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]

Tauck’s ms Savor: Danube Reflections, Day Three, Prague & A Diversion, Plus, My Loft Stateroom In Video


In progress: Two Live Voyage Reports, one from Ralph Grizzle traveling from Prague to Vienna, with seven days on Tauck’s ms Savor and the other from Aaron Saunders on a 15-day journey from Amsterdam to Budapest on Viking’s Vidar (with interruptions and changes along the way).  Some news today. We would not be going to… [Read More]

Barging In The South Of France: CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie, Day 10, Our Trip Comes To An End, Wrapping Up


My barge trip from Arles to Sete took place on CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie June 17 through June 26, with pre- and post-trip overnights and activities. This post picks up on day 10, the last day of our adventure, June 26 Often I find that good trips become better in retrospect. I reflect on one particular moment, and I… [Read More]

Live Voyage Report, Barging Through The South Of France

The Roman Arena in Arles. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

If the northern latitudes are too chilly for you (reference to our concurrent Live Voyage Report from Svalbard on Silver Explorer), head on over to our sister site, River Cruise Advisor, where I am recounting our June 17-25 hotel barge cruise (warm and sunny too) from Arles (think Vincent Van Gogh) to Sete. My group of intrepid… [Read More]

In Progress, Live Voyage Report: Exploring Svalbard On Silver Explorer


This week, Aaron Saunders is on a fascinating voyage to the Arctic. I talked with Aaron yesterday via email. He’s dawdling about the Svalbard archipelago on Silver Explorer, island-hopping more or less. I asked if he had seen polar bears yet. “No bears yet – lots of pack ice though,” he responded. Then in what I… [Read More]

A Tearful Farewell: ms Rotterdam Departs Her Namesake City Following 100th Call

Holland America Line's Rotterdam departing its namesake city following its 100th call. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

What becomes quickly apparent after spending only a few minutes at Cruise Terminal Rotterdam is just how much of an institution Holland America Line has become here in this beautiful city on the banks of Nieuwe Mass channel. Across from the cruise terminal is Hotel New York, where Holland America Line set up shop when it began operations in 1873…. [Read More]

A Surprise: Silversea Cruises Announces Silver Muse

Silver Muse, Silversea's newest ship. courtesy Silversea

Silversea Cruises will launch a new flagship, the Silver Muse, to be delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship is being built by Fincantieri and at 40,000 gross tons, will accommodate 596 guests. The new vessel represent an evolution of the Silver Spirit, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the… [Read More]