On a luxury cruise in the Arabian Sea, on the lookout for pirates

Pirates seldom dominate our thoughts beyond movie myths and Halloween costumes, but real pirates still threaten danger for the unwary. As my ship, the 600-passenger luxury Seabourn Encore, cruised recently on the Gulf of Aden, with Yemen to the north and Somalia to the south, the ship’s crew prepared for a pirate attack. Passengers, too, were ready, with a set of instructions about when and where to go to hide if the captain sent us a signal. …

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Where to jumpstart a diet and exercise program? On a luxury cruise, of course Working out, dodging calories, stretching willpower on Seabourn Encore headed to Dubai

eeding to lose at least a few pounds and hoping for a jumpstart on a regular workout routine, I booked a 21-day cruise on the new 600-passenger Seabourn Encore. Seabourn is a four-ship line that rates itself six stars on the luxury meter, none of them connected to the concepts of moderation and personal discipline. A crazy idea? Maybe, but I chose a repositioning cruise that would be heavy with sea days, providing extra time to exercise …

Read moreWhere to jumpstart a diet and exercise program? On a luxury cruise, of course Working out, dodging calories, stretching willpower on Seabourn Encore headed to Dubai

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