Just Back From… A Pacific Northwest River Cruise: 6 Surprises

The delights of the Pacific Northwest extend beyond marquee cities like Seattle and Portland. This region is in the midst of a heady resurgence as a cruise destination along the Snake and Columbia rivers, thanks to the introduction this year of American Queen Steamboat Company’s newly refurbished American Empress. (Other lines, such as Lindblad Expeditions [...]

Just Back From….Norwegian Breakaway: Vegas at Sea?

For a long time, cruise industry executives have maintained that their competition for passengers is not other cruise lines. What cruise travel is up against, we’ve heard over and over, is the massive casino resorts of Las Vegas and the theme parks of Orlando. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis and Allure of the Seas certainly qualify as [...]

Hurricane Season: We’re At the Peak

On its New York to Bermuda run this week I was among 4,800 passengers sailing aboard Norwegian Breakaway who got some bad news. Hurricane Cristobal, a late-developing storm that gave a lashing to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and bounced tropical showers off the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas, is headed straight for, you [...]

Just Back From … A Douro River Cruise: Hits & Misses

The big surprise about Portugal’s Douro River – the most vibrant in this part of the Iberian peninsula, is why it’s not on the top of every cruise traveler’s bucket list. Gorgeous and relatively untouched by tourists, this laid-back waterway is surrounded by medieval history, sprawling and steeply terraced vineyards, and dramatic rocky gorges. Our [...]

Destination Spotlight: Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Icy Strait Point, one of Alaska’s newest ports of call, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and that may not mean much. Certainly, more established tourist stops, like circa-19th-century Skagway and Juneau, would seem to have the historic advantage. But to our surprise, our first-ever visit to Icy Strait last week felt more historically layered [...]

Live from….Oceania Regatta: 5 Surprises

Although it’s been several years since we’ve sailed with Oceania Cruises, our experience has encompassed every ship in the line’s five vessel fleet. Our last two trips were on 1,200-plus passenger Marina and Riviera, the first built-from-scratch ships Oceania’s ever had. We’ve also been on the three 684-passenger ships that started the line – Insignia, [...]

Live from…. Bordeaux: Hits & Misses

With the debut of cruises this year by both Viking River and Uniworld, Bordeaux, near France’s southwest coast, is the newest river itinerary for mainstream lines in Europe. Like France’s Seine, which offers Paris-based trips, and the Rhone, which trawls through Provence, the experience is highly food and wine influenced (absolutely a good thing!), and [...]

A Closer Look: Royal Caribbean Celebrates Oasis 3 Keel-Laying

If the most momentous surprise at today’s keel-laying for Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis-class ship was the announcement that company executives had just signed a contract for a fourth vessel in the series, it took nothing away from the real reason we’d traveled to STX France, the St. Nazaire-based shipyard. Here to attend Oasis 3’s keel-laying [...]

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