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What is it about staring out at the thin line between blue sea and blue sky that stops time? Cruises come in all guises from luxurious ocean behemoths to riverboats and barges to ice-cutters and small ships that dock in tiny ports no one has ever heard of.

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Taputapuatea Marea is the second most important archaeological site in all of Polynesia (Photo: MCArnott)

Exploring Life on Raiatea Island: A Cruise Shore Excursion in French Polynesia

Ambling through the untidy streets of Papeete, I find myself wondering what happened to the once blissfully depicted capital of French Polynesia. I know the cruise will take us to moss-laden jagged mountains, teeming marine life and stilted over-water bungalows -- the images for which Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora are ...
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Maine Windjammers off Rockland (Photo by Stillman Rogers)

Sailing on Maine Windjammer Angelique

My husband Tim is a sailing ship nut who could happily spend day after day standing on a swaying deck watching the sails billow and the shore slide past. Born a century earlier, he might have run away to sea as a cabin boy. But would 12-year-old Mary and I ...
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The Waverley docked at Largs ( Ann Burnett)

Sailing on the Waverley, the Oldest Sea-going Paddle Steamer in the World

We spot its distinctive shape steaming towards us as we wait at Largs pier. Her two side paddles give her the appearance of a lady in crinolines, and a grand old lady at that. She’s the oldest sea-going paddle steamer in the world. The Waverley steams up to the quayside, ...
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Myanmar Road to Mandalay Shwe Kyet Yet jetty

Exploring Myanmar’s Road To Mandalay by Riverboat

Rudyard Kipling wrote the words. Frank Sinatra sang them: "On the road to Mandalay Where the flying fishes play An’ the dawn comes up like thunder Out of China 'cross the bay." And I for five days lived them. The Ayeyerwady is the Road to Mandalay In 1852, Britain annexed the country they called Burma and readily ...
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Lighthouse at Pot du Phare (Photo credit: Roberta Sotonoff ©2012)

Birding the Quebec Maritimes’ Islands near Rivière-du-Loup

The Quebec Maritimes are a haven for people like me who are into nature. This northern part of Quebec along the St. Lawrence River provides both a serene escape from the city and incredible scenery. Jagged rock formations erupt from the water. Birds soar above and their chattering fill the ...
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Iconic Four Peaks Seen from Saguaro Lake in Arizona

Cruising Saguaro Lake in Mesa, Arizona

We are waiting for our boat’s captain to signal time to board the Desert Belle. I watched from above where we stood on the stone walkway, below baby ducks and their mother was swimming among the pilings supporting the maze of wooden docks. The little ducks rode the waves, which ...
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Transiting by boat through the Panama Canal

Wind whipped the Panamanian flag against the bright blue backdrop of the Pacific Ocean as a small boat gave chase after our ferryboat. We'd just rounded the Amador Causeway, and slipped into a pre-determined position for transit behind a massive container ship entering the waters of the Panama Canal. Dozens ...
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Cruising along the Yangtze, China (photo credit Ann Burnett c 2013)

Cruising on the Yangtze to the Three Gorges Dam, China

The Yangtze river was low, the ship tied up far below us at Chongqing docks and the funicular train down to it was broken. We were faced with a long flight of stairs lugging our suitcases, then across several gangplanks to our ship. What were we to do? Our guide, ...
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