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Sailing to New Destinations with Holland America

Sailing to New Destinations with Holland America

I explored many new destinations with Holland America and on each of my two cruises on board the luxury cruise line my itinerary showcased dream destinations, dare I even say, bucket list destinations. My first voyage included a passage through the Panama Canal along with plenty of memorable Caribbean beaches and the second explored American’s […]

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Sunset Sunday-The Sunset Setting Sail to the Last Frontier

Sunset Sunday-The Sunset Setting Sail to the Last Frontier

I boarded the ms Westerdam in Seattle’s harbor on a most beautiful afternoon. The crystal clear blue sky along with the glistening water of the Puget Sound made for a perfect setting to set sail. It was the perfect time to celebrate too.  I was heading north to visit America’s final frontier – Alaska. After […]

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One Reason to Take A Caribbean Cruise – Half Moon Cay

One Reason to Take A Caribbean Cruise – Half Moon Cay

Do you need a reason to take a cruise? Some travelers love the cruise vacation, others don’t. I wondered where I’d stand after nearly a twenty year absence from the “cruise” holiday. Before I boarded the ms Zuiderdam last year, my last sail of similar magnitude was as a teenager with my parents. I realized […]

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Bring Your Scuba to Aruba – A Trip to De Palm Island

Bring Your Scuba to Aruba – A Trip to De Palm Island

“Bring your scuba to Aruba.” That was all the buzz as we sailed towards Aruba. But I didn’t “scuba.” I never have. Therefore, I chose the next best option – snorkel. And the snorkel excursion meant a trip to De Palm Island. De Palm Island The island was just a few minutes away and extremely […]

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A Personal Island Tour takes me to Daaibooi Beach, Curacao

A Personal Island Tour takes me to Daaibooi Beach, Curacao

The ms Zuiderdam docked in Willemstad, Curacao and I disembarked the cruise ship with no official excursion plans. I planned to meet my friend. Ichieron and I worked together in Mexico City and now I was visiting his native island. He told me he’d be waiting by the ship; he was. After a morning beer […]

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Passage through the Panama Canal in Photos

Passage through the Panama Canal in Photos

Passage through the Panama Canal is on most maritime travelers’ bucket lists. And now after a recent cruise through the Caribbean I can check it off mine. The canal itself is impressive, very impressive. It is a modern marvel approaching 100 years operation still with its original locks. “Panamex” compliant cruise ships (a max of […]

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Sunset Sunday – The Panama Canal Sunset in Colón

Sunset Sunday – The Panama Canal Sunset in Colón

Colón, the port city named for the Cristobal Colon, or as many know him, Christopher Columbus rests on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal. The slow, sleepy, port itself doesn’t offer much insight into the explorer who enlightened Europe on a “new world,” but it does serve as the gateway to his very dream […]

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Sunset Sunday – A Balcony Sunset at Sea

Sunset Sunday – A Balcony Sunset at Sea

The balcony. A must when selecting a cruise for a vacation.  Why? There are many reasons, but my favorite – the sunset. On my most recent cruise, the ten day Panama Canal Sunfarer, I only watched the sunset on land once. It was the sunset on Eagle Beach in Aruba. So for nine nights I […]

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