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Elvis Presley: ‘Unusual’ aspect of Graceland’s dining room The King kept when he moved in

Elvis Presley: ‘Unusual’ aspect of Graceland’s dining room The King kept when he moved in

Elvis Presley famously lived at Graceland from 1957-1977 and made a number of additions and changes to the property including the Jungle Room. The Memphis mansion was previously owned by the Moore family and there was one “unusual” part of the home that The King kept the same. This “unique” aspect of Graceland is located in its dining room to this day.

Earlier this year, Express.co.uk took part in a virtual live tour of the Graceland mansion that was expertly guided by in-house archivist Angie Marchese.

While in the dining room, she pointed out the two buddha statues at the end of the room on either side, sitting on shelves in the corners.

Angie said: “Now the really cool thing about this is these built-in bookshelves and buddhas were here when Elvis bought Graceland, which is so unusual.

“So the Moores actually had these here and Elvis just loved them.”

When Lisa Marie is at Graceland, the staff turn on the 1970s era kitchen appliances, which are kept off during tours for fire safety.

Angie also shared how Elvis’ daughter likes to sit in the porch area just outside The Jungle Room.

It’s the same spot that The King’s grandmother Minnie Mae like to relax in, which isn’t surprising considering the view of the horses.

After the tour’s conclusion, a fan asked Angie: “When Priscilla and Lisa Marie visit Graceland do they listen to records on the jukebox in the TV room and do any of the family members play either the piano in the Music Room or the one in the Racquetball court? And do they ever swim in the pool?”

Angie said: “They have listened to music in the house, but not in the jukebox on the record players.

“I have never seen any of the family play the pianos.

“But we do keep them tuned and clean to preserve them as instruments in case they want to.

“No swimming in the pool either. Their favourite thing to do is ride golf carts all over the property.”

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Viking Venus: Cabins, dining, entertainment and prices explained

Dining

The Restaurant is the main dining room and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a light and airy atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows so you’ve got a good view at all times.

There’s a self-service buffet, World Café, on deck 7 with inside and outside seating, while Manfredi’s is an Italian speciality restaurant and The Chef’s Table is for five-course tasting menus.

Waffles and Nordic open-sandwiches are available in Mamsen’s, there are burgers and hot sandwiches at the Pool Grill, coffee and snacks at Viking Bar and afternoon tea in the Wintergarden.

Room service is also free and available 24 hours a day, while The Kitchen Table is for foodies who pay to accompany the chef to a market in the morning then help with making the five-course meal at night.

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Disney Wish: Cabins, dining, entertainment & prices for latest Disney Cruise Line ship

DINING

There will be three main dining rooms: Animator’s Palate, with a Disney show while you eat, Enchanted Garden, inspired by the gardens at Versailles, and Royal Palace, which is like entering a fairytale castle.

Each night guests will rotate to one of these themed restaurants, so everybody has the chance to enjoy them.

But the much-anticipated Frozen-themed restaurant, Arendelle, with its theatrical dining experience, may prove the most popular, along with Worlds Of Marvel, a cinematic dining adventure.

One of the smartest restaurants will be 1923, named after the year the Walt Disney Company was founded and serving Californian dishes.

And the adults-only speciality restaurants will include Palo Steakhouse, serving Italian cuisine, and Enchante by Chef Arnaud Lallement (who has three Michelin stars).

There will also be cafes, snack bars and 24-hour room service.

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Celebrity Cruises’ Silhouette: Cabins, dining, entertainment and prices explained

So far four ships have emerged from Celebrity Cruises’ Revolution – Millennium, Summit, Equinox and Silhouette – with Constellation, Infinity, Eclipse, Solstice and Reflection still to be upgraded. Celebrity Silhouette was launched in May 2011, one of five Solstice class ships in Celebrity Cruises’ 14-strong fleet, and was updated in January 2020 to feature Kelly Hoppen interiors and new spaces first seen on Celebrity Edge.
Silhouette can take up to 2,886 while sister ships Solstice, Equinox and Eclipse all take up to 2,850 passengers and Reflection takes 3,046.

