2010 is poised to be an excellent year for the cruise industry.  After the uncertainty that has tainted the past few years, starting with the enormous increases in fuel costs in 2007 and 2008 and then moving on into the recession of 2009, things are starting to look up both for the economy and the […]

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 Celebrity’s Hawaiian Journey. Illustration courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

This week’s Unique Itinerary of the Week comes to us by way of Celebrity Cruises and offers passengers a chance to see Hawaii on a line that rarely travels there, aboard a ship that has never been […]

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Due to a power outage caused by a storm here in Vancouver that gobbled up today’s article, I present instead the Pretty Picture of the Day.  The following shot was taken in Bar Harbor, Maine from the decks of the Crown Princess in September, 2007.

From the Deck Chair will return tomorrow!

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The view overlooking Rotterdam’s bow. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders In this final installment of our three-part photo-tour of Holland America Line‘s elegant MS Rotterdam, we wanted to take a look not only at some of the other refurbished public rooms, but also at some of the […]

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We continue the second part of our photo-tour of Holland America Line’s Rotterdam in a little room just aft of the Explorations Cafe on Deck 5.  This intimate, bright room is home to one of the newest enrichment programs offered board Holland America ships: the Digital Workshop.

Digital Workshop powered by Windows®

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 ©2010 Aaron Saunders
I remember the first time I saw Holland America Line’s flagship, the MS Rotterdam.  It was on the cover of the August 1999 issue of Cruise Travel Magazine.  I took one look at the beautiful photo on the cover and knew that […]

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Just A Tease…

On May 15, 2010 By

…of what is coming on Monday: a full, three-part photo-tour and review of Holland America’s elegant MS Rotterdam as she sailed between Vancouver and Seattle.  Until then, enjoy this tantalizing glimpse, and stay tuned for the full report on how some features on this 1997-built ship stand to rival even the newest HAL vessels.

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 Norwegian Star at Vancouver. Spinnakers is in the large glassed area above the bridge. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Cruise Line has quietly made some changes to its popular Norwegian Star.  At first glance, the refits seem like a popular choice for passengers seeking a wider variety […]

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Wake behind the azipod-driven Norwegian Pearl. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Many passengers can tell you exactly which night lobster will be served in the dining room, but sadly, most do not give much consideration to the amazing technologies that allow their ship to speed across the […]

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In his blog, Royal Caribbean President Adam Goldstein made a quick note announcing the line has ended its relationship with onboard art auction provider Park West.  He stated that Park West employees currently onboard their ships would remain there until the end of their contracts, and in the meantime the line would […]

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