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6-10 September 2019:
The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

By Corey Sandler

In case you were wondering…Silversea Silver Wind is safe and sound and headed for Newfoundland where we expect to call at Corner Brook tomorrow, 11 September.

When we sailed out of Reykjavik five days ago, our plans were different. The itinerary called for three days at sea and then calls at St. John’s, Newfoundland and a brief return to Europe at St-Pierre and Miquelon, a French-governed set of islands nearby.

That is, until this happened:

Actually, that was only part of the story.

We had Hurricane Dorian making its way up the east coast of the United States and over top of Nova Scotia. And to our east, we had another storm, Hurricane Gabrielle, out to sea but effectively putting us in a sandwich of storms.

Our captain and crew took good care of us, threading the needle between the “disturbances” but the course we took was far from our original plan. Our three-day crossing became a five day trip.

The seas were…as some mariners say…a bit lumpy. But we have made it across the pond.

Land is in sight, and more blog entries to follow.

Copyright 2019 by Corey Sandler, all rights reserved. See more photos on my website at http://www.coreysandler.com


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29 June 2018:
Tobermory, Isle of Mull, UK:
The Inner Hebrides

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

As we head north along the west coast of Scotland, we make a call at the isolated port of Tobermory.

It’s on the Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides, which is, as its name suggests, a set of islands that a bit closer to the mainland of Scotland than are the Outer Hebrides.

The Hebrides, both inner and outer, have a long history of occupation dating back to Mesolithic times. Today, their Scottish Island culture is a mix of Celtic, Norse, and English-speaking peoples.


Over the centuries, the economy began with fishing and small-scale crofting, which was a form of tenant farming.

Today, the economy has added two lofty sources of income: tourism and the crafting of whisky. Okay, at least one of them is lofty.

If that’s enough to make you drink, they are quite willing to accommodate you.

The Tobermory Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland, established in 1788.

All photos and text Copyright 2018 by Corey Sandler, all rights reserved.