Cruises

River of Food, Wine and Chocolate
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe

River of Food, Wine and Chocolate

Vibrant tulips, buttery coffee cakes and local wines were just the beginning as I was welcomed on board my river cruise. 7 days ahead and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation and more highlights were about to unfold. Usually boarding […]

River Cruising A Balance of Quality and Quantity
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River Cruising A Balance of Quality and Quantity

The magic of Paris and the intrigue of Amsterdam are worth every minute the lucky traveler can muster. The histories, rich cultures and culinary delights are abundant in all ports of interest where we travelers find ourselves. As always there is so much to see and too little time. Traditional […]

A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 
Asia / Australia / California / Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Food / United States

A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 

Dining at a Chef’s Table should always be a titillating treat of tantalizing tastes. Traditionally, a Chef’s Table is located in the kitchen – where the guests can watch, and “ooh” and “ahh” as the Chef and his/her team work their culinary magic. That was not how it was at […]

A Memorable Panama Canal Christmas Cruise aboard Holland America’s Amsterdam
Central & South America / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

A Memorable Panama Canal Christmas Cruise aboard Holland America’s Amsterdam

We live in California and two of our best friends reside in Florida. We wanted to visit them during the holidays, but didn’t want to endure the stress and aggravation of crowded airports and airplanes – so an opportunity to sail from nearby San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale through the […]

Cruising on the Mekong Explorer
Asia / Cruises

Cruising on the Mekong Explorer

Like many Americans, when I hear the word “Mekong” I get an image that comes from movies dealing with the Vietnam War. For me those images are banished forever. After my 8-day cruise on the Mekong Explorer I now know the Mekong River between Vientiane, the capital of Lao, and […]

The Sweetest Suites for Two on the Golden Princess
Cruises / Destinations / Food / Hawaii / United States

The Sweetest Suites for Two on the Golden Princess

Our goal in taking a month-long cruise around Hawaii and Tahiti on the Golden Princess was to experience – and then write about – how a major cruise line like Princess caters to its suite passengers. It was one of our most enjoyable projects. Cruise suites for two Over the […]

Un-Cruising in Hawaii
Cruises / Hawaii / United States

Un-Cruising in Hawaii

The Un-Cruise’s Safari Explorer is for people like me, who never had the urge to go on a cruise ship that resembled a huge floating resort village. On my first trip to Hawaii I wanted to see as many of the islands as possible with a focus on the wildlife […]

A glimpse of the cruise ship Azamara Journey though the sails of an iconic windmill on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe

In the Wake of the Greek Gods

Dazzling whitewashed houses cluster on steep cliffs, scarlet bougainvillea shades a maze of narrow cobble-stone lanes, and weary donkeys carry lazy tourists up steep paths from Santorini’s waterfront to the main town of Fira. On this Greek holiday island’s sun-kissed beaches bared bodies bake as the bluest of skies brighten […]

Exploring the pristine cove from our Un-Cruise ship the Safari Endeavour.
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Mexico

Discovering the Wonders of the Sea of Cortez

“The Gulf and Gulf ports have always been unfriendly to colonization. Again and again attempts were made before a settlement would stick. Humans are not much wanted on the peninsula.” From The Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck, 1941. From the bridge of the Safari Endeavour the […]

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia
California / Central & South America / Cruises / Florida

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia

On a recent Panama Canal cruise on the Holland America ms Amsterdam, we met a most extraordinary passenger with a remarkable past. Her name is Julia.  We do not usually write about fellow travelers, but Julia is exceptional for several reasons that stirred our interest and imagination. Julia’s most noteworthy […]