Viking Idun on the Rhine
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe

Cruising—Through Sun & Snow

BUDAPEST—Cold-weather river cruising in Europe is fast becoming a hot ticket item, with many ships operating at full capacity because of the constantly changing weather patterns.. As our program director Mario Zamposteanu summed up: “You get the same boat, the same service, the same cabins, the same food, the same […]

Sailing the High Seas Aboard the Majestic Schooner Heritage
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Maine / United States

Sailing the High Seas Aboard the Majestic Schooner Heritage

The wind roars through the sails and the sea sweeps the decks and all would-be mariners get the thrill of a lifetime racing the waves in the open ocean. For a truly unique vacation that the entire family will enjoy, try a tall ship adventure. Boarding any great sailing ship […]

Barging Through Italy
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Barging Through Italy

Traveling to Italy for the food and wine is a slam-dunk trip. Wherever you go, a menu of delicacies awaits amid thousands of years of history, culture and art. The country itself is a museum of western civilization, and like any fine museum, it can be overwhelming. That’s where a […]

Executive Chef David Reihana
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Culinary Affairs to Remember at Portofino and the Chops Grille Before Navigator of the Seas Goes Under the Knife

“Once the ship has been revitalized from dry dock in 2014, future guests will experience new and varied specialty restaurants on the Navigator of the Seas,” Executive Chef David Reihana commented during our brief encounter with the New Zealand native. “Portofino has been around for a long time, but it […]

Elk Soup, Anyone?
Asia / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe / Food

Eating Our Way Through the Baltics

By DOMINICK and SUSAN MERLE If that’s elk in my soup, this must be Estonia. One can get a bit disoriented on a cruise ship after charging down the gangplank each morning and entering another new port in another country. “Well, there’s an old saying that you are what you […]

The Grand Princess sails round-trip from San Francisco to Hawaii
California / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Luxury Cruising from San Francisco to Hawaii on Princess Cruise Lines

In a recent article entitled Three Reasons to Book Your Next Cruise out of San Francisco, we wrote about the fun of spending part of a vacation in the famous City by the Bay, and part of it cruising to exciting destinations like Hawaii, Alaska, and the South Pacific. This […]

Chocolate Easter egg in Barcelona
Africa / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe / Food

Barcelona Gourmet Walking Tour and MSC Cruise Revive Easter Past

A “blast from the past,” can be a shot of adrenalin. After childhood images of beautifully hand-painted Easter eggs popped into my head last winter, I sprang into action this spring to revive enduring memories. Hubby and I subsequently decided to discover new and beautiful things by joining the Easter […]

What a Burger! Guy Fieri Hits the High Seas with Carnival
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What a Burger! Guy Fieri Hits the High Seas with Carnival

Fieri has been cooking up a storm since the age of ten, selling soft pretzels from “The Awesome Pretzel” cart that he built with his father. He says he earned enough money selling pretzels and washing dishes to study (and eat) abroad in France. The hospitable Californian with trademark bleached […]

Their circle gatherings took place both day and night on areas of the Carnival Inspiration not being used by regular passengers.
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Bluegrass was Picking and Jamming on the High Seas Aboard Carnival Inspiration

Once again it was music, music, music on the high seas as the Carnival Inspiration resounded with the Jam and Pick of Bluegrass. It was just two years ago on a four-day cruise to Catalina and Ensenada that this writer, quite by chance, first became acquainted with a most interesting […]

An allegorical composition on Costa Magica
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Spellbound by a Costa Magica Cruise

Magic enchants, fascinates and brings pleasure. Costa Magica delivered these emotions in Valencia, Cadiz, Lisbon and Casablanca. On their shores, winter’s dropping mercury vanished while my hubby photographer and I explored the cities’ alluring beauties. Valencia Soaring architectural masterpieces by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela invariably electrify in the City […]