This beautiful scene, captured aboard the Zuiderdam as she cruised Tracy Arm Fjord, is poised to cost a lot more in 2012. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Alaska, it seems, just can’t get a break. First, there was the controversial head tax approved in 2006.  After much legal and […]

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Sailing the Atlantic Ocean aboard Celebrity Summit. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders It’s official: I love the fog. Today, there’s still something deep and mysterious about sailing through foggy conditions.  The sea is generally quite calm, and there’s an unsettling stillness in the air: no birds are around, […]

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 MS COLUMBUS lit up at night. Photo courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

When you think of the city of Toronto, you probably think of the CN Tower or the sprawling Pearson International Airport.  Starting in 2011, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises would like you to think of Toronto as something else:


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There’s a reason I don’t normally write about hotels on this blog.  Despite their relevance to cruisers – most of whom will stay in at least one either before or after their voyage – I just don’t find them to be all that fascinating. 

There are hotels I prefer, of course – everyone has […]

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Just a quick preview of what’s coming up this week!

After a harrowing experience coming back from our recent Canada/New England cruise aboard Celebrity Summit that included delayed and canceled flights, mechanical problems, thunderstorms, missing shuttle buses, and a twelve hour tour-de-force at Newark Liberty International, I’m back.

Coming up in the next seven […]

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Out To Sea

On July 15, 2010 By

I’ll be the first to admit it: the posts this week have been a little, well, lackluster.

But it’s OK, because I’m taking the opportunity in the next week and a half to do something I write about often: take a cruise.  So, between work, packing, and general family life, things have been a little […]

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Fireboat escort in Alesund, Norway. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Our Photo of the Week for this week shows the picturesque town of Alesund, Norway as seen from the decks of the Crown Princess.   Aside from being one of the prettiest cities in Norway, departure here is […]

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CBC is reporting that new emissions regulations, set to take effect for all cruise ships sailing to or from Canadian waters, have already caused their first ‘casualty’ as UK-based Fred.Olsen Cruises announced they would no longer visit Canada’s Eastern coast when the regulations take effect in 2012.

At the heart of the issue […]

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I remember my first cruise in 1998, aboard the Norwegian Wind.  I spent months pouring over the 1998 Norwegian Cruise Line “Alaska” brochure; in fact, I still have the tattered remains of it in my box of cruise memorabilia. 

I also scoured the internet, looking for every last scrap of information I could get […]

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 Enjoy more of this and less crowded airports aboard all Royal Caribbean European sailings.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

Picture this: you’re in Europe, about to disembark from the ship that’s been your home for the past two weeks.  You have to be up and out of your cabin […]

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