Onboard: Norwegian Pearl Eastern Caribbean voyage

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Norwegian Pearl at anchor off Samana, Dominican Republic, Monday Dec. 14, 2009. The 2,394-passenger vessel is in the midst of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyage and will also be calling on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Tortola, B.V.I.; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is onboard and will be posting dispatches from the ship this week.

Port Postcard: Trunk Bay in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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One of the world’s most beautiful quarter-mile, white-sand beaches, Trunk Bay in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, played host today to guests aboard Holland America’s Eurodam. The beach break was one of 22 shore excursions offered by the ship in St. John and neighboring St. Thomas. Guests aboard the vessel have a day at sea tomorrow en route to Holland America’s private Bahamian island — Half Moon Cay — Friday. The ship is in the midst of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary.
Photo by Michael Coleman

Port Postcard: Yanofsky concert under the stars in Turkey


The ancient ground of Ephesus, Turkey, was the scene late last month of an exclusive Regent Seven Seas Cruises concert under the stars, featuring a 15-year-old musical prodigy from Montreal, Quebec: Nikki Yanofsky.

Guests aboard Navigator enjoyed a tour of the important Mediterranean archeological site followed by cocktails and an opening act at dusk featuring Turkish mezzo soprano star Serap Ciftci. Yanofsky, meanwhile, dazzled guests with her vocal tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday among others. She has recently been touring with renowned composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Navigator guests paid tribute to the youngster’s stellar performance by rewarding her with two standing ovations.
Navigator is in the midst of a series of Mediterranean voyages through early November.
Photos by Michael Coleman.