Looking Back- Past Events

Here are some of our most recent events and sailings along with posts written while there, at sea or on the river.  To bring you the most complete information also bring you information live from the event via Twitter along with photos and commentary with Facebook photo albums and event Pinterest boards.

Windstar Cruises
Panama Canal And Costa Rica

Sailing for the first time with any cruise line is always an interesting experience. As hard as passengers might try to prepare, actually being there brings the best answers to questions asked in advance. Sailing with Windstar Cruises, I came to define the feel of what they do. Actually, that’s not exactly accurate. I came to define half of what they do. The Windstar fleet is made up of two uniquely different kinds of ship: those with sails and those without. This is about distinct Windstar differences on ships without sails.

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Viking Ocean Cruises
In The Wake Of Vikings
New York To The West Indies


Viking Ocean Cruises In The Caribbean

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Flickr Photo Galleries

Viking Caribbean: Pre-Cruise Countdown

  1. Coming Up: Viking West Indies Explorer, Epic Invasion
  2. Viking Cruises Caribbean: Island Connected Dining Like Never Before
  3. Viking Cruises Caribbean: Panoramic Island Hopping\
  4. Viking Cruises West Indies Explorer Countdown
  5. Viking Caribbean Shoreside Focus Different, Included
  6. Thinkable World Of Viking To Meet The Caribbean
  7. In The Viking Caribbean, No Smuggling Skills Needed, Door Wide Open
  8. Uniquely Different Viking Ocean Cruises: Specific Features That Caribbean Travel Will Like 
  9. Follow Viking Star In Real Time Satellite View
  10. Flexibility Enables Surprise Viking Exploration, Again
  11. Coming To North America: Our Viking Adventure Begins 
  12. Viking Introduces Previously Ignored Caribbean 
  13. Viking Welcome Home: It Can Happen Anywhere
  14. Viking Caribbean Preview: Your Questions Answered
  15. Viking Caribbean Preview: More Of Your Questions Answered
  16. Reader Question Highlights Viking Attention To Detail 
  17. Slideshow: Favorite Viking Star Features I Can’t Wait To See
  18. Viking World Cruise: I Could Do That
  19. Viking Star Arrives In New York City  

In The Wake Of Vikings

  1. Exploring Iceland Like Vikings: Thoughtfully
  2. Vikings Explore Prince Christian Sound, Very Carefully
  3. Spectacular Travel Moments With Viking Ocean Cruises
  4. Interesting Viking Tour Brings Global View In Very Simple Terms 
  5. Viking Star Passes Ultimate Cruise Traveler Test
  6. Viking Caribbean: Something New For Someone New
  7. Aggressive Repositioning Itinerary Highlights Viking Commitment To Travelers
  8. Thoughtful Canadian Port Choice Typical Of Viking Destination Focus 
  9. Features Not Part Of The Viking Caribbean Experience
  10. Viking Star Caribbean Dining: New Cuisine For Cruise Travelers
  11. Actually, Viking Star Is Designed For Caribbean Cruising
  12. Incomparable Viking Star
  13. Viking Star Base Features To Elevate Caribbean Cruise Experience
  14. In The Wake Of Vikings [PHOTOS] 

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  1. A Day In Reykjavik, Iceland
  2. Icelandic Air
  3. In The Steps Of Vikings: Cruising Prince Christian Sound
  4. Nanortalik, Greenland
  5. Qaqortoq, Greenland
  6. Viking Star Penthouse Verandah Staterooms
  7. Viking Star Ship Shots
  8. Viking Star At Sea
  9. Northern Lights
  10. Viking Star Culinary: Mamsens
  11. Viking Star Nordic Spa
  12. Viking Star Living Room Bar
  13. Viking Star Culinary Sampling
  14. Viking Star Explorer’s Lounge
  15. Viking Star Pool Grill
  16. Viking Star Past Guest Party
  17. Viking Star Living Room
  18. Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
  19. Viking Star Infinity Pool
  20. Sailing To Canada On Viking Star
  21. Viking Star Top Deck Spaces
  22. Viking Star Aquavit Bar
  23. Viking Star Crew
  24. Viking Star Main Pool Area
  25. Greenland From The Deck Of Viking Star
  26. Viking Documentation
  27. Al Fresco Seating Areas

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Holland America Line
Norse Legends Baltics Sailing
new ms Koningsdam

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 While on board Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam, we covered a lot of ground and have more information on the way, describing much of what it is like to sail the new 99,836-ton ship.  Below is a full account of information and images, gathered first-hand, on our sold out summer sailing of the a ship that is the epitome of all the Holland America Line of today has to offer.  I think you will like what you see.

