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Alaska Port Profiles: Skagway & Juneau, Plus Fresh Looks at Oceania's Nautica & Cunard's QM2, And A New Adventures Ashore: Kusadasi

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Thank You!

Thank you to the 100+ of you who put down $5.99 to purchase my new e-book, My Six Favorite Cruises Of 2015. It was gratifying to see that enough of you saw sufficient value in the ebook to purchase it. Each of my six favorite cruises proved to me that river cruising truly does offer something for everyone. A big thank you for your support.

Happy to have your e-book. Thanks so much in helping me decide where to go. — Margaret Lyford

Six Favorite River Cruises

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

A lot of cruise passengers depart the dock in Kusadasi, visit the ancient historic site of Ephesus, and think they’re done. Having padded the fabled Marble Road (which connects the Celsus Library and the Great Theater in Ephesus), they check Kusadasi off their lists. Been there, done that. Learn more about shore excursions from Kusadasi.

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A Fresh Look at Oceania's Nautica

We're in the process of a massive update of all of our individual cruise ship reviews here on Avid Cruiser, and today we're taking a closer, newer look at Oceania Cruises' Nautica. Nautica, shown here at sea, is one of Oceania Cruises most intimate vessels. Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises. Like her sister ships Regatta and Insignia, the sleek, streamlined Nautica …

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A Look at Cunard's Queen Mary 2

There are many cruise ships in the world today, but only a handful of truly iconic vessels. Cunard Line's elegant flagship, Queen Mary 2, is one of them. The first true ocean liner built since Cunard …

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Port Profile: Juneau

Situated just north of Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau is the capital city of Alaska, and retains the unique distinction of being only accessible by plane or by ship; there are no roads connecting Juneau with other parts of Alaska or …

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Port Profile: Skagway

Nestled at the end of Lynn Canal – which itself is the deepest fjord in North America – lies the Gold Rush town of Skagway, Alaska. Skagway has been a staple of the Inside Passage cruise for years; in fact, many bygone ships have left their presence …

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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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