There’s good news today for luxury expedition cruise lovers: Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has just announced plans to build two new five-star expedition cruise ships. Scheduled to debut in the spring and fall of 2019, the two as-yet-unnamed ships will be designed expressly for service in the Arctic and Antarctic, and will boast the world’s […]

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Weather Delays, Lost Luggage And Full Airplanes

On Monday, I should have been sipping cocktails in Venice, Italy, on the deck of Silversea’s luxurious Silver Spirit. Instead, I spent quality time – for the second day in a row – at Baltimore’s Thurgood Marshall Airport.

On Sunday, I was slated to fly with […]

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Carnival Pride’s Fun Farewell Day at Sea

This is it: my last full day aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride. Tomorrow, we’ll dock back in Baltimore, Maryland and a new group of lucky passengers will get to have their own FunShip vacation to the Caribbean.

After sailing through a spectacular electrical storm around 5:30 […]

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The Fun Side of Freeport

It’s hard to believe but this morning Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride came alongside our last port of call: Freeport, Bahamas.

Freeport is one of the most polarizing Caribbean ports of call. Some people love it. Others can’t wait to see it recede into the distance as they […]

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Cycling Half Moon Cay, The Fun Ship Way

“We stopped here for this?”, the kid behind me whined. “I don’t see why we stopped here. There’s, like, nothing here.”

I turned around. The kid couldn’t have been more than 12, but in his mind, he’s already a billionaire CEO driving a Ferrari and clutching a […]

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Sun and Sand in Grand Turk

At 8:00 a.m., Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride came alongside our first port of call on our weeklong cruise to the Eastern Caribbean: the port of Grand Turk, in the Turks & Caicos islands.

Although the island of Grand Turk is just seven miles (11 kilometres) long […]

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The Cat In The Hat Takes A Cruise

What’s better than one Fun Day at Sea? How about two.

Today, I awoke aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride to another Fun Day at sea as we make our way south towards Grand Turk.

Of course, Carnival offers nearly 100 individual things to do today, […]

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Exploring The Carnival Pride

There’s something about being at sea that just seems to make sleeping better. My aft veranda stateroom aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride vibrated pleasantly through the night, thanks to the changing direction of the ship’s two azipod propellers mounted five decks below. It’s little more than a faint vibration, […]

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A Week of Fun in the Caribbean Awaits This Fun Ship

Carnival. Just that one word alone is probably enough for you to formulate an impression in your mind of what it is to take a Carnival cruise. And, unless you’ve sailed with the line before, I’m here to tell you it’s probably […]

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I was walking along the Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia this past weekend when I spied an old friend I hadn’t seen in a long time: the classy and elegant Schooner Zodiac.

The Schooner Zodiac is an absolute win for anyone that loves classic sailing vessels. Built in 1924, this 160-foot long ship […]

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