Astoria Cruise: Learning about special olive oil on Astoria cruise ship

Never know who you might meet on a cruise ship. Since seats aren’t assigned in the Astoria dining room, I was invited to sit next to a woman at dinner one evening. After introducing ourselves, I reached for the olive oil and fresh bread before our dinner menus arrived. The olive oil is delicious and I have been starting every dining room meal enjoying that tasty oil with the unusual name – ACAIA. The woman sitting next …

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Astoria Cruise: Santa Rosalia is home to ‘World Famous’ bakery

Like little kids with our noses pressed up against a confectionary window, we are visiting the century-old El Boleo bakery in Santa Rosalia, northern Baja California Sur, Mexico. As passengers on the Astoria, we have been fed to the gills with delicious food throughout our cruise. So you know we aren’t the least bit hungry. But smelling that delicious bread and pastries made us pull out pesos to buy some. Well worth it. No wonder El Boleo …

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Astoria Cruise: Exploring the Ship

At 72 years old, she is still an elegant beauty. Long after many cruise ships have ceased sailing the world’s oceans, the Astoria continues to entertain guests in comfortable fashion. As the world’s oldest cruise ship still sailing, the Astoria has cruised under many different names. Her original name, of course, was the Stockholm. Launched in 1948, the Stockholm has gone down in history as the ship that accidentally collided with the Andrea Doria on July 25, …

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Astoria Cruise: Visiting La Paz, the city of peace

Thanks to my high school English teacher Miss Frances Cappel, I knew the significance of the pearl sculpture on the beautiful malecon in La Paz, Mexico. I also knew a bit of the history of this Baja California Sur capital whose name means “The Peace.” For my first shore excursion stop on my Astoria cruise, I was looking forward to actually stepping foot in La Paz. My high school years are some decades in the past but …

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Astoria Cruise: Dining delights abound on Sea of Cortez cruise

Would I prefer Atlantic salmon with dill mousseline served with Zatar wild rice pilaf and sautéed spinach? Or maybe surf and turf with filet mignon with gorgonzola butter and grilled half lobster tail accompanied by Duchess potato, braised fennel and cabernet sauvignon sauce? But wait. There are two other main course choices and a vegetarian menu as well to make my decision even more difficult. Helping to give diners a visual of the choices on the Astoria …

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Astoria Cruise: Boarding the ship, finding my cabin

Some passengers don’t like taking a “tender” to go from ship to shore or vice versa on a cruise. It does take longer to board and ride in that small boat than it takes to just walk off a cruise ship. But many of the ports on our Sea of Cortez cruise don’t have docking facilities. When docking is not an option, ships will anchor in deeper water offshore and use smaller boats called tenders to transport …

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Astoria Cruise: Former Stockholm cruise ship now in ‘Farewell Season’ with Cruise & Maritime Voyages

The woman walking ahead of me on our way to the Astoria theater suddenly stopped and stared at a glass display case. “What is a bell from the old Stockholm ship doing on this boat?” she asked. The answer is quite simple. And definitely fascinating. The Astoria is the old Stockholm. And we are cruising aboard the historic ship on the Sea of Cortez. I boarded in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a six-night cruise and will …

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Historic Delta Queen’s Resident Ghost

image courtesy of Delta Queen Company

  An early morning fog shrouds the river as the Delta Queen makes her way into the port of Cincinnati in 2008. River fog, according to legend, is caused when Old Man River smokes his pipe. Deckhands long ago dribbled bits of tobacco into the river as they stood on the deck enjoying a brief smoke. When Old Man River collected enough tobacco for his pipe, he’d light up and the river filled with fog from his …

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Victory I Cruise: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Honors Great Musicians

  ABOARD THE VICTORY I: Several teens sitting in the audience began to chuckle when the film narrator said, “Imagine there was a time in America when there was no rock and roll.” For these youngsters, there never was such a time. Rock and roll has always been a part of their lives. So the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum must have been a real eye opener for them. After the short film ended, …

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Victory I Cruise: Food, Glorious Food Abounds on Great Lakes Cruise

  ABOARD THE VICTORY I: Let’s talk about food. Or better yet, let’s look at photos of food. The best would be to share together one of the fantastic meals I’ve had so far on the Victory I cruise ship. However, looking at the food photos I am posting is about as close as we can come. I will warn you that it is best not to look at the photos if you are the slightest bit …

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