| Apr 6, 2011
Abby Sunderland is sitting barefoot aboard her brother's boat in Marina del Rey on a recent morning, her blond hair fluttering in the light breeze. The only physical evidence of the five months she traveled by herself at sea before her sailboat rolled...
| Dec 26, 2010
Just when you thought cruise lines had done it all — Central Park at sea (on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas) and Cirque du Soleil afloat (on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic) — here comes Disney with a roller coaster aboard the...
| Jan 24, 2011
I'm standing in front of the mirror in our stateroom, looking over my wife's shoulder and tying my black bow tie. It is our first sea day and the first of three formal nights on our leisurely eight-night early January crossing on Cunard Line's spanking-...
| Dec 26, 2010
Americans are venturing out again as they start to shake off the recession. That may be good for their spirits, but it's bad for their bank accounts. As more people travel, flights, cruises and hotel rooms get more expensive. Expect to pay more for your...
| May 22, 2011
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50
Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?"
And now, the question:...
| Aug 1, 2010
To the solo traveler, the four most annoying words in the English language may be "based on double occupancy."
Although the travel industry prefers to think people travel two by two, solo travelers are not an inconsequential demographic. About 25% of all...
| Jul 8, 2011
Joseph Dane probably didn't know that he was injecting valuable lifeblood into the memoir form when he wrote "Dogfish Memory." He was just trying to come to some kind of peace with the fog of remembrance; to stake a defiant pose against death and...
| Aug 7, 2011
Reporting from Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Early morning in a kayak on Linekin Bay. My paddle goes plash-plash. A gull gives me the hairy eyeball to warn me away from its nest. Across the water on the peninsula that ends at Ocean Point, a woman sits like a...
| Jan 22, 2012
The British couple — she in a long black dress, he in a traditional tux — leaned against the elevator's polished wood paneling as they headed back to their cabin after an evening performance in the main showroom. Embarrassed at my casual...
| Jan 22, 2012
Rarely has a city been as in love with a shipping company as Rotterdam, Netherlands, is with the Holland America line.
So July 3, when the 1997 Rotterdam VI left the Netherlands' second-largest city for New York City, the Dutch turned out in force to...
| Feb 18, 2007
Rabbit Island, British Columbia — At the tip-top of an archipelago that stretches down to Washington state, where dozens of tiny, forested islands are traded like rare coins among the rich and impetuous, this 36-acre isle stands as a testament to...