Just Back From… Cuba Cruise, Hits and Misses

The Canadian company Cuba Cruise has made waves these past two years by being the only cruise line to offer seven-night Havana-to-Havana circumnavigations of the Caribbean’s largest island. It was also in the right place at the right time when President Obama loosened travel restrictions for Americans, partnering right away with people-to-people organizations to offer […]

7 Reasons You Should Try Princess’ New Alaska Cruise Program

Midnight sun, otherworldly views and some of the best seafood you’ll ever eat… the list of reasons people seek out an Alaska cruise in the summer could go on. Princess Cruises has long received kudos for its standout voyages to the Last Frontier; it won the “Best Itineraries” award in our 2014 Editors’ Picks. When […]

10 More Things Americans Should Know About Cruising to Cuba

Chris Gray Faust, an American, is back from a cruise to Cuba with the Canadian line Cuba Cruise. Here are 10 more things that Americans should know before they board (read her first installment). 1. Set your expectations, shipwise. Louis Cristal is not a new ship — and while the ship’s Greek and Cuban crew […]

10 Things Americans Should Know About Cruising to Cuba

It wasn’t all that long ago that traveling to Cuba seemed like a pipe dream, at least for the average American. For more than 50 years, the U.S. trade embargo against the Caribbean’s largest island meant that even as the rest of the world could experience Cuba’s beaches, culture and music, Americans were shut out. […]

Destination Spotlight: 8 Quintessential Things to Do in Dubai

Not exactly known for its subtlety, Dubai comes at you with a host of superlatives. All developments in this construction-happy city seem to have an -st on the end (biggest, largest, most expensive, etc.). Designer labels and high-end brand names dominate; even the police officers drive Ferraris. Yet the Las Vegas of the Middle East […]

Destination Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Cruise in Cambodia and Vietnam

The majority of my river and canal cruises have been in Europe – which makes sense, as it’s the world’s most popular river cruise destination. Recently, I floated much further afield, along the lesser-traveled waters of Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the 48-passenger, colonial-style Indochine owned by CroisiVoyages, part of French-owned CroisiEurope. The eight-night cruise took […]

Destination Spotlight: Spending a Port Day in Grenada

Caribbean itineraries dominate the seas, but not all Caribbean islands are the same mix of sun, sand and souvenirs. On my recent vacation to Grenada, located far south in the Windward Islands within the West Indies, I found the popular cruise port a bit of a palimpsest, with traces of British and French roots visible […]

5 Discoveries From Our Paul Gauguin Cruise Through Tahiti

Tahiti is the experience of a lifetime for many people, myself included. So when the opportunity to sail Paul Gauguin Cruises’ flagship vessel, Paul Gauguin, arose, I jumped at it. I hit the Cruise Critic message boards and member reviews to learn more about the line and the ship, and I started forming that mental […]

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