I’m Patti Covello-Pietschmann and these are my views from the Bridge…… I am an expert on cruises, ships and the industry 300 cruises left in my wake combined with infinite experience writing about the industry for newspapers, magazines, web sites and broadcast media. I love to cruise and rarely meet a ship I don’t like–however it happens and has. But at least not in a long time with the new spiffy vessels now plying the high seas and competing for business. Cruising just keeps getting better, albeit more expensive. Spas, fitness facilities, alternative dining venues, cuisine and entertainment continue to exceed expectation with each new ship. While part of the enjoyment is leaving the world behind, for those who must stay connected ships now provide Internet Access and lots of techno gadgets to keep you on terra ferma while at sea.