A Look Around the Viking Star Cruise Ship

April 11, 2016

What a view from the Viking Star as the cruise ship sails into the port of Pula, Croatia. Our friends Steve and Tom are sailing on this ship for 50 days throughout Europe from Istanbul to Stockholm. This 930-guest ship from Viking Ocean Cruises is about one year old. An identical ship, the Viking Sea, just […]

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Dining at The Chef’s Table on the Viking Star Cruise Ship

April 5, 2016

Doesn’t this Spicy Tuna Tataki look delicious? It’s the first course of a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings at The Chef’s Table, one of the alternative dining experiences on the 930-guest Viking Star cruise ship from Viking Ocean Cruises. Our friends Ken and Fred are sailing on the Viking Star cruise ship throughout Europe, from Istanbul […]

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Non-Alcoholic Drink Packages on Holland America Line Cruises

March 24, 2016

We received a question from Dave S. about beverage options while sailing on a Holland America Line cruise ship to Alaska this summer: I looked at the Holland America website for info on non-alcoholic drink package and didn’t find anything. I wondered how coffees and soda drinks are charged? Beverages included in Holland America Line Cruise Fares Guests on […]

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Exploring Makassar, Indonesia by Taxi

March 18, 2016

In 2013, while sailing on a short segment of the Holland America Grand World Voyage, I visited Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The port city of Makassar is also known as Ujung Pandang — which is also the name of the pre-colonial fortress in the city that dates to 1545. The original fortress was built by the Gowa Dynasty. The […]

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