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Thursday, August 27, 2015

It’s time. The moment I’ve been waiting for is finally here.

Just before ten o’clock this morning, I left London’s One Aldwych hotel. I got into a Mercedes C Class car and sat back for the two-hour drive to Southampton, England. While I […]

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At One With One Aldwych in London

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

“We’re here.”

The driver puts the Mercedes-Benz in park. Its windshield wipers beat furiously against the downpour of rain that has turned London, England into one heck of a soggy mess.

I look out the window at a beautiful but nondescript stone building that […]

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The Only Modern Ocean Liner in the World

Today, I’m on an airplane bound for London Heathrow Airport, and the nine-plus-hours on the Airbus A330 will give me ample time to think about my forthcoming journey and our next Live Voyage Report: a Westbound Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line’s legendary flagship, the Click here to continue reading!

When It Rains…

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On the pier in Ketchikan, Alaska, there’s a very noticeable installation located adjacent to the second berth, directly across from the splashy sign hung over the spot where Front and Mission Streets intersect. The sign proclaims that Ketchikan is “The Salmon Capital of the World”, but the device […]

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Alaska From Above in Juneau

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Princess Cruises’ Star Princess came alongside in Juneau, Alaska on a brilliant morning. The capital of the state of Alaska, Juneau has been a staple of Alaskan cruising since the very beginning. But as ships have grown, the town council has had to construct […]

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Cycling Through History in Skagway and Dyea

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Today, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess arrived at our first port of call since setting sail from Seward three days ago: Skagway, Alaska.

In 1896, Skagway was nothing more than a few modest trapper’s cabins. By 1897, it was a rapidly expanding town […]

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(After a much-delayed absence, we finally return to our Star Princess Alaska Voyage Report. To catch up with our previous installment, click here.)

Magnificent Glacier Bay National Park

Monday, June 22, 2015

Today, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess is sailing the surrealistic waters of Glacier Bay National Park – my de-facto favorite […]

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Cuba Cruise by Celestyal Cruises is going all-inclusive.

New for the 2015-2016 season, Celestyal Cruises is now offering inclusive pricing options on its weeklong circumnavigations of Cuba aboard the nimble, 1,200 guest Celestyal Crystal, formerly known as the Louis Cristal.

These new inclusive packages feature unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, along […]

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Every fall and spring, one of cruising’s best values takes place on the West Coast. We’re talking, of course, about Pacific Coastal Cruises that typically sail between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, or reverse during the spring.

Of course, you won’t want to fly across the country for one […]

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In just under three weeks’ time, I’ll embark on an eight-night Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line’s grand flagship, Queen Mary 2. Sailing from Southampton, England to New York (well, Brooklyn actually, but who’s counting?) guests aboard the Queen Mary 2 will sail for eight straight days across the vast […]

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