What makes the Solstice class ships so different from others is the Lawn Club, which has proved incredibly popular with guests who like to have a drink or meal at sea with the feel of real grass between their toes.

THE WOW FACTOR

British interior designer Kelly Hoppen has worked her magic on the whole ship, creating a neutral yet anything but beige sophisticated look to all the staterooms and suites, but it’s The Retreat that is the most fabulous addition to Silhouette.

This open-air hideaway features a private sundeck and redesigned lounge for suite guests, who can enjoy complimentary drinks and gourmet snacks here day and night – as well as live entertainment and a concierge service.

The good news for all guests, though, is Celebrity Cruises’ new Always Included policy means there are no service charges for any guests while wifi and most drinks are also free.

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THE LIFESTYLE

Celebrity Cruises is regarded as one of the best cruise lines for foodies, so there’s a lot of emphasis on good food and wine in a relaxed but smart environment.

The Retreat was first introduced on Celebrity Edge, launched in January 2018, and as well as being on sister ships Apex and Beyond, it is being introduced for suite guests on all Celebrity’s non-expedition ships during the Revolution process.

As well as a gorgeous private sundeck with cabanas and a small pool for cooling off, the Retreat has a private lounge and the Luminae restaurant, with complimentary signature dishes by Michelin starred chef Daniel Boulud.

Non-suite passengers can also get a taste of added luxury at the rejuvenated Spa, with new treatment rooms, and redesigned casino.

There are new designer boutiques selling clothes, bags and jewellery from the hottest designer names.

And the bars now have 40 craft beers on sale and some of the most creative cocktails at sea.

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STATEROOMS

Every stateroom and suite on Celebrity Silhouette has been updated and given the Kelly Hoppen boutique hotel look and feel.

Beds have luxurious eXhale cashmere mattresses and storage has been cleverly increased.

All have ensuite bathrooms or shower rooms, depending on the size of the cabin, flat-screen TVs that give information about the ship and the day’s activities as well as screening films, TV news, sport and other programmes.

Staterooms run from inside cabins, including a number of single cabins and accessible rooms for wheelchair users, to Ocean View staterooms with a window and Veranda Staterooms with glass doors to a balcony.

Next comes Concierge Class Staterooms, where guests are invited to exclusive events, then AquaClass Staterooms, with unlimited access to The Persian Garden’s steam rooms, saunas and heated tile loungers, plus complimentary dining at Blu.

Then there are the suites, with exclusive access to The Retreat, shore excursion and onboard spending credits.

DINING

Restaurants, bars and lounges have been reimagined and none more dramatically than the Lawn Club Grill, a new paid-for speciality restaurant for dinner under the stars.

Imported from Edge class ships is Le Petit Chef, a paid-for restaurant that uses technology wizardry to bring an animated story to your plate before each course – something that children in particular will love.

Other speciality restaurants with fees include the Italian-themed Tuscan Grill and Japanese-based Sushi On Five.

The Porch is for seafood and sea views, while Murano offers a new twist on classic French cuisine.

But the main restaurant is still complimentary as is Oceanview Café, the self-service buffet restaurant, which has a new marketplace-inspired look.

For poolside meals there’s Mast Grill, which serves burgers, and for a healthier menu there’s the Spa Café, open for breakfast and lunch.

FACT BOX

For summer 2021 Celebrity Silhouette will sail six, seven and eight-night round-trip cruises around the British Isles from Southampton.

Ports of call include Belfast, Liverpool, Greenock near Glasgow, Inverness in the Highlands, Kirkwall on Orkney Island and Portland in Dorset – depending on the dates and length of cruise.

From September it is hoped Silhouette can sail from Southampton to other European and Scandinavian ports, crossing the Atlantic for Caribbean cruises from November and returning to Southampton in April 2022.

The 7-day UK voyage from Southampton on August 21 calls at Inverness, Kirkwall and Greenock and costs from £1,299 per person, two sharing (celebritycruises.com).

