Live from New York, Seabourn to bring Michelin stars to sea, plus our comprehensive guide to Sitka, Alaska

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From its perch on Columbus Circle, Thomas Keller's famed restaurant Per Se offers an outstanding view of New York's Central Park. I was admiring that view last night along with the big brass from Carnival Corporation, parent company of luxury line Seabourn. There with the likes of Micky Arison, Arnold Donald, Stein Kruse and Rick Meadows, was star chef Thomas Keller, the only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings in the prestigious Michelin Guide. Also in the celebrity spotlight, Adam D. Tihany, designer of the new Seabourn Encore as well as the restaurant in which we stood.

We were all there to hear details of a big announcement. Seabourn is bringing Keller's creativity to its fleet, beginning this fall with selections of Keller-inspired appetizers, entrees and desserts to be served in various venues on Seabourn Quest. By mid-November, all three ships will feature a number of menus by chef Keller.

The bigger news, however, was that read more.

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Cruising Alaska available at Amazon Kindle

When cruising the Alaska Panhandle, you will find that the major ports of call are becoming quite commercial with a plethora of gift shops and jewelry stores. The main streets of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway are starting to resemble St. Martin or Barbados with the same familiar retail establishments selling diamonds, gemstones and gold watches at so called "bargain" prices. …

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