Avid Cruiser Voyages: Expedition Antarctica

An expedition to Antarctica is one of the most stunning adventures you can undertake in modern times. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

For many, a voyage to Antarctica is the crown jewel of the expedition cruising world. The ultimate adventure, a voyage to the Southernmost Continent is a veritable rite of passage within the cruising world, and representative of what may very well be one of the least-visited places on earth. Read a day-by-day account of Ralph… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: The Transpacific Crossing

The Alaskan city of Kodiak around 1900. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

In a past installment of Avid Cruiser Voyages, we told you about the magical experience that is the Transatlantic Crossing. But the Atlantic isn’t the only way to cross. In fact, one of the most adventurous ocean crossings you can make begins on the opposite side of North America. The Transpacific Crossing is typically offered two… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Pacific Coast Cruises

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Repositioning cruises can be largely classified as one-off voyages offered at a specific time in the year. Typically, these will consist of just a single sailing that is noteworthy for being longer or shorter than the average voyage, operating an itinerary that is intended to bring the ship from one cruising region of the world… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Asia

Through the Gate: Strolling the Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou, China

An up and coming cruise destination is the subject of this week’s installment of Avid Cruiser Voyages. Asia is perhaps a poor descriptive of this expansive region, simply because so many cruise lines and travel agent booking sites tend to lump Asia cruises for itineraries visiting countries like Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea,… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Australia Cruises

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In a previous installment of Avid Cruiser Voyages, we wrote about the natural splendors that awaited cruisers in New Zealand.  It’s almost impossible, however, to talk about New Zealand without mentioning another country, equally as fascinating and diverse, located just a few days’ cruise away. We’re talking, of course, about the land Down Under –… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Baltic Cruises

The best reason to visit Silkeborg, Denmark, near the town of Aarhus: the well-preserved visage of the Tollund Man. Photo ©  Aaron Saunders

Baltic 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 off and explore on your own. In many ways,… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Arctic Norway

Cruisers who visit Tromso during the winter months will likely witness the spectacular Northern Lights. Photo courtesy Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Join Ralph Grizzle for a winter Arctic Norway cruise on Hurtigruten, beginning next week here on Avid Cruiser. If you love the beauty of Norway’s magnificent fjords and the charm of the culture and people of this forward-thinking country, there is a wholly unique section of the country that often goes unexplored by cruisers. It is one… [Read More]