Posted Live as we sailed the North Sea from Amsterdam to Norway and back.

Facebook Photo Albums

Flickr Photo Collections– check back later too- more photos loading all the time

Cunard Line
New York City
Queen Mary 2 – Remastered

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Sporting a whole new look and contemporary focus while simultaneously honoring their long and illustrious history, Cunard Line is on the move. We’ll be on hand to see the result of a massive remastering of the Cunard Line flagship Queen Mary 2.  It’s been more than a decade since we last sailed with Cunard Line, then enjoying a 6-day transatlantic sailing from New York to Southampton.
Published During This One-Day Event
Sailing Away From New York – an Exposure photo storybook

Holland America Line
Exploring The Canadian Yukon

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Holland America Line
Denali Square Grand Opening
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Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Sea

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Whitney and I sailed new Viking Sea on the first revenue cruise while the paint was still wet.  Doing their exciting Empires of the Mediterranean itinerary, we sailed from Istanbul to Venice for ten days that went a little bit like this:

DAY 1 Istanbul, Turkey
DAY 2 Troy (Çanakkale), Turkey
DAY 3 Ephesus (Kuşadası), Turkey
DAY 4 Athens (Piraeus), Greece
DAY 5 Santorini (Thíra), Greece
DAY 6 At Sea
DAY 7 Kotor, Montenegro
DAY 8 Dubrovnik, Croatia
DAY 9 Pula, Croatia
DAY 10 Venice, Italy
Below is a list of all we experienced, wrote about and captured images of along the way.

Facebook Photo Albums created along the way

Flickr Photo Albums You’ll need a free account at Flickr to view which is a good idea anyway because they let us upload a ton of photos to share for free. Check back from time to time, these albums are updated as we sail.



Seabourn Cruises
Seabourn Sojourn
Seabourn Taste of Asia Food And Wine Cruise

Hitting the ground running in 2016, Chris sailed aboard Seabourn Sojourn for 14 nights from Hong Kong to Singapore on the 3rd annual Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise .  Along the way, Chris delivered details of over 90 onboard culinary events, as they happened.  Through daily posts right here at and a variety of engaging social ways outlined below, readers were invited to follow along on the 2016 journey as they have the last two events of the same name.

ChrisCruises Daily Posts – 


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Flickr Event Photos-

  1. Hong Kong– a brief look from what we could see on the way to Seabourn Sojourn and from her decks.
  2. Hong Kong Local Performers– A nice detail, for those of us flying in the day of the cruise without time to explore Hong Kong, Seabourn brought aboard local performers to kick off the Taste of Asia Food and Wine Cruise
  3. Dim Sum Lunch
  4. Tai Tak Cruise Terminal– Once an airport, this new cavernous facility can take two Oasis-class size ships.  Interestingly, the new port is a place I first wrote about in a Gadling article.   See: Recycled Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal for more
  5. Wines Of Asia Lecture
  6. Cruising The South China Sea– shots from the balcony of my suite on Seabourn Sojourn
  7. Seabourn Sojourn Ship Shots– random shots from around the ship at the features of Seabourn Sojourn
  8. Dr Richard Turnbull – guest lecturer
  9. Colonade Dining– Seabourn Sojourn’s indoor/outdoor dining venue and a personal favorite
  10. Molecular Cocktail Demonstration– a fun time in the Observation lounge with sommelier Sebastian
  11. Seabourn Patio Grill– Dining on deck for lunch or dinner most nights.
  12. Seabourn Guests– random photos of our fellow travelers
  13. Captain’s Welcome Event– Captain
  14. Chef Bernd Seiner brought Michelin star quality to street level
  15. Behind The Scenes- Random shots of what happens before and after passengers attend Food and Wine cruise events.
  16. Seabourn Crew– The ladies and gentlemen that work on Seabourn Sojourn.
  17. Tea Time With Chinese Pastries- 
  18. Sailing To Halong Bay, Vietnam-  a lovely day of cruising at sea
  19. Halong Bay, Vietnam– Perhaps my favorite port on the entire itinerary
  20. Champagne Afternoons – a series of presentations by sommelier Sebastian Pacheco
  21. Asian Hot Pot Dinner served in Seabourn Sojourn’s indoor/outdoor Colonnade Restaurant
  22. Dim Sum Cooking Demonstration featuring chefs from the Peninsula Hong Kong (@PeninsulaHongKong)
  23. Dim Sum Lunch– prepared by chefs from the Peninsula Hong Kong  (@PeninsulaHongKong)
  24. Shopping With The Chefs In Vietnam
  25. DaNang Port– Overlooking the port from the balcony of my suite, I capture some interesting moments on the dock below.
  26. Bordeaux Wine Seminar– on of a number of wine-oriented informational talks
  27. Seabourn Room Service– an afterthought, I enjoyed Seabourn room service every morning with coffee at 3AM
  28. Touring DaNang, Vietnam– I hired a driver for an efficient “just take me to the places, s
  29. Food And Wine Pairing Seminar- new to the third edition of the Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise
  30. Officers On Deck– a pre-dinner event on deck chatting with officers
  31. The South China Sea
  32. The Saigon River– Going where big ships can’t we drive Seabourn Sojourn up the Saigon River
  33. Sihanoukville, Cambodia– a private tour of a lovely place
  34. Sailing to Cambodia– scenes from a day at sea
  35. Chef Muro Cooking Demonstration
  36. Saigon Shopping With The Chefs
  37. A Tour Of Saigon
  38. Saigon Cruise Port– scenes from our first call at a Communist port of call
  39. Duriya Preneet Band
  40. Laem Chabang, Thailand
  41. Chef Gypsy Gifford cooking demonstration
  42. Sailing In The Gulf Of Taiwan
  43. A Culinary Conversation With Gypsy Gifford


