April 14, 2013
A Memoir By Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway William Morrow. 306 pp. $28.99 Reviewed by Carrie Rickey To be a fly on the wall the night Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor tucked into a pumpkin pie and deep-dished their mutual ex-husband, Eddie Fisher, as they watched The Last Samurai ! Unsinkable , Reynolds' second memoir in 25 years, includes such vignettes. She recalls from a polite distance prompting her daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher, to describe it on the dust-jacket as a "tell-some.
March 4, 2013
Sunsets, seafaring, and ports of call. This website offers an endless ocean of daydreaming for travelers who can't resist the wide-open sea - or the bikini-clad girls sunning themselves on the ship decks in the pictures. Name: InterSailClub.com What it does: It's a planning and booking platform for chartered sailing vacations. What's hot: I did backflips when I clicked on "Who's on Board?" and up popped a color-coded map of the ship that showed me which berths were available.
August 18, 2012 |
BOSTON - The world's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides. " The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812.
July 17, 2012 |
PRINCETON — The audience arrived Sunday at the McCarter Theatre Center for H.M.S. Pinafore primed for immediate enjoyment, ready to giggle at the sprightly tunes, ahhh at the pretty scenery — and with every reason to do so. Opera New Jersey's second production of its summer season is an artistic success on every front, a hit that happily has four more performances spread among Princeton, Morristown and Asbury Park. The Tim Saternow-designed production, seen at the Santa Fe Opera and the Berkshire Theater Festival, is set on a handsome, reasonably realistic ship's deck, with an abundance of doors allowing numerous surprise entrances and symmetrical choreography by Jennifer Paulson Lee. The anatomy of this triumph, however, begins with director Michael Unger's keen strategic awareness of what this operetta is and isn't.
July 13, 2012 |
Sailing on the Cooper River sure is different from driving around it. And pushing a tiller is nothing like turning a wheel. This I discover thanks to the patient young instructors at the Cooper River Yacht Club in Collingswood, where 20 other landlubbers and I recently survived our maiden voyages. "There are no brakes," Aaron Sirken, 17, tells me, referring to the two-person Precision-15 sailboats used for introductory sailing classes. Sirken, of Cherry Hill, is right.
July 4, 2012 |
HONOLULU - A $2.2 million expedition is hoping to solve one of America's most enduring mysteries: What exactly happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart when she went missing over the South Pacific 75 years ago? A group of scientists, historians, and salvagers think they have a good idea. They left Honolulu on Tuesday for a remote island in the Pacific nation of Kiribati in hopes of finding wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane. Their working theory is that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed on a reef near the Kiribati atoll of Nikumaroro, then survived a short time.
June 28, 2012 |
These days, Jonathan Wright is far removed from the coast of Australia, where he once spent hours, if not entire days, on the water as part of the most renowned American sailing team in history. Today, his work is no less time-consuming and arguably equally instrumental. The 66-year-old serves as the Vanderstar Chair at the United States Naval Academy, overseeing the quality and safety of all sailing vessels. Wright, who grew up in Chestnut Hill, supervises trips in which 80 midshipmen squeeze onto a 45-foot vessel, in part to complete the academy's requirement that all graduates know how to sail.
June 17, 2012 |
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With a new America's Cup event and a gathering of tall ships headed to Newport this summer, Rhode Island's 2012 tourist season aims to attract visitors with a celebration of its nautical heritage. This month's America's Cup World Series regatta at Fort Adams State Park is expected to feature top international sailors competing in catamarans built for speed and agility. The event is scheduled for June 23 to July 1 and will include four days of racing. The World Series races are being held in locations around the globe; Newport's race will be the final stop before next year's America's Cup in San Francisco.
April 9, 2012 |
LONDON - A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise, carrying the same number of passengers - not including crew - as the Titanic did, cast off from Southampton, where the doomed vessel left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner.
April 1, 2012
Now that cruising is undergoing great post-Costa Concordia scrutiny, this new website shines like a beacon. Name: www.CruiseWise.com . What it does: Gives the independent traveler more power to book a cruise online. If you like what Hipmunk has done for flight search, you will love what CruiseWise will do for cruises. What's hot: It's all about the visual map. Select your destination, departure port, and dates, then watch as your search results appear on a map on your screen.