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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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Red, yellow and green Northern Lights

Red, yellow and green Northern Lights

Amazing Lights in a Neverending Night

by Nicolas de Blois

Most vacationers plan winter escapes to avoid inclement weather. Travelers from around the world pack their swimsuits and head to tropical climates with sunny, white-sand beaches. For your next winter retreat, try the opposite. It involves snow-covered mountains cutting the shore, plunging into an icy ocean with awesome light floating in a dark sky peppered with billions of stars, and intense cold. In fact, the dead of winter is an exciting time to travel to the extreme north of Norway.

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