An unexpected storm can cause unexpected problems – if you aren’t prepared. Photo © Aaron Saunders 

With Tropical Storm Nicole wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and the East Coast in general this week, there have been a slew of re-routed cruise ships. 

A post on CruiseCritic’s […]

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 Oceania Marina, due to launch next year, is one of many exciting new ships on the horizon. Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises

If you believe the Miami Herald, the “era of grand innovation in ship design [is] waning.”


Certainly, ships aren’t being built at the […]

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The Joy of Cruising

On September 28, 2010 By

Before there were waterslides and circus tents and aqua theatres and curved stateroom walls aboard ships, there was one essential quality about a cruise that was inescapable: you were on a luxurious floating palace that moved gracefully over the water

 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ MS Europa took top honours  in […]

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Norwegian Sun, shown here in Vancouver, BC, will homeport for the winter in Port Canaveral, Florida. Photo © Aaron Saunders

This October, Port Canaveral is preparing to welcome back a friend who’s been absent for eleven years. Norwegian Cruise Line last homeported a ship in Port […]

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Landing in a new country can be a costly proposition if you haven’t done your homework. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders 

A cruise vacation is arguably one of the most important purchases you can make; after all, it is your vacation – something that takes both your hard-earned […]

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Downtown Ketchikan on a rare sunny day. Photo © Aaron Saunders As the self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World”, two things are quickly apparent about the pretty little town of Ketchikan, Alaska: one, there’s lots of salmon.  Two – it rains here.  A lot. But the average 3,900 […]

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Focus On: Prince Albert II

On September 23, 2010 By

Silversea’s Prince Albert II in Arctic waters. Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises  

On Wednesday, we told you about the diverse voyages to Antarctica that are operated by Silversea‘s Prince Albert II.  Today, we take an in-depth look at the ship itself to discover just how […]

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“Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time yet devised.”  – Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886 – 1959)
As part of Robert Falcon Scott’s infamous last expedition to the South Pole in 1910-13, Apsley Cherry-Garrard and his companions endured hardships that are difficult to imagine in this […]

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 A picturesque summer day in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine.
Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders

Despite the impact that Hurricane Earl had on the Maritimes a few weeks ago, the Bangor Daily News reports that Bar Harbor, Maine is on track to play host to a record 111 […]

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Preview: Alaska 2011

On September 19, 2010 By

 North Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Yesterday, approximately 16,000 passengers passed through Vancouver’s Canada Place and Ballantyne piers in the single-busiest day of the Alaska cruise season. 

With the exception of this extraordinary Sunday, the 2010 Alaska season was quieter than […]

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