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Viking River Cruises celebrates 20 years in 2017

Viking River Cruises celebrates 20 years in 2017

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

Since it’s the end of the year, I’m already unfolding my river cruise brochures to plan for the forthcoming European river cruise season — and it’s shaping up to be a great one. There are new itineraries, new ships, and […]

Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Pop Forecast for Jan. 15: 12 Strong, The Assassination of Gianni Versace and more

Pop Forecast for Jan. 15: 12 Strong, The Assassination of Gianni Versace and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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Pop Forecast for Nov. 20: Coco, Marvel’s Runaways and more

Pop Forecast for Nov. 20: Coco, Marvel’s Runaways and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

Silversea adds to its vessel, itinerary lineup

Silversea adds to its vessel, itinerary lineup

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Silversea, as the luxury line gears up to take delivery of a brand new ship, convert an existing ship into an ice-strengthened expedition vessel, and debut a host of new itineraries […]

Carnival shakes up voyages in 2018

Carnival shakes up voyages in 2018

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

I’m a huge fan of Carnival Cruise Line, which lately has been going full-tilt in the good news department. First, the line committed to substantially expanding its Long Beach, California cruise terminal, and now the line has announced some exciting […]

Carnival cruises into Cuba

Carnival cruises into Cuba

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

HAVANA, Cuba — Carnival Cruise Line began sailing to Cuba for the first time in its 45-year history back in June, with Carnival Paradise setting out from Tampa, Fla., to the historic city of Havana. I hopped aboard the 2,052-guest […]

MSC plots 2019 North America, Caribbean voyages

MSC plots 2019 North America, Caribbean voyages

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ canada.com

This week, I have to give a tip of the hat to MSC Cruises, which has just announced three new itineraries from New York for the spectacular new MSC Meraviglia (mer-a-veel-eah) when she arrives on the shores of North America […]

How to Buy a Baby a new web series that finds humour in infertility

How to Buy a Baby a new web series that finds humour in infertility

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Answer: “Hahahaha! That’s hilarious!” Question: What’s the most inappropriate response to a loved one who tells you they’re struggling with infertility? Or, maybe it’s not. The new comedic web series How to Buy a Baby suggests as much, as it […]

Global Voices: Beware of hidden messages in memes

Global Voices: Beware of hidden messages in memes

by Marc Kielburger & Craig Kielburger @ canada.com

A man gapes over his shoulder at the pretty girl who just passed him on the street. Beside him, his girlfriend glares in outrage. The punchline is in the captions: the head-turner is the new iPhone X, while the jilted […]

No time like now to book that cold-weather cruise

No time like now to book that cold-weather cruise

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

Being that we’ve barely entered summer, it might sound strange to start thinking about winter vacations. But this is exactly the time to start planning for that cold-weather getaway. Not only does booking early give you prime choice over itinerary […]

Encore+ a new YouTube channel for retro CanCon

Encore+ a new YouTube channel for retro CanCon

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Vintage Canadian films and television shows are finding new life in the digital age. Several key media companies have teamed up for Encore+, a YouTube channel that streams shows including Da Vinci’s Inquest and The Littlest Hobo for free. Already, […]

Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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Silver Muse sets new direction for Silversea

Silver Muse sets new direction for Silversea

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

I was in Quebec City a few weeks ago to hop aboard Silversea’s new Silver Muse  for the day. The 596-guest luxury ship was making its inaugural call on Quebec before heading to Montreal at the end of her maiden […]

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Global Voices: Maybe 2017 wasn’t as bad as you think

Global Voices: Maybe 2017 wasn’t as bad as you think

by Marc Kielburger & Craig Kielburger @ canada.com

Last December, the words “dumpster fire” captured a prevailing sentiment for end-of-year reflection. We were hoping to put the extinguisher away in 2017. In the face of civil wars, natural disasters and a Nazi rebrand bringing marches to the streets, […]

Holland America bound for Cuba

Holland America bound for Cuba

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

  New sailings for Nieuw Statendam, pair of Vista-class vessels also on line’s voyage agenda   It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Holland America Line (cruise.center/holland) — so much so that this is the third time I’m updating […]