NEW: YouTube Video- (my first attempt with video, be kind please)

Also see

  • Instagram lovers will see one post a day that summarizes much of what we saw and did in the last 24 hours.
  • Pinterest – One board for each port of call on our Taste of Asia itinerary
  • Twitter has been populated with prescheduled tweets throughout the day that will be updated with events and happenings around the ship and ashore as the occur.  Follow @OrlandoChris, @SeabournCruise and the tag #SeabournFoodAndWineCruise.
  • Tumblr will be all about food and wine with multiple posts throughout each day.
  • Google+ posts will recap the day at its end
  • Exposure Photo Storybooks coming soon.



Abercrombie & Kent
Egypt And A Nile River Cruise With Jordan Extension

Arguably one of our best ever travel experiences, the river cruise element was just one part of this amazing 16-day adventure.

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At via these previous posts:

  1. Social Egypt And Jordan, A&K Style: Your Guide To Our Journey
  2. Our Luxury Small Group Journey: Detailed Itinerary
  3. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Arriving In Egypt
  4. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: They Do Your Homework
  5. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: They Can Turn On A Dime
  6. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Speaking Of Kings And Queens
  7. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: And Then He Paused
  8. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Chris Wears A Dress
  9. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Interesting, Unique, Beautiful
  10. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: The Right Tool For The Job
  11. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Exceeding Expectations
  12. Tips And Tricks For Travel In Egypt
  13. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: It’s Yours
  14. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Front Row Seats To Amazing Places
  15. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: A Travel Mosaic
  16. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Your Guide To Our Journey
  17. Abercrombie & Kent Advantages: Noted And New
  18. A&K’s Egypt: More That We Thought It Would Be

Facebook Photo Albums:

  1. Photo Album: A Day In Egypt With Abercrombie & Kent
  2. Photo Album: The Temple Of Luxor
  3. Photo Album: Favorite Images From Egypt
  4. Photo Album: The Temples Of Abu Simbel
  5. Photo Album: The Cairo Bazaar
  6. Photo Album: The Citadel, Amman Jordan
  7. Photo Album: Little Petra
  8. Photo Album: The Lost City Of Petra

