Cruise Writer to Travel by Express


Our colleague Phil Reimer, he of Ports and Bows fame, left a few days ago for a rather exotic cruise…so exotic that it took him 24 hours just to get from home to the embarkation point. That would be Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, which seem to be in the middle of nowhere, or off the coast of North Africa.

That's where Phil boarded the Silver Spirit, a ship (above) that he'll share with 540 of his BFF — or if they aren't his best friends they will be after nine days on a small ship. Sooner, if we know Phil.

His accounts of the nine-day adventure will be posted on his Ports and Bows blog, starting Tuesday, and in his column in next weekend's editions of Postmedia newspapers across Canada. Somewhere along the way, you can expect to read about his 11-hour train ride and tour from Casablanca to Marrakesh.

Exactly…the Marrakesh Express. Given that it's an 11-hour trip to the Moroccan city known for its leather, "express" seems like an oxymoron.

To most of us, Marrakesh Express is the name of a song recorded just a few years ago by Crosby, Stills and Nash. It was written by Graham Nash when he was still with The Hollies in the mid-'60s after he took the train from Casablanca to Marrakesh, a trip that initially he found so boring in first-class that he went to sit with the "ducks and pigs and chickens."

Hmm, might Phil have a similar experience next week?

Carnival Destiny
18 nights
February 4, 2013
Miami, Malaga, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Venice
Inside:  $649
Cost per day: $36

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