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Living a dream-like suite life on a cruise ship

A growing demand for bigger, grander suites Big, fancy, expensive suites, with butlers, are among the fastest growing accoutrements on cruise ships. Their size and number seem to increase with each new ship. The top suites, which can cost $1,000 a day per person, or more, tend to be among the first accommodations sold out […]

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Viking Kara cruise: Preparing for Rhine getaway river cruise

I’m a list maker, a note taker. In my job as a journalist, I have to be organized. So I can see that Viking River Cruises and I are going to be a great match. With my cruise on the Viking Kara coming up, I received a good-size box from FedEx. Inside was my personal […]

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Escaping the holiday craziness by sailing to the Caribbean on Oceania Cruises

Once again the suitcase is on the bed and I am trying to figure out what to pack for our cruise that departs Wednesday. You would think I would have this figured out by now but every cruise is different. Sometimes we are traveling in cool climes and sometimes very hot ones. Some ships are […]

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Day 5: We searched for whales, but for naught…maybe tomorrow!

ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR — The captain told us last night at dinner that he intended to begin cruising in the wee hours of the morning, looking for the giant fin/blue whales and deep-diving sperm whales that frequent the Sea of Cortez in early November. He also warned us that there was a weather front […]

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Day 4: Today’s destination in the Sea of Cortez was a surprise, and the captain did not disappoint

DAY 4: ABOARD THE SAFARI ENDEAVOUR — Our destination this day was Captain’s Choice—a surprise for us passengers. Capt. Barrett did not disappoint. At sunrise we cruised into Honeymoon Cove on the uninhabited Isla Danzante, which translates to “Dancing Island.” No one seems to know why it’s called that, but we discovered that the setting […]

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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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Crystal’s Alaskan Frontier 2016 : Wild encounters, intrepid glacial terrain, aerial exploration and rugged history

Alaska: majestic landscapes and untouched terrain. In 2016, the the Crystal Serenity will sail seven Alaskan voyages of seven and 10 days. Offering experiences that cater to virtually every interest, Crystal’s Alaskan adventures can be enjoyed by air, sea, land and glacier, with many adventures combining several different perspectives. Here’s what they have in store: […]

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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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