A Eulogy for SkyMall

SkyMall — the catalog of quirky, useless and overpriced items for purchase at 35,000 feetĀ – declared bankruptcy and halted its print publication on Jan. 16. Below, I pay tribute to my best source of humorous blog fodder. Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of an old friend. A stalwart travel companion […]

Cruising Through YouTube

We all know that YouTube can be a rabbit hole: Once you fall in, it’s hard to climb out. For cruise lovers, there are thousands of videos you could watch, everything from pier runners to flash mobs to wild crew parties. (And if you can resist those related videos, I’d like to shake your hand.) […]

What If…Cruise Ships Had SkyMall?

On long flights, I’m a sucker for SkyMall. Although I’ve never actually bought anything, I get a kick out of the idea that travelers are able to make purchases — whether amazing or absolutely useless — at 35,000 feet. The last time I stole a copy of the magazine from my seatback pocket, it got […]

Cruise Gift Cards: Lines That Let You Give the Gift of Cruising

‘Tis the season to start thinking about the cruisers on your holiday shopping list. In the last two weeks, both Princess Cruises and Tauck rolled out new gift card programs, and with Black Friday looming, it’s time for a quick roundup of similar products. Read on for a list of popular lines that feature gift […]

11 Silly Signs Spotted While Sailing

I have a thing for signs, and I’ve seen my fair share of interesting, funny and just plain strange ones during my cruise travels. Below are a few examples, indicating what’s permissible to flush down the toilet, what not to do with a motorcycle and what will become of you if you’re caught smoking.

Live from….Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken: 6 Surprises

I’m currently aboard Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken, sailing the line’s northbound Norway coastal voyage from Bergen to Kierkenes. It’s both my first time to Norway and my first time sailing with an expedition line that focuses mainly on destinations, rather than onboard bells and whistles. Read on to see what I’m finding most intriguing about the ship […]

Destination Spotlight: 5 Cool Things to Do on Martinique

Martinique, an island in the French West Indies, has seen marked cruise growth in the last two years. In fact, business is booming so much at Fort-de-France’s two terminals — recently upgraded to accommodate Quantum of the Seas, which will call on the port for four sailings in 2015 — that a feasibility study is […]

Live from….the Panama Canal: Finding the Best Viewing Spots

I’m currently onboard Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas for a 15-night Panama Canal cruise. A few days ago, we made the eight-hour journey southbound, from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, through the 100-year-old waterway — one of the modern world’s most impressive feats of engineering. I learned lots along the way, thanks […]

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