New Norwegian Ship To Boast Two 180-Degree Viewpoints

We’re getting our first look at some of the features that Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss will have when she makes her debut next year in Alaska and, later, in the Caribbean from Miami – and there’s a lot to like.

First and foremost, […]

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From Costa Rica to India, Three Unique Voyage Reports Are Coming Soon

The next two months promise to be some very exciting times here on From the Deck Chair, with three decidedly unique Voyage Reports that will take us into March. From big mainstream ships to small expedition-style vessels to river cruising one of the […]

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This week, Silversea’s elegant 382-guest Silver Whisper is setting out on her 2017 World Cruise. Over the course of 116 days, she’ll sail from San Francisco to Monte Carlo, where she’ll arrive on May 3, 2017 – in time for guests to hang around for the Monaco Grand Prix, […]

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It’s been an exciting year of cruising for me, with trips and ships that have literally spanned the globe. I always like to take a look back at the end of the year to see where I’ve been, and it certainly has been one for the books, with river cruise ships, sailing ships, mainstream ships, […]

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From big ships to sailing ships and everything in between, it’s been quite the year of cruises of all shapes and sizes here on From the Deck Chair. As I do every year, I want to look back at some of the ships, places, and voyages of the past year. It’s also a great opportunity […]

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You’re Going to Love Holland America’s Mexican Riviera

After a week aboard Holland America Line’s Westerdam in the Mexican Riviera, I can say the entire experience has been a very positive one. It’s great to see more lines coming back to the wonderful ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta after […]

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Savoring the Journey on the Westerdam

Let’s talk about how fantastic the entertainment is aboard Holland America Line’s Westerdam.

I’ve been sailing with the line since 2005, and had amassed two-star Mariner status (30+ days) with the line before I ever started writing about cruises as a career seven years ago. I preferred […]

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Fun and Fiesta in Puerto Vallarta

“There are only two religions in Puerto Vallarta,” said our guide as we bounced along in our motorcoach towards our tequila tasting. “Catholics and alcoholics!”

Holland America Line’s Westerdam pulled into our last port of call this morning, coming alongside the pier in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico just […]

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The Many Sides of Mazatlán

I’ll come right out and say it: of the three ports on the Mexican Riviera run, I enjoy Mazatlán the most. Located in the state of Sinaloa, this city of just over 400,000 inhabitants won my heart right from the get-go thanks to its rich blend of history, culture, and […]

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It’s no secret that Holland America Line is sending its 2004-built Westerdam into drydock in the spring. What was a secret, however, is that the line plans to use the drydock to roll out a brand-new innovation that was just announced today: a destination-immersion experience known as Exploration’s Central, or EXC.

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