Do I Need A Balcony Stateroom?

A balcony stateroom is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet of an evening at sea aboard Celebrity Constellation.  Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

“Do I need a balcony stateroom?” It’s one of the most frequently-asked questions we get, and as with many aspects of cruising, the answers aren’t always clear-cut. After all, some cruisers simply wouldn’t travel unless they could have a balcony stateroom. We’ve heard from and have met others that prize their balconies in any weather… [Read More]

Star Princess Denali Explorer, Day 8: Skagway

Heading back to re-board the Star Princess at Skagway's Ore Dock before we...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Cycling Through History in Skagway and Dyea Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Today, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess arrived at our first port of call since setting sail from Seward three days ago: Skagway, Alaska. In 1896, Skagway was nothing more than a few modest trapper’s cabins. By 1897, it was a rapidly expanding town and by… [Read More]

Star Princess Denali Explorer, Day 7: Glacier Bay

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

(After a much-delayed absence, we finally return to our Star Princess Alaska Voyage Report. To catch up with our previous installment, click here.) Magnificent Glacier Bay National Park Monday, June 22, 2015 Today, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess is sailing the surrealistic waters of Glacier Bay National Park – my de-facto favorite stop on every single… [Read More]

Santander, Spain, Surprised Me: 20 Photos That Will Inspire You

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This past spring, I spent a few days at a Cruise Europe conference in Santander, Spain. I had traveled along Spain’s northern coast on Silver Whisper back in 2012, and what I discovered then was a beautiful and varied region. We did not visit Santander, however. What I found when I visited Santander in April was… [Read More]

Five Reasons Why We Love Pacific Coastal Cruises

Have you always wanted to try Princess Cruises? Now's your chance: they have short Pacific Coastal voyages running from Vancouver until December this year; the longest cruise season in the city on record.  Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Every fall and spring, one of cruising’s best values takes place on the West Coast. We’re talking, of course, about Pacific Coastal Cruises that typically sail between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, or reverse during the spring. Of course, you won’t want to fly across the country for one of… [Read More]

Five Things That I Enjoy About Crossing The Atlantic

Cunard's iconic RMS Queen Mary 2 is the last true ocean liner at sea. Photo courtesy of Cunard.

In just under three weeks time, I’ll embark on an eight-night Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line’s grand flagship, Queen Mary 2. Sailing from Southampton, England to New York (well, Brooklyn actually, but who’s counting?) guests aboard the Queen Mary 2 will sail for eight straight days across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. No… [Read More]

Huge Suites On Crystal Cruises ‘Luxury River Yachts,’ Launching In March 2017

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Game changer? Launching in March 2017, Crystal‘s two new river cruisers will feature 68 suites measuring 250 square feet and two Penthouse Suites measuring 500 square feet. The latter are larger than Scenic Jasper’s 475-square-foot Royal Panorama Suites. The 250-square-foot guest suites will feature walk-in wardrobes, American king size beds and bathrooms with double vanities. The two 500… [Read More]