Pop Forecast for Jan. 8: The Commuter, The Launch and more

Pop Forecast for Jan. 8: The Commuter, The Launch and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” but these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, here is what’s […]

New Carnival vessel on the Horizon

New Carnival vessel on the Horizon

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ canada.com

It’s exciting times for Carnival Cruise Line. The line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, just completed its sea trials earlier this month in the Adriatic Sea, and is one step closer to its April debut in Barcelona. The 3,974-guest […]

Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back)

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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Holland America to debut new Explorations Central concept aboard Westerdam

Holland America to debut new Explorations Central concept aboard Westerdam

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

It’s no secret that Holland America Line is sending its 2004-built Westerdam into drydock in the spring. What was a secret, however, is that the line plans to use the drydock to roll out a brand-new innovation that was just […]

Pop Forecast for Dec. 11: Star Wars The Last Jedi, Wormwood and more

Pop Forecast for Dec. 11: Star Wars The Last Jedi, Wormwood and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

Books for kids: Ice capades

Books for kids: Ice capades

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Bernie Goedhart I’m not a skater. By the time I strapped on skates as an adult it was clear that I would never shine on the ice. But I love to watch people skate — especially people who move with […]

Flour Power host Jessica McGovern keeps desserts retro and fun

Flour Power host Jessica McGovern keeps desserts retro and fun

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Of all the hobbies filling Jessica McGovern’s time — acting, singing, dancing, playing piano and kung fu — she chose in her new TV series to focus on the one that would cause her dad the most duress: baking desserts. […]

Freddie Highmore praises feel-good optimism of The Good Doctor

Freddie Highmore praises feel-good optimism of The Good Doctor

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Freddie Highmore sees the good in everybody — even serial killers like Norman Bates, one of the most notorious murderers in cinematic history. “I always thought that Norman was still somehow endearing and likable, as opposed to this horrible, nasty […]

Global Voices: How Barâa Arar found herself through activism

Global Voices: How Barâa Arar found herself through activism

by Marc Kielburger & Craig Kielburger @ canada.com

Barâa Arar was five years old when her father, Maher, was taken. Back then, she didn’t know he’d been detained by American authorities on a stopover in New York and sent back to Syria, the country of his birth, instead […]

European river cruises get a makeover

European river cruises get a makeover

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

I probably shouldn’t admit this since I’m a purveyor of all things cruise, but I really like river cruising. Europe, Asia, North America – the destination isn’t so important. River cruising is just an incredible, immersive vacation that offers all […]

Celebrity Cruises offers fascinating one-off voyages from Vancouver

Celebrity Cruises offers fascinating one-off voyages from Vancouver

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

For those looking to sail from Canada Place this year, Celebrity Cruises has a couple of fascinating voyages lined up in addition to the company’s full season of cruises to Alaska. First up is a nine-night cruise to Alaska that […]

Carnival Vista kicks off newest season of Mighty Cruise Ships

Carnival Vista kicks off newest season of Mighty Cruise Ships

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

This Sunday (February 12), one of my favorite shows returns to the airwaves. Discovery Canada’s Mighty Cruise Ships sets sail again on Sundays at 7pm eastern, 4pm pacific with six brand-new episodes that highlight some of the most interesting cruise […]

Netflix reveals top shows for Canadians in 2017

Netflix reveals top shows for Canadians in 2017

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

I scream, you scream, we all scream for small screens! Need proof? In 2017, Netflix users around the world watched more than 140 million hours of content from the streaming service per day. The company released a report Monday detailing […]

Wave Season’s perks may mean better deal picks for 2018

Wave Season’s perks may mean better deal picks for 2018

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

Returning from a recent cruise, I sat in the busy terminal in Miami International Airport and decided it was time to answer some reader emails. Most were quite nice, but there were a handful that made me glad I don’t […]

Wave Season’s perks may mean better deal picks for 2018

Wave Season’s perks may mean better deal picks for 2018

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ canada.com

Returning from a recent cruise, I sat in the busy terminal in Miami International Airport and decided it was time to answer some reader emails. Most were quite nice, but there were a handful that made me glad I don’t […]

