European Vacation?

On May 31, 2010 By

There’s a great scene in National Lampoon’s European Vacation where Clark Griswold ends up caught in a roundabout near Lambeth Bridge in London.  Unable to merge into traffic, he drives his family around for hours, happily exclaiming “Look kids – Big Ben!  Parliament!”, determined to enjoy himself despite being bewildered by the country he [...]

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The ultra-luxe Le Boreal at sea. Photo courtesy of Compagnie du Ponant. You’ve probably never heard of Compagnie du Ponant.  You’ve also probably never heard of their fleet of yacht-like vessels, dedicated to whisking discerning travelers to some of the most interesting ports in the world.  It’s [...]

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 An assortment of Cunard, White Star Line, and P&O Orient Lines programs, menus, and passenger lists. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders

Experienced cruisers know all about disembarkation day: luggage out by midnight the night before, a visit to the Front Office to settle any last-minute onboard [...]

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Photo © Aaron Saunders This week’s Photo of the Week was taken from the stern of the Norwegian Sun as she departed Skagway, Alaska and transited the Lynn Canal on her way to Juneau.   The above photograph was taken at 12:10 am, which looks remarkably [...]

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 Celebrity Mercury docked at Canada Place, Vancouver. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Yesterday, Celebrity Cruises confirmed what many had suspected for the past half-year: the 1997-built Celebrity Mercury will depart the fleet in February, 2011 and will join TUI Cruises as Mein Schiff 2, catering to [...]

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Aloha!

On May 27, 2010 By

When Celebrity Cruises announced they’d be sending Celebrity Century to Hawaii in 2011 and 2012, we wondered if parent company Royal Caribbean would follow suit. 

They have.

Starting in September 2011, Radiance of the Seas will join fleetmate Rhapsody of the Seas in offering a series of Hawaiian cruise options before and [...]

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Focus On…Pools

On May 26, 2010 By

The Solarium pool aboard Mariner of the Seas. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders  

These days, swimming pools – somtimes two or even three – are as standard as lifeboats on cruise ships.  It wasn’t always this way, though – in fact, pools have been a staple on [...]

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I have a bit of an admission to make:  for whatever reason, I find myself completely out of things to write about.  I’ve been staring at a blinking cursor for thirty-five minutes, and it just blinks back, mocking me.

Normally, I don’t find it difficult at all to write about cruising or cruise ships – [...]

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Olden, Norway as seen from the Crown Princess. Photo © Aaron Saunders

This week’s Photo of the Week shows the picturesque town of Olden, Norway as seen from the aft deck of the Crown Princess in August, 2009.  Home to a mere 480 people, Olden is [...]

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Spreads like this one onboard Regent Seven Seas Mariner could be reduced or done away with if your cruise is stricken with Norovirus. Photo © Aaron Saunders  

An article on BBC News caught my eye this morning.  It seems some passengers aboard Princess Cruises Grand [...]

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