Due to a broken fuel pump, my voyage to Antarctica aboard Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud Expedition ground to a halt last week before it really had a chance to start. After three days of being stuck in Puerto Madryn, Argentina due to weather and mechanical issues, Silversea made the decision to cancel […]

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A Private Visit to Monet’s Gardens

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

If there was any question left about what makes a voyage aboard Tauck’s ms Sapphire special, this morning should have answered it. On this, the last day of our Rendezvous on the Seine river cruise, Tauck invited guests to visit Monet’s home […]

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Chateau Gaillard & the Beauty of Independence

Monday, October 16, 2017

When you take a river cruise, there are guided excursions offered every day. On some days, you can do up to three guided tours. Most people take advantage of these, for the simple reason that they’re there, they’re included, and they’ll show you something […]

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Silver Cloud Readies for Her First Expedition – And We’ll Be Onboard

Antarctica has fascinated me for years. I personally consider it to be the Mount Everest of cruising destinations, surpassed only perhaps by a cruise around the world.

Remote, lonely and often overlooked, Antarctica is one of the most beautiful places on earth. […]

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The Beauty of Normandy

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Compared with our massive day yesterday, today was quite relaxing aboard Tauck’s ms Sapphire. We’re now over the halfway point on our Rendezvous on the Seine river cruise, the sun is shining, and temperatures are way above seasonal. Life is good.


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If you like luxury cruises, I’m always of the opinion that Silversea’s voyages in the Caribbean are some of the best value out there. Departing close to home, the line’s fleet of all-inclusive luxury ships makes a point of calling on an intoxicating mix of big-name and out-of-the-way ports of call that […]

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