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Brrrrr it’s cold outside in Northern Ireland

Well it’s the chance you take. If you find excursions other than the cruise ships, and you’re late back to the ship, oh well too bad so sad you’re on your own to get to the next port. But it’s… (more)

24 Hours in Havana

The parapets of the stone fortress were empty of the cannon that used to guard the blue waters of the harbor of Havana as the cruise ship sailed into port. I gazed at the skyline of this infamous city of… (more)

Ancient Vines, Wines and Times in Portugal

It felt incredibly indulgent: hopping from my cozy bed just long enough to toss the curtains open, then plunging back into the covers so I could sip coffee while watching the dramatic landscape of Portugal’s Douro Valley ease by the… (more)

Cruising Vietnam’s Red River with Pandaw

When I was on Pandaw’s Halong Bay and Red River Cruise I truly understood the quote, usually attributed to Mohammed, “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” I have watched movies, documentaries, and… (more)

Locks, Legends, and Canals

New York State became the Empire State because of its waterways. The state is bounded by the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic Ocean; plus, the Hudson River and the New York State Canal System provide access… (more)

Cruising the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan

Myanmar, “The Golden Country,” never disappoints. The country is dotted with beautiful golden pagodas, Buddha statues, and spires. The British referred to Burma, now called Myanmar, as the “Back of the Beyond” – a place off the beaten path and… (more)

Cruising the Mekong River

Like many Americans when I hear the word “Mekong” I get an image that comes from movies dealing with the Vietnam War. For me those images are banished forever. After my 8-day cruise on the Mekong Explorer I now know… (more)

On Safari in Hawaii with Un-Cruise

The Un-Cruise’s Safari Explorer is for people, like me, who never had the urge to go on a cruise ship that resembled a huge floating resort village. On my first trip to Hawaii I wanted to see as many of… (more)

A Sailing Cruise Under Four Masts: Luxury, Elegance and Poetry

A half dozen huge white sails drove the 320’ four masted schooner north up the pacific coast of Panama towards Costa Rica through Tiffany box blue water. As an early riser, I arrived on deck just as the sun broke… (more)

Celebrating the centenary of the Panama Canal, the Big Ditch

The best experience of our visit to Panama was a trip on the Panama Canal, which is 100 years old this year. It was fascinating as a marvel of engineering which we saw up close, as a way to imbibe… (more)

Cruise Trends & Trips: Insider tips for first-time cruisers

Cruisers face a lot of choices these days. The world’s waterways are populated by fleets of cruise ships, including those of the 26 cruise lines serving North America that are members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). By the end… (more)

Cruise Trends & Trips: New cruise ship water parks make a splash

Slides, flumes, coasters, bucket dumps: cruise ship water parks have all the bells, whistles, jets and bubblers – panoramic ocean views, too. Floating in all their water-soaked glory on the world’s waterways, these shipboard water parks are debuting some first-time… (more)

Cruise 360 Back in Vancouver: Canada’s Gateway to Alaska

  Canada’s spectacular west coast city, Vancouver will play host for the second time to the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) cruise3sixty conference and trade show. Over 2,200 cruise professionals from around the globe are expected to attend the event… (more)

Cruise Trends and Trips: Meet baseball legends aboard legendary riverboat

This summer, two beloved American pastimes and traditions come together when the 436-passenger American Queen hosts some of Major League Baseball’s legends. MLB prankster Jay Johnstone, lefty pitcher Fritz Peterson, New York Yankee Ron Blomberg and 1969 World Champion Art… (more)

A Day in Key West

It’s a balmy 75 degrees. The sun is shining and everywhere tourists are fanning out from Duval Street to explore Key West after disembarking from their cruise ship. You can choose to travel to Key West by driving 155 miles… (more)

Do You Prefer Cruising The Thames, Scottish Lochs or Emerald Island Canals?

In this slower paced, “gentle voyage of discovery” along the more intimate canals and waterways of Europe, you and a small number of guests become more fully immersed in the culture, history and gastronomy of the region. The hotel barging… (more)

Art Imitates Life on Alcatraz

Everyone’s heard of Alcatraz.  Likewise, most people who have been to San Francisco have, at the very least, seen Alcatraz Island from Fisherman’s Wharf.  Perhaps you had hoped to tour the prison island–turned museum some day… (more)

Girlfriends take to the seas

What do girls want when they travel together? A little pampering, a bit of enrichment, perhaps some adventure – and lots of time to laugh together. When girlfriends take their gatherings to the seas, they get all this and more… (more)

Grateful in Galápagos

With much anticipation, we began our journey into another world.  Each individual who enters Galápagos must secure a Visiting Entry Card ($100). SICGAL screening at mainland airports mitigates the arrival of alien organisms through checkpoints. The Galápagos National Park,… (more)

Guests in Galápagos

Herman Melville called them the Enchanted Isles. Charles Darwin, on a five year expedition from England aboard the HMS Beagle, found inspiration in Galápagos for his theory of Natural Selection. Six hundred miles from the coast of Ecuador in the… (more)

Cruise Trends and Trips: Small ship adventure a sailing good time

It’s not for everyone. It’s not for the 3,000-plus that pack the ocean-going behemoths but rather for the 90 or so who eschew the glitz and glam of those floating cities for the more intimate vibe of a vessel that… (more)

Sun Salutation and Meditation Aboard a Tall Ship

If you seek the exhilaration of free daily yoga and meditation aboard a tall ship along the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the opportunity is here. Departing February 24, 2013, Star Clippers will spotlight a yoga-themed cruise on the… (more)

Cruise Adventure Trends & Trips: New amenities amuse and amaze

Sun, sea and sensational onboard amenities. Sounds like the makings of a memorable cruise vacation. And it is – because cruising just keeps getting better and better. Here’s what’s going to make your jaw drop in 2013: Lights, camera, action… (more)

Whale Watching is Like a Box of Chocolates…

We breathed in the salty sea air. The wharf bustled with people at leisure on a perfect October Saturday in Dana Point, CA.  Paddle boats, kayaks, inflatable rafts, a motor boat and sea lions meandered.  Pierside restaurants buzzed… (more)

Fine Fiddling at Jump into Ireland Event in L.A.

It may not astonish you to hear that the Guinness Factory Warehouse is the #1 visitor attraction in Ireland, but have you heard about Cruise Ireland? Jump into Ireland at the Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles on October 24th treated… (more)

Best Bachelorette Destinations

The countdown to the big day is on, but before the wedding vows are exchanged, one last party must take place. Here are a few destinations to help the bride- and groom-to-be say “so long” to their bachelorette and bachelorhood… (more)

Bermuda marks its 400th Anniversary as a British Colony this year

The cruise ship eased through the narrow Town Cut channel and into its St. George’s berth just after noon. I had arrived in Bermuda after two days at sea and I was excited to explore this gem in the North… (more)

Bucket list adventure: Steamboatin’ the Mark Twain way

Walking across the gangplank of the American Queen, with her bright red paddlewheel poised aft and her fluted smokestacks rising nobly above the bow, is like slipping back in time to that “new and marvelous world” of steamboats, bustling… (more)

Asia from a Luxury Liner

“Sometimes when folks get on a ship they park their common sense some place and retrieve it after landing,” observes a fellow traveller on Holland America’s Asian Explorer cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong. True! Primed to enjoy, one can… (more)

Cruises to Haida Gwaii Showcase Canada’s Galapagos

My destination was a chain of islands known as Haida Gwaii, or Queen Charlotte Islands, aboard a 92-foot schooner. I was excited. Dubbed the Canadian Galapagos, I would spend more than a week among the ancient, timelessness located at the… (more)