By now, you’re probably all wondering where on earth my first two reports from onboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Magic are. Sadly, I still find myself wrapped in the chilly embrace of the wintery tundra of Canada.

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What happened to my Carnival Magic cruise? Blame it on my decision to eat dessert Friday night.

My goal with this site has been to always speak honestly about my experiences, and quite often that involves silly things that I’ve done. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll also know I have an allergy to nuts. And, by unlucky happenstance, I accidentally ingested a dessert with walnuts in it on Friday night, just hours before I was scheduled to fly to Houston, Texas to board Carnival Magic on Sunday.

The reaction was severe enough that I had to go to the emergency room, where I was immediately admitted, hooked to an IV, shot with an EpiPen and pumped full of a cocktail of uppers and downers to reduce the reaction. Needless to say, getting on a plane scheduled to depart four hours later wasn’t happening.

The good news: I’m okay. Groggy and unpleasant-feeling, but okay. The bad news: No Carnival Magic Live Voyage Report this week.

In the coming days, I’ll be writing about what you can do when you have to cancel a cruise at the last-minute, as I learned a lot this weekend about airline change and cancellation fees, hotel cancellation policies, and what I could have done differently to mitigate some of the financial fall-out from an unexpected change of plans. For now, though, I want to focus on the positive and highlight some of the incredible voyages we have coming up!

Join us aboard Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze as we sail through Costa Rica and the Panama Canal! Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises

Join us aboard Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze in February as we sail the Panama Canal. Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises

On February 26, 2016, I’ll fly to San Jose, Costa Rica to join Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze for a weeklong journey through Costa Rica, Panama, and the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal. I’m an enormous fan of the line’s sleek sailing ships, and I can’t wait to experience their new “power yachts” (the former Seabourn Trio) for the first time. If you’re an eagle-eyed reader, you’ll know this trip was supposed to have happened in January as well. We had to move it due to scheduling issues, but it’s still upcoming.

March has us in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the Seatrade Cruise Conference. Formerly known as Cruise Shipping Miami, this is the place to be if you’re in the industry, and we’ll have all the latest announcements and cool cruise news from Fort Lauderdale beginning on Monday, March 14, 2016 and running through that week.

Silversea's Silver Spirit in Casablanca, Morocco. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

In April, we’ll be sailing Silversea’s Silver Spirit through the Mediterranean. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

April looks like a lot of fun. We fly to Berlin, Germany on April 13, 2016 for the christening and preview cruise of CroisiEurope’s new paddlewheel river cruise ship on the Elbe, the Elbe Princesse. This will be my first experience with CroisiEurope, and I’m looking forward to seeing this innovative little ship firsthand.

Later that month, we’re off to Barcelona, Spain, where we’ll embark Silversea’s Silver Spirit for a voyage through the Mediterranean that will end in Rome, Italy on May 2. One of my absolute favorite ships, Silver Spirit is the perfect vessel to sail the Med on. Not only are the ports of call almost entirely new for me, but Silver Spirit will act as a great prelude to the line’s upcoming Silver Muse, which sets sail in April 2017.

In June, we'll sail aboard Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour on a voyage from Quebec City to St. John's, Newfoundland. Photo courtesy of Adventure Canada

In June, we’ll sail aboard Adventure Canada’s Ocean Endeavour on a voyage from Quebec City to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Photo courtesy of Adventure Canada

In June, we’re sailing with Adventure Canada from Quebec City through the St. Lawrence Seaway on a 10-day expedition cruise aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Departing on June 1, this journey will take us through the heart of the Canadian Maritimes, with calls on the Saguenay Fjord, Gaspe, Quebec, Bonaventure Provincial Park, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Magdalen Islands, Quebec, and Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, an overseas French colony located off the coast of Newfoundland.

The rest of the year holds some surprises, including voyages to Russia, Alaska, and a massive Transatlantic Crossing in September that will take us from Norway to Montreal, Canada aboard Viking Ocean CruisesViking Star via Scotland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and Canada.

Also on-tap this year: Viking Star's first transatlantic crossing will take us from Europe to North America. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Also on-tap this year: Viking Star’s first transatlantic crossing will take us from Europe to North America. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

As for Carnival? It’s going to happen – I’m in the midst of looking for a replacement voyage already – and you can help. Do you have a specific Carnival ship you’d like me to set sail on? Let me know using the comment form below, or drop me an email.

From the Deck Chair will return later this week.


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