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Galapagos Day 4: Dramatic views and lots of Sally Lightfoot crabs

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept. 23: Santiago Island Today our first visit was to James Bay on Santiago Island. Here we landed on a black sand beach and then walked across a peninsula to a dramatic shoreline shore of black volcanic rock. Ivan explains that when…

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Uniworld Delivers Royal Treatment On the Nile River Taking a Uniworld River Cruise along the Nile River – the lifeline of both ancient and modern Egypt – is like watching 5,000 years of history and culture unfold before your eyes. When guests sail the Nile onboard Uniworld’s new, ultra-luxurious all-suite River Tosca, they’ll follow the path of pharaohs, traders, invaders, and explorers who for thousands of years have taken in Egypt’s most magnificent sites from the decks…

Day 3: Blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept. 22: Fernandina and Isabela islands Last night we made another big run, almost 125 nautical miles, to Fernandina Island, and again there was a lot of rocking and rolling. But this morning almost everyone reported sleeping well as we were tired from our…

Day Two: Red-footed boobies are the highlight

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept 21: Genovese Island Last night we sailed almost 75 nautical miles north and about 3:30 a.m. we crossed the equator. There was a lot of wave action and most of us did not sleep too well and at least one of us (maybe…

Our Galapagos adventure begins

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sunday, Sept. 20: Our Galapagos adventure with Ecoventura begins. Today we flew 1-1/2 hours from the Guayaquil Airport to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. When we arrived it was raining which we thought was a rather glum start. But nothing is ever as…

On our way to the Galapagos

Hello! I am in the Guayaquil airport about to fly to the Galapagos islands for our cruise with Ecoventura. The name of our ship is the Eric and we are about to sail for seven days in the Galapagos Islands. The trip has gone well so far. We flew from Michigan to Miami and then from Miami on to Guayaquil. All went smoothly and I love flying on LAN, a great airline. Yesterday we spent the day…

Bob the SATW Bear is going with us to the Galapagos

Hello again! Today I would like to introduce you to the Traveling Teddy that will be traveling with Chet and I to the Galapagos Islands this week. The Traveling Teddy is a geography outreach program sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers (of which I am a past national president). It’s a great program and this year Build-a-Bear Workshops came online with us and is donating all of the bears. This bear is named Bob and…

Latin dance featured on several on MSC transatlantic cruises

Latin Dance Theme Cruises are being offered on select transatlantic MSC Cruises sailings of MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Armonia, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Musica across the Atlantic October through December. MSC Cruises

Learn the Tango, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, and Cha Cha during daily dance lessons with instructors teaching dancers of all experience levels-from beginner to more advanced/intermediate levels. Workshops highlighting the origins and special features of the different dance techniques, as well as dance shows, will be featured.

Limited offer: 2-for-1 pricing on holiday river cruises

Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, has added three new holiday season cruises to its 2009 European offerings to meet the anticipated seasonal demand. These itineraries provide a far richer holiday lineup featuring the Rhine region, including multicultural Strasbourg, and magical Prague in the Czech Republic.Viking River Cruises

Viking’s holiday gift to travelers is 2-for-1 pricing on all five holiday season itineraries (details available on Viking’s website). Enjoy a 2009 Christmas markets cruise for as little as $1,214 per person (based on double occupancy) if purchased and paid in full by September 30.

The new cruises are:

v Christmas on the Rhine begins and ends in Cologne, Germany, taking guests on six guided tours with Christmas markets in Cologne, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden and Mainz. Guided tours of Cologne, Rüdesheim, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden, Mainz and the Alsatian Wine Country round out this 8-day journey on Viking Helvetia in late November or December.

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