The Life Aquatic in Honolulu

Because I’m so enamoured with the sunrise and sunset here in Honolulu, Hawaii, I made a point of being up and out of the hotel at 6 AM in order to properly catch and photograph this amazing event.  And it turns out I wasn’t the only crazy person up before […]

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The long road to Ala Moana

Another glorious day in Honolulu, Hawaii broke very much as the last two have: with a beautiful sunrise around 7:00am, accented with dark clouds off the Pacific Ocean.  But just like the past two days, these clouds quickly gave way to glorious sunshine, blue skies, and a light tropical […]

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Sunsets, beaches, and more than we bargained for at the Honolulu Zoo

Day broke in Honolulu, Hawaii this morning with the rays of another gorgeous sunrise spilling in off the Pacific Ocean.  I can see now why people come here year after year for their annual vacation; the sunrise and sunsets alone are worth the […]

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Arrival in Honolulu, an encounter of the aquatic kind, and tales of abducted luggage

After being in Honolulu, Hawaii for only a day, I can tell I’m going to like the phrase Aloha! Mahalo.  Everyone in Hawaii, or at least here in Honolulu, seems to sprinkle it liberally in every conversation.

At breakfast: “Aloha! Mahalo.”

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They say part of the fun of travel is all the fascinating people you meet along the way. For cruisers, that holds true in another respect: half the fun of travel is ship spotting.  And while I love a nice, calm, quiet harbor as much as the next cruiser, I love busy ports like Barcelona, […]

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Tomorrow, Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas will sail from the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain where she has been for the past five weeks. During that time, over 500 workers were hard at work transforming the popular Vision-class ship into a modern work of art.

To bring the 1996-built ship firmly into […]

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I’m always enamoured with well-made cruise videos, and the ones produced by ultra-luxury line Silversea for their Silversea Expeditions brand are some of the best. Shot onboard their elegant expedition vessel, the Silver Explorer, these videos paint a picture of voyages to far-off lands, where every day is an adventure and […]

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While I took my first cruise in July of 1998, my second voyage wasn’t until 2000 and another five years would elapse before I embarked on my third voyage.  While my first two cruises were amazing and got into my bloodstream in ways I can’t begin to express, it was this third cruise that really […]

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To sail the Mediterranean is to step back in time.  The historic ports that line the Mediterranean and Aegean seas are as old as civilization itself, and names like Athens, Ephesus and Rhodes conjure up images of ancient temples and civilisations. And in order to properly explore this fascinating region of the world, SeaDream […]

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A Day in Gothenburg, Sweden

The weather wasn’t cooperating when we called on Sweden’s second-largest city back in August aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit, but that didn’t make our stay here any less enjoyable.

Founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus, Gotenberg (or Göteborg in its native Swedish) is arguably one of the most […]

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