Cologne, Active Discovery Style

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The laundromat looked like something out of a David Lynch film – lots of crimson reds combined with a thuddingly mechanical soundtrack created by dozens of dryers rotating in unison. Just when I think Mr. Roque is going to roll out of nowhere carrying some lint, […]

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Amsterdam, Two Ways

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Unbeknownst to me, I managed to time my voyage aboard Avalon Waterways’ 166-guest Avalon Expression with a major weather system that yesterday brought damaging winds and heavy rains to parts of the UK. Today, Storm Aileen moved into the Amsterdam area. The Dutch Meteorological Office […]

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Joining Avalon Expression in Amsterdam

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of my favorite European cities. It’s hard to not fall in love with the narrow, slanted buildings that line its canals, and with its plethora of attractions, both famous and obscure. The Dutch passion for life […]

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Hurricane Irma is sending the cruise industry’s Caribbean-based fleet scattering, as the region prepares for what could be one of the worst storms to make landfall in recent memory.

UPDATED 09/06/2017 7:54AM PST/10:54AM EST – The number of voyages cancelled/shortened or rerouted continues to grow as Irma makes its way west across […]

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One Last Day At Sea, Recapping Our Voyage to Cuba with Carnival

August 18, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise is at sea today, slowly winding her way back to Tampa, Florida, where our journey to Cuba began on Monday.

This has been one of the most pleasantly surprising voyages I’ve taken […]

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Viva La Habana!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

You could feel it in the air: an electricity pulsating across the decks of Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise as she made her way into Havana, Cuba for just the third time in her 19 year career.

Rarely have I ever seen people line the decks […]

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Travels with Ernest in Key West

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

“I drink to make other people interesting.” So said Ernest Hemingway, American novelist, short-story writer and fabulous quip machine. Hemingway would produce seven novels and countless short stories and poems during his lifetime, and most of this work happened here, in Key West, Florida.

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Out to Sea: What You Need to Know about Carnival Paradise and Cuba

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Today is a day at sea aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise as we sail for Key West, Florida and our ultimate destination of Havana, Cuba. It’s an amazing voyage, and a real first for Carnival: […]

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Setting out on a FunShip Voyage to Cuba!

August 14, 2017

Today, I embarked Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise in her homeport of Tampa, Florida to set sail on one of Carnival’s newest and most unique itineraries: a five-night voyage to Havana, Cuba.

Carnival Paradise arrived in Havana for the first time on […]

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The Picturesque Wilds of the Great Bear Rainforest

Saturday, June 3, 2017

One of the simple pleasures of sailing aboard Outer Shores Expeditions’ Passing Cloud is being out on deck as you pass through impossibly picturesque fjords. Under sail, Passing Cloud is whisper-quiet, with on the sounds of her sails fluttering in the wind […]

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