VIKING SKY: A Circumnavigation of Iceland

One Unwelcome Guest Can’t Ruin a Spectacular Cruise! “My temperature is 36.6???!!!!” I, a Centigrade-ignorant American, thought I was dead when the digital reading on the temperature scanner at the top of Viking Sky’s gangway registered that number. It was my first encounter with the ship’s highly robust and well-researched schedule of safety protocols. If you followed travel news last week, you know that one guest aboard Viking Sky’s July 10 Iceland navigation tested positive for Covid …

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Holland America Line: A Shipload of Exciting Cruise News!

A frosty cocktail at the Ocean Bar. A succulent filet mignon at The Pinnacle Grill. The heady scent of a floral garden wafting through the serene Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Warm smiles and impeccable service. The embrace of soft cotton sheets atop a plush Mariner’s Dream Bed. And, oh! A generous helping of warm, raisin-studded bread & butter pudding floating in a delectable puddle of velvety, vanilla-scented custard sauce. If these words conjure memories of carefree days …

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ALASKA IS OPEN…WIDE OPEN! ~ Experience the Last Frontier THIS year Aboard UnCruise Adventures!

This just might be the year to cruise Alaska…and there you were thinking that the 2021 Alaska cruise season was cancelled! While Canada’s cruise ban effectively locks the big, Vancouver-based ships out of The Last Frontier until 2022, those of us hellbent on cruising Alaska this year not only can do so but they can have a once-in-a-lifetime experience doing it thanks to small, U.S.-based lines like UnCruise Adventures. And we can do so safely with Alaska’s …

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Silver Explorer: Aboard a ‘Luxpedition’ Cruise ~ Expedition, Silversea style!

Expedition. The word conjures images of rugged, parka-clad explorers scaling treacherous ice-slicked mountains and subsisting for days on rations of trail mix and Snickers. By contrast, my Silver Explorer expedition finds me on a tranquil beach in Madrisky Cay, Venezuela, my feet buried in powder-soft white sand, a clear aqua-blue sea before me and an ice-cold Solera beer in my hand. Nearby, a table is piled high with delicacies like barracuda seviche, seafood shish kabob, the makings …

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Monsters of Rock: Operation Monster Beach, Starring Alice Cooper, Repositions to Two All-Inclusive Land-Based Resorts

The Cruise Show Must Go On! Heavy metal fans aren’t going to let a worldwide pandemic stand in the way of their fun.  With cruising at a virtual standstill, Monsters of Rock, which for a decade has been the ultimate seagoing celebration of the explosive world of hard rock and metal, is taking the party ashore! Originally scheduled to sail February 8, 2021 from Fort Lauderdale aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, next year, the Monsters …

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THANKSGIVING IN ST. THOMAS: A Feast for the Soul

I never dreamed that anyone wanted cruising to return more than I do…until I spent five days in St. Thomas, USVI, over Thanksgiving. The local shopkeepers, restauranteurs, tour companies and taxi drivers are scared ship-less that the pandemic will continue to devastate the island’s economy which is so reliant on tourism, particularly the cruise industry. “Sure, we have an airport,” one taxi driver exclaimed, “but this place is nothing—nothing!—without the cruise ships.”   Another garrulous driver suddenly lapsed …

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AHOY, SILVER ORIGIN!

Silversea Cruises Takes Delivery of Their First Destination-Specific Ship When it comes to cruising, the headlines have changed from ones of doom and gloom to ones that reflect a soaring increase in bookings. Still, many eager travelers are thinking small. They’re looking to dip their toe back into cruising’s waters aboard intimate vessels where the crowds and queues that terrified us at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic are virtually unheard of and destinations are remote ones, …

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SPECTACULAR SEADREAM! A Week Aboard SeaDream II (Judi Cuervo’s Cruise Diary)

DAY 1:  Embarkation SeaDream II sits in San Juan’s terminal 4. It’s easy to miss her hidden among the behemoths that occupy the docks along this popular cruise ship port. In these days of massive, 100+ gross ton cities at sea, SeaDream II and her sister ship SeaDream I, 4,300 gross ton megayachts carrying only 112 passengers, have been transporting holiday makers for over 30 years, first as Cunard’s Sea Goddesses and, later as the Seabourn Goddesses. …

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DAY 4: Sunrise Heads Back to New York

image from Judi Cuervo

  Bermuda was certainly the charm, weather-wise. We wake today to gray skies but by 10:30 a.m., the pool deck is humming. Even the swimming pool is filled with children happily splashing and, no doubt, more than a few are soaring down the twisting labyrinth of blue and yellow waterslides that snake over the deck. Many of these kids, no doubt, just had breakfast with a film star! This morning the lower level of The Radiance Restaurant …

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DAY 3: Land Ho!: Carnival Sunrise Arrives in Bermuda

image courtesy of Judi Cuervo

  The song says “Bermuda is another world” and the world we sail into shortly after dawn is a bright, warm and sunny one with sapphire blue waters glinting back at us and pastel-colored homes dotting the landscape. Like most ships, Carnival Sunrise is sailing into King’s Wharf (Dockyard), the port that replaced the shallow-watered capitol of Hamilton  once megaships made their debut more than a decade ago.  While smaller vessels may still dock at the busy …

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