A holiday cruise story: Sea of Sorrow, Sea of Joy

Editor’s note: At this time of year, it is always nice to hear wonderful stories about cruising adventures. This year contributor Judy M. Zimmerman shares her tale of happiness found at sea. Special to AllThings Cruise Christmas was only a few days away and I was about to begin an adventure I’d dreamed of for many years: a cruise from Singapore to some of Indonesia’s most exotic ports — Java, Bali and Borneo. Why, then, was I …

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Myanmar’s New Belmond Orcaella

Over a century ago, Rudyard Kipling described Burma (now Myanmar) as “quite unlike any country you know about,” immortalizing it in his poem “On the Road to Mandalay where the flyin’ fishes play an’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!” Thirteen years ago, I was a passenger aboard the “Road to Mandalay”, Myanmar’s only luxurious river ship at the time.  While visiting remote outposts along the Chindwin River, the gentle, smiling villagers …

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Three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing (cruise) ships – a life-long dream come true

Story and Photos by Judy Zimmerman Special to AllThingsCruise Swedish ship-owner, Michael Krafft, has realized his lifelong dream to provide  unique sailing experiences which are often away from ports congested with tourists. Before Kraftt’s elegant 170-passenger identical Star Clipper and Star Flyer were commissioned in 1991, he meticulously researched the Golden Age of tall, swift sailing ships in order  to reflect their nostalgia and romance.  He also wanted to provide the luxury of a modern mega-yacht at …

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Azamara Quest Cruises to Antarctica

Story and Photos by Judy Zimmerman Special to AllThingsCruise Many cruise passengers are more interested in the quality of their ship-board experiences than the ports of call, but my top three priorities in selecting a cruise are: 1) The ship is the most convenient transportation to the ports I want to visit 2) It’s a small ship (500 or less passengers) and 3) It provides excellent on-board learning opportunities. In the past several years, the frequent rave …

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Judy Zimmerman’s Bio

Judy Zimmerman has been a travel editor and award-winning freelance travel writer for over 30 years. She’s traveled to well over 100 countries and sailed on more than 65 cruises. Her articles have appeared in about 800 newspapers, magazines, and websites. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Outdoor Writers of California. Her specialties include worldwide destinations, senior and solo travel, small expedition cruises, destination health resorts, soft adventure, luxury travel, …

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