Arriving in Lisbon at the Start of our Portuguese Adventure with Viking River Cruises

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This afternoon, I walked through the doors of the Hotel Tivoli Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal and into the start of my next adventure with Viking River Cruises: a magnificent 10-day journey through the heart of […]

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Preparing for our Viking River Cruise through Portugal

On Tuesday, I’ll be touching down at Lisbon Portela Airport in Lisbon, Portugal to kick off a fantastic cruisetour with Viking River Cruises that will take us from Lisbon through Portugal’s famed Douro River Valley.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Douro River Valley is […]

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Goodbye, Statendam

On September 22, 2015 By

It’s curtains for Holland America Line’s Statendam.

After 22 years of service, the first true modern cruise ship built for Holland America is setting out on her final voyage for the line. Docked in Vancouver today, she will sail across the Pacific Ocean to Singapore, where she will be refitted for service with […]

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Every now and then, there’s a piece of news that comes along that genuinely surprises and excites us all at the same time – and that’s very much the case this morning as ultra-luxury line Silversea announced that the 296-guest Silver Cloud will be joining the line’s luxury expedition brand, Silversea […]

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Years ago, every Friday I would always do a Cruise Photos of the Week post. I don’t know how I got out of the habit of writing them, as they were always some of my favorite posts. The entire genesis behind the articles was that it was simply a great excuse to showcase pretty pictures […]

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Time for a Makeover

On September 15, 2015 By

From the Deck Chair has been online for six years this month, and we’ve only graphically redesigned the site twice in that time. So bear with us as we do a little Fall Cleaning. During this time, you might notice formatting, colours, and graphics change. Menus may or may not work, depending on how clever […]

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Historically speaking, Viking River Cruises has always offered one of the most comprehensive river cruise programmes through the Ukraine. Sadly, that came to a close following the recent unrest that has plagued the Ukraine since early 2014. Finally, back in June of 2014, we reported that Viking, unable to safely or reliably […]

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Sailing Portugal’s River of Gold with Viking River Cruises

They call it Portugal’s “River of Gold.” The Douro River didn’t merely act a conduit between the Atlantic Ocean and the inner reaches of Portugal – it was a transportation system that enabled the region’s famous port wine production to flourish.

Port wine is produced exclusively […]

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Do you live in the Pacific Northwest and have plans for the evening of Thursday, September 17th? If not, you should head on down to Bellingham, Washington and my favorite sailing ship – the beautiful, 91-year old Schooner Zodiac.

To celebrate Bellingham Beer Week, the Schooner Zodiac will be doing a special […]

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Cruising through Mystical, Magical Myanmar with Viking River Cruises

On November 19, I’m embarking on a decidedly unique journey through one of river cruising’s newest (and perhaps most mysterious) new destinations: Myanmar and the Irrawaddy River.

My 15-day Myanmar Explorer journey with Viking River Cruises aboard the 60-guest Viking Mandalay begins with […]

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