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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterPrincess Cruises has unveiled the design and key features of Majestic Princess, the newest and most luxurious ship in its global fleet.Majestic Princess will offer its guests a variety of enticing features and experiences, including two new specialty restaurants:Harmony, created in partnership with Chef Richard Chen formerly of Wynn Las Vegas “Wing Lei” (the first Chinese restaurant in North America awarded a Michelin star) this restaurant will feature haute Chinese cuisine, serving Chef Chen’s interpretation of classic Cantonese dishes.Le Bistrot, located in the lively atrium, will offer casual French home-style dining with a modern twist. Reminiscent of a Parisian bistro, guests will enjoy traditional escargot casseroles, braised ox tongue and mushroom ragout, along with baguettes, tarts and pastries.Popular culinary offerings from sister ships Royal Princess and Regal Princess will also be aboard Majestic Princess including:The exclusive Chef’s Table Lumiere, a unique and engaging dining experience personally hosted by Princess’ Executive Chef which includes a private galley tour and a multi-course dinner served at a grand custom-designed table where guests are surrounded by a glimmering curtain of light.The award-winning Crown Grill & Bar, an American steakhouse preparing top quality cuts of beef, chops and seafood in an open kitchen served in a classically elegant restaurant setting.Alfredo’s, named after Princess Cruises’ award-winning Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, offering a selection of classic Italian and signature Neapolitan-style pizzas (voted “Best Pizza at Sea”), along with baked pasta dishes and specialty appetisers and desserts.To top it off, there will also be a wide selection of all-day gastronomy in the World Fresh Marketplace, where guests can taste flavours from diverse food stations around the world ranging from Mediterranean dishes to colourful farmer’s market salads and a new “East Meets West” street food specialty counter.Modern and stylish cruise ship designInfluenced by fashion, art and history, the interior designs of Majestic Princess present a sophisticated and stylish visual experience, representative of travelling the world. Exquisite designs use metal, glass and inlaid wood throughout to welcome guests. European marble, mosaic tile floors, polished woods and sumptuous fabrics are featured onboard the ship alongside plush custom-designed carpets and hand tufted rugs Modern and Stylish Stateroom DesignMore than 80 per cent of Majestic Princess staterooms include a private balcony. All staterooms feature the new Princess Luxury bed, featuring a custom-made mattress developed by Dr Michael Breus, the US sleep expert known as “The Sleep Doctor” and luxury linens designed by Canadian design star Candice Olson. The superb bedding system is exclusively designed for the Princess SLEEP programme.World class entertainmentThe first two shows to be seen on Majestic Princess will be “Fiera” and “Fantastic Journey” which have both been met with enthusiastic acclaim by international audiences across the Princess fleet. These musical shows feature a world class cast of singers and dancers along with some of the most elaborate production numbers, costumes and advanced multimedia stage technology ever produced at sea. The ship also features Movies Under the Stars on the largest outdoor screen at sea, as well as Water Colour Fantasy, a cruise industry first presenting a dazzling water and light show at sea.Onboard experienceMajestic Princess’ guests will also experience the signature SeaWalk, the industry’s first glass floor walkway at sea, and SeaView Bar featuring “flair” bartending with spectacular ocean views. The Piazza Atrium, the central focal point of the ship features live entertainment throughout the day and evening. The atrium is surrounded by The Shops of Princess, nearly 1100 square metres of luxury boutiques which include designer shops from Cartier, Bulgari and Chopard, leather goods from Burberry and Gucci, along with watches by these luxury brands as well as Montblanc, Longines, Rado and Tissot.Majestic Princess will sail on her inaugural voyage on 4 April next year, a five-day Adriatic Sea cruise roundtrip from Rome with stops in Kotor and Corfu. Following her maiden cruise, Majestic Princess will tour Europe on 7-, 14-, 21- and 28-day cruises departing from Rome, Barcelona or Athens.A repositioning voyage will depart Barcelona on 14 May 2017, visiting Dubai and Singapore before arriving in Shanghai, the ship’s new home. Majestic Princess will begin its first cruise from its homeport in Shanghai on 11 July 2017 carrying 3560 guests to a variety of destinations in Japan and Korea.“With the debut of Majestic Princess, first in Europe and then in China, we invite guests to indulge in a world class experience that allows them to completely relax, unwind and ultimately ‘come back new’,” Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said.Fares for a Majestic Princess 14-night European cruise start from $3459 per person twin share for a voyage from Barcelona to Athens, departing 16 April 2017 and visiting 13 ports including a host of destinations in Spain, France, Greece and Malta. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

How to Accept Our Aging Bodies – Part 2 of 2

first_imgby, Ronni Bennett, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 Shares[Part 1 is here]A man once told me that if he ever suggested to his 89-year-old grandmother that she was old, she would have smacked him.Yes, it is extreme to hang on to such a view at her age, but I’ve seen it myself. Many elders – the majority, I would guess – find the idea of old age so abhorrent and terrifying they deny they are old even when doing so makes them appear sad or foolish or, in some cases, grotesque to others.But it’s not hard to see why they do it. In a thousand ways every day, our culture reminds us that being old is the most terrible thing that can befall any person. And in twice as many ways every day, it unrelentingly promotes the lie that we can maintain a youthful body unto death.”The shame-based approach to aging is heavily reinforced by an American mediascape that loudly and insistently proclaims, ‘You are young. Young is always better than old. Adulthood can last forever, if you want it to.’ In public, we tell each other, ‘You’re as young as you feel!’”So notes geriatrician Bill Thomas.Even though I have never really believed any of this hooey, the repetition is insidious and like so many, I have been a shamed victim of it.All my life, I fought the extra 10-20 pounds my body insisted it wanted. I did pretty well until I retired nine years ago and exhausted from 40 years of constant dieting, just let it go. The result, of course, was a heavy weight gain.As regular readers know, I let it be until early this year fear – make that FEAR – of aging diseases associated with obesity led me to a weight control regimen that is ongoing and, so far, quite successful.However, the cultural shame game about our bodies had kept me from looking at myself naked for many years. I will show you how difficult that is in my home. This is a photo of my dressing room that has lots and lots of mirrors reflecting one another.Dressing RoomMy clothes are behind about 13 feet of sliding doors you can’t see on the left and the door in the back on the right opens into the tub/shower room so you know that at least twice a day I am naked in that room.But until last week, I had seen myself in that natural state – really looked at myself without clothing – only once, about a year or so ago. Do you have any idea how difficult that is with mirrors on two sides of you every day? It takes a lot of shame to work at it that hard.For me, elder advocate that I am, there is a strange division in my mind about this. On the one hand, I unshakably believe – and have done so for many years – that there is nothing wrong with old bodies. I find photographs and paintings of old bodies to be fascinating and attractive.On the other hand, I have not liked to see what time has done to my own body. Bill Thomas again:”Because our culture has conditioned us to focus on our flaws, we naturally concentrate on and worry about the wrinkles, creases, and imperfections we see in the mirror.“Although it can seem hard to believe at first, it is within our power to look into a mirror, study what we see there, and acknowledge, without reservation, that we are no longer young. We can learn to read the story of our lives as it has been written around our eyes and mouth and across our foreheads and cheeks.“We can begin to reinterpret the changes as signs of important signifiers of our unique journey through life.”It had been a couple of years since I had read those words of Thomas’s but they came to mind when, last week, I wondered how my body looks now after losing 25 of the 40 pounds that is my goal. I stood in front of those mirrors for a good, long time taking in the wrinkles, the pudgy parts, the sags and all.No, you are not going to see what I look like naked, but I am going to show you whom I most reminded myself of: the sculpture of “The Old Courtesan” by Rodin that I showed you yesterday, here in another view:The Old Courtesan - RodinI’m a bit more round than she is with more flesh on my bones but with that, our bodies are remarkably similar, even to the apparent strength in her calf, to that little pot belly (which I am determined to lose) and to our breasts. Mine never did amount to much anyway and are almost as droopy as hers.The more I looked, turning here and there, adjusting the mirrors to try different angles, the more I became okay with me. I’m 72 – into my eighth decade now. This is what I look like and it’s been a long, interesting road getting here that I would not trade.Not infrequently on this blog, a commenter will say that he or she feels the same now as 30 or 40 or more years ago. Really? I feel a lot different and glad of it.It would be awful to feel and be the same person I was at 20 or 30 or 40. I hope to god I’ve learned and grown and changed my mind about stupid things I once believed. Bill Thomas agrees:”You must have an intensely personal and private conversation with your own true, aging, self,” he writes. “The time has come to look into the mirror and, finally, make peace with the changes you see on your face and feel in your mind and body.“You are not the person you were when you were 20 years old. You are not the person you were 20 years ago. The fact is that those people vanished a long time ago.”That was readily apparent when I spent personal time with the mirror and guess what? I didn’t faint. I didn’t fall down. I didn’t feel bad when I looked at my naked self. It’s what I am now and there is no point in trying to wish back my 20-year-old body.It would be such a waste of time to spend one moment on such thoughts. Instead, listen to Bill Thomas – he knows what he’s talking about – and be brave:1. ”Stop pining for what is already gone2. ”Start searching for the person you are meant to become“Relinquishing one’s claim on youth is a necessary precondition for exploring life beyond adulthood…“Persistently and deliberately misinterpreted as mere decline, elderhood is actually the rich reward that goes to those who manage to outgrow the frenzied jangle of adulthood and enter voluntarily into a new and much more soulful way of being.”All these quotes from Dr. Thomas are from Eldertopia, his impassioned plea for acceptance of elderhood as a separate time of life from adulthood, published in the 2012 edition of “The Journal” from AARP International.I hope Bill doesn’t mind that I have cherry picked the quotations to go along with what is on my mind this week, acceptance of our elder bodies. That idea plays a supporting role in service to the point of his story but I don’t believe I have misrepresented anything.It is well worth your while to read Eldertopia in full.This post was originally published at TimeGoesBy.netRelated PostsWhy I Write About Growing OldOn Saturday, I posted one photograph with a link to more of elders who are at least 100 years old. The goal of the photographer is to show the beauty in age, and the reason it is necessary for some…The Manifesto Against Ageism is HereAbout eight years ago, Ashton Applewhite began interviewing people over 80 for a project called “So when are you going to retire?” It didn’t take her long to realize that almost everything she thought she knew about aging was wrong. So she wrote a book to set the record straight.Better Late Than Never Oprah, I GuessOprah is trying to change her tune on aging but she’s a day late and an apology short. In a much-touted video on Huffington Post Oprah extols the “blessings” of aging, but if you listen and look carefully her monologue is laced with anti-aging bias.TweetShareShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more