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St. Mark’s Square, known as La Piazza, has been the center of Venetian life since Marco Polo’s day, and it is from here in 1270 that he embarked on his maritime adventure around the world. Today, cruise ships crowd the Grand Canal along the Piazza, just as fleets of merchant sailing ships plied the canal in the 13th Century. #MarcoPolo #silkroad #stmarkssquare #cruiseship #Venice #Italy @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety

The Armada Duffle inspired by the 16th-century Spanish sailing fleet. Shaped like a ship's hull completed with a complimentary luggage tag and a hard base to protect it's contents on long journeys (whether land or sea!) www.mahileather.com to get yours from $109

By Mike Wackett, Ocean carriers cancelled some 230 sailings in 2015 between Asia and North Europe to boost vessel utilisation levels, and, according to Drewry, they will need to be even more radical this year with their capacity management strategy if rates on the tradelane are to return to profitable levels. Drewry data shows that …

Adventures of the Treasure Fleet: China Discovers the World by Ann Martin Bowler http://smile.amazon.com/dp/0804836736/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_ubuswb0XEBKCK

Readers' Rating: 82.760This fleet of ten small ships—passenger capacity ranges from 28 to 148—sails to rugged destinations like Arctic Svalbard, Antarctica, Indonesia, and the Galápagos. "Going on a cruise with Lindblad is about the adventure, not about luxury," so expect small, simple cabins but plenty of memorable excursions, such as snorkeling in Borneo and hiking through a Patagonia ice field.

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