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Journey through the passages of the Pacific Northwest on SS Legacy, part of UnCruise Adventures.

UnCruise bouncing back after long pause with series of small-boat Alaska cruises

Millions of people lost the opportunity to sail to Alaska last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, which precipitated a long pause in cruise ship operations. One company, UnCruise Adventures, was among the hardest hit. But there’s good news: UnCruise is bouncing back big time with a relaunch of Alaska itineraries  from Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.

“When recent changes were made affecting our Seattle departures, I knew I could not disappoint our guests with another cancellation. Some of our guests have been waiting on this cruise for two or three years,” said Dan Blanchard, the company’s CEO. “It makes me proud to see my team jump into action and ready to do what it takes to make this year one of the biggest comebacks we’ve ever had.”

Close-up of a puffin in Iceland.

Silversea adds perks to polar expedition cruises

August 14, 2019

If you're like this traveler, you may be tempted more by cruises to the Caribbean than to cold weather climes. I have made an exception in the past for Alaska. But now there's another incentive for buying that extra sweater.

The luxury cruise line Silversea has just added some great perks for passengers who book an expedition voyage to the Arctic or Antarctica. All passengers can take advantage of these new incentives:

  • One-night, pre-cruise hotel stay
  • In-country flight(s) when required by the itinerary
  • Polar expedition cruise with guided shore experiences and Zodiac excursions
  • Polar parka
  • One post-cruise day-use hotel
  • Transfers and luggage handling between airport, hotel and ship.

 Carnival Splendor sails in and around the Caribbean during winter months. Summer cruises include Eastern Caribbean destinations as well as cruises to Atlantic Canada and New England.

Carnival Splendor announces milestone voyage to Vietnam, Guam & Malaysia

May 16, 2018

Oct. 30, 2019, marks the beginning of Carnival Journeys with the start of a 24-day trans-Pacific crossing on Carnival Splendor from Long Beach, Calif., to Singapore.  The cruise is not only the lengthiest single voyage the line has ever offered but the first time Carnival has ever sent a ship to Guam, Vietnam and Malaysia on a North American departure.

Passengers on this trip will be offered a variety of activities that include sessions on photography, cooking, arts and crafts and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed Throwback Sea Day. 

Lindblad introduces 7-day cultural cruises in Europe: Travel Weekly

October 30, 2017

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The sailings will have an emphasis on food, wine, culture and history as well as the Lindblad staples of nature and the environment.
JD Lasica's insight:

You know, there's adventure travel, and then there's the kind of adventure that's really about immersing yourself in local cultures. I'm not so big on spotting walruses in the Arctic. But I do love a great cultural odyssey with guides who know the local landscape. And Lindblad knows how to do it right.

Crystal Cruises to return to legendary Northwest Passage in 2017

October 30, 2017

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Continuing its trend of groundbreaking news, the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line will return to the famed Northwest Passage in August 2017. Beginning August 15, 2017, Crystal Cruises’ award-winning ocean ship, Crystal Serenity, will sail a 32-day expedition-style voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean from Anchorage/Seward, Alaska to New York City via the legendary route (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle), first completed successfully by Roald Amundsen more than 100 years ago. The announcement comes shortly after the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line’s plans to reposition Crystal Serenity’s 2017 voyages during the spring and summer to Alaska and coastal itineraries.

The booking window opens on March 7 with all-inclusive “Book Now” fares starting at $21,855 per person, double occupancy, if booked by April 29, 2016.

“We are thrilled to offer intrepid luxury travelers a second opportunity to explore this historical sea passage,” said Crystal’s CEO and President Edie Rodriguez. “Given the tremendous response to our inaugural Northwest Passage sailing in 2016, it’s clear that discerning travelers continue to value rare and memorable experiences as much as they prize unmatched luxury.”

Walter Christen's insight:

Crystal Cruises expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage is a adventure I would love to do.  Imagine cruising on the luxury cruise ship Cystal Serenity, to a place that most people have not been to.

The northern lights dance over a hillside village in Norway as seen from a cruise ship on the coast.

Viking unveils new Northern Lights cruises to Arctic

June 29, 2017

Viking Cruises has just announced a new ocean cruise itinerary that will allow guests the rare opportunity to explore the far north in Norway’s winter during a peak period for aurora borealis sightings.

Sailing between London and Bergen, Norway, starting in January 2019, “In Search of the Northern Lights” will establish Los Angeles-based Viking as the first U.S. cruise line to offer a full-length itinerary in the Arctic Circle in the winter season.

A typical street in downtown Havana, Cuba.

Survey: Few Americans booking new Cuba cruises

June 12, 2017

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The thaw in relations between the USA and Cuba has set off a race among cruise companies to start up sailings between the countries. But so far, few Americans are booking the trips, according to a survey conducted for USA TODAY by one of North America's largest travel sellers.

The survey of 1,034 travel agents who book cruises by Travel Leaders Group found that just 2.9% have taken a booking for one of the recently announced Cuba voyages.

Still, nearly 42% of travel agents queried said they've had a customer express interest in the trips.

Explore King George Falls and the red cliffs of Kimberley, Australia, when you sail with Silver Discoverer.

