The Wilderness Explorer

Cruise News – February / March 2012

Building on a sold-out 2011 inaugural season in Alaska, InnerSea Discoveries has increased its cruising offerings in Alaska this year with the addition of the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer which will be sailing a new Northern Passages and Glacier Bay itinerary between Juneau and Sitka, Alaska. The ship joins the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer and the 76-guest … Read more

Some Thoughts on the Camino

by Maria Wu First of all, a little personal background. I came to enjoy hiking when I set out to find something interesting to do during the winter in Toronto, and so it was that I came to know a lot of places in Ontario which otherwise I would not have seen.  Branching out, I … Read more

England’s Important Year

You don’t need these pages to tell you that this is a special year for England, with the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in London already reported extensively in the Canadian press.  And you don’t necessarily have to be a staunch monarchist to realize that the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, to be held on … Read more

International Tourism Statistics for 2011

For those of you who love number-crunching, here are a few statistics from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) now that 2011 is over.  International tourist arrivals grew by over 4% in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.  With growth expected to continue in 2012, if at a … Read more


Dear Ann The other day I was looking through some old e-mails and came across our exchange about self-drive canal boat trips in Europe and your suggestion that, if we felt unable to self drive any longer, we could perhaps take a scheduled canal cruise on a larger boat.  My wife and I have talked … Read more

Kingston Getaway

Although I have lived in Ontario most of my life I had an admission to make: I had never visited our long-ago capital – Kingston.  And although a proud Canadian, I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance. When I mentioned these omissions over the course of the last year, my grown children must … Read more


Comparing Dollars And ‘Points’

Another note from our cruise guru: Gayle and I have just booked a Europe “Christmas Market” River Cruise for November/December, 2012. Our airfare, economy, with routing i) day flight Air Canada to London Heathrow, ii) next day direct flight Swiss Air to Zurich, and iii) return direct day flight Austrian Airlines from Vienna to Toronto … Read more

Two American Getaways

Does catching an early glimpse of Spring appeal?  If so, perhaps you’d like to plan a getaway to Philadelphia during the period 6 – 13 March.  Those are the dates set for the Philadelphia International Flower Show.  This Flower Show is America’s premier horticultural event, an award-winning destination consistently ranked in North America’s Top 100 … Read more