As 2018 comes to a close, it has been quite a year of adventure and travel; one filled with ships of all shapes, sizes and styles. I began the year aboard the classy Carnival Elation, and ended it aboard a 10-passenger catamaran operated by boutique travel company Trade Winds.
This is usually the time of year when I slump down into a recliner, grab a tumbler of scotch and swear to not travel this much in the following year. It’s lip-service: the spring of 2019 is shaping up to be a busy one, with cruises scheduled with Carnival, Disney, MSC, SeaCloud, Silversea and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. And that’s just between January and April!
But 2019 will also represent something new for From the Deck Chair. It will be expanding, slowly but surely, over the next year. You’ll see some interesting changes, including a new logo and design, and newer content going up over the next few months. And while the Live Voyage Reports probably won’t be returning (I just don’t seem to have the time to do them justice anymore), you will find more ship tours, profiles and Voyage Overviews coming your way in the New Year.
Until then, here is a look at some of the ships and voyages I’ve seen over the past year – proof, certainly, that no two cruises are alike.
Happy Holidays, and my best for a wonderful 2019!
-Aaron Saunders

January 24, 2018: Carnival Elation at anchor off Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Photo © 2018 Aaron Saunders

January 29, 2018: MSC’s new MSC Seaside towers over guests walking back to the ship in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Photo © 2018 Aaron Saunders

February 16, 2018: Night falls over Havana, Cuba, as seen from the deck of Holland America Line’s Veendam. Photo © 2018 Aaron Saunders

March 15, 2018: Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endeavour II at anchor in the Galapagos Islands. Photo © 2018 Aaron Saunders

April 16, 2018: Sailing onboard Carnival’s new Carnival Horizon in the Mediterranean. Photo © 2018 Aaron Saunders

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