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Luxury at Sea, Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Renée S. Gordon

The Hamburg-America Line launched the Princess Victoria Louise, the first ship built solely for luxury cruising, on June 29, 1900. Prior ships were ocean liners created to transport passengers and cargo on transatlantic journeys as expeditiously as possible but the Victoria Louise was designed to provide a truly luxurious experience with the aura of a floating 5-star hotel. Read more.


Curate Your Own Royal Caribbean Adventure on CocoCay, Bahamas Island

Renée S. Gordon

Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line’s first passenger ship, The Song of Norway, set sail in 1970 heralding the launch of the line. Over the ensuing years Royal Caribbean has consistently been on the cutting edge in all phases of  the industry, technology, design, art, architecture, personalized service, entertainment, amenities and environmental responsibility. Read more.

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas

by Renee S. Gordon

 Musical symphonies are composed of individual movements, distinct sections, written to be played by a large orchestra. Haydn and Mozart are credited with creating the classical symphonic arrangement and later composers have layered the form with creativity and innovations. Royal Caribbean’s  newest cruise ship, the aptly named Symphony of the Seas, has deftly blended all aspects of the perfect cruise into one awesome experience much like an orchestral arrangement. Read more

Mother Earth's Powerhouse: Niagara Falls

by Kathleen Walls

 There is nothing more beautiful than Mother Nature's most powerful places. Niagara Falls is one of those special places. I just returned from a visit there and was literally blown away. At the top of Cave of the Winds as I stood on Hurricane Deck I felt as if I was experiencing the most powerful storm ever.Read more


Watery Wonders at North Carolina Aquarium

by Kathleen Walls

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a shimmering jewel in the Outer Banks. From the moment you step through the doors and are greeted with a unique preview of the resident sea life you are a captive audience. The room- sized overhead augmented reality video combines two images, the people stepping into the video on the floor painted to look like water and different sea creatures that appear to be all around your feet. Read more

Going Local OBX Style

By Kathleen Walls

Making a living from the sea is not an easy road. Yet, it's the road taken by many Outer Banks residents. Longtime waterman, Captain Marc Mitchum has earned his living as a shrimper and crabber for many years with his boat, the Jodie Kae.
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Saint Augustine's Wild Side

By Kathleen Walls


Saint Augustine has so much to see and do in the historic and food areas. we sometimes forget the magnificent amounts of nature available there. So here are some photos of the best nature has to offer in the Oldest City. Read More




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