Village Life and Colonial History on the Ganges

Saturday, March 4, 2017

When I first booked this river cruise along India’s Ganges River with G Adventures last summer, I had pictured India as an unending torture chamber of heat; a place where I’d never get respite from the big, hot sun unless I was […]

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Indescribable India

Friday, March 3, 2017

I can’t get enough of India’s chaotic, off-the-wall traffic.

I decided this earlier today, as our mini-bus weaved in and out of the traffic from Farakka and approached the Farakka Barrage. We sped past trucks, weaved around motorcyclists, dodged carts pulled by oxen, narrowly missed livestock and dogs, and […]

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The Train to Farakka & Varuna

Today, our journey along India’s Ganges River with G Adventures kicks off in a big way. Today is the day we head for Kolkata’s Howrah Station for our rail journey to Farakka to board our riverboat, the 24-passenger Varuna.

If you’ve seen the film or read […]

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Welcome to India

I could live a dozen lifetimes and not be able to accurately describe the smell of India.

When I stepped off the plane Kolkata this morning at the implausible hour of 4:55am, it hit me: a sickly-sweet aroma that camouflaged itself with the stillness of the morning air. A scent impossible to […]

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You’ve got to feel for MSC Meraviglia. The largest ship ever built for MSC Cruises will be christened in June of this year in the Mediterranean, but she’s been overshadowed by the forthcoming MSC Seaside, which will make her debut in Miami this December. Hard to spell and difficult […]

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Great news for solo travellers: boutique sailing line Star Clippers is waiving its single-supplement rate for guests who book a sailing to the Eastern and Western Mediterranean or Indonesia between April and October of this year.

In the Mediterranean, the company’s flagship, Royal Clipper, sails to popular ports of call in […]

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Here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida there is reason to be excited – and it goes beyond the warm temperatures and soothing ocean breeze. The Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 conference kicked off yesterday at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Centre, and the results are in: it’s a great time to be a cruiser.

CLIA estimates that […]

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We’re getting our first look at the nearly-finished Silver Muse as Silversea’s latest-and-greatest sets out on her sea trials from the Fincantieri Shipyards in Genoa.

“The successful completion of sea trials marks yet another significant milestone in Silver Muse’s development. In just a matter of weeks we will be welcoming guests […]

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Cruising from Kolkata with G Adventures aboard the Varuna

On Monday, I’m going to spend nearly 25 hours on three airplanes and four airports in order to reach my newest river cruising destination: India’s Ganges River with G Adventures.

Departing from Kolkata, India (which you might remember by its former name, Calcutta), this nine-day […]

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Booking a cruise is unlike reserving any other kind of travel. To the first-time cruiser, the myriad of choices and procedures can be overwhelming, and even experienced cruisers aren’t immune to confusion, particularly if they’re considering switching lines for the first time.

While I always advocate the use of a travel agent if you’re planning […]

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