Fantastic Waterways – New York City

There is no such thing as a mid-day arrival after a Transatlantic passage into the harbor of New York City and therefore a bucket list item for everyone! I remember how disappointed we were upon check-in in Southampton, that our scheduled overnight stay on the Bermudas had to be cancelled due to heavy storms over the Atlantic Ocean. And that the ship had to evade towards Madeira instead. But what was a tremendous frustration at first sight, turned out to be a marvelous day-time experience that most cruisers do not get to see when crossing the Atlantic. Continue reading

Princess Cruises | Royal Princess Ship Tour

Ship visits are a great way to experience a certain product at first hand to see wherever the vessel suits the personal preferences or not. And what city could be more perfect to explore Princess Cruises´ luxurious Royal Princess than the romantic Venice in Italy? Admittedly, I could have thought of more inviting weather conditions, but on the other hand just the typical winter day here in Venezia. Welcome aboard! Continue reading

Charlotte, NC | City Sightseeing by Camera

Charlotte in North Carolina combines all the amenities of a modern city with the hospitality and lifestyle of the Southern soul. In other words, it is so much more than simply a name on the map or the home to the mighty Bank of America.  Continue reading

San Francisco | AAM – Asian Art Museum

Another place in San Francisco that is not only a pleasure to visit in terms of Beaux Art architecture is the Asian Art Museum, just across the street from City Hall. Over 2,000 collectibles from all the major cultures of Asia take you on a magical journey through history, lifestyle and arts of each individual heritage. And until 4 February 2018, dive into extraordinary Korean fashion inspiration in the special exhibition “Couture Korea”. Continue reading

San Francisco | City Hall Extravaganza

The “Palace of the People”. This is what city hall is nicknamed by San Franciscans, and it´s true! If you ever make your way to the “City by the Bay”, you will miss out if you do not pay visit to one of the most beautiful landmarks that Frisco has to offer! Continue reading

Charleston | Andrew Pinckney Inn

Looking for a cosy and romantic retreat in a familiar atmosphere in one of the USA´s most poetic seaside towns? Charleston in South Carolina is always worth a trip. But staying at this adorable weekend escape makes it simply perfect. Continue reading

New York | Christmas Lights – The Best of the Big Apple

During Xmas time, there are only few destinations around the world that attract travelers like moths are attracted by the light. And one of them, by far, is New York City. But even if the Big Apple surely is one of the most stressful pre-holiday shopping paradises, it offers some of the most extraordinary Xmas decorations around. And those will transfer even the grumpiest grinches into this merry and mellow Xmas spirit that makes this time of year so special. Continue reading

Empress of the Seas | 4 Days Eastern Caribbean

It was a warm Thursday noon when we boarded the shuttle bus from our airport hotel towards the port. The Empress was waiting at Terminal G, the closest to downtown Miami and I was surprised how tiny she actually looked in direct comparison with the building itself and the other ships in port. We had sailed on the larger Majesty of the Seas a few years ago, so this would actually be a small ship experience for my partner and me. Continue reading

I lost my heart in … Key West …

Even though we all love to travel everywhere and anytime, there are only a few places  in the world that one can instantly relate to or even feel right at home at. Key West would become one of these places to me as I found out during a recent mini cruise aboard Royal Caribbean´s Empress of the Seas. Continue reading