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Travel Jeopardy
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Travel Jeopardy

Steve Leland - September 22, 2020

“I’ll take 2020 Travel Potpourri for $200 Alex” Answer: In 2020 ‘’It’ brought the travel industry to a standstill. Question: What is COVID-19? “2020 Travel Potpourri for…

Not Guilty!
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Not Guilty!

Steve Leland - August 25, 2020

I’m pretty sure that we all glossed over the chapter on the rules for pandemic survival in the master plan of life. Regardless of our innocence and…

The Northern Sights of Norway
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The Northern Sights of Norway

Steve Leland - August 3, 2020

Savvy cruisers with a penchant for upscale travel will find a treasure trove of destinations to choose from in Seabourn Cruise Line’s catalogue of globetrotting itineraries. Few,…

South Seas Trifecta
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South Seas Trifecta

Steve Leland - July 21, 2020

In a land far, far away — from Porthole HQ, at least — lies the down under continent of Australia, flanked on the southeast by New Zealand…

It Must Be Something In The Water
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It Must Be Something In The Water

Steve Leland - July 16, 2020

CruisinSit down with anyone who has worked on a cruise ship and you will inevitably hear stories about 7 day work weeks and long hours. On the…

“Cruising” California By Land
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“Cruising” California By Land

Steve Leland - June 25, 2020

What appeared to be a brief pause in cruising at the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown has turned into a wanderlust nightmare. For three months we’ve had…

Vacationing in Porto Back Yarda
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Vacationing in Porto Back Yarda

Steve Leland - June 16, 2020

As the return of cruising seems to be within reach, it’s time to mitigate lockdown loneliness.  My brother Nick Leland sets it up perfectly in the song…

Cruising Will Return…But When is the Question
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Cruising Will Return…But When is the Question

Steve Leland - June 10, 2020

I’m not one to moan about inconveniences, but take away my life’s passion and I’m likely to go off the deep end. Take away the ability to…

The Last Man Cruising
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The Last Man Cruising

Steve Leland - April 14, 2020

Not one to cancel plans, travel guru Steve Leland decided to press on with his plans to explore the coast of Australia with True North Adventure Cruises…

Cruising in 2019, It’s A Wrap!
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Cruising in 2019, It’s A Wrap!

Steve Leland - December 30, 2019

Just when you think the world of cruising can’t get any better, along comes a new ship with novel ideas, incredible amenities and destinations that are virtually…

Millennial River Cruise Simplicity of U by Uniworld
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Millennial River Cruise Simplicity of U by Uniworld

Steve Leland - November 7, 2019

Although their names — The A and The B — couldn’t be more generic, these brainchild river cruise vessels of U by Uniworld couldn’t be more robust.…

Emirates Evolution
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Emirates Evolution

Steve Leland - September 20, 2019

The tiny Arabian peninsula of the United Arab Emirates is best known for the ambitious reputations of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But let’s be honest: you would…

The True Colors of Greenland
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The True Colors of Greenland

Steve Leland - May 22, 2019

The chartered plane had left Copenhagen in the twilight of a Baltic summer night, but four hours and four time zones later, the brilliance of Greenland’s endless…

Mighty Fine River Rhine Aboard <i>AmaPrima</i>
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Mighty Fine River Rhine Aboard AmaPrima

Steve Leland - April 15, 2019

The dominant narrative of river cruising consistently touches on the all-inclusive nature of the experience. The intimate camaraderie, complimentary excursions, fascinating villages, and delicious cuisine all make…

Traveling to Bhutan, The Land Of The Thundering Dragon
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Traveling to Bhutan, The Land Of The Thundering Dragon

Steve Leland - March 28, 2019

Following curiosity as opposed to guidebook spiels, I embrace the deep rooted impulse to get ahead of the crowd and visit stimulating destinations.  Venturing to the far…

The Best Street Eats in Kolkata
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The Best Street Eats in Kolkata

Steve Leland - March 12, 2019

The gritty metropolis of Kolkata, India, displays a raucous, kinetic image framed by the Ganges River, a navigational artery directly connected to the country’s heart and soul. …

The Return Of Nile River Cruising
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The Return Of Nile River Cruising

Steve Leland - March 6, 2019

The Nile, referred to as the Father of African Rivers, has always been an essential conduit of life for Egypt, both in agricultural and tourism activity.  Cruises…

Sailing Indonesia With Star Clippers
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Sailing Indonesia With Star Clippers

Steve Leland - February 8, 2019

Cruising on a cruise ship holds the inherent promise of a dream come true, but sailing on a sailing vessel is an experience of sheer fantasy. Sailing…

Steve Abroad: Recapping a WILD 2018
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Steve Abroad: Recapping a WILD 2018

