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Adventures Ashore In Istanbul, Plus Our Podcast Recap of January. We take a look at Carnival Vista, Cunard's plans for Queen Mary 2 & Much More

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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Istanbul, Turkey (short version)

Editor's Note: As were others, I was saddened by the suicide bomber attack in Istanbul that occurred on January 12. Since the attack, a handful of cruise lines have canceled calls to Istanbul (and some for all of Turkey) for the upcoming season. Having traveled extensively throughout Turkey this past fall, I wish for Turkey's speedy return to cruise itineraries. …

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New Audio Podcast: Our January Recap & What's Ahead

Transcript Ralph Grizzle: Hi, I'm Ralph Grizzle, the Avid Cruiser, and this is the beginning of a new podcast. I'm going to call it Avid Cruiser Unscripted, because we have no idea of where we're going with this. That's not entirely true, because we do, we're going to talk about what we put on the site during the month of …

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Preview: Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Vista

Previewing Carnival's Upcoming New Megaship Carnival Vista, Carnival's newest and largest Fun Ship to-date, sets sail on May 1, 2016. Rendering courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line.

This week, we take a look at a ship that holds the potential to dramatically alter the Carnival Fun Ship experience: the 3,954-guest Carnival Vista. Due to set sail on her maiden voyage on May 1, …

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Our Crystal Esprit Review

Meet Crystal Esprit - and her own submersible craft. Photo-illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises

It's arguably more of a preview, but there's no denying that interest in Crystal Cruises first addition to its fleet in nearly a decade is exceptionally high. In that vein, we've added a new ship profile of Crystal Esprit to our collection of Crystal Cruises ship previews. …

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Just Updated: Our Viking Ocean Cruises Profile

The Viking Difference: River Cruise Style Inclusions Viking Star maneuvered into position at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 in Bergen, Norway, as her christening ceremonies were set to begin. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Founded in 1997 by industry veteran Torstein Hagen, Viking River Cruises is the parent company of oceangoing offshoot Viking Ocean Cruises, and from the outset, Hagen's …

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Baltic Bliss: Baltic Sea Cruises

Interested in Baltic Sea Cruises? Begin Your Trip Here

Baltic Sea cruises are among my favorite. From the opulent palaces of the Tsars in St. Petersburg to Stockholm’s breathtaking harbor and Copenhagen’s spectacular Tivoli Gardens, few cruising regions offer such diverse treasures as the Baltic. Best of all, most ships dock in the center of the cities and towns, allowing you to hop …

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Change Is Coming: A Look at Cunard's Plans For Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 Refit: New Staterooms, Public Rooms & Dining Venues for Cunard's Iconic Flagship Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is getting a makeover this year. Photo courtesy of Cunard Line.

This spring, Cunard Line’s flagship, the grand Queen Mary 2, will undergo her most significant refit since entering service as the only modern-day ocean liner in the world back in …

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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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Complete this thought: My best packing tip for cruises is ... click here to answer.

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