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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A Window into Hell

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The fog stayed with us all day today, as guests aboard Tauck’s ms Sapphire set out for a full-day tour to the D-Day Landing sites in France’s Normandy region.

On June 6, 1944, at six thirty in the morning, the Allies launched a major offensive […]

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Seaside Adventures in Étretat & Honfleur

Friday, October 13, 2017

I’m a pretty organized person. I show up for events ten to fifteen minutes before they start. I’m never late. I also never forget to set an alarm to wake up, and typically rise at 6:30am every day on a river cruise. That seems early, […]

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The Road to Rouen

Thursday, October 12, 2017

This morning, I awoke around 6:30am aboard Tauck’s ms Sapphire to take some early-morning photos before the rest of the guests awoke. I always like doing this early on in each cruise, to get it out of the way.

It’s also good to be up […]

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From Versailles to the ms Sapphire

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

There is excitement in the air today for guests aboard Tauck’s Rendezvous on the Seine  river cruise tour, for today we checked out of the Hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel and checked in aboard the elegant 98-guest ms Sapphire to officially begin […]

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Rendezvous with Tauck in Paris for a Journey on the Seine

Monday, October 9 & Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When I look back on all the river cruises I’ve taken, some of my most memorable experiences have been on my sailings with Tauck. From an after-hours tour of the In Flanders Fields museum […]

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