We Try It: Ride the Rails, Before You Sail, on Rocky Mountaineer

Photos courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer “Bear on the left!” Like a kid, I can’t stop shouting and pointing at the black bear in the woods. Minutes later, bear gone, I’m scanning jagged mountain peaks for a glimpse of ice-blue glaciers. When lunch finally rolls around (second seating), I’m feasting on wild salmon while sipping chilled [...]

We Try It: With Parasailing, Age is Relative

For those with the daredevil gene, the sight of a parasailing balloon rising across the waves is almost irresistible. The chance to soar high above the waves, to see a port from a seagull’s perspective, doesn’t come along every day and perhaps represents the truest break from the routine back home (not to mention fulfilling [...]

We Try It: Flyboarding

It’s shameful to admit, but my first exposure to flyboarding – the latest and hottest beach activity to hit cruise ports – came via US magazine, when I spied a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio zooming up into the sky, like a waterborne Iron Man. Granted, Leo breathes far more rarified air than I do; his [...]

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 [...]

We Try It: Cruise Line Onboard Texting Apps

On a recent cruise aboard Norwegian Breakaway,  I experienced a taste of what I believe onboard communication technology will one day look like. A group of friends and I decided to download Norwegian Cruise Line’s iConcierge phone app, which among other things allows you to text and call people onboard the ship without having to [...]

We Try It: A Non-Dancer Takes on Holland America’s DWTS Theme Cruise

You don’t have to be a dancer or a fan of the ABC show to fall in love with Holland America‘s new Dancing with the Stars: At Sea program — although, if you’re on any of the line’s themed cruises, you will most likely leave as one of them. The program, which launched February 2013, [...]

We Try It: Ionithermie Spa Treatments

When someone tells me I can lose four to eight inches off my thighs and all I have to do is lay there, well, I’m all ears. So when I first began hearing about Ionithermie cellulite reduction treatments on cruise lines a couple of years ago, I couldn’t help but pay attention. According to spa [...]

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