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 [...]

Port Perceptions: Overcoming a Negative First Impression

Not every port makes a stellar first impression. Misunderstandings happen, plans fall through, expectations are dashed. And nowhere in recent memory did I find that truer than in Cabo San Lucas. I had high hopes before I arrived in this happening resort town, long a centerpiece of Mexican Riviera cruises. As a celebrity magazine addict, [...]

Destination Spotlight: The U.S. Virgin Islands, For Every Traveler

Whether it’s your first or 15th trip to the Eastern Caribbean, chances are good that one of the U.S. Virgin Islands will be a stop on your itinerary. The three main islands – St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John – receive an astounding number of cruise passengers per year; in 2013, nearly 2 million [...]

Destination Spotlight: Tulips of the Netherlands

There is, perhaps, no more stereotypically Dutch landscape than what you’ll see on the way to the Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands’ most famous fields of tulips. Windmills, both modern and vintage, dot the roadside, and the water they help manage is everywhere. Over half of The Netherlands, or “Low Countries,” lies at or below sea [...]

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