Jul 12th 2010 6:15PM Thanks for comments, all -- I do understand why this book isn't everyone's brand of vodka, but I also have the sense that we're extra hard on women who tell their own stories, particularly when it doesn't involve self-sacrifice to a child, a husband, a cause.
But with that said, I did like the Eat and Pray part of the book better than I liked Love, in other words, I thought the book sagged at the end.
But If the book or the movie encourages people to travel though, I'm all for it. Which is also why I wrote about travel tie-ins to the Sex and the City sequel earlier here on Luxist. And come to think of it, that movie would make an interesting compare and contrast to EPL, as SATC2 is a model of self-absorption in which I can find almost redeeming value.
Apr 28th 2010 10:22AM Hi Eliot -- I said that it was surprising that some aspects of the design seemed dated, considering that the boat was built last year. Although it is fun to imagine that a major design revolution occured over the past year, I can't say I've seen that!
And thanks for your comments, Rachel. As I said, I did appreciate some aspects of the ship's design, so I wouldn't characterize your disagreement with me as "complete". But that's a side matter, these things are subjective, which is why I included many photos in the gallery. One person's spectacular is another person's stuffy!
Apr 14th 2010 9:09AM Hi Laura - you could hang your clothes in the coat closet, a number of passengers did just that. Also, if you have a window seat, you get a little storage locker at your side, so I just folded my clothes up and put them in there. I wasn't wearing anything too fancy though!
Mar 1st 2010 12:06PM This was something that I did think about, since I was coming from San Juan which has many security concerns. But the room is up pretty high and it's a smooth exterior, so it wouldn't be easy for someone to climb. Also Vieques doesn't have a problem with violent crime as far as I'm aware...
Feb 16th 2010 9:58AM SBJT: I rarely include pricing information in my travel coverage because it varies so much; I always provide a link which would enable you or anyone to learn that price. As for your guesses, I'm afraid it's three strikes: I'm not a "he", not a cruise line employee, not paid by the cruise line.
Feb 16th 2010 9:54AM EDNYOU: No, not at all. I hope that you and your wife enjoy many happy vacations together in whatever manner that you choose. (DWW348: isn't that really the American way? Kudos on bringing politics into this, although I'll point out that the phrase "great unwashed" is yours and yours alone. For that and other reasons I'm sure glad I'm not married to you too.); AL78EUNICE: I found that the people on the cruise were friendly enough, at least on the excursions, but I would agree with you that it seemed the goal of my shipmates was not to meet people or make new friends, a larger ship with more people would seem to present better odds for that; Dan Daily: your Holland American cruise sounds lovely, I will have to try that mid-sized option at some point;
Feb 15th 2010 5:27PM The prices vary, but you can find a list of upcoming cruises and their cost here: http://www.pgcruises.com/
Aug 11th 2009 11:03AM Oh good add, Krista! I did that coaster and it was fun. (Although I had the brake on the whole time as it turned out, so less fun for the poor guy behind me.)
Aug 10th 2009 3:23PM Thank you Susan, for pointing out the typo -- Von Bulow chaired the committee during the 1970s, not the 1907s (which would be nonsensical in any event).
Jul 31st 2009 11:21AM Definitely, the whole question of status and skin color is a huge and complicated subject, and it varies considerably by geography. But in Asia, Simple, I think you're right, in that laborers were more likely to be tan than aristocrats. In the West, I also think it has to do with a perception of time for leisure, although I did read that it was Coco Chanel who first made the tan something desirable. It's certainly true that we have fewer people in the United States working outdoors today than we did a century ago.