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20 December 2018:
Going Bi-Coastal:
Silver Whisper from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Welcome aboard. We’re heading out today from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the east coast of the United States to the west coast.

At the time of the California Gold Rush that began in 1849, this sort of journey would have taken months and been an exceptionally dangerous journey.

There were three routes back then:

By wagon train across the vast North American continent, traversing desert and mountains and through sometimes hostile homelands.

By ship from New York, Boston, or the Gulf Coast to a port in Panama or Nicaragua and then a treacherous and difficult crossing of the isthmus to the west coast where a second ship would take travelers up north to California.

Or, the long sea voyage down and around the bottom of South America at Cape Horn and then back up the coast.

None of the options was attractive. Heat, cold, rough seas, insect-borne diseases, unfriendly locals.

All that changed in 1914 with the opening of the Panama Canal, one of the greatest engineering and logistical projects of all time. The canal is still in service, little changed from its original layout; additional sets of wider and longer locks were added a few years ago, like new entryways to an existing highway.

And that is the path we will follow. Silver Whisper, fresh out of the shipyard where she underwent a major facelift, will sail first to Cartagena, Colombia near the top of South America. From there we will pass through the Panama Canal on Christmas Day.

Once we are in the Pacific Ocean, we will head northwest up the coast, with stops at Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; the Mexican ports of Puerto Chiapas and Cabo San Lucas, and then into California in the United States for calls at San Diego and our ultimate destination of San Francisco.

Here’s our plan:

I hope you will follow me here in these pages.

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13 October 2017:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
Musings on a Grand Voyage

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Welcome aboard for the start of the Grand Voyage of Silversea’s beautiful new flagship, Silver Muse.

We’re heading southwest from Fort Lauderdale, with a first stop at the quirky semi-independent somewhat incredible, and always enjoyable Key West, the southernmost point of the mainland of the United States. It will be our last touch of the U.S.  for more than two months.

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From there it will be westward to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, where we we will perform final weights and measures before Silver Muse makes her first transit of the Panama Canal, the pathway between the seas.

When we reach the Pacific, we’ll head south down the coast of South America with calls in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile on the first leg of our voyage.

Here’s our plan for the first segment of the Grand Voyage:

The second leg will go down to the bottom of the continent, with closeup encounters with the fjords and icefields of Laguna San Rafael and Garibaldi Glacier. After rounding the Strait of Magellan. we’ll start heading north with a scheduled call at the Falkland Islands on our way to Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

And the third part of the trip will take us to seven stops in Brazil, including some less-known places and one of the most famous places of the deep south, Rio de Janeiro. From there we make an arrival…and a departure…from the famous French prison island of Devil’s Island.

I hope you’ll join me here throughout.

All photos and text Copyright 2017 by Corey Sandler, all rights reserved.

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

Here’s where to order an electronic copy for immediate delivery:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IA9QTBM

Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF ONE OF MY BOOKS,  PLEASE CONTACT ME.

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16 Jan 2017:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA:
Circling Back

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Back in the U.S.A., and headed home to rinse the sand from our toes.

We wish guests safe travels, and  look forward to seeing them again somewhere on this wondrous, aqueous sphere.

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We’ll be back in May on Silver Wind for a peripatetic tour: the Mediterranean, a circle of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and then a jaunt up the west coast of Norway. We will twice sail up the River Thames and through the Tower Bridge, a feat that only a few cruise ships are able to accomplish. I hope you’ll join me here.

Text and images copyright 2017 by Corey Sandler. All rights reserved. If you would like to purchase a high-resolution image, please contact me.

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Hudson Book Cover

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

Here’s where to order an electronic copy for immediate delivery:

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5 Jan 2017:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA:
Out to Sea

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Welcome aboard for Silver Spirit‘s first full cruise of 2017, with hopes for a happy, healthy, and peaceable new year.

I’ll be posting photos and stories here throughout the cruise. Here’s our plan:

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The first two days will be at sea, as we head southeast from Florida.

Our initial port of call will be San Juan, Puerto Rico. From there to the tres chic port of Gustavia on the island of Saint Barts.

So that means Cuban-influenced American Florida to Spanish-American Puerto Rico and then Swedish-French Saint Barts.

But wait, there’s more. On to English-French Saint Kitt’s, then English Antigua and Tortola. We’ll then move north to the Dominican Republic, the Spanish-speaking country shared with the French-speaking nation of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.

The final stop on this sojourn will be Grand Turk in the semi-independent nation of Turks and Caicos, a British dependency that uses (and very much reveres) the U.S. Dollar.

Welcome aboard.

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Text and images copyright 2017 by Corey Sandler. All rights reserved. If you would like to purchase a high-resolution image, please contact me.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF ONE OF MY BOOKS, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

SEE THE “How to Order a Photo or Autographed Book” TAB ON THIS PAGE FOR INSTRUCTIONS

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Hudson Book Cover

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

Here’s where to order an electronic copy for immediate delivery:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IA9QTBM

29 January 2016
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Turnaround to the Eastern Caribbean

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Welcome aboard. We’re heading out on a cruise that samples almost every one of the many imported and native cultures of the eastern Caribbean: British, Spanish, Swedish, French, Dutch, and American.

