I’m currently sailing aboard Holland America Line’s Veendam, rounding the western coast of Cuba en-route from Havana to Cienfuegos. It is a voyage that, when Veendam was built in 1996, would have been impossible. Today, it is a reality. Holland America began offering cruises to Cuba back in December, and the line has already announced… [Read More]
Ever so quietly, Viking River Cruises introduced what many river cruisers have not-so-secretly been hoping for since the line announced back in 2013 that it would construct a fleet of oceangoing cruise ships: combination river and ocean voyages. This year, Viking is testing the first two river and ocean cruise combination itineraries out, and although they are still months away from departing, it looks like the experiment has worked.
When Windstar Cruises returns to Alaska this year after a long absence, it will be offering a brand-new program of events onboard and ashore that aims to bring Alaska’s rich history to live. Windstar’s new Signature Expeditions program will debut in May aboard Star Legend, which will offer a full season of Alaskan cruises departing… [Read More]
As a fanatical devotee of Viking river cruising, I was admittedly anxious when I booked passage on the ocean-sailing Viking Star. However, an itinerary called the “Viking Homelands” both enchanted and piqued my curiosity, proving to be the tipping point for giving it a try. After all, with 15 days in 8 countries and 11… [Read More]
For those who love adventure – think ice, icebergs, ice sheets, glaciers, and some of the most incredible scenery north and south of the Arctic Circle – consider a Poseidon Expeditionary Cruise to West Greenland. Expect to see the Midnight Sun north of the Arctic Circle, Inuit villages and culture, whales and fluking tails, as… [Read More]
Just before Christmas luxury French expedition cruise company Ponant surprised us by announcing the order for probably the most stunning expedition ship ever, a genuine icebreaker. Most expedition ships have special hulls to withstand a moderate thickness of ice. An icebreaker is different. Icebreakers are the most powerful ships in the world, with massive engines… [Read More]
It was one of my best trips ever, Antarctica on Seabourn Quest. We set sail on a stormy December night from Buenos, Argentina. From there, we cruised to the Falkland Islands, which we explored for a day, and then endured the rite of passage known as the Drake Passage en-route to the Antarctic Peninsula. The Drake is a body of… [Read More]
Leave it to Viking Cruises to do things differently in Cuba. With Viking’s first-ever season of Cultural Cuba cruises wrapped up (and another short season scheduled to run in November of 2018, and January-February of 2019), Viking has already crafted a robust journey, both onboard and ashore. During my Cultural Cuba cruise in early December… [Read More]