Returning to the Mexican Riviera aboard Carnival Miracle

For years, one of my absolute favorite runs was the Mexican Riviera. Living on the West Coast, they were convenient, affordable, and yet still provided a warm-weather, weeklong getaway that was reasonably exotic. It was the itinerary, along with voyages to Alaska and the odd Pacific Coastal […]

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We Join Viking Cruises First Oceangoing Ship for a Quick Journey to Norway

Two weeks from today, I’ll be in Greenwich, London, England stepping aboard Viking (River) Cruises very first oceangoing ship: the elegant 930-guest Viking Star. My time aboard her will be short, with only four days standing between us […]

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Crossing the Atlantic aboard Queen Mary 2 with the National Symphony Orchestra

It’s a busy year here on From the Deck Chair. We’re setting out on a number of amazing and exciting voyages around the world on ships of all shapes and sizes in an attempt to show just how diverse the world of cruising […]

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Call of the Middle East

“We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.”

Rudyard Kipling

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

On Monday, April 20, I disembarked Silversea’s Silver Wind in the port of Piraeus, Greece – perhaps better known as the gateway to Athens. Berthed […]

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Saying Goodbye to a Wonderful Experience

“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.”

-Eli Wiesel

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Aaron […]

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The Crossing to Kusadasi

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea – that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky – that is the interior of the soul.”

–Victor Hugo

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

A total of 546 nautical miles separate […]

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Silver Wind Arrives in the Holy Land, Part II

Friday, April 17, 2015

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Today, our adventures continued aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind with our early-morning arrival into Haifa, Israel; an attractive port city with a population of nearly 300,000. It’s Israel’s third-largest city, and for those of us on […]

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Silver Wind Arrives in the Holy Land

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

After having visited ports of call in Oman, Egypt and Jordan, Silversea’s Silver Wind arrived in what is our fourth country on this 15-night Middle East voyage: Israel. Docking in the country’s largest port city, Ashdod, nearly […]

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Adventures in Port Said

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

After a full night transit of the Suez Canal, Silversea’s Silver Wind arrived in Port Said, Egypt at about the same time I arrived in La Terrazza on Deck 7 aft for my breakfast. I sat on the outer terrace […]

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Transiting the Suez Canal

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Originally, Silversea’s Silver Wind was supposed to be in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt today – but as we’re learning, our transit of the Suez Canal is a complicated affair wrapped with the same delicious layer of indecision and bureaucratic red […]

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