Steve Leland - January 2, 2019

As a feature writer for Porthole Cruise Magazine, I spent a great deal of 2018 at sea.  While mainstream cruising is covered in great detail by writers…

Five Fave Adventure Tours in Southeast Asia
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Five Fave Adventure Tours in Southeast Asia

Steve Leland - December 4, 2018

As if travel to Southeast Asia isn’t exciting enough, there have been enormous strides to develop shore excursions that appeal to the adventurous spirit of both young…

Food To Thai Me Over
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Food To Thai Me Over

Steve Leland - November 15, 2018

Thai food has long held a special place in my professed obsession with searching for ultimate culinary bliss.  It is definitely my ‘go to’ ethnic food. Who…

A Star Performance
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A Star Performance

Steve Leland - October 10, 2018

Cruise line reputations are generally established on a wide range of subjective criteria: culinary creativity, elegant luxury, superior service, engaging itineraries, top-notch entertainment, and high-tech vessels. While…

China’s River Run
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China’s River Run

Steve Leland - October 1, 2018

Given that travel to China involves more than the short hop and skip to domestic cruise ports in the U.S., it makes sense to plan a detailed…

Tips for Choosing the Best Cruise Vacation
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Tips for Choosing the Best Cruise Vacation

Steve Leland - August 8, 2018

Choosing your dream cruise involves some planning, knowledge and soul searching. What exactly do you expect from your experience? Are you looking to set a course for…

Expedition Cruise Eats
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Expedition Cruise Eats

Steve Leland - August 6, 2018

People always ask me, “What is the food like on a seventeen day expeditionary cruise?”.  Well, to be honest no one has actually asked me that, yet,…

Nice Rice: The Many Flavors of Indonesian Cuisine
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Nice Rice: The Many Flavors of Indonesian Cuisine

Steve Leland - July 14, 2018

Indonesian cuisine has always been one of my favorites since my first exposure to it on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.  Why Curaçao you ask....(You did ask…

Cruise Connection: Peruvian Perfection
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Cruise Connection: Peruvian Perfection

Steve Leland - July 13, 2018

Under normal circumstances, one would be hard pressed to find any commonality between intrepid exploration of the Amazon, luxury cruising, and culinary creativity. Then again, cruising with…

Ooo La La, On The Move To France
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Ooo La La, On The Move To France

Steve Leland - June 23, 2018

I’m onto the France vacation segment of this summer’s epic cruise and travel adventure, so it’s Arrivederci, Roma and after a two hour flight, it’s Bienvenue, France.…

Enticed by the Flavors of Abruzzo
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Enticed by the Flavors of Abruzzo

Steve Leland - June 14, 2018

To my throngs of ardent Porthole Cruise followers (both of you!), you know I love to expound on regional foods.  Well, it’s been two days since I…

La Dolce Vita Cruising: An Italian Vacation
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La Dolce Vita Cruising: An Italian Vacation

Steve Leland - May 31, 2018

Italy. The land of pizza, Pisa and pasta.  I’m about to start my annual pilgrimage to my adopted, de facto homeland and can’t help but wonder why…

Making Tracks To Machu Picchu
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Making Tracks To Machu Picchu

Steve Leland - May 29, 2018

Any travel to Peru is certain to include a visit to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Shrouded in the clouds and enveloped by dense mountaintop…

Made In China Part Three: Real Chinese Takeaway
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Made In China Part Three: Real Chinese Takeaway

Steve Leland - May 22, 2018

The popular fall back response to the ‘what’s for dinner’ query is the ubiquitous “How about some Chinese?”.  How can such a non-American food staple become so…

Gettin’ On The Ritz
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Gettin’ On The Ritz

Steve Leland - May 18, 2018

It’s been said that there is a cruise for everyone. But what is an upper-echelon pleasure seeker to do when you don’t want a cruise that’s for…

Shanghai, On The Side
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Shanghai, On The Side

Steve Leland - May 16, 2018

I’m not particularly fond of the motor coach, follow the guide’s umbrella brand of sightseeing and I have an affinity to off the grid type of travel…

Gaga for the Galápagos
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Gaga for the Galápagos

Steve Leland - May 15, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you likely spent leisure time of adolescent years perusing iconic National Geographic magazines in search of natural phenomena, half-naked jungle tribes, and…

All Ships Great AND SMALL!
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All Ships Great AND SMALL!

