Cruises

By Ian Keown “This was a wonderful opportunity to get up to speed with my computer skills,” exclaims Boston-based lawyer Jay Grayson, enthusing about his private software lessons — aboard a cruise ship, of all places. For Robert Jayson and Lynne Grayson, having access to computer lessons was an important

by Ian Keown Veteran cruisers who have circumnavigated the atolls of Polynesia and slithered on the ice of Antarctica often scoff at Southeastern Alaska (“the waters are too calm,” “you’re never out of sight of land,” and so on) but one family on a graduation cruise revels in the mix

By Gerrie Summers I used to think of mega cruise ships as floating hotels.  Now a better description would be floating destinations.   With all that is being offered onboard, one doesn’t even have to leave the ship. In fact, a lot of frequent cruisers don’t. What could be better than

By Mary Alice Kellogg As one who loves to go down to the sea in ships – any ship, as long as I don’t have to steer it and there is a cocktail lounge – this is a Golden Age, indeed.  So many new vessels … so little time! Do

Sorry, our contest to win a Bahamas cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines and two nights at Wild Dunes resort has just ended. But check back next week, a new contest is about to begin.

Gerrie E. Summers on the canals of Venice. By Gerrie E. Summers As the gondola adjacent to ours moved slightly ahead, the musician inside picked up his accordion and began to play. “Che bella cosa na jurnata ‘e sole,” he sang.  At the time I had no idea what any

A balcony on the MS Europa. By Dalma Heyn When I tell you that the MS Europa is the only cruise ship on the high seas awarded not just five stars by the 2010 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, but five stars plus, I know what you're going

  A few years ago, if you wanted to take a cruise from a U.S. port, you didn't have a lot of choices. If you were dreaming of the Caribbean, you would book a flight to Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Port Canaveral and then set sail. If you lived west

By Mary Alice Kellogg I’m a sucker for tradition, graciousness in large quantities, dressing appropriately for this-could-be-a-movie moments, for scenery that makes my mouth water. All are reasons I’ve fostered a love of the rituals of cruising … and why I’ve also visited Bermuda on a regular basis for more

    On a June evening last year, a trove of sea life came to the auction block at Christie's at Rockefeller Plaza. Not shrimp and plankton, mind you, but rarer things. Like an oyster plate from the fabled SS Normandie, designed by Suzanne Lalique circa 1935. A life ring from the