Live Voyage Report – Our Writer Boards MSC Divina

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Sailing the Eastern Caribbean with MSC Cruises Today we’re beginning another exciting Live Voyage Report – this time from the warm, sun-kissed expanse of the Eastern Caribbean. It’s a region we’ve been to many times before – but we’ve never experienced The Mediterranean Way of Life there. MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina will be our home… [Read More]

Viking Star Succeeds In Sea Trials: Video & A Preview Of What’s To Come

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There is no question that Viking Ocean Cruises is launching an exceptionally innovative series of new ocean-going vessels, layered on its successful series of river cruise vessels, notably the Viking Longships. This list of innovations is a long one, and I’ll have more details about the 930-passenger Viking Star as she approaches her launch in April…. [Read More]

Summing It Up: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Seabourn Quest, Cruising Antarctica

My photo-a-day series has come to an end. During the past few weeks, I posted more than two dozen photos that attempt to tell the story of our Antarctic expedition on Seabourn Quest. I’ve compiled all of the photos and posts on this page in case you missed — or want to revisit — any of… [Read More]

Arctowski Station, Where People Live Year-Round: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

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I find it to be fascinating that people actually live in Antarctica year-round. Though the population is mostly seasonal, with up to 4,000 researchers manning outposts during summers, many stations are staffed year-round. One year-round station is The Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station, named for a meteorologist who proposed the “wind chill” factor, positing that the wind factors into… [Read More]

A Serene Moment: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Peaceful Antarctica

A few days ago, I wrote about The Most Magical Of All Places, Neko Harbor. It would be hard to imagine a more picturesque setting or a more serene one. This is Antarctica at its best: a sunny day, snow-capped mountains all around, penguins waddling to and fro, the beauty of the still sea and the… [Read More]

Our Tiny Ship, Seabourn Quest Dwarfed By Towering Rocks: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

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Antarctica is massive on a scale that is hard to comprehend. The towering rock in this photo illustrates how the continent’s natural features can humble and dwarf even something as large as a cruise ship carrying 450 guests and nearly as many crew. There are actually two towers, and they are known colloquially (cover your children’s ears)… [Read More]

Only 6 Cabins Left: Come Experience ‘The Good Life’ In The South Of France

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10 days of barging and touring for US$3,625 per person I’ve worked out the details with my favorite tour operators, vineyards, attractions and my barge operator CroisiEurope, to establish prices for my first-ever hosted trip: $3,625 per person.  Only six cabins (of 12) remainfor the June barge trip in the south of France. Want to join us for a great trip or want… [Read More]

Penguin Quest: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

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My photographs of Antarctica are about to come to a close. This week marks my last few photos in the series, Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day. I snapped this photo at the González Videla Base, a Chilean Research Station on the Antarctic mainland’s Waterboat Point in Paradise Bay. The penguins look like little old men, Charlie Chaplinesque,… [Read More]