Why Cruise?

On August 19, 2010 By

Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

Rachel Carson, 1907-1964

I believe a cruise is more than just a destination; it is a chance to meet and interact with […]

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 Norwegian Sun, shown here in Vancouver, BC. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Every year, many cruisers flock to the holiday cruises; voyages over Christmas and New Year’s are immensely popular and not only do they usually sell out, but they do so at some of the highest price points […]

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The ‘whale-tail’: Carnival’s iconic funnel as seen on Carnival Imagination in Key West, Florida. Photo © Aaron Saunders 

Regardless of whether it’s your first cruise or your hundred-and-first, there’s no mistaking a Carnival cruise ship: the tall blue, red and white funnel that resembles a whale’s tail […]

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Trouble Down South

On August 16, 2010 By

 Carnival and Royal Caribbean both use Galveston, Texas as a homeport for their Caribbean cruises. Here, Carnival Fantasy and Independence of the Seas are seen docked at Cozumel, Mexico. Photo © Aaron Saunders

A few years ago. the Port of Houston, Texas set an ambitious […]

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The Arctic as seen from the bridge of MS Hanseatic. Photo courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Taken off the coast of Greenland, this remarkable image from the bridge webcam aboard Hapag-Lloyd CruisesMS Hanseatic gives armchair cruisers a tantalizing glimpse of one of the most remote parts […]

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The Pacific Ocean at sunset, as viewed from aboard Mariner of the Seas. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders

While we’re busy at work preparing articles for tomorrow and the coming week, we thought it’d be fitting to throw up another attractive photo.  It’s remarkable how something as simple […]

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Crystal Symphony will ply two new Pacific Coast itineraries in April, 2011. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

Much has been made of the fact that starting in 2011, both Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are pulling out of the Mexican Riviera market completely, choosing instead […]

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Bring on the Magic

On August 11, 2010 By

Installing the trademark funnel aboard the new Carnival Magic. Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines A few weeks ago, Carnival‘s newest vessel passed something of a milestone at the Fincantieri shipyards near Venice, Italy: the installation of the trademark “whale” funnel aboard Carnival Magic. Set […]

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Journey from Vancouver to Los Angeles this September aboard Norwegian Pearl. Map courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

It’s August, and that means that the 2010 Alaska cruise season is slowly but steadily drawing to a close.  It also means that some fantastic deals on repositioning cruises […]

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Racing along the back-roads of Northern Ireland. Photo © Aaron Saunders As a cruise passenger, arriving at a brand-new port of call for the day can pose some daunting questions: what to see?  What to do?  And how to make the most of your time ashore? Cruise lines […]

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