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A Chance Meal for a Polar Bear?

By: Dr. Martyn Obbard
Like all animals, a Polar Bear’s life revolves largely around finding an adequate food supply. In their case, Polar Bears subsist primarily on seals, which they capture on sea ice where the seals rest and bear their young. If Polar Bears could, they would stay on the sea ice year-round to hunt seals, since seals represent such a rich food source. There are a few areas of the Arctic they can ...

Top 5 Reasons Croatia Should Be on Your List

By: Sara Feeny, Private Journeys Travel Planner
Underrated for many years, Croatia is just starting to appear on the radar of many travellers. A rich history and modern mindset are set against rugged mountains, lakes, forest and clear blue sea. Elegant and sophisticated, here’s why Croatia should be on your bucket list: 1. ClimateThe coast here experiences mild winters and beautiful summers. In fact, many consider Dubrovnik to be a...

5 River Cruise Essentials

By: Laurielle Penny
I’m not a cruise person! The idea of hundreds of people crowded together and regimented activities holds no appeal. So when I travelled on the Upper Mekong researching our charter voyages, I needed to make sure my 5 essentials were met on our Pandaw river cruiser:  1. Small numbers: A maximum of 28 guests means enough variety to make it interesting but never feel crowded. &...

A Daring Adventure and the Trip of a Lifetime in Antarctica

By: Judi Cohen
In the words of Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”. Travelling to Antarctica aboard One Ocean Expeditions’ Akademik Sergey Vavilov was most certainly one such adventure! Beginning in Ushuaia, Argentina, we sailed the infamous Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula. We all came prepared with patches, pills and wristbands of all sorts, and when the s...

Greenland meets Vietnam: The Quiet American

By: Colin Donald
As part of our occasional series on the great reads in Pandaw's onboard library, Colin Donald considers the classic novel of the dying days of L'Indochine Francais.For his fans Graham Greene was not just a novelist, he was a literary prophet who foretold the currents of 20th Century history.Much of that perception rests on The Quiet American (1955), Greene's middle-period novel set at the height o...

Beyond “In Flanders Fields”: Seeing WWI Poetry Anew

By: Melanie Blake
What happens when large numbers of literate soldiers are “plunged into inhumane conditions?” (1) World War I was the first global conflict in which (with some exceptions) most soldiers could read and write. The result was an outpouring of novels, memoirs, plays, songs, and above all, poetry. More than 2,000 British and Irish poets wrote war poetry. (2) Writing alongside them were soldi...