Admittedly, after travelling to South Africa I am on a bit of an exotic itinerary kick. So I asked my friends at Vancouver-based Cruise Experts Travel to rifle through their extensive roster of voyages in search of something rare and different. And lo and behold, […]

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Some exciting news from the world of river cruising: hot on the heels of the announcement that long-standing tour operator Tauck has joined the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), they have just announced they will welcome two brand-new river cruise ships into their European river cruising fleet in 2014, which will […]

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It may be January, but I am already thinking of July, hard at work planning for the exclusive 11-Night Southbound “Best of Alaska” Ultimate CruiseTour that I have the privilege of hosting with Vancouver-based Cruise Experts Travel this summer. Click here to continue reading!

I don’t know about where you live, but it’s remarkably cold out today where I live – and that has me thinking of the warmth of the Mediterranean. That, in turn, brings us to another Unique Itinerary of the Week

Departing between May 26 and October 20 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, this […]

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I have lots of favorite cruise experiences, but I always get a little wistful when I think about my week aboard Windstar Cruises’ gorgeous motor-sailing yacht, the 148-guest Wind Spirit. With four masts of billowing white sails and sailaways set to the Vangelis-composed theme for the […]

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A reader emailed yesterday with a most interesting question: she was looking for a special cruise to celebrate a significant milestone in her family’s life, and did I have any recommendations? I had a few ideas, and I wrote the reader back.

But it got me thinking: what constitutes a special cruise? Now, I’m personally […]

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Avoiding Norovirus

On January 7, 2013 By

Norovirus: it’s not just for ships!

This is an expanded version of an article I wrote on Norovirus back in September. The infectious disease has come to the forefront recently with plenty of adverse news coverage over the outbreak of Norovirus aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.  But Norovirus isn’t just limited to cruise ships; in […]

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This week, I found myself thinking of Norway, and my first spectacular voyage to this wonderful country nearly four years ago. In the port of Olden – a small village with a population of under 500 – I remember being told that on Christmas Day, the sun managed to crawl over the mountains for a […]

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It’s a Book!

On January 2, 2013 By

It’s been a busy few months here on From the Deck Chair, and now that it is officially 2013, I can finally announce why.

For the past few months, I’ve been working furiously on a coffee-table photo book dedicated to cruise ships and modern cruising.  I’m on the tail-end of finishing the text for the […]

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Why do we travel?

If you’re someone with a certain degree of wanderlust, no doubt you’ve asked yourself that very question more than once. But why do we feel the need to travel?

For me, travel is a burning desire that can never be satiated. It’s an unquenchable thirst, with the exception that it only […]

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