Cruising the Sea of Cortez on a Small Boat UnCruise Adventure

Isla San Franciscquito in the Sea of Cortez Baja Mexico

“Here they come!” Racing toward us a huge pod of dolphins is eager to ride the bow waves, their dorsal fins slicing through the Sea of Cortez like hot knives through butter. Propelled by the swell, they weave in and around each other with the deftness of a con man’s shell game. One cheeky dolphin […]

Swimming with Sea Lions? Absolutely! (Video)

Sea Lions swimming near Isla Espiritu Santos?

As the baby sea lions swim past me, banking, rolling, diving, zooming around in loop de loops like Hotwheels on a track, I am sure of one thing, even if this UnCruise adventure sucked (which it doesn’t), the trip would be worth it for this one hour. Los Islotes Near Isla Espiritu Santo We are […]

Holland America’s Alaska Land and Sea Adventure

View of the Eurodam from the Westerdam

I was embarking on the second half of my Holland America Alaska Land and Sea adventure—the “sea” portion of my journey––and I couldn’t help but gape at the 10-deck Westerdam rising above the Seward pier. In the cruise industry, the Westerdam is considered a mid-sized vessel and carries a maximum of 2100 passengers. For me […]

Swimming with Whale Sharks in La Paz, Mexico (Video)

Whale shark under a wave

The idea of swimming with whale sharks made me nervous. I wanted to desperately but the memory of my bizarre reaction to a spinner dolphin in Costa Rica a few years back haunted me, and I was afraid I’d humiliate myself yet again. I’d been completely and utterly irrational. I was in the water near […]

Finding Comfort and Camaraderie on a Maine Windjammer Cruise

View from the bow of the J & E Riggin Windjammer Cruise in Maine. -Windjammer cruise in Maine-715620180706

Except for the gentle lapping of water against the hull, all is quiet and I am as content as I could ever hope to be. I’ve spent the afternoon dining on lobster with new friends, on a deserted beach no less, and now we’re being treated to a beautiful sunset. Susan Land, another guest — […]

Dive Into The Unexpected – A Snorkel Ketchikan Excursion in Alaska

Our group of 10 ready to hit the waves. -On an Alaskan Land + Sea adventure with Holland America, I went on a lot of exciting excursions. One of my favorites: snorkeling in Ketchikan.-IMG_3129

I’m trying desperately to pull on a 7mm wetsuit but it’s clinging to me like a surgical glove. We’d been warned it would take some effort but it’s so absurdly difficult that the other women in the dressing room and I can’t stop laughing. I’m convinced there’s a hidden camera and we’re being filmed for […]

This Amazon River Cruise Will Make You Yearn to be on the Water

Amazon River Cruise Peru -International Expeditions-0998

He looked at us with a mischievous grin and then said it, the phrase we’d learn to finish for him. The phrase that Juan—one of two local naturalists on our Amazon River Cruise in Peru with International Expeditions’ —would say every time we began a new adventure. “My friends, you’re not going to like this … […]