Across the Atlantic with Silversea

Nearly a year ago, I embarked on my very first Transatlantic Crossing: a breathtaking 14-day journey from Barbados to Portugal aboard Silversea’s intimate and elegant Silver Spirit.

I had always wanted to cross the [...]

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Join us in May for a look at Norwegian Breakaway!

Our next Live Voyage Report is going to be much shorter than most, only running two full days in duration, with recap coverage extending for another two. But it promises to be no less exciting as we travel to New York in May to witness [...]

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Every good cruise deserves an equally good hotel. After all, nothing can interfere more with your vacation than choosing a bad place to stay pre-or-post cruise.

Today, we brushed the digital dust off of our long-languishing Hotels tab to bring you profiles of two fantastic, yet equally different, properties: the Continue Reading

On my last evening in Amsterdam, I happened to overhear two women at a table near mine talking excitedly about something. It turns out they were talking – I kid you not – about Viking River Cruises, and their new Viking Longships.

I love when something like that happens, because it [...]

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Cycling Amsterdam, Post River Cruise

I came to the conclusion this morning that the Netherlands has one significant problem: there’s far too many great cities, towns, museums, locations, monuments, ports, and historic sites to visit, and all of them are tantalizingly close at hand.

The last few days have been rather difficult to make decisions [...]

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iAmsterdam, iHolland!

Sadly, it was disembarkation morning for those of us aboard Viking River Cruises Viking Aegir. As I stepped off the ship shortly before 11am and prepared to spend two days in a hotel here in Amsterdam, I certainly wouldn’t have minded trading places with some of the guests that would be embarking [...]

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Sailing (Silently) to Hoorn

The sun broke through the clouds this morning, bathing Viking River Cruises Viking Aegir in sunlight for the first time since my arrival here in Amsterdam on Tuesday. It seems decidedly appropriate, given yesterday’s momentous christening ceremonies. I found myself unable to sleep last night, the excitement of the day [...]

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Viking Christens 10 Longships and Smashes a World Record!

Today, Viking River Cruises celebrated personal and professional milestones here in Amsterdam that are without equal: ten brand new Viking Longships were christened in a single day, ushering in a new era for both the line and the river cruise industry as a whole.

It’s [...]

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Christening Prelude: Arrival in Amsterdam & the Viking Aegir

Just after noon local time, I stepped oboard the beautiful Viking Aegir, one of ten new vessels set to be christened by Viking River Cruises tomorrow here at the Port of Amsterdam.

I was whisked from Schiphol Airport to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam aboard one [...]

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Bound for Amsterdam, Viking Aegir, and the Longship 10 Christening

It’s Live Voyage Report time again here on From the Deck Chair, and this month we’re headed to the beautiful Dutch city of Amsterdam to witness river cruise history: on Wednesday, Viking River Cruises will christen 10 of their brand-new Viking Longships in [...]

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