explore, dream, discover

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain If you believe in buying low and selling […]

  • December 10, 2008

Paradise Found

Thirty years ago, a 21-year-old boy from North Carolina ventured all the way to Los Angeles and hopped a flight to Tahiti. What possessed him to pursue such a notion? Coconuts. I know, because that boy was me. Months before my journey, I had seen a photograph of one of the Tahitian isles — a […]

  • October 15, 2008

Mexican Riviera Cruises

Where Tecate and tequila meet whales and cactus. Fifteen nautical miles off the coast of Baja California, Holland America Line’s Oosterdam is making 21 knots toward San Diego. For the more than 1,800 passengers on board, seven days of ocean cruising ends tomorrow. The excitement on the last full day at sea, however, is as […]

  • September 10, 2008

The Perfect Mix of Sand and Sea

June 30, 200 nautical miles east of the Bahamas — The Crown Princess’ sleek hull slices the Atlantic Ocean’s gentle swells as our ship makes its way back to New York. Crown Princess departed Brooklyn’s cruise terminal last Friday morning, and here, on our return one week later, passengers are intent on savoring the last […]

  • June 11, 2008

Hello Down There

CRUISE LINE EXECUTIVES HAVE LONG CONTENDED THAT THEY COMPETE NOT AGAINST ONE ANOTHER BUT AGAINST THE LARGER VACATION MARKET. That argument, in fact, allowed Carnival Corporation to pass regulatory and antitrust hurdles in acquiring P&O Princess in 2002. In a story that is now well known throughout the industry, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was left […]

  • May 17, 2008

Finding Contentment In Quebec

I had traveled the world before traveling to Quebec, and if my foot could reach my behind, I would kick myself for doing so. Of all the places I have visited, Quebec surely ranks in my top ten. The irony is that I traveled halfway around the world to visit less-inspiring places when Quebec was […]

  • November 7, 2007

Ship Review: Norwegian Pearl

Ship: Norwegian Pearl Entered Service: November 28, 2006 Where I Saw Her: Miami, on a two-night ‘cruise to nowhere.’ Sister Act: Sister ship to Norwegian Star, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel and Pride of Hawaii, the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Pearl was to be an identical twin to Jewel, but top brass decided on additional features, such as […]

  • December 18, 2006