Last year at this time, I wrote about my favorite cruise ports of call for 2012. I liked the idea so much that I thought I would do it again this year. There’s just one problem: narrowing down my favorite places to just five ports was a nearly-impossible task this year, because there were […]

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Several new ships hit the water this year – but the ones I like might surprise you

Whenever I see articles about new cruise ships coming online next year, I always see a single ship mentioned as the ‘Most Anticipated Ship of 2014’: Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas.

Make […]

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Since we’re bound for the exotic Caribbean warmth of Cuba next month – and the Eastern Caribbean just two weeks after aboard Carnival Breeze […]

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This January, I’m going to embark on one of the most unique voyages I think you can probably take. It’s a cruise that, sadly, is off-limits for many of my friends to the south, but one that has so many unique features that it is impossible to pass up.

Calgary-based Cuba Cruise has chartered […]

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The Drake Passage

On December 21, 2013 By

The race for Avid Cruiser Ralph Grizzle is on to beat an enormous storm system that could affect his transit of the Drake Passage aboard Silversea‘s luxurious expedition vessel, Silver Explorer.

He writes:

Yesterday, I wrote about how we were racing to get ahead of a storm that was […]

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I love travel, but I first started writing about cruises four years ago because I loved ships. Specifically, I love seeing the evolution of the onboard product, and the interior design changes that come with that.

On my recent voyage aboard Viking Rivers‘ Viking Baldur last week, I discovered yet another round of subtle […]

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The Avid Cruiser’s Ralph Grizzle is currently onboard Silversea‘s Silver Explorer in Antarctica, and while it looks like he may be in for a bumpy ride on his return transit across the Drake Passage, the photos he’s bringing back reveal the stark beauty of this mysterious polar region.

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If you’ve ever wondered if travel writers are ever jealous or envious of the trips their colleagues and friends are taking, I’m here today to answer that question: yes. Yes we do.

At the moment, my friend and Avid Cruiser colleague Ralph Grizzle is sailing the icy polar waters of Antarctica which, as […]

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From Basel to Amsterdam, a journey through European Christmas

During the entire week I was onboard Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur , readers kept asking me a single question: Danube or Rhine?

After three sailings along the Danube from Nuremberg to Budapest and reverse, I was more than ready for a change of scenery. The […]

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The Rhine, Windmills and Viking Baldur

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Today, guests aboard Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur spent a relaxing morning on the Rhine, en-route to our final port of call on this weeklong itinerary, in Kinderdijk, Netherlands.

Our journey was an inspiring one, filled with unusually sunny weather for the Netherlands. Town […]

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