Avid Cruiser Podcast: Elisabeth Gouzien Talks Saint-Malo

Elisabeth Gouzien, representing Saint-Malo. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

One of Northwest France’s most attractive coastal towns, Saint-Malo has something to offer all cruise ship passengers: sublime scenery, bustling bars, trendy restaurants and cafes, cultural attractions, outdoor activities and Brittany’s best beaches. I interviewed Elisabeth Gouzien, who represents Saint-Malo, while at Cruise Shipping Miami during mid-March. I met Elisabeth in Saint-Malo a few years… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Marseille: The One Religious Monument To Visit In Aix-en-Provence

Aix Cathedral

If you only plan to visit one church in Aix-en-Provence, I know just the one. It’s located on the route of the Roman Road, and it has fragments of an old Roman wall. Step inside an impressive Roman Catholic Cathedral that was built on the site of a 1st century Roman forum. The impressive structure… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Marseille: Aix-en-Provence, Fountain Of Four Dolphins

ountain of the Four Dolphins

You could spend hours pointing your camera to frame beautiful snapshots in Aix-en-Provence. The elegant façades of the gracious 17th- and 18th-century mansions are simply stunning. Aix en Provence is often referred to as the city of 1,000 fountains. One fountain not to miss is the Fountain of the Four Dolphins, carved in baroque style… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Marseille: In Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau

Cours Mirabeau

With its wide sidewalks, its beautiful buildings, the tree-lined street known as Cours de Mirabeau is something not be missed when you’re visiting Aix-en-Provence. You could spend hours pointing your camera to frame beautiful snapshots. The elegant façades of the gracious 17th- and 18th-century mansions are simply stunning. Have tips that you’d like to share?… [Read More]

Our Newest Video: Cruise Canada New England


Our newest video provides a brief, inspirational overview of one of my favorite cruising destinations. Many people assume that Canada/New England cruises are only for the fall foliage. While they are great for seeing the colors, the region is also appealing for spring and summer cruises. You’ll meet some of the world’s friendliest people, sink… [Read More]

7 Days Of All-Inclusive Barging, Plus Three Hotel Nights & Tours, $3,995 Per Person

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I believe in full transparency, and I have to tell you that putting together my first hosted trip has not been easy. Especially given the fact that I’m adding special experiences before and after the barge cruise — and dealing with French hotels and operators. They’ve been kind, patient and professional, but sometimes things get… [Read More]

The Case For Cruise Itineraries With Only Smaller Ports: An Interview With Helsingborg’s Monica Frisk

Kullaberg peninsula, a nature reserve. © Ralph Grizzle

This past week at Cruise Shipping Miami, I repeatedly heard cruise executives talk about the need to offer their guests “authentic” experiences ashore. I couldn’t agree more. If you’re anything like me, you want to get out and meet the people who live in the regions you visit, to see how they live and to experience the way live… [Read More]