Silver Explorer: Greenland, Day 2, Sisimiut, Sled Dogs & Room Service

From deck 7 on Silver Explorer, we watched a kayak demonstration in extremely chilly waters. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Please note that my “live” voyage reports are slightly behind schedule due to internet connectivity issues and a busy schedule that includes Zodiac landings in remote villages, hikes, local performances, fascinating lectures, scenic cruising through iceberg-choked fjords, gourmet dining, complimentary beverages (yes, including champagne) and conversations with a friendly group of like-minded travelers. Sisimiut, Greenland,… [Read More]

Silver Explorer: Greenland, Day 1, Boarding In Kangerlussuaq

At dusk, sailing toward Sisimiut. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, August 27, 2015 — My 18-year-old son and I crossed the Arctic Circle today. Our morning flight from Copenhagen brought us to Kangerlussuaq, a former World War II military base that today serves as Greenland’s main international airport. After 4.5 hours in fairly cramped seats, we trundled down the steps of the Air… [Read More]

Crystal Cruises Expansion, What’s To Come For The Next 25 Years?

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Only a Rip van Winkle could have missed the news of what is probably the most aggressive expansion ever in the luxury travel segment: Crystal Cruises’ addition of three new ocean cruisers, two new river “yachts,” a 62-guest yacht, a Dreamliner, a smaller jet to complement the Dreamliner and a substantial stake in Lloyd Werft, the German… [Read More]

Santander, Spain, Surprised Me: 20 Photos That Will Inspire You


This past spring, I spent a few days at a Cruise Europe conference in Santander, Spain. I had traveled along Spain’s northern coast on Silver Whisper back in 2012, and what I discovered then was a beautiful and varied region. We did not visit Santander, however. What I found when I visited Santander in April was… [Read More]

Huge Suites On Crystal Cruises ‘Luxury River Yachts,’ Launching In March 2017


Game changer? Launching in March 2017, Crystal‘s two new river cruisers will feature 68 suites measuring 250 square feet and two Penthouse Suites measuring 500 square feet. The latter are larger than Scenic Jasper’s 475-square-foot Royal Panorama Suites. The 250-square-foot guest suites will feature walk-in wardrobes, American king size beds and bathrooms with double vanities. The two 500… [Read More]

Next Up, On Crystal Symphony With The President & Exploring Greenland With Silversea


It’s beautiful in the Baltic Sea region. Just a few days ago, newspapers in Stockholm proclaimed that summer had finally arrived. That’s a bit late, and of course, summer will be short-lived way up here in the high north. As I write these words, however, the sun casts its golden glimmer on the glittering body… [Read More]

Tauck’s ms Savor: Danube Reflections, Day Seven, Wachau Valley, A Guest Pedals Along With Me


“There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more suprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changing … They are fluid. They… [Read More]

Crystal Cruises: 3 New Ships, Plus, New River Cruisers, Entering Expedition Market

Crystal Cruises is charting a new course, adding a luxury yacht in November this year, river cruise vessels in 2017, world trips on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and three 1,000-passenger expedition vessels from Lloyd Werft, starting in 2018. The first Crystal Exclusive Class ocean vessel is to arrive in late 2018. Genting HK has signed… [Read More]