Monday, February 8, 2016

SAVOR THE SEA ON SILVERSEA’S SILVER SPIRIT



PART TWO: WELCOME ASHORE WITH SILVERSEA


BY JANET STEINBERG

In Part One of my last post, CHILLING IS FULFILLING, I showed you how I cruised for the unmitigated pleasure of just cruising…never leaving Silversea’s Silver Spirit for an entire week and loving every minute of it.  Now, in PART TWO, allow me to show you the other side of the coin…how I previously enjoyed Silver Spirit’s shore excursions in all the same ports when I took her same cruise, with an identical itinerary, sometime in the past.

SILVER SPIRIT DOCKED ON MY FIRST CARIBBEAN CRUISE ABOARD SILVER SPIRIT

Monday, January 25, 2016

SAVOR THE SEA ON SILVERSEA’S SILVER SPIRIT



PART ONE: CHILLING IS FULFILLING

BY JANET STEINBERG

Whenever I took a cruise (and I’ve taken over 150), I had always thought about doing nothing…just totally chilling…possibly never leaving the ship.  Yes, I had always dreamed of doing that.  However, “Type A” individual that I am, I have never allowed myself that luxury.   But finally it was time.  I was determined to do it now!   I made up my mind to relax in Florida for a week before the cruise and then just savor the sea and live my dream of traveling like a mermaid. 

 LIVING MY DREAM AS A MERMAID


There would be no rush to leave my Pratesi-sheeted bed in my luxurious 376-square foot Silver Spirit suite…no rush to get out of my plush robe…no rush through my room-service breakfast served to me by a butler on my private teak veranda……and no rush to get on a tour bus

Was I crazy?  Well, please allow me to tell you how my new idea for this 2-week vacation played out.  Then you be the judge.

Monday, January 11, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO: DON’T CALL IT FRISCO


BY  JANET STEINBERG    


"Cities are like gentlemen," the late Will Rogers orated, "they are born, not made.  You are either a city or you are not.  Size has nothing to do with it.  I bet San Francisco was a city from the very first time it had a dozen settlers.”   

THE 1972 TRANSAMERICA BUILDING IS A CITY LANDMARK

The fabled "City by the Bay" carries such an air of sophistication and grandeur that it makes many a larger metropolis seem mundane.  It is a city that takes you for ride on a national landmark (the cable car) and  it is a city that lets you shop 'til you drop.  The hub of the city, Union Square, is one of the chicest, most beautifully groomed plazas in the world and the people hovering around the square are among the chicest, most beautifully groomed people in the world. 

THE CABLE CAR IS A NATIONAL LANDMARK

Monday, December 21, 2015

2015: THE YEAR IN RETROSPECT


BY JANET STEINBERG
 
"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer" 

“Why travel?”  


That is a question I am often asked by those who don’t.  Let me tell you why I choose to travel.  Travel is a magic carpet that will take you to far away places with strange sounding names…to places that you read about in story books and geography texts…to places you could only dream of when you were a child.  A travel experience is one souvenir that you can bring home that will last a lifetime.  It doesn’t rust.  It doesn’t bust.  And it never becomes obsolete.  Hop on my magic carpet and allow me to share with you my favorite souvenirs from 2015.


CRUISE: Starting in Fort Lauderdale, Silversea’s Silver Shadow Atlantic Coastal Cruise sailed me, and 330 passengers from 7 countries, northward to Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Norfolk, Virginia.  As a bonus, she also threw in the islands of Bermuda and the Bahamas…just to make sure my passport didn’t feel slighted.  The cruise was 2454 nautical miles of pure pleasure.  Ah yes, la vie est belle…life is beautiful…on a Silversea cruise.




 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL ON SILVERSEA’S SILVER SHADOW

Monday, December 7, 2015

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: DOING IT UP...DOWN UNDER


BY JANET STEINBERG       
  
It's been called the destination of dreams, the "in" adventure for America's affluent actives.  Call it what you will, Australia, the only country in the world that is also a continent, is not only Down Under--it is also under done. The world's largest island and smallest continent--the land of kangaroos and koalas--is among the last spots on earth to offer unique, unspoiled and hassle-free travel experiences.      

Traveling some 20,000 round-trip miles, across the International Dateline, beneath the Equator, below the Tropic of Capricorn and through 9 time zones will reveal to you the many faces of amiable Australia...the oldest of continents...the newest of nations.                          
Wherever your Australian itinerary may take you---from the Great Barrier Reef to Ayers Rock---all roads lead to Sydney.      

You cannot escape the presence of the sea in Sydney, a vibrant sprawling metropolis of more than 3 million people.  The harbor is breathtakingly dominated by the gracefully arched Harbour Bridge ("The Coathanger") and the soaring sails of the $102 million Sydney Opera House ("The Other Taj Mahal"). 


GRACEFULLY ARCHED HARBOUR BRIDGE (“THE COATHANGER”)