Author Archives: Patricia Dempsey

What Next For The Astor Sisters?

News today that CMV Travel & Leisure Group has purchased Pacific Eden from Carnival Corporation to summer for Transocean Kreuzfahrten in Germany and winter in Australia. This is currently done by Astor so you have to wonder what future she … Continue reading

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Switching Cruise Line Loyalty

One subject I often see these days on various cruising discussion groups is dissatisfaction with a favoured cruise line constantly cutting back onboard and making loyalty a waste of time as they reduce perks. When I began cruising in 2006, … Continue reading

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Happy 70th Astoria!

This little beauty entered service as Stockholm for Swedish America Line on the 21st February 1948, setting sail from Gothenburg to New York. She came to international attention in July 1956 when she and the Andrea Doria collided off Nantucket, … Continue reading

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What is Happening to Cruising?

The latest news about 23 people on Carnival Legend fighting and threatening passengers is very worrying. Security trying to control evidence is even more worrying. The guilty parties were offloaded during a diversion to Eden before getting back on course … Continue reading

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Happy 10th Birthday Queen Victoria!

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer to think of a ship birthday as being from the day they entered service, not when they were named. Cunard used to do that, hence QE2 being 21 in 1990 and doing a … Continue reading

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Cunard Cabin Confinement

With 64 cruises under my belt, I’ve usually been pretty lucky when it comes to requiring medical help onboard, even during a huge norovirus outbreak. That all changed during my 65th and most recent cruise on Queen Victoria from Barcelona … Continue reading

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Saga Goes Retro

When Saga started ocean cruising in 1996, the ships had dark hulls with yellow funnels. After purchase of Bleu de France in 2011, they decided to go with a light blue funnel, the new logo spread across both sides, despite … Continue reading

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