This year, one of our most adventurous Live Voyage Reports kicked off in a big way with a stunning eastbound transatlantic crossing aboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit. Sailing from Bridgetown, Barbados, we journeyed across the southern Atlantic ocean, bound for Porto Novo, Las Palmas, Casablanca, Portimao [...]

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In a few short weeks, another extensive Live Voyage Report will commence here on From the Deck Chair, and it promises to be an exciting adventure aboard a line I’ve loved and admired for a long time.

Beginning Saturday, August 11, we’ll have a week of live coverage from onboard Holland America Line’s [...]

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Guests aboard Silversea’s Silver Cloud were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this past Wednesday: a sail up the River Thames and into the heart of London, just as the city gears up to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Passing under the iconic Tower Bridge adorned with the Olympics’ trademark multi-colored rings, [...]

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For a ship who’s lifespan in active passenger service encompassed barely four full days, the RMS Titanic has held countless people captive in her spell since she sank in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912.  I count myself as a major Titanic buff; her magnificent, one-of-a-kind interiors are still some of [...]

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This past April, I spent a day in the eclectic city of Casablanca, Morocco as part of a spectacular, 14-night transatlantic crossing from Barbados to Portugal aboard Silversea’s elegant, luxurious flagship, the Silver Spirit.

While the entire voyage was [...]

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The one thing for me that has always set cruising apart from other vacation types is the ships themselves.  Unlike many chain hotels – which can be rather cold and impersonal – cruise ships vary wildly in their interior design, décor and amenities, even within a single company!  Just look at the diversity of ships [...]

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Follow along in late September as we sail from Budapest to Prague

This past December, I discovered the magical world of river cruising for the first time. I use the world ‘magical’ because that’s precisely what it is – absolute, pure magic.  Days are spent journeying [...]

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Around the World in Eight Photographs

For me, the ship has always truly been the destination.  No matter where I am heading, I always say, fine, fine, but what about the ship?

But no matter which ship I take – be it a megaliner with thousands of passengers or an intimate river cruise ship that [...]

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Chocoholics, take note: there’s an excellent reason for you to visit Europe this November aboard Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca: a stunning, 14-night Portugal, Madeira & the Canaries cruise that will offer passengers the chance to learn all about (and taste!) their favorite indulgence from renowned chocolatier Gerry Wilton.

Departing from Portsmouth, England [...]

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There’s nothing quite like a day at sea.

Yet when I talk to prospective cruisers many of them shun long days at sea, preferring itineraries that include a larger mix of ports instead.  But there’s good reason to go out of your way to pick itineraries with long stretches of relative idleness, as I discovered [...]

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