For me, the allure of cruising is to be found on smaller ships. As I considered this special edition, I searched for vessels that would offer sophisticated comfort and the pleasures of a traditional cruise, but on a congenial and intimate scale. See the full special edition here. –A. H.
I have enjoyed cruises on many exceptional ships over the years, but my recent Aegean journey aboard Sea Cloud II was a standout. Built on the model of the original Sea Cloud, a gift in 1931 from financier E.F. Hutton to his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post, the second ship, launched in 2001, is [...]
Silversea is attempting to simplify its fare structure. The new “Silver Privilege” program offers passengers a single price for a cabin, separate from additional air, transfer, hotel and land program charges. These new cruise-only fares will also allow guests to choose a specific suite from among available inventory. Guests will still be able to customize [...]
For a full review of Mr. Harper’s recent Aegean cruise onboard the Sea Cloud II, please visit here.
All the large cruise ships follow similar Alaskan itineraries, calling at popular ports such as Ketchikan and Skagway. As enjoyable as these visits may be, they only scratch the surface of what Alaska can offer. A journey with the intimate vessels of American Safari Cruises or a private charter of the Midnight Sun allows you to really experience the glories of pristine Alaskan scenery and get up close to the remarkable wildlife. Our travel partner Entrée Alaska can help make arrangements to explore inland treasures such as Denali National Park before or after a cruise.
The idea of traveling without a friend or partner may seem daunting at first. There’s often a fear that meeting people will be difficult and meals may be awkward. Perhaps even more important, single supplements sometimes inflate the cost of a trip beyond reason. Fortunately, many travel companies have started paying attention to these issues, [...]
On many cruise lines, the fare is just the beginning of the charges, as drinks, gratuities and other incidentals add up to a surprisingly high bill. With all-inclusive lines such as Silversea, however, the only surprises are pleasant ones. On 40 departures throughout 2011, Silversea now offers a $1,000 per-suite shipboard credit, as well as [...]
Staying in an overwater bungalow at a spectacular French Polynesian resort can be one of those truly unforgettable life experiences, but the glorious view out the window never changes. Those interested in really exploring French Polynesia might do better to reserve a place on the Paul Gauguin, a unique 332-passenger ship dedicated solely to cruising [...]
The Road To Mandalay is reviewed in the March issue of Hideaway Report.