Brisbane Pride’s gala LGBTIQ event, the Queen's Ball, was held again this year in Brisbane’s iconic City Hall, with the totally on-trend theme of ‘Going to the Chapel’. Four hundred plus patrons dressed to impress in their most glamorous clobber, some in snug fitting suits, sparkling dresses and even the obligatory white wedding gowns. However, it was the drag queens who stole the show with their amazing frocks, dazzling make-up and brilliantly styled hair.
Royale Nam Tok Restaurant in Phuket, Thailand is a class act from start to finish. The sumptuous dining space, the superb service by host Corry and the culinary art by Chef Marc are a combination usually only found in a Michelin Star restaurant. We arrived at 8:00pm at their exquisite home by day and exclusive restaurant by night. With only six tables set with fine French napery, antique silver cutlery and elaborate glassware, this place is a touch of pure opulence.
With so many recent awards and accolades as a world leader in diversity and inclusion, particularly for LGBTI passengers, we wanted to 'test the waters' and see how a cruise with Royal Caribbean compared to other lines.
We had the very fortunate opportunity to meet Viktor Schmidt, Executive Chef on Radiance of the Seas when we sailed from Sydney to Hawaii. He very generously spent some of his valuable time with us talking about his life and his work on the high seas.
We made it one of our missions while on board this 'floating Goliath' to understand more about the Save The Waves Program and how Celebrity Solstice undertakes its environmental responsibilities as the leader of the fleet. We went straight to the most experienced man in this area and found out some astonishing facts.
Every once in awhile you strike it lucky, a little bit like winning at the slot machines or striking gold in the Yukon. This time we were fortunate enough to organise an interview with the very experienced and knowledgeable Celebrity Solstice Hotel Director, Mario Valentino. The fact he was completely 'hot' was just a bonus (like winning the special feature..........10 times).