A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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12 perfect winter songs (plus one super-cool band)

12 perfect winter songs (plus one super-cool band)

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Jim Reyno With this winter now officially the coldest winter of all time on any planet in any galaxy ever (or so it seems), here’s a look at some chilly records over the years. Simon & Garfunkel, Hazy Shade of […]

Pop Forecast for Nov. 6: Murder on the Orient Express, Electric Dreams

Pop Forecast for Nov. 6: Murder on the Orient Express, Electric Dreams

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner MOVIES Big releases on Nov. 10: Daddy’s Home 2; Murder on the Orient Express. Big picture: After settling their personal score in the original comedy, Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) must deal with their intrusive fathers […]

Pop Forecast for Nov. 13: Justice League, Mudbound and more

Pop Forecast for Nov. 13: Justice League, Mudbound and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

Global Voices: Make 2018 count for more

Global Voices: Make 2018 count for more

by Marc Kielburger & Craig Kielburger @ canada.com

Another holiday season of giving is gone. You’ve made your annual donation, and delivered cans to the local food bank. You’ve got your good karma sorted out for the year — right? One-third of charitable donations in Canada are made […]

Head for Paso Robles, California’s ‘other’ great wine region

Head for Paso Robles, California’s ‘other’ great wine region

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Lynne Robson When you tell people you are going to California to pick grapes and that you will be working for free they generally believe you are a) kidding, or b) crazy. To be honest, there were moments when crazy […]

7 tips for self-care during the holidays

7 tips for self-care during the holidays

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

It might not officially be Treat Yo Self day — that Parks and Recreation-inspired celebration that demands you revel in massages, mimosas, fine leather goods and more — but the rigmarole of the holiday season practically demands it. “We’re super-heightened […]

Viator tour in Ho Chi Minh City

Viator tour in Ho Chi Minh City


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With the growth of cruising in Southeast Asia, one of the places attracting more tourists every year is Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon in the former South Vietnam. To visit such a big city for…

Global Voices: Upgrade to the new Neighbourhood Watch

Global Voices: Upgrade to the new Neighbourhood Watch

by Marc Kielburger & Craig Kielburger @ canada.com

After fleeing Syria to settle in Winnipeg early this year, Mannan Hamrasho was beaten and robbed, his children bullied at school, and his new home tagged with racist graffiti. A neighbour, James Favel, got word of the incidents. He rushed […]

Pop Forecast for Dec. 25: All the Money in the World, Doctor Who and more

Pop Forecast for Dec. 25: All the Money in the World, Doctor Who and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

Yes, you can cruise solo and not get soaked

Yes, you can cruise solo and not get soaked

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

When I first started cruising, I typically travelled by myself. But unlike booking flights or a hotel, booking a cruise for one can be an expensive proposition, all because of something known as the “single supplement.” When you book a […]

Holland America Line partners with Oprah on Alaska, onboard programming

Holland America Line partners with Oprah on Alaska, onboard programming

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

Holland America Line unveiled its newest exclusive partnership today with O, The Oprah Magazine, outlining a series of select “Adventure of Your Life” cruises beginning with a special voyage to Alaska on July 15, 2017 that will feature Oprah Winfrey […]

Yule watch these 11 holiday TV specials

Yule watch these 11 holiday TV specials

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

As sure as Rudolph’s red nose is a beacon of cheer, and not the result of some seasonal infection, holiday TV specials abound. There’s something this year for just about everyone: classic films, live productions, musical extravaganzas and even puppy-filled […]

5 tips for holiday donations and volunteering

5 tips for holiday donations and volunteering

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

As Cher Horowitz said in the 1995 cinematic epic Clueless, ’tis a far, far better thing doing stuff for other people. And now, as holiday cheer warms the coldest cockles of our hearts, the time is ripe to give back. […]

Pop Forecast for Jan. 1: The X-Files, Insidious: The Last Key and more

Pop Forecast for Jan. 1: The X-Files, Insidious: The Last Key and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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Pop Forecast for Dec. 18: Jumanji, Gunpowder and more

Pop Forecast for Dec. 18: Jumanji, Gunpowder and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

