In Progress, Live Voyage Report: Exploring Svalbard On Silver Explorer, Plus Tales From A Barge Trip

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In Progress, Live Voyage Report: Exploring Svalbard On Silver Explorer

 This week, Aaron Saunders is on a fascinating voyage to the Arctic. I talked with Aaron yesterday via email. He's dawdling about the Svalbard archipelago on Silver Explorer, island-hopping more or less. I asked if he had seen polar bears yet. "No bears yet - lots of pack ice though," he responded. Then in what I know was a moment of excitement for Aaron, he added: "Crossed 80 degrees N today." Aaron and I both are drawn to the extreme latitudes of the planet. Follow Aaron's daily reports from the northerly latitudes each day here on Avid Cruiser. To catch up, check out these posts:

• Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 0: Oslo, Norway

• Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 1: Tromso, Norway

• Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 2: Sailing the Norwegian Sea

• Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 3: Bear Island 

• Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 4: Bugerbukta, Svalbard

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If the northern latitudes are too chilly for you, head on over to our sister site, River Cruise Advisor, where I am recounting our June 17-25 hotel barge cruise (warm and sunny too) from Arles (think Vincent Van Gogh) to Sete. My group of intrepid travelers enjoyed not only the barge experience but also the pre- and post-barge activities, including a cooking class in Sete and visits to Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape and Pont du Gard.

Following are reports from the trip so far:

• Preview, Barging In The South Of France: On CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie From Arles To Sete

• Barging In The South Of France: CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie, Day 1, Arriving In Arles, Almost

• Barging In The South Of France: CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie, Day 2, A Surprise Trip To Uzes

• Barging In The South Of France: CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie, Day 3, Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Pont du Gard

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Join Me On A Silversea Voyage To Greenland On Silver Explorer

Wanna meet up? Why not Greenland? I'm headed there August 27, 2015, for a seven-day expedition on Silver Explorer. This is the perfect trip to couple with a longer Baltic itinerary roundtrip Copenhagen. That's because flying from the Danish capital is the easiest way to get to and from Greenland.

Of course, you'll need to check with your favorite cruise seller to see if there is still space remaining on Silversea Expeditions Voyage 7519. Then do a little research for Baltic cruises to marry with the expedition. No need to worry about packing winter gear for Greenland: Silversea gives you a complimentary Silversea-branded parka that will keep you warm out among the icebergs, and there will be plenty of those.

If you can't make it, then at least follow along here on Avid Cruiser as I file daily reports from our voyage.

The Silversea expedition will mark my third trip to Greenland, and I hope it's not my last. Anything but green (80 percent of Greenland is covered in ice), the world's largest island is part of the North American continent, but it is connected to Europe. An autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, Greenland is a fascinating place, and there's no better way to experience than on a Silversea expedition.

Here's what Silversea is promising on this voyage:

Read more and check out some gorgeous photos of Greenland.

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