Anticipation – it’s the same in French!

For me, at least, an essential element of a cruise vacation is simply the anticipation of the adventure. I’ve been experiencing this thrill again in advance of my June cruise which begins in Quebec City, Canada. My wife and I will be on board an old friend, Holland-America’s good ship Veendam. In 2012, I took the same vessel on a two-week cruise around the southern tip of South America, from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina, covering …

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Following in historic footsteps aboard the S.S. Legacy

On my mental map, no locator pins dot Oregon. In all my years of traveling, I have never been to that Northwest Pacific state. However, that is about to change. In a few days, I will be headed to Portland, Oregon, to embark on a fabulous weeklong cruise aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy. Built in 1984, the S.S. Legacy joined the Un-Cruise fleet of vessels in 2013. Appointed with period décor, the S.S. Legacy emulates the old-world …

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Cruise Ship Trivia: Name the vessel

If you’ve ever cruised on this vessel, you might have relaxed in this very spot and watched the sun set on a beautiful day. For a bit of cruise ship trivia, see if you can recognize this popular vessel. Don’t look at the answer below until you have formulated yours. A hint: Mark Twain was fond of this form of travel. If you recognize it, good for you. If you don’t, make plans to book a cruise. …

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MSC Cruises expands North American experience to the Mediterranean in summer 2015

MSC Cruises is strengthening its commitment to serving the North American market with the deployment of the MSC Divina to the Mediterranean during the summer of 2015.  The first of the line’s ships dedicated to North American travelers, MSC Divina will bring its signature service and onboard experiences to the most sought-after Mediterranean seven-night itineraries beginning May 16 through October 3, 2015.  Once the summer sailings are completed, MSC Divina will enter dry dock in Europe before …

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American Empress cuisine puts spotlight on Pacific Northwest

The American Queen Steamboat Company has  introduced a new culinary program onboard the American Empress, which began her inaugural season April 5, 2014. Staying true to her Pacific Northwest surroundings, the culinary team is taking full advantage of the region’s freshest seafood and produce including sustainable fish, free-range chicken and artisan cheeses along with seasonal fruits and vegetables.  In addition, guests have the opportunity to taste the top local beers, wines and liquors as the vessel passes …

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Princess Cruises announces 2015-2016 Americas sailings

Princess Cruises announced its 2015-2016 Americas cruise itineraries including Caribbean, Canada and New England, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaiian Islands and West Coast cruises. The array of cruise vacations departing from U.S. ports range from three to 28 days and go on sale May 13. In total, 12 ships will sail on more than 230 departures on 48 itineraries to 86 destinations. Guests will have the opportunity to sail on Princess’ two newest cruise ships to the Caribbean …

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Culinary cruising from Blount Small Ship Adventures

Travelers can embark on a culinary adventure this summer, with Blount Small Ship Adventures’ Food & Wine Discovery, cruising through the Islands of New England. On this one-of-a-kind itinerary, guests will set sail to experience the culinary classics of New England while cruising through Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island and Newport, among other ports, and enjoying a variety of optional tours through the local vineyards and wineries of each destination. For a limited time, travelers can also …

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The American Empress to kick off wine program with Oregon’s Willamette Valley Vineyards

In celebration of the American Empress inaugural season and her itineraries through the heart of Oregon and Washington wine country, the American Queen Steamboat Company announces an innovative wine program featuring over 40 vineyards from across the region. Special tastings, visits to wineries and onboard winemaker lectures are among the program highlights.  To kick off the christening voyage and VIP celebration on April 5, Willamette Valley Vineyards has been selected as the first featured vineyard. “We are …

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The American Empress to call Vancouver, Washington home and headquarters

The American Queen Steamboat Company announces its second vessel, the 223-guest American Empress, which will make Vancouver, Wash. her home port. The largest riverboat west of the Mississippi, she will officially join the fleet’s Memphis-based American Queenon April 5, 2014. In addition, the company is pleased to announce that its Pacific Northwest office will also be based in the southwest Washington city of Vancouver U.S.A., just across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore. “We are delighted to …

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