During my recent visit to Fort Lauderdale, I had the opportunity to check out a new brand of boutique hotels: the vibrant and modern B Ocean Fort Lauderdale.

I’m going to be honest: until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale. Now, I’m embarrassed to say that […]

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Few words can adequately describe the feelings that came over me when I stepped aboard ultra-luxury line Silversea’s elegant and beautiful Silver Spirit in December 2010. It was like seeing colours for the first time; smelling a field of lavender; or being the first man […]

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After a supremely relaxing stay at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, I had planned to spend some time in nearby Hollywood, Florida visiting with friends and exploring another nearby destination that is easily accessible to cruisers sailing out of Port Everglades.  But the photos I returned with were somewhat different than what I […]

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In the past, I’ve written a lot about flights, airlines and flying in general, simply because it is something that many cruisers will do in order to reach their ship. It’s also something I do quite a bit of, and this weekend, I learned a lot about what is involved with trying to change flights […]

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The Ritz, Cabanas and a storm named Isaac

Anyone who knows me understands that I always get up early. Six and seven in the morning are fairly standard wakeup times for me, no matter where I am.  But here at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, that isn’t the case. The fact is this: their ultra-comfortable […]

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Or, how the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Spoiled Me Rotten

Two flights, three airports and twelve hours after my journey began, I arrived late last night on the doorstep of the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale hotel, my home-away-from-home for the next three nights. Now, arriving at any hotel is great after a long day spent at […]

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From Alaska to Florida, today marks the start of another Live Trip Report here on From the Deck Chair, but you may have noticed a twist in both the banner and the wording.  Look closely: there’s no ship, and the word “voyage” is noticeably absent. But though there may not be a ship in […]

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As a confessed cruise-nut, one thing I love about taking a voyage anywhere in the world is the opportunity to view and photograph some of the other unique cruise ships that are encountered along the way.  And my recent journey to Alaska did not disappoint!

Here are […]

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A Memorable Week in Alaska aboard the Zuiderdam

Today, 1,916 guests are enjoying their second day aboard Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam, sailing into the mouth of picturesque Tracy Arm Fjord before continuing on to the capital of Juneau, Alaska.  And sadly, I’m not one of them.

But last week, I was part of fortunate […]

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One Last Day aboard the elegant Zuiderdam

Although Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam is spending her Friday sailing the scenic Inside Passage under spectacularly sunny skies after a morning punctuated by heavy fog, it sadly marks my last full day onboard this beautiful ship.  And I say beautiful because she is exactly that.

In many […]

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