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With cruise itineraries constantly evolving due to changing guidelines and restrictions around the globe, not all itineraries may be available on our website for pre-booking. We are extremely pleased to share some exciting news and offers for you. Please use links below to get a quote and itinerary details on latest available pre-booking sailings. 2025 Silversea World Cruise on Silver Dawn~An Invitation to Pre-Book Special Voyages, For Our Treasured Guests Holland America 2023 Grand South America &…

Cruising the Ohio River~on the American Queen~Marietta, Ohio

ON THE OHIO RIVER_It’s amazing how much the Ohio River winds around. Our cruise started in Kentucky, continued to Indiana, up to Ohio, back to Kentucky, then to West Virginia and now Ohio again. Today the American Queen is docked in Marietta, Ohio, another one of those charming riverboat towns that served as a gateway to the West, and our last port of call. The skies are threatening, and the boat has ponchos and umbrellas at the…

Cruising the Ohio River~on the American Queen~Point Pleasant, West Virginia

ON THE OHIO RIVER_Is it Friday already? As cruisers know, it’s easy to lose track of the days when you’re sailing — each day bleeds into the next. But it is indeed Friday, and we are at our second to last port of call, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The tours start later today, not until after lunch, so this morning we are free agents. For the boat, the first order of business is docking at a fuel…

Cruising the Ohio River~on the American Queen ~Maysville, Kentucky

ON THE OHIO RIVER_One thing that has surprised us on this cruise is how much we are learning about our own country. While cruising the world and travel in general is always a great educational experience, taking our first cruise on America’s waterways has been enlightening beyond our expectations. Take, for example, our latest stop — Maysville, Kentucky. With a population of less than 10,000, it’s enjoyed a rich history from its founding by frontier legend Daniel…

Quark Expeditions Launches 2022 Canadian Arctic Season With Its New Ship Ultramarine

COURTESY Quark Expeditions: Seattle (Aug. 4, 2022) — Quark Expeditions, the global Leader in Polar Adventures, is proud to report the successful inaugural voyage of Ultramarine in the Canadian Arctic. On August 1, 2022, Quark Expeditions’ newest vessel embarked on the 17-day Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin voyage, which is one of the operator’s five expeditions that explore the Canadian High Arctic. This captivating adventure offers a wide range of opportunities that immerse Quark Expeditions’…

Do’s and Don’ts for a Stress-Free Cruise Port Visit

Most of us look forward to port stops on cruises. We love the ship, but get “cabin fever” after a while. We want to wiggle out toes in the sand. We get tired of the shops onboard and want more variety. Many ports around the world are dependent on tourism. What are some Do’s and Don’ts? Do: Walk purposefully. You brought along a map. Trace out your route ahead of time. The people who live here go…

Cruising the Ohio River~on the American Queen ~Cincinnati

ON THE OHIO RIVER_On day three of our eight-day cruise from Louisville to Pittsburgh, aboard the American Queen steamboat, we have gone from small and charming (Madison, IN.) to big and sprawling — Cincinnati, Ohio. We have also left the mild weather behind as well. Today the forecast is bright, sunny and hot, about what you might expect on a summer day in August. The tours start a little later than usual, which gives us a chance…

New York on $3,900 per Day (& How You Can Do It a Lot Cheaper)

We celebrated our 40th Wedding anniversary over the weekend of July 15 to 17. It took three months’ worth of planning to pull all the pieces together. My original plan was to fly to Europe and sail back. Because of airport chaos and Covid (plus traveling friends getting sick), I decided something closer to home would be more prudent. Sticking to the cruising theme, this might be an ideal way to start or end your cruise if…

Mallorca Village of Deià Draws Artists, Poets, Celebrities and Travelers         

Rainy day in London. Incessant phone ringing. Gloomy view out the window. And no end in sight. “That’s when I had an epiphany,” says Alan Hydes. “I asked myself, ‘What in the world am I doing here when I could be someplace better?’” Ah, but look at him now. Since 2009, Alan has been the artist in residence at the prestigious La Residencia hotel in Deià on the Spanish island of Mallorca.  “The light here is amazing,”…

Cruising the Ohio River~on the American Queen ~Madison, Indiana: ‘Most Beautiful River Town in America’

ON THE OHIO RIVER_Day two of our American Queen cruise finds us docked in Madison, Indiana, called by Charles Kuralt “the most beautiful river town in America.” Founded in 1809, the former transportation hub for Mid-America, which also played an important role in the Underground Railroad, is today a collection of charming historic homes, shops and museums. After a quick buffet breakfast at the Front Porch, we board a bus at our appointed time to begin our…

Cruising the Ohio River~on the American Queen ~Indiana

ON THE OHIO RIVER_After spending the night in Louisville at The Brown Hotel, we were on our own until 3 pm, when we would board a bus for the short drive to the port. Some in our group opted to take American Queen’s premium tour of Churchill Downs. It gave me a chance to write and Pam an opportunity to shop. American Queen runs their own fleet of modern buses, which also provide “hop on-hop off” tours…

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