Today, we present a special Guest Review with a unique perspective here on From the Deck Chair.

I first met Barry Penner almost two years ago to the day, when he was Attorney General of British Columbia and Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Chilliwack-Hope region in the Province’s Fraser Valley. I had [...]

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If you’ve ever looked down at the hull of your cruise ship, chances are you’ve seen a variety of cryptic markings and symbols clustered near the bow and stern of the ship. Every one of these is an essential marking on any vessel, but what do they mean?

Let’s take a look at some of [...]

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I love seeking out itineraries that combine unique ports of call with equally special cruise ships. One such voyage is ultra-luxury line Seabourn’s 18-day Kingdoms of the Sun itinerary sailing between Piraeus, Greece and Dubai, United Arab Emirates aboard the line’s sleek Seabourn Legend.

Departing October 20, [...]

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A fire broke out aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas early yesterday morning. Everyone is fine, and damage was contained to the ship’s aft mooring area. Propulsion and shipboard electrical systems were unaffected, and the fire was put out at 4:58AM. She then sailed for Freeport, Bahamas, where she will [...]

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On Friday, May 24, Port Metro Vancouver had one of their busiest days so far this season, with Celebrity CruisesCelebrity MillenniumHolland America‘s  Amsterdam, and Royal Caribbean‘s Rhapsody of the Seas all departing from Canada Place on [...]

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One of the first things I learned about Cape Town, South Africa was that it gets hot – very hot. Yet all the locals seem to wear long sleeved, collared shirts with the arms rolled up to about elbow length. So, I did as the locals do: I went over to the Victoria Wharf Shopping [...]

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If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know that my ultimate, be-all-end-all, every-dream-has-come-true destination is Antarctica. But before you send me emails about how cold it is there, or question my sanity, let me explain: Antarctica has been the object of desire of countless rulers, leaders and explorers for longer than you or I have [...]

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My local evening newscast recently ran a story about a woman from Abbotsford, British Columbia who found herself ensnared in a free cruise scam. Not surprisingly, the scam had a familiar ring – it is the same one that has been making the rounds here and in the United States for years now.

It [...]

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One year ago this week, I set sail on a ten-day expedition voyage around the British Isles aboard Silversea’s adventurous Silver Explorer. In the 365 days that have passed, those ten days have crossed my mind over and over again.

The 132-guest Silver Explorer is probably best known as the [...]

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Last Thursday, I was present at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California to witness a little slice of cruising history: the formation of Viking Oceans and the unveiling of their first ship, the 928-pax Viking Star. Not only will Viking Oceans [...]

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