Mini-Alaska

On March 31, 2010 By

Coral Princess in Alaskan waters. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises While the overall number of Alaska cruises may be on the decline, Princess Cruises has a unique voyage this May that might be of interest to cruisers looking for a quick getaway to the northernmost state. Departing on […]

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While the West Coast may be lamenting the reduction in ships heading north to Alaska, the East Coast – specifically the Canadian Maritimes – stands to have one of their best seasons ever. In Halifax, Silversea‘s Silver Spirit will kick off the Canada and New England cruise season on April 27th when she calls […]

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For some travelers, a cruise ship is merely a method of transportation to get to their destination.  Fore, aft, starboard – none of it matters as long as it docks near an island with azure-blue seas, a sandy beach, and a drink with a little umbrella in it.

For others though, the ship is as […]

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Reports are coming in from Reuters about an incident that occurred this afternoon aboard the Carnival Sensation – and while it turned out to be a non-event, nobody’s laughing.

As the ship was preparing to turn around in Port Canaveral in preparation for another short run to the Bahamas, a passenger on one […]

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MS Kristina Regina arrives at Akureyri, Iceland Photo ©2009 Aaron Saunders Today, we’re talking about the imminent departure of a ship you’ve probably never heard of: the MS Kristina Regina.

Operated by Finland-based Kristina Cruises, the venerable Kristina Regina was built in 1960 as a car […]

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Today, Princess released its 2011 Europe season for booking.  Tomorrow, Cunard will release its 2011-2012 voyages, including transatlantics, for booking by its World Club members (general booking for those who haven’t sailed with the line will come later). 

In fact, in the past two weeks, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise […]

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A New Dream for Disney

On March 24, 2010 By

Captain Mickey greets guests onboard Disney Cruise Line. Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

When Disney Cruise Line first began operating in 1998, it immediately set itself from the pack.  Building upon the little touches and attention to detail that made their theme parks so successful, Disney […]

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Busy, Busy

On March 23, 2010 By

When it rains it pours, as the saying goes.

Here’s a quick smattering of what we have in the works for this week on From the Deck Chair:

- A Complete History of Specialty Dining

- When You Wish Upon A Star: Exploring Disney’s new Disney Dream

- The Northwest Passage Transit with […]

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Goodbye Ballantyne?

On March 21, 2010 By

Serenade of the Seas at Ballantyne Pier in Vancouver, BC. Photo © Aaron Saunders

The steep downturn in the Alaska cruise market this year may have an unintended upside for those passengers embarking in Vancouver, British Columbia: with a few exceptions, Port Metro Vancouver’s 2010 Cruise Ship […]

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Alaska Reconsiders

On March 20, 2010 By

 Skagway, Alaska.  
Holland America’s Zuiderdam is in the background. Photo © Aaron Saunders

A few days ago, we wrote extensively about some of the issues facing the future of West Coast cruises, many of which center around the State of Alaska’s 2006 decision to impose one of […]

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