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Posts by Fran Golden

Snorkel Surprise on Alaska Cruise
The giant purple starfish had me trying to say “wow” in my snorkel mask. The big, spiky red sea urchin looked like dinner. The long, wavy sea kelp reminde... Read More
Cruise Your Way to Weight Loss?
Somewhere off the Cote d’Azur, on a pre-inaugural cruise of the stylish 450-passenger Seabourn Quest, I indulged duo course of seabass with citrus fondue ... Read More
Carnival Debuts First Shipboard Pub
Somewhere between Venice and Dubrovnik, the brand new 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic ran out of ThirstyFrog Red draught beer. This was significant not on... Read More
Twiggy on the High Seas
Okay, we admit we are tickled pink—maybe even 1960s hot pink—to hear that none other than Twiggy will serve as Godmother of the new, ultra-luxury Seabourn... Read More
New Disney Ship’s (Michelin) Star Power
Disney and Michelin-starred French restaurants may seem like an odd pairing, but when the new cruise ship Disney Dream debuts early next year, one onboard r... Read More
Snowy Fun at Alaska's Famed "Fur Rondy"
In Alaska it’s about surviving winter—a long, long winter. Fortunately, people in Anchorage have not only a frontier spirit but a sense of humor. And so the... Read More
The 'Bon Voyage' Party is Back!
As a young kid I remember the excitement of driving to New York in the 1960s to see my parents’ friends and their kids off on an ocean voyage. Everyone w... Read More
Good News for Solo Cruisers
Let’s face it, the cruise industry has not been all that kind to solo travelers, with most ships charging as much as double to those who want to have a ... Read More
Silversea Cruises Launches New Ship: Silver Spirit
The intimate ships of Silversea Cruises tend towards the contemporary, even Euro-trendy. So it was a surprise on a recent preview of the new Silver Spirit t... Read More
Cruise Line Gets Clubby/All-Inclusive
Azamara Cruises, the small-shipcruise line launched two years ago by Royal Caribbean, as an upscale sister line to Celebrity Cruises, this week got a new na... Read More
World's Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail
If one person’s “wow” is another person’s ludicrous, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas will have some people loving it and others scratching their heads. ... Read More
Carnival Debuts "Dream" Ship
With its red-and-gold Vegas-goes-regal ambience, Carnival's newest ship, "Dream," debuted last week. While Carnival ships are getting more refined in desi... Read More
Bike Berlin—And Celebrate the Fall of the Wall (20 Years Today!)
Our Berlin bike tour guide, George Wanjala (above), a Kenyan with a degree from Cornell, did not mince any words when he showed me and a pal around remainin... Read More
Disney Cruise Line Announces Onboard "Water-Coaster"
Cruise passengers will be screaming with excitement on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship. That’s all but guaranteed since the 4,00-pasenger Disney Dream w... Read More
See It Now: Alaska's Wild Salmon Run
You can’t quite prepare yourself for the amazing sight of thousands of salmon heading upstream to spawn. That’s because they do not travel, la di da, to t... Read More
Sneak Peek: Celebrity Equinox Sets Sail
The brand new Celebrity Equinox is very much an American-style cruise ship, with “wow” factors including a half-acre of real grass on top. But as the vess... Read More