Expedition to the Far and Lonely North

“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.”

– Ernest Hemingway

It was nearly at the end of my expedition to Arctic Svalbard aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer when I realized that there were two different mindsets of my […]

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If You Have to Be Stranded Somewhere…Be Stranded On Silversea

Monday, July 13, 2015

Longyearbyen!

It’s becoming the buzzword of the day aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as we enter our second full unscheduled day onboard after fog shutdown Longyearbyen Airport and SAS cancelled our charter flight to Oslo for two days. […]

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Vienna: City of Wonder

Friday, July 24, 2015

Today Viking River Cruises’ Viking Lofn continued her 15-day Grand European Tour to Budapest with a call on my absolute favorite city along the Danube: Vienna, Austria.

For the first-time visitor, Viking offers a comprehensive Ringstrasse tour, as the ring road that encircles […]

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Melk and a Taste of Austria!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

This morning, Viking River Cruises’ Viking Lofn arrived in Melk, Austria as our 15-day Grand European Tour to Budapest enters the home stretch. Actually, we’re not in Melk at all – but across the river in Emmersdorf. The realities of river cruising […]

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Two Excellent Viking Days in Passau

Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It’s our first full morning onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Lofn , which we switched to yesterday in order to continue our 15-day Grand European Tour to Budapest. Low water on the Danube caused us to “swap ships” […]

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Our Ship-Swapping Adventure In Nuremberg

Monday, July 20, 2015

This morning, we sadly said goodbye to Viking River Cruises’ Viking Vidar on the outskirts of Nuremberg, Germany. Because of low water levels, we have to perform what’s called a “ship-swap” today, changing from Viking Vidar in Nuremberg to Viking Lofn in order to […]

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Fog Shuts Down Svalbard…And Silversea Rises to the Challenge

Sunday, July 12, 2015

This morning, guests aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer disembarked our adventuresome expedition ship in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. We bid the crew – our friends – farewell. We shook hands. We descended the gangway. We left Silver Explorer, and our voyage, […]

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Magical Bamberg

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Viking River Cruises’ Viking Vidar spent the morning sailing along some of the narrowest stretches of the Main River we’ve had yet as we continued our 15-day Grand European Tour. The Main – pronounced mine – is barely wide enough here for two ships to pass. […]

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The Ghosts of the Arctic

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It’s difficult to believe, but today is to be our last full day of adventure aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as our 10-night Arctic Svalbard cruise sadly comes to a close. Fortunately, the Expedition Team has developed one last, active day for us […]

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Romantic Rothenburg – and A Change of Plans

Saturday, July 18, 2015

This morning, Viking River Cruises’ Viking Vidar continued her 15-day Grand European Tour, coming alongside Wurzburg, Germany during breakfast.

Here, guests once again had two options. The first: partake in the included walking tour of Wurzburg – including the […]

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