Author: Janet Podolak

Long haul flying strategies

Long haul flying strategies depend on being properly equipped. My most recent long trip was 30-some hours en route to Oahu with an outbound layover in San Francisco and a return layover...

Discover Croatia among its idyllic islands

An Adriatic voyage between Croatia’s Dubrovnik and Split is ideal aboard a small ship that can weave among the islands allowing passengers to disembark and explore. Only 60 of the 1,186 islands...

Sometimes you need to step away

Sometimes you need to step away from the everyday to really examine life and how it’s being lived. That’s one of the most compelling things about travel as far as I’m concerned,...

Reading Travel: in print or online?

A string quartet tunes up and cruise staff prepares a buffet of sweets for the Mozart Tea aboard the Crystal Serenity They tell me people prefer reading online to the newspaper, but...

Catching Mediterranean sardines for lunch

A small wooden shed holds nets that are lowered  into the sea to catch sardines near the mouth of the Po River off Ravenna, Italy. Maybe it’s my Norwegian heritage or perhaps...

Outer space to a cruise: find it soon in Travel

Only a few passengers are around the pool as the Crystal Serenity sails into the beautiful bay of Kotor,, Montenegro which is surrounded by mountains. This month’s Travel will introduce you to...

Awaking in Istanbul

A multitude of masks is showcased in this shop window in Venice. Waking in Istanbul early Tuesday ended my magic carpet ride through the southern Mediterranean with the longest day imaginable. It...

By sea to Montenegro

The Crystal Serenity is now at anchor in the  Bay of Kotor, outside the walled town of the same name in Montenegro. It’s one of the world’s newest countries, established in 2006...

Live web cam on Crystal Serenity

On Sunday I’ll board the Crystal Serenity in Venice for cruise of the southern Mediterranean.  Ive been following the ship through its live webcams which gives views from the bridge, starboard, port...