Tourism

Encounters with an Actual Cruise Junkie

Encounters with an Actual Cruise Junkie

February 1, 2023 at 12:02 pm

As someone curious about the cruise ship experience but with zero desire ever to board a cruise ship, I was delighted to discover the existence of Emma Le Teace, a 28-year-old from the UK who took her first cruise at the age of 11 and now cruises professionally—as in, hasRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 28, 2022 at 10:00 am

Medicare-less As I noted in my unburied power lines story on Wednesday, I managed to stay better focused in my research this week, but I cannot spend hours reading old newspapers without occasionally getting distracted. Fortunately, I have Fast & Curious as a sort of catch-all drawer; a place forRead More

Park and Golf?

Park and Golf?

October 26, 2022 at 1:17 pm

This time last year, I was writing multiple articles (see here and here and here) about golf magnate Ben Cowan-Dewar’s controversial new course on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Cowan-Dewar and partner Mike Keiser have not even completed that course (Sports Illustrated says Cabot Saint Lucia is scheduled toRead More

Nickled and Dimed by the Cruise Industry

Nickled and Dimed by the Cruise Industry

August 10, 2022 at 12:23 pm

A recent Cape Breton Post story painted an uncharacteristically accurate picture of the cruise industry simply by quoting one of its biggest beneficiaries, Dennis Campbell of Ambassatours Grey Line. Campbell’s company is one of two (both Halifax-based) handling cruise line shore excursions in Halifax and Sydney. The story was aboutRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 3, 2022 at 10:32 am

Buy buy Writing about Destination Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Partnership these past couple of weeks has been like returning to earlier, simpler times when publicly funded agencies and their dubious achievements occupied a lot of my brain space. But it all feels a little darker these days. TourismRead More

Destination Cape Breton Presents (To Council)

Destination Cape Breton Presents (To Council)

May 25, 2022 at 1:31 pm

Terry Smith of Destination Cape Breton (DCB) appeared before CBRM council Tuesday morning and got a very easy ride from councilors, many of whom made a point of thanking Smith and his organization for all their “hard work” and complimenting him on his interesting presentation. District 8 Councilor James EdwardsRead More

Photo by Commander John Bortniak, NOAA Corps., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Into the Fog

May 18, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Real business news is good stuff. I say this as someone who used to read the Wall Street Journal regularly, after a co-worker gave me the sage advice to “throw out the op-ed section and focus on the articles.” The quality of such articles is high because businesspeople, although happyRead More

Cruise News: Identity Crisis

Cruise News: Identity Crisis

May 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

The arrival of the first cruise ship of the season — the Seven Seas Navigator — in Sydney on Sunday set me to thinking about all things cruise again, so I tried to compose a snapshot of the industry, particularly as it relates to the Port of Sydney, and that’sRead More

Cruise News: Courts & COVID

Cruise News: Courts & COVID

May 4, 2022 at 1:06 pm

My snapshot of the current cruise industry (see part one here) would be sadly wanting if I failed to note that Princess Cruise Lines, fined a record $40 million in 2017 for what the US Department of Justice called “environmental crimes,” has failed to mend its wicked ways. The 2017Read More

One Ocean Expeditions Update

One Ocean Expeditions Update

April 20, 2022 at 1:19 pm

I’m easing back into work after a glorious long weekend by updating a couple of stories I’ve followed previously, which is why I’m talking about One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), the polar cruise operator founded by Westmount native Andrew Prossin. OOE, with debts of $29.6 million and assets worth just northRead More