Cruises

    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

        On any cruise ship, a balcony cabin is as good as it gets. That’s especially true when you’re sailing in the Caribbean, watching for whales in Alaska’s Inside Passage or skirting the Italian coast. Second best is an outside cabin. You won’t feel the breezes but you won’t

I saw the pod of orcas in the early morning, slicing through the wake of my cruise ship, the 102-passenger Spirit of Endeavour. The captain saw them, too, and he stopped the engines so we could get a closer look. What made the moment a world-class experience was the backdrop:

  Cruise line executives tremble when the name "Douglas Ward" is mentioned. Ward is the most fearsome critic in the cruise industry, a man whose words can remove the smiles from the faces of the most unflappable ship owners. If you’re looking for a family cruise, a romantic cruise or