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Cruising the Fjords of Norway

By Bob Gloor ~ Established by the Norwegian government to facilitate travel along Norway’s long, jagged coastline, the Hurtigruten Cruise Line was founded in 1893 to sail along Norway’s western and northern coast between of the southern city Bergen and the northern city of Kirkenes, 1374 nm away (1600 miles). Hurtigruten ships sail almost the […]

Up North (Michigan)

By Juanita Wood ~ In the stifling heat of summer in South Carolina, one can only think of a cooler place where the humidity is low and temperatures are in the 70s. Ordinarily, people conjure up thoughts of New York, Connecticut, and other states in the Northeast. Think again. How about the area in Michigan […]

TSA Precheck

Yogi Berra once said, “The future isn’t what it used to be.”  Post-9/11, nothing could be more true.  I don’t think any of us who were in the DC or NYC area that day can enjoy a cloudless blue sky the way we once did.  And as a consequence of that day, security procedures at […]

A Guide to European River Cruising

A river cruise through Europe is truly a treat for your senses.  Imagine the different cultures that line each river.  The diversity of food, architecture, history and traditions you’ll find as you pass through each captivating country, each more fascinating than the last.  A European river cruise promises visually stunning panoramas around every bend. Lush […]

Cruising with Grandchildren

Dr. Samuel Johnson, the 18th Century British writer, said, “No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.” Carnival Cruise Lines and my granddaughters beg to differ with Dr. Johnson. A boat […]