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  1. Mena House Hotel Cairo
  2. On The Streets Of Cairo
  3. Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities
  4. Lunch On The Nile
  5. Karnak Bazar
  6. Cairo Street Scenes
  7. Mit Rahina Museum
  8. Step Pyramid
  9. Tomb of Ka Gimni
  10. Carpet School
  11. Aboushakra Egyptian Lunch
  12. Giza Pyramids
  13. The Solar Boat
  14. A Camel Ride In Egypt
  15. The Iconic Sphinx
  16. Valley of the Kings
  17. Mena House Dinner
  18. Luxor
  19. Temple Of Karnak
  20. Sanctuary Resorts Sun Boat IV
  21. Seen On The Nile
  22. Sun Boat IV Culinary 
  23. Egyptian Night
  24. Sunrise On The Nile
  25. Scenic Cruising On The Nile
  26. Luxor By Day
  27. Temple Of Goddess Hathor At Denderah
  28. Nile Dining On Deck
  29. Sundown On The Nile
  30. Luxor At Night
  31. Going Through Locks On The Nile
  32. Edfu Temple
  33. Egyptian Cooking Lesson
  34. Ptolemaic Temple At Kom Ombo
  35. Egyptian Night On Sun Boat IV
  36. Philae Temple
  37. Beautiful Flowers Of Egypt
  38. The Unfinished Obelisk
  39. A Felucca Sailboat Ride On The Nile
  40. Abu Simbel Temples
  41. Egypt Air
  42. Cairo Revisited- the pretty side of town
  43. The Four Seasons Cairo
  44. Cairo Mosques
  45. Cairo Bazzar
  46. Royal Jordanian Airlines
  47. Amman Jordan
  48. The Jordan Museum
  49. Amman Bazaars
  50. Amman Roman Theatre
  51. Lebanese House Lunch
  52. The Citadel
  53. Grand Hyatt Amman
  54. Mount Nebo
  55. Jordan Mosaic Workshop
  56. St George Church, Madaba
  57. Hitayet Siti Restaurant- Madaba
  58. Crusader Castle
  59. Little Petra
  60. Jordan sun
  61. Movenpick Petra Hotel
  62. Petra (Hi Res Large)
  63. Petra (iPhone unfiltered)
  64. Wadi Rum
  65. Driving To The Dead Sea
  66. Movenpick Dead Sea Hotel

Exposure Photo Narratives – Big photos that tell the story.  View on largest screen you have for best experience.

Pinterest Photo Boards

Check These Other Social Sources From Us As Well

  • On Twitter – @OrlandoChris –  Search for #AKEgypt and #AKJordan and other tags noted below
  • On Instagram- ChrisCruises as well

Want To Go Deeper Socially?  

Check these tags and accounts from the sources used during our Abercrombie & Kent Egypt and Jordan Small Group Travel Experience


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Abercrombie & Kent

  • Twitter: @AKTravel_USA
  • Instagram: aktravel_usa
  • Facebook:
  • Hashtags: #AKEgypt and #AKJordan and for Instagram: #abercrombiekent

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Egypt Tourism

  • Twitter: @ExperienceEgypt
  • Instagram: experienceegypt
  • Facebook:


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Jordan Tourism

  • North America Twitter – @JordanNorthAm
  • World Twitter – @VisitJordan
  • Instagram – visitjordan
  • North America Facebook –
  • Worldwide Facebook –
  • Hashtags: #GoJordan and #MyJordanJourney and for Instagram: #ShareYourJordan 


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Royal Jordanian

  • Twitter: @RoyalJordanian
  • Instagram: royaljordanianairlines

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Mena House Hotel

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  • Twitter: @MenaHouseHotel
  • Instagram: menahousehotel


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Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’

  • Twitter: @SanctuaryRet
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Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza

  • Twitter: @FSCairoNP
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Grand Hyatt Amman

  • Twitter: @randhyattamm
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Mövenpick Resort Petra & Mövenpick Resort Dead Sea

  • Twitter:@ movenpickjo
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Hapag-Llloyd Cruises
Europa 2

Europa 2 Exterior - 001A new cruise line (for us) and a new ship, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises new Europa 2 was the scene for an interesting September 2015 sailing.

The new EUROPA 2 is a modern and casual luxury ship, which does away with cruise traditions such as the captain’s dinner. A first for any ship, the EUROPA 2 has received the highest distinction, a 5-stars-plus ranking from the 2014 “Berlitz Cruise Guide.” Holding up to 500 guests, the EUROPA 2 provides the greatest space per passenger ratio in the industry. The ship features exclusively suites with verandas and a minimum area of 28 square meters (301 square feet). Seven restaurants and six bars are dedicated to serving up culinary diversity and a large spa and fitness area accommodates the wellness and exercise trend on cruises. Its concept appeals to professionals and families in the luxury sector in particular. All cruises are fully bilingual and cater to English speaking passengers.

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Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Quest
Summer Russia And The Baltics Sailing

See more of our Azamara Club Cruises sailing to Russia, Estonia, Denmark, The Netherlands and more via these links

Complete Journal– From pre-cruise planning to after sailing reflection and every step in between, right here, updated daily as we sail in our Engaging Azamara Summer Baltics Cruise Journal

Amsterdam - 254Individual Day Posts During Sailing– day by day, in the order written

White Night Album - 28Pinterest Photo Boards – one for each port and more

Tallinn, Estonia - 037Flickr Photo Albums- all our photos for each place, free to use- check back frequently; we are adding more photos throughout the journey.

St Petersburg - 335Facebook Photo Albums

Stockholm - 077Check These Social Sources Too




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