River Time on the Seine

A recent AmaWaterways riverboat trip captured the essence of travel; an interesting itinerary, beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, well-planned tours and wonderful surprises. Upon boarding and after a quick exploration of the boat, we happily settled into the leisurely rhythm of what I call river time. River time refers to the ship’s pace as everything seems[…]

Hawaii by Sea

Upon boarding NCL’s Pride of America in Honolulu, we joined other passengers at a buffet feast while luggage was being delivered to cabins.  There’s nothing quite like your first exploration of a ship, wandering each deck fore and aft, discovering what your floating home is like.  The experience of sailing out of the picturesque harbor[…]

Teriffic Tampa and Carnival’s Caribbean: A-Z

Travel tip: schedule your arrival in port a few days before embarkation. It allows you to relax and adjust to time zone changes, stop over in interesting cities, as well as build in time to work around possible travel delays. Our choice for this trip was to visit Tampa and sail on Carnival’s Legend. A[…]

Gunkholing with CruiseWest

Gunkhole is a nautical term loosely defined as “to wander, discovering whatever is around the next bend or just over the horizon.” My wife and I enjoyed a splendid week of gunkholing aboard CruiseWest’s Spirit of Endeavor on their Pacific Northwest Coastal Escape departing from Seattle. The ship carries only 102 passengers and its small[…]

A Winning Travel Combination: Barbados and Royal Clipper

Barbados As a seasoned cruiser, I always plan to arrive in port a few days before sailing. It gives me a chance to acclimate to a different time zone, it’s an added opportunity to sightsee and, if there is a travel glitch, it is still possible to get to the ship on time. Accordingly, my[…]