RESEND: Silver Cloud Does What? Plus, Sailing Seabourn Sojourn & Why We Love Small Ships 

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Sailing Seabourn Sojourn

On Saturday, we board Seabourn Sojourn for an 11-night sailing that will take us from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia, the port for Rome. We're on board filming for a new destination series that we're producing. I'll be telling you more about those soon, but briefly the videos are designed to help you make the most of your time ashore in destinations …

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Silversea's Silver Cloud to Join Expedition Fleet in 2017

Every now and then, there’s a piece of news that comes along that genuinely surprises and excites us all at the same time – and that’s very much the case this morning as ultra-luxury line Silversea announced that the 296-guest Silver Cloud will be joining the line’s luxury expedition brand, Silversea Expeditions, in November of 2017. Silver Cloud was Silversea’s …

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Why Smaller Ships Win People Over

We’ll freely admit it: We used to be big ship cruisers. We’d stand on the railing of our megaship, cocktail in-hand, and watch as a ship less than a quarter of our size pulled up next to us. The size differential was so great that we could actually see into the funnel of the ship, and peer down at the …

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Norwegian Cuts Steel For Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line took the first step this week into willing the second Breakaway Plus-class vessel, Norwegian Bliss, into reality. At the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany, the first piece of steel was cut for the 165,000 GT as-yet-unnamed ship that is set to debut in the spring of 2017. Sister-ship to the nearly-completed Norwegian Escape, the Norwegian Bliss …

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What You Should Know Before Booking An Independent Excursion

It’s a situation that happens to nearly all cruisers at some point: They begin to consider branching out from the cruise line-offered shore excursions in favor of local options booked independently from the cruise line’s shorex department. Done right, an independent excursion can be a fantastic way to enrich your cruise vacation and better indulge in your own unique interests. …

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Five European Cruises For First-Time Cruisers

Hallo, Europe! Europe can be a fantastic cruise for beginners, particularly if long-distance travel doesn’t put you off. However, Europe requires a lot more “travel savvy” than, say, the Eastern Caribbean. In Europe, it can be beneficial to have at least a rudimentary grasp of the local language. You’ll also have to deal with the issue of foreign currency in …

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Silver Explorer: Greenland, Wrapping Up

Soon, we'll be recapping our voyage in video on Silver Explorer in Greenland. For now, I've summarized each day in the photos and links below. What impressions did Greenland and Silver Explorer leave upon us?

Silver Explorer reminds me of the "Little Engine That Could." She's small but mighty. She works hard, and the 132 guests who sail her are rewarded for her hard work. She's taken me to Antarctica, where she outran a storm to get us to safe passage. She's shown me that the Caribbean can still be an adventurous and charming place. And now she has shown me the beauty and grandeur of Greenland.

She's done all of this in that distinct Silversea style. What is that style? Silversea is a family-owned operation, and as such, its fleet has a family feeling. The on-board ambience is professional, yet personal. I stepped aboard to hugs and handshakes with staff who I had traveled with before. It wasn't just that I was back on board. They were still there too, still working for Silversea. That says quite a lot too, I think.

I summed up a lot of what I like about Silver Explorer in An Avid Cruiser Favorite: Luxury Expedition Cruising On Silver Explorer. Though I posted it a couple of years ago, it's still relevant about the components that set Silversea apart in the expedition segment.

Less than two weeks ago, I penned these words here on Avid Cruiser: Sometimes the significance of a trip doesn’t truly register until days, weeks, months or perhaps even years later. Our voyage to Greenland ended only a little more than a week ago, and already I find myself thinking back to the magic of the experience. I can't thank Silversea and its fine staff enough for what they showed us, not only in Greenland but also on board the "Little Engine That Could."

Following are links to posts from our Greenland voyage. I hope you enjoy sharing our experiences.

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On the final night of our Silver Explorer expedition voyage in Greenland, Aurora Borealis made a prolonged appearance. The spectacle lasted for a few hours, and all were out on deck to enjoy this magnificent display. Breath-taking beauty. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle See more photos here.

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Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise

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