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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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Iceland ProCruises: Visiting a restful lagoon and powerful waterfall

ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND – No way around it. I was going to get cold. Very cold. I’d have to made a mad dash in low 50-degree temperatures, still wet from the dressing room shower to that glorious warm lagoon outside. Chilling for sure. But well worth it. Since opening in 2004, Myvatn Nature Baths […]

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Iceland ProCruises – Searching for trolls and elves

ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND – Stopping to take photos of elves in a flower garden in Siglufjördur, I heard a man’s voice behind me, “You must be an American.” Sure am, I replied. He nodded at my Indiana University cap as a hint that I was from the States. Then the man named Viktor began […]

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Iceland ProCruises: Visiting birthplace of Iceland’s independence hero

ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND – Iceland gained its independence from Danish rule on June 17, 1944. No shots were fired. No one was killed. Who was the man Icelanders say was mainly responsible for this bloodless revolution? Iceland’s independence was obtained by the hard work of many but it is attributed mostly to the tireless […]

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Iceland ProCruises: Walking on glacier said to be portal to center of earth

ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND – Today we walked on a glacier. I’ve seen many glaciers in my travels but I’ve never set foot on one. This was quite an adventure. First we docked in Stykkisholmur at about 10 a.m. Those of us going on the glacier tour (and it seemed like almost all of us […]

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Iceland ProCruises: First evening on ship

ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND – It felt like one of those episodes of “American Idol” where someone is standing on stage, then starts singing. And you can hardly believe your ears. Well, that’s what happened on our first night aboard the Ocean Diamond. It was an evening gathering to meet the ship’s expedition team and […]

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