Port Focus: New York

On September 18, 2010 By

 New York City’s iconic Times Square at night. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders

Manhattan.  The Big Apple.   New York City.

Everyone, it seems, knows about New York.  If they haven’t been personally, the average person could tell you just about everything you’d need to know.  After all, […]

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 Update: 8:49am PST, 9/18/10

Cruise West issued a detailed statement late yesterday announcing that the sailings scheduled for this weekend have been canceled, and the line is ceasing all operations effective immediately.  

Guests booked on the line’s Galapagos program, which was operated by another company, Canodros, are urged to contact that line via […]

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 A visit to Tracy Arm Fjord is just one of the many destinations included aboard ms Amsterdam’s Alaskan Adventurer cruise. Photo © Aaron Saunders

With the 2010 Alaska season drawing to a close, the time has come to look forward to the next one.  2011 promises to be […]

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Be honest: we all secretly drool over the Penthouse Suites that almost every cruise ship offers.  Grand Pianos, marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a list of amenities that would make Oscar Wilde blush are all available for the taking.  Seven days of living like a veritable King or Queen make even the most humble of […]

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Line Profile: MSC Cruises

On September 14, 2010 By

MSC Poesia. Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises 

If you’ve researched or booked a cruise to the Mediterranean or Caribbean recently, chances are you probably saw itineraries offered by MSC Cruises.  The fourth-largest cruise line in the world, their rise has been meteoric.  Five years ago, the line […]

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Port vs. Starboard

On September 13, 2010 By

Noordam tied up with its port side against Canada Place. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Irregardless of whether you’re on your first cruise or your fifty-first, chances are you’ve heard the terms port and starboard.  After all, on a ship directions are never referred to as ‘right’ or […]

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Back in March, we wrote about some of our favorite public rooms aboard ships, and explained why the interior design of a vessel can set a ship apart from other lines, or even from her very own fleetmates or sister ships.  Indeed, thanks to the creative interior design teams employed by the cruise lines, […]

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Port Profile: Bergen, Norway

On September 11, 2010 By

With the Northern Europe cruise season drawing to a close, many passengers are already looking to 2011 sailings in the region.  With a multitude of countries, ports, and itineraries to choose from, it can be more than a little overwhelming for first-time visitors to the region.

Which is why we have our new Port Profiles […]

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Cruise West‘s Spirit of Nantucket, later Spirit of America, seen docked in Bar Harbor, Maine in September 2007. Photo © Aaron Saunders On Wednesday, Seattle-based Cruise West posted a notice on its website stating that it had suspended all future cruise bookings.  At the same time, passengers […]

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 The Morro Castle burns off the New Jersey coast  on the morning of September 8, 1934. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Wednesday marked the seventy-sixth anniversary of a maritime disaster that the modern world of cruising owes much of its fire-safety features to: the fire and subsequent grounding of […]

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