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Iceland ProCruises: Saying goodbye to a magical trip

Sometimes magic happens. Nothing you can really plan.  Even if you make all the best arrangements in the world, some trips just don’t quite come together as hoped. Maybe the food isn’t to your liking; the shore excursions too tough or too tame; entertainment rather bland or not your type; crew members inattentive or rude; […]

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Norwegian Escape’s signature hull art comes to life with Guy Harvey

Famed marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey laid eyes upon his largest canvas to date for the first time this week – the hull artwork on the new Norwegian Escape, debuting this November in Miami. Currently being built in Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Escape is Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the largest in the company’s […]

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Iceland ProCruises: One last Iceland museum, world’s only about Phallology

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – No way around it. To get into that museum restroom, I was going to have to grab the door handle and pull. No problem in most places. But this is the famous Icelandic Phallological Museum. The handle on that door was shaped like – you guessed it – a penis. Two visitors […]

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Pearl Seas Cruises announces spring 2016 cultural voyages to Cuba

Pearl Seas Cruises announced that it plans to offer a series of 7 to 10-night cultural voyages to Cuba in the spring of 2016. Aboard the Pearl Mist, a brand new luxury 210-passenger cruise ship, this round trip voyage from South Florida will visit several Cuban ports including Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Pearl […]

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HAL in the Baltic: An inland sea of raiders and traders

ABOARD THE EURODAM- I’m not looking for sympathy, but I feel compelled to reveal that I’ve been afflicted for many years with writus interuptus, an impairment known to but a few professional scribes. Long ago — in the last century during the disco era of the late 1970s — I tried my hand at writing […]

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A celebratory Atlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2 ends in New York City

ABOARD QUEEN MARY 2-When the Queen Mary 2 made its way toward the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, beneath which we could see New York’s skyline peeking into the purple sunrise, half the ship’s passengers already were on deck. Passengers began arriving from their cabins by 5 a.m. Clad in bathrobes and other early morning garb, we lined […]

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Iceland ProCruises: Island rises from the volcanic ashes

ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND – Shortly after midnight on Jan. 23, 1973, residents of Heimaey were awakened by the blare of fire engine horns. Looking outside, they were horrified to see bright red lava exploding into the night sky and a wall of fire spewing from a fissure snaking across the island. Although they had […]

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Iceland ProCruises: Cruising on a photogenic glacier, sharing it with a seal

ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND – James Bond was here. So was Batman. And Laura Croft the Tomb Raider. No wonder filmmakers have chosen this Icelandic spot for movie magic. The Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon is spectacular and considered one of the top natural wonders in a country that is known for natural treasures. Hard to believe […]

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A weekend in the Hamptons  

I recently got this travel diary from my friend, Richard Joseph, who took a weekend trip to a very exclusive area-  the Hamptons.  Was he able to visit on a budget?  Read on for his impressions of this lovely area. – Heidi. I’ve heard the phrase “weekending in the Hamptons”, but it was a phrase […]

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Iceland ProCruises: Whales, horses, sheep, mosquitoes and crossing the Arctic Circle

ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND – Imagine Iceland without horses, those beautiful short husky creatures that look so striking on the country’s landscape. That’s the way it was until the Vikings came more than 1,000 years ago and brought  Nordic horses with them. Although they are smaller than most horses, I learned shortly after arriving in […]

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Bring black tie, party dresses, for crossing the Atlantic on Queen Mary 2

On a July voyage between Liverpool, England, and Canada’s Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 spent six nights and five days at sea. Nearly a week, without possibilities for going ashore, seems a long time when you are looking over a brochure for a future crossing of the North Atlantic. But once Queen Mary […]

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Luxury line announces unprecedented plans to become first and only hospitality brand to offer luxurious explorations and adventures for ocean, expedition, river, yacht and air

Exactly 25 years after Crystal Cruises set its course as a leader in luxury cruising with the launch of the first of three ships, the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line is charting a new, much more vast, route.  Aboard the line’s annual President’s Cruise on Crystal Serenity and Chairman’s Cruise on Crystal Symphony respectively, […]

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Hurtigruten offer: See the Northern Lights or travel again for free

Imagine standing on the deck of a cruise ship along the north and west coasts of Norway, watching a vivid display of green and purple lights dancing across the clear Arctic skies above you. This display, known as the Northern Lights, is an incredible natural phenomenon—and one that guests aboard Hurtigruten’s Classic Coastal winter voyage […]

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