The European Headache

On April 20, 2010 By

Although air traffic in Europe is gradually starting to take off, it is still heavily tied to the changeable ash cloud resulting from the volcanic eruption in Iceland, and the situation remains volatile at best. British Airways had hoped to start operating long-haul flights out of Heathrow this evening; sadly, they have had to […]

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Tour Yourself Around

On April 18, 2010 By

 What is this unique objet d’art onboard Statendam? Find out with Holland America’s iPod Art Tours. Photo © Aaron Saunders

When a ship is designed, part of the interior design team is assembled to acquire the multitude of art onboard.  This may be modern or historical depending on […]

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A British Midlands jet lands at Belfast International Airport. Photo © 2009 Aaron Saunders

Núll vitleysa.  It’s the rough Icelandic translation of “Oh crap.”  This week, a great many travelers attempting to fly into or out of some of Europe’s largest airports – Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle, and […]

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European Flight Chaos

On April 16, 2010 By

 Heathrow’s Terminal 3 Departures on a good day. Photo ©2009 Aaron Saunders

Flights to and from many Northern European countries are still in chaos this morning after a volcanic eruption in Iceland on Wednesday.

BBC News reports that flights could be grounded well into the weekend, […]

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One Step Forward…

On April 15, 2010 By

Alaska may be blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery on the North American continent, but it certainly is having a run of bad luck with the cruise industry: in 2006, a controversial head tax was approved for cruise ships sailing in Alaskan waters.  Cruise lines responded by moving ships elsewhere, though the impact […]

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Focus On…Gratuities

On April 14, 2010 By

Champagne on the high seas. Photo ©2009 Aaron Saunders 

In the “Old Days” – meaning not that long ago – gratuities were distributed in cash.  You received a series of envelopes on the second last evening, and had to fill each one with the required amount depending on […]

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 Silver Whisper at sea. Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another Unique Itinerary of the Week.  Focusing on itineraries that are unusual, different, or represent a departure from the norm for a particular cruise line, these itineraries are about […]

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The upper deck of the Oosterdam, sans waterslide. Photo © Aaron Saunders

An interesting question was posted on CruiseCritic yesterday: does Holland America Line‘s Oosterdam have a waterslide?  The quick and easy answer for anyone familiar with the line’s ships is a resounding ‘no’, but what […]

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A New Ship for P&O

On April 10, 2010 By

Azura arrives at Southampton, England on April 7, 2010. Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises

There is excitement in the air at the port of Southampton, England today – P&O Cruises‘ newest ship, Azura, arrived at the Ocean Terminal on Wednesday in preparation for the big day: today, […]

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Celebrity Equinox will cruise Europe with her sisters. Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises announced details of its 2011 Europe and Alaska cruises today, and in addition to some exceptional itineraries, the line also has some interesting fleet deployments in store for cruisers.

Celebrity […]

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