Silversea Cruises Takes Delivery of Their First Destination-Specific Ship When it comes to cruising, the headlines have changed from ones of doom and gloom to ones that reflect a soaring increase in bookings. Still, many eager travelers are thinking small. They’re looking to dip their toe back into cruising’s waters aboard intimate vessels where the crowds and queues that terrified us at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic are virtually unheard of and destinations are remote ones, …


SPECTACULAR SEADREAM! A Week Aboard SeaDream II (Judi Cuervo’s Cruise Diary)

DAY 1:  Embarkation SeaDream II sits in San Juan’s terminal 4. It’s easy to miss her hidden among the behemoths that occupy the docks along this popular cruise ship port. In these days of massive, 100+ gross ton cities at sea, SeaDream II and her sister ship SeaDream I, 4,300 gross ton megayachts carrying only 112 passengers, have been transporting holiday makers for over 30 years, first as Cunard’s Sea Goddesses and, later as the Seabourn Goddesses. …

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DAY 4: Sunrise Heads Back to New York

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  Bermuda was certainly the charm, weather-wise. We wake today to gray skies but by 10:30 a.m., the pool deck is humming. Even the swimming pool is filled with children happily splashing and, no doubt, more than a few are soaring down the twisting labyrinth of blue and yellow waterslides that snake over the deck. Many of these kids, no doubt, just had breakfast with a film star! This morning the lower level of The Radiance Restaurant …

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DAY 3: Land Ho!: Carnival Sunrise Arrives in Bermuda

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  The song says “Bermuda is another world” and the world we sail into shortly after dawn is a bright, warm and sunny one with sapphire blue waters glinting back at us and pastel-colored homes dotting the landscape. Like most ships, Carnival Sunrise is sailing into King’s Wharf (Dockyard), the port that replaced the shallow-watered capitol of Hamilton  once megaships made their debut more than a decade ago.  While smaller vessels may still dock at the busy …

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DAY 2 Carnival Sunrise: A “Fun Day” At Sea

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  As a chronically early riser, I find a quiet–eerily silent–Sunrise at about 6:00 a.m. as I make my way to deck 9 and its coffee stations.  New York’s gray skies seem to have followed us but in the distance a single ray of sunshine peeps beneath the clouds and pierces the ocean’s surface.  Yes!  There is hope that the swimsuit I packed might actually be used. Slowly, Sunrise begins to come to life and I enter …

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DAY 1 Carnival Sunrise sails from New York to Bermuda: A four-day getaway!

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  I exit my office building, take a right past Radio City Music Hall and continue up to 12th Avenue, dragging my sensible overnight bag behind me.  It’s midday and I’m on my way to lunch…in Bermuda. A four-day cruise doesn’t give a girl much time at its single port of call but it does provide a nice little respite that doesn’t break the bank or require much time off from work. That’s what convinced me to …

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  Set Sail with Some of the Biggest Names in Classic Rock Music! Imagine a week-long Caribbean sailing aboard the magnificent Norwegian Pearl, your daily program filled with round-the-clock musical performances by artists like Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Art Garfunkel, The Zombies, The Orchestra, Alan Parsons, Dave Mason, Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, Poco, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre Band, Wishbone Ash, Orleans, Strawbs and more! It’s a classic rock lover’s …


Unexpected Pleasures: Sailing the Douro River Aboard Viking Helgrim

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  In the year 2000, I sailed the Rhone and Saone rivers aboard Viking Burgundy, a vessel operated by Viking River Cruises, a little-known line that, in fact, had just entered the American market. I was bucking the cruise trend of the time, shunning the mega ships that were capturing the headlines in favor of an intimate vessel and a type of sailing that had not yet hit most cruise fans’ radar. What a difference 20 years …

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Judy Cuervo’s Bio

Judi Cuervo

Judi Cuervo is a New York City native who fell in love with cruising in 1976 during her first sailing aboard Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras. Twenty years later, she began her freelance cruise writing gig and, since that time, has covered mass market, ultra-premium, riverboat and expedition ships for regional, national and international publications as well as cruise websites. Judi met her husband Michael in 1993 aboard Holland America’s Statendam and they were married four years later …

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