Stuck In Svalbard & Our Continued Coverage On The Rivers

Stuck In Svalbard & Our Continued Coverage On The Rivers

Call it our Mother Nature edition. Three cruises within a span of a week impacted by weather. Read Aaron Saunders' account, which you'll find below, of being stuck in Svalbard because of fog.

A few days later low water between Nuremberg to Passau forced Aaron  to shift ships, from Viking Vidar to Viking Lofn. Also due to the low water, my cruise on Tauck's ms Savor had to embark guests not as planned in beautiful Regensburg but in tiny Engelhartszell an der Donau, Austria, 148 kilometers away from Regensburg. Those who had signed up for morning tours in Regensburg had to travel two hours by bus to get back to a place where they would have simply walked from the gangway into the city center.

With plenty of water beneath our keels today, we continue our voyages along the Danube. I'm sailing toward Bratislava. Aaron is on his way to Melk. On Friday, we'll meet in Vienna. Follow our voyages on River Cruise Advisor. - Ralph Grizzle

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 11: Stuck in Longyearbyen

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, behind us – in the past.

Little did we know that six hours later, we’d be back onboard having lunch in The Restaurant.

Following our tour of a foggy Longyearbyen, we made our way to the postage-stamp-sized Longyearbyen Airport. As we pulled up, some bad news: Expedition Team Member Kit came over the bus intercom to tell us our incoming charter SAS flight was delayed in Oslo by at least an hour.

Still, our hopes were buoyed when we came into the airport and were told by SAS staff that the flight “was expected to land any moment.” So, we got our boarding passes, checked our luggage, went through security, and waited.

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Tauck's ms Savor: Danube Reflections, Day Three, Prague & A Diversion, Plus, My Loft Stateroom In Video

In progress: Two Live Voyage Reports, one from Ralph Grizzle traveling from Prague to Vienna, with seven days on Tauck’s ms Savor and the other from Aaron Saunders on a 15-day journey from Amsterdam to Budapest on Viking’s Vidar (with interruptions and changes along the way).  Some news today. We would not be going to Regensburg as planned. Following our …

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Check out my video of Tauck's Loft Cabins

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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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