25 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve around the world

25 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve around the world

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Toodle-oo, 2017! With high hopes for peace and prosperity, good luck and love, people around the world are getting ready to ring in the new year. This is how they’ll be celebrating in 24 countries (and one U.S. territory — […]

LA to Vegas a quirky new comedy set in the sky

LA to Vegas a quirky new comedy set in the sky

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Ed Weeks knows that many annoyances that can happen during a flight — like crying babies, armrest battles or, if you’re Chrissy Teigen, turning around four hours in because someone boarded the wrong plane. But one thing gets him particularly […]

Pop Forecast for Dec. 4: Just Getting Started, The Crown and more

Pop Forecast for Dec. 4: Just Getting Started, The Crown and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

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Global Voices: Holiday customs abound even in outer space

Global Voices: Holiday customs abound even in outer space

by Marc Kielburger & Craig Kielburger @ canada.com

’Twas the night before Christmas In the deep space abyss Not a creature was stirring Except Commander Chris * * * You may not believe in the jolly man who flies around to hand out presents, but on Christmas Eve […]

Scenic Eclipse could usher in a new era of expedition cruising

Scenic Eclipse could usher in a new era of expedition cruising

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

If you like small-ship expedition cruising but don’t want to skimp on little luxuries, get ready: Australian tour and river cruise company Scenic has just cut the steel for its first oceangoing expedition vessel, Scenic Eclipse. Carrying 228 guests, the […]

Annual cruise conference shows small-ship cruising back in a big way

Annual cruise conference shows small-ship cruising back in a big way

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fl.- If you’re planning to take a cruise this year, you’re not alone. That’s the theme of this year’s Seatrade Cruise Global Conference taking place this week at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Centre as the cruise industry gathers […]

Netflix study finds ‘show shame’, travel anxiety among public bingers

Netflix study finds ‘show shame’, travel anxiety among public bingers

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Privacy? What privacy? Back in the day, when TV viewers fancied a little onscreen indulgence — maybe even with a scandalous scene or two — their sole choice was to partake at home, with only the dog around to lay […]

G Adventures delivers great adventure on the Ganges

G Adventures delivers great adventure on the Ganges

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

We called it “high-five village.” Even as I write this, I’m still unsure of where exactly we were. On the surface, it was just a small hamlet on the banks of India’s Ganges River, filled with brick homes clad with […]

Books for Kids: Focus on giving and the holiday season

Books for Kids: Focus on giving and the holiday season

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Bernie Goedhart When you live in a city that still hasn’t seen much snow by late November, it takes some doing to get in the Christmas spirit. Books can help, though — and when it does turn into a winter […]

Plenty of pacific voyages for your sailing adventure

Plenty of pacific voyages for your sailing adventure

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

Cruises to Alaska dominate the offerings, but itineraries also include such destinations as California, Hawaii and Japan   As much as I love travelling overseas to Europe, Asia and abroad, I have to admit that it’s really nice to be […]

An Insider’s Guide to The Saigon River - The Christina's Blog

An Insider’s Guide to The Saigon River - The Christina's Blog


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Here is an insider’s guide to the Saigon River for those curious souls who want to know more about the river.

The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Norwegian Sun bids adieu to Alaska, hello to Cuba and Bahamas

Norwegian Sun bids adieu to Alaska, hello to Cuba and Bahamas

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

Norwegian Cruise Line is shuffling the deck on its 2018 deployments, and there are some exciting developments in store for folks who are planning a cruise to Alaska, the Caribbean and Cuba. Right now, Norwegian has its 2,004-guest Norwegian Sky […]

A festive mixtape of songs for the holidays

A festive mixtape of songs for the holidays

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Making a mixtape is a tricky task. It’s a subtle art of musical ebb and flow and — depending on the theme — can also cover a spectrum of emotions. With Christmas approaching, Postmedia’s Jim Reyno creates his holiday mixtape. […]

A Seine to behold aboard Tauck river cruises

A Seine to behold aboard Tauck river cruises

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

From the Danube to the Rhine, some of the most memorable experiences I’ve had have been on river cruises with Tauck. The Connecticut-based company, which also offers land and small-ship tours, prides itself on its all-inclusive nature and uncommon experiences, […]

