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 […]

We Try It: T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan

It may not have been as historically significant as Neil Armstrong transmitting the message “One small step for man,” but last Friday, when I texted my husband “Just landed” from the runway at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam for free, it felt like the dawn of a new era. Since then I’ve been channeling my inner […]

Quiz: How Romantic Are You on Cruise Ships?

This Valentine’s Day, we’re hoping that you’re heading out on a cruise with the love of your life (or maybe you’ll be surprised by tickets for your next romantic getaway). Cruise ships offer plenty of opportunities for romance. So we figured we’d ask: How many of these cheesy romantic cruise clichés have you indulged in?  […]

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