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USA, CANADA, MEXICO,
ASIA, EUROPE, PACIFIC


A New Queen Reigns The 7 Seas - Queen Mary 2 - Since 1840 Cunard Line has been sailing the seven seas, and for the past six decades there has been a Queen amongst its fleet plying the open ocean. The new $800-million Cunard flagship is expected to enter service in January 2004 and she will be the largest, longest, and tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever built.

Ecstasy at Sea - A Carnival Sails To Ensenada - For the first-time cruiser, Carnival's Ecstasy provides a full-scale introduction to the cruise vacation lifestyle so popular with travelers. From quizzes, game shows, bingo, casino gambling, musical dance shows, art auctions, ship tours, slot tournaments, spa services, fitness classes, disco dancing, karaoke, pub crawl and other events, there's non-stop entertainment. I decide I want a massage on Sunday, our day at sea. Good thing I checked it out before the ship sailed; Sunday massage time is nearly sold out, so I book for 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

The Ghosts and Legends of The Queen Mary - The Queen Mary is more than a museum or keepsake for an entire war generation. She is also today a fine dining experience and a wonderful 365-stateroom hotel. You can voyage from the past to the present in the museums, but the real artifacts are the staterooms made up exactly as they were during the Queen's magnificent heyday.
Captain Cook Reef Escape in Fiji - I was aboard the MV Reef Escape, which is a 68-meter flat bottom passenger ship. Captain Cook Cruises’ fleet offers several different voyages to explore the Fijian islands.  For myself, I chose the seven-night, “Northern Fiji Dateline Cruise”;  it seemed to offer a bit of everything for my first time visiting Fiji. FIJI

ASIA CRUISES

Cruising The Dragon - China's Yangtze - While, these are surely great sights to attract the most discriminating of travelers, cruising the Yangtze River, is something that must not be missed by travelers to this immense Asian destination.

EUROPE CRUISES


Spanning Espana - Cruise & Roadtrip - My wife and I decided that it might be a good idea to start with a cruise around the Spanish periphery, thereafter to explore the interior from north to south by car.  Finally, we would rent an apartment for several weeks enabling us to explore at least one locale in some depth.

EUROPEAN BARGING & SAILING

Jewels of the Danube - Uniworld - Gourmet regional food, unusual wine varietals, Renaissance architecture, and of course, Baroque music composed by Mozart — I am on an Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection cruise on the famous Danube River, visiting capital cities on the most picturesque inland waterway of Europe,

Wine Around The Bend - Burgundy Barge Bliss - La Belle Époque is one of several luxury canal barges operated in France by European Waterways. Once a working canal barge, it has been redesigned with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind. The salon is hunter green, rose and mahogany, with comfortable banquettes and vases of fresh flowers. There are a sun-deck, Jacuzzi spa, sauna, fitness studio, and bicycles for guests to ride along the canal paths.

Cyclades Tall Ship Odyssey — Our seahorse — the Star Clipper — flew on 17 winged sails, with Zephyrus commanding which way the spring Zephyrs blew from Athens to Rhodes and the Asia Minor and back on our seven nights Odyssey of the southern Cyclades and Dodecanese Islands. The winds were so important to the ancient mariners that the black figured wind gods were often artistically portrayed and baked into Mediterranean pottery.  Zephyrus is known as the messenger of spring and of flowers and humidity.  The Romans knew Zephyrus as Favonius — the favored wind — the proper wind for our happy sailing on the world’s largest “tall ship” four-masted barkentine — The Star Clipper which can carry 170 passengers.

PACIFIC ISLANDS

FIJI

Captain Cook Reef Escape in Fiji - I was aboard the MV Reef Escape, which is a 68-meter flat bottom passenger ship. Captain Cook Cruises’ fleet offers several different voyages to explore the Fijian islands.  For myself, I chose the seven-night, “Northern Fiji Dateline Cruise”;  it seemed to offer a bit of everything for my first time visiting Fiji. FIJI

Cruise Boat Blogs

JAZZ CRUISES / MUSIC CRUISES
CARIBBEAN / HOUSEBOATS
DINNER CRUISES

The First Annual Playboy Jazz Cruise - It was chart topper talent on the first annual Playboy Jazz Cruise in January, 2009, and the 24th full charter theme cruise from Jazz Cruises LLC.

Koz It's Kool to Kruise With Jazz - Even though the stabilizers of Holland America’s Westerdam kept the cruise liner smooth while sailing the eastern Caribbean, the ship was still swaying during the 2008 Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Jazz Cruise.

Jumping Ship With a Musician - 64 Days at Sea - Bill King, Editor of www.ejazznews.com gives us a two part series of his whimsical romp through the Caribbean as a musician on a cruise ship. We jump ship at every port and every opportunity with Bill to investigate what is really happening on the islands!

Musician's Log Book - Episode 2 - Bill Abandons ship in . . . Barbados, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Serena Cay, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Celica and Cozumel, Mexico, Havana and Isla de Pinos, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands.

DINNER CRUISES

Boston Tea Party on Yacht StarShip - Sunlight cascades across Boston Harbor as the Yacht StarShip gently cuts through the water. Not only is this two and a half hour excursion relaxing, it’s the perfect way to gain a unique perspective on one of America’s most beautiful and historic cities.

Dinner Cruise From Chicago's Navy Pier on The Odyssey -
During the Lunch Cruise, the Amethyst, Sapphire, and Topaz Decks herald three piece bands with vocalists offering a broad repertoire.

The Spirit of New York - awaits us for a grand adventure. The 7:30 p.m. sailing of the Spirit of New York cruise ship left Chelsea Pier 61 in Manhattan to provide its passengers with dinner, entertainment, and breathtaking city skyline views for three hours on both the Hudson River and East River.

CARIBBEAN CRUISING

Island Time - Shopping, Sailing, Suntanning on the Zuiderdam - Ship out to the Caribbean on the Zuiderdam for shopping bargains in St. Thomas, British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.

HOUSEBOATING

Monumental Houseboating - Lake Powell - Our weekend party boat pulled out from the Wahweap Marina fully stocked with booze, beer, bait, and soon to be baked boatswains. We were pulling a pair of wave runners and a fishing boat through the Colorado River channel. past buttes, bluffs, banks, spires, cathedrals, and towering monuments, the kind you see at the Bijou during a John Wayne/John Ford film festival.