Just Back From…Norwegian Jewel: Hits and Misses

Norwegian Jewel, the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel-class ships and dating back to 2005, is an oldie but a goody in the fleet. During the ship’s last dry dock (in May 2014), Norwegian took the time to add some popular elements from its newest ships – Breakaway and Getaway – to Norwegian Jewel.

Observed Onboard: Cruising Gluten Free

With so many people watching their gluten intake these days, cruise ships have responded. As I found out this week on my Alaska cruise on Norwegian Jewel, it’s actually easy to do – providing you have a heck of a lot more will-power than I do. First, a little about me. This June, I was [...]

We’re Onboard: Q&A with George Takei

Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take the helm. And that’s exactly what George Takei, social media icon, gay rights activist and actor most famously known for playing helmsman Sulu on the original Star Trek, is doing aboard the Queen Mary 2. Part of Cunard’s Insights speakers series, Takei will partake in several events [...]

Live from….Diamond Princess: Boarding a Japanese-Centric Ship

Eugene is friendly and has joined our trivia team a couple of times when his family is MIA. He blushes when I tell him he speaks English very well. He’s only 20 and a student at university in Malaysia where he was born and has lived his entire life. He tells me he learned English [...]

Live from….Diamond Princess: First Impressions

I knew when I boarded Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japan, that the Princess ship would be unlike any of its eight Grand-class sister ships . Although I had never sailed the line before, I had read  about all the modifications the company had made during the ship’s recent $30 million refurbishment – and was eager [...]

Just Back From….Tauck’s Inspire: First Impressions

Having never been on a European river cruise, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I boarded Tauck River Cruising’s newest boat, ms Inspire, for a nine-day trip through the Netherlands and Belgium. But it didn’t take long to figure out what river cruising, Tauck style, was all about. Here are my first impressions of [...]

Wining & Dining: Setting Up a Seder on a River Cruise

Tauck passenger Marcy Silverman makes fried matazh for me the first morning of Passover aboard ms Inspire. Try explaining a Seder plate to someone who barely understands what Passover is. Not an easy task but one I found myself undertaking on a recent river cruise aboard Tauck’s newest boat, ms Inspire. The second-to-last night of [...]

We Try It: Massage on a Riverboat

Massages in the United States and on major oceangoing cruise lines are rather straightforward: Arms, legs, neck and back. On a European river ship, though, you have to watch out for more B’s: the belly and elsewhere (I’ll let you figure out what else starts with B!) Having your tummy rubbed is a strange sensation [...]

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