Next Wednesday, I will step aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand-new Norwegian Breakaway at Manhattan’s Pier 88 for the very first time, and between her Christening ceremonies and the two-night preview cruise-to-nowhere, there will be plenty to report on here on From the Deck Chair.

Beginning May 8 and running through May [...]

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It’s the smell that hits you first: the sweet, woody scent of decades of varnish and pitch that mingle together like the scent from a fine glass of scotch. Then, you notice the wooden decking beneath your feet, the brass brightwork at the tiller, and the massive sails that have been keeping the Schooner [...]

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As we wrap up our week of Alaska cruise coverage prior to the start of the season, there’s one other line that’s worth talking about not only because they offer a terrific onboard product, but also because they’re one of the few lines to actively offer sailings from both Vancouver and Seattle aboard a single [...]

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On my very first cruise, and my very first trip to Alaska, North to Alaska by Johnny Horton was piped over the public address system as we set sail from Vancouver’s Ballantyne Pier.

That was in 1998, and the song still sends a shiver down my spine when I hear it. Admittedly, that’s not all [...]

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While there are numerous mainstream cruise lines that send their most tried and tested vessels to Alaska, those seeking an ultra-luxury cruise to the 49th State aren’t left out of the action, with Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea Cruises both offering up some fantastic itineraries.

Because luxury ships tend to be smaller than [...]

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In the past, I’ve written extensively about the custom Alaska CruiseTour that I will be hosting with Vancouver-based Cruise Experts Travel on July 6. But the 11-night Southbound Best of Alaska CruiseTour is just one of many that the popular agency has developed for [...]

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In honour of the official kick-off of the 2013 Alaska cruise season here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re bringing you a sold week of coverage of all things Alaska – and there’s no better way to do that than with the announcement of an exciting Live Voyage Report!

Beginning June 2, 2013, we’ll be reporting [...]

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The 2013 Cruise Season has officially begun here in Vancouver, British Columbia – and it’s shaping up to be a spectacular one.

On Wednesday, Holland America Line’s Zaandam became the first ship of the year to call at Victoria’s Ogden Point Cruise Terminal, and yesterday became the first ship of the [...]

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A few weeks ago, while in Amsterdam to cover the christening of Viking River Cruises’ 10 brand-new Viking Longships, I had the opportunity to visit one of the city’s most unique pieces of architecture – one I knew absolutely nothing about.

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Every morning, I see plenty of special offers from cruise lines come across my in-box, usually of the discount variety, or offering up an onboard credit or early booking bonus. But ultra-luxury line Silversea has created a fascinating promotion that they hope will benefit travel agents and consumers alike.

In their newly-launched Partner for [...]

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