Apex day 5 – The Pandemic Intrudes

Apex day 5 – The Pandemic Intrudes

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE CELEBRITY APEX, Mediterranean Sea — The Captain made the announcement at cocktail hour: A vaccinated guest had tested positive for COVID-19.    He would leave the ship the next morning in Dubrovnik and according to...
Apex day 1: Pandemic cruise on a big ship

Apex day 1: Pandemic cruise on a big ship

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE CELEBRITY APEX, Aegean Sea — Nervous? Not about cruising in Greece through the pandemic. “We’re vaccinated. We didn’t have reason to be nervous, but I was anxious” said Allison Granger, from Austin TX and on her first cruise. As we...
Heading (safely) to a fall festival

Heading (safely) to a fall festival

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Let’s party! Safely, of course. Outdoors and masked up, especially if you’ve got not-yet-vaccinated kids with you. The good news — and we all certainly could use some — is that fall festivals are back celebrating everything from...
Windstar Day One – Cruising through a pandemic in Greece

Windstar Day One – Cruising through a pandemic in Greece

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE WIND STAR, Aegean Sea — Jeannie Argatoff isn’t concerned about cruising through a pandemic. “I’m not worried,” the grandmother from British Columbia declared. Not only is she vaccinated, but she has had a bout with COVID-19—after a...
Are you ready to cruise again?

Are you ready to cruise again?

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Ready to get back on a cruise ship? “We see an incredible demand from our Cruise Critic readers and great interest in returning to sea. Cruise lines have been reporting the same, reports Colleen McDonald, editor-in-chief of...
Returning to the (not always friendly) skies

Returning to the (not always friendly) skies

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Long lines, delayed flights, unpleasant interactions, required COVID-19 tests and masks. Air travel, unless you were fortunate to fly first class, hasn’t been fun for a long time, but as we return to the skies it seems worse....
A different kind of Jamaican vacation

A different kind of Jamaican vacation

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency I don’t know which is better — the food, the view, or bragging rights to the Jamaica experience very few have. We’re sitting on the Star San Villa balcony overlooking the famous Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio, Jamaica, being served...
Cruising is back soon: What’s your pick?

Cruising is back soon: What’s your pick?

By Eileen Ogintz What’s on your bucket list? Maybe Alaska, cruising the California Coast, Mexico, Hawaii or perhaps the Caribbean? How about a cruise with vaccinated passengers, crew and many enhanced health and safety protocols? Princess, Carnival, and Holland...
Cruises Returning for Summer 2021

Cruises Returning for Summer 2021

The US cruise industry is moving quickly to resume sailings with a flurry of announcements that some cruises to Alaska will resume in mid-Summer from Seattle, without any port stops in Canada.   One of the first US cruises will be the Celebrity Edge, leaving...
A late pandemic trip to Walt Disney World

A late pandemic trip to Walt Disney World

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Take your pick — Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Stitch, the Mandalorian, Star Wars Stormtroopers, Disney princesses, etc. No, we’re not talking about where you might see your favorite characters and at which attractions at Walt...