Travel: The 2014 Fun Forecast

Blue Skies in Every Cabin A drawback to sailing on board a huge cruise liner is that most of the entry-level cabins don’t offer great views. Royal Caribbean has come up with a solution, which they call the “Virtual Balcony” and offer aboard newer mega-ships including Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. They’re 80-inch high-definition screens that show floor-to-ceiling real-time ocean views similar to the real views the VIP staterooms offer. Just like the “crackling fire” TV screen that so many people keep on during Christmas, the Virtual Balcony takes some getting used to, but is ultimately much prettier than a plain beige wall.

In Cocktails…

Truly Vintage Spirits “To more authentically recreate pre-Prohibition cocktails, bars and restaurants are now stocking genuinely vintage spirits that date back decades, which were purchased at auction or from collectors. Stop by Pouring Ribbons (New York), MilkWood (Louisville) and Canon (Seattle) to experience some real “liquid history.’” --Noah Rothbaum, Editor Liquor.com

Drink Vodka Like a Russian While all our studly Olympians are racking up gold medals in Sochi, TV audiences will partake in some truly epic and athletic vodka-drinking games to commemorate. We partake of Russia’s national drink to show solidarity, and because we love sports. And because in some dark corner of our souls, we also like booze that tastes like peaches and bubblegum and coconut and whipped cream.

Ed note: Cocktail trend information appears courtesy of the Cocktail and Spirits Forecast, compiled by beverage expert Noah Rothbaum.

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