Our Sailing Cruise on a Maine Windjammer, The Lewis R French

As a Floridian, I looked forward to escaping the hot, humid summer weather and enjoying cooler New England temperatures and refreshing breezes. My Maine Windjammer Cruise brought those and much more. My boyfriend and I flew to Bangor, Maine, rented a car, and spent two days exploring Acadia National Park and the Bar Harbor area. We hiked from a sand beach, maneuvered across fields of boulders battered by the sea, then up to Otter Point with its …

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MS Jane Austen Sailing ~The Seine, Paris and Normandy / Preparing for My Riviera River Cruises Adventure

I last visited Paris in June 2016 and cherish many fond memories. The City of Light ranks high on many bucket lists for its iconic sights, outstanding museums, fantastic architecture and fine French food and wine. You can’t go wrong. I couldn’t be more excited to be heading back to Paris, where I will start and end an eight-day Riviera River cruise on the MS Jane Austen, on the Seine and Normandy rivers. The Riviera itinerary enticed …

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Getting Ready for a Maine Windjammer Cruise

When I think of Maine, I envision lobsters, lighthouses, rocky coasts, and, well …more lobsters. Yes, indeed; I’m looking forward to tasting those scrumptious shellfish in every possible way: lobster eggs benedict, lobster rolls, lobster chowder, lobster mac & cheese, lobster salad, lobster tails, and of course, whole boiled lobster. My travel companion, John, and I will fly from Florida to Bangor, Maine, and pick up a rental car. We plan to spend two days exploring Acadia …

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Celestyal Cruises New Onboard Dining Experience

My favorite Greek cruise line, Celestyal Cruises, is introducing a new, signature Greek menu and dining experience for guests. The culinary experience arose from a collaboration with Diane Kochilas, one of the world’s foremost experts on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. She is the host, creator, and co-producer of My Greek Table, the highly acclaimed cooking and travel show airing nationally on Public Television. Kochilas is also the author of more than 18 cookbooks on Greek-Mediterranean Cuisine, a …

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Cruising is Back in Alaska ~ Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas 7-Night Alaska Inner Passage

After a slow start in early 2021, cruising returned in Alaska this past summer and will be in full swing come Spring 2022. Many Americans are still hesitant to make European plans and instead are choosing Alaska. And why not? The 49th state offers pristine wilderness, wildlife, glaciers, and fascinating small towns. I just returned from a Royal Caribbean cruise on their mega-ship, Ovation of the Seas. The  7-night tour of Alaska’s Inner Passage started and ended …

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Celestyal Cruises … Spectacular 7-Night, 3-Continent Cruise

Re-publishing from January 8, 2020: ABOARD THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL­_A 7-night cruise to three continents with stops at dream destinations sounded thrilling. I’d start in Greece and have a chance to see the Sphinx, pyramids of Giza, Israel, Cyprus, Rhodes and Turkey. I was ready! Despite my high expectations, Celestyal far exceeded them. Each day and country connected me with very different cultures, traditions, stories, events, and sights – – all bonded by common themes of history and …

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UnCruise Adventures is The Only Small Boat Operator Leading Bucket List Travel in Alaska This Season. Focus is on Safety and the Sustainability of Untourism

Cruising Small Opens Tomorrow for The U.S. Flagged Adventure Brand Courtesy UnCruise Adventures: SEATTLE, WA, July 31st, 2020 – Following an unprecedented cessation to travel, leading small boat operator, UnCruise Adventures will be the only small boat setting sail in Southeast Alaska this summer. The company’s CEO Dan Blanchard will welcome aboard excited guests and ensure the brand’s signature components of safety and experiential travel are in place for the August 1st departure out of Juneau. The …

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UnCruise Alaskan Cruises Restarting on August 1st

Don’t dash your dreams of Alaskan cruise this summer. I bring good news from UnCruise. UnCruise Adventures will restart their Glacier Bay National Park expeditions on August 1st and run through October 2020. The American owned, U.S. flagged small-ship adventure company, UnCruise Adventures has confirmed that its 2020 Alaska sailings will commence August 1st. “As one of the first companies to restart service, this is a pivotal moment for the travel industry and Alaska,” states UnCruise Adventures …

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Out of This World Shrimp Saganaki on the Celestyal Crystal!

Although no one is cruising during the coronavirus pandemic, I know many folks are ready to get back on a boat. Hopefully travel will return in the summer or fall of 2020. One morning not too long ago (but in many ways, the trip seems years ago), I was in the Mediterranean aboard the Celestyal Crystal on their 3-Continent Cruise. Lucky me made my way to the ship’s main dining room to learn how to make a …

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Pre-Cruise Story: Celestyal Crystal 7-Day, 3-Continent Cruise by Debi Lander

To say I’m excited about my upcoming Celestyal 7-day, 3–continent cruise on the Celestyal Crystal is a significant understatement. All my life, Egypt has topped my bucket list, but never seemed attainable. The epic moment will come when I finally set foot in Cairo, see the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. This cruise is an opportunity to make my dreams come true. On top of that, I will add Cyprus as another new country to my …

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