For as long as there have been ships plying the seas, there have been enduring legends and tall tales to go along with them.  In the earliest days of seafaring, many of these elaborate stories were spread like land-based tales of ghosts and sightings of the supernatural, while others may have been constructive attempts to […]

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A Day in Warnemunde

With the exception of a brief layover in Dusseldorf, I had never set foot in Germany before I visited the seaside town of Warnemunde this past summer aboard Windstar Cruises’ sleek Wind Spirit.

Rather than making the three-hour-plus journey to […]

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Fly Me to the Cruise

On October 27, 2011 By

For most of us, flying is an integral part of the cruise vacation.  After all, not everyone lives near embarkation ports like Southampton, Hong Kong, or New York.  Even though I call Vancouver home, the last time I sailed from here on a weeklong voyage was five years ago; the other voyages have all required […]

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Of all the cruises I’ve taken, one of my all-time favorite ships is Princess CruisesCrown Princess. Built in 2006, the Crown Princess was the most radical evolution from the highly successful Grand Princess, and the ship that gave Princess a number of their most popular innovations, like the redesigned […]

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Focus On…AIDA Cruises

On October 25, 2011 By

I recently decided to teach myself German.  I wish I could say my desire to learn another language springs from some loftier pursuit, but the truth of the matter is I’m doing this so I can one day say guten tag to one of Carnival Corporation’s most distinctive brands: German-based AIDA Cruises.

Known to […]

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When I was in High School, the one bright shining example of an otherwise wholly miserable time was a course called the Travel Club.  Led by my school’s guidance counselor and his wife, the Travel Club arranged a trip every year, usually to Europe, designed to get students interested in travel and different cultures.

For […]

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A Day in Taormina, Italy

Few ports have captivated me as much as the beautiful port of Taormina, Italy, located on the island of Sicily. A popular tourist destination since the 19th century, Taormina is built atop the hillside and is accessible through a series of snake-like roads, elevators and staircases.  But the charm this […]

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The Port of Tampa received a new visitor this week: the popular 2001-built Norwegian Star, which will be based at the Florida port through April of 2012, marking the first time both the ship and Norwegian Cruise Line have sailed from the Gulf Coast city.

Sailing a weeklong Western Caribbean itinerary with […]

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The Return of Mazatlan?

On October 19, 2011 By

Numerous sources this week are reporting on Princess Cruises decision to start tentatively resuming calls to Mazatlan, Mexico in 2012-2013. The Mexican port was scrapped earlier this year after rising drug violence prompted every major line operating in the Mexican Riviera to reconsider their itineraries in the area.

In the case of Princess, they […]

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One of the new cruise ships that has fascinated me most is without a doubt Seabourn Quest.  With its sleek, modern appearance and ultra-luxury amenities, Seabourn‘s latest and greatest was just launched this past June, and she’s already becoming a fast favorite among their passengers.  Best of all, you can set sail aboard […]

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