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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Victory I Cruise: Henry Ford Museum Home of Priceless American Memorabilia

  A glass vial with the dying breath of famed inventor Thomas Edison. The maroon chair, still blood stained, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford Theater. A folding camp bed that General George Washington actually slept in during the Revolutionary War. Henry Ford was a collector. As one of the world’s first billionaires, Ford had the money to collect whatever struck his fancy. Instead of expensive works of art or precious gems, however, Ford liked …

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Victory I Cruise: Boarding Ship for Three-night Great Lakes adventure

  ABOARD M/V VICTORY I – Entering a ship stateroom that will be my cruise home is always exciting. When I opened the door for stateroom 312 aboard the Victory I, it reminded me of the old John Denver song about grandma’s featherbed. In that tune, John Denver crooned about his favorite childhood memories of the gigantic featherbed that was “soft as a downy chick.” That’s sure what my cruise bed looked like. Plopping my backpack on …

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Grand Classica Cruise: Two-night Voyage to the Bahamas

ABOARD THE GRAND CLASSICA: The Grand Classica is definitely that. Launched in 1991, the ship joined Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line in April 2018. With 216 inside rooms and 430 oceanview rooms, along with two junior suites, the ship has a guest capacity of 1,680 and 590 crew. Stepping on the Grand Classica is like traveling back in time to an era when cruise ships were less about outrageous attractions like go-carts and sky diving simulators and more …

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Celebrity Summit Unveils New Look After Massive Makeover

Celebrity Summit is sleek, elegant and oh-so-comfortable. Don’t know what the ship looked like before its newly unveiled makeover but it is a beauty now. Launched in 2001, the Summit is part of Celebrity Cruises’ biggest fleet wide modernization ever. More than $500 million in luxurious upgrades are being made to take the brand’s fleet to the Edge (the Celebrity Edge, that is, Celebrity’s newest ship launched in 2018). What did I like most? Well, I could …

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