Taking Off: Manet in London; cruise balcony deal

  • January 25, 2013 - 2:05 PM

Manet’s portraits dazzle in London
Edouard Manet was a great painter, no question about that. But
what sort of artist was he? “Impressionist” doesn’t really fit, and neither does “realist” nor “naturalist.” But a splendid new exhibition helps to get this slippery master of the brush into better focus. “Manet: Portraying Life” opened this weekend at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The exhibit, which runs through April 14, concentrates on portraits — a flexible concept to Manet.



MSC Cruises offers free balcony upgrades
MSC is offering free balcony upgrades on 11 of its ships sailing Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Book by March 31 and receive a balcony stateroom for the price of an oceanview room. For example, on Dec. 7, pay from $369 per person double for a three-night Caribbean cruise aboard the newly launched MSC Divina. Depart from Miami. Ask for the Wave Season 2013 promotion when booking. More information at 1-877-665-4655;

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