Incredible Crete, A Must For Every Avid Cruiser's Bucket List, Plus, A New Adventures Ashore: Monte Carlo, Monaco

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

While new posts will continue on the Avid Cruiser blog, this will be our last newsletter of the year. Wishing you all good cheer, health and prosperity, and a year full of new destinations in your wake. Thank you for being an avid cruiser. - Ralph Grizzle

Incredible Crete: A Must For Every Avid Cruiser's Bucket List

Of all of the places I visited this year, Crete certainly ranked in the upper echelons of favorite places. Traveling for a week in Crete with my trusty colleague Chris Stanley, I found myself wondering how I could have missed such a great destination for all of the 57 years that made up my life prior to my birthday in October, …

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Adventures Ashore: Monte Carlo, Monaco

On shore excursions from Monaco, you can choose to visit the hilltop villages of Saint Paul de Vence or Eze, tour Vieux (Old) Nice and its famed flower market, visit Villa Rothschild and its gardens in Cap Ferrat, or spend time absorbing the sights and sounds of Monte Carlo. And that’s just for starters.

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Squeezing Into Sete

I don’t think I’ve ever docked more downtown than in Sete. Situated in France’s Languedoc region, the city is unique in that small ships tie up in the heart of the city, just steps away from all that Sete has to offer. In this series of photos, Seabourn Odyssey practically fills the dock. With such proximity to the city center, the …

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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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