Category | Cruises

Sailing on the Europa 2

Posted on 12 July 2016

By Gary Walther DAY ONE: The Hotel Detective is sailing on a sea of superlatives, The Europa 2, a 500-passenger ship belonging to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. According to the 2016 Berlitz… Continue reading »

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The Hotel Detective File: Crystal Serenity

Posted on 21 June 2016

By Gary Walther Altitude condenses eye-level chaff. From the Bridge Deck, the bow of the Crystal Serenity becomes an elegant geometry, circle-in-triangle with planes of blue as background. And a… Continue reading »

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Cruising with Fathom

Posted on 13 June 2016

By Kay Showker So much attention has been showered on Fathom’s historic cruises to Cuba, they have overshadowed the new company’s earlier launch of alternate cruises to the Dominican Republic… Continue reading »

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Cruising the Arctic Aboard Hurtigruten

Posted on 29 March 2016

By Monique Burns For years, the Arctic haunted me.  I longed to cruise those northerly waters, to set foot in that stark, mysterious land.  I dreamt of tracking rare wildlife,… Continue reading »

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Disney Dream is Better than Ever

Posted on 02 February 2016

Story & photos by Liliane Opsomer Inspired by the ocean liners of the 1920s, the Disney Dream, a 128,690-ton, 4,000-passenger vessel is a classic beauty. Equally classic are the entertainment,… Continue reading »


Best Small Cruise Ships: Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2

Posted on 05 January 2016

By Gary Walther On the Europa 2 this past September, bound from Thessaloniki to Istanbul, The Hotel Detective found himself in a sea of superlatives. The Europa 2 offers the… Continue reading »

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Sailing Solo

Posted on 29 July 2014

By Mary Alice Kellogg “Whenever I find myself growing grim around the mouth, whenever it is damp, drizzly November in my soul… then I account it high time to get… Continue reading »

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Disney Dreams Do Come True: A Family Vacation and a Fairytale Wedding

Posted on 17 June 2014

By Liliane Opsomer Known for their classic early-20th-century vessels, Disney raised expectations when launching the Disney Dream in 2011. I had been a happy customer when sailing on the Disney… Continue reading »

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Aboard Hurtigruten’s Norway Coastal Cruise

Posted on 14 January 2014

By Monique Burns From the rugged frontier outpost of Kirkenes, a stone’s throw from the Russian border, south to Bergen, gateway to the western fjords, Norway’s coast stretches some 2,500… Continue reading »

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Buenos Aires to Rio by Ship

Posted on 19 June 2012

By Eleanor Berman A cruise beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Rio sounded like a sure winner, and Samba Rhythms, aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner, lived up to… Continue reading »

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