Veendam: Revisiting a Good Friend

Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Wednesday, February 14, 2018

With all the buzz around new cruise ships, I find it increasingly nice to sail on smaller, older cruise ships. Most of these have been lovingly maintained and well-run, and few ships meet that criteria as well as Holland America Line’s […]

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One Last Elated Day at Sea

At Sea, Friday, January 26, 2018

It’s a quiet, relaxing day at sea aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Elation as we make our way back to Jacksonville, Florida, where our voyage began on Monday.

Carnival Elation’s refit is easily the most sweeping and dramatic afforded to a […]

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Not Missing Nassau

Nassau, Thursday, January 26, 2018

As Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Elation pulled into Nassau, Bahamas this morning, the weather outside was more akin to Ketchikan, Alaska: cold, windy, and raining. I stepped out onto my balcony and found altogether unpleasant conditions as I watched the longshoremen struggle with our lines. […]

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A Beach Day in Paradise

Half Moon Cay, Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I remember looking at photos of Half Moon Cay in Holland America Line’s cruise brochures. The water looked impossibly blue, the beach pristinely adorned with white sand. In the distance, a ship is always at anchor on a crystal-clear day. The horizon is […]

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