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Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony ship

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony ship

 

By John and Sandra Nowlan


More than six million people. At least four million motorcycles. We were each perched on the front of a pedicab, cycling through the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) trying to avoid collisions and blend with the relentless flow of humanity aboard two-wheeled Hondas and Yamahas.

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The Cuba Cruise ship, Louis Cristal

The Cuba Cruise ship, Louis Cristal


by John and Sandra Nowlan


Cuba is not your traditional Caribbean cruise destination. Because of the U.S. embargo, it’s an entirely different experience that, until this year, has not been possible. But finally, thanks to a Canadian-based company called Cuba Cruise partnering with a Greek cruise line, travelers can enjoy the authentic Cuba, visiting five ports and interacting with the locals as the cruise ship, Louis Cristal, circumnavigates the island each week.

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