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Day 3: The highlight of today’s cruise was a horse-burro-mule ride into the desert

DAY 3: ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR—A glorious sunrise greeted us as we approached the fishing village of Bahia Agua Verde and dropped anchor near a handful of sailboats bobbing gently on the calm waters off a fine beach. The Endeavour dwarfed the other vessels, and I remarked that their occupants were probably saying, “There goes […]

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Day 2: Snorkeling from the white beach of Isla San Francisco in the Sea of Cortez

ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR — We awoke early and headed to the upper deck for our first view of Isla San Francisco, one of the many uninhabited islands along the coast of the Baja California Peninsula. The ship was anchored in a pretty half- moon-shaped bay with a ribbon of beach bordering clear blue water […]

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Princess Cruises Announces 2017 Inaugural European Sailings of Majestic Princess Season Features Longer Stays and Overnights in Mediterranean and Northern Europe

Princess Cruises has announced its 2017 cruise vacations to Europe, including the inaugural sailings of the line’s newest ship Majestic Princess. The season features six ships sailing to 119 destinations from the corners of the Mediterranean to the northernmost tip of Europe. Guests can choose from 64 unique itineraries on 153 cruise departures, visiting 27 countries. […]

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Day 1: Embarking on an Un-Cruise Adventure in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR — Donnelle Oxley and I flew into Mexico’s San Jose del Cabo Airport yesterday afternoon. AdventureSmith Explorations, the booking agency for Un-Cruise Adventures, asked all passengers to arrive at the airport by 2:30 pm on Saturday, so we flew in early and booked a room at the Best Western Aeropuerto for […]

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Checking out RCCL’s new Anthem of the Seas

Last weekend I spent a few days on a press preview of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the Anthem of the Seas, which is now in the states after sailing its inaugural summer in the UK. It is now based year around at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ, quite near the Newark airport […]

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Un-Cruise Adventures earns 102 entries into Glacier Bay National Park

The National Park Service has awarded Un-Cruise Adventures 102 permit entries per year into Alaska’s majestic and pristine Glacier Bay National Park for a five year period beginning in spring 2016. Six small ships carrying 22-84 guests will explore Glacier Bay in intimate groups on weeklong adventure cruises. Operating Alaska cruises since 1997 and celebrating […]

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Princess Cruises presents new web video series to guide first-time cruisers

Princess Cruises brings the joys of cruising to first-time cruisers with the debut of “Cat’s First Cruise”, a new web video series featuring Cat Greenleaf, three-time Emmy award winner and host of Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf. The video series serves as a useful resource for vacationers interested in taking their first cruise, by following […]

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Pitbull christens Norwegian Escape with larger than life performance

The magnificent new Norwegian Escape – Norwegian’s largest ship and the first in its Breakaway Plus Class – was christened today in a stunning ceremony worthy of her size and status. International music sensation Pitbull, who also served as GODFATHER for Norwegian Escape, thrilled fans and VIPs alike at the PortMiami pier side concert. The […]

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The road to Mandalay: Post-Cruise journey to Shan State

ABOARD KINDAT PANDAW-Early on a cool, rainy morning, the first such weather of our trip, we downed a cold buffet breakfast and bade last minute “good-byes” before our guide arrived to transport us to Mandalay Airport. An hour’s drive from the “jetty” we boarded a plane for Heho, the airport that serves Inle Lake and […]

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The road to Mandalay: Reflections on a remarkable journey

ABOARD KINDAT PANDAW-Myanmar (formerly Burma) may not be at the top of the list for the occasional or less adventurous traveler. But for those seeking a traditional society and culture not yet overwhelmed by modernization, it’s got to be on a pretty short list of destinations. We think it noteworthy that all passengers aboard our […]

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The road to Mandalay: Nwe Nyein and Mingun

ABOARD KINDAT PANDAW-Somewhere north of Mandalay along the banks of the Ayeyarwady, we cast-off our moorings by 6:00 AM for the three-hour up-river cruise to Nwe Nyein, a village known for its pottery—in this case very large glazed pots. As we arrive we pass under a modern highway bridge and realize that this village is […]

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The road to Mandalay: Sagaing

ABOARD KINDAT PANDAW-Sagaing Hill rises above the Ayeyarwady downstream of Mandalay on the opposite bank. We are moored at the base of the hill. Our usual breakfast includes a buffet of fruit, juice, yogurt, pastry and dry cereal. Today it also included a popular local noodle soup dish with egg. As always, a cooked breakfast […]

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Passenger freighter Aranui 5 will set sail in December

From Cruise Industry News French Polynesia’s passenger-freighter ship company, Aranui, is preparing to launch a brand new ship, Aranui 5, with its maiden voyage on Dec. 12, 2015, which coincides with the Marquesas Art Festival, scheduled Dec. 16 – 19, 2015. The new ship is a custom-built dual-purpose vessel that sails from Tahiti to the […]

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