Live From Above The Arctic Circle: Greenland On Silver Explorer, Plus, Crossing The Atlantic On Queen Mary 2

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Silver Explorer: Greenland, Day 1, Boarding In Kangerlussuaq

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, August 27, 2015 — My 18-year-old son and I crossed the Arctic Circle today. Our morning flight from Copenhagen brought us to Kangerlussuaq, a former World War II military base that today serves as Greenland’s main international airport. After 4.5 hours in fairly cramped seats, we trundled down the steps of the Air Greenland Boeing 737 to set foot on the hallowed ground that for centuries has captured the imagination of Arctic explorers.

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Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing - Day 3

At Sea En-Route to New York “There is one spectacle grander than the sea: that is the sky. There is one spectacle grander than the sky: that is the interior of the soul.” Victor Hugo Saturday, August 29, 2015 Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 barely moved around last night. The stillness with which she plows through the north Atlantic at …

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Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing - Day 2

The Only Way to Cross – 175 Years On Friday, August 28, 2015 “The sea, perhaps because of its saltiness, roughens the outside but keeps sweet the kernel of its servants' soul.” Joseph Conrad This morning, I awoke aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 after one of the most restful sleeps I’ve had in a long time. On a comfort …

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Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing - Day 1

Welcome Aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2! Thursday, August 27, 2015 It’s time. The moment I’ve been waiting for is finally here. Just before ten o’clock this morning, I left London’s One Aldwych hotel. I got into a Mercedes C Class car and sat back for the two-hour drive to Southampton, England. While I was sad to leave London, I …

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Overlooking the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych, London. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

At One With One Aldwych in London Wednesday, August 26, 2015 “We’re here.” The driver puts the Mercedes-Benz in park. Its windshield wipers beat furiously against the downpour of rain that has turned London, England into one heck of a soggy mess. I look out the window at a beautiful but nondescript stone building that vaguely resembles the famous Flatiron …

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Seabourn Quest Storm

Every year, we get plenty of questions regarding cruising during Hurricane Season. After all, when a storm strikes, it sends ships scattering, disrupting itineraries, embarkation dates, and travel plans. But the simple fact is that much of the year technically constitutes Hurricane Season, at least as far as the Caribbean is concerned. So what do you need to know before …

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Live Voyage Preview: A Guide to the Queen Mary 2

The Only Modern Ocean Liner in the World Today, I’m on an airplane bound for London Heathrow Airport, and the nine-plus-hours on the Airbus A330 will give me ample time to think about my forthcoming journey and our next Live Voyage Report: a Westbound Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line’s legendary flagship, the Queen Mary 2. Departing from the historic port …

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