Tauck started as a tour company over 90 years ago. The product has grown not only into a river cruise line, but an ocean cruise line as well. Although Tauck has been operating ocean cruises for over 25 years, you still may not have heard of its ocean cruise product. But that’s okay – neither had I.
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]
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]
On January 12, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 will officially celebrate 14 years of service since her debut back in 2004. It’s remarkably hard to believe: the ship, which underwent her most extensive refit ever in 2016, still sparkles like new. During a transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England earlier this year, I… [Read More]
When most people picture a cruise to the Caribbean, they envision a massive ship carrying thousands of people pulling up alongside a sun-splashed island paradise. The fact remains that not all Caribbean cruises are created equal, and those seeking a more relaxed, premium, even luxury in experience in the Caribbean have plenty of options to… [Read More]
From brand-new ships to purposeful refurbishments, small ship luxury cruising is evolving at a breakneck pace. No longer content with merely being small and intimate, luxury cruise lines – including Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea are beginning to innovate as well. They are adding features and amenities that would leave Royal Caribbean… [Read More]
Coming Soon: An Armada Of Expedition Ships There was once a time when those looking to take an expedition cruise were left with few choices. Old Soviet-era icebreakers and decommissioned research ships that were pressed into adventure cruise service offered little in the way of creature comforts, and cruisers had to make compromises on everything… [Read More]
If you say the word “cruise” to someone, chances are good that they’ll picture one of two things: the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. But the world of cruising is so much broader than the sun-splashed destinations of the world. In fact, some of the most rewarding journeys are the ones that will leave you friends… [Read More]