From the Editor
Every time I look at this month’s cover, I imagine the refreshing sea breezes cooling the lucky couple lounging in those teak chairs. It’s a feeling I experienced firsthand this past June when I spent seven glorious days sailing the Aegean and Adriatic seas aboard the Seabourn Spirit on my first cruise ever. I went ashore for plenty of fun excursions and ate lots of good food aboard the ship, but I also made time most every day to park myself in a lounge chair on the hot tub deck just a short walk from my suite. I initially hit that deck for sun, but I soon discovered the sea breezes that come with the rays at sea — and, boy, did those breezes win me over and make me want to cruise again someday.
If you’re a cruise fan, you no doubt have your own reasons for giving a thumbs-up to sailing. Whatever they are, you’ll want to read “Boats Afloat,” our comprehensive guide to what’s new in cruising, for some stellar ideas on which new ship to board next or where to sail next. Freelance writer Janice Wald Henderson, a longtime cruise aficionado who figures she has been on 40 or so sailings over the past two decades, tirelessly contacted cruise lines around the world for their latest news.
Me, as fond as I am of those sea breezes, I’d be willing to forgo them for a sail on one of the new vessels plying Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River. Seeing my mother’s homeland would be a dream come true.
— DON NICHOLS