Cruising? No, thanks, not yet.

The global cruise industry expected to carry 32 million passengers and taken $71 billion in revenue this year. This will fall by at least 50% this year. Euromonitor International According to a recent article in USA Today, cruising has been postponed until September 15, but there are a lot of us former fans who won’t…

My First Anniversary

One year ago, on May 5, 2019, my heart stopped beating at I arrived by ambulance to Amsterdam´s OLVG Emergency Room. I had been aboard the Holland America Nieuw Statendam as it prepared to continue its cruise, which had thus far carried us from Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam, on to the fjords of Norway. As…

Rethinking Cruising

In February, cruise ships became an early symbol of how rapidly the coronavirus could spread in confined spaces, when more than 700 passengers on the Diamond Princess became infected as the ship idled off Japan. As social distancing grew more common in February and early March, cruises were among the first activities Americans started avoiding.David…

Russia: no longer the Bad Guy?

Before our cruise ship arrived at the port of St. Petersburg in 2017, Russia had been in the American headlines for months. That wasn't unusual: its predecessor, the Soviet Union, made headlines all the time during my father's Foreign Service career promoting American democracy to stem the tide of Communism. The Russians were the Bad…