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Some of the residents of the Key West Aquarium in Florida 

From Fort Lauderdale, we sail to Grand Turk island in the British territory of Turks and Caicos.

Next, we’re on to the tourist enclave of Samana in the Dominican Republic, on the Spanish side of the island of Hispaniola, a place that also holds the much-less-developed nation of Haiti. I’ll talk a bit about theories why two nations on the same island are so different in my lecture aboard ship.

From Samana, Silver Wind heads to Road Town on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. This is another playground of the Caribbean, with an interesting hodgepodge of history and arrivistes.

Next is Philipsburg, Sint-Maarten, the Dutch capital of the island that is shared with the French (who call their half St-Martin.)

Then on to Gustavia on the oh-so-tony island of Saint-Barthélemy, known to most as Saint Bart’s, and to many as one of the essential stopovers on the social global circuit: Saint Bart’s, San Tropez, Monte Carlo, Nantucket. The name of the capital and port, Gustavia, is a reminder of the one-time presence of the Swedish on the island; today it is tres, tres French.

And then we conclude at San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a very Spanish culture within the political and cultural bounds of an American territory.

Here’s our plan:

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Copyright 2016 by Corey Sandler

 

 

18 January 2016
From the Gold Coast to the Mayan Coast

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Welcome aboard. We’re headed south by southwest from Florida’s Gold Coast to Mexico’s Mayan Coast, and then back by way of the Offshore Bank and the Conch Republic.

Allow me to explain.

We depart Fort Lauderdale aboard Silversea’s handsome Silver Wind headed first for the Mexican resort of Cozumel along the dead end of the Gulf of Mexico. And then we make a visit at Costa Maya, another tourist playground, a small place with a large history in the ancient cultures of Mexico.

From there we continue south along the Gulf Coast to the somewhat-less-visited port of Belize City in the somewhat-obscure nation of Belize (a former Imperial colony known as British Honduras until 1973). Belize is the only nation in Central America where the official language is English, albeit with a strong influence of Spanish and Creole.

After then to the island of Roatan in the nation now known as Honduras, before then as Spanish Honduras. It also was known as the original “Banana Republic”, a not-complimentary nickname bestowed on the nation and the region by an American writer in 1904.

We turn away from the coast to head to George Town, Grand Cayman–a most unlikely address for a large number of banks, accounting firms, lawyers, and multinational companies that come to worship the sun and very liberal taxation and regulatory schemes. There are some lovely beaches, too.

And finally, we have ahead of us an overnight at the very quirky port of Key West in Florida, the southernmost point in the continental United States. Just about anything goes here, and in fact the place even tried to go away from the mother country, an effort memorialized by Conch Republic flags.

I’ll be writing more about each of these ports in upcoming blogs. Here’s our plan:

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Copyright 2016, Corey Sandler.

16 APRIL 2015
 Fort Lauderdale, Florida: California Bound

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

California, here we come.

We begin a new cruise today, headed toward the north coast of South America at Cartagena, Colombia and then through the passage between the seas to the Pacific Ocean.

I’ve been through the Panama Canal more times than I can remember, and I look forward to the trip again and again. Especially coming from the Atlantic side, the sight of a large cargo or cruise ship sitting 80 feet above you on the top step of a watery ladder is something you do not forget.

After we reach the Pacific, we will turn north and make calls in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and then arrive in California: San Diego and finally the spectacular city of San Francisco.

Welcome aboard.

Here’s our plan:

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3 APRIL 2015
 Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Heading for a Bermuda Triangle

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Welcome aboard once again.

Silver Shadow is on her way to an unusual itinerary heading up the southeast coast of the United States to Savannah in Georgia, Charleston in South Carolina, Morehead City in North Carolina, and Norfolk in Virginia.

And then we will make a right turn, heading east for a three-day visit to Bermuda. We’ll complete the third leg of our Bermuda Triangle with a stop at Nassau before returning to Fort Lauderdale in two weeks.

I have it on good authority that the Bermuda Triangle actually used to be a Rectangle…before one side mysteriously disappeared.

Here’s our itinerary, which I fully expect we will complete:

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16-17 January, 2015
 Floating on a Cloud into the Caribbean

Silversea Silver Cloud from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Bridgetown, Barbados

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

After a vacation at home for the holidays, we’re back on the Cloud for a journey to the southern Caribbean and, on later cruises, to South America and up the amazing Amazon River.

We sail from Fort Lauderdale, with our first stop the bustling island of Nassau where we will not be alone.

This cruise includes several of the obvious suspects: well-known places like Nassau, San Juan, St. Barts, and Sint Maarten. Not that there’s anything wrong with them; they are well-known for good reason.

But there are also some less-visited gems including the lush green islands of Dominica, St. Lucia, and Barbados.

I’ll be posting photos and commentary throughout; I hope you’ll join me here.

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