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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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Cruises: The Bucket List


Cruising America's Waterways

Cruising American Waterways — Rhode Island to Chicago

It is daybreak and I have the promenade of Blount Small Ship Adventures’  Grande Mariner  to myself. Sometime during the night we’d made our way through  Lake St. Clair, passing the big-city lights of Detroit. Now, as we traverse the passage between Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron, night birds ...
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A sea lion sleeps while sally lightfoot crabs scamper on the Galapagos Islands. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier c 2012)

Viewing Some of Earth’s Rarest Creatures in the Galapagos Islands

I don’t need a sign warning me to “Yield to Sea Lions.” When a big fellow lumbers across my path you can bet I stop to give him the right of way. Sea lions, like most animals on the Galapagos Islands, are nonchalant toward humans because they are protected here ...
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Pleasure boats navigate the River Shannon through the Midlands of Ireland. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier, c 2012)

Navigating the Heart of Ireland on a Rental Boat

Tap, tap, tap. The nap I long for after a morning of sightseeing is being interrupted by a knocking on the window of the cruiser I’ve rented on the River Shannon. Tap, tap, tap. There is goes again. Who could be outside my cabin window, at the water line mind ...
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Felucca on the Nile

Sailing on a Felucca at Sunrise through Cairo, Egypt

What is startling is the silence in the middle of a city that normally assaults the senses. In mid-day Cairo, cars honk through the main roads, businessmen stride to work, vendors vend, ladies covered in the mystery of head-to-toe robes shuffle past like shadows. But just now, as black gives ...
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Descending  a staircase of locks on the Gota Canal

Crossing Sweden by Century-old Boat on the Göta Canal

Remember when getting there really was half the fun? It still is, I found, on Sweden’s 120-mile Göta Canal. The other half, of course, is being there, but traveling aboard the world’s oldest operating passenger ship at barely 10mph, the being there and the getting there become almost indistinguishable. The canal, ...
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Barges travel the canals of Burgundy at a snail's pace. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier, c 2012)

Taking a Gastronomic Barge Cruise through Burgundy, France

Gourmet or gourmand? It’s the question of the moment aboard the luxury barge gliding along a canal in Burgundy near the end of a six-night cruise. My fellow passengers discuss the subtleties of each word. A dictionary pulled from the boat’s library settles the matter. Gourmet, it reads, is “a person ...
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Passengers on cruise ships must leave nothing behind to safeguard the animals and their habitat. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier c 2012)

Communing with Wildlife in Antarctica

It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m in love. The object of my affection sidles up to me, cocks his head and regards me with a flirtatious eye. My heart melts. But hearts are fickle in Antarctica and before my 11-day cruise ends, I give mine to dozens of tuxedo-clad creatures. Penguins are ...
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Overwater bungalow

Cruising around French Polynesia in the South Pacific

I am looking out to a sea that may well stretch interrupted by land for hundreds of miles. White caps are tossing, throwing up frothy confections that I know are several feet high. We barely feel it on our cruise ship, but I am trying to imagine life here in ...
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