transatlantic

Review 2018 – The Home Stretch to Europe

These, the ninth and tenth days of our 14-night Holland America transatlantic crossing aboard Koningsdam, felt like crunch time.  Every transatlantic crossing starts out with a reality that for the next six days or more, there’s nowhere else to go, no ports to explore.  Then suddenly, having filled otherwise blank days with more onboard activities than […] Read more…

A Day in Ponta Delgado, Azores on a Transatlantic Cruise

After six rather calm sea days crossing the Atlantic aboard Holland America’s Koningsdam, Ponta Delgada was a welcome change. The Azores are a volcanic chain of islands,  some 850 miles west of Portugal.  And yes, the Azores belong to Portugal. To be exact: The archipelago: Azores.  The island: Saõ Miguel.  The main city: Ponta Delgada.  […] Read more…

How to Go to Rome from Civitavecchia Port

Cruising into Rome? Here’s what you need to know for a painless transition from port to hotel. How to go to Rome from Civitavecchia cruise port can be a challenge.  There aren’t many options.  Whether fresh from a transatlantic crossing or a western Mediterranean cruise, you need to know how to get to Rome. Least […] Read more…

Queen Mary 2 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

New Cunard Cancellation Policy for Mid-2017 and Beyond

Ed. Note:  The new cancellation policy applies only to the US passage contract. Are you one of those cruisers who never remembers the due date for final payment on their cruise? Worse yet, you don’t mark your calendar for the day to cancel your booking without penalty. If you are or plan to cruise aboard Cunard next […] Read more…

Cunard Queen Mary 2 Britannia Dining Room

Best Things About a Cunard Queen Mary 2 Cruise

Queen Mary 2 tries to adhere to time-honored Cunard traditions. A Bit of Background Life aboard a Cunard ship was once a class-conscious, microcosmic society. From the very wealthy in First Class to the poor schlemiels in steerage, life on some of the world’s grandest ocean liners was not much more than a maritime caste […] Read more…

Sailaway Day

There are advantages to living near a cruise port.  You don’t have the stress of pre-cruise airline connections, delays or cancellations.  Without a long highway drive, there isn’t the chance of getting stuck in a traffic jam. There are also distinct disadvantages.  Being close to a cruise port puts you into a more casual frame […] Read more…