Panoramic Tenerife
Africa / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe / Food / Island Nation / Wines & Spirits

Divine Yuletide Escapes in Spain, Morocco, the Canaries and Madeira

When the Arctic chill blew in, a Christmas cruise to Barcelona, Casablanca, Tenerife, Funchal and Malaga sounded warm, fuzzy and therapeutic. With sunny days, tropical fauna and flora and flamenco music dancing in our heads, my other half and I sailed on the new MSC Divina and looked toward a […]

Star Clipper at sea, under full sail
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe

Sail, Sun and Serendipity: Wind-powered and Not-so-Solo Mediterranean Adventure

“We sail,” Captain Sergey Utitsyn asserts firmly. “This is a sailing ship!” He was responding to my temerity in calling the ten-night Star Clipper Eastern Mediterranean voyage from Venice to Athens, a “cruise.” And his choice of words really is the best way to describe the Star Clipper tall-ship experience: […]

Celebrity Constellation
Chronological / Cruises / Europe / Food

Cruisers’ Palates Sail to France and Italy on Celebrity Constellation

When it comes to dining, the adage “variety spices life” can easily be experienced at Celebrity ships’ Specialty Restaurants. While on the “Wine Immersive Cruise” aboard the Constellation last October, my DH and I spiced up our autumn holidays at two venues: the Ocean Liners and the Tuscan Grille.   […]

Children of Guatemala
Central & South America / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts

Humanitarian Tour: Santo Tomas, Guatemala

When you travel internationally, you generally want to maximize your experiences in each locale. And most destinations offer a plethora of choices to the visitor. But only rarely do you get an opportunity to intimately experience the local culture and interact with the locals in a humanitarian exchange. One such […]

A Celebrity Cruise to “Wine” About
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe / Wines & Spirits

A Celebrity Cruise to “Wine” About

“Celebrity designs different itineraries to retain clients and attract new cruisers,” Constellation Hotel Director Christophe Belaubre said. A result was the 2012 autumn “Wine Immersive Cruise,” to thrust wine enthusiasts into a galaxy of stellar wine and culture cities in northern Europe. At the helm of the floating resort were […]

Oosterdam anchored at Sitka.
Alaska / Chronological / Cruises

Cruise Tips They Don’t Talk About

By DOMINICK and SUSAN MERLE JUNEAU, Alaska—Here are a few cruise tips nobody wants to talk about: That part about the captain going down with his ship—pure hogwash. If you miss the boat and are left on pier, tough luck. Get a little too rambunctious and you’ll be thrown in […]

Buddy at the piano
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

A Star to Steer the Wind Star By ― Part II

See Part I Spend a week on Wind Star, and everyone begins to feel like family. Passengers and crew — we all got to know one another. The easiest place to connect was in the lounge where we gathered for information sessions and then hung around to listen to Roy […]

A Star to Steer the Wind Star By — Part I
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

A Star to Steer the Wind Star By — Part I

“When I was fifteen years old, I went to sea,” says Antony Gilbert (like a character in a Charles Dickens novel). We meet the handsome third navigation officer in the bridge of the Wind Star where he is on duty this second night of a cruise from Istanbul to Athens. […]

A view of the Lawn Club Grill Restaurant (Photo by J. Freed)
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe / Food

Again, Please? “Make our Dinner on a Cruise?”

As tradition goes, chefs prepare food for restaurant patrons.  However, at the Lawn Club Grill Restaurant on the Celebrity Silhouette’s top deck, guests can be their own cooks. Making pizza and grilling steaks while on a cruise initially sounded off-putting, but hubby and I later discovered the culinary hands-on activities […]

Celebrity Equinox makes port call at breathtaking Santorini (Photo by J. Freed)
Chronological / Cruises / Europe / Food / Island Nation / Wines & Spirits

Cruising to Greek Aegean Gems on Celebrity Equinox

For my hubby, Jim, and me, our Mediterranean summer would not be complete without a visit to Greece. Several ships ply the islands, but Equinox’s Eastern Mediterranean itinerary attracted us the most because it called at many of our favorite Mediterranean ports. Positive reviews on the ship’s interior design, staff […]