Category: general cruising

Helping After Dorian

Hurricane Dorian devastated some of the islands of the Bahamas, including Grand Bahamas and Abaco.  These two islands are found in the northwestern part of the archipelago, which consists of over 700 islands and covers over 100,000 square miles. Take a look at this map  to help visualize where the bulk of...

MSC Opera Tragedy

Lately, cruise tragedies have been making the news. Fires, collisions and mechanical problems contrast with what most passengers consider a fun and safe holiday. A Tragic Event In Venice, the large MSC Opera, heading into port with the assistance of two tug boats, blasted its horns to warn of its impending collision...

Discovering Rigolet

Another port with trees! With a population of just around 300, Rigolet has two interesting claims to fame: It is the southernmost Inuit community in the world. It has one of the longest boardwalks in North America. I would get to experience both of these, while discovering Rigolet. The locals came out...

Flora at Makkovic

Makkovik and Trees

How different this port appeared as I viewed it from the ship! Small hills with trees on their tops made me aware that we had entered another zone. Having viewed the obviously barren landscape of Greenland, the first thing that I noticed on seeing the port of Makkavik from the ship, was...

Cruising Myths Debunked

I recently discussed cruising with several people who have yet to experience this wonderful type of vacation. Perhaps because I have been on so many cruises, I initially wondered how they could have such misconceptions. Then, I remembered that I myself had a totally inaccurate sense of what cruising was all about....

Na Pali Coast

Pride of America Pointers

I recently sailed on Pride of America(POA) visiting the largest four Hawaiian islands. In my opinion, this cruise is the best way to see lots of Hawaii without having to pack, fly and change hotels every few days.  The ship allows over 100 hours in port leaving plenty of time to explore...