Discover Australia’s remote Kimberley Coast on an all-inclusive Silversea Expedition Cruise

February 10, 2017

Luxury cruise operator Silversea has announced it's offering adventurous voyages to Australia’s scenic, remote northwest region.

The spectacular natural vistas of the country's northwest have been enhanced by the wettest December on record — seven times greater than normal. For those who want to take an expedition cruise in style to see waterfalls plunging into sun-scorched gorges, you have a choice of five mostly 10-day cruises on Silver Discoverer sailing between Darwin and Broome, Australia. 

Crystal Symphony takes you past sweeping icebergs in Antarctica.

Polar cruises

December 14, 2016

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Top destinations for cruise travels are usually the Caribbean and the Mediterranean routes, where you can relax on white beaches or be enchanted by the beauties of the great ancient empires. But there is something magical that awaits you if you choose the right route and decide to sail to the Poles. The spectacle of the Northern Lights is a truly extraordinary experience which happens in one of the most fascinating and uncontaminated places in the world, the North Pole. On the other side of the planet, Antarctica offers off-the-beaten-track sceneries and alternative adventures. Hence, a cruise to the Polar regions offers you new exciting experiences, they’re much less exploited destinations and you’ll have the opportunity to follow the paths of the greatest explorers of the past.

Walter Christen's insight:

Both polar regions are on my must cruise to list. To see the northern lights would be fantastic and the south pole would be a great adventure.

Living in Florida, I am unaccustomed to very cold weather but I still want to go.  Guess I will have to look online for thermal underwear and polar coats as I do not think I would find any locally. 


Classic Cuban apartment dwellings in Havana.

Sailing soon from the U.S. to Cuba: ships from Norwegian and Royal Caribbean

December 8, 2016

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It’s full steam ahead to Cuba for two of the world’s major cruise companies.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Cruises, both Miami-based, signed agreements Wednesday with the Cuban government just minutes apart to take passenger ships to the island nation.

All three of Norwegian’s lines — Norwegian Cruise Line, premium line Oceania Cruises and luxury line Regent Seven Seas — and two Royal Caribbean brands — Royal Caribbean International and high-end line Azamara Club Cruises — will sail from the U.S. to Cuba in the near future, the companies said.

Previously, the only U.S.-to-Cuba sailings stopped only in the island nation, aboard Carnival Corp.’s Fathom brand.
Walter Christen's insight:

This is great news for people who want to take a cruise to Cuba. It is on my bucket list for the culture and people of this island nation.  The trips will be people-to-people exchanges, one of the 12 categories of travel under which Americans can visit Cuba.




Sunset over Waikiki, Oahu.

Five alternative cruises for those who've done it all

November 30, 2016

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Alternative cruises: what's available for the cruiser who's done the usual Caribbean & Mediterranean cruises? The Travelling Boomer looks at 5 alternatives

In my last post, I surveyed the cruise itineraries that are the biggest favourites with North American cruisers. But what about some alternative cruises for those who’ve already been to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean? One of the dangers of cruising is that after you’ve done a few cruises, it’s hard not to retrace your steps. So let’s go looking for something different.Happily, there’s no shortage of alternative cruises in the wide world of cruising. Even the major cruise lines now ply almost every part of every ocean. There are cruises that choose one region to explore, and others that cover thousands of nautical miles to show you an entire part of the world — or even the whole world.

Walter Christen's insight:

I am far from having done it all but at least I am in the planning stage for one of them. I am surprised that Alaska was not on this list.  I have cruises to Alaska and it is one of my most memorable cruises to date.

Canada and New England - although I do want to do a cruise here, it is not very high on my priority list as I lived in the north east for many years.

Hawaii - This is a cruise I am in the planning stage for my 30th anniversary.  As I do not think 5 sea days each way to the islands and back is ideal for us, it looks like flying to Hawaii and taking a 7 day Norwegian cruise will fit the bill.

South America - I would like to take one of the cruises that take you around the horn.  Sounds like a great trip to see a part of world with picturesque landscapes. Would also be a great start for one of my desires which it to go to Antarctica. 

Australia and New Zealand - Definitely very high on my bucket list.  Will have to dedicate plenty of time in the planning to do this one right. I can also see this being a multiple week trip.

The World - I am not sure if I could take the amount of time to do a world cruise although I am willing to try. Th cost to do it right would also be a limiting factor.


A couple of other places I would like to cruise to in the near future include Iceland, the Baltic States and the South Pacific. Iceland for the photographic possibilities, the Baltic States for the immersion into the history of the region and the South Pacific as I love pristine beaches. 




View stunning glaciers while sailing through Antarctica on the Crystal Symphony.

The best destinations for an adventure cruise

November 2, 2016

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Looking for a more adventurous cruise experience? AOL’s UK website has some suggestions for livening up your next sailing.

“While a cruise might not be the first thing that springs to mind when planning to go off the beaten track, you'll certainly venture to places you never imagined and many that can only be reached by sea,” writes Roshina Jowaheer.





Walter Christen's insight:

Two of the three suggestions are actually on my bucket list. My order of preference (yours may be different) would be Antarctica, Galapagos, and then Asia.

Check out Cruiseable for more information on these locations and the cruises that you can take.