Adventures Ashore: Corfu, Plus, Regent's Grand Aspriations

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The Greek island of Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. In some ways, Corfu feels more Italian (thanks to the Venetians and the Italians who occupied the island) than it does Greek. Certainly the many pine trees that we saw during our visit reminded us of the Tuscan landscape as does some of the dialects we found around the island.

The island, also known by its Greek name Kerkyra, remained in Venetian hands from 1401 until 1797. The Venetians erected fortifications to repel Turkish invaders, and indeed, the historian Will Durant claimed that Corfu was one of the few parts of Greece never conquered by the Ottomans thanks to the Republic of Venice.

During our visit, we pedaled bicycles through ancient villages, drove four-by-fours through age-old olive groves, searched for (and found) the island's famous kumquat liqueur, toured the Achillion Palace and more.

Check out our new video featuring shore excursions in Corfu.

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Voyage Preview: Sailing the Grenadines aboard Royal Clipper

When most of us picture the Caribbean, we envision a row of mega-liners docked side-by-side in ports of call like St. Thomas or Philipsburg. To believe a few of the mainstream cruise lines, you’d think the average person is terrified of the ocean and is incapable of entertaining themselves. 

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Regent's Grand Aspirations

Regent Seven Seas has been forthright and honest about it: The company fully intends to make its upcoming ship the most luxurious cruise ship afloat. The long-standing luxury line isn’t just going gunning for one particular ship; Regent wants to leapfrog Silversea, Seabourn and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, whose Europa and Europa 2 have held top-honors in Douglas Ward’s acclaimed Berlitz Guide …

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Four Advantages of Older Cruise Ships

Cruise ships these days are a lot like iPhones: They’re out of date in six months. What’s more, plenty of fuss is made about the latest and greatest cruise ships to be introduced every year. Next year is no exception, with megaliners like Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista and Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas debuting along with a whole …

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Silversea Opens Silver Muse Bookings

Today is an important day in the history of ultra-luxury line Silversea and its forthcoming new flagship, the 596-guest Silver Muse. Today, bookings opened to the general public for her maiden season that will begin in the Spring of 2017. Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman, remarked that, "We are creating the ultimate boutique ship at sea. Silver Muse isn't trying …

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The Suite Life on Oceania

As far as suites go, Oceania Cruises sets the bar higher than most with its exquisite Owner’s Suites aboard its two newest vessels, Marina and Riviera. Though spacious, they’re not the biggest suites afloat, nor are they the flashiest. What they are, however, is a modern take on the opulent and grand suites of the glory days of transatlantic ocean …

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Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise

In this free special report, I’ve put together a half dozen actionable items that can make the difference between cruise vacations that are memorable and others that fail to measure up to all you had hoped they would be. I’ve cruised on hundreds of ships, as a solo traveler and with family and friends.  — Ralph Grizzle, The Avid Cruiser

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