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Celebrity Cruises’ Beyond: Cabins, dining, entertainment and prices explained

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Celebrity Beyond is the third in Celebrity Cruises’ hip and happening Edge Series but it’s a little longer and taller than sister ships Edge and Apex to provide more outdoor space for guests and an extra 179 staterooms and suites. Designer Kelly Hoppen shook up the cruise industry with her sublime interiors for Edge and she’s given Beyond the same treatment, with an additional twist.

Lead architect Tom Wright dubbed the original Edge as simply “a prototype”, which is why Beyond is bigger: longer and taller, with an additional deck.

The stylish Rooftop Garden is bigger with a proper stage for bands and “spoilers” to direct sea breezes away from guests and the adjoining Rooftop Garden Grill is also larger. And the main Resort Deck is also bigger, with unrestricted views out to the port side and two-deck high cabanas on the other side of the deck that create a sophisticated and intimate vibe.

But it’s Gwyneth Paltrow who is the new Wow factor, starting as Wellbeing Advisor for Beyond and “curating”, as she describes it, a programme for all Celebrity’s ships that includes Women in Wellness classes in partnership with goop.

“At goop, our curiosity leads us to explore different approaches to well-being and sends us around the world, reporting on the best places to eat, drink, engage, and unwind,” she said.

“Near the nexus of these interests, we came across Celebrity’s mission to disrupt the traditional notion of being well-traveled. As Celebrity’s new wellbeing advisor, I’ll be working with my team at goop to bring onboard some of our favorite practices and tools for deepening wellbeing and joy.”

THE LIFESTYLE

Beyond is a “sanctuary at sea” with “more space to lose yourself” according to the marketing message. Relaxation is at the heart of the ship’s mission and while guests are not expected to wander into restaurants in ripped jeans and baseball caps, neither do they have to dress up to the nines.

Although the whole ship is beautiful, the Retreat for suite guests is particularly gorgeous and Kelly Hoppen describes the 40 per cent larger Retreat Sundeck as “creating solitude spaces, zen areas, where people can chill”. There’s also a 25-yard lap pool on the top deck, which is not only unusual for a cruise ship but indicates the health-conscious lifestyle promoted by Celebrity Cruises.

STATEROOMS

All the stateroom and suite interior designs have been “refreshed” for Beyond, with bedding and artwork updated, says Kelly Hoppen: “Its more about the textures, colours accessories – it’s tiny details.”

Beyond has 179 additional staterooms and suites compared to Edge and Apex, which both take 2,918 guests. Balcony staterooms on these two earlier ships extend to the water’s edge at the click of a button that hides the glass doors, with sea views from 90 per cent of all the staterooms, so Beyond is likely to have something similar.

As Celebrity Cruises’ president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said at the first glimpse reveal: “Stay tuned.”

What we do know is that suites will include two-storey villas with private plunge pools.

Luminae at the Retreat is the private restaurant for The Retreat guests, which is found on all Celebrity vessels except its expedition ships, and its menu is also created by Boulud, with interiors by Kelly Hoppen.

For Beyond, Hoppen admitted “I’ve let myself go wild in that space” to create different nooks and places within Luminae.

“I wanted people to be in that restaurant and feel that they needed to book it for the next night so they could be over here, or there,” she explained.

Bars mentioned included the Martini Bar in the Grand Plaza, in the heart of the ship, and both the lounge and the bar will be bigger than on the Edge and Apex. Similarly, the specialty restaurant Rooftop Garden Grill will be bigger and the Sunset Bar at the back of the ship will be multi-terraced, making it 180 per cent larger.

FACT BOX

Celebrity Beyond will make its maiden voyage in April 2022, sailing from Southampton before home-porting in Europe for Mediterranean and Greek island cruises.

In October 2022 Beyond will switch to Fort Lauderdale for Caribbean cruises over late autumn and winter into spring 2023.

The inaugural voyage leaves Southampton on April 27, 2022, for a 10-night Western Europe cruise to Barcelona, calling at La Rochelle, Bilbao, Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga and Mallorca. Prices start from £1,889pp, two sharing (celebritycruises.com).