Montreal a major ‘turnaround’ port for eastern voyages

Montreal a major ‘turnaround’ port for eastern voyages

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

We’re coming up on what is arguably the best time to visit the Canadian Maritimes. The bulk of Canada and New England cruises operate from late August until late October, and while some purely concentrate on the eastern seaboard, there […]

Total eclipse will be sight to behold at sea

Total eclipse will be sight to behold at sea

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a total eclipse, viewed from the Caribbean Sea. Royal Caribbean (cruise.center/royalcaribbean) is hosting a week-long Caribbean cruise aboard its massive Oasis of the Seas that will take advantage of the total solar eclipse […]

Mary Walsh unveils Hatching, Matching, & Dispatching TV movie

Mary Walsh unveils Hatching, Matching, & Dispatching TV movie

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Mary Walsh insists she’s not obscene. Delightfully profane, sure. Certain to put some pink in your cheek and a tickle in your tummy, even. But flat-out vulgar? No effing way. And when her CBC sitcom Hatching, Matching, & Dispatching debuted […]

Sailing in laid-back style through Montenegro, Indonesia

Sailing in laid-back style through Montenegro, Indonesia

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

I became enamoured with G Adventures earlier this year, when I sailed down India’s Ganges River with the Toronto-based company. It was a spectacular, culturally enriching tour undertaken with a small group of like-minded travellers, all at a price that didn’t […]

Pacific Coast an expedition worth exploring

Pacific Coast an expedition worth exploring

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

  Silversea is sending its 130-guest luxury expedition ship, Silver Explorer, to the Pacific Coast for the first time next year. It’s fantastic news for those who have been curious about Silversea’s long-standing expedition program, but who aren’t enamoured with […]

5 things you might not know about … Elf

5 things you might not know about … Elf

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

Will Ferrell’s jaunty yellow tights. Spaghetti drenched in maple syrup. An impromptu dance routine to Tag Team’s 1993 anthem Whoomp! (There it Is). These are just some of the things that make Elf, the 2003 film about a misfit seeking his […]

Girl power rules at PBS, with three new programs on tap

Girl power rules at PBS, with three new programs on tap

by Melissa Hank @ canada.com

When Naomi Kutin was 10, essentially 97 pounds of pure pluck, she broke a world powerlifting record by hoisting 215 pounds (98 kg), in competition. An Orthodox Jew from New Jersey, she earned the nickname Supergirl and has since set […]

Pop Forecast for Jan. 22: Maze Runner: The Death Cure and more

Pop Forecast for Jan. 22: Maze Runner: The Death Cure and more

by Postmedia News @ canada.com

Chris Lackner “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan sang. But these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, […]

Yes, you can cruise solo and not get soaked

Yes, you can cruise solo and not get soaked

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ canada.com

When I first started cruising, I typically travelled by myself. But unlike booking flights or a hotel, booking a cruise for one can be an expensive proposition, all because of something known as the “single supplement.” When you book a […]

Small-ship expedition becomes a big environmental exploration

Small-ship expedition becomes a big environmental exploration

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

Take a journey through West Coast wonders aboard Outer Shores’ six-passenger Passing Cloud This is one of those cruises I’m almost hesitant to tell you about, for the simple reason that I think it is one of British Columbia’s best-kept […]

New Carnival vessel on the Horizon

New Carnival vessel on the Horizon

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

It’s exciting times for Carnival Cruise Line. The line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, just completed its sea trials earlier this month in the Adriatic Sea, and is one step closer to its April debut in Barcelona. The 3,974-guest […]

How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, Bus, Flights, Boat

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MSC plots 2019 North America, Caribbean voyages

MSC plots 2019 North America, Caribbean voyages

by Aaron Saunders, Ports & Bows @ Ports and Bows – canada.com

This week, I have to give a tip of the hat to MSC Cruises, which has just announced three new itineraries from New York for the spectacular new MSC Meraviglia (mer-a-veel-eah) when she arrives on the shores of North America […]

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