Destination Spotlight: Banana Coast, Honduras

On Wednesday, the new Caribbean cruise port of Banana Coast (Trujillo), on the north coast of Honduras, welcomed its first big cruise ship, Norwegian Jewel. While a smaller ship, Travel Dynamics’ 130-passenger Yorktown, paid a couple of visits in February, this was the tender port’s first mega-ship – Jewel has 2,500 passengers. The stop heralded [...]

Destination Spotlight: Five Things Cruisers Should Know About Visiting Quebec

With fall foliage at its height, Quebec is experiencing its busy season as cruise ships large and small visit ports ranging from cosmopolitan Montreal to woodsy Gaspe. Looking to experience the savoir faire of the French-speaking Quebecoise? Here are a few things we learned on our recent ten-night cruise to the Canadian Maritimes aboard the [...]

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 [...]

Destination Spotlight: 6 Things to Know About Cruising To Iceland

Known for its rugged landscape, hardy horses and smoke-belching volcanoes, Iceland doesn’t immediately come to mind as a prime cruising destination. Yet the North Atlantic island has seen an increase in visits, with two ports – Akureyri and Reykjavik – attracting four to six ships a week in the summer (including Princess Cruises’ largest vessel, [...]

Destination Spotlight: 6 Surprises in the ABC Islands

This article originally appeared on our sister site, IndependentTraveler.com. When I imagined the islands of the Southern Caribbean (also called the ABC islands, for Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao), I envisioned deep turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, towering resorts and those long-reaching divi divi trees, bent along the trade winds at a 90-degree angle. What I [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Egypt: Open for Business Again?

The last time I was in Egypt, the most popular tourist stretch of the Nile between Luxor and the Aswan High Dam was a non-stop bustling waterway, populated by small sailboats, working barges and river cruise vessels. The scene from my vantage point on the sun deck of MS Grand Rose tells a very different [...]

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