It’s Not A Cruise – It’s A Crossing!

Monday, August 31, 2015

On this last day of August, those of us sailing aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 have officially passed the halfway point on this westbound Transatlantic Crossing.

It’s been five days since my feet have touched land, and I don’t […]

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Crossing the Atlantic with the National Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Once again, sleep aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 takes on the feeling of being in a wonderfully luxurious hotel on land. Only the slightest swaying of the ship can be felt and when I awoke today, the wavelets that had […]

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At Sea En-Route to New York

“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, August 29, 2015

Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 barely moved around last night. […]

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The Only Way to Cross – 175 Years On

Friday, August 28, 2015

“The sea, perhaps because of its saltiness, roughens the outside but keeps sweet the kernel of its servants’ soul.”

Joseph Conrad

This morning, I awoke aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 after one of the most […]

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Welcome Aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

It’s time. The moment I’ve been waiting for is finally here.

Just before ten o’clock this morning, I left London’s One Aldwych hotel. I got into a Mercedes C Class car and sat back for the two-hour drive to Southampton, England. While I […]

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At One With One Aldwych in London

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

“We’re here.”

The driver puts the Mercedes-Benz in park. Its windshield wipers beat furiously against the downpour of rain that has turned London, England into one heck of a soggy mess.

I look out the window at a beautiful but nondescript stone building that […]

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The Only Modern Ocean Liner in the World

Today, I’m on an airplane bound for London Heathrow Airport, and the nine-plus-hours on the Airbus A330 will give me ample time to think about my forthcoming journey and our next Live Voyage Report: a Westbound Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line’s legendary flagship, the Click here to continue reading!

When It Rains…

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On the pier in Ketchikan, Alaska, there’s a very noticeable installation located adjacent to the second berth, directly across from the splashy sign hung over the spot where Front and Mission Streets intersect. The sign proclaims that Ketchikan is “The Salmon Capital of the World”, but the device […]

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Alaska From Above in Juneau

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Princess Cruises’ Star Princess came alongside in Juneau, Alaska on a brilliant morning. The capital of the state of Alaska, Juneau has been a staple of Alaskan cruising since the very beginning. But as ships have grown, the town council has had to construct […]

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Cycling Through History in Skagway and Dyea

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Today, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess arrived at our first port of call since setting sail from Seward three days ago: Skagway, Alaska.

In 1896, Skagway was nothing more than a few modest trapper’s cabins. By 1897, it was a rapidly expanding town […]

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