Port Postcard: Yanofsky concert under the stars in Turkey

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The ancient ground of Ephesus, Turkey, was the scene late last month of an exclusive Regent Seven Seas Cruises concert under the stars, featuring a 15-year-old musical prodigy from Montreal, Quebec: Nikki Yanofsky.

Guests aboard Navigator enjoyed a tour of the important Mediterranean archeological site followed by cocktails and an opening act at dusk featuring Turkish mezzo soprano star Serap Ciftci. Yanofsky, meanwhile, dazzled guests with her vocal tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday among others. She has recently been touring with renowned composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Navigator guests paid tribute to the youngster’s stellar performance by rewarding her with two standing ovations.
Navigator is in the midst of a series of Mediterranean voyages through early November.
Photos by Michael Coleman.

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On Board: Futuristic Solstice seduces guests

Suites aboard the new Celebrity Solstice feature a clean, contemporary design complete with soothing color palettes.
Suites aboard the new Celebrity Solstice feature a clean, contemporary design complete with soothing color palettes.

By Michael Coleman

KUSADASI, Turkey — It should come as no surprise that a cruise ship with design elements ahead of its time also features stylish accommodations.

The 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice arrived in this Aegean Sea port city today at the half-way point of a 10-night Mediterranean itinerary. Continue reading “On Board: Futuristic Solstice seduces guests”

Follow us this week on the Celebrity Solstice in the Mediterranean

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The 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice has just begun its inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean. Italy, the Greek Isles and Turkey await passengers and Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman will be onboard – this week – profiling the ship’s European debut. We’ll update her progress on this space as the week progresses.