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...
Windstar Day 5 – What’s the best part?

Windstar Day 5 – What’s the best part?

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE WIND STAR, Aegean Sea — Ask a group of people their favorite vacation experience—even if they have shared a ship for a week—and you will get a different answer from each person. That’s certainly true aboard the Wind...
Windstar Day 4: Santorini without crowds

Windstar Day 4: Santorini without crowds

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE WIND STAR, Aegean Sea — Wow!  There are only eleven of us on the Catamaran, including the captain, Niko Xarampopoyaoe and Elli Beqiri, the crew (and cook) and our guide Margarita Sigala. The boat can hold 22 they tell us. We’re...
Windstar Day 3 – Food any way and all day

Windstar Day 3 – Food any way and all day

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE WIND STAR, Aegean Sea — Room service anyone? There’s no charge aboard the Wind Star sailing yacht for room service. But we also learn that we can have room service anywhere we like besides our cabin — the pool deck, the...
Windstar Day 2 – Calling all night owls

Windstar Day 2 – Calling all night owls

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE WIND STAR, Aegean Sea — Are you a night owl? Then you’ll love the Greek Island of Mykonos — AKA The Party Island of Greece — which is decidedly sleepy in the morning as we walk through the crooked, impossibly narrow...
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...