Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sail Away Sunday–See the World (for a lot less!)

Another rain-drenched Sunday morning in the Seattle area has us dreaming of sun-drenched far-away places. . .the South Pacific. . .a luxury cruise ship. . .ahh, (sigh) yes, that’s where we’d be today.

And we are – in a manner of speaking – thanks to a feature article I wrote that appears in today’s Seattle Times Travel Section.

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Tahiti's Black Sand Beaches were as spectacular as the views from them

There’s no better time than now to start shopping for some great cruise deals. I  tell you where to look for them in the package of articles about repositioning cruises I wrote for the Seattle Times today.

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Pape'ete our first port of call as seen from our Celebrity Solstice ship

There are exotic ports of call to be discovered inexpensively from the ease and comfort of a cruise ship on what the industry calls a repositioning cruise; when ships are moved from one part of the world to another for a new season of sailing. 

That was the type of cruise we took last fall on the Celebrity Solstice, a cruise that introduced us to French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia. (In fact the reverse of that cruise, 18 days, is only $2,400 per person on one of the sites I list in the article.)

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And a list --that’s designed to tempt  those in the Pacific Northwest in particular -- of some great repositioning cruises – ranging from overnighters to 30+ days that will arrive and in the fall, depart from Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia

Click this link to the story at Seattle Times Travelthere are great deals out there just waiting to be booked! 

Happy Travels! And a big welcome to our new followers and subscribers – and thanks to you all for the time you spend with us.

We are off to do some winter storm watching on the Washington Coast – how about you? Off exploring this week?


  1. Back in Seattle already? I did click over and read your Seattle Times story - great job, Jackie! Woo hoo! Big smiles here from us for you! It's a dreary day here and we are just laying low :)

  2. Thanks so much Mike! I appreciate the time you spent doing that. . .and I can feel the warmth of those two smiles coming through the blogosphere!

  3. Winter storm watching sounds amazing. :-) This weekend Bear and I watched Autumn wind storms, went thrift store shopping, and did projects together. It was lovely. :-)

    1. Okay so typical of Washington State: sun was out, temps near 60 and beautiful -- no storm watching, but great beach walks!

  4. Hi Jackie,

    Just popped over the Seattle Times article and wanted to leave a comment but had to log in as a user, etc...Anyway, just wanted to let you know that it was beautifully written with so much useful information for those who are planning their voyages on the open seas! You have gained so much experience from your many travels and it is amazing that you share it with the world!

    If I don't touch base with you before Thursday, have a lovely week! I'm scheduled to leave for Toronto on that morning, but this being Greece, a strike has been announced, of course, for the 13th and 14th of this month. Needless to say, I'm angry and upset as I like to be organized and this just creates anxiety for me.

    Take care!


    1. Oh thank you for the wonderful comment about the article, Poppy! Good luck on getting out on Thursday - we've experienced strikes in Italy and France and no first hand, that they can disrupt the best laid of travel plans. Let us know when you safely arrive in Toronto! Safe travels~ Jackie xx

  5. great article in the newspaper. I have never been on a cruise. I would like to do one in a tall ship.
    Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

    1. And the same thank you back at you,Jill! Appreciate your visit. Enjoy your week


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