Costa Caribbean Cruise: A Window to Italy

By David Yeskel   I’ll be honest. I knew that a 7-day Caribbean sailing on Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa would be different from competing mass-market ships sailing out of South Florida. I just never imagined it would be that different.  In fact, it’s more than a cruise experience; I’d actually describe it as a taste of […]

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HAL’s Nieuw Statendam Raises the Bar on Premium Cruising

By David Yeskel If you were smitten – as I was – by the new, modern look and feel of Holland America Line’s (HAL) Koningsdam upon her debut in 2016, prepare for the love affair to continue with a just-delivered sister ship, Nieuw Statendam.  And while the gorgeous, 2,666-passenger vessel matches her sibling’s lighter, contemporary […]

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Ports of Call: Shoring up the Off-Ship Experience

A cruise vacation means sailing on a beautiful ship, with comfortable accommodations, fine cuisine and more tantalizing activities than one can possibly do in a week. It also means visiting fascinating ports of call just about every day. So, the question becomes, what’s the best way to take advantage of exploring these iconic destinations?

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Move Over Vegas. We’re Cruising to Alaska

Amy Hurley of Boston cruised in Alaska in 2017 with three generations of her family. Outside of Ketchikan, she had a jaw-dropping moment – the kind you dream about in anticipation of a cruise to a bucket list destination. “We saw four whales spiraling down to create a whirlpool to get food and jump up with their mouths open,” said […]

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Themed Cruises: Passion Plays on the High Seas

  Going  on a cruise vacation may be a heavenly way to travel. But going on a cruise with like-minded souls and immersing in the deep experience of a favorite interest while traveling to far off places on the high seas…. well, that is close to sublime.