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Seeing the World With the Heart

LA to Hong Kong
What to Expect When You Step off the Ship
World-Cruise, Segment 1 & 2 on Pacific Princess
January 20 – March 1, 2016
Mauri, New Zealand, 2016

The feelings, congealed in a few sentences per country:

1. Hawaii/Honolulu – The Land of Fantasy & Beauty; Inspired History & World-Class Attractions
2. American Samoa/Pago Pago – The Land of Paradise;
-Excite your senses with a wild adventure
3. Nuku’Alofa/Kingdom of Tonga – The only nation in South Pacific with its own Royal Family;
-Take a bus ride to the Captain Cook’s Landing Place & feel the thrill of Adventure & Discovery
4. New Zealand /Bay of Islands – The Land of Indigenous Maori, Traditions & History
5. New Zealand/Auckland – The Land of Premier Wineries, Acclaimed for their Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs, & Pinot Noir
6. Australia/Sydney – Renowned for the most Beautiful Harbour in the World
-Enjoy the Masterpiece, a Symbol of Sydney & Australia, Sydney Opera House
-Climb on Catwalks & Ladders to the Summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the icons of Australia
7. Australia/Cairns – The Land of Pineapple, Macadamia, & Sugar Plantations
-Explore the Great Barrier Reef, Ancient Rainforests, & Mountains
-Soar 4.5 miles over the Rainforest, See Kuranga Mountains & Coral Sea, Waterfalls, & Sugar-cane fields
8. Australia/Darwin – The Land of Unique Wildlife & Flora
-Be Careful of Adelaide River Crocodiles jumping out of the water to catch their pray
9. Sultanate of Brunei/ Bandar Seri Begawan – The Land of Timeless Beauty hidden on the North Coast of the Island of Borneo
10. Borneo Island/Kota Kinabalu – “KK”, Capital of Sabah
-Enjoy native sights & sounds
-Take a river cruise on a Bamboo Raft
-Learn the art of Batik Painting
11. China/Hong Kong – “Asia’s World City”
-Enjoy stunning Hong Kong sights from the summit of Victoria Peak
-Visit a home-boat of “Water People” for a short tour of the inner harbour

Seeing the World With the Heart

Inward Bound Cruises
10-Day Classic Canada & New England Cruise on Caribbean Princess
Cruising with the Heart, means cruising In while cruising Out. It is the New Experience – It is Discovering the Self.
Experience Cruising through Playgrounds of Rich & Nation Builders. Walk through the Revolving Door of History. Get Inspired to Create. Feel the Heartbeat of Life & the Pulse Joy.



Hong Kong to Dubai

Are You Planning Your Trip to Asia with Princess Cruises ?

 What to Expect When You Step off the Ship?
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The World Cruise-Segment 3 – Hong Kong to Dubai

Be ready for never ending surprises. You will notice unique and, sometimes, conflicting social customs that would never fail to astonish you. Do not assume anything. Be prepared. Plan ahead every step you take.

Here are some of my feelings, congealed in one sentence per country:

1. Vietnam/Phu My – The Land of Endurance and Fortitude; Rice and Rice Wine

2. Thailand/Bangkok – The Land of Buddha, Royalty, and Smiles; the Mosaic of Asian Culture

3. Singapore – The City of Lion, Banking and Beauty, where Chewing Gum is Contraband

4. India/Cochin – An Ancient Shelter of Civilizations,

where St. Francis Xavier, and Abraham’s Children are welcome

5. India/Mumbai – The Land of Bollywood, Riches and Poverty,

where pleasure and pain are aching for expression

6. Oman/Muscat – The Land of Dates and Dhows; the Trading Connection of Europe and Asia

7. Dubai – The Land of Sindbad the Sailor and Desert, where Skiing and Luxury-Unsurpassed is the Norm

Are You Looking for a Gluten-Free Gourmet Foods?

So did I…

Until I went on 11-day Panama Cruise on-board Island Princess, November 26 – December 7, 2014

This sailing has been a wonderful journey, an experience of total delight. To my big surprise, I found that being on a gluten-free diet does not have to be a punishment, but a pure joy.

The Bordeaux dining room staff, specially Paul, the head-waiter, and Rui, the Maitre’d made an enormous effort. They went out of their way to create gourmet dishes with exotic presentation and tastes that made dining a joy.

I am compelled to show the world the photos of the dishes that they served me. You can taste them. Just watch… See How Restrictive Diet Can Be Transformed Into a Delightful Gourmet Foods

Gluten-Free Cruising

Inspired by My Own Daughter

Listen to Elina’s Acceptance Speech After Receiving Premier’s Award for Health Sciences, Canadore College, 2013

 Congratulation with your achievements Elina!!! I feel proud and privileged to be your mother.
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Elina Katsman

Elina Katsman

Inspired by the Best Known Romantic Poets

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

—Walt Whitman
From Song of Myself

What Power Makes Romantics?

I often think what power makes romantics? What compels us to withstand this tenderness of pleasure and pain? I suppose each one has a very unique story to tell. Whatever it is, enjoy it!

Happy Valentine Day to All the Lovers! May this day be repeated every day in your heart. May you wake up each day intoxicated with love & romance.

Samahria Ramsen

“Romance on Fire” is Available Now

Romance on Fire is a special collection of fifty five poems, composed between the years of 1990 and 2014.  Spiritual in nature, these poems are concepts of philosophy, blended with the loving intuition of the heart. Each composition is a particular expression of love. Love ignited, puts romance on fire. It rushes us to the high winds of experience. We sail through time with the wind power of romance; we meet cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis of life; we encounter the anguish of perceived separation only to find that there is a sanctuary, the holy of hollies, the union with the lover. Then we reach the orbit, where no external power is needed; where everything is melted and merged into unity of love. Just love.


Quotes on Love & Romance

One-liners to Fuel Your Romance

“All mankind love a lover.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Give all to love; obey thy heart.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” –  Seneca
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Victor Hugo
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle
“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato
“Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.” – Virgil
“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“O tyrant love, to what do you not drive the hearts of men.” – Virgil

Who is He?..

How can I describe the Man of Romance?

First of all, he is the conjurer of dreams.
His looks arouse without any effort.
He is a great lover.
He gives without expecting anything in return.

 When a great lover loves, he awakens the most beautiful and refined feelings of romance.
The only way I can express these feelings is through poetry, which is the ultimate romance.
Poetry is like a receding horizon of ecstasy and living in euphoria.

 The joy I felt in composing these pieces, I offer to “The Majesty-Romance” itself.
I want to believe that these compositions will fill the hearts of romantics with unquenchable thirst for love.

 I pray to the Lord of Love to fulfill my greatest purpose in life, and bring this purpose to its happiest completion.
I pray to the Lord of Love to open my lover’s heart, ignite romance, and put Romance on Fire.

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