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 […]

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, […]

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