21 Best Things to Do in Sitka

21 Best Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska

Best Things to Do in Sitka for a Day As if seeing Alaska by cruise ship wasn’t wonderful enough, a stop in Sitka is the icing on the cake. The hardest decision to make is to decide what to do. Do you want an expensive shore excursion or a day on your own to wander […] Read more…

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady coffee bar

Virgin Voyages Partners with Sustainable Specialty Coffee Brand

By Sherry Laskin When Virgin Voyages launches Scarlet Lady in 2020, you won’t find any single-use plastic items on board. This includes straws, bottled water, condiment packets, shopping bags, food packaging, stirrers, and take-away coffee and tea cups.  They are all banned. Next up for sustainability and responsibility…coffee. Sustainable Coffee Partnership On Earth Day, Virgin […] Read more…

Quark Expeditions with Penguins on South Georgia Island

Quark Expeditions Expands Sustainability Strategy in Polar Regions

By Sherry Laskin On time for Earth Day, Quark Expeditions reveals details on its environmental strategy program, “Polar Promise.”  If you’re not familiar with Quark Expeditions, they are the leader in polar exploration.  With seven small expedition ships and ice-breakers in its fleet, the expedition ships are built for superior navigation in ice-packed polar waters. […] Read more…

Holland America Zuiderdam at Sea

Holland America Adds More Ships for Canada Cruises in 2020

Banking on the growing popularity of Canada and New England cruises, Holland America will have three ships cruising to Canada next summer. Holland America Ships From A to Z Along with Zaandam and Zuiderdam, Amsterdam will also offer summer cruises to Canada.  In 2020, Holland America ships will offer more than 40 cruises to Canada […] Read more…

Amtrak Observation Car on the Empire Builder.

Amtrak Travel Tips for Coach Passengers

To help you enjoy your travel aboard Amtrak, here is my list of Amtrak travel tips and advice for coach passengers. Amtrak tips for Coach Passengers You need to have a reservation to travel with Amtrak.  You can do this online, by phone or through a travel agent.  For short journeys or budget-conscious travelers, coach […] Read more…

Holland America Announces the Name of Their New Ship

It’s official!  At an event aboard Holland America Statendam, the cruise line’s president Orlando Ashford, announced the name of their new ship.  It’s Ryndam! In a nod to its long line of historic ships, Holland America Line announced that its next Pinnacle Class ship will be called Ryndam. The new ship is due to launch […] Read more…

White Pass Yukon Railroad

Take a Ride on Skagway’s White Pass Yukon Railroad

What climbs nearly 3,000 feet, took 26 months to build and is the most popular tourist attraction in Skagway, Alaska? It’s the White Pass Yukon Railroad. Completed in 1900, this narrow-gauge railroad begins at the cruise pier where rail fans of all ages can board the vintage train for a breathtaking one and one-half hour ascent to White […] Read more…

American Cruise Lines Adds More Riverboats and Coastal Ships

American Cruise Lines keeps rolling on the rivers by leaps and bounds. This Connecticut-based cruise line is adding more small riverboats and coastal ships to their expanding fleet. Over the past two years, American Cruise Lines aggressive ship-building program has expanded and they launched a new ship in 2017 and two new ships in 2018. […] Read more…

Viking River Ship Collides with Oil Tanker

Less than a week after making headlines when Viking Sky lost power off the coast of Norway, there’s another Viking incident. Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, Viking Idun collided with an 18 million-pound petroleum tanker.  Both vessels were cruising along the calm Scheldt estuary in northern Holland when the accident happened. Viking Idun, a […] Read more…

Holland America Adds New Craft Cocktail Menu

You won’t find a Flor de Jerez cocktail in my mother’s 70-year old handwritten cocktail recipe book.  As the trend for new and renewed craft cocktails flourishes, Holland America is keeping ahead of the pack. Dale DeGroff, also known as King Cocktail, is a member of Holland America’s food and beverage Culinary Council.Holland America Line […] Read more…

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