Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships: Windstar’s Wind Surf

The subject for the second week of Cruising Photo of the Week (outtakes) is the port of Kotor, Montenegro, a stop for cruises originating in Venice that is popular for its fortified medieval old town. This photo was left out in favor of three other views of Kotor’s magnificent mountain-rimmed harbor that were included in my book ‘Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships’ (available for ordering at DennisCox.com). Dominating the Kotor waterfront in this photo is …

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Cruising the World – From Gondolas to Megaships

Cover photo: Houseboat with two cabins for passengers cruising the tropical Kerala Backwaters on the Malabar coast of South India. ©Dennis Cox/WorldViews From “Cruising the World – From Gondolas to Megaships”, the 208 pages, 9.5” x 12” full-color hardcover coffee table book featuring 535 photos, depicting 37 varieties of cruise vessels, representing 77 countries, on all seven continents. Dennis Cox – All Things Cruise Official Photographer … and award-winning travel photographer, book publisher, cruise blogger, fashion & …

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Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships: European Waterways La Belle Epoque

This is my first posting of an outtake photo for the CRUISING PHOTO of the WEEK. I was able to squeeze 535 photos into my new 208-page book ‘Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships.’ But there are some images that should have made the book, but unfortunately got squeezed out. This is one. ‘La Belle Epoque’ is a luxury European Waterways barge on the Burgundy Canal shown here passing a small French village in early spring …

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How We Fell in Love with a Boat

Reprinted from the book Cruising the World – From Gondolas to Megaships by All Things Cruise official photographer Dennis Cox. The book may be ordered from Photo Explorer Productions online at www.DennisCox.com Can the cruise industry thank a television show for its vastly increased popularity starting in the 1970s and 80s? If so, look no further than the wildly popular series The Love Boat. Debuting in May 1977, The Love Boat – which ran for nine years, …

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International Workers Day

Today is International Workers Day with thousands of cruise ship workers from countries around the world out of work. So I’d like to honor those tireless workers with this digital photo art painting and wish them a good rest until they can return to their jobs and their ships. © Dennis Cox / Photo Explorer Productions, All Rights Reserved

Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands

I photographed Keukenhof Gardens, near Amsterdam in The Netherlands, last spring partly to get a photo of one of the boats that cruise on the canals on the perimeter of the gardens and adjacent to the commercial tulip fields. Another image is being used in my book, Cruising the World. I suspect that this season these boats packed with tourists will not be operating. Cover Photo: © Dennis Cox / WorldViews, All Rights Reserved

Yachting in the Galápagos With Latin Trails: Preserving for Posterity

EASTERN ISLANDS – January 10-11, 2020 – Since the appearance of Charles Darwin’s “The Voyage of the Beagle” brought attention to the incredible diversity of wildlife and the scenic views on the volcanic Galápagos islands, they have ranked among the most exotically beautiful places in the world. Birds and animals that make these islands their home generate a fascination like no other spot on earth. This fascination was recognized by UNESCO’s declaring the Galápagos Islands as a …

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Yachting in the Galápagos with Latin Trails: Blue-Footed Booby Spotting

January 9, 2020 By Dennis Cox FLOREANA ISLAND – Charles Darwin, after his visit to the Galápagos Islands in 1835, was inspired to conceive his theory of evolution by natural selection based primarily on his observations of the unusual animal life here – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise, mockingbirds, land snails, and the many types of finch. Since the publication of Darwin’s book, “Voyage of the Beagle,” in 1839, the ecological, evolutionary and biogeographic …

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Yachting in the Galápagos With Latin Trails: A Galapago-go of Activity

ESPANOLA ISLAND — January 8, 2020 — Cruises of the Galápagos Islands range from four to fifteen days in duration. There are 64 small yachts cruising the islands carrying 16 passengers. These have the advantage over a dozen larger ships by providing intimate encounters with wildlife while efficiently reaching remote areas of the archipelago. Yachts also maintain a smaller ecological footprint, but are less stable in the some times choppy waters of the Galápagos (16-passenger catamarans being …

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Yachting in the Galápagos With Latin Trails: A Yacht to Love

SAN CRISTOBOL ISLAND — January 7, 2020 — High on the bucket list of many travelers, the Galápagos Islands have a special attraction due to their isolation, unique animal life, and designation by UNESCO in 1978 as a World Heritage site and in 1985 as a biosphere reserve.  Quito-based travel company Latin Trails offers Galápagos cruises on board two recently rebuilt and refurbished luxury yachts, Sea Star Journey and Seaman Journey (a catamaran), both exclusive to 16 …

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