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Cruise Diary: Italy in Our Hearts

Cruise Diary: Italy in Our Hearts

Days 97-98, April 12-13: British poet Robert Browning once said, “Open my heart and you will see, graved inside of it, Italy.” In our hearts, too! We love Italy and have enjoyed many of its iconic sights during the years, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Michelangelo’s David in…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Italy…”

Cruise Diary: The Glories Of Greece

Cruise Diary: The Glories Of Greece

Days 94, 95, 96: April 9-10-11: The possibility of time-travel exists! Just head to sites associated with ancient Greece and let your imagination loose for the day. That’s what my husband Humberto and I – and now Duffy, our bear that went around the world with us on our 112-day Grand World Voyage – do…   read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”

Cruise Diary: About Bonnets, Bunnies and Brunch – Easter at Sea

Cruise Diary: About Bonnets, Bunnies and Brunch – Easter at Sea

Day 93, April 8: The trivia question was straightforward: Name an egg-laying mammal. But one team, instead of going for the obvious “platypus,” went the whimsical route: “the Easter Bunny!” Easter – with its message of springtime, renewal, love – and, I guess, egg-laying mammals – was definitely in the air on the Amsterdam as…   read more of “Cruise Diary: About…”

Cruise Diary: Legendary Egypt

Cruise Diary: Legendary Egypt

Days 90-91-92, April 5-6-7: An old Arab proverb says, “Man fears time; time fears the Pyramids.” When I think of Egypt, two thoughts come to my mind: timeless and bigger-than-life. Humberto and I had had the privilege of visiting the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Karnak and Luxor…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Games People Play at Sea

Cruise Diary: Games People Play at Sea

Days 88-89, April 3-4: “What does a dipsomaniac crave?” Bruce, the Amsterdam’s cruise director, was not making intriguing cocktail party conversation, but was testing the general knowledge of upwards of 100 passengers who had gathered in the ship’s Ocean Bar for one of two daily team trivia competitions on sea days (one is usually held…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Games…”