I haven’t written a lot here lately, for the simple reason that I’m spending an unusually lengthy amount of time researching my upcoming cruise with Viking River Cruises that will take me through the heart of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Unlike a lot of countries I’ve travelled to, I’m starting with a […]

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It’s official: Empress of the Seas is coming back to the Royal Caribbean fleet!

You might remember the diminutive but beautiful little Empress of the Seas as Nordic Empress, the name she held between her introduction in 1990 and 2004, when she received her “of the seas” addition.

In 2008, Empress of the […]

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Remembering Thelma

On October 23, 2015 By

I booked my first cruise in January of 2005. Although I began cruising almost a decade earlier as a teenager, my first cruise I ever booked, paid for, and sailed on would take place five months later, in May of 2005 aboard Holland America Line’s Oosterdam.

To book my cruise, I bumbled into Sears Travel’s […]

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Ultra-luxury line Silversea has launched a new micro-site designed to introduce their forthcoming flagship, the 596-guest Silver Muse, to cruisers around the world. It’s also the first chance that most of us will have to see renderings of the forthcoming ship’s accommodations and select dining venues.

“We’re thrilled to announce more detailed features […]

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Exploring Vieux Quebec!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

When I opened the blinds in my room at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac this morning, I was shocked – shocked! – to see snow softly falling over the historic expanse of Quebec City. It turns out it’s not the only area of the country to see snow […]

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Touring Silversea’s Silver Whisper

Friday, October 16, 2015

It was pouring rain early this morning as I ate my breakfast at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and gazed out at the misty expanse of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City. But not even the chilly weather could dampen my spirits; with a vibrant […]

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Bonjour Quebec!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I’m writing this from the cozy confines of the 1608 Bar inside the iconic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. I’m here in Quebec City, Canada to tour, photograph and write about Silversea Cruises’ ultra-luxurious Silver Whisper, which will be pulling alongside at her berth on the St. Lawrence […]

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Follow us to Vieux Quebec and the Silver Whisper

With October slowly giving way to November, it’s prime-time right now for cruises to Canada’s Maritimes and New England. The fall colours are out, and the historic streets of Eastern Canada are filled with leaves and shoppers warming themselves with hot cups of coffee as they […]

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Recapping our Douro Journey with Viking River Cruises

It’s been almost a week since I returned from Portugal’s Douro River after a 10-day journey from Lisbon to Porto with Viking River Cruises. And in that time, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the adventures that were had in this fascinating country and […]

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Portugal’s River of Gold

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

It’s our last morning onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Torgil on Portugal’s Douro River. Everyone onboard seems very aware of that fact – particularly those of us who have the privilege of being on a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt tomorrow morning that will require us […]

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