices reminiscent of travelling to exotic places, is the perfect drink to enjoy on a cruise vacation. Balanced and smooth, it combines BACARDÍ® OCHO (8) ANOS, star anise infused sweet vermouth, caramel/cinnamon syrup with drops of whisky barrel aged bitters, and a light absinthe mist. For those who cannot wait for their Norwegian cruise to try the Legend Reviver, here’s how you can make this cocktail at home:

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Wade Cleophas has bested competition from more than 2500 entries across 13 different cruise lines to win the title of 2017 BACARDÍ® Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year with his drink, Legend Reviver. As he prepares to compete in the Global Finals in Berlin, he took some time to give us the inside scoop.

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Almost every cruise virgin has heard a thing or two about the food feast cruises are famous for. Norwegian offers both complimentary options in the buffets and main dining rooms, as well as a diverse range of Specialty Dining restaurants. To help maximize your food and beverage budget, here are some helpful cruise dining hacks:

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Cruise cuisine from cruise ship restaurants and menus you must try

Embark on a cruise and you might find yourself snorkeling an underwater reef in brilliant blue waters, or tackling a rock climbing wall, or sunning by the pool, drink in hand, or belting out your favorite tune in the karaoke bar. What you won’t find yourself doing is going hungry. When it comes to dining on board, there’s something for everyone, and plenty of it. Not only will you eat on a cruise, but you’ll eat well. And just because the cruise food is complimentary, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Dishes you’d expect to pay a premium for at your favorite restaurants come included in the price of your cruise. And as you might expect from a ship that travels the world, much of the cuisine is internationally inspired. Cruise ship menus present a great opportunity to experience new tastes without breaking the bank. From the main dining room to room service, the complimentary cuisine promises not to disappoint.

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It’s tempting to make your cruise vacation that time of year where you totally let go and feast your way from bow to stern. And with all the amazing onboard selections, it’s not as if there’s reason to skimp! However, if you are concerned about returning to dry land with ten extra pounds, abandon these fears at once. Here are some suggestions for healthy and delicious offerings to pile on your plate.

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Ever since I visited the picturesque cobblestone streets of Old San Juan many years ago, I’ve been in love with this beautiful destination that just oozes culture. Maybe it has something to do with the vibrant buildings and their wrought-iron verandas teeming with colorful flowers, or Old San Juan’s history dating back to the 16th-century. Or maybe it’s the cats, so many cats!

Whatever it may be, I truly have a love affair with Old San Juan. The warmth of the people and their dedication to preserving their culture is second to none. As you wander the narrow streets, you’ll see their pride displayed through museums and galleries filled with artwork, and did I mention the restaurants? Puerto Ricans really know how to enjoy food! With so many amazing places to eat, let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.

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Must Try Specialty Restaurant Dishes

One of my absolute favorite things to do on board a cruise besides drinking poolside is indulging in the food! If you’re a first time cruiser, let me tell you, you’re going to have options. Norwegian has up to 27 different dining venues to choose from, more than any other cruise line! Complimentary venues will offer either a sit down experience with rotating menus or buffet style dining. If you're looking to elevate your dining experience, I highly recommend you make your way to the award-winning Specialty Restaurants. If you’re not sure where to start, here are our suggestions for must try Specialty Restaurant dishes.

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While cruising the Southern Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise Line, you’ll have plenty of time to go ashore for adventure. One of the best ways to get to know a place is to commune with the locals, and the quickest way to know the locals is to share their foods. In the Caribbean that often means street foods, and there are as many different foods to choose from as there are islands. We’ve assembled a few of the delicacies here.

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While enjoying your Eastern Caribbean cruise you'll have plenty of time to go off board and commune with the friendly locals. When you do, why not live like the locals do? There's no better way to explore the culture of a place than to enjoy some of the local delicacies. In the Caribbean that means street food. We've explored each of the islands and are happy to report back the most popular foods to enjoy on the go.

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Drinks to Try While Cruising the Mediterranean

While you're on a Mediterranean Cruise, odds are that you’ll be drinking plenty of good wine while lounging around or feasting on some delicious meals…well, that's certainly nothing to scoff at, but if you're looking for something different to sip on, get a buzz going with some of my recommendations for spirits and liqueurs to try for some authentic local flavor!

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The Cellars on board Norwegian Escape

One of the most exciting developments aboard the Norwegian Escape is the creation of The Cellars, Norwegian's first ever wine bar. With the Mondavi family name behind it (and four generations of great winemaking in Napa Valley), this is the kind of spot where any wine lover can sip on their favorite selection or discover a new one, within its warm and intimate walls, or while perched on a stool with an ocean view. And for those who'd like to elevate their wine IQ, make your way to the Tasting Table* for an education in vino, designed for novices and experts alike. The Cellars are dedicated to enjoying wine in any capacity.

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Try these Daring Dishes while in the Bahamas

While cruising through the Bahamas, you may find that many of the readily available foods and drinks are specifically catered towards tourists. Although this may not be a bad thing, they sometimes can lack a local flair. If you’re looking for a more authentic food experience and you have an adventurous palate to match, then check out these 5 daring Bahamian dishes that will feed your Caribbean soul!

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4 different types of beer

Beer lovers all around can rejoice in the news: Norwegian Escape has a cold pour waiting for you at The District Brew House. With more than 50 bottled beers and 24 draft beers on tap (including local beer from Miami's Wynwood Brewing Company), it's easy to catch up on the craft beer scene at sea. Whether you're a novice or an expert, knowing the beer you’re drinking and how it's made is part of the craft beer experience. So before you sip and sail on your next cruise vacation, discover everything you need to know about the basics of craft beer.

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Cruises from Alaska

If you haven’t taken an Alaskan cruise, you’re missing out! Most Alaskan cruises will take you to three to four quaint Alaskan ports, as well as the Canadian cruise Port of Victoria. Each of these port-of-calls offers something unique such as whale watching, larger than life glaciers, and even fishing! After you trek through the wilderness and stop by real gold rush sites make sure you make the time to enjoy a pretty good local brew (or two) from some authentically delicious breweries. Here are a few of our favorite Alaskan Microbreweries you must visit on your Alaskan cruise.

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Best Excursions for Foodie Cruisers

Ask any foodie worth their salt and they'll gladly tell you all the reasons why a good meal can and should be considered its very own activity. Take, for instance, the simple act of enjoying homemade pasta for lunch - the texture of the noodle, the flavor of the sauce - and it's easy to regale the experience as one of your favorites and most memorable. Which is why Norwegian's shore excursions

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