In 2007, ultra-luxury line Silversea made a bold move: it acquired a small, unassuming vessel built nearly 20 years earlier as the Sally Clipper before being passed around to various cruise lines. But after an extensive multi-million dollar refit, she emerged prouder than ever as the lead vessel in Silversea’s new Expeditions product: Prince [...]

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If you’re going to be in Southampton, England next Tuesday (July 3rd), bring your camera. Heck, if you’re scheduled to be anywhere within easy driving or flying distance of the famous English port city by the River Test, head on over because P&O Cruises is putting on an event you won’t want to [...]

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Most people plan their vacations by choosing a destination they’d like to go to, then working around what ships and lines are operating in that area. I tend to work the other way around: I like to pick my ship or my cruise line first, then go wherever they’re sailing. It’s a neat way to [...]

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When I toured Holland America Line’s 781-foot long, 1,432-guest Volendam in the port of Vancouver, it was a grey, cold, and uninspiring day in the month that was quickly becoming famous locally as “Juneuary” for its unseasonable weather. But stepping across the tide-sensing gangway and into the warmth of the Volendam, I discovered [...]

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Did you know that Norwegian Cruise Line has set up a dedicated blog chronicling the construction of their newest vessel, the forthcoming Norwegian Breakaway? I didn’t. But with the ship just now starting to take shape at the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany, there’s good reason why you might want [...]

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Of all the emails I get, the most frequently asked questions all relate to my photography. Many people want to know what kind of camera I’m using, or if I do any post-processing to my photos, or they’re simply seeking tips to make their own cruise photography better.

Now, I’m certainly no Ansel Adams, but [...]

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Exciting news yesterday from Silversea, as the ultra-luxury brand announced that it has purchased Canodros S.A., a premier Ecuadorian tourism company operating in the Galapagos Islands, along with their upscale expedition ship Galapagos Explorer II, which first sailed in 1990 as Renaissance III for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises.

Measuring 288 [...]

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I originally wrote this article last August after realizing just how critical Google Maps (and the related Google StreetView) were in planning my cruises. This week, I found myself using this technology again and thought it would be worth re-running this article. Here’s what I had to say last August:

Whenever I plan a [...]

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On a dreary day punctuated with rain earlier this week, I had the opportunity to step aboard and tour Holland America Line‘s bright and vibrant Volendam during her turnaround call at Port Metro Vancouver’s Canada Place cruise ship terminal.

A derivative of the line’s highly-successful Statendam-class ships, Volendam is a direct [...]

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Why Travel? Why Not!

On June 14, 2012 By

A friend of mine always likes to rib me about cruising and asked me if I ever get tired of travelling – and my answer is always the same: absolutely not!

I’ve been travelling – really travelling – since 1998, when my parents took me on my first cruise: a weeklong voyage to Alaska aboard [...]

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