2011 Preview: Cunard Line

On December 31, 2010 By

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 departs Philipsburg, St. Maarten on the evening of December 15, 2010 Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders

Selecting a line to finish off our special 2011 Preview feature wasn’t easy.  There were many lines to choose from that ranged from affordable to expensive, casual to [...]

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2011 Preview: Silversea

On December 30, 2010 By

Silversea’s 292-passenger Silver Cloud passes beneath London’s Tower Bridge at dusk. Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises

If you follow this blog, you know we had the opportunity to experience ultra-luxury line Silversea firsthand when we sailed to the Caribbean aboard Silver Spirit for nine [...]

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Along with Allure of the Seas, Norwegian Epic was one of the major newsmakers of 2010. Photo courtesy of NCL When it came time to pick a line for inclusion in this 2011 feature that would be accessible to everyone, from families to singles to seniors, Norwegian [...]

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The classic Holland America Line logo, as seen aboard the Oosterdam. Photo © Aaron Saunders

One of the oldest and frankly most beloved lines in the world of cruising, Holland America Line is set to ring in 2011 with a slew of new enhancements to their vessels [...]

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The pool deck of the Europa is seen in this beautiful photo. Photo courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises  

If you’ve cruised in Europe, chances are you may have seen the ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.  With their sleek white superstructures and distinctive orange funnels, this Hamburg-based line [...]

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2011 Preview

On December 26, 2010 By

Come pull up a deck chair as we look toward all the exciting voyages 2011 holds. Photo © Aaron Saunders With the last week of 2010 upon us, it’s time to start looking ahead to all the exciting voyages that are available in the coming year. Recognizing that [...]

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Silver Spirit’s Observation Lounge. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders Fresh on the heels of our extensive cruise report aboard Silversea‘s Silver Spirit, we now have a complete photo tour up for this fascinating, 642-foot long vessel. Built in 2009, Silver Spirit is the new [...]

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Focus On: Stablization

On December 23, 2010 By

This illustration of the 1849-built steamship Pacific reveals how passengers of the day regarded ocean travel. Illustration courtesy of Wikipedia When was the last time you were in rough seas?   While most passengers know what to do in the event of rough seas – ginger, patches, heavy food, [...]

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Passengers disembark P&O’s Azura in Ft. Lauderdale on December 20, 2010. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders Post-Cruise Depression.  Chances are you’ve heard the term before, and while it is usually said in jest, Post Cruise Depression (PCD) can be a very real after-effect of an enjoyable vacation. It [...]

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Sailing into Fort Lauderdale in the early morning. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders When I first embarked Silver Spirit, I have to admit I was a little worried.  I’d never sailed on a luxury line before – would I like it?  Would it be enjoyable?  I had [...]

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