Review: VIKING MARS: Transatlantic…and Terrific!

Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Mars Brings Comfort to Crossing The Boeing 777-200 hasn’t even lifted off from Barcelona’s International Airport before my shoulders, neck and back begin to object to the confines of my coach seat. The woman beside me is already fast asleep, her head listing uncomfortably close to mine. Once we’re aloft, lunch is served. I lift the plastic tray’s foil cover to find a trio of unappetizing substances: three lumps of chicken obscured by …

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REVIEW: Sea Cloud Spirit Makes a Splash!

Sea Cloud Cruises Sets Sail for America I’m settled in the spacious lounge of Sea Cloud Spirit, an amber glow cast by a nearby table lamp illuminates the dish of taco chips before me and a bowl of what just might be the very best guacamole I’ve ever tasted. Trays of bacon-wrapped pigs in a blanket, popcorn, crunchy chicken strips and buckets of beer are nearby but it seems I’m the only one of the room’s 15 …

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REVIEW: STAR CLIPPER CRUISES’ ROYAL CLIPPER

More Posh than Pirate! I am sailing Star Clipper Cruises’ Royal Clipper, the largest ship in the world. Perhaps I should clarify: she is the largest square-rigged sailing ship in the world. Introduced in 2000, this 23-year-old beauty couldn’t differ more from what most people envision when they think of “the largest ship in the world.”  At a mere 4,425 grt and carrying a maximum of only 228 passengers (our sailing included 152 guests, primarily British, American …

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Part 4: Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Voyager Getting My Feet Wet: An Introduction to Antarctica

Flexibility. Flexibility. Flexibility. More than thermal base layers, waterproof pants, gloves and a nice warm hat, flexibility is the most important thing to pack for your expedition to Antarctica. This is not a sailing where a guest can feel entitled to launch a major hissy fit when they experience an unexpected change in itinerary. In fact, there’s no itinerary at all. Aboard the maiden voyage of Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Voyager, our itinerary stated that we’d sail …

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Atlas Ocean Voyages Aboard World Voyager – Simple Pleasures at Sea

Snowman on a cruise ship

Amidst the endless blue waves, an adorable snowman named Frosty found his sea-legs and melted hearts on a cruise ship adventure like no other. Read more about his voyages aboard Atlas Ocean Voyages World Voyager with Judi Cuervo here: Part 1: Think Antarctica would leave you cold? Think again! Part 2: They Don’t Call It the “End of the World” for Nothing Part 3: The Right Ship for the White Continent Part 4: Getting My Feet Wet: …

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PART 3: REVIEW: ATLAS OCEAN VOYAGES’ WORLD VOYAGER

The Right Ship for the White Continent Since its debut only two years ago, Atlas Ocean Voyages, the luxury/expedition arm of Portugal-based Mystic Cruises, best known for its fleet of riverboats, has intrigued this small-ship fan. The line launched in 2021 with World Navigator and World Traveller followed in 2022. My sailing today is the maiden voyage of the line’s third yacht, the 9,935 grt, 198-guest World Voyager which, on Antarctica sailings, has a guest capacity of …

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PART 2: WORLD VOYAGER: En Route to Ushuaia – They Don’t Call It the “End of the World” for Nothing

Are we there yet? My 10-hour nonstop American Airlines flight delivers me from JFK to Buenos Aires where, thankfully, Atlas Ocean Voyages has arranged a free overnight hotel stay at the lovely Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Conference Center. Tomorrow, our charter flight to Ushuaia, considered “the end of the world” thanks to its southernmost location, departs. My transfer to the hotel is punctual and I sip the bottled water provided as we speed along highways to …

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PART 1: WORLD VOYAGER: Atlas Ocean Voyages’ Newest Ship

Think Antarctica would leave you cold? Think again! The vista is a desolate and icy wilderness, barren and yet abundant. Drifts of snow stretch on forever atop craggy rock formations and across vast, glittering ice fields. Towering glaciers reach from sea to sky, blinding white to the deepest blue. Hulking icebergs jut up from the water’s surface like mighty alabaster sculptures, calved chunks of them floating lazily across the surface of the frigid turquoise waters. In the …

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REVIEW:  EXPLORA I’s Anthology: I’m starstruck!

Explora Journeys’ Michelin-Star Dining Concept is a Taste of Perfection Explora Journeys’ EXPLORA I has just sailed from Boston as I enter Anthology for dinner this evening. The setting is a relatively narrow space done in tones of gray and white with chrome pillars and spherical ceiling fixtures casting a warm glow. The bustling kitchen is visible through framed plexiglass on one side of the venue while, on the other, sparkling windows provide an ocean view. Each …

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REVIEW: Crystal Serenity – She’s Back…and Better than Ever!

Crystal Serenity stands majestically at her dock at New York City’s Pier 88–the first time she’s visited the Big Apple since the pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt. But for Crystal Cruises, that halt was particularly damning, with Genting Hong Kong, the line’s parent company, filing for bankruptcy and liquidation in 2022, moves partially triggered by the cessation of cruising. Crystal Serenity (along with sister ship Crystal Symphony) found herself dead in the water–literally–until Abercrombie …

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