UnCruise to Alaska onboard the Safari Explorer

September 27th, 2017

By Nicole Fitzpatrick June 9-16th, 2017—Roundtrip Juneau Visiting Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park (2 full days with Park Ranger,)  Baranof Island/Chatham Strait, Frederick Sound, Port Houghton/Stephens Passage, Endicott Arm/Fords Terror and Juneau We arrived in Juneau and were greeted by the UnCruise staff and our driver.  After driving roughly 20 mins. to the Centennial […]

Spreading Our Wings: Meet Crystal Skye

August 24th, 2017

by Crystal Cruises Her tables are set, linens pressed, high-tech amenities wired, and SkyeButlers suited and at your service. Following her official christening ceremony Saturday night in Las Vegas, during which she was blessed by luxury travel industry veteran and Virtuoso CEO, Crystal Skye is ready for takeoff. Crystal’s own “Captain,” CEO Edie Rodriguez, takes the helm with […]

Seabourn Encore – Ultra Luxury

August 23rd, 2017

During the past decade, the cruise industry has made significant investments in upgrading hardware and onboard services to upgrade their products.   And, it’s not just cruise lines in the luxury category. Most premium operators have made big investments too, which has served to close the gap between premium and luxury.  It’s become commonplace for the […]

Viking River Cruises – What is a River Cruise?

August 21st, 2017

 Nothing Compares to a River Cruise River cruising is a relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel where you can enjoy ever-changing scenery along the banks of waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro, Volga and Yangtze. Unpack just once on an award-winning, state-of-the-art 190-guest Longship and journey into the very heart of […]

My Tremendous Tauck Bridges River Cruise Experience

August 15th, 2017

By Nancy Kivlen, Director of Leisure, Carefree Vacations My sixteen-year-old niece and I arrived in Paris on July 14th, Bastille Day. We were greeted by a cheerful French man holding a Tauck Tours sign at Charles de Gaulle airport. He whisked us away to our Pullman Eiffel Tower Hotel where the view of La Tour […]

COMO Metropolitan Hotel, London

July 28th, 2017

Review – COMO Metropolitan Hotel, London As a broad jumping off point, this property earns its five-star rating in every way possible. And, it puts itself in an elite category vis-a-vis other hotels at this level. The following paints a more specific picture of the features of this excellent property.  Location The Metropolitan Hotel by […]

Crystal is ‘World’s Best’ – Again and Again and Again

July 28th, 2017

 Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises take top Travel + Leisure honors, as Crystal Cruises continues to shine              LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2017 – From the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™ come two more awarded luxury travel experiences, as Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition […]

The Viking Difference: The Thinking Person’s Cruise

July 25th, 2017

We travel to explore, to learn, to understand. As the world’s leading river cruise line, we believe in offering you extraordinarily well-designed cruises that bring you closer to the cultures of the world. That’s why our intimate, inclusive itineraries are designed to help you explore nuances of your destination: its food, culture, people and customs. […]

Alaska Cruise Onboard the Island Princess

July 10th, 2017

Alaska cruise on Island Princess South bound June 14th 2017. I flew to Anchorage (Seward) the night of June 13th and stayed at the Residence Inn.  The next day we toured downtown Anchorage and then back to the hotel to transfer to Whittier.  I used a transfer company called Anchorage tours & transfers, much less […]

The Seychelles: The World’s Oldest Islands

June 28th, 2017

JUNE 27, 2017 BY OCEANIA CRUISES By Guest Lecturer Dr. John Freedman In my many interesting conversations with fellow travelers at sea, I’m often asked about my favorite destinations. High on the list is the unique granitic archipelago of the Seychelles. The World’s Oldest Islands A sovereign state since its independence from Britain in 1976, […]