Been There Done That: Charming Korcula, and a good experience with the ship’s laundry

  DAY 6 | KORCULA ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY– Another morning on my deck with coffee and croissants, this time with a view of truly charming Korcula harbor. The blue water is so clear that the harbor bottom is visible and the cream houses with orange tiled roofs are under a cloudless blue sky. The croissants and other pastries have been quite good on board, but I have found the coffee poor. I have come to …

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Been There Done That: A visit to the Palace of Diocletian in Split, Croatia

DAY 5 — SPLIT, CROATIA ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY —Another morning on the balcony with room service coffee and croissants, this time overlooking the Croatian city of Split with its lovely cream-colored buildings with orange-tiled rooftops. I doubt that I will ever go down to the restaurant for breakfast again. This is just too good. Morning room service consists of a continental breakfast of coffee/tea, juice, fresh fruit and an assortment of pastries and breads. The …

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Been There Done That: Our first port visit is to Zadar, Croatia

DAY 4 | ZADAR, CROATIA ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY — I awoke well rested mid-Adriatic following a good night’s sleep. Although one can feel the engines throb as we cruise, it is not noticeable enough to disturb me. As well, the ship does not rock but rather cruises smoothly. All but the most sensitive may leave the Dramamine at home. I had a breakfast of coffee and croissants on my balcony overlooking a light blue sea, …

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Been There Done That: My cabin on the Aegean Odyssey and our day in Venice

DAY 3 | VENICE ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY — I awake after 11 hours of sleep in a very comfortable double bed with two large duck feather and two duck down pillows. The bed linens are white-on-white stripe microfiber sateen with a matching comforter. Cotton sheets, I was told, are available upon request. I focus and assess my surroundings. My cabin is smaller than as depicted in the ship’s photography and is approximately 200 square feet …

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Been There Done That: I arrive in Venice for the start of the cruise

DAY 1 AWAY I departed at 9:30 p.m. on Delta Air Lines for the 12-hour journey that connects in Amsterdam and then goes on to Venice. The Voyages to Antiquity staff makes passengers’ air reservations for them and at a deeply discounted rate. Even my preferred seat selections were made for me (aisle, please) and all was as it should be upon my arrival at the airport. Seat selection within Europe (I connected in Amsterdam) are unavailable …

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Been There, Done That: A journey on the MV Aegean Odyssey

So, you’re on your 14th cruise to Alaska, or are less than pleased with a ship the size of an aircraft carrier. The Caribbean is always nice, but how many beaches can a person be expected to visit? Isn’t there something different? Something interesting? We’ve been there and done that! Of course there is, it’s the Voyages to Antiquity’s MV Aegean Odyssey. And, I’m booked on their cruise from Venice, down the Adriatic Coast of Croatia to …

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A very interesting visit to the Thimbleberry Inn in Bayfield, Wis.

As a travel writer with over 40 years experience in the hotel and tourism industries, I have often confidently said that I had Been-There-Done-That. At least I thought so until I recently visited the Thimbleberry Inn in Bayfield, Wis. To be fair, the large guest rooms and Lake Superior lakefront grounds of the Inn are lovely. The private decks and wooden loveseats overlooking the Apostle Islands are romantic and peaceful; exactly what we expected. Then there is …

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The Novotel in Edinburgh is not up to four-star standard, not at all

My grown son and I arrived in Edinburgh bleary eyed with a serious case of jet lag, but happy to be off the airplane. We chose to stay in Edinburgh for two nights for the primary purpose of putting the effects of jet lag behind us prior to moving on to Inverness and joining our cruise of the Scottish Highlands. We had booked the Four-Star Novotel Hotel City Center precisely because of its four-star rating, and that …

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The Talented Traveler

Been there, done that. It’s a pretty frequent remark for many of today’s travelers. Today’s frequent travelers are demanding more. They now know that all hotel rooms are not equal, that all cruise cabins are not all the same size, and the service at both can fluctuate significantly. An in suite bath? Of course, but is it one of those small shower compartments that have a hand held shower that I must hold over my head? No …

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