The Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages recently revealed the name of its new ship. In an homage to sister company Virgin Atlantic, President, Sir Richard Branson, revealed the ship’s long-awaited official name: Scarlet Lady. This name appeared on one of the earliest planes to fly for Virgin Atlantic. Now, as the flagship for the Virgin Voyages fleet,...

Go-Kart track on Norwegian Bliss

Bliss on the Racetrack?

I must admit that I really had a hard time wrapping my head around a racetrack on a ship purpose-built for Alaska. I mentioned this in a previous post, but it’s worth beating the dead horse even more. Have we become so inept at entertaining ourselves that we need something for stimulation...

Norwegian Bliis arriving in NYC

Waiting for Bliss

Bliss. Norwegian Bliss. Finally I will have the chance to see the newest and biggest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet.   What am I most excited to see? Well, I have to see and try the race cars even though I will never understand how they fit in with Alaska....

Sailing to Splendid Sitka

  What a great surprise it was to see Sitka on the itinerary of this Alaska cruise.  Although it is not on many cruise itineraries, it’s not due to its lack of interest. With a National Park and historic buildings, along with fabulous photo ops, Sitka makes for a delightful and impressive...

Icy Strait Point Welcome

Icy Strait Point

  Icy Strait Point gets a spot on several Alaska cruise itineraries and although a smaller port, it is a mighty one. Each time that I return, I try something new. I have done the zipline, hiked in the forest and enjoyed the museum. This time, I enjoyed everything new at the...

Cruising Glacier Bay

Often the highlight of any Alaska cruise, a visit to Glacier Bay National Park shows the best of Alaska. Cruisers get very close to calving glaciers and within view of all sorts of wildlife. The 3.3 million acres of this park showcase Alaska nature at its finest.  Fjords, mountains, rainforests, wildlife and...