Steve Leland - April 28, 2018

If you follow  my cruise escapades, it’s obvious that size doesn’t matter to me. It’s not that I’m not impressed by a ship with a bowling alley,…

Adventure Cruises You Have to Try
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Adventure Cruises You Have to Try

Steve Leland - April 19, 2018

As a general rule, Caribbean cruises conjure up images of white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, while Europe destinations offer up iconic cathedrals, castles and assorted antiquities…

Made in China Part 2: The Terra-cotta Warriors
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Made in China Part 2: The Terra-cotta Warriors

Steve Leland - April 13, 2018

China’s initial capital, Xian, with a population of over 8 million today, was for centuries a bustling yet virtually unknown metropolis. Then in 1974, it burst onto…

Bring on the Baltics: Oceania Cruises mixes popular ports with undiscovered gems
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Bring on the Baltics: Oceania Cruises mixes popular ports with undiscovered gems

Steve Leland - February 28, 2018

By Steve Leland Location, location, location is a well-known incantation in reference to real estate potential, but in the world of cruising that mantra is more appropriately,…

Cruising with – and without – kids.
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Cruising with – and without – kids.

Steve Leland - February 12, 2018

I JUST WANT TO BE ALONE! For parents everywhere, Greta Garbo said it best. A cruise would seem to be just the ticket (and well deserved) to…

The Best Trains for Cruisers
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The Best Trains for Cruisers

Steve Leland - January 20, 2018

I’m of the belief that you can never get enough of a good thing. So, when a fantastic 7-day cruise just isn’t enough to fill those precious…

Exploring Cambodia: Touring the temples of Angkor Wat, and searching the secrets of Siem Reap.
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Exploring Cambodia: Touring the temples of Angkor Wat, and searching the secrets of Siem Reap.

Steve Leland - January 17, 2018

Cruising in faraway destinations such as Southeast Asia encourages consideration to pre- and post-cruise options. These opening acts and encores to the main event range from basic…

For Shore: The Grape Escape
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For Shore: The Grape Escape

Steve Leland - December 29, 2017

Exploring France’s wine country with Uniworld By Steve Leland The memory of the first time never fades away: first date, car, job, or virtually first anything. My…

The Barge Bonus
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The Barge Bonus

Steve Leland - December 27, 2017

Float your own boat aboard a private, small ship cruise. By Steve Leland The explicit benefits of river cruising are well documented: all inclusive, complimentary excursions and,…

5 Faves: Hanoi Highlights
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5 Faves: Hanoi Highlights

Steve Leland - October 25, 2017

Hanoi Highlights: 5 Faves of Vietnam’s Capital City For cruisers looking for that next exotic itinerary, today’s major cruise lines and river cruise operators are embracing the…

5 Faves: St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 Faves: St. Petersburg, Russia

Steve Leland - August 2, 2017

Five Must-Do Moments in St. Petersburg, Russia One of the highlights of any Baltic cruise is the ever-popular St. Petersburg, Russia. Envisioned and built from the virtual…

Azamara  Australia: The Difference Down Under
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Azamara Australia: The Difference Down Under

Steve Leland - June 29, 2017

Azamara’s Destination Immersion brings cruisers closer to the culture By Steve Leland Any journey that requires traveling halfway around the world demands some sort of enticement. A…

Ship Review: <i>Scenic Spirit</i>, <i>Aqua Mekong</i>, and <i>Angkor Pandaw</i>
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Ship Review: Scenic Spirit, Aqua Mekong, and Angkor Pandaw

Steve Leland - June 28, 2017

Magic on the Mekong Luxury awaits for travelers ready to cruise Asia. For been-there-done-that cruisers, an Asia itinerary is often next on the list. And lucky for…

5 Faves: Must-Try Cambodian Street Foods
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5 Faves: Must-Try Cambodian Street Foods

Steve Leland - June 8, 2017

Five Must-Try Cambodian Street Foods I profess to being a moderate foodie, backed up by my appreciation of food and the discovery of new tastes. And despite…

Design Time: Oceania Cruises
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Design Time: Oceania Cruises

Steve Leland - April 27, 2017

Visually Classic, Stunningly Chic. Discover the grand style aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. By Steve Leland I don't pretend to be a design aficionado. I wouldn't know the…

Exploring on American Empress
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Exploring on American Empress

Steve Leland - February 16, 2017

Modern-day exploration aboard American Empress By Steve Leland I'd had Tina Turner belting out “Proud Mary” in my head since first planning this cruise adventure through the…

Three Ways to Experience a Viking Cruise
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Three Ways to Experience a Viking Cruise

Steve Leland - February 16, 2017

Three ways to experience a Viking cruise Is there anywhere this cruise line doesn’t sail? When Viking River Cruises, an industry leader in river cruising with more…

Five Faves: Sea Days on Oceania Cruises’ Riviera
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Five Faves: Sea Days on Oceania Cruises’ Riviera

Steve Leland - December 7, 2016

Savor Your Sea Days Five Favorite Things to do During a Trans-Atlantic Cruise I never thought I would enjoy a trans-Atlantic cruise. I envisioned a version where…